Saturday, February 12, 2022

Exeter-Milligan family loses home

Three Exeter-Milligan students, and their family, the Luke Meyer family of Ohiowa, lost their home in a fire on Thursday morning. 

The oldest son, Blake, a 2021 Exeter-Milligan graduate was home at the time and was able to escape unharmed. He was also able to safely evacuate the family pets. No cause of the fire has been determined as of yet.

The fire department from Ohiowa was able to contain the blaze on the second story of the home.

Josh, a tenth grader at Exeter-Milligan, along with Emma, in ninth grade and Natalie in sixth grade were at school when the home caught fire. 

Collections of money and gift cards are being gathered at the Exeter-Milligan school office and several other locations throughout the county. A go fund me page has also been established and there is an account in their name at York State Bank.  Many have already donated enough clothing to fill the needs of the family. 

According to Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield the students have taken the lead to help the Meyer family.  They have organized a document for students and teachers to list items they plan to donate to the family.  A junior, Hannah Busboom, is spearheading the project.

He added, “The response has been overwhelming! EVERYONE has gone out of their way to assist the family.  This is just a testament to the family atmosphere within the Exeter and Milligan communities.”   

The Meyers hope to rebuild their home in Ohiowa and are currently staying with family. Heather Meyer has expressed the families gratitude for the immediate and generous response, "We are at a loss of words for everything everyone has done. And thank you just doesn't feel like it's enough!"




Friday, February 11, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Girls Beat McCool in final home game of the season


Exeter-Milligan had no problem conquering McCool Junction 52-42 for their last home game of the season.  Parents night was before the game as the girls recognized the support of their parents and the seniors presented their parents with flowers.

EM Boys win in overtime over McCool Junction

Peyton Pribyl hit's a three pointer with 16 second left in a tied overtime against McCool Junction.  Below he hit one of two free throws to seal the win for the Timberwolves at home.  45-41


Exeter-Milligan Update: Fantastic Frogs


Fantastic Frogs

By Kara Myers, E-M SLP

Everybody needs a break once in a while....especially kiddos who are working hard!  Mrs. Myers reading group, the Fantastic Frogs, are enjoying a much needed brain break after working hard reading stories.  They enjoy taking a few minutes each day participating in Go Noodles, stretches or even yoga poses.  Included in the picture from left to right: Knox Becker, Reed Wince, Avery Hankins, Koslen Kahlandt, and Kenan Petersen.  Not pictured is Maizy Ogren.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Obituary Ralph "Butch" Jansen

 Ralph “Butch” Eugene Jansen of Exeter, NE, was born in Geneva, NE, on August 27, 1946, to Ardis and Rudolph Jansen and passed away February 6, 2022 at the age of 75.

He grew up on a farm just west of town and attended Exeter Public School. He graduated in 1964 and then went to the University of Nebraska Lincoln for 2½ years before getting drafted. Butch served his country full and part-time until 1973.

On June 13, 1970, he married the love of his life, Barbara Ethington. To this union, two daughters were born, Kristen and Erin. In 1972 Butch and Barb moved to the family farmstead north of Exeter. There he farmed until he transitioned to a rural mail carrier.

Butch loved his family. He was known for his one-liners, his kindness, & quiet demeanor. He looked so forward to his family time, whether it be around the dinner table, at the grandkid’s activities, watching the Huskers, phone calls, and stopping for breakfast any time of the day. He was a man of few words–they would either marinate into your soul or allow you to giggle for hours after.

Butch donated his time and service to others throughout his life. He served the Exeter School Board, Quad County Coop Board, and Exeter Rural Fire Board. He was also a previous Commander and member of the Legion Post 218, Commander of the Legion Color Guard, and the Fillmore Veterans’ Advisory Council. Additionally, he served in many capacities at the UCC Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ardis and Rudolph Jansen; brothers-in-law Rol Stock, Ron Davis & Jerry Krause; sister in law, Jean Stock; and nephew Marc Krause.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jansen of Exeter; Daughter Kristen Jansen-Ruhl and Ryan Ruhl children Payton, Tyler, and Jakob of Cairo, Nebraska; Daughter Erin Jansen and daughter Aliya Awadey of Denver, Colorado; sister Shirley Krause of Geneva, Nebraska; sister Colleen Davis of Hastings, Nebraska; Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law Carol and Larry Starr of Crete, Nebraska plus many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Throwback Thursday 2/5/2012



Felix Ochsenfeld, fondly nicknamed Fez after the foreign exchange student on That 70's Show, arrived to spend the school year with the Paul Sheffield family.  Ochsenfeld is from Luenen, Germany.


After a foot of heavy wet snow in the Exeter area starting Friday evening, trees and bushes were weighted down to their maximum with many breaking under the weight.  The only thing that could have made the Exeter-Milligan students happier about the snow would be a snow day.  Despite having to go to school, the Exeter-Milligan elementary students had a blast playing on the piles of snow cleared from their playground.


The Exeter Chamber of Commerce hosted their FREE Community Pancake Feed Monday, Feb 6, from 5 - 7 pm.


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Update: Speech Meet


The Exeter-Milligan speech team traveled to Hampton on Wednesday, February 23, to compete in the CRC Meet, which was originally scheduled to take place at Meridian. During the preliminary rounds, almost all of the EM entries performed very well. However, the entries from other conference schools were performing at a high level as well. Troy Kallhoff was the lone qualifier for finals for EM. In the finals of extemporaneous speaking, he finished with a strong performance, earning second place. 


A few days later, the Exeter-Milligan speech team was again competing. This time at a Saturday meet in McCool. Again, there was very good competition. Kmila Benitez was only a few spots out of the medals, finishing ninth in humorous prose. At the McCool Meet, Troy Kallhoff advanced to the finals, bringing home a fourth place medal in the extemporaneous event. The Exeter-Milligan speech team will be preparing for the District Meet, which will be held on Friday this week in McCool. 


Troy Kallhoff receiving his silver medal in extemporaneous speaking at the CRC Conference Meet. 

Exeter-Milligan Update: FFA at District Leadership Development Events


EMF FFA Sends 26 Members to District Leadership Development Events

By Amy Tomlinson, EMF Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor


With the start of a new year, the FFA chapter has continued to roll into events this semester.

For the past several weeks the chapter has been preparing for District Leadership Development Events that were held in York on January 19th. This year the chapter took 26 members which is an all time high number for our chapter to have participated. Events include Parliamentary Procedure, Junior and Senior Public Speaking, Ag Demonstrations, Job Interviews, etc. We were excited with how well our members did at the event with the following results:


Ag Literacy- Malorie Lawver blue, Alexis Paulsen blue and second alternate to state Discovery speaking- Sophie Weber purple, second alternate to state, Jacob Spohn- purple and first alternate to state

Creed Speaking- Zach Spohn blue ribbon and Abbie Milton red ribbon

Junior Public speaking- Ella Archer 2nd place, purple ribbon and STATE QUALIFIER

CCM (Junior Parli Pro) team- 6th place and blue ribbon

Ag Demo Teams- Keila, Ashley, Vivian, Shelby, Kylie, Ben,Cade,Carter,Jayden and Mikey received red ribbons

Job Interview- Cameryn and Christian made finals. Cameryn received 5th place and purple ribbon, Christian received 3rd place and 1st alternate to state, purple ribbon. Job interview was out of 28 individuals!


The chapter is heading into award application season with eight students applying for the State FFA Degrees this year. We will also have a STAR Placement applicant and several Proficiency award applications that will be interviewed and evaluated on February 2nd.


At the end of February we will be hosting a myriad of activities during National FFA Week which is February 21-25. Check out our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook for pictures from FFA Week as well as chapter happenings.


Pictured is Ag Demo team of Ben Bartu, Jayden Capek, Michael Bartu, Cade Kresak, and Carter Milton