Saturday, February 19, 2022

Exeter-Milligan girls advance to districts in a thriller last-second win


The Exeter-Milligan girls team celebrated a huge win last night as the defeated Parkview Christian 40-39.  The game went back and forth all night with the Timberwolves leading but a few points most of the night but Parkview Christian hit a pivotal  three with just a minute left to play.  The Timberwolves worked the ball down the court and with just a few seconds left passed to Jozie Kanode who sent up a shot from behind the arc but was fouled.  Kanode went two for three sealing the win for the Timberwovles 40-39.  They will meet #3 St. Mary's on Friday, Feb 25.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Exeter-Milligan School Board Accepts Resignations

Exeter-Milligan School board met on Thursday, February 10 in the Milligan Band room for their regularly scheduled meeting.

After the board approved the consensus agenda they quickly reviewed several policies and made no changes.

Next on the agenda was Mental Health Practicioner Sue Gelster who works out of the Fillmore County Hospital.  The board invited her to give a report and she opened by thanking them for the opportunity to work with Exeter-Milligan.

“I appreciate it.  The need is definitely there.  I see six kids each day I am here anywhere from second graders up to seniors,” she explained.

The board recently increased mental health services from one day a week to one and a half days per week and right now Gelster noted she is “Primarily working with behavior management and coping skills.”

Superintendent Paul Sheffield explained he asked Gelster to come after the board approved an addition to the contract as he wanted them “to be able to put a face with a name.  We hope to do some mental health support work with the staff soon.”

The board moved to discussion items and President Adam Erdkamp briefly summarized the recent work sessions the board held.  He also noted that the board would like to talk to Friend about some coop opportunities.  He specifically mentioned the possibility of cooping speech, one act play, fccla, ag and FFA, track, wrestling, golf and added,” I think everything would be on the table to communicate.”

There is no date set for the boards and/or committees to meet.  Sheffield mentioned that he has an upcoming meeting set with Friend Superintendent Derek Anderson in the next week.

The board accepted the two applications for the separation incentive program from two long time teachers Marla Weber and Dean Filipi.  The board approved both of them.  Erdkamp commented “Both of them have been a big part of our staff for a long time we would want to show them our appreciation.”

Next on the agenda was the contract for a new Ag teacher, Miranda Hornung. Sheffield explained that she will be able to teach both ag and some industrial arts courses.  She is also certified to teach dual credit welding.  He noted that she will teach, “Intro to ag, ag business and entrepreneurship.  What the other classes will look like we don’t quite know.”

The board approved two year contracts for both the principal and superintendent and approved unpaid leave for a staff member.

Sheffield gave a brief legislative update and then noted the dates of upcoming conferences.  The next meeting was set for March 9 at 7 p.m. in Exeter.



Thursday, February 17, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Defeats Nebraska Lutheran in Sub-Districts


The Lady Timberwolves had no problem taking care of business in sub-districts at Parkview Christian.  They defeated Nebraska Lutheran 50-32.  They will meet Parkview Christian on Thursday at 5:30 at Parkview Christian in Lincoln.

Obituary for Gayle A. Hitchcock

 Gayle Ann (Hall) Hitchcock was born to Leonard E. and Doris A. (Yonkey) Hall on January 4, 1952 in Geneva, Nebraska and passed away on February 9, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 70 years, 1 month and 5 days. She was the oldest of seven children in the family. Gayle attended Exeter Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1971.

She attended Kearney State College and met her future husband, Tim Hitchcock, there. To this union two daughters were born; Jennifer and Patricia. She truly loved her girls and often told them that Jennifer was her anniversary present, born on June 6th and Patricia was her birthday present, born on January 6th.

Gayle was a hard worker and was determined to do a great job at whatever task she was doing. That started on the farm helping take care of the livestock and then later on at her places of work, including Pizza USA and The Stockman’s Club in Fairmont and at Holiday Inn and Grisanti’s Italian Restaurant In Lincoln, where she received much praise and many raises for doing odd jobs and working hard for them.

A couple of Gayle’s favorite songs were “Up, Up and Away In My Beautiful Balloon” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”. She loved playing card games, such as rummy, phase ten, crazy 8’s and/or old maid with the kids. When she was a youngster, you could find her on her roller-skates, skipping rope, playing jacks on the kitchen floor or playing hide and go seek. She loved tv game shows and many different sitcoms including, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Bewitched. The series, Lost In Space was one of her all-time favorites.

Gayle was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer; brother, Wayne Hall; father, Leonard Hall and brother-in-law, Ben Hitchcock.

She is survived by her husband, Tim; daughter, Patricia; mother, Doris Hall; sisters, Marian Kahler, Diane (Alan) Dux; sister-in-law, Alice Hall; brothers, Warren (Vicky) Hall, Wade Hall and Wynn Hall; two granddaughters, Jalen Reiman and Josie Ortiz; brother-in-law, Kevin Hitchcock; sister-in-law, Lloydette (Bob) Norval and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.

Throwback Thursday 02/12/2012




Time does not stand still in Exeter-Milligan!  Mrs. Kara Myers reading group, The Smart Cookies, are enjoying their trip through time while reading a story about two young boys who find a time machine and travel to many different places and through many different times.  So far we have “traveled” 40,000 years ago to the time of the dinosaur (mammoths, eohippuses, and saber tooth tigers...oh my!), 5,000 years ago to the pyramids of Egypt (amazing how they built those pyramids with what little tools they had), and 3,000 years ago to Greece during the Greece and Troy war (all for the love of a women, Helen).  We have also visited Spain in 1492 (Christopher Columbus) and San Francisco in 1906 (the earthquake was quite scary).  These Smart Cookies have also seen 4,000 years in the future (or what it might be like)!  After reading about a certain time, the Smart Cookies draw pictures of what they learned during that time and place and put them on the class timeline, which takes up half the class!


            The Exeter-Milligan Speech Team gave a strong performance and finished in third place at the Meridian Speech Tournament on Saturday, February 11th. Special congratulations go to Becca Vossler, who placed first in persuasive speaking; Deidre Stevens, who placed first in entertainment speaking; and Liz Murphy and Deidre Stevens, who placed second in duet acting.  Liz Murphy also placed third in serious prose, and Toni Bossaller was awarded a fourth place medal in poetry. Overall, the team has revealed during competition that their abilities are improving significantly from their ongoing efforts to perfect their pieces. The team considers the comments from previous competitions valuable as each member prepares to face some very tough opponents in the upcoming meets.


The Timberwolves rolled over the Longhorns racking up 22 points in the first period.  In the first few minutes Exeter scored five with Nate Bigelow adding two more to make it seven to zip.  Jalen Maxson sunk one from the free throw line to make the score nine to nothing.  Derek Luzum sunk the last bucket of the period bringing the score 22-0.

The Timberwolves continued to hold the Longhorns scoreless until there were 5:45 minutes left in the second period. 

Sluka was on fire in the second period making several impressive shots bringing the score to 32-4.  Dalton Zelenka sunk a three pointer bring the half time score to 37-9.

The Timberwolves continued to oppress the Longhorns closing the third period at 51-15.  A three pointer from Kyle Jensen ended the game at 63-26.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Update: EM Coding Club



E-M Coding Club

By Lisa Soukup, Exeter-Milligan Media Specialist


The Exeter-Milligan Coding Club has been busy this year. The last couple weeks, the club members have been working in teams building robots, alarm systems and a solar dog. The hardest part was to troubleshoot when something went wrong.


Captions for pictures:


Gracelyn Becker, Maddux Milton and Micah Korf troubleshoot the wiring of their robot
Axel Erdkamp and Brynnlye Johnson put together a solar Robo Dog that will wag its tail or move its legs.

Chezney Kanode and Beau Becker working to get their robot to stop when it runs into something 


Boden Graham, Gavin Mueller and Kate Pribyl work to design their food alarm.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Death Notice Gayle A Hitchcock

A Funeral Service for Gayle will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter, Nebraska with Kim Dunker presiding.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m .until 7:00 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter, Nebraska

Graveside Services will be conducted following the funeral service at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, Nebraska.

Memorials are to be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Death Notice for Hugh A. "Spud" Wilson


A Graveside Memorial Service for Spud will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, Nebraska. Pastor Murry Johnston will preside over the Service.

Military Honors will be performed by the Exeter American Legion William Sullivan Post #218.

Memorials are suggested to the Exeter Library or the Exeter American Legion Post 218.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day


Horizontal Boring and Tunneling Co. featured on World's Greatest...!! show

Exeter residents might want to tune into Bloomberg TV next Saturday afternoon as local business Horizontal Boring and Tunneling Co. will be featured on their “World’s Greatest!…” television show.

The show, which according to their website, hopes to “captivate audiences with quality ‘edutainment’ that entertains while it educates. . .World’s Greatest prides itself on highlighting the positive and making sure that audiences are able to connect with and understand the companies behind products people use every single day.”

The producers of the show reached out to Horizontal after searching for the right company for a show on underground construction.  According to Horizontal’s administrative coordinator Lindsey DeBoer, the producers interviewed several underground construction companies and in March of 2021 spoke with her before investigating the possibility further during discussions with Horizontal President Brent Moore and Senior Project Manager/Estimator Kenton Moore.

It wasn’t the size of some of the projects the company has completed that attracted the show, according to DeBoer it was, “more the company as a whole, what separates us from the competition.  They were interested in our history and the adversities we had overcome.”

After extensive communication with the producers, who were in Florida, the film crew out of Kansas City came to Exeter on October 6th to film and recorded footage in the office and around the Exeter area.  They also interviewed several employees and toured the facilities before heading to film the company on site tunneling on the South Beltway project south of Lincoln.  The Horizontal portion of the Beltway project was started in 2020 and was comprised of three different bores.

On the Lincoln South Beltway project the Horizontal crew was tunneling 242 linear feet (LF) of 48-inch reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) for a drainage culvert under Highway 2, using an Akkerman 480 Tunnel Boring Machine.  The tunneled for the culvert and also did some pipe jacking.  Horizontal has completed their portion of the South Beltway project.

The company does horizontal boring projects all over the United States but the Beltway project was a large scale project close enough for the film crew to visit Exeter and the construction site in one day.

The “World’s Greatest!...” Episode 315 featuring Horizontal Boring & Tunneling Co. is set to air on Bloomberg TV on Saturday, February 12 and Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:30 PM Central Time.   Paul Erdkamp, also an Exeter local, is seen on the show along with an interview of Kenton Moore.  The show is available on DirecTV (Channel 353) and DISH Network (Channel 203).

Horizontal Boring and Tunneling Co. was incorporated in 1982 in Exeter and has remained in the community for forty years.  In a recent press release Kenton Moore stated, “We are honored to be selected for the show, and we look forward to many more years of providing trenchless infrastructure solutions for customers and communities.”


 Paul Erdkamp, of Exeter, points to an item on the blueprints while Kenton Moore, far right, looks on.