Friday, August 19, 2022

New Teachers at Exeter-Milligan


New teachers at Exeter-Milligan for the 22-23 school year include rom the left: Miranda Hornung, Brandi Perez, Ashley Arbuck and Kelsey Yates.


Four new faces join the Exeter-Milligan staff this school year.

Miranda Hornung will be filling two spots at Exeter-Milligan. She will be in both the shop and in the ag departments. FFA chapter advisor Amy Kohtz and Agriculture teacher is no longer able to split her time between Exeter and Friend and so Hornung will be teaching the ag education classes in Exeter and be the co-advisor for the EMF FFA chapter with Kohtz.  She will also be teaching the shop classes including welding in addition to animal science, plant science and agribusiness.

Hornung grew up in Davey, Nebraska but her she and her family recently moved to Cordova.  She graduated from UNL in May with a degree in Agriculture Education and minors in Leadership and Engler Entrepreneurship.  She recently got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Darren and they will be getting married next July.

In her spare time she enjoys going to country concerts, weekend trips to the lake with her family, singing and re-watcher her favorite show, “Criminal Minds.”

She is very “excited for the shop updates to be finished this fall and to be able to offer dual-credit welding.” 


In the second grade classroom Kelsey Yates will be taking the place of long time teacher Marla Weber.  Yates grew up in Geneva and graduated from Fillmore Central.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UNL and has been teaching second grade in Lincoln for the past six years. This summer she completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction through Doane University.

In her free time she enjoys taking her dog on walks, reading and playing golf.  She is “excited to get to know my students and watch them learn and grow over the course of the year.”



Joining Exeter-Milligan as a third grade teacher is Ashley Arbuck.  She was born in York where she grew up before attending Central Community College and graduated with her teacher credentials from York (College) University.  She has taught for 13 years as a kindergarten, first and third grade teacher.

She and her husband Jason have been married for nine years and have two kids Grayson (a first grader at Exeter-Milligan) and Karch, along with three older stepchildren Krynn, Trajan and Langdon.

She enjoys sports, working out and being outside with her family.  She is “excited to be teaching where my daughter goes to school and so excited to meet all the new faces and help them grow as people and students.”


Brandi Perez is not exactly a new face at Exeter-Milligan but this is her first full year of teaching English in the district.

She was born in Lincoln but grew up in York and graduated from there before completing a Bachelor’s degree in English from UNL. 

She and Exeter-Milligan music teacher Mark Perez have been married for two and a half years.

She will be teaching high school English/Language Arts and will also be guiding the journalism and yearbook students.  She will be serving as the cheerleading coach.

In her spare time she is taking classes through UNK to further her education and naturally, she enjoys reading.  She also enjoys photography.

This year she started a classroom library, “I’m looking forward to getting students more into reading. I’m also looking forward to simply building relationships with students.”


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Throwback Thursday 8/12/2012



Exeter High School 2001 graduate Allison Michl Bitz received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from UNL

Exeter-Milligan welcomed two new teachers, Rachel Haider and Rachel Lucas.

Exeter-Milligan held their open house to welcome new students to both campuses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Exeter Village Board Discusses Water Main Break Repair


Exeter Village Board met on Tuesday August 9 in the village office.  Board member Bob Mueller was absent.

After approving the invoices and last month’s minutes the board opened the floor to Andrew Wilshusen from JEO Engineering.

Three interns from JEO gave a final presentation on a paving project on East Depot around the coop that was a part of their internship.  JEO provided the engineering and the planning free of charge to the village so that their interns could have the experience.

The project on East Depot will be on the one and six year road plan for the village.

Wilshusen also spoke to the board about the water main repairs and replacement on Exeter Avenue and under Highway 6.  He explained that the main would need to be replaced along with a curb stop and hydrant outside of Casey’s.  Only one patron service line was hooked to that main and that service would be moved to a different line.  The cost for the project is estimated at $69,000.

Village Board chairman Alan Michl noted that the repair was essential.  Clerk Becky Erdkamp informed the board she had contacted the accountant to add the project to next year’s budget. When asked about a timeline, Wilshusen commented that “Permitting would be the hold-up.”

Next item on the agenda was repairs to the well which was installed in 1997.  Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller reported having issues with the well. A bid was received from Sargent Drilling and they recommended to wait to do the project when the water usage was lower.

Michl commented “It’s an estimate, but it’s a no brainer.  You have to have water.  My recommendation would be to get them lined up to do it.”

The board briefly discussed the three bids they had received for 9000 square feet of rubber mulch to put under the existing playground equipment at Gilbert’s Park and a new playground area which will house the equipment the village is repurposing from the school. 

The village has applied for a grant to help pay for the mulch and the  Exeter Area Community Foundation has pledged $7000.00 toward the project. 

The bids from Nebraska based suppliers were substantially more than the out of state bid.  Michl noted that the board would need to know if they received the grant before making a decision as the grant requires the materials come from a Nebraska supplier.

Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller presented the board with several options in regards to their current motor grader, a 1980 model. He had a bid for a 2014 motor grader with 4100 hours for $125,000 and also had two options for a dealer to recondition the 1980 model.  One option included a new engine and transmission for the current motor grader and would include a five year warranty for $224,000. The alternate would revamp the village’s motor grader with a rebuilt engine and transmission and would include a one year warranty.  The board made no decision.

Mueller also reported he is working a security grant for a sampling station so he doesn’t have to go into residences to sample water.  Also Mueller and board member Justin Harre discussed pouring cement for the new batting cages at the ballfield.  Mueller is also working on installing new culverts near the fertilizer plant.

Clerk Beck Erdkamp gave her report including sales tax for June of $13,089.27 and July Keno at $131.93.  She noted that the Famers Cooperative had paid for one of the benches in the recently installed gazebo and the village was hoping to receive donations for a matching garbage can.

Erdkamp also noted that the annexation of the coop fertilizer plant on the north side of Exeter is complete and sales tax will go into effect in January of 2023.

The board set the next meeting for Sept ember 13.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Hosts Open House


Above – New FFA Co-advisor Miranda Hornung (second from left) listens as new students ask her questions about the FFA program.  Pictured from the left are tour guide Selah Petersen, Hornung, Rebecca, Neal and Jack Harrison.


Exeter-Milligan held its annual open house on Thursday, August 12.  All the teachers were waiting in their classrooms to greet their new students.  Some had projects for the students to complete while others had treats but everyone had smiles.  In the commons area representatives from Girl Scouts and the Exeter Library were on hand to share information about their local programs.  The library had free cotton candy and the school provided slushies for everyone.  Several of the high school student served as tour guides for new students.

Above– Exeter Librarian Cindy Markowski was at the Exeter-Milligan open house to let parents know about their after school program and share some cotton candy.  New kindergartener Penelope Harrison patiently waited for her spun sugar.

Above – Kohlsen Kahlandt works on a project in his new second grade classroom with his mom, Taylor Kahlandt at the Exeter-Milligan open house.