Pope John XXIII Central Catholic students in grades 9-12 recently welcomed 2016 Pope John graduate, Terri Seier.
She visited with students about her recent studies abroad in Taiwan. Seier talked to the students about her interest in traveling, how she obtained scholarships to be able to go abroad, and her adventures while in Taiwan.
She is currently a student at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln and is an English major. She is the daughter of Paul and Shawn Seier of Petersburg.
A longtime member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors is stepping down from her seat.
Shirley Petsche, of Petersburg, submitted her letter of resignation during the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Norfolk.
In her letter, Petsche cited family obligations for leaving the board. She said she is proud of her association with the College.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as a board member and wish you all the best as the College continues to focus on the success of students and the region we serve. I will miss everyone, but I take with me that I have been part of the history of workforce training success in Northeast Nebraska through Northeast Community College.”
Petsche has served on the Northeast Community College Board of Governors, representing District I of Antelope, Garfield, Pierce, Wayne and Wheeler counties in their entirety and portions of Boone, Cedar, and Madison counties, since she was appointed in 2010. She was elected to the position in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Petsche has chaired a number of board committees and served as board chairperson in 2016. She was board vice-chairperson in in 2015 and secretary in 2014.
Petsche has also served as one of two representatives from Northeast on the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) Board of Directors.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said he has valued Petsche’s contributions to the board.
"I am grateful for the support that Shirley has provided Northeast Community College over the years. With her experience working in economic development she understands the mission of a community college of providing the services and training necessary in sustaining this region’s workforce. Her leadership and insight as a member of our board has been invaluable," Chipps said.
Petsche is a former licensed practical nurse who received her education at the Lincoln School of Nursing. She has served as director of the Boone County Health Center Foundation, director of the Boone County Development Agency and as a consultant for an economic development organization in Nance County.
Her resignation is effective upon the appointment of her successor.
More photos have been submitted of the tornado in southwest Boone County. This one was taken near Spalding and submitted by Brian Huisman.
A tornado has been spotted 13 miles of Petersburg.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning until 6:15 p.m. for southwestern Boone County. At 5:38 pm. a confirmed tornado was located 6 miles east of Spalding moving southeast 5 mph.
The photos in this post were provided to the Boone County News by Ginny Larson.
Nine awards were given by Center for Rural Affairs staff at the organization’s annual awards dinner on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
The awards were:
The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the Center's Board of Director's quarterly board meeting. Board meetings are held at different locations across Nebraska.
Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues. Visit cfra.org to learn more.
Petersburg will again be hosting "Puttin' in P-Town."
The third annual event will be Saturday, Jan. 20. Businesses who would like to be part of the event are asked to call Pat Petsche at 402-386-5593. Businesses may use their previous designs if they desire.
Teams can register to put around the town on Jan. 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Petersburg Legion.
The 2017 Petersburg Carnival Days took place June 20-21 in downtown Petersburg, and families from all over the area came to enjoy the rides, games, and food that the event offered.
Check out the gallery below for pictures from the event!
The Allied Health Department at Northeast Community College in Norfolk has announced several free, one-session workshops for emergency medical service technicians in the area during the month of November.
The workshops are offered for three continuing education credits. They will be held from 7-10 p.m. All workshops will be conducted in local fire halls, except for the workshop in Madison, which will be held at the Public Safety Building.
There is no need to pre-register. The workshops, dates and locations include:
Cardiac - Monday, November 14 in Madison
Haz Mat for EMS Review - Wednesday, November 16 in Petersburg
Burns - Monday, November 21 in Neligh
This program is funded in whole or in part with public funds provided through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services System Emergency Medical Services Program.
For additional information, call the Allied Health Department, Northeast Community College, at (402) 844-7702.
Northeast Community College has honored five individuals for career success and achievement following graduation from the institution, as well as for distinguished service to the College.
Major Wendi Sazama, originally from Bloomfield, Jeffrey Temme, Petersburg, and Shane Weidner, Madison, were inducted into Northeast’s Hall of Success during a reception and ceremony recently at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Norfolk campus. The Hall of Success is awarded to individuals for achieving significant professional success, exhibiting exemplary citizenship qualities or making significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs.
Awards were presented by Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast, and Dr. Tracy Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs.
Temme graduated from Northeast Community College, then Northeast Nebraska Technical Community College, in 1974 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He began his career as a teacher and coach, serving for a combined nine years at Campbell and St. Edward public schools. He then worked for over 20 years as a sales associate for Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
Since 1980, Temme has been self-employed in agri-business and currently serves as a sales associate with Century 21 Real Estate Professionals in Norfolk. He is also a past participant in the Nebraska LEAD program - a program founded 35 years ago to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska’s future generations.
In 2007, Temme organized the first Petersburg “Punkin Chunkin” Celebration, which went on to win Outstanding Event for a small community honors at the Nebraska Travel Industry awards. The event is now in its ninth year.
A longtime member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association, Temme has used his talent as an auctioneer and master of ceremonies at many charity and community events. He also sings and plays guitar at funerals, weddings and nursing homes throughout northeast Nebraska.
Additionally, Temme has served on a wind farm coalition that led to the Nebraska Public Power Purchase Agreement that brought 98 wind turbines to the Petersburg area.
In his nomination letter, J. Paul McIntosh, who served on the College’s Board of Governors for 20 years and is currently a member of the Northeast Community College Foundation Board, said Temme’s contributions have been diverse and impactful.
“Jeff Temme’s resume is a microcosm of the broad spectrum of interests and activities in which he continues to be involved. Using his natural ‘sales’ ability and taking advantage of many special classes at (Northeast), Mr. Temme has been a leader in 4-H, athletics, numerous civic, church and community events, entertainment and other volunteer work, as well as leadership roles in his various professions, notably auctioneering and wind generation,” McIntosh said. “Jeff has consistently demonstrated his enthusiasm, energy and commitment to enhance and improve the many groups and organizations of which he is a part.”
In accepting his Hall of Success recognition, Temme said that when he first came to Northeast, he was “a farm kid not knowing what to do.”
“I was immediately treated like a student, and I knew that I was at the right place. The hours transferred, it was affordable, and I was on my way. Forty-five years later, I’m here, and I’m so honored and humbled to receive this award.”
Temme credited his family’s support with his success, including his mother, Joyce, who passed away earlier this year. “We didn’t have a whole bunch, but she said, ‘When you go out, make sure your clothes are clean, even if they’re patched, and get your studies.’”
He also gave special credit to his brother, James, a professor of radiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center and Vietnam veteran who was the first in the Temme family to graduate college.
Temme and his wife, Jan, have one son, Jared, and his wife, Leslee, as well as three daughters, Joelle Feeney and her husband, Jimmy, of Petersburg, Jenna Temme, of Chicago, and Julia Temme, of Omaha, and six grandchildren.
Also at the ceremony, retired member of the Northeast Board of Governors and current member of the Northeast Foundation Board of Directors, Larry Poessnecker, Atkinson, was presented with the Northeast Community College Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated active service to higher education and who have played a significant role in the development of Northeast Community College.
The Annual Petersburg Punkin' Chunkin' Contest was a success with around 800 people in attendance.
Along with the canons that were shooting pumpkins thousands of feet, there was also many family fun activities.
Kids could find treasure in a sand pit, and pet different animals thanks to the Seamann Petting Zoo.
There wasn’t any records broken, but the results of the distance contest were still impressive.
1. Ralph Weeder Family, Lindsay 3955 ft.
2. Mike Crabtree, Brunswick 3115 ft.
3. Duane Scholl, Petersburg 2673 ft
1. The Birds, Albion - 32 seconds
2. 5fer, Lindsay - 40 seconds
3. Vern, Lindsay - 44 seconds
Accuracy: Gabe Jaeger, Milligan NE