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Dancing with Stars tickets on sale next week

Dancing with the Stars in Gothenburg will be at 7 p.m. April 21. This fundraiser is to help revitalize the Sun Theater.

Dancers include Erika Pfeifer, Kressy Ristine, Jacque Murphy, Deb Egenberger, Jason Wagner, Jim Graff, Bryson Mahlberg and John Fritton.

Tickets are expected to go quickly as seating is limited. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 29 at the Sun Theatre, 404 10th St.


Dinner Theater Friday to Sunday

“You Can’t Beat the House” Dinner Theater, a comedy by Pat Cook, will be performed Friday through Sunday.

Friday and Saturday, the dinner theater begins at 6 p.m. with the play starting at 7 p.m. Cost for Friday and Saturday is $50, which includes the play and meal. Cost for the Sunday matinée is $20, which includes popcorn and water. The matinee is at 2 p.m. on Sunday. All shows are in the Perkins County High School multipurpose room.

The menu, provided by Hilltop Inn, will consist of roast beef, cheesy potatoes, bacon green beans, dinner roll and cake. Fish may be requested for Friday at the time tickets are reserved.

To reserve tickets for Friday or Saturday, contact Lisa Schmitt at Adams Bank & Trust in Grant or Brittany Brott at 308-352-6191. There will be no pre-sale for Sunday’s matinee.

Funds raised from the dinner theater will benefit the Perkins County aquatic center.

Vets’ mental health training course set

Region II Human Services will offer a Mental Health First Aid course for veterans and their families from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, in Grant.

The eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance-use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis, teaching attendees a five-step action plan to reach out and offer appropriate support.

The training is free, but those planning to attend must register ahead of time.

The deadline to register for the event is today. For more information or to register for the training, contact Shannon Sell at 308-534-6029, ext. 152, or email


Spaghetti dinner to benefit Fire Department

The Hershey Volunteer Fire Department’s annual spaghetti dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hershey School Cafeteria at 301 S. Lincoln Ave.

The dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce, homemade rolls and plenty of homemade goodies for dessert. Carry-out will be available.

Cost is a donation. The department is seeking funds to purchase a cascade system to enable firefighters to refill breathing tanks on scene.

In 2017, the department had 31 fire and 84 medical calls and 24 calls for other reasons, for a total of 139 calls.

Current board members include Chris Klaasmeyer, Jim Frame, Dennis Brown, Jim Fleecs and Bob Pinion.

There are currently openings for firefighters and EMTs. If interested in joining, contact any fire department member.

People who are unable to attend the dinner but still want to donate can send donations to Hershey Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 333, Hershey, NE 69143.


Cattle trail group meeting set

The Great Western Cattle Trail Association of Nebraska is having its annual meeting at the Chase County Museum at Champion on Tuesday, starting with a meal at 6 p.m.

Gary Kraisinger, author of “The Western Cattle Trail,” will present new information on the trail.

A fall tour of local evidence of the trail is being planned. Possible sites could include actual evidence of the trail, sites for overnight camping or sorting, and local homestead dugouts.

For those interested in keeping up with GWCTA-NE, a website is being planned with a cellphone app.

The Western Cattle Trail has been presented for national recognition as a Historical National Trail. The word “Great” would be removed from the name of the trail with this recognition. The group will discuss changing the official name of the organization to the Western Cattle Trail Association of Nebraska.

Reservations for the smothered steak meal, costing $19 including tax and tip, should be made with Charlie Colton, 308-883-8584 or


‘Voices from Ellis Island’ at library

Pippa White will offer her solo show, “Voices from Ellis Island,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Library, 907 N. Washington St.

From 1890 to 1930, Ellis Island was the first experience of America for millions of immigrants. Their stories are amusing, frightening, inspiring and true.

This event is funded by the Lexington Library Memorial Fund, the Lexington Community Foundation, the Emerson Fund and Friends of the Library.

Exploration Day set for students

Want to connect with the workforce of tomorrow? Come to the Dawson County Exploration Day, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Orthman Community YMCA, 1207 N. Grant St.

The Dawson County Exploration Day allows organizations to meet and connect with over 400 area junior high school students.


REAP offers help to small businesses

Nancy Flock, central and southwest bilingual Nebraska business specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, will have office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in McCook.

Call the McCook Economic Development Corporation at 308-345-1200 for appointments. The MEDC office is at 402 Norris Ave., Suite 301.

REAP offers technical assistance, educational and networking opportunities and a loan program for small businesses.

REAP has eight regionally based business specialists, including three who are bilingual, who get involved at different stages and also work with REAP’s Latino Business Center and the state’s only Women’s Business Center.


Smith to host coffee in Mullen

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) invites constituents of the 3rd District to attend a coffee at Nebraska Pantry Cafe and Coffee House at 108 N.W. First St., Mullen, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

For additional information, contact Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at 308-633-6333.


History of chocolate is lunch topic

The Brown-Bag Lunch will be at noon March 29 at the North Platte Library, 120 W. Fourth St. The topic will be “How Chocolate Twice Conquered the American Continent: A Deliciously Historical Perspective,” by Jose Francisco Garcia.

The tale begins with 2,000-year-old murals depicting the uses for chocolate and continues to the present, witnessing the allure and power chocolate continues to have on human society.

Garcia shares the history of cacao and discusses its value as a worldwide commodity.

Seating reservations are requested by calling the library at 308-535-0836. Feel free to bring a sack lunch; water and tea are provided.

MOPS sale is Saturday

The Mothers of Pre-Schoolers consignment sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, , at Bethel Evangelical Church, 2700 W. Philip Ave. Sale items include children’s and maternity clothes, books, toys, movies, games, baby gear and furniture.

MOPS meets twice a month at the church. For more information, contact Sandy Willard, 308-631-0261.


Alzheimer’s webinar today

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has announced a continuing free webinar series, “Dementia Dialogues,” to provide caregivers with information and tools to better understand and care for loved ones living with dementia.

The webinar will be from 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The title is “Advocacy and Awareness: What is being done to make communities more dementia capable for people and families?”

To register, go to and go to events/education. For more information about the series, contact Veronica Conner at Banner Sun Health Research Institute at 623-832-3248, or visit

Painting class set at Lake Mac

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting acrylic painting from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center. Follow guided instructions for an original painting or create your own masterpiece.

Canvas, brushes, paint and refreshments will be provided for a fee of $10 per person.

A state park entry permit is required on all vehicles entering the area. For more information and to register, contact Alison Bleich at 308-284-0855 or

Crisis program hosts women’s group

The Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program has a Women’s Boundaries Group, which meets at various times in the SCIP office, 111 W. Third St.

Those interested in attending are asked to register by calling 308-284-8477.

Lenten lunches scheduled

The Ogallala Ministerial Association is having a Lenten lunch at noon today at the United Church of Christ, First Congregational.

A message will be presented during the lunch. The final lunch will be at noon March 28 and will feature a message from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Lunch is available for a freewill offering immediately after the services. The public is invited.

Chlorination continues

The city of Ogallala has begun chlorinating the city water supply, as part of routine maintenance, and will continue through Friday. There may be a slight taste or odor in the water.

Anyone with questions or concerns, contact City Water Superintendent John Sauer at 308-284-3925 or 308-289-1033.

Youth summer sign-up today

The Mid-Plains Community College-Ogallala Campus is hosting its second annual youth summer sign-up from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today in the Ogallala Auditorium. Parents are invited to take their children and register them for summer activities.

More than 30 organizations that plan and host summer events and programs specifically for youth have been invited to be on site to explain their programs and answer questions.

Information about other youth-related groups and activities that occur the rest of the year also will be available.


Women in Ag meeting Thursday

Farm Service Agency Executive Director Kim Borer reminds all women involved in agriculture to attend the ninth annual Women in Ag meeting from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Paxton Community Center.

Featured speakers include Allison Donner, speaking about “Being a Leader in Your Industry and Why Your Story Matters,” and Hazy Delzer, speaking about “Going Home and How to Survive When You Get There.”

The special interest speaker will be Leah Fote of Paxton, who will talk about her local Good Berry Farm.

For more information, contact the Farm Service Agency at 308-284-2048.


Rodeo Club members needed

Students grades 9-12 who are interested in joining the Logan-McPherson High School Rodeo Club may contact Michele Needs at, or talk to her during the school day at Stapleton Public School.

Students do not have to participate in rodeos to be part of the club.

A member needs to be willing to obtain prize donations for the Stapleton High School Rodeo on May 20. Students would need to help the day of the rodeo. Scholarships are available to students who are members and meet the guidelines.

Stuffed animals can star in library’s movie

The Logan County Library is having a stuffed-animal slumber party starting on Tuesday that will culminate in a movie featuring the toys.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring in a stuffed animal from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and the stuffed animal needs to spend some time in the library. On March 29, return to the library between 4-6 p.m. to pick up the stuffed animal and view the movie that was made while the toys hung out at the library.

This is a free event hosted by Kathy Trimble and the Friends of the Library.


Prescribed burns begin at forest

Bessey Ranger District Fire managers on the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest have started prescribed broadcast burns continuing through May 15 as weather conditions allow.

The broadcast burns are planned on up to 12,000 acres of the native grasslands.

To be notified the day the broadcast burns will take place, call Bessey Ranger District at 308-533-2257 or email

Thedford High plans cancer fundraiser

Students at Thedford High School are planning the Super Heroes of the Sandhills Cancer Fundraiser on April 28.

Activities will include a 5K color walk/run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Runza sales (pre-orders and on-site), pitch and bridge, and a soup contest.

For more information, contact the school at 308-645-2230.

Event to benefit golf course

There will be a fundraiser for the Thedford Golf Course on Tuesday with the Sandhills Corral hosting the event.

Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner includes prime rib with two sides and salad bar. Cost is $40 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Security First Bank or at Sandhills Corral.

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