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Vice President Pence praises Ricketts at Omaha campaign stop

OMAHA, Neb. -- To bursts of applause inside a downtown Omaha hotel ballroom Tuesday evening, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged a crowd of 350 to turn out for Gov. Pete Ricketts’ re-election bid this November.

“Nebraska needs four more years of Gov. Pete Ricketts,” Pence said, drawing the largest applause of the night at a fundraising event where VIP seats and a photo with the vice president fetched $20,000.

Earlier Tuesday, the former Indiana governor and congressman, who said he befriended Ricketts years ago, touted the accomplishments of his boss, President Donald Trump, at an economic round-table discussion in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Pence recycled the highlights of Trump’s 13-plus months in the Oval Office for Nebraska Republicans on Tuesday night in his lead-up to a pitch for why Ricketts deserves another term leading the Cornhusker State.

Tax cuts and slashing government regulations, both at the federal and state levels, has contributed to “an all-time high” confidence among small-business owners, unemployment levels at a 17-year low, and wage growth at its most rapid since the waning years of President George W. Bush, according to Pence.

“And we’re just getting started,” the vice president added.

Nebraska was reaping the results, Pence said. He cited the $1,000 bonuses Nelnet awarded to its nearly 4,100 employees after Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, as well as bonuses doled out by Pinnacle Bank.

Corporations such as Union Pacific would save an estimated $6 billion in taxes this year, he added, and Warren Buffett, who just announced the tax cuts created a $29 billion windfall for Berkshire Hathaway, said the legislation created a “huge tailwind for American business.”

Pence told the crowd that a vote for Ricketts was a vote to continue bringing back a “stronger, more prosperous and safer” Nebraska and nation.

“I want to encourage all of the men and women who lead businesses in the city and on the farm all across Nebraska to leave here tonight and go tell somebody,” Pence said. “I want you to talk about that record of success, because it’s not our administration’s record, it’s not the governor’s record, it’s all of our record of success.

“Together we are bringing Nebraska back, together we are bringing back the American economy and American strength back,” he added.

After dinner, Ricketts made his pitch, saying a vote to put him back in the governor’s office for four more years would be a vote to continue running Nebraska like a business.

“We’re supposed to be efficient and effective,” he said. “We’re supposed to be doing a good job of providing services, doing it in a way that is operationally excellent and controlling our costs at the same time just like the private sector does every day.”

Ricketts will likely advance from the May 15 primary to square off in the general election against the newly minted Democratic Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha.

He said he believes his approach as governor -- more like the CEO of a large, complicated business -- is helping draw more opportunities to the state.

Last year, more than $1 billion in business investments poured into the state, he said, creating more jobs “and allowing more Nebraska families to be able to enjoy the good life and pursue their dreams.

“Folks, that is what it’s all about at the end of the day.”

HTRS wins Pioneer Conference Speech meet

The Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer speech team won the 2018 Pioneer Conference Speech meet on Monday, March 5, which was held at the HTRS School in Humboldt, Neb.

HTRS scored 202 points on its way to the championship; Tri County was runner-up with 142 points; Falls City received the third place plaque with 132 points; and Lourdes Central Catholic was fourth with 122 points.

The first place gold medal winners from HTRS were Anastasia Popham in persuasive; Grace Kanel in humorous prose; and the duet of Grace Kanel and Emma Shubert.

Other HTRS individual medal winners included Alex Flynn, who won second place in serious prose; Matilyn Stalder, who placed second in informative; and Camille Frey, for placing second in entertainment, fourth in persuasive and fifth in extemporaneous. The oral interpretation of drama team, including Bella Vasco, Katie Frey, Lauren Nanninga and Austin Herr, finished with a fourth-place medal.

HTRS speech also competed on Saturday, March 3 at the Waverly invite. The team was runner-up with 67 points, behind the champion, Auburn, with 83 points.

HTRS medalists were: Anastaisa Popham, first in varsity persuasive and third in varsity extemporaneous speaking; Alex Flynn, third in varsity serious prose; Clarence Schuler, fifth in varsity persuasive; Bella Vasco, fifth in varsity poetry; Camille Frey, sixth in varsity poetry; Cameron James, first in novice serious prose and fourth in novice humorous prose; Lauren Nanninga, first in novice poetry; Katie Frey, third in novice poetry and sixth in novice serious prose; Austin Herr, fourth in novice humorous prose; Joe Lamb, fourth in novice informative; and Joe Stalder, fifth in novice informative.

The team will finish the season with the speech district, to be held at HTRS on Monday, March 12. If any member finishes in the top three at districts, they will compete at the state championship held on the University of Nebraska – Kearney campus on March 23.

The HTRS speech team is coached by Carl Linnerson and Mandy Bowen.

Daily calendar


For the public

SCC Mental Health Discussion: The public is invited to a presentation provided by Jeremy and Bailey Koch, authors of "Never Alone" and "When the House Feels Sad." The program is sponsored by Southeast Community College and will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Hall conference room.

Children and Adult Immunization Clinic: noon-4 p.m. at Parkview Conference Center, located at 1201 S. Ninth St., Beatrice (east side of the building). Appointments are necessary. Call 402-223-2366. Bring insurance or Medicaid card. Sponsored by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Burwood Books/Mother to Mother Ministry: will have story time at 10 a.m. for children in pre-school through kindergarten. Prizes are awarded after ten times in attendance. Call 402-223-6042 for more information.


CERT Meeting: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will meet on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Gage County Courthouse. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church (use west entrance), 321 N. Fifth St., Beatrice.

Beatrice Undergrounders Narcotics Anonymous: 8:15 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.


For the public

Wymore Community Coffee: 10-11 a.m. at the Blue Springs United Methodist Church. The public is always welcome.


Beatrice Toastmasters: 7-8 a.m. in the chamber office of the Carnegie Building, located at 218 N. Fifth St. Visitors are welcome. Ron Miller can be contacted at For information about Toastmasters’ club, visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Support groups

Alliance Support Group: Alliance, a peer-run, faith-based mental health support group meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month. Meetings start at 7 p.m. at New Hope Community Outreach, located at 625 Court St. in Beatrice. For questions, call 402-806-5300.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Good Samaritan Event Center, 401 S. 22nd Street, Beatrice (use east entrance).

Beatrice Guardian Angels: 8 p.m. at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Guardian Angels Narcotics Anonymous: 8-9 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Senior diners

Noon Meals

Beatrice Senior Center

Address: 101 N. 25th St.

Phone: 402-223-3055.

Contact the center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for noon meals. On the second Thursday, third Tuesday and fourth Monday of each month, noon meals will not be served, but will be replaced by an evening meal starting at 5:30 p.m.

For those ages 60 and over, the suggested contribution is $4. For those under age 60, the suggested contribution is $6. Make reservations the day before.


Thursday: jam session.


Monday: chicken patty on a bun, vegetables and cinnamon applesauce.

Tuesday: sausage and egg breakfast casserole, strawberries, bananas and coffeecake.

Wednesday: corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage, rye bread and pudding.

Thursday: battered pollock, macaroni and cheese, pickled beets, bread, pineapple and oranges.

Friday: birthday dinner, cabbage rolls, wild rice, Capri vegetables and bars.

DeWitt Senior Center

To make a meal reservation, please call Bev Plihal at 402-683-6475 or 402-520-0873 by Monday. Suggested donation for the meal is $5 for individuals 60 and over, or $6.50 for those under 60. If you are interested in getting home-delivered meals for the fall and winter months, please call to get more information. Meals can be arranged for Monday through Friday, or for a few days each week.


Wednesday: gardening with Tri County FFA


Wednesday: hot beef, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit and milk.

SENCA-Senior Center


Monday: goulash, grilled cheese sandwiches, applesauce and Rice Krispies Treats.

Tuesday: beef and vegetable soup, pistachio salad and muffins.

Wednesday: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, green beans and peaches.

Thursday: boneless pork rib sandwiches, potato salad, fruit, Jell-o and cookies.

Friday: salmon loaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans and chocolate pudding. 

Sterling Senior Center


Monday: chicken and rice casserole, broccoli, rolls and fruit.

Tuesday: goulash, vegetables, garlic bread and pudding.

Wednesday: baked chicken, sweet potatoes, vegetables, bread and dessert.

Thursday: hot pork sandwiches, vegetables, rolls and cookies.

Friday: corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, rolls and dessert.

Wymore Senior Center


Tuesday: bingo.

Wednesday: crossword puzzles.

Thursday: "How St. Patrick's Day began."

Friday: "Leprechaun Kisses."


Monday: chicken patty on a bun, vegetables and cinnamon applesauce.

Tuesday: sausage and egg breakfast casserole, strawberries, bananas and coffeecake.

Wednesday: corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage, rye bread and pudding.

Thursday: battered pollock, macaroni and cheese, pickled beets, bread, pineapple and oranges.

Friday: birthday dinner, cabbage rolls, wild rice, Capri vegetables and bars.


Meeting notes

Cosgrove Music Club

The Cosgrove Music Club met on March 4 at 2 p.m. at Samaritan Springs. Members and residents were treated to a musical program about Baroque music. Performing on the program were Joan Davison, chair, Bonnie Prebyl, Bev Ewer, Beth Engels, Grace, Sydney MacNett and Jordan Zhang.

Davison gave the background material on the main composers of the Baroque Period. Ewer played a cornet solo, "Trumpet Voluntary," by Jeremy Clark, accompanied by Prebyl.

A piano solo,"Sonata in G Major," by Scarlatti was played by Prebyl. Two sisters, Grace and Sydney MacNett, played two flute duets,"Adagio" by Kalli Woda and "Allegretto" by Bousquet.

Zhang played a violin solo, "A Minor Concerto," by Antonio Vivaldi, accompanied by Engels. Zhang is a student of Davison.

Grace MacNett played a flute solo, "D Major Concerto," ("The Goldfinch") first movement, accompanied by Engels. Next, Prebyl played a piano solo, "Bourree," by J. S. Bach. Concluding the program, Ewer played a cornet solo, "Hornpipe," by George F. Handel, accompanied by Prebyl.

Refreshments were served by Verneal Dodge and Liz Holgate. The next meeting will be on April 2 at the home of Betty Brackhahn. The musical theme will be "Classical Music."