Aaron & Melinda Kleinschmidt Aaron and Melinda Kleinschmidt settled into Crofton to be midpoint between their jobs. Aaron Kleinschmidt, originally from Wausa, works at Menard's in Yankton loading and unloading merchandise. Melinda Kleinschmidt is from Columbus and works at Little Bee's Daycare in Bloomfield. She likes to shop and they both like to golf. They enjoy the small town friendliness Crofton has to offer and that everyone knows everyone.
Steffen paints mural at Crofton Haymarket The west wall of the Crofton Haymarket's courtyard was the "canvas" for a lifelike mural by local artist Jolene Steffen which was first viewed by the public on October 16. To read how the mural came about, including challenges Steffen faced, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton FFA chapter growing leaders for tomorrow's ag By: Jayden Jordan, CCS Journalism The Crofton FFA Chapter is the biggest club that Crofton High School currently has. The chapter is advised by Stephanie Mann. She is also the Agricultural Education teacher at the high school. To read more on Crofton's FFA Chapter, including which members won the "Blue Jackets, Bright Futures" essay contest, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
DHMs again restricted Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced changes to the State's directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide on October 21, 2020. To read the restrictions, including the new campaign Governor Ricketts launched, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Both Warrior teams headed to X-C state Tourney By: Rowdy Hegge, CCS Journalism The Crofton Cross Country team ran at districts at Pender on Oct. 15 for a chance to go to state-qualifying both teams and a host of Warriors and Lady Warriors for the State tournament in Kearney this weekend. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors take first in Knox County tournament By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism The Crofton Lady Warriors volleyball team brought home the first place hardware after competing in the Knox County tournament in Creighton on Oct. 12 and 13. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Cross Country teams place at conference tournament The Crofton Warrior harriers took to the field on Thursday, Oct. 8 for the Mid-State Conference cross country tournament. To find out how the team did, including the runners' times, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Girls Golf wraps up season By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism The young Crofton Girls Golf team consists of five girls and is coached by Luke DeBlauw. To read how the season went, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Larry Koch Retires After Selling Crofton Farm Supply After 39 years of owning and operating Crofton Farm Supply, he's sold his business to Gavins Point Veterinary Services, effective October 1, 2020. To read the full story, including what Koch's favorite part of running the business was, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lammers family new owners Crofton Farm Supply, October 1 Local veterinarian Bailey Lammers and her husband Austin are excited about their recent purchase of Crofton Farm Supply and merging their quality veterinary practice with the feed business to help customers maintain optimal health for their livestock and pets. The full story can be found on the front page of the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Council approves pickleball in gym The Crofton City Council gathered for its regular meeting on Monday, October 5 with an abbreviated agenda. The council approved the use of a tennis court in the park and the city auditorium for pickleball players during the summer and winter months, respectively. To read more, including when a pickleball informational meeting will be held, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Fire Department holds second annual outing... Approximately 60 members of the Crofton Volunteer Fire department and their family members gathered at the Crofton Haymarket on Sunday, September 20 for food and socializing. This is the second year the department has held this annual event at the Haymarket.
Veteran Stories: Died While Serving in Philippine Islands Glenn E. Carr served as a Private with the 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division during World War II. After moving around, the regiment eventually staged at Camp San Luis Obispo, California in March 1943. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Economic Director shares goals at Community Club Meeting During the monthly meeting of the Crofton Community Club on September 21, results of the recent Cruisin' Day were reported and plans finalized for the Homecoming Parade and Halloween Trick-or-Treat event in October. To read the full minutes, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
In celebration of Mike and Judy Mauch's 25th Wedding Anniversary on September 30th, their children would like to honor them with a card shower. Cards of congratulations can be send to: 89167 557th Ave., Fordyce, NE 68786
Arens has photo published in poultry calendar contest The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is celebrating youth involved with agriculture by announcing the winners of NDA's Poultry Photo Contest. The annual contest was open to Nebraska 4-H and FFA members from around the state and Zac Arens of Crofton submitted a winning photo. To read all about the contest and to see the photo, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Nebraskans sign up for healthcare coverage; and can still apply Heritage Health Adult Medicaid Expansion (HHA) has successfully signed up 5,218 Nebraskans to date. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continues to provide great customer service. Applications are currently processed in about seven days, which is over a month faster than required by federal law. Additional DHHS teammates have been hired and trained to be able to help answer callers' questions and process applications. To find out to apply, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
75th Birthday Card Shower We would like to honor Jerry Kollars with a Card Shower to celebrate his 75th Birthday o September 21st. Please send cards and memories to: 88892 552nd Ave., Crofton, NE 68730
Disney, Pixar theme for 2020 Homecoming festivities Crofton Community School's homecoming will be celebrated September 20-25 with festivities beginning on September 20 with the coronation at 6 p.m. and culminating with the parade in town on September 25 and football game against Tekamah-Herman. For the full list of activities, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Two win Ag Society funds... Taylor Arens (left), Crofton, and Emerson Randa (right), Verdigre, were awarded the 2020 Knox County Ag Society scholarships for 4-H and FFA respectively at the Bullarama event during the Knox County Fair at Bloomfield. Eric Miller (center) is the scholarship coordinator.
Veteran Stories: U.S. Navy Seaman killed in accident Fred Plantenberg was born in Crofton in 1913. Plantenberg graduated from St. Rose School in 1928. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Omaha in 1938 before World War II started. He began his training at the Great Lakes Naval training station, and eventually transferred to San Diego. To read all about Plantenberg, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Dather takes part in first ever Virtual FCCLA conference Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held its first-ever Virtual National Leadership Conference since the organization was founded in 1945, with a Crofton student participating in the monumental event. Piper Dather from the Crofton FCCLA Chapter competed in FCCLA's virtual STAR event and received a gold in Fashion Construction-Jr. To read all about Dather's project, including what she thought about the virtual conference, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Community garage sales this weekend The 2020 Community Garage sales will kick off this weekend, with some sales on Friday, August 28, a variety of home sales, as well as group sales at the City Auditorium will be held in conjunction with the Cruisin' Day car show this weekend. To find the full list of garage sale locations, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Veteran Stories: Promoted on the Battlefield in Italy Henry I. Kremer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kremer from Crofton. Although he was a Crofton native, Henry joined the National Guard in Madison, Minnesota where he was working at the time after the U.S. declared war on Japan and Germany in 1941. Kremer served in the early days of the U.S. involvement in World War II in the North African invasion. To read all about Kremer and his time as a National Guardsman, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Treasures Donates to Crofton Pool Main Treasures volunteers Vicki Woockman, Bernice Tramp, Marlene Hynes, JoAnn Woockman, and Marietta McFarland present a check for $2100 to Economic Development Director Erin Filips for the swimming pool project. The funds were raised from shoppers and donations August 5-8 at the community thrift store.
Cruisin' Day coming, August 28-29 In just one week, Crofton's south park will be lined with classic cars of all sorts and the streets will be full of people cruising for bargains. Cruisin' Days will have a full schedule of activities for all ages. To read the complete schedule, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton's Senior Center re-opens... Katie Tramp, Manager Mary Sawatzke, and Dorothy Schoenberner preparing for the first day of "eating in" at Crofton's Senior Center on Monday, August 17. The Center was allowed to reopen with guidelines in place, and will start serving meals again with lunches and dinners offered, as well as bingo and some events.
Tribal food sovereignty during COVID-19 By: Sandra Renner, Farm and Community director Center for Rural Affairs In many communities across rural America, we are beginning to ease into new norms and routines of quarantine. Each of us is attending to the impacts of COVID-19 on our friends, families, and communities as we all reflect on these unprecedented times. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Northeast Community College to require masks Northeast Community College continues to put plans into place to prepare for the fall semester on August 17. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have been developed to include appropriate social distancing and classroom safety protocols. To read what the college's president has to say about the changes, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
School sports to proceed The Nebraska School Activities Association's board of directors voted in favor of holding its football and volleyball seasons as scheduled during a special meeting Monday via conference call. To read when fall sports practices are set to begin statewide, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Avera Staff answers COVID questions about testing The Journal asked local providers at Avera some questions about testing for the COVID-19 virus as the state begins to see some more infections as testing itself picks up. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read how the Avera providers answered the questions.
Twenty-nine earn CHS diploma The Crofton Warrior senior class of 2020 was finally able to hold its regular commencement ceremony, giving a proper send-off to the 29 students eligible for graduation this year, but that had been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To read all about the outdoor commencement ceremony, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
District Health Department moves into Phase IV DHM From the NCDHD Based on monitoring trends in COVID-19 data, the North Central District Health Department jurisdiction will move to Phase IV of the Governor's Directive Health Measure (DHM) starting August 1, 2020. To read more on this new phase, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Test Nebraska hits 100,000 mark Test Nebraska, which is currently the number one source of testing in the state of Nebraska, reached a milestone July 24, having tested more than 100,000 Nebraska residents since the program launched in April. To read more about Test Nebraska, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Community groups share mailing Members of the Crofton Alumni Association and the board of the Crofton Community Foundation gathered at a local eatery on Monday, July 27 to prepare a mailing to all Crofton Community graduates. To read what was included in the mailings, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Power companies train responders... Representatives from Cedar-Knox Public Power, Hartington and Northeast Power, Wayne were on hand for a training session for area firemen and EMT’s at the Crofton Fire Hall on Wednesday, July 15. One of the points of the course on electrical safety focused on what to do when there are downed power lines which can happen due to a motor vehicle accident, a storm or during the use of large farm machinery. It’s very important to be aware of your surroundings since there aren’t always sparks or sounds with downed wires. Anyone approaching such a scene should first call the closest power company and remain at least 50 feet away. If there is a person inside a vehicle or tractor under a downed power line, that person should remain in the vehicle until someone from the utility determines that it is safe to exit.
"Checking in" at the Argo Hotel Submitted Article Since 1912, the Historic Argo has been nestled into the landscape of Crofton, treating guests with varying amenities-starting with electric light in the "old days" to newly updated USB plug-ins today, and although the interior has changed, people from all over the world travel to experience the remarkable building, now the home of Frank and Megan Marsh. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
New Website and Mobile App coming! The website may take a new look for some of you this week as we launch our new website and mobile app. It will likely cause some disruption for a few days - so email or call if you have any issues. Look to the paper next week for an update!
Missing youth found and returned home safely Knox County Sheriff On May 15, at around 8:50 a.m., the Knox County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing child north of Crofton. The mother stated that she had last seen the child about one hour prior, but could not locate him. At about 9:41 a.m., the child was located in a field east of the residence and did not need medical attention.
County awarded scrap tire grant From the Knox County Clerk Knox County will once again host a scrap tire collection on June, 26. There will be no personal limits at this collection! For more details, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
From the Nebraska State Activities Association: The NSAA Membership voted 31 to 20 FOR adding Bowling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Membership voted 28 to 23 AGAINST adding Girls Wrestling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Board of Directors voted 7 to 1 to add Girls Wrestling as an EMERGING sport. Complete results from the 2020 NSAA Representative Assembly are available on the NSAA website at https://nsaa-static.s3.amazonaws.com/textfile/leg/repmin.pdf.
Graduation plan set for August Crofton Community Schools released information on Monday evening about some calendar updates for seniors and how the remainder of the month of May could work its way out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the plans for May, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Inspired by several of his long-time guitar-playing friends who were doing some “Facebook gigs” and with the encouragement of his wife Mary, Kim Sawatzke has been sharing his musical talent as a pianist on Facebook daily for the last two weeks. To read the full story, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
On my "COVID Vacation" While Crofton folks are staying home to practice "social distancing" life does go on. Submit your "COVID Vacation" events (just for fun) to firstname.lastname@example.org to show what is happening around town, even during mild isolation