Internship evolves to friendship Wakefield Senior Center manager, Sherry Oswald, applied for an intern from Wayne State College last spring. Ariana Martinez came on as an intern from Wayne State College and has fit right in at the Senior Center and with the people she has met over the summer. To read more on this evolved friendship, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Work to begin on Hwy 9/35 near Wakefield Weather permitting, armor coating will begin August 10 on Highway 9 north, near Wakefield, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. State maintenance forces will be performing armor coating on Highway 9/ Highway 35 junction to the Highway 9/US Highway 20 junction north of Allen. Traffic will be maintained with a pilot car and flaggers. Anticipated completion is August 19. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in and near work zones, to buckle up, and put phones down.
Meyer has successful 4-H showing at Wayne Co. Fair Megan Meyer from Emerson had a very successful showing at the Wayne County Fair as a 4-H member in several different categories. To read Meyer's accomplishments at this year's abbreviated fair in Wayne, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Levee work begins Levee work along Logan Creek on the north edge of Wakefield has begun. According to the Army Corps of Engineers work on the repair from the flood of 2019 should be completed around the middle of October. The walking path along the levee will be unavailable in a couple of spots near the bridge crossing Highway 35 on Wakefield's northern edge of town. The path is accessible at the south entrance and available at Graves Park on the north end. The Graves' Park accessibility will be limited by the closure as far as distance on the path, but the path is accessible.
Ashley Rewinkel Promoted to Branch Manager at SNB State Nebraska Bank & Trust has promoted Ashley Rewinkel to Branch Manager and Personal Banker at its new Campus Branch, set to open in the SNBuilding at 10th and Main Street in Wayne this August. To read more on Rewinkel's promotion and her background, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Wakefield residents dominate 'Dam Race' Zach Dolen and Ross Hansen "dominated" the 3rd Annual Crofton Dam Race on Saturday, July 25 at the Weigand State Recreation Area and campground north of Crofton. To read the full story, including what the guys thought of the race, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Wakefield Health Care Center provides a COVID update By Traci Haglund, Administrator/ Wakefield Health Care Center The Wakefield Health Care Center has been working diligently to keep COVID-19 out of the facility. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican to read some of the precautions the staff are doing to keep the residents and their co-workers safe.
Wakefield Troop 172 completes service project Troop 172 completed a service project for St. John's Lutheran church on Wednesday, July 8th. The troop repainted the yellow parking lines and yellow lines on the sidewalk edges around the south and west sides of the church. "We appreciate the community's support and are happy to give back to the community by doing service projects such as this," Boy Scout Troop Leader, Ed Haglund said. "It's what the Boy Scouts are designed to do and it is what we do."
Uldrich tabbed Teacher of the Year by American Legion The Nebraska American Legion Teacher of the Year program serves to recognize dedicated and devoted individuals who, on a constant basis, give so much of themselves on behalf of the youth of Nebraska. One of this year's Teacher of the Year recipients was Allen Consolidated Schools junior high school history teacher, Dave Uldrich. To read the criteria needed to be considered for the award, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
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!
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.
Five New Cases of COVID-19 in NNPHD Health District Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) received five positive case reports of confirmed COVID-19 within the health district today. Today’s patients are residents of Cedar (2), Dixon (2) and Thurston (1) Counties. They include 4 males, age range 20-64 years and 1 female in her 50’s. Public health investigations are in process, close contacts are being identified and contacted to ensure quarantine and isolation measures are being taken. One case appears to be community spread meaning the source of that person’s exposure cannot be identified (no travel, no close contact of a positive case). As of Wednesday evening, 04.29.2020, there have been 246 COVID-19 tests reported for people living in the NNPHD Health District of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties. The results of these tests includes 19 positive cases (Cedar - 4, Dixon - 9, Thurston - 4, and Wayne County - 2), 200 negatives, and 27 tests currently pending results. You can stay up to date with the Coronavirus situation on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/. Nebraska DHHS has a COVID-19 call in line where you can get your questions answered about the virus. The phone line operates from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days per week, 402-552-6645. Follow NNPHD on Facebook to get the latest local testing numbers and results or visit our website for local updates www.nnphd.org .
Wakefield Youngster has 'epic' birthday Imagine the excitement of your 10th birthday. House full of friends, presents, cake, games, and ice cream. Enter COVID-19 and a promising birthday bash turned into a family gathering for Oliver Sievers. To read about Oliver's epic birthday, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Enel Green Power donates to local groups The Enel Group's US-based company, Enel North America, which operates through renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America and the advanced energy services company Enel X North America, announced that it will provide 1.3 million USD to support more than 75 local organizations across 17 US states, as they respond to COVID-19. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Haven House closed but ready to serve Although the doors to Haven House in Wayne are closed, the staff at the facility is on call and ready to help anyone in need. If someone is in need of assistance, Haven House has advocates available 24/7 and can be reached via the crisis line at 1-800-440-4463. To read the entire story, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
City Council tables civic center manager position The Wakefield City Council met in regular session at the council chambers. The council tabled a decision to hire a manager for the Wakefield Civic Center. Pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican to read the full story.
First cases of COVID-19 reported in Box Butte, Wayne and Pierce Counties Three counties reported new cases of COVID-19 to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). To read more on these cases, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Sheriff Taylor pleased with public response to pandemic Dixon County sheriff, Don Taylor, is pleased with the response from the county regarding the recent Directed Public Health Measure for the entire state issued by Governor Pete Ricketts. Pick up the latest edition of the WAkefield Republican to read more.
MFI donates food to Wakefield Michael Foods, Incorporated has been busy donating boxes of food to area residents. MFI was on hand at Covenant Church in Wakefield distributing potatoes, eggs, and other goodies to residents. To read the full story, find this story in the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.