Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Area News Digest

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

LIFENET to improve heart attack outcomes

COZAD—Cozad Community Hospital and Cozad Fire and Rescue have launched a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control Inc., is the first web-based data network of its kind offering emergency medical services and hospital team tools for working together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies. The system has a goal of reducing time to treatment, known as door-to-balloon time, for patients in the Cozad area who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known at STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction). Door-to-balloon time refers to the interval from patient arrival to inflation of a balloon catheter within the patient’s blocked artery, with a goal of 90 minutes. —reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Petting zoo raises over $3,700 in Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW—Custer Federal State Bank sponsored a petting zoo to help raise money by free will donations for the Love Your Library-Expand Our Future expansion and renovation campaign. Children were invited to pet a wide assortment of animals including a camel, miniature horse and potbellied pigs. The animals were brought to Melham Park in Broken Bow by Phillip Licking, who owns an exotic animal farm near Seneca. An estimate of approximately 800 people visited the zoo, raising over $3,700 for the Broken Bow Library.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Hometown girl crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska

OGALLALA—After a year of preparation and numerous days of competition, Laramie Schlichtemeier of Ogallala was crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2017 during the Buffalo Bill Rodeo at North Platte. Schlichtemeier has been preparing for the competition while going to college and working a full-time job. Until Emily Taylor, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016, finishes her duties at the end of the year, Schlichtemeier will serve as a lady-in-waiting and will work toward obtaining sponsorships to support the activities she will undertake during her reign. Along with the title, her prizes included thousands of dollars in scholarships, a tiara, jewelry, saddle, a buckle, chaps and tack.—reported in the Keith County News.

NCTA Ag Ed named top program in the state

CURTIS—The agricultural education program at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has been named Outstanding Post-Secondary Program in the state. The association recognized Dr. Douglas Smith of Curtis, an assistant professor and livestock judging coach. He is chairman of NCTA’s animal science and agricultural education in agriculture production systems and is a professor of practice on the faculty of UNL’s Ag Leadership, Education and Communication department. The department prepares students to be high school agricultural teachers, FFA advisors and program instructors.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

28th annual Jr. Rodeo Bible Camp draws 44

ARNOLD—Forty-four campers ages 8-12 from all over Nebraska and South Dakota brought horses and gear to register for the 28th annual C Bar C Junior Rodeo Bible Camp. Fifteen teen helpers put their strength, energy and smiles to work and dozens of community members completed the 2016 camp. The event included numerous activities such as Bible classes, camp cooking and swimming as well as the rodeos that featured steer riding, calf tying, pole bending, barrel racing and more.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.