Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Chicago author visits Cozad’s public library

COZAD—Frieda Stiehl of Chicago recently visited the Wilson Public Library in Cozad to discuss her book Alfred & Agnes. Stiehl, who has a background in German studies, had relatives in the Cozad are who emigrated from Germany, and did extensive genealogical research for the book. Her book features a plethora of photographs and an unflinching eye on her family’s characters, stretching back to the Thirty Years War, coming forward to German Unification, World War I and the devastation on the German psyche by reparations and the rise of Nazism, the Dust Bowl years in the Midwest and a dairy farm in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Few survive man vs. bull at C.C. Bull Riding

BROKEN BOW—The Custer County Class Bull Riding is a tradition in Custer County the opening evening of the Custer County Fair after a free pit barbecue. Fans from far and wide look forward to it every year. This year was no exception as the stands and bleachers were filled before the first bull ride. This year, there were 32 bull riders from all over the country including one from Queensland, Australia, and two from Brazil ready to test their skills on the bulls. In the end, there were only six riders that survived the eight second ride on their bull with repeat champion Ueberson Duarta of Brazil scoring 80 and 87 for the 2017 Custer County Classic Champion.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Kites and Castles brings 27 teams

OGALLALA—During the recent 28th annual Kites and Castles event, youth and adults alike showed their sand castle building skills, with longtime competitors the Haack family of Columbus and Kearney taking home the Open Class trophy with their sculpture “Big Mac Attack,” which featured a realistic shark sculpture. Competitors It’s About Family, Not Skills took home the People’s Choice and Family Class trophies for depicting a winter scene with an igloo, a penguin, polar bear and ice. For the youth, ages 9-16 division, Cool Girls finished first with a “Fairy Village” sculpture. A total of 27 teams participated in the sand castle competition with more than 300 people in attendance.—reported in the Keith County News.

‘The earth moved’ with 60-plus motorcycles

CURTIS—Spectators along Center Avenue “felt the earth move under their feet” recently when 60-some motorcycles roared to life and headed south out of town to begin the five-hour Herrick Medical Expenses Benefit Poker Run, which included stops at Amateurs in Cambridge, Club Paradise in McCook, the Clubhouse in Maywood, and ended at the Yellow Rose in Curtis. July marked the three-year battle against cancer for Jerry Herrick, the benefactor of the event, who was able to make an appearance during activities at the City Park where a supper was served along with entertainment.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Arnold youth named state golf champion

ARNOLD—Arnold 13-year-old Colbi Smith is officially the best golfer in the state in the boys 12-13 age division, after recently bringing home the Nebraska State Champion plaque. Smith started competing in the Nebraska Junior Golf tour in the summer of 2015, and this summer at the age of 13, he competed in 12 tournaments, placing in the top six in all tournaments as well as seven first place medals. At the end of the season he was ranked fourth out of 72 in his division and was invited to the championship tournament at Dakota Dunes Country Club in Dakota Dunes, SD. Smith played a solid round and finished the day seven strokes over par with a 79. Smith will be an eighth grader at Arnold Public School and is the son of Robbi and Shelley Smith.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Longtime track coach honored at banquet

CALLAWAY—South Loup track coach Rick “Pete” Peterson celebrated his 35th year coaching with a boy’s Class D State Track Championship. He was honored for his 35th at the 50th annual Nebraska Coaches Association banquet at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. Peterson also earned Jerry Stine Level IV Award for reaching 800 points earned in his career. Points are earned for regular season, district and state meet runners-up and championship titles. He also received the coach’s award for the state track championship. Peterson, or “Coach Pete” as he is known to many, just finished his 35th year as a teacher and coach at Arnold Public Schools, coaching both Arnold and Callaway athletes.—reported in the Callaway Courier.