Area News Digest
Taken from news colums of area newspapers.
Orthman wins engineers award
COZAD—The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently awarded an “AE50” award to Orthman Manufacturing of Lexington for their Shadow Tracker GPS guidance system. ASABE deemed the Shadow one of the year’s most innovative designs in engineering systems for the food and agriculture industries. The Shadow was also featured in the March/April 2011 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine, “Resource.” The award is a testament to Orthman’s dedication to developing innovative products, according to Ryan Hulme, design engineer for the project.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Bow’s Orscheln adds 6,000 sq. feet of space
BROKEN BOW—The Orscheln Farm & Home in Broken Bow has recently grown. They added 6,000 square feet to the sales floor and 3,000 square feet in storage. The new addition has been in the works for a long time with additions to the product lines increasing as well including farm and fencing to automotive and women’s clothing. The building is also handicap accessible and has new offices and a break room, new electrical work, new security systems, larger aisles and more. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is panned for May 13.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Ogallala tree efforts get 23rd year of recognition
OGALLALA—Curtis was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. Curtis has earned this national designation for 23 years. In honor of Arbor Day and of Norm Liakos, who is retiring after 30 years of teaching at Medicine Valley, the City of Curtis and Medicine Valley Public Schools planted a cottonless cottonwood tree on April 20.—reported in the Keith County News.
EPA pinpoints major source of contamination
CURTIS—After years of treating contaminated groundwater throughout Ogallala, a team from the Environmental Protection Agency was recently excavating one of the main sources of contamination found, the soil beneath and around the former Tip Top Cleaners building. The business operated from 1957 to 2007, and is believed to be the major source of groundwater contamination. The Tip Top building was demolished and the contaminated soil beneath will continue to be excavated for some time to clean up the chemical known as PCE, commonly used in dry-cleaning fluids.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
to help tornado victims
ARNOLD—A group of Arnold elementary students have been planning a fundraiser to help tornado victims in the United States. The original idea was Landyn Cole’s, and she is getting help from Jadeyn Bubak and more. Children have made posters and donation buckets were set out at several locations including banks, grocery stores, coffee shops and more. The children are challenging the students to try and raise more money than the adults. A bake sale will also take place with all funds to be utilized towards tornado victims in the United States.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
CHS to open new business with grant
CALLAWAY—Industrial Arts teachers and students at Callaway High School took a bold step towards realizing a goal with the awarding of a big grant recently. Great Plains Communications presented a $5,000 grant check to Industrial Arts Instructor Jerry Brown and his students to buy and install a plasma cutter and start a business. The state-of-the-art device for cutting sheet metal to precise shapes will cost more than the grant, but the ramifications are huge for students learning technology and business applications. The proposed CHS business will be able to take orders for signs and other products from private customers or for school fund raising projects.—reported in the Callaway Courier.