Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Sculpture dedication to honor Coach Peterson

COZAD—A bronze sculpture dedication and reception honoring coach Dick Peterson is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at the Cozad Country Club. As an athlete, Peterson, a native of Hayes Center, played football, basketball, baseball, ran track and played golf. He was also a coach for over 50 years, with his career beginning at Cozad in 1957. He loved sports and was a mentor, encouraging athletes to do their best, be a credit to their families and to the schools and to enjoy the game. The bronze sculpture will represent Peterson’s great love for golf.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Third History Harvest brings past to present

BROKEN BOW—The Custer County Museum was a buzz with the sounds of history during History Harvest. This was the third History Harvest organized with the biggest turnout yet. Over 300 items were brought in from area residents including photographs, homesteading information, hand drawn cemetery maps, land deeds, Palmer Method Penmanship achievement buttons, toys, political memorabilia and war medals. Students from UNK ware on hand to record stor-ies, scan documents and take photos, which will be made available on the website.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Celebration of Kingsley Dam 75th anniversary

OGALLALA—Seventy-five years ago, Kingsley Dam, which holds water back for Lake McConaughy, was finished and dedicated on July 22. In celebration of the special anniversary, the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of planning two days of recreation-themed events to focus on activities locals and visitors can participate in while visiting Lake McConaughy. The dam was named after George Kingsley, a banker from Minden. Kingsley and Charles McConaughy, a grain businessman from Holdrege for whom Lake McConaughy is named, worked to develop floodwater irrigation for agriculture lands to improve yields.—reported in the Keith County News.

Arnold Recreation Area gets new shelter

ARNOLD—Finishing touches are getting underway on the Rotary shelter located on the north side of the Arnold Recreation Area. The 60-foot by 27-foot shelter with a concrete floor was the idea of the Arnold Rotary, which led the fundraising, design, material purchasing and organization of the shelter. SORC and the Arnold and Custer county foundations have provided $7,000 toward the project—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Watershed plan needed at South Loup Basin

CALLAWAY—A large group of landowners and other interested parties within the South Loup River Basin converged on the Callaway Community Center to give input into a developing watershed plan to improve water quality and volume. By Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) figures, about 4% of water runoff drains into the South Loup River. That is causing problems and spurring a huge effort to develop a water quality and conservation plan. NDEQ has identified the South Loup as impaired with increased levels of E. coli.—reported in the Callaway Courier.