Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Dawson County native has world-wide impact

COZAD—The Tribune area recently lost a familiar face and friend when Eustis native Clayton Yeutter passed away after a four-year battle with cancer at the age of 85. The Eustis-native served the people of the region as well as the entire United States when he became the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 1989 under President George Bush. He had also served as a U.S. Trade representative under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan. “Yeutter was one of the first great leaders to come out of Dawson County,” stated long-time Dawson County farmer/rancher Al Svajgr. “He was one of the leaders that got international trade going all across the world for the United States.” Yeutter had remained active in promoting global trade and the agriculture industry until his death.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

High winds fuel fire, multiple districts respond

BROKEN BOW—Thirteen fire departments responded to a fire in southeastern Custer County on March 6, battling a blaze in winds gusting over 40 mph. All districts in Custer County were there as well as one from Dawson County, two from Buffalo County and one from Valley. The fire started in a pasture west of Highway 183 about 13 miles south of Ansley and burned 200 acres of cropland and grassland. The source was found to be a land owner who had a burn permit for cedar trees.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Gallery room to open with piano concert

OGALLALA—Even though some of the final touches on the newly renovated back room will have been completed only a few days before, the Ogallala Petrified Wood and Art Gallery will open its doors March 22 for a free, open-to-the-public concert with jazz pianist Rex Cadwallader. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Throughout recent months, the Petrified Wood Gallery has been going through the process of renovating its back room into a multi-purpose area. It received its first use when the Ogallala Youth Committee hosted the family date night and elementary winter ball in February. With new carpeting still to be installed, the concert will be the first event the gallery hosts in the completed room.—reported in the Keith County News.


Students experience pioneer living skills

CURTIS—Maywood Public Schools hosted a birthday party in celebration of the 150th birthday of the State of Nebraska and the 130th birthday of the Village on March 1 at the school campus. Attendees included students who rotated through 11 pioneer stations managed by faculty and staff members, parents and volunteers. The students were provided opportunities to learn about and experience various skills and activities that were associated with pioneer living such as hand-cranked ice cream, churned butter and rope braiding.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.


Arnold graduate has research published

ARNOLD—The road to having a research published in a peer-review journal can be a long one especially for a college undergraduate student, but 2011 Arnold High School graduate Dayna Larreau reached her destination in January. Larreau’s senior research paper titled, “Hedonic Price Analysis of Non-Barren Broodmares” was published in the Review of Economic & Business Studies. She wrote the paper in 2015 as part of her senior economics research and methods course as well as her honors thesis. Since the paper was published, she has been contacted by another international journal inviting her to submit research with them as well.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.


One-vehicle accident injures Merna resident

CALLAWAY—Callaway Fire and Rescue and the Custer County Sheriff’s office responded to a one-vehicle accident recently near Democrat Hill on the Callaway Road. Richard Mohatt, 70, of Merna was eastbound on the west side, lost control and went into the ditch. The vehicle traveled 300 yards along the ditch before coming out onto the road and hitting a telephone pole in the opposite ditch. Mohatt was transported by ambulance to Callaway District Hospital with facial cuts and other possible injuries. Cause of the accident has not yet been determined.—reported in the Callaway Courier.