Several families were awarded the Pioneer Farm Award through Aksarben. The award honors families for 100 years of farm ownership. Fink-Sheer Ranch Four Fink brothers arrived in the Sandhills in 1904. By 1905, Arthur, Chester, Albert and Leslie Fink had obtained land in Cherry County near Elsmere.
Valentine Midland News
Valentine, NE – The National Park Service turned 99 years old on August 25 and the Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR) wants you to join the party! Come float the river, stop by Smith Falls State Park and take a dip in the falls, or explore one of the trails at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve. In preparation for next year’s big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park. To encourage people to discover everythinga park experience can be, there is a fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. The Niobrara NSR is a great place to #14 – Earn a Junior Ranger badge, #15 – Relax on the Banks of a Scenic River, or #98 – Take a Sunrise Selfie. Visitors can share their park experiences with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark. “Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party,” said Niobrara NSR Superintendent Steve Thede. “Niobrara NSR and its partners offer something for everyone, so we invite you to visit the river and Find Your Park.”
Come join the Thomas County Historical Society at the Thomas County Fairgrounds at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015, for an entertaining telling of Lost in the Sandhills by Cherrie Beam-Callaway, a native Nebraska storyteller with Humanities Nebraska. Cherrie will be dressed in period clothes of the late 1880s representing the Sandhills homesteader as she weaves the story of this tragedy to her audience. The story became a special part of Cherrie’s life when she was nine years old and in the fourth grade in Oshkosh. The story was a reading assignment and she connected deeply with this story as the Sandhills loomed next to her farm in the North Platte River valley. She often found herself gazing across the hills, wondering if she could walk off and become lost.
The regular meeting of the Gregory County Commission was held Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Commissioners Darrell Bentz, Lance Matucha, Jeff Johnson and Myron Johnson were present. Commissioner Jessy Biggins was absent, but he joined the commission by speaker phone during the Board of Adjustment public hearing.
In May, Paxten Johnson finished her spring semester of college and left the next day to live in Tanzania for three months. She was one of 30 college students and three instructors from around the U.S. who went there to study the Swahili language, learn about the culture of Tanzania and live with some of the Maasai tribal members.