Representatives of Lexington Solid Waste were in Ainsworth on Friday, September 23rd at the KBR Solid Waste Transfer Station for hazardous waste collection. Over 60 vehicles made their way through the collection site depositing computers, televisions, paint, oil and other items that can’t be put out for the regular garbage pickup.
Firemen from Ainsworth, Long Pine and Raven were given a fire training on Sunday, September 25th. The training came along with cooler temperatures in the 60s and wind gust up to 45 mph. Several times the way the wind blew, you couldn’t even see the firemen in training. The Nebraska State Fire Marshals put the training on for the firemen.
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The annual roundup of bison at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will take place October 17-19, 2016. This is about three weeks later than normal. According to Project Leader Steve Hicks, “Bison are handled during a fall roundup to keep the herd within the ecological carrying capacity of the refuge while conserving genetic diversity of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bison population.” Sections of walkway above the refuge corrals have designated safe zones for public access, enabling visitors the opportunity to watch bison and photograph roundup action up close!
In March of 1884, six immigrant families arrived from the eastern part of Nebraska and settled an area about 25 miles southwest of Valentine. During the remaining years of the 1880s, other families joined the original six to comprise the area south of Crookston known as the German Settlement. Zion Lutheran Church was organized in the spring of 1885.
A Gregory County jury found Russell Bertram, age 64, guilty of first degree murder in the death of his pregnant fiancee on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke. Leonila Stickney, age 26, was on a hunting trip to Gregory County with Bertram when she was shot and killed on October 24, 2009. Stickney’s death was initially called an accident, and Bertram wasn’t charged until six years later. Bertram said he was putting his gun in the pickup where Leonila was sitting when he accidently fired it.
The regular meeting of the Gregory County Commission was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Commissioners Darrell Bentz, Lance Matucha, Jessy Biggins and Jeff Johnson were present. Myron Johnson was absent. Vice-chairman Jessy Biggins chaired the meeting.