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Committee Formed To Select New Supervisor

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Antelope County District Six may soon have a new supervisor.
Antelope County Clerk Lisa Payne, along with County Treasurer Deb Branstiter and County Attorney Joe Abler, have scheduled a meeting for June 23 to meet the persons who wish to fill the opening created when Oakdale’s Harlan Brandt was forced to step down last month. The applicant whom they appoint will fill the remainder of Brandt’s term on the Antelope County Board of Supervisors.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23, at the supervisor meeting room in the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh. It is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The first part of the meeting will be open so the public has the opportunity to voice their support and/or opposition of the applicants being considered to fill the position.

Next Tuesday, For All Ages

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Fax Gilbert in Elgin

Fax Gilbert at the Elgin Community Center

A little information from his bio…

Fax Gilbert is a performance artist and educator who uses mime, masks, magic, physical comedy and audience interaction to create programs that connect with his audience.

Fax began performing with the National Mime Theater Company in Boston following his graduation from Brandeis University. He then created his own interactive program using his mime training as base and adding physical comedy, magic, masks, and even some puppetry to increase his ability to connect with any audience. He has since brought his programs to 42 states and a dozen foreign countries.

During the past 23 years Fax has presented over 5,000 school assembly programs, residencies, teacher-in-services, community concerts, library programs, corporate functions, and keynoted many regional educational events. He is represented on the Arts Councils of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and travels the Midwest full time delivering a range of educational programs from Character Development, to State History Plays, to Health and Wellness Programs, to Creative Dramatics Residencies.

In 1990 Fax and his wife, Sharon, moved to Iowa, where he created Fax Gilbert Programs

Susan Gehl Promoted At Citizens State Bank

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Susan Gehl

Susan Gehl

The Board of Directors of Citizens State Bank has announced the promotion of Susan Gehl to Vice President. Susan Gehl has been employed by Citizens State Bank since March of 2012 as a Loan Officer in Spalding as well as at the loan production office in Elgin.  Susan’s main office is at Citizens Spalding location.
She is a native of Ericson, Nebraska.  Susan and her husband, Greg, own and manage a cow/calf and row crop operation east of Ericson.  Greg and Susan have three daughters, Sydney 22 years, Kodi 18 years and Neleigh 15 years.
Susan received her Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Before coming to Citizens she was employed nine years by Cargill in their Central Nebraska area in various roles, including their sales and grain marketing advisory service.  Hobbies include attending calf shows with her daughters and helping with the family cattle operation.
Citizens State Bank is a $338 million bank with locations in Belden, Creston, Friend, Laurel, Leigh, Spalding, West Point, Wisner and in Kansas, Arlington and Attica. Citizens State Bank is a subsidiary of Citizens National Corporation located in Wisner, Nebraska.  Citizens National also owns Cass County Bank, a $71 million bank located in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

What Is This? Bizarro World? II

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Leave a Comment 

Lynell Morgan

This inspiration for my writing this week isn’t local but it has implications across the board.
Beginning last week, a national story was breaking about Washington state NAACP official (now ex-NAACP official) Rachel Dolezal. If you haven’t heard the story, you are living in a non-news bubble which isn’t always a bad thing.
Here is the Cliff’s Notes version of the story. Dolezal is a white woman living as a black woman. No crime there. Dolezal’s parents, when questioned by a reporter, went on the record saying that she is a white woman. So what? Dolezal, when questioned by a reporter, bumbles about and avoids answering the question. Again, so what?
It’s all about the lie.
Yes, she’s an ex-official but it isn’t because she lied. Seattle City Council President Ben Stuckart said that, while heading a police oversight commission, she discussed confidential names of whistleblowers in open discussions. That would be an ethics rule violation.  The timing of the release of the ethics violation investigation report couldn’t be more perfect. The complaint was filed in mid-April and boom, the you-know-what hits the fans on Wednesday. They didn’t have to address “the lie”.
Back to the lie.
Did she lie to get her position with the NAACP? According to spokespeople for the the NAACP, that wouldn’t have been necessary since many of their employees are of other races. An investigation is ongoing as to whether she lied on past applications throughout the years (colleges, jobs, etc) where she would have gotten preferential treatment as an African-American versus a Caucasian.
She says that she identifies with the black population. Yes, that is possible.  I identify as a young, tall, athletic woman. Does that make me one?  Nope.
She has permed her hair, tans and/or wears dark makeup. Is that a crime?  Nope.  But put it in this context if you will: also in Washington state, a photo of a white female high school student with a bad tan appeared in the yearbook. Text over the photo said “do you think this is my color?”. OMG, you would swear the world was coming to an end!!!!  She was accused of wearing “blackface”, the school had to issue an apology and is putting stickers over the photo. I also hear that she is being cyber-bullied. Imagine that.
So we have one woman who deliberately makes herself look darker and one who over-did it with a tan. One is receiving incredible support from most of the black leadership - the likes of Al-Tawana-Brawley-Media Whore-Sharpton. If you don’t know the story or need a refresher, look up Tawana Brawley Rape Allegations.
The other young girl, with no apparent agenda, is being called racist, insensitive, blah, blah, blah. The internet trolls are doing their best to destroy her life.
Supporters of Dolezal are claiming she is a victim of her parents — they are the bad guys. Look, I have the feeling there is plenty of dirty laundry in that family.  Personally I don’t want to hear it. I quit watching reality shows and all the watch-the-poor-rich-people-have-problems shows. I don’t need that drama in my life. I get mad with myself if I get suckered into a “click-bait” link on the internet (says its about one thing but when you click on it, its about something stupid like a performance enhancement drug or, worse yet, a Kardashian. Yuk!) and I now treat the internet as the modern day National Inquirer. Only believe a fraction of what you read unless it is on a reputable site. Sorry, that’s just the way it is now.
Supporters of the badly-tanned high school girl are saying that she didn’t even think of it as a racial thing - it was a bad tan and she was trying to make light of it (pun intended).
Back to the lie.
When I was little, I learned very quickly that lying wasn’t worth it. If I did something wrong, I got in trouble but it wasn’t as bad if I fessed up to it as soon as possible. When I continued to lie or told another lie to cover the first lie, look out.  Hell hath no fury like my mom armed with a wooden spoon or the washing machine stick (if you grew up around a wringer-washing machine, you know what I’m talking about).
I don’t know what the final chapter of the Dolezal story will be. She will likely continue to live as a black woman which is fine. If she’s smart (I already know she isn’t honest), she’ll identify herself as white when asked. She’s had her 15 minutes of fame and all will be forgotten soon.
As for the high school student, this one silly photo will probably follow her the rest of her life.

The one who deliberately deceived will be forgiven. The unintentional offender will never be forgiven. All I can say is life isn’t fair.

Experiments Helped Make County Line Cakes So Delicious

June 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

By Terri Seier
Intern Reporter
Everyone enjoys a good cake either on their birthday, graduation, or even wedding. However, where can we find a really good cake?
County Line Cakes may be the place to go. It all started long ago when Ginni Fangman’s daughter, Mallory, said she wanted to take a cake decorating class. Ginni knew that the prices for all the decorating tips, frosting bags, pans, and ingredients were going to add up to be pricey so she suggested to Mallory that she try to make some profit out of all the cakes she made and decorated.
It began with Mallory making the cakes and decorating them, but as she became busier with school Ginni started then making the frosting ahead of time so all Mallory had to do was decorate the cake. Once she got busier and more demands for cakes started coming in, Ginni started frosting the cakes. She soon had to take over the business while Mallory went away to college.
So what makes County Line Cakes delicious? Is it Ginni’s motherly love? The perfect amount of frosting? Or something else? Ginni said it was through experimentation that she and Mallory found the perfect touches to making a delicious cake. Mallory has her secret recipe for the frosting.
What is the secret recipe? Ginni wasn’t willing to spill the beans, so the world may never know. On the other hand, Ginni discovered new techniques to bake cakes. Through trial and error the two of them discovered the perfect blend of ingredients and techniques that is different than any average person’s cake.
As most people know, Ginni went from Petersburg’s postmaster to a baker. Ginni said that she and her family enjoy the flexibility of being a baker, especially if they need her for something. Even with this new flexible schedule, Ginni has found moments when it is overwhelming.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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