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Date Announced For Petersburg Christmas Dinner

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Petersburg Community Club has announced the date for their annual Christmas Dinner and Show. It will be held Monday night, Dec. 20, at Werner Hall in Petersburg.

Scheduled to entertain those in attendance will be Henrik Bothe. A native of Denmark, he began entertaining at the age of three and appeared on The Ed Sullivan show many years ago. Since that time he has traveled the world performing. Featured in his performance is a glow-in-the-dark optical illusion described as “Neonman.”

He has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., prime rib dinner at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and only 350 tickets are available. Ticket sales will end on Dec. 11.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased at Petersburg State Bank, Rae Valley Market or at Leifeld’s Furniture & Flooring in Albion. They can also be purchased by mail. Send payment to Petersburg Community Club, Box 111, Petersburg, NE 68692 and they will be sent to you.

Wolfpack Final Football Stats Released

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Final season statistics were released last week for the Elgin Public-Pope John football team.

In the first season of a fall sports coop between Elgin Public and Pope John Central Catholic High Schools, the Wolfpack claimed the D1-8 district title and completed the season with a 7-3 record.

Qualifying for the D-1 State Football Playoffs, they defeated Southwest 60 to 50. In the second round they saw their season come to an end with a 22 to 2 loss to Alma.

The Wolfpack averaged 34.5 points per game on offense and surrendered an average of 22 points per game.

Individually, Nash Schindler led the Wolfpack with 844 yards rushing.

Nick Heithoff completed 21 of 44 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Grant Beckman and Andrew Heithoff tied for the team lead in receptions with 13.

On defense, the Wolfpack were led by Beckman and Evan Parks with 28 unassisted tackles. Corey Schindler had a team-high six quarterback sacks, one more than Caleb Pelster. Beckman also led the team in interceptions with three. Nash Schindler had three blocked kicks during the season.

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Spinning Tales — Pelini Needs to Cleanup Sideline Antics

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Facebook. Millions of Americans use it as a means to socially interact with family, friends and acquaintances. If you are on Facebook, you understand the possibilities which exist and understand its dangers. If you have never been on Facebook, you may be better off.

Why bring up Facebook on a slippery Sunday morning? The answer involves Bo Pelini and the Huskers’ 9 to 6 loss to Texas A&M the night before.

For those of you who watched the game as I did, you saw the Big Red edged by the Aggies in large measure due to 16 penalties in the game which accounted for 145 yards. In contrast, the Aggies had just two penalties for 10 yards. The biggest play of the game was a roughing the passer penalty late in the fourth quarter, a bad call according to announcers and fans alike, which set up the game-winning field goal.

Yet, throughout the game, what caught my eye was the nuclear meltdown of NU Coach Bo Pelini, his actions along the sideline were disgraceful at best. Now, leading up to the game, Bo had a bad week. After the Kansas game the week before, Bo ripped into NU fans attending the game, complaining that they were ‘dead’ during the game. Having attended the KU game, the fans weren’t dead, there was very little to cheer for. In that game, NU barely managed to score 20 points against a Jayhawk defense which was porous.

But, most of us thought the lackluster effort was because NU was ‘saving’ its best for the Texas A&M game.

So, on Saturday night the Aggies were ready for the Huskers. Nebraska took an early 3 to 0 lead, saw its’ quarterback limp off the field, and then the penalties began to mount up. On one play alone, Ben Cotton was flagged for a personal foul AND an unsportsmanlike penalty accounting for 30 yards. As the player walked off the field, Bo exploded. When the quarterback returned from getting his ankle x-rayed, Bo exploded. He kept exploding on the officials for the rest of the game.

Bo’s demeanor reminded me of a professional wrestler from my youth by the name of Mad Dog Vachon. His act was one of a mad man barely in control, he would stomp into the ring in such a manner as to get the fans into a frothy frenzy. Bo was in a frothy frenzy early on in the game and it only got worse as the game ended in a loss, the second for this year’s team. For the record, he formally apologized Monday, but actions will speak louder than words.

So what does Facebook have to do with Bo? After the game, I posted on my Facebook page how disgusted I was with Bo’s act on the sideline and how he was a disgrace to Nebraskans with his performance. A one-time coach responded that he wasn’t offended by Bo’s actions. We responded back and forth several times, neither convincing the other the error of their beliefs.

Times have changed. In my life, I have had the great fortune to have watched, either in person or on television, some of the greatest coaches of all-time. I’m speaking of Tom Osborne and John Wooden. Each, in their sport, compiled a legacy which, arguably, can place them as among the best coaches in their sport of all-time. Neither coached at the professional level. At the college level, their records speak for themselves. We all know of Osborne’s legacy at NU, some of you may not know of John Wooden’s legacy as a basketball coach at UCLA. In the late 60s early 70s he won seven national titles in a row. Each man was known for his calm demeanor on the sidelines. Neither coach ever went on a tirade like Bo’s Saturday night shenanigans. Osborne and Wooden coached with a calm demeanor which gave their players the confidence they could overcome any obstacle. Don’t get me wrong, each man wanted to win as much as any coach ever has, it was how they went about it that separated them from other coaches.

Through the years I’ve covered many coaches, became friends with many and kept some at arms-length. Theirs is not an easy task so, when things go bad, I’ve looked the other way. But, goodness gracious, I never had a coach act up like Pelini. And if I did, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him or her on it.

This year Pelini has fostered an ‘us against the world’ mentality on the team. The Big 12, since Nebraska is leaving at the end of the year, is out to get them. What has been exposed, from my perspective, is a team which has great talent, but has yet to jell. In its two losses and several victories, the Huskers have played to less than their potential. Then, when a coach loses his poise in a hostile environment as was evident at College Station, the performance of the team suffers as a result of it.

And what about Facebook?  Beware, what you write on your pages. Your comments can make you look like a genius or an idiot.

Donald W. Nyrop

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donald W. Nyrop

1912 - 2010

Donald William Nyrop, age 98, of Edina, MN died Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at his home.

His lifelong career in the airline industry, beginning in Washington D.C. as a federal regulator of the nascent commercial airline industry and concluding with a quarter-century at the helm of Northwest Airlines, define his legacy.

Born in Elgin, Nebraska, on April 1, 1912, he graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 1934 and subsequently graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. while working as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office. Admitted to the bar in 1938, he joined the newly formed Civil Aeronautics Authority (the precursor to the Federal Aviation Authority), where he honed his focus on route proceedings and airline safety. During World War II, he served as executive operations officer in the U.S. Army’s Air Transport Command, returning to civilian life in 1946 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Prior to joining Northwest Airlines in 1954, he held the highest civilian aviation posts in the U.S. government, as Civil Aeronautics administrator and Civil Aeronautics Board chairman. Under his leadership, Northwest Airlines transformed from a failing mail carrier to a financially successful international airline, profitable in every year of his tenure. Safety considerations drove decision making and programs at Northwest, including advanced piloting techniques and training, state-of-the-art meteorological research, and equipment standardization. Northwest had one of the best safety records in the industry.

In the late 1960’s and the 1970’s, Northwest bought or sold an airplane , on average, every 26 days, maintaining a modern fleet, while enhancing profits for the company and its shareholders. When he retired in 1978, Northwest Airlines was debt free. He served on many Boards of Directors, including First Bank System, Inc.; Northwestern Bell Telephone Company; Gould, Inc.; The Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Honeywell, Inc.; Stetson Hat Company; and as a Trustee of Doane College, Crete, NE. In his lifetime, he was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, and received the Tony Jannus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Aviation. He was a long time member of the Minikahda Club, the Minneapolis Club and the former Minnesota Club.

Noted for his rich story-telling, he was fortunate to share his retirement with many friends, neighbors and Northwest employees, attending regular reunions, dinners and events. He had an avid interest in history and politics, traveled throughout the western US, and enjoyed fishing in Alaska. Married to Grace Cary Nyrop for over 50 years, together they were dedicated to their family and unfailingly supportive of all their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Cary Nyrop, and his son, William Donald Nyrop. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Nyrop Scherer, her husband, Richard Scherer and their children, Matthew and Cary; daughters of William Nyrop and daughter-in-law, Mandy Love, Jessica Nyrop Rolin and Hannah Nyrop; daughter, Kathryn Nyrop and her husband, Stephen Koch and their children Nicholas and Charles; daughter, Karen Nyrop, her husband, Larry Israelson and their children, Paige and Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN.

Memorials preferred to Allina Hospice, 1055 Westgate Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114 or the Edina Foundation - Bill Nyrop Scholarship Fund, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.

Wanda Lorenzen

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Wanda Lorenzen

1918 - 2010

Wanda E. Lorenzen, 92, formerly of Neligh, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Wanda Eloise Lorenzen was born Oct. 25, 1918, at the family home in rural Neligh and passed away at 2:15 p.m., Nov. 18, 2010, at the Ridgewood Rehabilitation Center in Seward, NE.  She was 92 years old.

Wanda was baptized into her Lord on Dec.3, 1930 at the Church of Christ in Norfolk, NE.  She was the second of four daughters born to Carsten and Ethel (Bickford) Lorenzen who farmed east of Neligh all their life and where Wanda made her home for many years.  Wanda taught country school and later in life was a volunteer at the Antelope County Museum and the Neligh Mills Historical Foundation.

Her parents and oldest sister, Lois B. Donner of Elgin, preceded Wanda in death. Sisters H. Bernadine Smith of York, NE, and Norma M. Walther of Denver, CO, several cousins and a large number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends survive her. Wanda was greatly loved by her family and was a very special person in our midst.

A memorial service was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Antelope County Museum or the Neligh Mills.

Beyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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