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Peeking back at 2011 PDF Print E-mail


A winter storm brought in the new year in Perkins County.
A new Deputy joined the ranks at PCSO, Deputy Jeffrey Scott Miller.
Nebraska reports high level of radon in homes.
Newly elected members joined the Board of Education.
The City of Grant appeared financially healthy after audit.
Senator Christensen discussed several new bills during his first legislative conference.
Awards were presented to many at the annual Chamber Banquet.
Studio Designs opens in Grant.
Mary Dodson joined the PCHSF board




Bitter cold dropped in with temperatures at -13°.
Charges were filed against the former Keith County Attorney and his wife for embezzlement.
Street plans and park maintenance were among issues brought to the City Council.
Perkins County and Wallace were less nervous than most schools over state aid cuts.
Perkins County Sheriff’s Office received grants for three new in-car cameras.
Dr. Bottom was honored for his years of dedicated service.
Three local families benefitted from the Lion’s Pancake Feed.
Brandon Wood was recognized for his community service with the 2010 Great Plains Communications’ Community Service Award.
Off duty officers could be armed at school functions.

The city of Grant set its next abatement to be in the northwest quadrant of town.
Grant was more prepared to lose state aid than most other local governments.
Subway opened in Grant.
A new preschool program was offered at PCS elementary school in the fall.
Hasting’s Memorial Library was the recipient of Monsanto funds.
Students were required to get chickenpox boosters.
There was a $2,500 reward for leads on the vandalism happening at the golf course.
Carlie Sis was turning heads in the modeling world.
The city was pursuing funds for new warning sirens in town.
First Insight Eyecare was under new ownership. Eric and Tori Gengenbach purchased the business from Tim Meyer.
GVFD held another successful annual banquet honoring several members.
A child identification program came to Perkins County in conjunction with Adams Bank & Trust.
Micheal Gartner was honored for 30 years of service to the city.

The General Store was opened in Madrid.
The Village Cafe has a new lease and a new look, and a new cook.
A snow storm hit Perkins County leaving over two inches of moisture behind.
The city was planning to increase electric rates effective May 1.
A new vision therapy program was being offered at First Insight Eyecare by Dr. Tori Gengenbach.
Grant Tribune won four awards at the Nebraska Press Association Convention.
Denny Hansen replaced Ann Burge as the new administrator at SWNCBC.
Perkins County Chamber put the spotlight on Valley Bank.

Area seniors prepared for graduation Mother’s Day weekend.
High school students assessed trees in the park for an Arbor Day project.
Marcia Crofutt and Susan Hanson retire from their teaching years.
“Remembering Our Fallen” photo exhibit came to Grant.
County residents were asked for their input on the pool.
PCS was planning to begin concussion testing ahead of the state mandate.
Local girl scouts sold poppy flowers to the downtown businesses.
There was a delay in the opeing of the pool for summer due to a pipe break.
FSA lost longtime employee Bonnie Taubenheim.
The Grant clean-up project was underway in sectors of town.

Pastor David Buss was scheduled to speak at the 125th anniversary celebration of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The Grant Golf Course has a new name. “Pheasant Run” was greeting golfers with a new look.
The future of the swimming pool in Grant faced tough decisions.
Law enforcement was investigating reports of child endangerment in the area.
Third annual cancer drive concert was scheduled and planning was underway.
125th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran was approaching with big plans.
Heritage Insurance was the featured business in the Chamber spotlight.
Runaway hopper head-butts train nine miles down the track near Wallace.
Area firefighters battled field, vehicle and house fires over the course of the week.
Elsie and Madrid Senior Centers were officially closing.
The Tribune was selected as the Chamber spotlight business for the month of June.
The souvenir stock certificates for the county’s 125th anniversary were bing sold at the museum.

Summer school youngsters took part in painting the art gallery door and light pole on the corner.
John Potts earned ‘Best of Show’ with a wood carving that he donated to the Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota.
Tarra Terry joined Farm Bureau Financial Services in their Grant office.
The Perkins County Museum drew much attention from county residents at its rededication July 4th.
Storm hits Brandon and Venango hard with rain and hail.
A cataract surgeon began routine visits to Perkins County Health Services.
Wheat harvest was finally underway.
Summer projects improve the Perkins County High School.
The talent show and skit were set as events for the Perkins County Fair.
The title of Grand Marshal  goes to a man with deep roots in Perkins County, George Gengenbach.
Brenda Styskal was honored as Good Neighbor for 2011.
The Demolition Derby  kicked off the Perkins County Fair.
A.R. Salon was honored with its First Dollar plaque.

The post office in Venango was on the list for proposed closures.
A new program was developed to help clothe kids for the 2011-12 school year.
The Engel family was presented the 2001 Pioneer Farm Family Award.
Butch Burge was recognized for his auctioneer service.
Grant Family Restaurant was now open for business.
August storms hit the area hard causing severe damage to crops and structures.
Dave Wragge was the new middle school language arts teacer. Nicole Long was the new elementary art teacher. The new fifth grade teacher was Amanda Wood. Special education new department head was Dana Freiburg.
A new experience awaited youngsters at the public preschool at Perkins County Elementary School.

A new organic farm in Elsie was providing the community with lots of products.
Hastings Memorial Library received new computers with grants that they received.
A candlelight memorial was held to commemorate Corrie Wood’s unsolved death.
Meals were now prepared on site at the senior center in Grant.
The United Methodist Church in Grant celebrated 125 years.
Leon Pankonin was selected to fill the vacated seat for District 2 Commissioner.
The tax rate was up $.03 in the city’s newly adopted budget.
Ryan Potts of Potts Electric was now serving the area’s electrical needs.
The postal service was scheduled to study the closure of the North Platte mail distribution center.

Soybean harvest was at its height.
City of Grant was looking into selling farm/economic development land.
The logo was announced for the county’s 125th celebration.
We’re number one. Nebraska beats the nation in population growth.
Zumba “party in pink” raises $1,075.
Area fire departments fight fires fueled by high winds.
Chamber spotlight for October is Regier Equipment of Madrid.

Imperial native opens chiropractic service in Grant.
Plans underway for 26th annual community Thanksgiving feast.
Commissioner voting districts change in Perkins County.
Local Veteran finally got to take WW2 Honor flight.
Veterans Day was held at High School 11-11-11.
Thanksgiving feast was held at the American Legion Hall.
Fire destroys leased combine north of Grant.
Keith Olsen honored for years as Farm Bureau president.

Area one-act teams state bound.
New Ipads to enhance learning for PC elementary students.
Vascular surgery available at hospital.
Elsie’s main street loses landmark to demolition.
Birch seated as district judge.
PCHSF administrator to be honored for years of service.
Residents can vote now for $50,000 community grant.
Pinnacle Bank donates to hospital for newborn equipment.