Week of July 18, 2024

  • City Council Approves Grant Requests and New Pay Grid

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY--Sidney's City Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday, and a discussion over the City of Sidney's Pay Grid and grant proposals were the main topics of the session. Only three of the five council members attended the meeting, with Vice-Mayor Paul Strommen and Councilman Burke Radcliffe absent. After approving the minutes from the last meeting on June 25, and the minutes from the Strategic Planning session on July 2, the council proceeded to the items on...

  • Russell Murder Arraignment, Kraus Status Hearing for Arson at District Court

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--On Tuesday, July 9, there was a full docket of cases at the Cheyenne County District Court, but two are of great interest to the Cheyenne County Community. Judge Derek Weimer presided over both of these cases. The first was a Status Hearing concerning Tessa Kraus. Kraus is facing three criminal counts, one for Second Degree Arson, the second for Terroristic Threats, and the third for Possession of a Destructive Device. All three charges are felonies, and Kraus faces up to nine years in...

  • Creative District showcasing individual renditions of "Hope"

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY -Earlier this Spring, Sidney locals were encouraged to express their definition of hope through the use of art. Blank canvases were picked up at the city office and returned several weeks later as completed hope-inspired works of art. These unique, one-of-a-kind pièces de arte will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to Night of Hope, a foundation based in Sidney, NE that services the county and provides resources and support for those battling cancer. The finished art will be...

  • Seize the Clay: Sidney Native Returns to Teach Art Workshop

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    Enter Elston House and you're transported into a world of diverse art, make your way through the different nooks and crannies of Elston House and you're sure to discover more than just clay. Offering an extensive selection, one of Sidney's newest downtown businesses is sure to impress and delight with its unique flair of pottery to-go kits, local artworks, homemade jams and jellies, crocheted items, woodworking, jewelry, and its newest addition: hands-on pottery classes. Owners Matt and Sarah...

  • City Holds Strategic Planning Session

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--On July 2 at noon, the City of Sidney held a Strategic Planning session at City Hall. Mayor Brad Sherman, Councilmen Brandon Bondegard and Burke Radcliffe, City Manager David Scott, Economic Development Director Brandy Stone, Finance Director Kegan Carwin, Human Resources Director Autumn Ramirez, City Clerk Lori Borchert, and former Water Superintendent Rob Kuhns were in attendance. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and announcing the meeting was covered by the Open Meetings Act,...

  • Commissioners Hear Valuation Protests

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--On Monday, July 15, the Cheyenne County Commissioners met for their regular meeting, and Valuation Protests were a big part of the agenda. After approving the minutes from the last meeting and approving the current agenda, County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh read correspondence from Plains West CASA, thanking the commissioners for their generosity and support of the program. The letter went on to detail the critically important work the group performs for at-risk youths, and how much the...

  • 'Pretty flowers' and plants can be out of place in range and pasture

    Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Educator

    Lincoln, Neb. -Late May and June are the months when we frequently see both native and non-native forbs begin to flower in range and pasture. This is a good time of the year to be on the alert and look out for these "pretty flowers" and for other plants that you may not recognize. Seeing something you haven't seen before? Go check it out. Those "pretty flowers" or plants you don't recognize may be a plant that is an invasive species. Early detection and rapid response are critical to helping to...

  • Pastures in western Nebraska respond positively to cheatgrass herbicide management

    Chabella Guzman, UNL PREEC communications

    Cheatgrass is an invasive species that greens up and sets seeds earlier than most native species. It uses up soil moisture in the spring, which can prevent the germination of native plants. Studies on managing the invasive species are ongoing in the Panhandle of Nebraska and were part of a Cheatgrass Tour on June 26. Among the tour stops were pastures owned by Banner County Rancher Jack Revelle, which he had treated with Rejuvra. Miranda Mueller, a graduate research assistant at the University...

  • Work in Progress: Wheat Belt Strives to Finish Post-Storm Assessment

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    CHEYENNE COUNTY - Beginning Monday, July 15th through Sunday, August 25th hired contractors from Cheyenne and Morrill Counties will be conducting post storm assessments to access damage. Contractors will have an official Wheat Belt logo visible on their equipment; the crews will be on foot and remotely flying drones. Long hours and weekends are currently planned in order to promptly speed up the process and complete tasks. If your property was effected by the April 6th storm and requires...

  • Leyton Schools to provide free lunches to all students regardless of status

    Leyton Public Schools is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for school year 2024-2025. If your child(ren) attend Leyton public schools, reimbursable breakfast and lunch meals that provide all required meal components will be available to them at no charge. However, there will still be fees charged for a la carte purchases such as second entrees and second or snack milks. High School second entrees are $1 for breakfast and $1.30 for lunch Elementary/Junior High second entrees are free for breakfast and .75 cents for...


    Corinne Kay (Brachtenbach) McGee of Sidney, NE passed away July 10, 2024 at the age of 76. No funeral services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. Corinne (Corky) was born to Lawrence and Geraldine Brachtenbach May 25, 1948. She is survived by her daughter, Jo (Yardley) Steffens of Overland Park, KS, grandkids Dani Kay Steffens of Kansas City, MO, Kristyn Steffens (Lane Stuart) of Shawnee, KS and Nicholas Robbins of Overland Park, KS, brother Larry (Traci)... Full story


    Jacey Leeper, 44, of Lewellen passed away July 9, 2024 in Greeley, Colorado. Memorial Services will be held to celebrate Jacey's birthday at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2024 at the Lewellen Tiger Den. Memorials in Jacey's name can be made to the Special Olympics, Lewellen Tiger Den, or the family for later designations. Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Leeper family. Family and friends can leave condolences at www.bondegardfunerals.com. Jacey Scott... Full story

  • Jack Hume

    In the quietness of our small town, where community spirit thrives and neighbors look out for one another, a beloved soul has been lost. "Captain" Jack Hume, passed away at the age of 75 at his home on Thursday, July 11. His life was a testament to unwavering dedication and boundless kindness, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew him. Jack was born in Sidney Nebraska on July 17, 1948. When Jack was young, his parents moved from Crook to California where Jack found a love of sport. He... Full story

  • Michael D. Haskins

    Michael D. Haskins, 76, of Lincoln, NE passed away on July 9, 2024, with family by his side. He was born on December 29, 1947, in Scottsbluff, NE, to Bill and Addie Lou (Meier) Haskins. Michael worked as a City Inspector for Sidney, NE for many years, then he moved to Lincoln, working with the Department of Roads. Family members include wife Rebecca of nearly 46 years; children Chad and Erin Haskins; Several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his... Full story

  • Lois Ann Conrad

    On July 7, 2024, Lois Ann Conrad gracefully ascended to the kingdom of God. In her final moments on earth, she was enveloped by the love of her family. In heaven, she was joyfully greeted by family, friends, and every dog she had ever met. We can imagine her either dancing up a storm or instructing the angels on the finer points of dusting and cleaning. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at St. Patrick's Church with Father Tim Stoner Officiating. Burial followed at the... Full story

  • Mary A. Bartling

    Mary A. Bartling, age 95, of Lodgepole, NE passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 12, 2024 at the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lodgepole, NE with Pastor Leon "Bud" Gillespie officiating. Burial followed at the Weyerts Cemetery in Lodgepole. Memorials may be given to Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday School. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mary's care and funeral arrangements. Mary Alice was born December 10, 1928... Full story

  • Post 17 Juniors Fall to McCook in Junior Regional Tournament

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    MCCOOK--The Sidney boys of summer were hot coming into the Junior Regional Tournament with a big win over the Ogallala Adams Insurance Advisors team on Tuesday, July 9, but stumbled in the first round of the Regionals on Saturday, July 13, with a 4-to-2 loss against the Peltz Company Junior Spartans. In a game dominated by pitching, the Peltz team was able to grab a lead in the top of the seventh inning and hold on for the win. In the top of the second inning, a grounder got past shortstop Kyle...

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  • Legion Park Site of 2024 Annual Obstacle Course & 5k Mud Run

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    "Small town values, big-time opportunities". The saying that greets you as you cross into the city limits of Sidney is not only true of the town itself but also its offerings for Summer. As part of Take Back Health & Fitness' annual obstacle course and 5k run, they have officially partnered with the Cheyenne County Fair and Rodeo for a day filled with action, adventure and cold beer, and it all begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 27th at Legion Park. Looking to offer more than just the usual...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 29

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission

    "Seek first the Kingdom of God. It is God's good pleasure to give you the kingdom which is within you." Matthew 5:1-7:29 Sermon on the Mount summary: "God blesses what we do get right, which inspires us to get more right." God has called us all to good works. It is how He uses us to love His chosen ones with what He has called them to do. This is known as fellowship, partnership and loving one another as Christ (Messiah) Jesus has loved us. John 13:34, 35 Joe had come to clear our property of...

  • Jack Nicholson

    Bill Benson, Columnist

    Columbia Pictures released Easy Rider on July 14, 1969, fifty-five years ago last Sunday. I missed seeing it that summer, because I was busy on the farm driving a 92 Massey Harris combine in wheat harvest. I missed the film later, because I was busy my sophomore year in high school running here, there and everywhere: cross country, track, and basketball. I admit. I have never watched Easy Rider. Other things have crowded out my time. The film was a runaway success, grossing $60 million, but...

  • Complaining

    Bryan Golden, American Writer and Columnist

    Is complaining an effective strategy for solving problems? Will complaining improve your situation? Do others enjoy listening to you complain? The answer to all three questions is no. Then why do people complain? There are a number of reasons a person complains. He or she may be looking for sympathy, assistance, support, or just letting off steam. There are also people who are habitual whiners who are never satisfied or content. In the case of sympathy, there is an erroneous assumption that if...

  • Mike Foley

    Steve Erdman, 47th District

    I imagine that most readers are expecting me to write this week about the upcoming special session of the State Legislature. The Governor has not yet formally called for a special session of the Legislature and his plan for property tax relief remains under construction. When news becomes available, about a special session or about his plan for property tax relief, I will be sure to let the readership know. I am committed to keeping the folks of Western Nebraska informed about state news. When...

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