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  • Yard of The Month Contest: A New Incentive to Keep Sidney Beautiful

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    As part of Keep Sidney Beautiful's initiative to do just that, the Yard of the Month contest has officially opened for submissions. Not limited to “in town” Sidney residents, the opportunity umbrellas out to the rest of Cheyenne County as well; whether it be your neighbor, family member, or even yourself, all residential homes are eligible for the community competition. “Yard of the month is a fun and friendly way to show off your yard,” Michelle Haun, Educational Director for the program...

  • Calling on storytellers:  The Nebraska Storytelling Festival is Now Accepting Applications

    Jun 20, 2024

    If you know you’ve got a good story to tell, there is a stage where you can share it. The Nebraska Storytelling Festival is searching for storytellers for their event set for 7 p.m. Thursday October 24, at the Lincoln Scottish Rite Ballroom. The theme for 2024 is Voyage and Return, inviting people across Nebraska to share a true personal story about something they’ve experienced. This is the third year of this event in Lincoln with great audiences eager to hear true stories. Each storyteller will take the stage for five to seven minutes. You...

  • Memorial Garden Dedication

    Jun 20, 2024

    Lodgepole - "She loved her flowers!" said Gary Addison at the George' Addison Memorial Garden dedication given by VISIONS committee prior to their June 6th meeting. The memorial garden is one of the group's projects that was able to become a reality at the Panther Activity Center thanks to memorial money received in memory of George' Addison....

  • MarketReady webinars help farmers expand market reach

    Russell Shaffer, Rural Prosperity Nebraska|Jun 20, 2024

    Lincoln, Neb. -Rural Prosperity Nebraska and the Heartland Regional Food Business Center, a multi-state organization focused on strengthening farm and food enterprises, are kicking off a summer-long series of market-ready webinars, beginning June 20. The MarketReady Advanced Topic Webinar Series will explore a range of topics, from insurance to packaging, aimed at aiding producers interested in expanding their businesses into retail, wholesale and restaurant markets. The free webinars will focus...

  • "Sowing Seeds for Generations"

    Jun 20, 2024

    This year's Women in Agriculture conference will be held at the Elks Lodge #1894, located at 1040 Jackson Street in Sidney, NE. Registration Fee: • If registered by July 22: $35 • After July 22: $45 ***Walk-ins are welcome!! Agenda 8:30 am: Registration, Breakfast Buffet 9:00 am: Welcome 9:15 am: Backyard Ag by Jami Theone - Having over 20 years with NRCS as a conservationist as well as a being a beginning farmer, specialty crop grower, wife, and mom to 3 energetic boys I am thrilled to sha...

  • First National Eucharist Pilgrimage Includes Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    On Thursday, June 13, Sidney was at the center of the First National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, one of four routes traveled by walkers that will eventually converge in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of the organizers of the pilgrimage here in Sidney, Henrietta Pelster, helped coordinate the event, contacting media outlets like the Sun-Telegraph to get the message out that a historic event for the Catholic faith was going to be going through Sidney. Pelster is a Parish Council member at St. Patrick's Ch...

  • This Weekend Way Out West Community Theatre Presents: Huck Finn's High Tailin' Adventures

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    Kelsey Arrington Sidney Sun-Telegraph Set to open this weekend at the Elk’s Lodge located at 1040 Jackson Street in downtown Sidney; Way Out West’s latest children’s production of Huck Finn's High Tailin' Adventures is soon to set sail this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tale is a new twist on the classic adding to the original story of Huck Finn; “A part two, if you will,” comments Co-Director, Jeremy Narjes. An integral part of WOW since its origins 30 years ago, Narjes has served as...

  • Galindo Sentenced in DUI and Possession Case

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Monday, June 10, Michael R. Galindo was sentenced for High DUI (over .15 BAC), Possession of Marijuana of 1/2 ounce or less, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container of Alcohol. The Nebraska State Patrol received a notification to be on the lookout for a car matching Galindo's vehicle's description driving in an erratic manner. A few hours after the BOLO was issued, a Nebraska State Patrol cruiser came up on Galindo's vehicle parked on the side of a county road. The...

  • Free summer camp for western Nebraska youth

    Jun 13, 2024

    LOCAL - This summer, thanks to incredibly generous local donors, every child can have a life-changing week at Sullivan Hills Camp for free. At Sullivan Hills Camp, first through twelfth graders develop great friendships, grow their self-confidence, and deepen their faith. Each week this summer, beginning June 9, trained Summer Ministry Team members lead campers through activities such as a high ropes challenge course, archery, boating, Bible study, creative arts, and many other classic camp...

  • Researchers look at roots for insight into drought-tolerant wheat

    Chabella Guzman, UNL PREEC communications|Jun 13, 2024

    Are there certain advantages old wheat varieties have over newer wheat varieties that are commonly grown today? This was a question presented to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) specialists at a recent workshop. "It was a grower's question. They wanted to know the difference between old and new varieties. Some claim the old varieties have deeper roots and are more drought tolerant," said Milena Oliveria, UNL post-doctorate research associate. Wheat is sensitive...

  • USDA Reminds Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports 

    Jun 13, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Agricultural producers should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to complete crop acreage reports before the applicable deadline after planting is complete. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. “By filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planted acreage, producers can avoid the loss of important safety net, disaster assistance, conservation and crop insurance...

  • Producers, Landowners Can Now Sign Up for USDA's Grassland Conservation Reserve Program  

    Jun 13, 2024

    LINCOLN, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can now sign up for the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (Grassland CRP). The signup runs through June 28, 2024. Grassland CRP, offered by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), is a voluntary working lands conservation program that enables participants to conserve grasslands and provides important conservation benefits for wildlife, soil health and carbon sequestration, all w...

  • Cultivate Your Legacy: Nebraska Department of Ag Programs; A Center for Ag Profitability Webinar

    Jun 13, 2024

    On June 20, 2024 at 11 am, the second in a series of webinars presented by the Nebraska Women in Agriculture program will feature speakers from the 2024 Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference, with Samantha Smith, Program Administrator with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The beginning farmer tax credit (NextGen) is a program offered to producers in the state who rent an agricultural asset to an eligible beginning farmer/rancher. The farm mediation program (Negotiations) is certified under USDA FSA and grants us the ability to...

  • Fast Track Machinery Offers Solutions to Farm Equipment Needs

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    LODGEPOLE--Just west of Lodgepole is a new business that has been set up recently, but its owner is no newcomer to the Agricultural Equipment industry. Fast Track Machinery, owned by Jace Glanz, offers all types of equipment that is necessary in this area, from agricultural machinery to general construction equipment. Glanz grew up farming and learned how to fix, modify, and refurbish equipment through years of hands-on experience. He has a yard on Route 30, just outside of Lodgepole, with inven...

  • Visitors Committee Approves Grants, Discusses Billboards

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Cheyenne County Visitors Committee met on Wednesday, June 5, and approved a grant request and grant reimbursements. There were also discussions about Billboard pricing and the 2024-25 marketing Budget. Representatives from organizations that had business before the board, like Lodgepole Settlers Day and the Sullivan Hills Campground, and others that did not, like the Kimball County Visitors Center, sat in on the meeting. The first order of business was a Promotion Grant Request from...

  • Sidney Gold Rush Days; a trip to the past in pictures

    Jun 13, 2024

  • 2024 Sower Award Nominations due June 14

    Jun 6, 2024

    Humanities Nebraska (HN) is seeking nominations for the annual Sower Award in the Humanities, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska. The deadline is June 14. The Sower Award will be presented prior to the 29th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities featuring best-selling author Amy Tan, which will be held September 24, 2024 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Anyone may nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution t...

  • "Hotter in Potter" Returns Next Sunday

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    This highly anticipated annual block party kicks off Summer and celebrates entrepreneurship and community fun this Sunday, June 9, starting at 2pm in Potter. Start the afternoon off by going by the Visitor's Center in Potter and picking up a stamp card, which gives visitors the opportunity to get to know the business owners within Potter and at the same time, have a chance at winning one of the many fantastic prizes that were donated just for this event. Some of the prizes to be raffled off star...

  • SAGA Partners with Cheyenne County 4-H to Enrich Youth Development through Summer Workshops

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Sidney and Greater Area Fund (SAGA) announced its collaboration with the Cheyenne County 4-H to support the enhancement of youth development through summer workshops. SAGA's donation will contribute to the expansion and enrichment of the 4-H summer programs, providing local youth with invaluable opportunities for personal growth, skill development, and community engagement. The Cheyenne County 4-H's summer workshops serve as a platform for youth to explore their interests, values, and...

  • USDA Now Accepting Applications for Available Funds to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

    Jun 6, 2024

    Lincoln, Nebraska, Through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover up to 75% of organic certification costs at a maximum of $750 per certification category. FSA is now accepting applications, and organic producers and handlers should apply for OCCSP by the Oct. 31, 2024, deadline for eligible expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2024. FSA will issue payments as applications are received and approved. “Costs associated with obtaining organic certification can be a bar...

  • Drought plans should be updated, as weather predictions could impact forage

    Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Educator|Jun 6, 2024

    In parts of the High Plains region, recent developing dry conditions are starting to raise concerns that we may see reduced forage production from pasture and rangelands as we move on into the rest of the spring and summer. The www.weather.gov/gid/NebraskaPrecipitation map shows many parts of the Sandhills and Panhandle regions receiving below-average precipitation for the last 30 days. This time frame is critical for precipitation that drives cool-season forage production on rangeland and...

  • Women in Ag event to be held at Gordon Livestock Market

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Gordon Livestock Market will host a Nebraska Women in Agriculture event on Saturday, June 22. The program, hosted in partnership with Nebraska Extension's Women in Agriculture, will be held at Gordon Livestock Market in Gordon, Neb. The event kicks off with check-in at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast from 9 - 10 a.m. Lunch and dinner are provided and vendors will be on hand and available throughout the event. Speakers include Kurt Sexton of Farm Credit and Jenn Stomprud of Stomprud Ranch....

  • Producers, Landowners Can Now Sign Up for USDA's Grassland Conservation Reserve Program

    Jun 6, 2024

    LINCOLN, Nebraska, June 3, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can now sign up for the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (Grassland CRP). The signup runs from today through June 28, 2024. Grassland CRP, offered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is a voluntary working lands conservation program that enables participants to conserve grasslands and provides important conservation benefits for wildlife, soil health and carbon sequestration, all while continuing mos...

  • In-Person Services at Sidney Public Library

    Jun 6, 2024

    Beginning June 12, 2024, a Nebraska Department of Labor representative will be available at the Sidney Public Library on the second Wednesday of every month from 10am until 12pm Noon, and again from 1:15pm - 3:15 pm to discuss services available and to assist with the following: • NEworks Registrations; • Job Search Assistance; • Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims; and • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims. For more information, please call 308-632-1420....

  • AARP Nebraska seeking nominees for highest state volunteer award

    Deborah Van Fleet|Jun 6, 2024

    Nebraska volunteers contribute millions of hours of their time each year, and AARP Nebraska would like to honor one of them with its 2024 Andrus Award for Community Service. The winner’s nonprofit organization of choice will receive $2,500. AARP Nebraska Volunteer State President Suzan DeCamp was herself an Andrus Award winner in 2019. She said she encourages people throughout the state to nominate someone who embodies the volunteer spirit. "Most of us that do volunteer work truly want to give back to our communities and make a positive d...

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