The family of Leroy and Pauline Niederklein would like to honor them with a card shower for their 55th Wedding Anniversary. The couple were married May 28, 1961 at Zion Lutheran Church Tobias where they remain active members. They are the parents of Jerry Niederklein of Syracuse, Renae (Bob) DeWald of Smithville, Mo. and Terry ( Stephanie) Niederklein of O'Neill. They are blessed and keep busy with their seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  
Cards of Congratulations can be mailed to:  55935 725th RD, Tobias, NE 68453.                

Pioneer Shrine Club Scholarship

McKehna Bartels has been selected as the Meridian recipient of a Pioneer Shrine Club Scholarship.  This $800 scholarship is presented to a high school senior who best exemplifies good citizenship and high moral character, without regard to scholastic standing and parental finances, and is to be used at an institution of higher learning or technical training center of their choice. 

Wiedel and Fett to Wed

Robert David Wiedel and Caitlin Marie Fett are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. 
Caitlin is the daughter of Darrell and Jane Fett of Hickman and Quince and Lori Michl of Lincoln.
Robert is the son of David and Becky Wiedel of Hebron.
Caitlin graduated from Fairbury High School in 2007 and graduated from Peru State College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education.  She is a Special Education teacher at Schuyler Elementary School.
Robert graduated from Thayer Central High School in 2008.  He is a machine operator at Tenneco Automotive Inc. in Seward.
The couple will reside in David City.
The couple will exchange vows on June 4, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Chester. 

Kappelmann Birth

Brianna Nevils and Antonio Kappelmann announce the birth of their daughter, Amorette Rose on April 16, 2016 at 5:47 p.m. The little miss weighed in at six lbs. 13 oz. and 18 inches long.
Grandparents are Naomi Baker of Texas, Jackie Nevils of Fairbury, Becki Snyder, Sioux City, Iowa and Brian Kappelmann, Kearney.
Maternal great-grandparents are Belinda and Joseph day and Audrey and Joseph Pelt, all from Texas. Paternal great-grandparents are Diana Mathiason, Alberta Lea, Minnesota and Keith and Rita Snyder of Fairbury.

Tri County Honor Roll Second Semester

Seniors Honor Roll
Gerlach, Cheyenne Mae
Hicks, Carson Dean
Koos, Victoria Elaine Rene
Mentel, Colleen Roge'
Niemeyer, Shalayna Renee
Oestreich, Riley Allen
Spilker, Jackson Lee
Uher, Delaney Jean
Vogt - Cochran, Miranda Sasha
Weise, Josie Marie
Seniors Honorable 
Brant, Kristynn Hailey
Crawford, Kelsey Marie
Goodwin, Jessica Lynn
Husband-Hummer,Eryn Lynn
Parker, Houston Winthrop
Parker, Shane Dean
Juniors Honor Roll
Aksamit, Kyleigh Jean
Bryant, Shianne Dakota
Ensz, Colby William
Holtmeier, Sloane Marie
Lewis, Devin Ryan
Likens, Travis Ray
Moeller, Taylor Nicole


Academic Letter Winners
Grade 12:
Nick Christiansen
Tyler DeBoer
Seth Hart
Tyler Heidemann
Cody Huss
Halle Knigge
Mark Kroeker
Paul Lawrence
Lindsay Lee
Trevin Likens
Kelsey Snyder
Nathaniel Stapaules
Ryan Umland
Josey Zabokrtsky
Grade 11:
Madison Black
Carson Bohlmeyer
Jonathan Engelman
Althea Esteller
Lilibeth Estrada
Bethany Klaumann
Mary Lawrence
Paul Mach
Onelia Monterroso
Tanner Novotny
Patrick Ondrak
Justin Peterson
Garret Ragland
Bethanie Schacht
Shaye Stall
Natalie Stapaules
Megg Vaughn
Hannah Yantz
Grade 10:

Memorial Services

Steele City
Sunday, May 29th, 2016
The Steele City Campbell-Klein Post # 349 American Legion and Auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 2:00 P. M. at the Steele City, Nebraska Cemetery and at 2:45 P. M at the Joy Creek Cemetery southwest of Hollenberg, Kansas. At both cemeteries the ceremony will be near the flag pole. Legion member Mitch Zabokrtsky will be the speaker for the ceremony. Auxiliary President Berdine Payne will read the Roll of Honor, the names of the veterans buried in each cemetery. The Auxiliary provides the memorial wreath for the ceremony.
St. Paul, North of Jansen, Memorial Day, 8:45 a.m., gun salute 9:30 a.m.
Jansen Post No. 358 will be honoring the veterans graves on Sunday, May 29 at Cub Creek Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., Hope Cemetery 10:45 a.m., Zion Cemetery at 11a.m., Harbine Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Jansen Cemetery at 12:15.

County Reviews Construction

On Tuesday, May 24, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners met to discuss the ongoing construction at the courthouse. A proposal request was made to accommodate changes to the layout on the second floor, affecting the County Court Clerk, Judge's office, probation and detainee area. 
A corridor is being added to provide the judge safe access directly to the courtroom and a unisex bathroom is being installed. Some of these changes are due to fire regulations. Per the Fire Marshall, fire stops are required in the new corridor, which, in turn, affects the glass work. There will be a rolling fire rated door at the County Court Magistrate's desk.
The additional time required to accommodate these changes is six weeks, putting the expected completion date at November 30, 2016. However, efforts will be made to minimize the disruption to the daily business at the courthouse to a minimum. 

Seeds of Hope

Dakota Mason, right, hands Holly Workman a handful of seeds for the FYI Center community garden. Last week approximately 16 local youth came to the garden site, next to PlaMor Cafe in Fairbury and planted strawberries, snap peas, dill, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, gourds, pumpkins, beans and several other fruit and vegetable varieties. The seeds for the garden were procured by a garden from the Fairbury Elks Lodge and Lloyd Garber of Fairbury donated use of the lot. Students from grades kindergarten through 12th participated in the planting of the garden, which will be worked in at least three times a week by local youth. Mason, an Americorp volunteer, wants the garden to be a fun learning lesson for the youth. “I hope they learn gardening techniques and healthy eating habits from this project,” Mason said. (Photo by Fred Arnold/


County Board Seeks Bids For Armor Coating Roads

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of armor coating for Jefferson County's blacktop roads during their meeting on Tuesday. The Commissioners debated whether to use county resources or to contract the job out.
“I don't know how the rest of the board feels but my thought is even though it's going to be more expensive we let it out.” Commissioner Mark Schoenrock stated. “I don't see how we can do that plus try to keep up with all of our other roads.”
The board passed a motion to advertise for bids on the project. 
For those concerned about the cost, Commissioner Michael Dux pointed out, “If we don't get competitive bids, we can always reject it.” At that point, the Board of  Commissioners will revisit the possibility of using county resources.