Doug Friesen, from Fairbury, had his first heart attack in 2010 but it wasnt a very big one and they controlled it with medication. Then in 2011 he had a massive heart attack and his whole life was turned topsy turvey. He was in Lincoln and was told he would need a heart transplant. They no longer do transplants in Lincoln so there was a choice of Omaha or Kansas City.
They life flighted him to Kansas City and the tests began. The first hurdle for Friesen was to be smoke free for six months, once that was accomplished and he passed a plethora of other medical tests he was placed on the waiting list. Some patients have to wait months for a transplant but due to his rarer blood type he ended up waiting only three weeks.
March 20 a friend had taken him for a regular check up and they had decided to keep him in the hospital. The next day they were talking about doing the transplant.
The old Smittys Bakery has a new facelift and Tammy Lueker and Linda Knight want it announced to the rafters, Monday morning 6 a.m. Country Cottage is open for business. Come try their flavored coffees and espressos (even sugar free varieties) and chose a sweet to accompany your drink of choice. They plan to continue to offer their unique retail gift items as well as their talents in creating gift baskets and designer cakes. Come take a break, sit and visit or browse the web and experience Fairburys newest store starting Monday. (Journal-News Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky)
Photo caption: OPEN WIDE---Two UNMC Dental Students work with one Fairbury third grader checking his general dental health. Fourteen dental students were able to examine 65 third graders over a day and a half period. They provided 185 sealants and identified students who needed further dental work. (Fairbury Journal-News photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky)
Ever wonder what those travelling dentists exam rooms would look like back in the old west days? It is doubtful that those rooms would come close to resembling what UNMC College of Dentistry students put together Wednesday and Thursday at Central Elementary School. This room was stocked with four folding dental exam chairs (with some assembly required), each station was equipped with its own lights, vacuums and rinses.
We came up here the night before so that we could get everything set up and ready to go, said Ryan Hajek, one of the organizers as well as class president.
Trevor Menke, a member of the University of Nebraska mens basketball team, was honored for his performance in the classroom when he was named to the Academic All-Conference Team by the Big Ten Conference.
To be eligible for the Academic All-Big Ten selection, student athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Menke will be honored at the University of Nebraska Athlete Recognition Banquet held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on April 15th.
Menke is a sophomore at UNL majoring in social science education. He is the son of Steve and Wendy Menke of Beatrice. Grandparents are Phyllis Menke and the late Perl Menke, and Karen Scheele and the late Floyd Scheele, of Fairbury.
For the second straight week, both Fairbury track and field teams ran into rugged competition.
The quality of competition was outstanding in the both the boys and girls divisions at last Thursdays 11-team Waverly Invitational with the likes of Class A Lincoln Pius X, Class B schools Waverly, Crete, Elkhorn South, Norris, and Auburn, along with Class C powers Lincoln Christian and Thayer Central.
On the girls side, the Lady Jeffs placed in seven events, highlighted by sophomore Paige Husa winning the gold medal in the discus with a throw of 1259.
Ashton Feldkamp and Anna Mach turned in fourth and seventh place finishes in the pole vault with efforts of 80 and 76
Krista Hintz claimed fifth place medals in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 13.31 and 27.62.
Kara Furrow and Husa posted fifth place finishes in the discus, 970, and the shot put with a put of 333.
Having the opportunity to play 18 holes of golf on one of the premier golf courses in Nebraska, the Fairbury Jeffs golf team placed 11th at the Pius X Invite played April 2nd on the Firethorn Golf Course in Lincoln.
The Jeffs finished with a team score of 380 to place 11th out of 18 teams.
Lincoln Pius X A squad won its won invite carding a team score of 315.
Fairbury had no medalists in the top 15 in the meet.
Individual scores for the Jeffs were Jason Peterson, 41-47-88, Aaron Hilligas, 42-49-91, Cody Welsch, 51-49-100, Sheridan Hutchison, 50-51-101, and Kyle Russell, 58-51-109.
This is the second straight year that we have got to play the course at Firethorn. This is one of the premier championship golf courses in the state, and overall I was pretty impressed with the way the boys played, Fairbury Jeffs golf coach Jed Martin said.
Photo caption: CLEAN EXCHANGE Diller-Odells Andrea Zarybnicky completes her handoff to Kaitlyn McCown on the second exchange in the girls 3200-meter relay at last Wednesdays Mustang Invite held on the Friend High School track. The Lady Griffins 3200-meter relay turned in a fourth place finish in a time of 11:55.01. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)
Athletes representing 11 schools braved cool temperatures and overcast skies at last Wednesdays Mustang Invite held on the Friend High School track.
The Meridian Mustangs finished fifth, scoring 35 points in eight events.
Giltner prevailed as the team champion, amassing 140 points, while McCool Junction was second with 93 points.
Meridians top placers on the day were a pair of relays.
The Mustangs 1600-meter relay of Josh Lundholm, Ricky Nunez, Brandon Lundholm, and Brandon Jackson finished second in a time of 3:48.61 behind Giltner at 3:40.95.
Fairburys junior high boys and girls track and field teams began its season April 3rd at the Thayer Central Invite held at Hebron.
The junior Jeffs placed second in the six-team invite, scoring 136 points.
Fillmore Central won the team title with 166.50 points.
As a team, Fairbury placed in 14 of the 15 events on the day.
Gold medalists for the Jeffs were Kenton Kobza, discus with a throw of 17010, shot put with a put of 429, and he won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 50.30, while Alec Cromer won the high jump clearing 57.
Second place medalists included Cromer, discus, 1229, Kobza, 110-meter high hurdles, 18.69, Patrick Ondrak, 1200-meter run, 4:17.30, and the 1600-meter relay of Lathen Block, Cromer, Seth Hart, and Lane McLain in 4:19.56.
Taking advantage of a warm day, both Fairbury freshmen track and field teams hosted a triangular April 2nd on the Fairbury High School track.
For the Jeffs, the boys came away with a second place finish, scoring 76 points.
Norris totaled 101 points to take top honors in the triangular.
Recording first place performances for the Jeffs included Connor Livingston, discus with a throw of 1023, Nate Klaumann, high jump with a leap of 52, Brett Wanamaker, triple jump, 3410, Jace Harris, 110-meter high hurdles, 20.09, and the 400-meter relay in a time of 50.03.
Fairbury placed runner-up in six individual events lead by Wanamaker, 100-meter dash, 12.27, and the long jump, 1611, Klaumann, 200 and 400-meter dashes with times of 25.74 and 1:02.55, Harris, high jump, 46, and Spencer Feldkamp, 800 in a time of 2:35.77.