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NORTH PLATTE,Neb. (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted.

“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”

Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement today – make an appointment to give blood by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor Appor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


A Hayes Center woman has been named Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2018.

Rebel Sjeklocha was crowned Wednesday afternoon at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Sjeklocha, 17, won the personality, speech, written test and appearance categories of the pageant.

JoSee Saults, 17, of Big Springs, won the pageant’s Rising Star award.

Bailey Lehr, 17, of Columbus, was named first-runner up after winning the horsemanship, photogenic and congeniality awards. She will fulfill the duties of queen if, for some reason, Sjeklocha is unable to complete her reign.

Sjeklocha won first-runner up at the pageant in 2016 and 2017. She also won the speech category both years.

“The experience taught me to never give up on my goals,” Sjeklocha said. “If your heart truly longs for something, keep working hard to obtain that goal.”

Sjeklocha is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She graduated from Maywood High School in May and has plans to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to study Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications in the fall.

Rebel would like to eventually go to law school and open a practice in a rural area. Her dream is to help farmers and ranchers pass on their livelihoods to the next generation as well as defend the natural resources that are vital to their operations.


Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Four people were honored with the Friends of MRNA Award Monday night during the speech portion of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant. 

All of the honorees were recognized for going “above and beyond” to support the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association. Pictured left to right are: Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Molly Paxton, Miss Rodeo Nebraska Kristin Kohmetscher, longtime MRNA members Karen Troyer and Mardee Swanson, Mid-Plains Community College area vice president of public information and marketing Chuck Salestrom, MRN seamstress Jo Morphew and Miss Rodeo America Keri Sheffield.

JUNE 8, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Thursday, June 7, 2018, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Perkins and Chase Counties.

The project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, ten businesses were inspected. Two businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 20%. All ten of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Tequila’s Mexican Grill – Imperial (checked ID, sold to minor)

VFW #4688 – Imperial (checked ID, sold to minor)


The businesses included convenience stores, restaurants, golf courses, and bars. NSP conducts alcohol inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission and clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


On June 7th at about 7:30 PM Sergeant Wangler and another Officer responded to the residence located at 3410 16th Street in Columbus regarding an anonymous report that a wanted individual was at that location. In the course of the contact with the Suspect; 24 year old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued. Initially, during the conflict, Robledo was armed with a handgun. As the situation developed, Robledo transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.

Both Wangler and Robledo were initially taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.

Sergeant Wangler is a 19 year veteran of the Columbus Police. He is married and has two children.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Nebraska State Patrol, Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department for the support they have offered in this matter.

The incident is being jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.


The North Platte Community College Lady Knights Volleyball Team hosts the Sweet Saloon every year during NEBRASKAland Days.


Team members, coaches and volunteers spend days baking “melt-in-your-mouth” caramel rolls, the proceeds from which supplement volleyball scholarships.


The players then deliver the rolls and oversee the pick-up sites: McDaid Elementary, the Do-It Center, Westfield Pharmacy, Sports Shoppe and the concession area on NPCC’s South Campus.


They began calling previous customers this week to give them first chance at pre-orders. Pre-orders will open to the publicon Monday through a new online system. Purchases can be made at with a credit or debit card.


Phone orders can be placed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11-13 and from 8 a.m. to noon June 14 by calling 535-3696 and leaving a message. In-person orders will also be accepted during that time at McDaid Elementary.


The cost is $18 per dozen. Sticky buns can be delivered for an extra $2.


This year the Sweet Saloon is sponsored by the Hiland Dairy Foods Company.

About 260 area high school seniors have earned the right to wear blue and gold honor cords from Mid-Plains Community College at their graduation ceremonies this spring. That’s up from 225 students last year.

To receive a cord, the seniors must have successfully completed 12 or more credit hours of dual enrollment classes through MPCC. The classes count for both high school and college credit.

“The goal is to recognize students who have taken the initiative to pursue college credit while still in high school,” said Becky Barner, MPCC area career coach. “National research has shown that when students graduate high school with college credit already achieved, they are more likely to go on to college and more likely to finish a degree program in college.”

The following list shows how many seniors, as of May 9, had earned honor cords at area schools this year.

Ansley High School – 2

Arnold High School – 2

Arthur County High School - 1

Brady High School – 2

Broken Bow High School – 10

Callaway High School – 5

Chase County High School - 11

Cody-Kilgore High School – 2

Dundy County-Stratton High School – 7

Hayes Center High School - 1

Hershey High School – 15

Homeschool – 3

Maxwell High School – 2

Maywood High School – 1

McCook High School – 22

North Platte High School - 87

North Platte St. Pat’s  - 12

Ogallala High School – 22

Paxton High School – 6

Perkins County High School – 1

Sandhills High School – 7

Sargent High School - 5

Southwest High School – 6

Stapleton High School – 2

Sutherland High School – 7

Thedford High School - 2

Valentine High School - 4

Wallace High School – 7

Wauneta-Palisade High School - 3

More information about MPCC’s dual enrollment program is available online at

The Nebraska State Fair announced today Kelly Clarkson will launch the 2018 Nebraska State Fair on opening night Friday August 24th…. and country superstars Old Dominion will take the stage Friday Aug 31th. Rounding out of the state fair concert series is Night Ranger on Sunday September 2nd… All tickets go on sale Tuesday May 1st at 10 am… 

State troopers never know what they’ll find out on the road and Sunday morning a troop on highway 71 stopped to check on what he thought was an abandoned motorcycle on the side of the road.  When he approached the trooper found the man and his dog were in the trailer being pulled by the motorcycle waiting for some fog to pass by.