Kearney County, NE

Minden, Nebraska

Pinpointed in south-central Nebraska, the pioneering town of Minden can take visitors back to a simpler time. Discovered in 1876 by Swedish, Danish, and German settlers, the group named the village after the town of Minden in Germany. The early colonists considered the region to be the center of servicing the agricultural industry. At present, locals and visitors can enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights displayed in the winter or take a step into history at the local pioneering attractions.
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2022 Primary Election Results

The 2022 Primary Election was held May 10 and 43.92% of Kearney County registered voters cast their vote. Unofficial results for the Primary Election follow. Congress District 3: Adrian Smith (R) 1,267; Mike Calhoun (R) 306; David J. Else (D) 124; Daniel M. Wik (D) 102; Mark Elworth Jr. (Lmn) 1; Write-In 8.
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Mental health challenges in seniors, signs and services available

KEARNEY COUNTY, Neb. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Experts say individuals over 65 can experience depression or anxiety, and it's often related to lifestyle changes that come with aging. Megan Wilsey, program director of Kearney County Health Services' Senior Life Solutions, has more on the challenges older...
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County Recognizes Lieske Retirement

Health and dental insurance rates were the topic of much discussion during the May 3 regular meeting of the Kearney County Board of Supervisors. Average rate increase is 3%, but this year NACO rates have increased 17% resulting in an estimated $100,000 cost to the County for buy downs. Open...

Axtell, Minden fire crews quickly extinguish grass fire at Kappa Ethanol Plant

AXTELL, Neb. — A small grass fire at the Kappa Ethanol Plant west of Axtell was quickly extinguished after two fire departments responded Thursday afternoon. According to Kearney County Emergency Manager Craig Lupkes, fire crews from Axtell and Minden were called to the fire just before 1 p.m. He said a 20-foot strip of grass burned next to the railroad tracks at the plant site.
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University of Nebraska Extension program gives kids a chance to see and work with farm animals

The West Central Research, Extension and Education Center introduced third, fourth and fifth graders from the area to “Animals Inside and Out” on Tuesday. The program is designed to give students a hands-on experience with farm animals. Presenters came from around west central Nebraska to offer information and answer students’ questions.

Supervisors Hear Drug Court Update

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors met April 19. Deputy Public Defender Jeff Ensz spoke to the supervisors regarding the Kearney County Public Defender position and the Lieske, Lieske, and Ensz law office. Ensz has served as Deputy Public Defender for the County for 13 years. Tom Lieske, the current public defender, is scaling back his duties and has not run for the position for another term.

Supervisors Approve Special Use Permit For Blessing

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors met April 5. The meeting began with County Assessor Jennifer Pittner asking the board if a policy should be created outlining the procedure necessary for parcel splits and combinations. The possible need for such a policy was brought to light recently when Pittner spoke...

Trustees Discuss Legacy Health Care Records At Meeting

The Kearney County Health Services Board of Trustees considered a proposal from MindsEye for legacy electronic health record repository during the March 30 meeting. KCHS is legally obligated to retain and have access to legacy health records. The current data repository through Centriq will end in December. The proposal was presented to the board for consideration to allow KCHS to remain in compliance. Although other options were considered before bringing the proposal to the board, MindsEye was selected as the best option. The proposal was accepted by the board and will go live by the end of the calendar year.

Supervisors Hear RYDE Transit Update

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors had a very short meeting on March 15. Charles McGraw from RYDE Transit spoke to the board. The RYDE program in Minden has two drivers and customer numbers are continuing to rise to pre-pandemic levels. McGraw also informed the board that Public Transit week will be celebrated in April and promotions will be going out for it soon.

The Minden Courier Sold To Syndicate Publishing

For the last 28 years, Jim Edgecombe’s steady hand has been on the wheel of the Minden Courier. This year, that ship will be handed over to Syndicate Publishing, based out of Gothenburg, Nebraska. While change can bring some uncertainty, our goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible, with no interruption in the quality news and sports coverage that you have counted on over the decades.

Supervisors Hold One & Six Year Road Hearing

During the March 8 regular meeting of the Kearney County Supervisors, the board took care of regular business before opening the 2022 One & Six Year Road hearing. Luke Poore and Gavin Blum presented an update from Kearney County Health Services. A financial comparison between 2022 and 2021 showed positive change at KCHS with a total revenue increase of 30 percent. County contributions that were previously used for the bottom line to keep the facility afloat are now utilized for capital improvements that will allow for future growth. Poore gave an overview of potential projects to best utilize space at the facility in the future. Although the estimated cost of the projects are $25 million, KCHS has no intention of issuing bonds to see them done.

Odvody Joins KCHS Med Staff

Kearney County Health Services has welcomed a new provider to its medical staff. Katie Odvody, PA started seeing patients in the clinic on March 7. “We’re really excited to get her started and get her integrated not only into the hospital but into the community,” KCHS CEO Luke Poore said. “Through interviews and everything else we observed with her along with her desire to take care of a rural community, it was a perfect match.”

Trustees Hear Reports

Clark Abrahamson introduced A.J. Dahlgren of Axtell to the Kearney County Health Services Board of Trustees during the February 23 meeting. Dahlgren observed the meeting as he has an interest in continuing the term that Abrahamson will be resigning from. With no old or new business on the agenda, the...

Blue Jeans & BBQ March 18

Businesses and residents are invited to attend the Minden Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Jeans and BBQ Fiesta Friday, March 18 at the Kearney County Fairgrounds. The annual event is a fun opportunity for networking and business exposure while celebrating local business and agriculture. The event will include a meal...

Board Approves Two Resolutions

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors met February 15. Zoning Administrator Joe Anderson presented an amended resolution for the administrative subdivision for Eugene A. and Kelly J. Trausch for consideration. The amended resolution was necessary due to an inaccurate legal description of the north tract in the original document. The...