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  The Serenity
  of Summer
         NORRIS ELECTRIC NEWS                Electric News Magazine • NORRIS DISTRICT
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        2008 Officers and Directors
      Roger Rada, Tobias, President
    Allen Sieck, Martell, Vice President
      John Novotny, Odell, Treasurer
    Bruce Tegtmeier, Jansen, Secretary       F E AT U R E S
          Dennis Buel, Hickman

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             Dan Dell, Beatrice                           Norris crews have been busy since early                 This is definitely not the same
         Rod Heinrichs, Carleton
          Stewart Huneke, Wilber
                                                          spring, in between the rain and storms,                 archery program that you learned at
          Mark Knobel, Fairbury                           working on a variety of projects.                       camp or in school years ago.
            Gary Kroese, Firth
          Frank Sobotka, Lincoln

         Berneal Warner, Waverly
                                                          Tower Hall hosts and caters everything
            On the Cover                                  from wedding receptions, anniversaries,
 Warm days, abundant sunshine, and                        birthdays and proms, to Quinceañera
gentle winds mark the waning weeks of                     celebrations.

                                                                           1933                               2008
                                                                                    You’re Invited!
                                                Please join us for the Norris Public Power District 75th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event
                                                on Saturday, August 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Gage County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
                                                in Beatrice. All Norris customers are invited to enjoy a free lunch along with many giveaways,
                                                demonstrations, electrical equipment displays, prize drawings, children’s games, and more! Mark
                                                your calendars now and see you on August 16th!


Derek Kinnett – Apprentice Lineman
Derek Kinnett accepted the position of Apprentice Lineman on May 12 and will be working on the Maintenance Crew in the
Area 2 – Roca Operations Center. Derek had been working part time for the Norris District since Jan. 2, 2008 and previously
worked as an apprentice lineman for the Lincoln Electric System. Derek is originally from Waverly and graduated from Northeast
Community College in 2007 with an Associate of Applied Science in Utility Line. Derek’s hobbies include golfing, camping and
fishing. Please join us in welcoming Derek to the Norris District!

Emily Vogele – Administrative Coordinator
Emily Vogele accepted the position of Administrative Coordinator on June 16 and will be working in the Beatrice office. Emily
is a 1999 graduate of Southern High School in Wymore where she was born and raised. Emily comes to the District after
working the past nine years in the hospitality industry in Beatrice, Overland Park, Kansas and Lincoln. Emily has a daughter,
Olive, who is 16 months old. In her spare time, Emily enjoys music and going to concerts. Please join us in welcoming Emily
to the Norris District!


Vicky Jurgens – Credit Representative
Vicky Jurgens has accepted the new position of Credit Representative. Vicky has been with the District for 19 years and has
most recently held the position of Administrative Coordinator. Vicky’s new responsibilities will include working with customers
throughout the District by responding to customer requests and inquiries in a professional manner. Vicky will be working with
customers who have difficulty in making timely payments to the District. With Vicky’s vast experience at Norris, we expect a
smooth transition into her new position. Congratulations Vicky!


Ty Gill – Northeast Community College Lineman Scholarship Winner
Ty Gill has been awarded the 2008/2009 Utility Lineman Scholarship from Norris Public Power District. Each year, the
District offers a $1,500 lineman scholarship to a graduating high school student who plans to enroll in the utility line school at
Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Ty is a graduate of Fairbury High School and is the son of Greg and Marty Gill. Ty
has interned for the Norris Public Power District the past three summers and is working with the construction crew this summer.
Congratulations Ty and good luck!


Each summer the Norris District employs a number of area students to assist with summer operations and fulfill internship requirements. This year’s
summer help will be working in all facets of the Norris District, including the engineering and accounting departments, construction crews, and tree
cutting crews. The summer help are spread out among the three service areas and the District main office.

                                                                                                              Back Row (L to R)
                                                                                                              Thomas Luers, Bethany Root,
                                                                                                              Brian Pflanz, Andrew Haake,
                                                                                                              Joe Boyer, Dustin Arduser,
                                                                                                              Ryan Frederick, Nate Paulsen
                                                                                                              Front Row (L to R)
                                                                                                              Allison Havekost, Cassie Baete-
                                                                                                              Jobman, Forrest Frietag,
                                                                                                              Blythe Wegener, Ty Gill,
                                                                                                              Ben Yockel, Brady Harrington,
                                                                                                              Matt Benson

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        A Letter from Our
        General Manager

    August 15, 2008 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Norris Public                  these Districts were consolidated in order to form the Norris District
    Power District. The Norris District has come a long way from its mod-                of today.
    est beginnings 75 years ago. In 1936, Norris served only 350 rural                   It is equally hard to imagine what life was like on the farm before
    customers in Gage County. Today, the District serves over 18,000                     electricity was brought to rural areas. There was no power to pump
    customers across our service area which now encompasses all or                       water, milk cows, irrigate fields, or simply light our homes at night.
    parts of Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Saline and Thayer Counties.                     Today, on the rare occasion when we experience a power outage,
    The District’s namesake is in honor of the former U.S. Senator,                      it reminds us of how the convenience of electricity is often taken for
    George W. Norris. In 1933, his efforts in Washington were responsible                granted.
    for the legislation that would make nationwide farm electrification                  To celebrate our 75 years of service to our valued customers, the
    possible and affordable. The public power movement in Nebraska                       Norris District will be holding a customer appreciation celebration at
    began in Gage County a few months after the passage of Senate File                   the Gage County Fairgrounds on August 16, 2008. The celebration
    310. This important piece of legislation provided for the creation of                will include food and refreshments, interesting exhibits, children’s
    public power and irrigation districts in Nebraska and was the catapult               activities, free giveaways, and special drawings. I would like to per-
    for the creation of Nebraska’s first retail power district which is now              sonally extend a special invitation to all of our customers and encourage
    known as Norris Public Power District.                                               you to attend the celebration so that we may show our appreciation
    In some respects, it is hard to imagine what has been accomplished                   to you. Thank you for your continued support and business over the
    by the Norris District in its relatively short existence. We have con-               last 75 years. I look forward to seeing you at the celebration on the
    structed over 4,500 miles of transmission and distribution facilities,               16th of August!
    and have built nearly 80 substations. The District has also installed                           Kevin Pollard
    over 80,000 poles throughout our five county service area. Norris                               General Manager/CEO, Norris Public Power District
    originally had four Districts that served the five county area. In 1941,

    Energy Wise Tip: “Operate your appliances when energy demand is low.”
    How and when you use electric energy can make a difference.                            • Close drapes on windows that face the sun.
    Nebraska’s electric system must be flexible to supply reliable power to homes,         • Grill supper outdoors. Use your microwave instead of the stove top or oven.
    businesses and industries under a wide variety of conditions.                          • Delay dishwashing and laundry until after 8 p.m.
    This takes a complex system of power plants, substations, transmission and             • Unplug appliances and shut off lights that are not in use.
    distribution lines to get energy to where it needs to go. As an energy consumer,
    there are many things you can do to reduce energy usage, particularly during hot       • Do any baking early in the morning before it gets hot outside.
    days in the summer months when demand for electricity is typically at its highest.     • Shower early in the morning or later in the evening.
    These energy-wise tips include:                                                        Norris Public Power District wants you to get the most value for your money, each
    • When temperatures top 90° F, find ways to reduce your energy usage from              and every time you turn on a switch. It costs far less to save a kilowatt-hour than it
      3 p.m. to 8 p.m. when energy usage is typically at its highest.                      does to build a new power plant to generate one.
    • Raise your thermostat to a higher setting and turn on fans.                          For more information, visit norrisppd.com


     Conserving Fuel
     and Energy

    The US Department of Energy provides these tips for saving fuel.
    DRIVE SENSIBLY                                                       how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem,
    Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking)        such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by
    wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at           as much as 40 percent.
    highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible
    driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more       Check & Replace Air Filters Regularly
    than gas money.                                                      Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car’s gas mile-
                                                                         age by as much as 10 percent. Your car’s air filter keeps im-
    OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT                                              purities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will
    While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a             replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.
    different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually
    decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.                            Keep Tires Properly Inflated
    You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like         You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by
    paying an additional $0.30 per gallon for gas. Observing the         keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-in-
    speed limit is also safer.                                           flated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi
                                                                         drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer
    Remove Excess Weight                                                 and last longer.
    Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially
    heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce         Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil
    your MPG by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of    You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2 percent by using the
    extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller    manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. For example,
    vehicles more than larger ones.                                      using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30
                                                                         can lower your gas mileage by 1-2 percent. Using 5W-30 in
    Avoid Excessive Idling                                               an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage
    Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically   by 1-1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy
    waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.            Conserving” on the API performance symbol to be sure it
                                                                         contains friction-reducing additives.
    Use Cruise Control
    Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a
    constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.                    Thinking about buying a new vehicle?
                                                                         Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important
    Use Overdrive Gears                                                  fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a
    When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes         car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to
    down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.                        $1,020 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and
                                                                         a fuel cost of $4.08).
    Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned
                                                                         That’s $5,100 extra in fuel costs over five years!
    Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an
    emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of           For more fuel saving tips and a list of the most fuel-efficient
    4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and       2008 model year vehicles, go to www.fueleconomy.gov

                                                                                                                              JULY ISSUE 2008    5


     Norris Public Power District along with our neigh-
     boring public power districts including Perennial,
     South Central, Butler, Seward and Nebraska Public
     Power Districts joined forces in 2006 to prepare
     a ten-year long range subtransmission plan that
     would be used to maximize the efficiency and
     integrity of our subtransmission system with our
     neighbors. This ten-year plan totaled more than
     $22.5 million in investments in new facilities or
     upgrades for the Norris District.                                        miscellaneous road relocation projects. The 2008 work plan totals
     Each year, the Norris District constructs a number of subtransmission    more $13 million in investments including approximately $5.9 million
     projects that were identified in the ten-year plan. This year the work   for the Transcanada pipeline projects that were not included in the
     plan includes building or rebuilding 33 miles of 34.5/69 kV subtrans-    original ten-year plan.
     mission line. In addition to our subtransmission plan, the District’s    With such a large work plan in place, Norris crews have been
     construction work plan also includes the construction or rebuilding      busy since early spring, in between the rain and numerous storms,
     of 29 miles of distribution line, two new substations for the Trans-     working on a variety of projects. In late spring Norris crews
     canada/Keystone pipeline, several substation upgrades, and a few         completed the conversion of 3 miles of 34.5 kV subtransmission
                                                                              line to 69 kV on a portion of the subtransmission line that provides
                                                                              service to Belleville, Kansas.
                                                                              In late May, construction on the Hickman East subtransmission
                                                                              project began which included upgrading the Hickman substation,
                                                                              building 4.5 miles of 34.5/ 69 kV subtransmission line from 68th
                                                                              and Hickman Road to 120th and Wagon Train Road, and building
                                                                              3.5 miles of three phase underbuild from 82nd and Hickman Road
                                                                              to 120th and Wagon Train Road. This project wrapped up around
                                                                              the end of June and will be a great asset to the area this summer.
                                                                              Due to increased demand and load growth in the area, the need for
                                                                              enhanced reliability in and around the Hickman area was neces-
                                                                              sary. Previously Hickman and the surrounding area received their
                                                                              power from a radial feed coming into town from the West. With the
                                                                              completion of this new subtransmission line, the Norris District has
                                                                              created a backup source of power for the Hickman and surrounding
                                                                              area when necessary.
                                                                              Currently in progress, Norris crews are working on part one of
                                                                              a three part project which includes building and/or rebuilding 12

miles of 34.5/69 kV subtransmission line, rebuilding 5.5 miles of         pumping is expected to begin by the fall of 2009. The first pumping
three phase distribution line and rebuilding 5 miles of single phase      station in the Norris District will be located between Crete and
distribution line in the Carleton, Bruning and Hebron areas. This         Wilber and the second pumping station in the Norris District will be
project also includes the completion of the new Carleton Junc-            located near Steele City. Each pumping station will have its own
tion substation. This project will take several months to complete;       substation that will run several motors which will pump between
however when finished, the new subtransmission line coupled with          435,000-590,000 barrels per day. To date, the transformers for the
the Belleville, Kansas conversion will ultimately create a tie with       substations have been ordered and design work has begun.
Perennial Public Power District and enable the Norris District to         The Keystone XL pipeline has just recently been announced by
provide power to Belleville at 69 kV. Currently Belleville receives       Transcanada and is currently in the early planning and design
power from the Norris District at 34.5 kV. The construction of this       stages. Once complete, Keystone XL is expected to carry over
new 69 kV line will result in increased capacity and reliability for      700,000 barrels a day of crude oil.
Belleville as well as the northern portions of Thayer County.
                                                                          In addition to the work plan described above, Norris crews are also
This fall, Norris crews will focus on building two new substations        kept busy year around with the installation of new residential and
and rebuilding roughly 15 miles of distribution line for 2 pumping        commercial services, new irrigation services, pole replacements,
stations for the Transcanada Keystone pipeline. The Keystone              customer rebuilds, right-of-way maintenance and road widening
pipeline is the first of two Transcanada pipelines (Keystone and          projects. The Norris District takes our motto “Dedicated to Serving
Keystone XL) carrying crude oil that will go through the Norris Dis-      You” very seriously, and we are constantly doing our best to pro-
trict from Canada to refineries in Illinois, Oklahoma, or Texas. The      vide electricity and related services to our customers at competitive
Norris District plans to have the necessary facilities in place for the   prices in the most efficient, reliable, and safest manner.
Keystone pipeline pumping stations by the summer of 2009 and

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                                                                                                                           JULY ISSUE 2008        7

        Begins with You!
        By James Dukesherer

    As the new grassroots coordinator, I am pleased to introduce myself         significant role in our dialog
    and provide some information about the Nebraska Rural Electric              with newly elected members
    Association (NREA) grassroots initiative. Already efforts are under-        and developing the trust
    way to mobilize all 35 member systems of the NREA to give a voice           necessary to become their
    to the issues most important to rural electrification. As a member of       source of information on rural electric issues.
    the NREA since 1999, Norris Public Power District is an important           The strength of any organization is in its membership. In the legisla-
    member of the Association, and I am pleased to see a sincere                tive arena, the key difference between successful organizations and
    interest in the active participation of your public power district. As      those who are not, is the active involvement and participation of its
    with any new program, there are many questions about what the               membership. NREA’s members serve more than 400,000 consumers
    grassroots program is and how members systems and individuals               which collectively can have a powerful voice in government. To help
    may become involved. I want to take this opportunity to answer some         mobilize our membership, grassroots efforts will be focused in three
    of the questions and present the grassroots program to you.                 key areas, including:
    The term “grassroots” refers to the directors, employees, and customers     1 Education and Awareness of the Issues Educating all members of
    the organization services. These individuals represent the people on          the NREA from its managers to its employees is vital to providing
    the front lines, and as constituents of elected officials these people        a uniform message, which members can carry to elected officials
    can be a powerful tool in advocating issues. Often the leaders of an          and customers. By understanding the issues and the legislative
    organization and the lobbyists they employ are the only resource              process members will gain the knowledge and confidence needed
    used to communicate to elected officials. Grassroots support provides         to increase the dialog of the issues facing the NREA.
    direct communication between elected officials and those they are
                                                                                2 Building Relationships with Elected Officials Including elected
    elected to represent.
                                                                                  officials in local meetings and policy discussions develops a
    The NREA grassroots program is an effort to mobilize our member               relationship where they gain an understanding and familiarity
    systems and their customers, increase their knowledge of rural                with the Association. Many of the NREA members already have
    electrification issues, and provide the resources necessary for these         relationships with officials, and strengthening these ties can ensure
    individuals to become involved in the political process. By organizing        lawmakers feel comfortable coming to us for information and
    our membership to contact representatives, attend forums, and vote;           advice. Increasing trust between elected officials and the NREA
    the issues most important to the NREA will receive greater attention          allows the Association to increase its status as an important player,
    and ultimately we will see more favorable policy outcomes.                    and knowledgeable source of information, when energy issues
    With the advent of term limits in the Nebraska Unicameral the                 come before the legislative bodies.
    importance of grassroots support has increased substantially. Of the        3 Advocacy Organization The third focus of the grassroots program
    49 total members of the Nebraska Unicameral, the 2006 election                provides the mobilization and tools necessary for members to
    cycle produced 20 new state senators and this year at least 15 new            become involved. Resource materials will be developed to help
    senators will be elected. With such a high turnover, long-lasting rela-       our members effectively write letters, keep informed of the issues
    tionships and the institutional knowledge of many of the veterans of          and events, and contact their representatives. By developing
    the Unicameral will be lost. Although newly elected representatives           these advocacy tools and educating our members on how to use
    increase the level of uncertainty and unpredictability in the legislative     them, the program will ensure every member has the opportunity to
    process, they also provide us all with a unique opportunity to forge          become involved at whatever level they feel most comfortable.
    relationships. Now, more than ever, these relationships will play a

    The grassroots program will be phased-in over several years                 contacting your representatives, a calendar notifying you of
    beginning with ten test member systems in the first year. Although          grassroots events, and numerous supporting materials which will
    only these groups will receive formal training in the first year, all 35    make grassroots involvement easy for everyone.
    systems of the NREA are invited to participate. Ample opportunities         The biggest obstacle any grassroots movement has to overcome is
    exist for everyone to contact representatives, participate in action        apathy. Too often, I have talked to individuals who believe their voice
    alerts, attend local forums, and increase their knowledge of the issues.    gets lost in the democratic process. This is not true, and with proper
    Already, many members have chosen to take part in the “Take                 organization and education our members can have a strong influence
    Action Network” which allows our members to receive an email alert          on policy outcomes.
    notifying them of important legislation coming before lawmakers. The        As the grassroots program continues to develop, I invite you to
    Take Action Network is a simple tool in which all managers, directors,      consider what you can do to become more involved, and to take
    employees and customers of the 35 member systems may become                 advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Participation of our
    involved. This web-based effort will allow individuals to participate       Norris directors, employees, and customers is vital to the success
    in grassroots communication by receiving action alerts encouraging          of the program, and unless every member takes an active role, the
    them to contact their elected representatives. The alert will include       grassroots program will see only limited success. Rather than a
    a link to a prewritten letter members can sign and email to their           single voice, the grassroots program will mobilize a movement of
    representative. Participation can start today. Make sure you are a          Nebraskans concerned about energy issues and affordable electric
    member of the “Take Action” network by sending your name, home              rates. With the active involvement of all of our members, the NREA
    address, and email address to me at jdukesherer@nrea.org. This              and its customers can be a powerful voice in Lincoln and Washington.
    only takes a minute and when everyone participates the strength of          Please do not miss your opportunity to become involved.
    the NREA membership is voiced to elected officials.
                                                                                                      James Dukesherer
    Additionally, to start your involvement in the grassroots program,
                                                                                                      Grassroots Coordinator
    I invite you to visit our website and make it your homepage. Go to
                                                                                                      Nebraska Rural Electric Association
    www.nrea.org and click on the “Grassroots Support” button on the
    left-hand side. This site will be the home page for all of the grass-
    roots efforts. When construction of the site is completed it will contain
    legislative bill summaries, writing samples and information for

                                                        Nebraska Legislative Districts

Carol Hudkins
 District 21

Norm Wallman
  District 30

 Ron Raikes
  District 25

Russ Karpisek
  District 32
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       Tower Hall           “ If you can’tthe kitchen.
                                            take the heat,
       Banquet Facility,
                              get out of
                            We’ve all heard the proverbial saying, but Karen French learned
       Malcolm, Nebraska    her husband Luke could not only take the heat, he could produce
                            delicious meals for 340 guests in spite of a sweltering kitchen well
                            over 100 degrees and the pressure of it being his first catering
                            job of that magnitude. It would have made an entertaining reality
                            TV episode, but in “real life”, it was not much fun for the French’s.
                            They survived. Their guests were pleased with the meals and the
                            reception. And so began Karen and Luke’s immersion in the
                            business of catering large banquets and parties.
                            The first change they made was to get the kitchen air conditioning
                            fixed. From there, the French’s have made a series of improve-
                            ments to Tower Hall including more than tripling the space for
                            guests and staff in the bar area, upgrading the electrical system,
                            plumbing, and lighting throughout, painting both the inside and
                            outside of the building, moving the Hall’s main entrance and
                            adding a large outdoor patio area.

Tower Hall was created when investors purchased and remodeled
the old Malcolm High School and sectioned the campus into areas
for leasing to businesses. At one time, three businesses, Tower
Hall Banquet facility, Miller Steel Fabricating and A-1 machine shop
operated from the remodeled school. Today Tower Hall has taken
over more of the building and A-1 machine shop still operates out of
an adjacent section of the building.
Metal sculptures from the fabricating business adorn the entrance to
Tower Hall.
Luke and Karen French were actually in the early stages of building
their own banquet facility when they learned Tower Hall was for sale.
“We had put a down payment on materials and were going to build
our own facility,” Luke said. “When Tower Hall became available we
decided it made more sense to buy an existing building rather than
                                                                        has several rooms including a room for the wedding party and a
building one from the ground up.
                                                                        room for brides and attendants, a buffet room, and large wheelchair
Luke and Karen have owned Tower Hall since September of 2006.           accessible men’s and women’s bathrooms, and a coatroom.
The French’s believe their willingness to be flexible helps them meet
                                                                        There’s plenty of parking, and of course it’s very easy to find. Just
the needs of each individual party. Karen said they will help parties
                                                                        head for the water tower in Malcolm. You can’t miss it and Tower
decorate or let them decorate the Hall themselves if they prefer.
                                                                        Hall sits right there.
Tower Hall has a well-stocked decorations room with an impressive
array of glassware, place settings vases and decorations. They          To learn more about Tower Hall call Luke or Karen French at
cater all events from weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, proms, and    402-432-3807 or visit towerhall.net
Quinceañera celebrations. The French’s make themselves avail-
able at all events for consultation and to help the party organizers
if needed. They provide catering or allow parties to cater their own
event or bring in outside catering if they wish.
                                                                           If you know of a business in our area you’d like to nominate for
They encourage people looking for a venue to call and set up a time        our Small Business Spotlight, please send a brief description
when they can come out and look at the facility. Interested parties        of the business along with the name of the owner and contact
can also go online and learn more about Tower Hall banquet facility        information to comments@norrispower.com
and check on the availability of dates. The facility seats 450 and

                                                                                                                            JULY ISSUE 2008     11

                                                                                                                                                                                                            NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
       Nebraska Schools
       Hitting the Mark with
       Archery Program
     More than 120 Nebraska schools currently offer the National                                                                    but trouble, but since entering the program, the kid has completely
     Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) for students in grades 4-12,                                                             turned around. Now he’s working hard in other classes so that he
     and that number continues to grow. During 2007 more than 15,000                                                                can participate in the archery program. That makes me feel pretty
     Nebraska students participated in a NASP course utilizing math,                                                                good,” Sheets said.
     history and physical education skills. The program continues to                                                                NASP is a nationally acclaimed program that provides training
     expand each year. Wes Sheets, Archery in the Schools coordinator                                                               and certification for teachers to teach target-style basic archery
     for the State of Nebraska, estimated participation will be more than                                                           instruction in their school gymnasium using the NASP school
     20,000 students in the final 2007-8 school year audit.                                                                         archery kit. Grants for equipment are available and the Nebraska
     Sheets is responsible for coordinating the certification of teachers                                                           Game and Parks Commission schedules teacher training work-
     as basic archery instructors. He told us, “Most schools are on tight                                                           shops as needed. Training workshops generally last eight hours and
     budgets and have trouble coming up with money for purchasing                                                                   have been incorporated into teacher in-service workshops in many
     all the equipment. Part of what I do is to help them find grants and                                                           districts. Once completed, teachers receive national certification to
     other sources of revenue to offset those startup costs. We worked                                                              teach basic target archery.
     with bowhunting organizations and archery clubs and now have the
     costs down to where schools can get started with all the equipment
     they need and certification of teachers for as little as $600 per                                                              NASP’S REPORTED BENEFITS INCLUDE:
     school.”                                                                                                                       50/50 gender participation
     Sheets said that 99% of the kids that participate in the program                                                               Enhanced self esteem of participants
     love it, “It’s a rare student that doesn’t enjoy it. And the teachers                                                          Enhanced enjoyment of the PE class
     respond the same way. They believe it is having a very positive
                                                                                                                                    Everyone can participate – including physically impaired or disabled
     affect on the kids.” Sheets said. “I had a teacher call recently and
     he said he thought it was baloney when I first told him this program                                                           Students learn respect and patience
     keeps kids in school. He told me he had a student who was nothing                                                              Enhanced motor skills and develop self confidence
                                                                                                                                    Improved attendance and lower drop-out numbers are also common
                                                                                                                                    results of program participation.
                                                                                                                                    The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission also supports an
                                                                                                                                    annual state archery tournament, this year it was held on April 26
                                                                                                                                    in Lincoln. In 2007, 225 students from across the state participated
                                                                        NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

                                                                                                                                    to represent their school in the NASP State Tournament. This
                                                                                                                                    year’s tournament should be the biggest yet. Last year, 3 Nebraska
                                                                                                                                    schools went onto represent the state while competing in the
                                                                                                                                    National NASP Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
                                                                                                                                    We asked Wes Sheets what he saw as the long term benefits of
                                                                                                                                    this program. He said he sees the Archery in the Schools program
                                                                                                                                    as “one small step toward getting young people off the couch and

into the outdoors. Right now, many kids just don’t experience nature
and the wonders it holds. If they find they like to shoot an arrow, it
may get them out where they can interact with nature. Most people
associate Game and Parks with hunting and fishing, but there’s a lot
more to it than that. Nebraska Game and Parks is involved in state
parks, boating, recreation, habitat management and protection of both
game and non-game species. State Game and Parks agencies have
become much more holistic and I think it’s fantastic they are involved
in supporting this program.” Sheets added.
Aaron Hershberger, Outdoor Education Specialist for Nebraska Game
and Parks told us “This is definitely not the same archery program that                                                           About the NASP
you learned at camp or in school years ago. NASP makes use of cutting                                                             The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
edge equipment that places all archers on the same level, playing field                                                           is a joint venture between state Departments of
and sets it up in a very user-friendly teaching environment.                                                                      Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment
“Everyone can take part in archery and have an absolute blast doing                                                               manufacturers and organizations are also partners.
it! You don’t have to be super tall or extremely muscular to be good at                                                           The program promotes student education, physical
archery, it’s the reason that NASP is so popular, everyone can do it.”                                                            education and participation in life long sport of Ar-
                                                                                                                                  chery. The program’s focus is to provide International
If Carl Rafert would please contact our Beatrice office we will
arrange to have a service person deliver your new clock radio.
                                                                                                                                  style target archery training in physical education
                                                                                                                                  classes, grades 4-12.

Norris District
                                                                                                                                  DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

Schools in our service area currently participating in the National
                                                                                                                                  • The program began in Kentucky with the training of
Archery in the Schools Program include Dorchester Public Schools,
                                                                                                                                    39 educators on March 3-4, 2002.
Southern Elementary, Southern High School and Tri County Public                                                                   • March 2002—the pilot project began with 22 middle
schools.                                                                                                                            schools.
For more details or to request a NASP grant, contact Aaron                                                                        • 1,600 students were surveyed at the conclusion of
Hershberger, Outdoor Education Specialist for Nebraska Game and                                                                     their 2-week target archery class
Parks at (402) 471-6144 or email aaron.hershberger@ngpc.ne.gov                                                                    Before the Class (55% boys and 45% girls)
                                                                                                                                  • 72% did not own a bow
                                                                                                                                  • 62% had never shot a bow
                                                                                                                                  After the Class
                                                                                                                                  • 89% enjoyed the archery class
                                                                                                                                  • 45% wanted to own archery equipment
                                                                                                                                  • 59% wanted to become target archers
                                                                                                                                  • 38% wanted to try bowhunting

                                                                                                                                  As of September of 2007, 50 states and 14 countries
                                                                      NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

                                                                                                                                  had inquired about the program. They include;
                                                                                                                                  Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Iraq, Japan,
                                                                                                                                  Spain, Finland, Morocco, and Barbados.
                                                                                                                                  44 States had already adopted the program as of
                                                                                                                                  September 2007. Australia & Canada had also joined
                                                                                                                                  the NASP. More than 4,000 schools had joined, and 6
                                                                                                                                  more states had agreed to adopt the program.

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         Operation Round Up
     Operation Round Up is a voluntary program where customers have their monthly electric bills “rounded up” to the next highest dollar.
     The additional cents are placed in the Norris Public Power Goodwill Fund. The funding is used to address crucial needs such as medical
     care, emergency shelter, life-saving equipment, fire departments, rescue squads, scholarships, 4-H clubs, special school activities or
     projects, playgrounds, etc. Since its inception, Operation Round Up has granted more than $265,00 in grants to our five county area.
     Thank You for helping us support the following community projects. It all adds up, one penny at a time!

                                                                   2nd Quarter Recipients

     $1,000                                                                         $400
     Community Pantry & Emergency Services       Deep freezer/ misc. office items   City of Friend Police Department            Radar unit
     $750                                                                           PIEDO (Parents Involved in Education) D/O   Character Counts banners
     Fairbury High School Journalism Club        Camera telephoto lens              American Legion Post #243                   Cover heater for women’s
     Thayer Central High School Yearbook         Digital camera and related                                                     restroom
     $525                                                                           Barneston American Legion Post 356          Purchase of generator
     Saline County Sheriff’s Office              Radar unit                         Saline County Eldercare                     Purchase TV/VCR/DVD unit
     $500                                                                           $250
     St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery Assoc.         Cemetery directory                 Wymore Masonic Lodge # 104                  CHIP program help
     Steel City Cemetery Assoc.                  Cemetery directory                 CASA of Southeast Nebraska                  Advocate training
     Filley Cemetery Assoc.                      Trees
     Friend SFS Boys Baseball                    Popcorn popper and                 Diller American Legion Post 282             Paint for outside of building
                                                 pitching machine
     Crete Diamonds Softball Association         Pop cooler & freezer for           Beatrice Optimist Club                      Fishing derby prizes
                                                                                    DeWitt Community Club                       Town celebration, fireworks
     Tri County Legion Baseball Organization     PA system for grandstand
                                                                                    Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce           Fireworks for Homestead Days
     Jefferson County Rescue                     Fire/rescue saw
     Daykin Rescue Unit                          Auto Defib unit and blood          Parents for Another Choice – Wymore         Post Prom activities
                                                 pressure machine
                                                                                    Tri County Post Prom Committee              Post Prom activities
     Odell Volunteer Fire Department             Fire/rescue saw
                                                                                    Wilber Clatonia Post Prom Committee         Post Prom activities
     Norris High School Music Boosters           Digital CD recorder
                                                                                    Dorchester Post Prom Committee              Post Prom activities
     Beatrice Public Schools/Food Backpack Prgm Food for backpack program
                                                                                    Raymond Central High School Prom Comm. Post Prom activities
     Freeman Garden & Landscape Club             Tools for club
                                                                                    Crete High School Post Prom 2008            Post Prom activities
     Byron Community Action Program              Playground equipment for park
                                                                                    Deshler High School Post Prom 2008          Post Prom activities
     Gage County Agriculture Society             Display cases for open
                                                                                    Beatrice High School                        Post Prom activities
                                                 class area
     Diller Dev. Team Playground Renovation      Trim timbers for playground
                                                                                    Total Awarded in 2nd quarter $15,225
     Plymouth Library                            Carpet
     The Salvation Army - Ready-Set-Go Project   School supplies for the program
     Nebraska State Patrol D.A.R.E. Program      D.A.R.E. program incentive items

        Cook of the Month
        Angie Zulauf
        Plymouth, Nebraska
       Angie Zulauf is a highly adventurous individual. Last year she             She recently won the
       traveled to St Elmo, Colorado where she rode 4 wheelers over 90            winter soup cook off
       miles of mountainous terrain crossing the continental divide three         sponsored by the Community Improvement Association.
       different times on that journey.                                           Angie retired from the school 8 about years ago. She has been
       This past June she took a canopy tour, near Austin, Texas. “I really       widowed for 15 years. She said her four children, 14 grandchildren
       enjoyed the canopy tree tour.” she told us. “You are strapped into         and 13 great grandchildren make Christmas a very exciting time
       a harness, lifted to tree tops and sent flying down a zip line. We         for her. Angie keeps busy working as the Monday news reporter
       zipped on six cables and walked across three swinging bridges.             for the DeWitt Times News and the Fairbury Journal. She also vol-
       And I survived!”                                                           unteers as a pre-school teacher’s aid and substitute organist at St.
       Her eagerness to try new things is reflected in her broad range            Paul’s Lutheran church and played a big role in getting the Library
       of cooking talents. Angie said she loves to try new recipes, often         started in Plymouth 10 years ago. Angie continues to serve on the
       making them once and then trying to find ways to improve or                Library board and recently celebrated their move into a much larger
       enhance them to her liking. Angie was the Food Service manager             building donated by a longtime Plymouth resident.
       at Tri County School for 24 years and also had a catering busi-            Angie’s other interests include counted cross stitch, gardening, and
       ness that she ran with her husband during the summer months.               crossword puzzles.

 Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
    Angie said she made these for Vacation Bible School and for the library story hour and the kids (and adults) loved them.

    cup butter or margarine, softened         Icing:                                        Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix
    1 cup granulated sugar                    4 tablespoons butter or margarine             well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; beat into
    1 egg                                     2 tablespoons cocoa                           creamed mixture. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto
    1/4 cup milk                              2 tablespoons milk                            ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8
    1 teaspoon vanilla                        1 3/4 cups powdered sugar                     minutes. Meanwhile, cut marshmallows in half. Press a
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour              1/2 teaspoon vanilla                          marshmallow half, cut side down, onto each cookie.
    1/3 cup baking cocoa                                                                    Return to the oven for 2 minutes. Cool completely on a
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda                                                                wire rack. For icing, combine butter, cocoa and milk in
    1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                       a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute stirring
    16 to 18 large marshmallows                                                             constantly. Cool slightly; transfer to a small mixing bowl.
                                                                                            Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat well. Spread over
                                                                                            the cooled cookies. Yield: about 3 dozen.

 Enchilada-Style Burritos

    6 frozen prepared beef and bean            1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules            Place frozen burritos in a greased 9x13x2-inch baking
    burritos                                   3/4 teaspoon ground cumin                    dish. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth:
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine          1/2 teaspoon salt                            gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for
    3 tablespoons flour                        2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican           2 minutes or until thickened. Add the tomato sauce, chili
    1 3/4 cups water                           cheese blend or Cheddar cheese               powder, bouillon, cumin and salt. Simmer, uncovered, for
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce               1/3 cup chopped green onions                 5 minutes or until thickened. Pour over burritos. Sprinkle
    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder                                                            with cheese and onions. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees
                                                                                            for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

If you know of someone in our area you would like to see featured as out Cook of the Month, please send an email to                JULY ISSUE 2008          15

comments@norrispower.com or call our Beatrice office at 223-4038.
                                                             Thursday-Sunday, July 31-August 3                         Sunday, August 17
Community                                                    Beatrice Children’s Theatre presents “Willy Wonka, Jr.”
                                                             412 Ella Street, Beatrice
                                                                                                                       Malcolm Auto Show
                                                                                                                       In the park, rain or shine

Events Calendar                                              A musical based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and
                                                             the Chocolate Factory
                                                                                                                       100’s $$$ in prizes, DJ, raffles, games, flea market,
                                                                                                                       displays, concession stand, dash plaques and
                                                                                                                       goody bags for first 150 entries. Over 42 classes
                                                             Saturday, August 9                                        and 16 special awards.
                                                                                                                       $100 cash award for the club with the most cars.
                                                             Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center                       Registration: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                                                             “Plants of the Prairie”
Thursday, July 24                                            Learn the basics of drawing and painting prairie
                                                                                                                       Show: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, Awards: 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                       Pre-entry: $10, Day of Show: $20
Crete Area Medical Center                                    plants. Sharpen observation skills while learning         100% proceeds go the Children’s Park Fund
5th Anniversary Celebration                                  plant anatomy and botanical terminology.                  For information, call Terry Davison at 580.6239
2910 Betten Drive, Crete                                     10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, $40 per person                        or 796.2250
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM                                            For information, call Deb Hauswald at 797.2301 or
BBQ, Omaha Big Band and the Crete Area Cloggers              visit www.springcreekprairie.org
For information, call Susan at 826.6581                                                                                Saturday, August 23
                                                             Sunday, August 10                                         Tobias Fun Fair
Saturday, July 26                                            Hallam United Methodist Church Hog Roast
                                                                                                                       Bridal Dress Display 10:00 AM
                                                                                                                       Kids Games 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Annual Plymouth Flower Show                                  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM                                         Rope making with Richard Brunkow
Plymouth Community Center                                    Freewill offering                                         Lightening rod and barb wire display
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM                                                                                                     with Laird Bartels
In conjunction with the Flower Show a Quilt Show
will also be held. A garden café will be available for
                                                             Friday & Saturday, August 15-16                           Community club supper 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
                                                                                                                       Ball games after dinner
lunch. Anyone wishing to enter flowers in the show           Daykin Community Garage Sales
                                                                                                                       Pie and ice cream social
should have them to the center by 9:00 AM Anyone             August 15, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                                                                                                                       Fireman dance at 8:00 PM
wishing to display a quilt contact Danielle Schmidt          August 16, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
                                                                                                                       For information, call Linda at 243.2391
at 656.3280                                                  For information, call Dorothy at 446.7208
$5 for adults, proceeds will go to the Community
Improvement Association                                      Friday, August 15                                         Saturday, August 30
                                                                                                                       Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
                                                             Adams Street Dance featuring Cactus Hill
Sunday, July 27                                              Sponsored by Adams Community Foundation
                                                                                                                       11700 SW 100th Street, Denton
                                                                                                                       “Insects for Kids”
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center                          7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
                                                                                                                       A prairie is teeming with a rich diversity of insect life.
11700 SW 100th Street, Denton                                $8/person
                                                                                                                       Participants will discover grasshoppers, cicadas,
“Insects for Kids”                                           BBQ sandwiches and beer garden available
                                                                                                                       beetles, butterflies and more while learning simple
A prairie is teeming with a rich diversity of insect life.   Gates open at 7:00 PM, Band starts at 9:00 PM
                                                                                                                       steps to easily draw different insect shapes and forms.
Participants will discover grasshoppers, cicadas,            For more information, call Jenni at 429.0486
                                                                                                                       1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, $20 per person
beetles, butterflies and more while learning simple                                                                    For information, call Deb Hauswald at 797.2301 or
steps to easily draw different insect shapes and                                                                       visit www.springcreekprairie.org
forms.                                                       Saturday, August 16
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, $20 per person
For information, call Deb Hauswald at 797.2301
                                                             42nd Annual Adams Community Day
                                                             Chicken BBQ, Wet Sand Volleyball, Tractor Pull,
                                                                                                                       Sunday, September 7
or visit www.springcreekprairie.org                          Little Tuggers & Horseshoe Pitching                       Southeast Community College Open House
                                                             For information, call Karl Gramann at 988.2255            11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 27                                                                                                        Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford Campuses
Annual Chicken BBQ
American Legion Hall, Virginia
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Salads and Desserts
Carry Out and Drive-Thru
Free will donations
For information, call Ervin Huls at 228.0568

Sunday, July 27
Swanton United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social
Swanton Legion Hall on Main Street
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Homemade ice cream & Desserts
Many flavors available. Free will offering

Sunday, July 27
Union Center School Reunion
American Legion Hall
815 West D, Wymore
For information, call John Carmichael at 645.3722 or
Ruth Huston at 645.8325

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