CEDAR TOUR VISITS CHURCHES, CEMETERIES, & HISTORIC SITES
On Thursday, October 18th, the Northeast Nebraska RC&D sponsored a motor coach tour of Cedar County. Thirty people enjoyed visiting the impressive churches in Menominee, St. Helena, and Bow Valley. The group also enjoyed historic presentations at several cemeteries including; Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Helena Cemetery, and Wynot Cemetery. Guides, Brad Kellogg and Mary Rose Pinkelman, have both spent years researching the history of the area, and the group enjoyed their stories of the history of the communities, churches, and grave sites that were visited. The group finished their day at Nissen Winery with a wine-tasting accompanied by stories of the outlaws that once roamed the hills of Cedar County.
NOW HIRING - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council Inc. is a small non-profit serving six rural counties in northeast Nebraska. Volunteer board members work with staff on projects that will conserve and develop the natural, human and financial resources of the area.
Description of role:
The Executive Director will assist the Council in carrying out the goals and objectives addressed in the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Area Plan. The position will be non-routine in nature and the incumbent will be required to work with many complex and diverse partner clientele and programs. The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks.
* Coordinate executive communications, including taking calls, responding to emails and interfacing with clients
* Prepare internal and external corporate documents for team members and partners
* Assist with developing, updating, and implementing the multi-year Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council Area Strategic Plan through:
o Identification of problems affecting the current goals, objectives and strategies
o Establishment and maintenance of goals, objectives, and strategies
o Development of project plans that become components of the Councils Annual Plan of Work
o Implementation of project plans contained in the Annual Plan of Work
* Work with the Executive Committee and Staff in a team concept to develop and implement ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of the products and/or services provided to internal and external customers
* Schedule Council meetings, committee meetings, and assist project-related groups
* Assist and provide leadership to the Executive Committee and Financial Manager for the management of the RC&D Council’s business operations
* Maintain an organized filing system of paper and electronic documents
* Develop and sustain a level of professionalism among staff and clientele
Skills and requirements:
* Advanced Microsoft Office and QuickBooks skills
* Non-profit experience and working with a Board of Directors is desirable
* Experience with grant writing and a good understanding of grants administration is desirable with record keeping and fund management
* Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties
* Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with good multi-tasking abilities
* Exceptional interpersonal skills
* Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective public relations skills
* Friendly and professional demeanor
* A valid Nebraska driver’s license and access to his/her use of a personal vehicle. Must provide proof of automobile insurance naming Northeast Nebraska RC&D as an insured.
Part-time position not to exceed 24 hours per week which may include some evenings or weekends required. Actual work hours are left to the discretion of the incumbent. A record of hours worked will be kept on file.
Four weeks on-the-job training
$15 - $20/hour based on experience and qualifications. Paid monthly.
Contact the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Office at 402-582-4866 and ask for Jan. Or e-mail at email@example.com.
CEDAR COUNTY CHURCHES & CEMETERIES TOUR
Come join us in a one-day motor coach tour through the scenic, rolling hills of Cedar County. We will tour fabulous historic churches and stroll through historic pioneer cemeteries. Step-on Guides, Brad Kellogg and Mary Rose Pinkelman have spent years researching the history of the area and participants will learn about the unique heritage of Cedar County while listening to stories of people whose struggles and dreams helped shape an entire state.
The Tour will be held on Thursday, October 18th. The bus will depart Navigator Motor Coaches in Norfolk at 7:15am; depart Jerry's Hilltop at 8:00am; or participants can check in at the park in Minominee before 8:45am.
The cost of this tour is $55.00 per person and includes motor coach transportation, knowledgeable guides, noon meal at Donna's Diner in Wynot, wine tasting at Nissen's Winery, and all gratuities.
NORTHEAST NEBRASKA RC&D 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The public is invited to help us celebrate 25 years of service to Northeast Nebraska at Ponca State Park on Sunday October 7, 2018. There will be an open house at the River Bluffs Room from 2-4pm with snacks and music. Then at 4pm there will be a hayrack ride ($4 adults / $2 children); Blacksmith Shop & Adams House Tour; and/or Barn Quilt Trail.
We hope you will be able to join us for this informal event of reminiscing, refreshments, and tours afterwards. So, see you October 7th at Ponca State Park starting at 2pm!
Come join us for an educational and fun beekeeping workshop on Tuesday, August 7th from 2 to 4 pm. The event will be held at the Priairies' Edge Organic Farm at 86288 540 Ave.; Osmond, NE (3 miles east of Plainview on Hwy 20 and 1 1/4 south on 540 Ave.)
In this workshop, participants will learn from experienced beekeeper, Hank Scott, and learn about tools needed for beekeeping. Participants will also view natural habitat for bees and view beehives on location.
The cost is $15 per person and includes knowledgeable speakers and a "honey of a snack." Please register prior to August 2nd by calling 402-582-4866 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 MUSEUMS INCLUDED IN PASSPORT TO HERITAGE
Come celebrate Nebraska's heritage by visiting 11 northeast Nebraska museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Passport booklets can be obtained at participating museums. When you visit participating museums between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, hand them your Passport booklet. The museum staff will place a sticker over their listing on the center page. Persons collecting stickers from all 11 participating museums will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize of $300; stickers from 9 or more participating museums will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize of $100; and stickers from 5 or more participating museums will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize of $50.
The 11 museums are: Antelope County Historical Museum in Neligh, Ashfall State Historical Park near Royal, Cedar County Historical Museum in Hartington, Creighton Historical Center in Creighton, Dixon County Museum in Allen, Graves Library Museum and Depot Railroad Museum in Wakefield, Mars Historical Area near Royal, Pierce Historical Museum in Pierce, Plainview Depot Railroad Museum in Plainview, Plainview Klown Doll Museum in Plainview, and the Verdigre Heritage Museum in Verdigre.
The Passport to Heritage Project is sponsored by The Northeast Nebraska RC&D and is funded by the participating museums and the following: Mary's Restaurant in Plainview, Green Gables Restaurant near Royal, Gragerts Grocery Store in Creighton, Northern Nebraska United Mutual Insurance Company in Plainview, Dixon County Museum in Allen, Wakefield Heritage Organization in Wakefield, Mars Historical Area near Royal, Verdigre Heritage Museum in Verdigre, Royal Last Chance Bar & Grill in Royal, Dusty's Convenience Store in Orchard, Midwest Bank in Plainview, Madison County Bank in Plainview, J's Place in Pierce, Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Hartington, Tom's Service in Pierce, Boyd's Electrical Service of Clearwater, Brockhaus Funeral Homes of Creighton, Pizza Hut in Hartington, and McNally Law Office in Neligh.
Click on Button below to view and print your Passport Booklet.
FREE WEED MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP IN NELIGH
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in partnership with the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA) is hosting an educational workshop and tour on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. This free event will be held at the Antelope County Courthouse basement meeting room, 501 Main St., from 9 a.m. until noon. No registration is required. Questions can be addressed to Bruce Ofe, Antelope County Weed Superintendent at 402-887-4659.
Landowners, County Board members, Natural Resource District Board members, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend this Weed Workshop. Topics will include the invasive Yellow Flag Iris, efforts with biocontrol agents in controlling noxious weeds, mechanical and chemical control of Salt Cedar, and accomplishments of the NNWMA. A tour to a site containing Yellow Flag Iris will complete the morning’s event which will then be followed by lunch.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The NNWMA covers an eight-county area and 4,610,212 acres of private, public, and tribal land. NNWMA has technical support from the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, a local non-profit.
COLD MORNING DOESN'T DISCOURAGE GROUSE
On the early morning of Saturday, April 7th, a bus carrying 24 people journeyed to a pasture southwest of Naper, Nebraska to watch the male Sharp-tailed Grouse compete for the attention of the hens. As the sun began to rise, several male grouse began their elaborate calls and their courtship dances despite the temperature in the single digits. Several people took up positions in a photo blind that had been strategically set up by the Game & Parks Commission a couple weeks earlier. Other people watched the annual mating ritual of the grouse from the bus. Even though the birds seemed a little curious about the big yellow bus, they performed their dance within yards of the amazed visitors.
A little after 8am, the bus left the lek area and drove into Naper where the group enjoyed a nice hot breakfast at the Naper Cafe. After breakfast, the group enjoyed informative presentations by Kelly & Jen Corman of the Northern Prairies Land Trust and Scott and Cassidy Wessel of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. Land owner, Larry Anderson, and Tessa Combs of NRCS also addressed the group on ways that landowners can work with State and Federal Agencies for conservation opportunities. The group then toured the White Horse Ranch Museum.
The tour was sponsored by The Northeast Nebraska RC&D and North Central RC&D in partnership with the Nebraska Game & Parks, the Northern Prairies Land Trust, the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project, NRCS, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION TO BE HELD
DUE TO THE IMPENDING WINTER STORM, THE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED FROM APRIL 13 & 14 TO APRIL 27TH IN WAYNE AND APRIL 28TH IN O'NEILL!
The Northeast Nebraska RC&D in conjunction with the North Central RC&D, the Wayne Green Team and the Cities of Atkinson, O’Neill, and Wayne will be holding two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. One event will be held at the Wayne Transfer Station on Friday, April 27th from 2pm to 4pm. The second event will be held at Carney Park in O’Neill on Saturday, April 28th from 8am to 10am.
Household quantities of the following items will be accepted: paint (latex and oil base), pesticides, herbicides, oil, cleaning chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, yard and garden chemicals, anti-freeze, car batteries, and mercury & mercury containing devices including compact fluorescent bulbs.
The following items will NOT be accepted: tires, electronic equipment, appliances, PCB’s, picric acid, science lab materials, radioactive materials, or biological hazards.
There will be a $10 per vehicle fee to assist with the cost of the collection.
This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
SHARPTAILS AND SADDLE TALES TOUR
Come join us to watch the Sharp-tailed Grouse dance at their lek near Naper, Nebraska on Saturday, April 7th. The bus will depart from the Naper Cafe at 5:45am for a guided sunrise viewing of the birds on their lek. After viewing the dance, the bus will return to the Naper Cafe for a breakfast buffet and enjoy presentations by speakers from the Northern Prairies Land Trust, the Game & Parks Commission, NRCS, and the Naper Historical Society. Following breakfast, we will tour the Whitehorse Ranch Museum in Naper.
The cost of the tour is $30 per person and includes expert guide, transportation, breakfast, educational presentations, and museum tour. Registrations are now closed.
Be sure to bring binoculars, a camera, and warm clothing. This tour is sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, North Central RC&D, the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, NRCS, and the Northern Prairies Land Trust.
Rain date will be April 13th.