Kruse elected to foundation board

LINCOLN -- Kurt Kruse, a native of Albion, was recently elected to the Nebraska Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Kruse owns and operates Kruse Farms, a grain and cattle-feeding enterprise in Boone County. He is currently serving on the board of directors of the Boone/Nance County Cattlemen, and has served at the state level on the Nebraska Cattlemen board. He is also chairman of Nebraska Community Foundation’s Boone County Community Foundation Fund, whose mission is to help communities work together and inspire investment in Boone County’s quality of life. Kruse is a member of the Albion Education Foundation advisory board and Good Samaritan Society advisory group, and has served on the Farm Credit advisory board.

He is a graduate of Hastings College with a degree in business. He and his wife, Jerene, a retired art teacher, live on an acreage just outside of Albion.

Sen. Sasse helps haul trash

COLUMBUS -- U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse spent time with Ace Sanitation Services Inc. on Nov. 21, getting a feel for what a small business operation is like.

Sasse spent about an hour riding on the truck with Don and Mitchell Peterson as they picked up garbage for customers, then took a load to the transfer station. Sasse was interested in meeting a small business owner and helping in their daily work.

Ace Sanitation Service is a family-owned and operated business that started over 32 years ago as a one-truck operation. Don has been on the route since the beginning, and his wife Mary is the bookkeeper. The four Peterson children have all helped over the years, and today the youngest son Mitchell, who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is taking a lead role in the business.

NWEA recognizes treatment plant

COLUMBUS -- The Scott Wilber Awards Committee of the Nebraska Water Environment Association (NWEA) announced that the 2017 Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award was presented to Columbus on Nov. 8 during the fall conference in Kearney.

The committee felt the Columbus wastewater treatment facility had exemplary operations and maintenance. Marty Eaton and his staff showed knowledge and pride in the facility and the work employees perform on a day-to-day basis. The Columbus facility also received a gold safety award.