Bank employees get bonuses

Nebraska-based Pinnacle Bancorp is paying a special $1,000 bonus to each full-time employee to share the benefit of the tax cut passed last week by Congress.

“We feel strongly that the message should be loud and clear that this is a tax cut that will benefit all Americans," said Sid Dinsdale, chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp.

Pinnacle Bank has 1,007 employees in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

To benefit customers, Pinnacle Bank raised interest rates on its money market accounts.

Rebates offered through NDEQ

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s 2017 Clean Diesel Rebate Program has extended the application deadline for rebates for two types of rebates -- diesel refuse truck replacements and agricultural irrigation pump diesel engine replacements. The deadline for these two categories has been extended to Feb. 15.

NDEQ established the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program in 2008 to distribute funding received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions in the state.

In the diesel refuse truck category, funding assists public and private refuse haulers with the early replacement of diesel refuse trucks with newer trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) engines that comply with low nitrogen oxide standards, or with diesel engines. NDEQ will reimburse 35 percent of the base cost of a new CNG truck up to a maximum of $105,000, or 25 percent of the base cost of a new diesel truck up to a maximum of $70,000. NDEQ anticipates funding four refuse truck rebates.

In the agricultural irrigation pump diesel engine replacement category, funding will assist farmers with the replacement of irrigation pump diesel engines with electric motors. NDEQ will reimburse 60 percent of the cost of the electric motor, installation and required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension) up to a maximum of $16,200. NDEQ anticipates funding five irrigation engine rebates.

More information about the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program, including rebate applications, can be found at NDEQ’s webpage:

St. Benedict hosting events

The public is invited to St. Benedict Center to view Nativity scenes from around the world, including the Holy Land, Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe. The Nativity display will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-5. There is no admission fee.

God Calls! A Discernment Retreat for Women is scheduled for Jan. 19-21. Teresa Monaghen, Sr. Inviolata Mukhaabi, Fr. Thomas Leitner and their team of consecrated and lay women will help attendees draw closer to God and participants will be introduced to life-giving spiritual tools. Scholarships are available.

Men’s Retreat: Spiritual Exercises for Discipleship is scheduled for Jan. 26-28. This weekend for men will introduce attendees to many practical tools for living as Jesus’ disciples. Br. August Schaefer, Deacon Duane Karmazin, Fr. Thomas Leitner and Teresa Monaghen will present various aspects of discernment. The schedule will include brief conferences, silence, Mass, Confession, fellowship, and spiritual direction. It's open to all ages and scholarships are available.

Walking the Lenten Journey with Scripture and Benedictine Values is a one-day retreat scheduled for Feb. 3 with Brother Tobias Dammert. This day will include shared lectio divina with selected Scripture passages, time for silent reflection and exploration of Benedictine values regarding the observance of Lent, God’s mercy, the community of brothers and sisters, silence and celebration. Program fee is $30. Lunch is available at the center for $10.50.

For more information on these events, call 402-352-8819 or visit


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