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NRD sharing data from study

COLUMBUS -- The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) will host a public meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Platte County Agricultural Park in Columbus to share information about the data collected during the 2016 airborne electromagnetic survey (AEM) helicopter flights.

LPNNRD water department staff will be joined by Katie Cameron, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln survey hydrologist, to present the information, with an emphasis on the special quantity subarea north of Columbus. This special meeting meets the qualifications for producer certification from LPNNRD nitrogen certification classes.

For more information, contact the NRD office at 402-443-4675.

Beef weigh day scheduled

The Colfax County 4-H and FFA market beef weigh day is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Schuyler Vet Clinic.

Anyone interested in showing market beef at the Colfax County Fair will need to get their animals weighed. In addition, any animals exhibited at Aksarben or the Nebraska State Fair can have EID tags inserted and hair samples pulled for DNA testing.

For more information, call the Colfax County Extension Office at 402-352-3821.

Pheasants Forever holding banquet

HOWELLS — The Maple Creek Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its 32nd annual banquet Feb. 24 at the Howells Ballroom.

Beverages will be served starting at 6 p.m. and a prime rib dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and can be ordered by calling Prusa Welding at 402-986-1654.

Sign up for FSA programs

Farmers and ranchers with base acres in the agriculture risk coverage (ARC) or price loss coverage (PLC) safety net programs may enroll for the 2018 crop year.

Since shares and ownership of a farm can change from year to year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year.

The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 farm bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities, which include barley, corn, grain sorghum, oats, soybeans and wheat.

Producers can call 402-352-5200 to schedule an appointment with the local FSA office and to update their records in the county office.

More information on the programs is available at

Couples dinner at St. Benedict

St. Benedict Center will host a Valentine’s Day dinner at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

Married couples are invited for Mass at the chapel followed at 6 p.m. by a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner prepared by Mark and Patty Bosh.

Advanced reservations and prepayment are required. Cost is $55 per couple through Jan. 28, and $60 per couple for reservations made after that date.

For more information, call 402-352-8819 or visit

St. Benedict hosting events

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.

Explorations in Creative Praying is a one-day retreat scheduled for Feb. 17 with Glenda Dietrich Moore. This day will awaken and celebrate the creative process in participants’ lives through a variety of prayer forms, Scripture, reflection and hands-on expression with art materials. Very simple art materials (paint, collage and clay) will be used. No previous art experience is necessary. Program fee is $40, which includes materials. Lunch is available at the center for $10.50.

A Taste of Contemplative Prayer, scheduled for Feb. 23-25, is a retreat with Father Thomas Leitner. This retreat, involving breath practice, is for beginners on the contemplative journey.

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


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