Promising help


I was saddened to read an article in the January 22nd paper about the death of Teresa Gifford resulting from an accident on Highway 75.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to Teresa’s family and friends.

My office has heard from many constituents about the dangerous conditions of Highway 75. I’m writing to let the readers know I will be meeting with the Department of Transportation in an attempt to address the steep drop-offs as soon as possible.

It’s my understanding the department has received multiple requests to fix the road but has not taken action as of yet.

All the constituents in District 16 who travel this dangerous stretch of Highway 75 should know I will do all I can to bring a lasting solution to this problem.


Sen. Ben Hansen

Thanks for caring


I am writing to thank Tekamah-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in your area and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Tekamah shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Samaritan’s Purse