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Chain reactions

Tekamah library’s summer reading program featured a pirate theme; for every book read, a link was added to a paper chain. To mark the end of the session, young readers measured the fruits of their labors. Nearly 8,500 books were read. Forming a chain which stretched nearly three-quarters of a mile.

1 Year Ago (2018)

A Tekamah-Herman graduate planned to teach English in China. Cheyanne Jessen applied to be named a Fulbright Scholar expressing the desire to travel to the Czech Republic. She hoped to teach there because of the large Czech population around Crete when she attends college at Doane. The good news is she will be teaching abroad.

5 Years Ago (2014)

Tekamah Police Department has a new chief. Tom Lamb has worked in the local office since June of 2013.

Central Valley Ag Cooperative and the United Farmers’ Cooperative will merge effective Sept. 1, 2014. The board of directors of each company approved the merger. The new Central Valley Ag Cooperative will consist of the location across Nebraska and northern Kansas.

10 Years Ago (2009)

Following a recommendation of US. Tribal gaming regulators, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska closed its Casino Omaha.

Tekamah-Herman graduate Jordan Brummond was in the field for the Nebraska Lions High School Senior All-Star Golf Tournament at Meadowlark Hills Country Club in Kearney.

30 Years Ago (1989)

Summit Lake State Recreation Area became Burt County’s most populated area during the first two summer holiday weekends. On the Fourth of July weekend, the population grew to 12,500 and over the Memorial Day holiday approximately 10,800 guests entered the park area.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Burt County’s sale of Pelican Park to the state Game and Parks Commission is officially complete.

Intense heat and high humidity coupled with the lack of air movement contributed to the loss of 44 head of fat cattle in rural Tekamah. Deaths were attributes to heat exhaustion and shock caused by weather conditions. Temperatures ranged into 90 degrees during the afternoon and the relative humidity hit 90 percent. The Tekamah fire department pumped seven tanker truck loads on the animals trying to help.

50 Years Ago (1969)

An estimated 2,500 crowded into the city park to celebrate the first Old Fashion Fourth of July. There were 900 chicken halves consumed by picnickers. A big attention getter was the eight-event horse racing card. People pressed against the restraining fences to see ponies and quarter horses race with prizes as high as $150.

The staff of the school year will have 27 teachers in the junior high/ high school and 21 in the elementary for a total staff of 51 this fall.

60 Years Ago (1959)

State Historical Society and University of Nebraska archaeologists are finding relics of mankind more than 6,000 years old at a campsite on the Logan Creek south of Oakland.

70 Years Ago (1949)

The Consumers Public Power District was to install a street lighting system for the Tekamah business district. The old lighting system will be done away with and the latest type of ornamental pendant-style street lighting will be installed through approximately eight downtown blocks.

Hot weather is hastening the ripening of the small grains as many combines are already running. So far the best is 62 pounds from the Joe King farm.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Burt County farmers will have the opportunity to extend the loans on corn they have under government seal for a 12-month period.

Two men posing as federal inspectors driving a Model A Ford with an Omaha license stopped at Lill’s Inn south of Tekamah and took two vending machines.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The Missouri River is still the biggest worry along Decatur’s banks. A large construction company with two barges arrived this week with a crew that was using a pile driver to sink posts into the soft bank and attach cables then willow to stop the river’s current from doing further damage to the bank.

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