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Pedal Pull returns to Clay County Fair

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

LEFT: Kyra Nejezchleb smiles big as she pedals down the makeshift track in front of the grandstand at the Clay County Fair Wednesday, July 10, for the Kids Pedal Pull. Nejezchleb earned first in the 4-yearold girls. RIGHT: Tyler Hajny, who took first in 4-year-old boys, pushes forward during a round of tractor pulling.

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South Central Ag Lab Field Day is Aug. 1

A field day is planned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory on Aug. 1. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at 851 Hwy. 6 near Harvard.

Attendees will be able to choose from multiple field research trials to tour. Topics will focus on improving crop production and profitability. Each year more than 100 applied field research trials are conducted at SCAL by Nebraska faculty and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists. Trials are focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems and disease management.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of research sites through 4 p.m. Lunch and refreshments included. Attendees are asked to preregister by July 29 for planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

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FSA County Committee nomination deadline

Brandy VanDeWalle
UNL Extension Educator Clay County & Fillmore County

VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE

It is important for one to stand for what they believe in and take an active role in one’s community. Effective leadership is crucial to any community or organization.

An effective leader understands the issues at-hand, is knowledgeable in his/her area, knows the proper ways to motivate others, embraces change, can work in a variety of settings and with a variety of personalities, and involves the group or followers in important decision-making.

That being said, remember that a leader is not only a political figure or someone that is well known, but a leader can be a farmer, local businessmen/women, or anyone in a community or organization.

For those individuals desiring to take on leadership roles, consider serving on the FSA County Committee. Details for how to step into this role follow.

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Friesen finds success at Pinto World Championship Show

COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Adi Friesen is a five-time World Champion, three-time Reserve World Champion, two-time NSBA Champion and 2019 Pinto World YA Western All Around Reserve Champion after competing at the 2019 Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, OK, June 10-22. Friesen, of Sutton, competed in nine competition classes and received eight trophy buckles, two NSBA trophies and the Reserve hi-point Bridle bag. Friesen and Afraid inthedark Too were the unanimous winners of three classes out of four judges, Showmanship Solid, Bareback Western Horsemanship Solid and Western Horsemanship Solid. Friesen and Hoss also won Trail Solid Horse NSBA Champion, Ideal Pinto Western Solid Horse and received Reserve in Discipline Rail Western Solid, Open Western Riding Solid, and Western Pleasure Solid NSBA Champion. Here, Friesen poses for a picture with her mom, Crystal, and horse Afraid inthedark Too, “Hoss,” at the 2019 World Pinto Championship Show in Tulsa, OK.

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Free Farm, Ranch Clinic to be held Aug. 1

Financial and Transition Planning, Beginning Farmer Programs, Debtor/Creditor law, Disaster Programs, and more. Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an Ag Law attorney and an Ag financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.

The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters. Here is an opportunity to obtain an independent, outside perspective on issues that may be affecting your farm or ranch. Bring your questions!

The FREE farm and ranch clinic will in Grand Island, Aug. 1.

To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call Rural Response Hotline: 1-800-464-0258.

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[ THINKING ABOUT HEALTH ]

Consumers hoping a couple of recent policy proposals might lower prices for their prescription drugs may be out of luck, at least for now.

Earlier this year the Trump administration had proposed a rule that would have required prescription drug manufacturers to disclose list prices for drugs advertised on TV. Drug makers would have had to tell the public the list price of a 30-day supply of any drugs covered under the Medicare and Medicaid programs that cost at least $35 a month.

Some experts argued the rule would not have been very effective because consumers often don’t pay the list price anyway. Discounts and rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers reduce the price, although some insurers may require people with high deductible plans to pay the list price until they meet their deductible.

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Manna Camp resumes Sunday

MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

COURTESY OF SHERYL STRODA | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Just a week ago, Vacation Bible School at Manna Camp near Spring Ranch, was under water. Although the cabins are built on stilts, the rise in the Little Blue River which the camp is situated right alongside of, caused camp goers to leave for a few days until the water receded. Camp resumed Sunday, July 14, continuing with group activities and fun as before the flooding began. The camp previously flooded in 1993 and in 2000, when water levels reached only a foot below the cabins. Below, flood waters reach the swings on the swing set. The camp hosts several options for youth, including two kid’s camps, a junior high camp, and a senior high camp. Kids work in group sessions, swim in the pond, and go boating, to name a few items.

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Rainbow Classic features future 4-H’ers

During the annual Rainbow Classic event, youth can show off their animal of choice to the crowd, without the pressure of a judge or showmanship. Above, Mason Menke pulls his calf into the showring, while below, Sawyer Schelkopf talks about his bucket calf, Butterfinger, to emcee Riley Kroger.

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Clay County Health Department 2018-19 Statistics

The Clay County Health Department has released reports for the fiscal year 2018-19.

The nursing staff made 586 patient visits (skilled nurse and aide) during the year. Recorded time spent was 419.67 hours at nursing visits and 426.92 hours at aide visits.

An additional 112 visits (home health nurse, aide and hospice aide) patient visits were made for Mary Lanning Home Health and Hospice. The total number of visits made by the nursing staff was 698.

Immunizaions-91 children received 199 various vaccinations through the Vaccines for Children program. The Adult Immunization Program administered 11 vaccinations to qualifying adults.

In the past fiscal year, 424 influenza vaccinations were administered at flu clinics, county sites, and county businesses and during home visits. Fifty-four adult immunizations were given in the clinic setting: Hep. A=3, Hep. B=7, Tdap=4, Shingrix (Shingles)=38, Typhoid=2.

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Clark retires after 29 years

The Clay County Health Department is announcing the retirement of Ellie Clark. An open house is planned for July 24, from 2-5 p.m., at the downtown Senior Center in Clay Center. 118 S. Alexander St.

Help us thank her for 29 years of service and wish her well. If unable to attend you can honor her with a card shower to: 205 N. Brown Ave. Clay Center, NE 68933

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