Thank You to Everyone

Submitted by Benkelman Fire Chief Relgene Zimbelman      “I want to shout out a big thank you to all the volunteer fire fighters that were here and helped us put out the fire on Friday, January 15, to all the EMS personnel who came, to the Sheriff’s Office and the dispatchers for their help, to Helena…

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Firefighters Save Benkelman

Longtime Benkelman Fire Chief Relegene Zimbelman says the wildfire that forced the evacuation of the community early Friday ranks #1 as the most intense and scariest call he’s been on. Zimbelman has served on the Benkelman Rural Fire Department for 49-years and 30-years as Fire Chief. “People don’t really know how close we came to…

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Phases for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is following the rollout plan for COVID vaccinations as directed by Nebraska’s governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).      The rollout plan is divided into phases, and the first phase has 3 sections called 1A, 1B, and 1C. Within each of the phases, the categories are…

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Late Night Fire Results in Evacuation Order for Benkelman

     Benkelman residents didn’t get much sleep Thursday night after a wind driven wildfire reached city limits in the middle of the night.  The fire resulted in Emergency Management issuing an evacuation order for the city shortly after 3AM.  The Haigler American Legion was made available for people to stay in if needed.   …

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Gaylord John “Jake” Matson – March 30, 1938 to December 24, 2020

Gaylord John “Jake” Matson – March 30, 1938 to December 24, 2020 Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Hillside Cemetery in Julesburg with Pastor Jeri Soens of the Haxtun Methodist Church officiating. A full obituary can be read in the January 14, 2021 issue of the Hitchcock County…

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Jeanette Marie Burkhalter – February 21, 1959 to January 8, 2021

Jeanette Marie Burkhalter – February 21, 1959 to January 8, 2021 Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday morning, January 15, 2021, 10:30 a.m. (MT) at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Benkelman with Father Matt Eickhoff as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman. A Rosary will be recited Thursday evening, January…

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Cynthia “Cindy” Sue Fries – August 2, 1954 to January 5, 2021

Cynthia “Cindy” Sue Fries – August 2, 1954 to January 5, 2021 Funeral Services were held Monday morning, January 11, 2021, 10:30 A.M. (Mountain Time) at the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman with Pastor James Gleason officiating. Interment followed at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman.  Visitation was held Sunday, January 10th, 2021, 2:00 P.M. -6:00 P.M.…

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John E. Fox – April 16, 1953 to December 30, 2020

John E. Fox – April 16, 1953 to December 30, 2020 Visitation was held Monday, January 4, 2021 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in Mc- Cook from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM with family greeting friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Culbertson with Pastor Alisa…

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