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Wakefield Players on All Conference Team

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The 2016 Lewis & Clark All Conference Volleyball Team has been announced. Selected from Wakefield on the East Division All Conference Team were Seniors Megan Borg and Savannah Nelson. Selected as Honorable mention were Jessica Borg and Guilia Ballarini. The complete 2016 Lewis & Clark All Conference Team roster can be found here.

Wakefield @ Pender Basketball On Big Red Country 104.9

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Pender will host Wakefield Thursday in varsity basketball. Both girls and boys varsity games will be broadcast on Big Red Country 104.9. The game can also be heard streamed live on the internet at waynedailynews.com or click this link which will be live just before the girls varsity contest.

“A Christmas Chaos” At The Little Red Hen Theatre

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

“A Christmas Chaos” will be presented by the Little Red Hen Theatre in Wakefield at 7 p.m. on Friday December 2 & 3 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 4th. The Little Red Hen Theatre box office will be open weekday afternoons. Stop in or call for tickets 402-287-2818.

IRS News-Donations May Cut Tax Bills

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who give money or goods to a charity by Dec. 31, 2016 that they may be able to claim a deduction on their 2016 federal income tax return and reduce their taxes.

Only donations to eligible organizations are tax-deductible. IRS Select Check on IRS.gov is a searchable online tool that lists most eligible charitable organizations. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and government agencies are eligible to receive deductible donations even if they are not listed in this database.

Claiming Charitable Donations

Only taxpayers who itemize using Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions. Charitable deductions are not available to individuals who choose the standard (more…)

Expanding Nebraska Export Opportunities By Governor Pete Ricketts

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Nebraska farmers and businesses are at the forefront of the noble pursuit of feeding the world. The ever growing global population only increases Nebraska’s export potential. With that in mind, last week I led a delegation from Nebraska on a trade mission to China where we saw firsthand the global opportunities for Nebraska products, services and research. The delegation included Nebraska ag, business, and community leaders committed to developing or expanding trade and (more…)

WIC and Immunization Clinic Scheduled For Wakefield

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Wakefield will hold the Wakefield WIC and Immunization clinic on Monday November 28th, 2016 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Evangelical Covenant Church 805 Winter St Wakefield, Ne.  For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.

NENCAP’s WIC Program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible pregnant, breast-feeding (more…)

Wayne State Volleyball Earns #7 Seed For NCAA Central Regional Tournament

Monday, November 21st, 2016

For the 11th time in the last 12 years, the Wayne State College volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament as the Wildcats were announced Monday evening as the #7 seed for the Central Regional that will be played in St. Paul, Minnesota December 1-3.

The Wildcats are 24-7 on the season and will face #2 seed Southwest Minnesota State (26-5) in a first round match.  (more…)

No Turkeys Harmed During Annual WSC Turkey Drop

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Wayne State College hosted an annual turkey drop at Neihardt Residence Hall, Nov. 17. The tradition was modeled after the turkey episode of the old sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.”
Those who remember the famous episode recall newsman Les Nessman’s description of turkeys dropping from a helicopter and hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement. Comedian Arthur Carlson as station manager said of the failed promo in (more…)

WSC Volleyball Team Falls In Semifinals Of NSIC Tournament

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

#8 Wayne State College could not overcome a .370 attack percentage by #4 Southwest Minnesota State as the Mustangs topped the Wildcats 25-12, 26-24, 25-21 in the semi-finals of the 2016 Northern Sun Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday evening at Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  SMSU is now 26-4 on the year while WSC slips to 24-7.

The Mustangs hit a sizzling .480 in the first set with 15 kills on 25 attempts to control the Wildcats 25-12.  (more…)

Thanksgiving Health And Safety Tips From NDHHS

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. It’s also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Use these tips to keep you and your loved ones happy, healthy and safe throughout the holidays.

Get your flu shot.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. (more…)

Boy Scout Recycling Pickup Saturday

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The Wakefield Boy Scouts will be picking up aluminum cans and all types of paper on Saturday November 19. Please have your recycling to the curb by 8 a.m.

Wakefield Has Now Cancelled School For Friday

Friday, November 18th, 2016

No school today in Wakefield due to the weather.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM CST this

* timing… rain will change to snow early this morning… and
continue into the afternoon. Moderate snow will be likely at
times before diminishing late Friday afternoon.

* Accumulations… storm total snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 (more…)

Late School Start

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Wakefield Schools will have a late start today with no pre-school.

#8 Wildcats Post Dramatic Comeback in Fifth Set to Win at #2 Minnesota Duluth in NSIC Tournament Opener

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

#8 Wayne State College rallied from a two set deficit and a 12-7 deficit in the fifth set to surprise #2 Minnesota Duluth Wednesday evening in the first round of the NSIC Volleyball Tournament at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minnesota.  Scores of the match were 20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 and 15-13.  WSC is now 24-6 on the season while UMD is 25-4.

The first set featured 11 ties and four lead changes, but UMD surged late to win the set 25-20.  With the score tied at 18, the host Bulldogs reeled off five straight points to take a 23-18 lead to put away the Wildcats.

WSC took a quick lead in the second set, thanks to a pair of Michaela Mestl service aces, for a 5-1 lead.  But UMD (more…)

AAA: 48.7 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

Why the Increase?
This year’s increase in Thanksgiving travel is spurred by improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. Despite incremental increases in the national average price of gasoline during the past couple months, AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $28 (more…)

Patrol Kicks Off Be Here for the Holidays Safety Initiative

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

In an effort to reduce serious injury and fatality
crashes during the holiday travel season, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is once again
reminding all motorists to “Be Here for the Holidays” by promoting voluntary compliance with
all traffic safety laws.

“Heavy traffic during the holidays is often combined with inclement weather,” said Colonel Brad Rice, (more…)

USDA Providing Funds to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands across Nebraska

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to restore and protect critical wetlands and grasslands.

Nebraska state conservationist Craig Derickson said, “Conservation easements are a good tool to ensure natural resources (more…)

PMC Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Patient Satisfaction

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.

“It pleases me to know that Providence Medical Center has received this recognition.  It’s proof of the hard work and (more…)

Deer Hunters Enjoy Opening Weekend Success

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The opening two days of the Nebraska’s firearm deer season started off strong, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The season opened Nov. 12.

“Although final harvest numbers are still being calculated, hunters got off to a great start this weekend,” said Kit Hams, the Commission’s big game program manager. With mild weather and dry roads, Commission staff saw successful hunters and lots of youth at the check stations.

The number of deer brought in to check stations on the opening weekend was similar to 2015, suggesting that deer herds appear to have recovered from the drought and epizootic hemorrhagic (more…)

National Average Price For Gas Drops for 10 Consecutive Days

Monday, November 14th, 2016

AAA reports pump prices have fallen for 10 consecutive days, reaching today’s national average price of $2.17 per gallon. Drivers are benefitting from the price of retail gasoline with today’s average five cents less per gallon than one week ago and eight cents less than one month ago. The abundance of crude oil in the global market is contributing to lower prices, and as a result, retail averages are the same price as compared to one year ago. Historically, gasoline demand tends to decline during the month of November, and with the autumn refinery maintenance season nearing completion, pump prices are expected to move lower to close out the year, barring any unanticipated outages or supply disruptions.



Ballinger Healthy, WSC Women Now 2-0

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Wayne State College used three players in double figures while 12 of 13 players scored as the Wildcats defeated Peru State College 81-51 in non-conference women’s basketball played Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  WSC is now 2-0 on the season while Peru State is 2-2.

The Wildcats never trailed, scoring the first eight points of the contest.  WSC used 64 percent shooting in the first quarter (11 of 17) to take a 28-18 lead on the Bobcats.

Wayne State continued its stellar shooting in the second quarter, going 8 of 15 (53%) from the field, and outscored (more…)

Gov. Ricketts’ Veterans Day Statement

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Veterans Day:

“Today, we honor our Veterans. For our freedom and our liberties, we express our collective debt of gratitude for their service to country above self. I also thank the families of our servicemen and women for their many sacrifices. I encourage every Nebraskan to take a moment and thank a vet today.

“On behalf of Nebraskans, I thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for Nebraska and the United States. God Bless you, God Bless Nebraska, and God Bless the United (more…)

NPPD Reports No Overall Rate Increase Scheduled

Friday, November 11th, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, retail customers of Nebraska Public Power District will see no increase in overall retail rates in 2017 following approval Thursday by NPPD’s Board of Directors. The Board approved a slight overall average increase of 0.6% increase to its wholesale customers.

While there will be no overall retail electric rate increase, rate changes were approved to more accurately reflect the cost to serve individual customer classes, including an increase in customer (more…)

Wayne to Host National Rugby Playoff Games This Weekend

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Rugby Club to Receive Program Development of the Year Award

Wayne State rugby has a couple of big things to look forward to this weekend. First, the rugby women are gearing up for two national playoff games, and the men will be competing in the Challenge Cup – all happening in Wayne. And Saturday afternoon, the rugby club will be receiving a program development award from a world rugby association – the first development award given to a team in the United States. (more…)

PMC Recognizes Radiology Team during Special Week

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016


L to R. Debby Gross, RT(R)(M)(CT), Danielle Wagner, RDMS, Terri McCrancy, RT(R)(M)(CT), Director of Radiology, Stacey Hawkins, BSRT (R)(M)(MR), Regan Goracke, BSRT (R) & Sandy Knobbe, RT (R)(M)ARDMS,RVT (not pictured)

Radiology professionals work with some of the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment on a daily basis, producing high quality images that help our doctors to quickly and accurately detect, diagnose and treat patients.

The Radiology Department at PMC is composed of five radiologic technologists and one vascular technologist, who (more…)

Hannah Borg of Wakefield Selected As Vice President of Youth Outreach

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach has announced the selection of the members of the 2016-2017 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The Council is comprised of Nebraska college students who have a passion for agriculture and who are committed to promoting the ag industry around the state. NDA sponsors NAYC and (more…)

Election Day, Please Get Out and Vote

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Community Club Meets Friday

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The next meeting of the Wakefield Community Club will be held on Friday this month following the Veteran’s Day program at Wakefield Community Schools. The Veteran’s Day program begins at 9 a.m. on Friday November 11. Everyone is invited to the school for the program and for coffee in the lunchroom afterward. Updates will be given on the holiday promotion.

Continuous CRP Options Available To Agricultural Producers

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

The Farm Service Agency has several Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) options available to Nebraska producers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Agricultural producers can apply for CCRP anytime throughout the year, but the availability of CRP acres is somewhat (more…)

300th Career Victory For Wildcat Head Coach Scott Kneifl

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Wayne, Neb.   #8 Wayne State used a balanced attack with four players recording double digit figures in kills as the Wildcats defeated the University of Mary 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18 in a Northern Sun Conference volleyball match played Saturday afternoon in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Wildcats improve to 21-6 on the year and 12-6 in the NSIC while the host Marauders fall to 9-18 and 4-14 in league play.

Saturday’s win also marked the 300th career victory for Wildcat head coach Scott Kneifl, who is 300-101 in his 12th (more…)

Creighton Downs Wayne State 93-46 In Men’s Basketball Exhibition

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Wayne, Neb. — Creighton had five players score in double figures as the #22 and #23 ranked Bluejays downed Wayne State College 93-46 in a men’s college basketball exhibition game played before a crowd of 15,128 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  This was the lone exhibition game for the Bluejays while WSC is now 1-1 in exhibition games before opening the regular season next Friday evening, November 11th at Missouri Western.
Creighton scored the first 13 points of the game while holding WSC scoreless until almost six minutes into the contest (more…)

Set Your Clocks Back Saturday Night

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Set your clocks back one hour.

Ponca State Park Activities Taking Place Saturday November 5

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

If you are looking for something to do on a beautiful fall day, head to Ponca State Park for these activities.

9:00—11:00 am Introduction to Archery— Introductory courses on archery will be offered at the shooting complex with all equipment provided. Archery participants must be 5 years old or older. Meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. Cost is $1/6 arrows for archery.

1:00 pm Critter Corner — Critter Corner is a very popular program for all ages. It provides a snapshot of the wildlife (more…)

Human Remains Identified In Dixon County Death

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Dakota County Sheriff has confirmed that the human remains found at 86975 579th Avenue in rural Dixon County yesterday afternoon were those of Mr. Kraig D. Kubik (age 41). Identification of the remains was undertaken by the medical examiner and law enforcement.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Dakota County Sheriff, and Dixon County Sheriff are collaboratively conducting an ongoing criminal homicide investigation in Mr. Kubik’s death. Investigators are still in the process of collecting evidence, (more…)

Suspicious Death Near Emerson

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Dakota and Dixon County Sheriff’s Offices and the Dakota County Attorney, are investigating a suspicious death near Emerson. At approximately 10: 30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol
responded to a location at 2605 Highway 35 near Emerson at the request of the Dakota County
Sheriff’s office regarding a report of a possible death. The investigation continues, no additional information is available at this time.

Wakefield Volleyball Team Competes in Sub-Districts

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The C2-4 Sub-District volleyball tournament began on Monday at Wayne High School. In the opening match #4 seeded Wakefield faced #5 seed Omaha Nation. Wakefield defeated Omaha Nation 25-12, 25-3, 25-10 (3-0). With the win, Wakefield moved on to face #1 seed Ponca. Ponca came into the match with a record of 30-2. Ponca took control winning in (more…)

Wakefield Begins Sub-district Play Monday

Monday, October 31st, 2016


The #4 seeded Wakefield Volleyball team will face #5 seeded Omaha Nation at Wayne High School on Monday at 5 p.m. The winner of that match will need to defeat #1 seeded Ponca to advance. Wakefield is 10-15 on the year while Omaha Nation comes into the match with a record of 9-14. Ponca enters Sub-district with a record of 28-2.

Paige Ballinger Named South Division Preseason Player of the Year

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Wayne State College was picked to finish fourth overall and third in the South Division according to the 2016-17 NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released this morning by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.  Wildcat junior center Paige Ballinger was voted by league coaches as the South Division Preseason Player of the Year in the NSIC.

Wayne State returns four starters and eight letter winners from last year’s team that was 17-12 overall and 13-9 in the (more…)

Wakefield Community School Releases 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

The 7-12 grade Honor Roll has been released by the Wakefield Community Schools.

1st Quarter Honor Roll