This is a cancellation of the Endangered Missing Advisory issued by Nebraska Law Enforcement The Endangered Missing Advisory activated to determine the whereabouts of Gary QUAST, has been cancelled. The alert has been cancelled due to Found Safe This advisory was for the following State Patrol Troop Areas: Troop A, Troop B, Troop C, Troop D, Troop H. For more information visit our website at http://nsp.ne.gov/ema
12 months ago, Brook Curtiss
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Gary QUAST. An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for Eastern Nebraska. The Fremont Police Department is attempting to locate, Gary QUAST who is a 81 year old, white male approximately 5’ 9"https://services.nebraska.gov/PublicWeb/api/emaalert/image1/89 tall, approximately 155 pounds, with white hair, blue eyes and blue jeans, snap button shirt, camouflage hat. QUAST is missing from the 300 block of North Birchwood Drive in Fremont, Nebraska, and last seen at 11:00 am on March 3, 2023. QUAST is driving a Red 2014 Hyundai Sonata (NE plate 19438). QUAST has dementia. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Fremont Police Department at (402) 727-2677 or 911 immediately.
12 months ago, Brook Curtiss
Quast
Trojans fall to Tri County in sub district final The Wakefield Trojans traveled near three hours south to DeWitt, southwest of Lincoln, for the Class C2-6 District Final against the Tri-County Trojans, with Wakefield falling in their State tournament run, 60-47 at the final buzzer. Wakefield trailed the home team, 16-12, at the end of the first quarter, and had the game within three at the halftime break, 26-23. The third quarter ended with the Wakefield boys within five, 38-33, but in the fourth the home team rallied, adding 12 points before the Wakefield team scored, 50-39 with minutes left. The Tri-County team guarded and carried the ball for the final few minutes, giving up just eight more points to Wakefield before the end of regulation, and the Wakefield boys ended their post-season in play, 60-47. Vs. Wisner-Pilger The Wakefield Trojan boys’ basketball team hosted Wisner-Pilger on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the team’s second round of the sub-district to win entry to the C2 District Final. The Trojans defeated the Gators 64-48 after four quarters, pushing the team into the District Finals game against Tri-County’s Trojans near DeWitt, southwest of Lincoln on Monday, Feb. 28. Against Winser-Pilger, the Trojans came out 15-5 in the first quarter, and added another 10 in the second to control the game, 25-21, in the first half. In the third period the Trojans added another 10 to their spread, 21-11, and with an 18-16 fourth quarter, the Trojans tied up the game 64-48 at the final buzzer. The Wakefield boys made 62% from the field – 14/22 in field goals, and 6/15 from outside the big line with 18/28 free throws. Scoring for the Trojans were Cade Johnson with a big 25-point game to lead his team offensively on 8/12 field goals and hitting 9/13 from the free throw line. Following up was Eliseo Sarmiento with 16 points; Hunter Schultz had 10; Cael Johnson had nine; Ryan Anderson had three and Johnathan Birkley was credited with one. Cade Johnson added 12 rebounds for a double-double on the defensive side of the ball as well. Cael Johnson marked five, Hunter Schultz had four, Ryan Anderson had two and Eliseo Sarmiento was credited with one. More pictures from the District Final can be found on page 5 of this edition of the Republican.
12 months ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Cade Johnson
WakeFIELD Party lineup has three country singers The 2023 WakeFIELD Party planners have announced the musical talent that will be performing at the June show. Three country music acts are lined up – and all can be found through online streaming services like Youtube or Spotify, to hear their music. Most recently announced was Josh Kiser, country singer/songwriter, with two recently released singles “Big on the Little Things” and “Whiskey Wins” – which can be found on his streaming platforms as well. The WakeFIELD Party has been planned for Saturday, June 3 at Graves Park, and tickets can be purchased online anytime at www.thewakefieldparty.com. So far on the lineup are: Baker Grissom, country singer-songwriter After a couple million streams of his first few releases – “Sunday,” “Workin’ Man,” and “Drink for That” -- Grissom has brought in Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Fowler (Eric Clapton, Rascal Flatts, Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, Jameson Rodgers, Kris Kristofferson, Lynyrd Skynyrd) to cut his sophomore project, due out later this year. They’re currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his upcoming release “Her on Out.” Isaac Cole, country singer In his 21 years, Isaac has recorded five CD’s (“Country Boy” 2011, “Just a Kid” 2013, “I’m Your Huckleberry” 2016, “Cole for Your Stocking” 2019, and “The Fifth” 2021) and two singles “Everyday Livin’”, and “Too Nice”. Isaac is also a proud member of the legendary Wheeling Jamboree. He was inducted in 2016 as the second youngest solo artist ever to be inducted, behind Brad Paisley! His largest stage was appearing on the January 2016 season XV of American Idol on FOX, where he made it all the way through Hollywood week, and ended up in the top 51 after the Showcase Round. Josh Kiser, country singer-songwriter Cleveland, Tennessee is bursting with pride since hometown boy Josh Kiser has become the newest rising artist/writer in Nashville’s country music scene. Kiser found his sweet spot by blending traditional 90’s sounds with a touch of rock & soul to his production to create a sound that resonates well with longtime country fans, as well as newer listeners who most call “Kiser Kountry”. He moved to Nashville in 2019 to pursue his music career. After moving to Nashville, he quickly signed a publishing deal with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music. Kiser draws his influences from artists like: Travis Tritt, The Eagles, George Straight, Ray Charles and Hank Williams Jr.
12 months ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Issac Cole
Murder at the Wakefield Civic Center! Pictures here! https://paperandink.smugmug.com/Wakefield-Republican/LRHT-Totally-Rad-80s-Prom-2023/ A murder took place at the Wakefield Civic Center on Valentine’s Day, thanks to The Little Red Hen Theatre. The part show, prom, and catered evening “Totally Rad 80’s Prom Gone Bad” was performed at the Wakefield Civic Center to an extensive crowd. The event is a fundraiser for the Little Red Hen Theatre that helps pay for the cost of all the shows and events put on throughout the year. In addition to a catered evening and available cash bar, those present had a mystery to solve as a group under the direction of T. Adam Goos acted out a murder at a high school prom, approximately called Mayhem Highschool. This was done through both interacting with the performers as well as their interactions and clues given throughout the evening. More pictures from the show can be found on page 5 of this edition of the Wakefield Republican.
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
The LRHT event drew a large crowd
Wakefield senior Alex Arenas celebrated a career milestone with her Lady Alex Arenas hits career milestone 1000th point vs LCC! Trojans teammates during their big when over Lutheran High Northeast on Friday night. During the game Arenas made her 1000th career point. In the picture above she can be seen with her teammates back row (l to r): Sierra Kaufman, MaKenna Decker, Laken Rahn, Katie Borg, and Daveigh Munter-McAfee. Front row (l to r): Madison Borg, Jordan Metzler, Alex Arenas, Ashlyn Riewer, and Gracyn Keagle.
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Alex and the Lady Trojans
Legion Auxiliary President views Eagle Scout project On Thursday morning, January 26, 2023, American Legion Auxiliary National President Vickie Koutz and Nebraska ALA Department President Vicki Ozenbaugh met with members of ALA Unit #81 and a few others at the POW/MIA Memorial Chair at Wakefield’s Eaton Field. This location was chosen because Madam National President Koutz wants to raise awareness on an issue close to her heart - our country’s Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA). Koutz's husband returned to Vietnam to help dig for remains many years after serving overseas. Since then, he constantly wears a POW bracelet. "Listening to him talking about his experiences made me realize how important it still is today," she said. Since the POW/MIA Memorial Chair was Jack Schlickbernd’s Eagle Scout Project, he and his dad were also present to visit with the dignitaries. Jack is a member of Scout Troop 174 and a student at Wakefield Community School. On her two-day Nebraska tour, Koutz traveled the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway (Highway 20) and made stops at various Nebraska Veterans Memorials before flying to North Dakota for the same purpose.
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Present to view the project were Legion Auxiliary National President Vickie Koutz, the eagle scout responsible for the project Jack Schlickbernd, and NE Department President Vicki Ozenbaugh.
Mirella Ruvalcaba wins Dixon County Spelling Bee! The Dixon County Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, January 24th at Allen Consolidated Schools in Dixon. Students from County schools vied for a chance to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee in Omaha in March. This year Wakefield Community Schools own Mirella Ruvalcaba won the first place trophy over Abrahm Krusemark of Ponca who took second and Kaylee Kloster from Ponca who was last year’s winner that came in third.
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Mirella
Local scout being honored with Eagle Scout award Jack Schlickbernd has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award. He passed his Board of Review on August 2, 2022. Schlickbernd will be recognized in a ceremony on Sunday, January 8, 2023. A member of Troop 174, Schlickbernd is one of only approximately six percent of all Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. He is the 150th scout from Wayne to earn the rank of Eagle. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project to earn his Eagle. For his service project, Schlickbernd chose to install a POW/MIA Seat of Honor and other major league stadium seats at Eaton Baseball Field in Wakefield, Nebraska. Through scouting, Schlickbernd has gone to Florida National High Adventure Sea Base and became SCUBA certified while attending Camp Wilderness in Minnesota. He earned religious awards as both a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. Schlickbernd is a member of Journey Christian Church and is active in football, Skills USA, track, and baseball at Wakefield Community Schools where he is a junior. He is the son of Mike and Sara Schlickbernd of Wayne.
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Jack Schlickbernd
A special event, hosted by some local producers, will be held in Wakefield this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 7 – a special concert event honoring the local fire departments in Northeast Nebraska. The event will be held at the Wakefield Legion Hall, with doors opening at 6 p.m., and music starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be an admission charge at the door, but firefighters and spouses will get in free. All proceeds from the evening will be divided up and given to the local fire departments. A release from the event said that some local producers had joined together to host the event in recognition and appreciation for the service that local firefighters, and their families, have provided to the communities they serve. Music will be provided by Nashville, and local performer, Angie K. She has performed in Northeast Nebraska in 2021 and 2022. She has played at Wake“FIELD” Party in 2021 and 2022 and at the Dixon County Fair last year. Angie K. has a music video for the song “Country is as Country Does” recorded and filmed in northeast Nebraska in 2021. The video was filmed in the Newcastle, Allen, Wakefield, Wayne, and Pender area. For more information about Angie K. go to www.officialangiek.com
about 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Firemans apprciation event
Gabe Peitz earned NSIC Elite 18 Award for cross country (Sorry for the typo in the paper Gabe!) Gabe Peitz of Wayne State College was announced as the recipient of the Elite 18 Award at the conclusion of Saturday’s Northern Sun Conference Men’s Cross Country Championships held at the Wayne Country Club. The NSIC Elite 18 Award is presented to the student athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NSIC’s 18 Championships and Peitz is the first Wayne State men’s cross country runner to earn the award. Peitz, a junior from Wakefield, maintains a 4.00 grade point average majoring in pre-med and chemistry. This season, Peitz has competed in all six meets for the Wildcats this season. He has a season-best finish of 21st at the Wildcat Classic and recorded a personal best time of 27:37.8 in the 8K at the Defender Holiday Inn Express Classic at Dordt University on October 8, 2022. Peitz ran a time of 29:14.20 to finish 107th at Saturday’s NSIC Cross Country Championships in Wayne. Peitz is also in his second year serving on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Wayne State College.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Gabe Peitz
Tacos Valenzuela opens on Main Street! By: Roxy Ekberg Republican Staff Tacos Valenzuela opened on Monday, October 25th. Located at 225 Main Street, and the restaurant has food available to dine-in or take-out. “Everyone seems to love the authentic food so I decided to do this for the people so they can enjoy yummy food here in town,” said owner Brenda Valenzuela. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and serves breakfast only from 6-11 a.m. on the weekends. At the moment, the store is only able to accept cash and venmo. The restaurant started as a side hustle for Valenzuela. Tacos Valenzuela began by serving food at the Wakefield Markets and quickly expanded. She used the profits to help her mom receive dialysis treatment three times a week. “I am forever grateful for my supporters,” said Valenzuela. Valenzuela’s goals are to be successful and provide good food to the public. She continues to help her mom and involves her family in the business. “Always remember to support small businesses,” said Venezuela.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Mikkie Mogus sings at Muskateers game Recently Wakefield Community Schools student Mikkie Mogus was given a chance to show off her singing talent at a Sioux City Muskateers ice hockey game. On Saturday, October 22nd prior to the game versus the Sioux Falls Stampede Mogus sang the national anthem before the large crowd at the Tyson Events Center. The game was also the Musketeers 14th annual ‘Pink in the Rink’, an event to raise awareness of breast cancer. In addition to the ice being colored pink the team also wore special pink jerseys that was auction off after the game. Mogus will be returning to event’s center to sing multiple times in the near future on November 3rd, January 6th, February 5th, and March 5th.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Mikkie singing at the Muskateers game
By Roxy Ekberg Republican Staff Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department responded to multiple fires across the area on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. The first fire started on 854th Rd near Kevin Kai’s farm and then spread five miles south and two miles east to the old Lloyd Hugelman farm. The fire was presumably started by a combine. Assistant Fire Chief, Kevin Wiltman, stated that the high rate of winds and significant lack of moisture helped the flames spread. Once the field was put out, the team noticed the fire had traveled to a nearby grove. Mutual aid was called in from neighboring fire departments with Winnebago, Pender, Emerson, Thurston, and Laurel coming out to help. Responders from Pender and Emerson were forced to leave and deal with their own fires, Thurston did as well but returned later. Additional support came from local businesses, neighbors, and farmers. Wakefield’s Central Valley Ag along with Nutria Ag Solutions from Thurston and a private farmer aided by keeping the tankers full of water. Four farmers helped control the flames with their discs. “They were a significant help in reducing response time…we would have been there all night,” said Wiltman, who was in charge at the scene. “When it came to putting out the grove, all the mutual aid was a huge help.” Once they returned to town they were called back out first for a mutual aid call near Allen but were told it was quickly under control, then they headed to a large field fire near Laurel, then finally diverted back to a fire six miles south of Wakefield. The high wind caused the fire to travel 3 or 4 miles while potentially putting three houses at risk, however, the WVFD reported no structural damage after the fire was under control. One firefighter was taken to Providence Medical Center under suspicion of smoke inhalation, he was released later that night and returned home. Personnel at the fire included Scott Wageman, Kevin Wiltman, Nick Ekberg, James Felt, Lyle Ekberg, Jake Rahn, Larry Soderberg, Nick Gonzalez, Ken Rahn, Andy Vasquez, Devin Anderson, Theresa Soderberg, Sophia Sebade, Shelia Brown, and Riley Ekberg. The Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department has been exceptionally busy over the last six weeks. From September to October 15th they responded to 13 fires, 14 rescues, and two mutual aid situations, according to the Dixon County Sheriff’s report.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Field fire near Wakefield
At the 25 September 2022 Nebraska State Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Fall State meeting at Mahoney State Park, Kenneth Paulson of Wakefield, was recognized as a 30 year member of the State and National Society in a ceremony by the Nebraska State Society President Thomas Upton. Mr. Paulson is a verified descendent of his ancestor Pvt. Andrew McPherren born 1755 and died 1829. The patriot, Pvt. McPherren, spent seven years in the American Revolutionary War (for the duration) in the Pennsylvania Line and is buried in Sinking Valley Cemetery, Arch Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Ken Paulson
Singer/Songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist Daniel Christian will be performing concert at the Little Red Hen Theatre of Wakefield, Nebraska on October 8, at 7:30 PM. Performing with a full band, Daniel will perform a selection of covers and crowd favorites as well as some of his own inspiring original music. Tickets are on sale now at www.littleredhentheatre.com, or by calling (402) 287-2818. Described as “Jackson Browne with a fuller, more modern sound” Daniel Christian is known for delivering a great concert experience, rounding out a night of fantastic music with his knack for telling stories. For more than a decade, Daniel has been sharing his music across the country, completing a coast-to-coast tour of the United States in 2014, and releasing two new albums, “Coffee” and “Toast”, in 2017. He has entertained audiences in theaters, churches, festivals, stadiums, and living rooms across the nation, including Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Country Stampede, and SXSW and has opened shows for a diverse range of popular artists, including The Fixx, Selah, Montgomery Gentry, and many more. Daniel has won two National Country Music Festival awards, and has earned nine Omaha Entertainment Award nominations in his native Nebraska, including Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Alternative/Indie Artist, Best Christian/Gospel, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Tickets are $20 for reserved seats and can be reserved at www.littleredhentheatre.com or by calling (402) 287 – 2818. Daniel Christian and his band are appearing thanks to the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Dixon County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and season patrons of The Little Red Hen Theatre.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Daniel Christian
Teammates holding spirit week event at football game Friday The Wakefield TeamMates mentoring program is getting ready to celebrate local mentors and mentees on 9/23 as part of the organization’s SPIRIT WEEK. Local TeamMates board members will be on hand at the football game on September 23rd making root beer floats for a free will donation. In addition to celebrating those currently involved in the program, the chapter wants to raise awareness about the need for local mentors. TeamMates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on the middle school students, and twenty-two football players began meeting with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools. Of the 22 original mentees, 21 went on to graduate from high school while one left school early to pursue a successful Motocross career. Eighteen of the original mentees also obtained some form of post-secondary education The program now serves thousands of boys and girls across the Midwest, and mentors come from all walks of life. The local chapter of TeamMates has been in existence for several years at Wakefield Public Schools and is led by coordinators Timarie Hansen and Mike Clay. Community Members who donate their time to the program are “matched” with a student and meet with them on a weekly basis. Students and mentors remain matched throughout the students’ school career. Mentors provide a constant presence for the youth in our community, simply by being present for their matches. The local chapter has a need for mentors in the upcoming school year and encourage anyone interested to reach out or stop by to talk with a TeamMates member at the root beer float stand at the home football game on Friday, September 23.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Teammates logo
Soccer tournament being held at Gardner Field October 1st Wakefield Community Schools will be hosting what has been dubbed the inaugural Trojan Soccer Showdown for Saturday, Oct. 1 in the newly minted Gardner Stadium. The all-day soccer tournament has been scheduled for next Saturday, and will feature a full day of soccer games on a single elimination 6-8 team tournament format. The event has been planned for adult teams of up to 15 players per team, and Co-Ed teams are encouraged, but not mandatory. Games will begin at 10 a.m. on October 1, and to register a team, contact Israel Rodriguez at 402-369-4502 or Andy Vazquez at 402-369-6074. There is a registration fee, and half of the registration fees will go back to the Gardner Stadium for future projects.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Sheriffs office locks down local schools Last Friday afternoon, some suspicious activity reported to the Dixon County Sheriff’s Department created a need for a call to lockdown schools in Wakefield and the area, until the incident was resolved. Around 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, the Dixon County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a suspicious person near Highway 35 and 9 north of Wakefield. The subject was reported to be standing outside of a white Chevrolet Impala with what appeared to be a rifle. The Sheriff’s office contacted local schools – including Wakefield, Allen and Emerson – and the school were put into lockdown. According to the Sheriff’s office report, the Nebraska State Patrol located the vehicle south of Wakefield, and initiated a traffic stop two miles east of Wayne on Highway 35. The Dixon County Sheriff’s office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Sheriff’s office and Nebraska Conservation Officer assisted on the call and traffic stop. Also on the report “after speaking with the driver and passenger of the vehicle, along with doing a search of the vehicle, it was determined that there were no weapons in the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger were released, and the lockdowns were lifted.” From the Wakefield Community School’s Social media page: “At 1:25, Superintendent Matt Farup was made aware of a potential threat in the surrounding community. Wakefield Schools immediately went into a lockdown response. All students returned to their classrooms and continued with daily operations. Wakefield staff was able to account for all students and staff quickly and efficiently. Wakefield Schools was notified at 2:22 by local law enforcement that there was no longer a potential threat. After the investigation, it was determined there was no immediate threat. Wakefield Schools has safety procedures and protocols in place. Staff and students will be practicing safety drills in the upcoming days. Wakefield Schools administration appreciates your support and understanding.” According to other news sources Allen and Emerson were placed on lockdown as well.
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Lubberstedt takes directors position at Senior Center By: Roxy Ekberg Republican Staff Dawn Lubberstedt has officially taken on director’s position at Wakefield Senior Center after a “short-lived retirement” after long-time employment at Wakefield Community Schools.  Lubberstedt retired from her secretarial position at the school last April after 35 years at Wakefield’s school. “I wanted to work at the school until my grandchildren graduated. I had talked about retiring a couple of years prior, but then thought I should stick it out until Olivia graduated,” said Lubberstedt.  Due to the retirement of the previous director, she took over the position at the Wakefield Senior Center. The responsibilities of high school secretary and Senior Center director are similar, said Lubberstedt. Lubberstedt works part time as director, three days a week. Assistant director, Jenny Heimann, works the other two. Bookkeeping, creating a monthly newsletter, lining up activities, and coordinating board meetings are the director’s main duties.  After graduating from high school in 1974, Lubberstedt worked as a nurse’s aide at the Wakefield Hospital and Care Center. Her time at Wakefield Community Schools began in 1987. She started off working as an elementary paraeducator. At the time, Mr. Hartman was the principal and superintendent. Two years later, Lubberstedt took over as secretary and stayed on until her granddaughter graduated. The two finished their time at WHS together. Ludderstedt reflected on 35 years at the school, “I miss the kids. I loved seeing the kids every day. I miss the staff too.” Lubberstedt was fond of all school activities, from athletics to National Honors Society, “It was always fun to hear announcements of kids’ achievements. It was exciting to hear what the kids had accomplished.” There was a switch from working with young kids at the school to working with older people at the Senior Center, however, she enjoys her new job. “I love helping people,” said Lubberstedt. 
over 1 year ago, Wakefield Republican - Sean A.
Dawn