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Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

Ken Oltjenbruns has long been an enthusiast for local history, but this time, it’s much more personal. The Oltjenbruns homestead in the Amherst area, once home to his great-grandparents, August and Emma Welper, has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was the com...

‘More than just bats and balls’

Full-time city recreation department a real possibility “It is something people are looking for, it is realistic, and it is achievable,” said Bret Miles during the community recreation committee presentation to the Holyoke City Council Tuesday, April 19. The committee had certainly done i...

2 teachers hired for elementary

Stephanie Chaney was hired as a second English Language Learner teacher and Melanie Wheeler as a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. Their contracts were approved at the April 19 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Education. Chaney has more than 12 years of te...

Assessing health of Holyoke, Phillips Co.

Survey responses due May 11 “Melissa Memorial Hospital needs the residents of Holyoke and Phillips County to provide their feedback on how they feel not only about the health of their community but also the services provided at the hospital,” said Trampas Hutches, MMH’s CEO. For residents...


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Golfers express insurance woes

Roughly a dozen visitors were present for the Tuesday, April 19, Holyoke City Council meeting, and about half of them were there for the same reason — golf carts. “The primary concern is the amount...

Officials sworn in April 19

Officials sworn in April 19

City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Olofson, pictured at right, swears in city council members and the mayor for four-year terms during the April 19 Holyoke City Council meeting. They were all four re-elected...

Great car count opens PCR Fri. night season

Exceptional weather and a great car count opened the Phillips County Raceway season Friday night, April 22. Postponed from the previous week due to rain, the rescheduled event was a fun one to watch....

Neil Diamond tribute in Holyoke this Sunday

Denny Diamond and the Jewels — his sons Spenser and Lucas — are bringing to Holyoke a tribute to Neil Diamond Sunday, May 1, at the Holyoke High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. This is the final performance...

Final Senate vote awaits proposal to limit fining by Colo. state agencies

State agencies shouldn’t have free rein to charge exorbitant fines, especially to small communities that may not be able to pay them. That’s according to Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling. He’s...

Free dental clinic for all set in Brush June 17-18; calls for volunteers, patients

Phillips County gets healthy, step by step

Seniors, disabled veterans may qualify for property tax exemption

Concert to pay tribute to mothers, America

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Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

‘More than just bats and balls’

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Lessons from a father's heart: gratitude and pride

Lessons from a father's heart: gratitude and pride

Emerald Awards Heart Award Sometimes the most important lessons come from the most unexpected people. He’s the first one there and often the last to leave. He’s working on projects at times before...

Bieber leads by example to motivate and inspire

Bieber leads by example to motivate and inspire

Emerald Awards Leader Among Us “A selfless, motivated leader who chooses to lead by example.” That’s how Holyoke JR/SR High English teacher Heather Bieber was described by fellow teacher Ashley...

Small group lessons make big improvements in band program

Emerald Awards Innovator of the Year Five sixth-graders bounce into the music room at Holyoke Elementary, lugging with them their big black cases. Instruments are carefully assembled, and music is spread...

French ‘garden of love’ awaits Prom attendees

Those attending the HHS Prom Saturday, April 30, can look forward to a France-inspired night of romance in “Le Jardin D’Amour,” the theme of this year’s event. After a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the...

FFA banquet shows dedication

Holyoke High School’s FFA chapter celebrated an eventful year of hard work with its annual awards banquet Thursday, April 21. Top chapter awards were presented to senior Austin Vieselmeyer, DEKALB...

FBLA reviews year, installs new officers for 2016-17

4th-graders win Piggy Bank Contest

School board meeting moved to Monday

2 teachers hired for elementary

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Kids of all ages get a kick out of soccer

Kids of all ages get a kick out of soccer

165 local students age 5 through junior high are out for the Holyoke Soccer Club this spring, making up 16 teams. The two-month-long season began March 28 and runs through May 21. Reese Trumper and...

Dragons drop 2 at Haxtun, fall to Burlington at home

Dragons drop 2 at Haxtun, fall to Burlington at home

In rescheduled ballgames last week, the Dragons fell 1-9 and 2-4 at Haxtun Tuesday, April 19, and lost to Burlington 3-5 in Holyoke Saturday, April 23. The games were originally scheduled for March 19...

Swimmers dive in to 2 more meets

HHS swimmers competing on the Valley boys team dove in to two meets last week. Valley hosted Estes Park for a dual Thursday, April 21, and the team competed in the Mustang Invite at the Veterans Memorial...

HHS girls golf grabs team 1st

It was a day of many firsts for Holyoke girls golf at the Friday, April 22, Wray JV/Varsity Invitational. Most exciting was the outcome — the first team first of the year for the HHS golfers. The team...

Wright ranked in CSU’s top 10

McKenzie Wright, granddaughter of Dennis and Lynda Hagemann of Holyoke, posted a personal record mark of 5’ 9.25” to win the high jump by two full inches at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., Friday,...

Big numbers, winning times for HHS

HHS beats wind at Akron Invite

JH Dragon track rules in Wray relays

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Osborne, Kropp offer counseling services

Osborne, Kropp offer counseling services

Rhonda Osborne and Kathleen Kropp are partnering together to offer counseling services in Holyoke to local residents as well as those from surrounding communities. Osborne Counseling LLC and Kropp Counseling...

Snapdragon Floral receives 1st dollar

Snapdragon Floral receives 1st dollar

Christy Kage receives a first dollar of profit certificate from Chamber of Commerce director Carissa Mill for Snapdragon Floral, Christy and Sherman Kage’s new local flower shop. The business officially...

CDA’s certified hemp seed program is 1st in country

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a new program aimed at bringing industrial hemp into mainstream agriculture. Seed produced and conditioned under this program will be issued “CDA...

Wanted: loan, grant applications for growth

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development state director Trudy Kareus announced Wednesday, March 30, that the agency is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up...

CCGA supports state groundwater measure

The Colorado Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Committee agreed during a meeting Friday, March 18, to put its support behind House Bill 16-1337, “Appellate Process For Decisions About Groundwater.”...