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Jan. 3

Precipitation for 2012 showed only 10.34 total inches for the year.

Melissa Memorial Hospital serves as a beta site for a new version of the Electronic Medical Record with NextGen.

An ordinance was adopted by the Phillips County Board of Commissioners preventing the production and retail sale of marijuana in Phillips County.


Jan. 10

Newman Adventures offers guided pheasant hunts and lodging on a preserve southwest of Holyoke.

The City Council adopts marijuana, parking and nuisance ordinances.

Jackie Reynolds returns to Holyoke as the Phillips County Social Services director after serving as the director of Rural Solutions in Sterling for six years.

Harlan Stern and Don Lock are sworn in as Phillips County commissioners, replacing Jerry Beavers and Bud Biesemeier, who chose not to seek re-election.

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration services are brought to northeast Colorado by Ken Hoch of Hoch LLC.


Jan. 17

First Baptist Church moves to the new facility at 1000 E. Johnson St.

Residents can register cell phones and email addresses to receive emergency alerts about the county.

Savanna Krueger takes first in the District Voice of Democracy speech competition.

Kyle Arnoldy joins the Holyoke Enterprise staff, filling the reporter position previously held by Chris Lee.

Erin Vieselmeyer scores 31 points to help defeat the Wiggins basketball team 49-21.



First Baptist Church made its new home at 1000 E. Johnson St. when the new facility was complete early in 2013. The first official services were held in the new church Jan. 19-20, 2013. The church celebrated its 125th anniversary with a month of activities in March.

—Enterprise file photo


Jan. 24

Jack’s Bean Company is purchased by Kurt Bollingberg and Brian Engstrom.

City Council members discuss the possibility of an animal shelter.

PC Telcom voices concerns about EAGLE-Net.

A buzzing-in system has been put into place at the schools as additional security measures are implemented by the district.

Allie Billings is reassigned as an ESL teacher, and Stephanie Mitchell replaces Billings as a second-grade teacher.


Jan. 31

Bank of the West takes over the Operation PC Cares project to send care packages to servicemen and women.

Melissa Memorial Hospital awaits government approval on the Electronic Medical Record.

Sisters Misti Redman and Holli Purkeypile open Strandz Salon.

Chuck Bruce joins the Holyoke JR/SR High staff as a member of the business and technology department.


Feb. 7

Community members and businesses are recognized at the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Gala for their dedication to bettering the community. Those recognized are Laura Roth, employee of the year; Bob Heldenbrand, citizen of the year; Sid Struckmeyer, youth of the year; Inklings Book Store, business of the year; and Phillips County Extension Service, stars of the year.

Joe Kinnie is elected chairman of the 2013 Phillips County Board of Commissioners.

Aimee Ryel takes a position as district wildlife manager for Phillips and Sedgwick counties.

Holyoke Enterprise employee Darci Tomky is promoted to managing editor.

Three new cameras and other various pieces of equipment are donated to the HHS TV production department.

Dave Rice is inducted into Dugout Club Hall of Fame.


Feb. 14

Holyoke students Alyssa Killin and Nicholas Ortner attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

The Okee Dokee Brothers’ “Can You Canoe?” album wins a Grammy for best children’s album. The bluegrass duo includes Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing.

Plans for Holyoke’s 125th birthday celebration are falling into place.

Mike Frazier ventures to Haiti for mission trip.

Holyoke City Council addresses a stray cat problem.

A rough draft for the Holyoke all-weather track project GOCO grant is submitted for feedback before the final application is due March 1.


Feb. 21

Paul Mailander brings buffalo back to the county with the purchase of a bull and five heifers.

WWII history book “Gardelegen Holocaust” is completed with help from Elton Oltjenbruns of Holyoke.

Abts Express welcomes Cindy Cooper as the first full-time pharmacist.

New arc welders were purchased by the Holyoke agricultural education program.

Nicholas Ortner, Spencer Kotch, Astolfo Rojo, Jesus Hermosillo and Dylan Kotch all advance to the Colorado 2A State Wrestling Championships.


Feb. 28

The city is seeking a $110,000 GOCO grant for improvements at the baseball field.

RJ’s Simple Spending is closing the doors due to local economic conditions.

The application status of a BEST security grant and the GOCO track grant are reviewed by the school board.

Darci Tomky wins the Rising Star Award at the Colorado Press Association convention.

Jesus Hermosillo earns second at 195 pounds and Dylan Kotch third at 220 in Colorado State Wrestling championships.


March 7

The roaring-’20s-themed Legacy Event hosted by the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation raises approximately $55,000.

Financial standings of 2012 and goals for upcoming years are discussed at the East Phillips County Hospital District board meeting.

FFA Week comes to a close with Barnyard Day and a safety demonstration from Highline Electric Association.

Three letters of intent have been signed for GOCO grants to fund the renovation of the high school track and improvements at the baseball fields in Holyoke and Haxtun.

The congregation at First Baptist Church kicks off a month-long celebration to mark the church’s 125th anniversary.

Dickinson Land Surveyors, Inc. in Ogallala, Neb., expands their business to Holyoke.

Holyoke Pharmacy to open in southwest corner of Holyoke Marketplace with owners Jamie Hanes and Jason Burke.


March 14

Julie Worley takes over as executive director for Phillips County Economic Development.

Holyoke schools collaborate with BOCES to establish requirements for evaluating teachers and principals after the passing of Colorado Senate Bill 191.

The “Decades of Hope” Relay for Life event is scheduled for June 7-8 at the Haxtun Baseball Field.

Holyoke students are inspired to “finish strong” after hearing Garrett Schlichtemeier’s powerful story.

Retread Threads opens in Haxtun as a new nonprofit secondhand store.


March 21

Highline Electric Association celebrates 75 years at their annual meeting.

Local youth plan to attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer as Pope Francis is named the new leader of the church.

Gale and Cynthia Haynes remain optimistic that the drought will lessen and they can put their cattle on pasture.

Grainland Co-op announces their plans for a shuttle loader project at their annual meeting.

Ashley Sullivan is promoted to office manager at the Holyoke Enterprise.

Tail docking of dairy cows, water decree clarification and gun control bills are all debated at the Capitol.


March 28

Plans to build a partial parallel taxiway in 2014 and a building to house snow removal equipment and remodel the terminal in 2015 at the Holyoke Municipal Airport were discussed at the Holyoke City Council meeting.

Snowfall totaling 7.5 inches causes several school and community activities to be postponed or canceled.

A first draft for the 2013-14 school calendar is proposed at the school board meeting.

A special dedication service is held at First Baptist Church.

The FCCLA/FFA service sale is deemed a success as $10,420 is raised for the organizations.

Holyoke High School students take the stage for the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress.”


April 4

Dale Jacoby makes progress as he continues rehab from home. Jacoby was critically injured in a two-car collision in March of 2012.

The county secures $10,000 from the Heginbotham Trust, dependent on a grant from the Colorado Historical Fund, to use toward a remodeling project at the courthouse.

East Phillips County Hospital District board members discuss a new surveying technique to gain community members’ input about the services offered by the hospital.

El Buen Sazón is awarded the Northeastern Colorado Excellence in Food Safety Award for their commitment to food safety.

2008 HHS graduate Victoria Timm says farewell to the University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball team after 126 games.

Four and a half years after Brittney Ferguson was in a critical accident, she stays busy with her Botanical Buttons business.


April 11

A tornado strikes Holyoke as a huge spring storm caused heavy damage and power outages.

City Council members discuss the options for youth summer recreation.

Ron Goldenstein retires as Holyoke Credit Union president after 28 years.

Gonzalez Mercado offers authentic Mexican cuisine to the Holyoke area.

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball gets a boost toward their goal of $2 million for cancer research with the donation of a Corvette.

The annual AWANA Grand Prix racing event is a big hit.

High school seniors compete against the faculty in an FBLA fundraising basketball game.

Janna Smith is named Rising Star at NJC.

Erin Vieselmeyer earns All-State honorable mention in 2A girls’ basketball.



A combine, planter cornhead, drill and more were destroyed when a tornado ripped into a 60-foot-by-120-foot storage shed one mile east of Holyoke on County Road 41 Monday evening, April 8, 2013. Owners Joe and Kelly Schram and David and Alicia Schram had just moved much of the equipment into the shed that day, anticipating a predicted hail storm that evening.

—Enterprise file photo


April 18

The Phillips County Community Players will present “Shawnee Lou, the Prairie’s Purest Dressmaker” to celebrate Holyoke’s 125th birthday.

Plans are announced to use the old bowling alley property as a parking facility.

Phillips County Communication Center is set to test its tornado sirens and procedures.

Congress prohibits the USPS from using their proposed five-day delivery schedule.

PC Telcom announces at their annual meeting they hope to have 100 percent of their subscribers served by fiber optics in the next five and a half years.

Governor John Hickenlooper signs a series of gun-control bills for the state.


April 25

City Council addresses citizens’ concerns about a lack of action to fix the damage from the April 8 storm.

Various agencies gather to discuss possible improvements regarding emergency response procedures.

Construction crews began tearing down the former bowling alley to make room for a parking lot to house county vehicles and equipment, along with space for overflow parking.

Pheasants Forever members Riley and DeeAnn Dubbert travel to Washington, D.C. to support 2013 conservation initiatives.

Ashley Clayton, Mary Austin and Susan Ortner are honored as this year’s Holyoke School District Emerald Award recipients.


May 2

Holyoke School District researches the implementation of a 1-to-1 iPad program to provide every student in the district with an iPad.

The family of Kelsie Schelling offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information about Kelsie, who went missing three months ago.

2013-14 budget planning is the main topic at the Holyoke School District board meeting.

“A Healthier Weigh” program is deemed a success as participants lose a total of 168 pounds and 50 inches.

Zuri Lopez and Ryan Parker are crowned queen and king at HHS Prom.


May 9

Kristie Ham retires after 17 years of service to Holyoke High School.

Despite delays caused by snow and rain, farmers are busy planting corn.

A recommendation was accepted for a NECO Wind’s 30-megawatt wind generation facility to add 18 turbines in Phillips and Logan counties and to lay a transmission line.

Holyoke native and World War II veteran Nyle Chandler joins 49 other veterans in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Austin Herman and Emily Krogmeier earn JH citizenship awards.


May 16

Thirty-eight seniors cross the stage as the newest graduates of Holyoke High School. Rachel Schneider, Brett Cumming and Molly Brandt are co-valedictorians, and citizenship awards are awarded to Brandt and Ben Martinez.

Cathy Sullivan begins her retirement at the close of the school year following 38 years of service.

Jaki Smith seeks information regarding Will Heginbotham as a part of her dissertation research.

City Council focuses on dangerous buildings in the area and discusses the correct procedures and safety measures regarding the issue.

Third-grade reading TCAP scores exceed the state average for the fifth year in row.


May 23

Construction is completed on the Seaboard Foods feed mill west of Holyoke on Highway 6. The facility will employ 18 people and run around the clock.

Mary Austin opts for retirement after 20 years of teaching.

Funds are collected from students at Holyoke Elementary School for relief efforts in Moore, Okla., following one of the worst tornadoes in history.

PIE awards seven grants for education using the funds raised through their annual carnival.


May 30

Memorial Day services are held at Holyoke Memorial Park to honor the country’s veterans. World War II veteran Glen Stenson was the guest speaker.

School grading policy changes are reviewed at the May 21 meeting of the Board of Education.

A review of 2012 finances by the City Council revealed that from a fund balance standpoint, the city is in good shape.

The city’s application for a GOCO grant to make improvements to the baseball field was rejected.

HHS juniors planning to attend Colorado Girls and Boys State are Eva Penzing, Brenda Hernandez, Tanner Smith, Zach Roll and Ryan Parker.


June 6

The Phillips County Fairgrounds are extended 2.93 acres to the northwest.

Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department uses their Jaws of Life during a car extrication demonstration.

Melissa Memorial Hospital is selected as one of six rural hospitals to receive grant money from the Colorado Rural Health Center.

Tom Harmon returns to Jack’s Bean Co. as the general manager.

Dani Brandt will tour with New Way Singers.


June 13

Holyoke Enterprise publishes a 36-page commemorative edition for Holyoke’s 125th birthday anniversary.

Kyle Hendrix brings camels and reindeer to his farm south of Holyoke.

Mark Adams, 26, of Haxtun dies when his car and a pickup collide at an uncontrolled intersection six miles south and one mile east of Paoli.

Weld County Commissioners hold a meeting to announce their proposition for a new state—North Colorado.

City Council discusses the possibility of establishing a soccer field on the smaller, secondary baseball field.

Molly Brandt reports on mission trip to Haiti.

Phillips County Relay For Life raises $28,446.98 through months of fundraising and the Relay event.


June 20

Holyoke celebrates its 125th birthday with a weekend full of events including a pie social, car show, barn dance, parade, melodrama, beard contest, vintage clothing contest and many other activities.

Forty-seven vehicles are displayed at the 13th Annual Dandelion Daze car show.

Caitlyn Kramer earns first place in InvestWrite essay competition.

Work begins at the school as Great Outdoors Colorado awarded $350,000 to the high school track project.

Brett Cumming is named to 2A All-State baseball team, and Jaydin Goldenstein is honorable mention.

Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union celebrates its 75th year in business with a barbecue.

BEST grant will enhance security at local schools.



The vintage clothing competition for Holyoke’s 125th anniversary celebration June 14-16, 2013, drew a large crowd as contestants showed off wardrobes from past decades. Pictured from left, front row, are Shirley Claymon and Marie Mailander; second row, Delvin Claymon, Frances Muths and Andrea McCallum; and back row, Carrie Anderson, Sheila Gift and Brenda Brandt.  

—Enterprise file photo



Seven men who entered the beard contest June 15, 2013, as part of Holyoke’s 125th birthday celebration are pictured from left, front row, Steve Beavers, Rob Hinnegan, Gerald Brown and Gary Kumm; and back row, Ed Hinnegan, Phil Wirges and Dominic Krogmeier.  

—Enterprise file photo


June 27

Cobblestone Inn and Suites opens south of Holyoke at 805 S. Interocean.

NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader and a huge fireworks display are slated for Holyoke’s Fourth of July celebration.

City Council discusses the possibility of including soccer fields at the city baseball facility in their GOCO grant application.

One Day at a Time support group hosts a family fun day at Homesteaders Park.

MV Equipment employees are filmed for a WyoTech promotional video.

Golfers play 1,086 holes to raise funds for charity during the Hundred Hole Hike event at Ballyneal.

Ella Stewart studies stem cells in Hawaii.


July 4

Wheat harvest begins earlier than expected due to recent dry, hot weather.

The local hospital board meets with Colorado Hospital Association president and chief executive officer Steven Summer to discuss a state bill that will expand Medicaid.

The 51st state initiative has been opened to all counties in Colorado and neighboring states. Phillips County commissioners attend a meeting to further discuss the issue.

Steve Deaver’s Marston Derringer firearm is used as a prop in the new “Lone Ranger” film starring Johnny Depp.

Holyoke Vet Service receives a pet overpopulation grant to help with the cost of spaying and neutering pets.

Austin and Alex Vieselmeyer earn top honors at Colorado Junior Angus Association Golden Trend Show.

Sabrina Zink participates in Miss Colorado princess mentoring program.


July 11

Phillips County holds a 51st state informational meeting for interested citizens in the area.

Jerry and Judy Beavers and Bud and Bonnie Biesemeier are named grand marshals for the 2013 fair parade.

Fourth of July celebrations provide fun for all as a record number of cars and fans were present for the stock car races.

Council members voice their concerns about including soccer fields on the city’s GOCO grant application.

Kaylee Ham takes fifth in local chapter annual business report at FBLA nationals in Anaheim, Calif.

Ballyneal is recognized for environmental excellence.

Samantha Kuhlmann and Carolyn Cambridge join the Melissa Memorial Hospital staff as director of health information management and medical technologist, respectively.


July 18

Velva Notter and her late husband Bill are named the 2013 Historical Master Breeders by the Brown Swiss Historical Society.

Dorothy Scott retires after 40 years in the real estate business in Holyoke.

Local LITE youth group members attend the National Youth Gathering with the Lutheran Church­—Missouri Synod in San Antonio, Texas.

Daniel Koch and his wife Kristin purchase the Imperial chiropractic clinic from Dale Longan.

Local author Jean Gray holds a book signing at the museum for her work about the history of northeastern Colorado.

Holyoke senior parliamentary procedure team wins top in nation honors at national FCCLA in Nashville, Tenn. Members are president Molly Brandt, vice president Ben Martinez, secretary Erin Vieselmeyer, treasurer Alex Yanez and Danielle Brandt. Brenda Hernandez and Rubi Canales also earned a gold for their focus on children project.


July 25

Aaron Wilson joins the staff at Melissa Memorial Hospital as a new family practice doctor.

Community members push for the addition of a question regarding secession from the state of Colorado to the November ballot.

Luke Sprague, age 8, stands strong with community support after the loss of his lower leg in a farming accident.

City Council discusses the possibility of implementing a citywide recycling program.

The Border League 16-18- year-old Babe Ruth baseball team claims the state championship in tournament held in Holyoke.

Holyoke Wrestling Club hosts its annual mouse races, surpassing the fundraising goal.



Luke Sprague, 8, is surrounded by his loving siblings as they rejoice at being home in Holyoke after Luke lost the lower portion of his left leg in an auger accident on his family’s farm July 17, 2013. The Sprague children are pictured from left, front row, Mason, Luke and Lily; and back row, Alec, Emma, Harper and Gage.  

—Enterprise file photo


Aug. 1, 2013

Melissa Memorial Hospital reports on its improvement to first responder services.

Holyoke 4-H Saddle Club and Drill Team holds reunion at Phillips County Fair.

Mark Meusborn may be blind, but he’s valuable in the Lions Club concession stand at the ball park.

Jake O’Neal hits indie-rock scene with his band, Summa.

Austin Vieselmeyer is member of second-place quiz bowl team at National Junior Angus Show in Kansas City, Mo.

Better Beef Makers 4-H Club takes grand champion float honors in Phillips County Fair parade.


Aug. 8, 2013

Phil Biersdorfer is new Phillips County sheriff’s deputy.

Paul, Laura, Diana and Teresa Krogmeier, Diana and Daniela Baeza and Briar Bergner attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Numerous locals participate in the Feed My Starving Children food-packing event in Imperial, Neb., July 23-27.

“Laffing Room Only” by Phillips County Players brings on the laughs Aug. 2-4.

Poe homestead is recognized as Colorado Centennial Farm.

Border League 16-18-year-old All-Star team wins Travis Sportsmanship Award at the regional tourney in Oskaloosa, Iowa, going 1-2 in the tourney.

Nobuteru Aoyama stays with Cole LeBlanc and his family as part of the 4-H International Exchange program.


Aug. 15, 2013

City scraps soccer fields on GOCO application as deadline nears.

New fairgrounds water feature draws a crowd.

New teachers in Holyoke School District Re-1J are Tressa Amann and Cynthia Bahler, kindergarten; Kortney Firme, second grade; and Nancy Miles, special education, all at the elementary school. At the JR/SR High are Havilah Andersen, life science; Clay Christensen, ag ed; Abby Einspahr, math; Chuck Hurst, business and Josh Rahe, language arts.

Shianne Willmon and Koby Way say go-kart racing brings family closer together.



Children play on the new water feature south of Homesteaders Park at the Phillips County Fairgrounds. The water feature project was completed Aug. 9, 2013. Some of the first to enjoy the new water feature are pictured from left, Wyatt Sprague, Miles Sprague, Sadee Mosenteen and Lia Sprague.  

—Enterprise file photo


Aug. 22, 2013

First-day student count in Holyoke School District sees drop of 12.

Local students comment on the new law allowing voter preregistration for 16-17-year-olds.

Lions Club addresses algae, island issues at Fishin’ Hole.

Venango Community Church in Venango, Neb., celebrates 125th anniversary.


Aug. 29, 2013

Potato harvest is digging in for the long haul in Phillips County.

City Council is questioned about survey numbers regarding interest in soccer fields in Holyoke.

51st state question is on Phillips County ballot.

Girls’ golf, boys’ golf and girls’ swimming are approved as full high school sports at HHS.

Julie Hanes reported safe in Imperial, Neb., and her captor dead in kidnapping ordeal that ended Sunday, Aug. 25.

Robin Detterbeck from Germany and Federica Detomas from Italy are exchange students at HHS.


Sept. 5, 2013

Melissa Prante is named interim chief financial officer at Melissa Memorial Hospital.

New water feature at Homesteaders Park is abused; surveillance cameras will be installed.

New county parking structure replaces bowling alley in 200 block of South Campbell Avenue.

Austin Vieselmeyer’s hog wins Grand Champion Market Hog honors at the Colorado State Fair.


Sept. 12, 2013

Another Kelsie Schelling search party is planned Sept. 14 in Pueblo.

New track is ready for running; stripes/lane marks are painted over Labor Day weekend.

Dan Kafka starts Holyoke-based prison ministry through Holyoke Church of Christ.

Austin Vieselmeyer shows Supreme Female in the open heifer show at the Colorado State Fair.

High school golf tournament to be dedicated annually to the memory of Kurtis Huss who lost his battle with testicular cancer on Aug. 20 at the age of 25.

Delmer Moss is honored as Korean War veteran at 60th anniversary event.



A second-grade P.E. class initiates the new all-weather running track around the HHS football field the second week of September, 2013. Great Outdoors Colorado grant funds pushed  the project forward this year, with the dedication of the community track to be planned at a spring 2014 track meet.  

—Enterprise file photo


Sept. 19, 2013

Floodwaters ravage state of Colorado.

Darci Tomky and Ashley Sullivan win advertising awards for The Holyoke Enterprise in the National Newspaper Association annual contest.

Randy Perkins, son of Sherry Simms of Holyoke, competes for spot in Ron Howard’s film festival.


Sept. 26, 2013

Maddie King and Saul Ramos are crowned Holyoke High School Homecoming queen and king.

Floodwaters flow to central Nebraska.

Volume III of “Those Were the Days” Phillips County history book is now available.

Gage Garnas qualifies for 3A state golf tournament.

MMH pursues rural residency program.


Oct. 3, 2013

Federal government shuts down Tuesday, Oct. 1 as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job.

Josilyn Lutze is crowned 2014 Phillips County Fair Queen at the Haxtun Corn Festival.

Pastor Gordon Penfold is working on a book about church revitalization and the leadership characteristics of pastors who contribute to a church’s growth.

Paul McConachie is a mainstay at lending a helping hand at HHS sporting events.


Oct. 10, 2013

Phillips County commissioners emphasize the 51st state ballot issue is a plea for representation, not a plan to secede.

Phillips County receives recognition as a 2013 Colorado Lottery Starburst Award winner for the Homesteaders Park playground, turf field and disc golf course.

Cobblestone Inn & Suites celebrates grand opening.

Jeff Plumb is named “Friend of 4-H” at annual achievement program.


Oct. 17, 2013

Eight Grainland Co-op silos were recently constructed northeast of Holyoke as part of its shuttle loader project.

Bountiful Baskets, a food co-op, offers fresh produce in Holyoke with Kay Harmon as coordinator.

Kolt Knight opens Double K Garage at 120 S. Campbell Ave. in Holyoke.

Cancer survivor Kate Sumners shares her story during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Arlan Scholl, Paula Carper and Wayne and Alice Skold share their laser eye surgery stories.



Eight Grainland Co-op silos were constructed northeast of Holyoke as part of its shuttle loader project and are pictured in the Oct. 17, 2013, Holyoke Enterprise. The project is slated for completion in late summer of 2014.

—Enterprise file photo


Oct. 24, 2013

City Council is approached about procedure following dog attacks in Holyoke.

Jeff Tharp is awarded the McGuffey Award in recognition of his service on the Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education.

21st Century Equipment acquires MV Equipment stores, including the one in Holyoke.

Cooking hobby spawns Soup Coup business for HJHS student Keegan Shaw.


Oct. 31, 2013

Pat Wiebers, Kim Killin and Kris Camblin set to take oaths of office for four-year school board terms.

Bike path takes shape at Phillips County fairgrounds.

Annual Holly Daze craft fair and more marks 50 years.


Nov. 7, 2013

51st state measure passes 63-38 percent in Phillips County, while City of Holyoke voters pass term limits and defeat lodging tax proposal.

New optometrist, Dr. Faith Schneider, set to serve patients at Holyoke Eye Care Center.

A sold-out Taste of Home Cooking School was extremely successful with chef Guy Klinzing at Phillips County Event Center on Oct. 29.

Phillips County Players entertain with “The Girl in the Tutu or ... The Villain Kept Her on Her Toes” as part of the successful CineMagic event which served as a FUNdraiser for the Golden Plains Recreation Center/Peerless Theatre.

Llelitza Ochoa wins local Lions Peace Poster Contest.


Nov. 14, 2013

Veterans Day program features presentation of a large flag and plaque for the school gym, given by 1st Lt. Steven Ortner. The flag had been flown over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Voice of Democracy winners include Meg Strauss, Jacob Vasa, Zach Roll and Deborah Kurtzer.

Holyoke Elementary School Principal Kyle Stumpf earns 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Colorado Art Education Association, as nominated by art teacher Christina Martinez.

La Original Espiga Dorado Market of Greeley opens restaurant at 430 E. Denver St. in Holyoke, with plans to construct a tortilla factory and bakery after several months.

K.C. Martin is featured in construction business, Grassland Homes & Building.

Roger Koberstein is named Colorado Friend of 4-H.

Charlie Harvey shoots hole in one on hole number three at Holyoke Golf Course on Nov. 10.

Good Morning Guys (Todd Harding, Brian Gary and Susan Moore) named 2013 Small Market Personalities of the Year by the Country Music Association.


Nov. 21, 2013

Kris Camblin is elected school board president after reorganization of the board.

HHS drama department presents “Grease.”

CSU Extension Golden Plains Area horticulture program associate Linda Langelo is honored with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for her work with community gardens.

Connie Ferguson and daughter Amanda Garrett are new owners of HeadQuarters hair business.

DU student Sarah Heermann shares her stories from studying abroad in Australia.

Eureka College student Ella Stewart is part of community support following severe tornadoes that hit Illinois Nov. 17.


Nov. 28, 2013

Whooping cough cases are reported in Phillips County.

“Heaven is for Real” movie set to be released at Easter.

John Ortner completes a 75-day trip down the East Coast as part of the HungerU Tour aimed at educating college students to the importance agriculture plays in the global food crisis.

Mallory Bennett soaks up Aussie school, sights, food and phrases in a study abroad program through the University of Denver.


Dec. 5, 2013

Backpack program offers weekend food for local Holyoke students.

New Prairie Winds Art Center of Colorado, located in the former Masonic Hall at 443 S. Interocean Ave., made its debut at a community reception during Holyoke’s Country Christmas.

“Finish the Fight the Reality TV Show Way” is announced as the theme for the 2014 Relay for Life, which is scheduled June 6-7 in Haxtun.


Dec. 12, 2013

Health insurance changes cause much confusion in the nation.

Katie Kramer meets birth family after 26 years.

Lucy Kropp opens Antique Styles in Inklings Book Store building at 221 N. Interocean Ave. in Holyoke.

HHS cheerleaders place 4th out of 22 in 2A state cheer competition at the Denver Coliseum.


Dec. 19, 2013

Dixie Fagerlin, her son and daughter-in-law and four grandsons enjoy family mission trip to Belize.

Jeff and Olga Sullivan’s home wins 2013 lighting contest.

Holyoke police officer Larry Drake introduces D.A.R.E. program to Holyoke Elementary School students.

HHS junior Anastasia Conklin is selected for student panel at Colorado Association of School Boards annual conference.


Dec. 26, 2013

Youth and housing are at the center of 2014 plans for Phillips County Economic Development.

Phillips County Assessor Doug Kamery is named Assessor of the Year in Colorado.

Steve Deaver’s passion for firearms takes him from gun shows to radio shows.

Phillips County Players will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 28 and 29.

The Ortner family celebrates the centennial of Johann (John) Ortner’s move to America from Austria in 1913.



Holyoke Enterprise January 2, 2014