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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Five Years Ago
April 16, 2009

Approval for the sale of the former Melissa Memorial Hospital building was given by the East Phillips County Hospital District Board at its meeting on April 7. It was purchased by a five-member group of supporters of the arts, who plan to turn it into a Center for the Arts in Phillips County.

HHS junior Chad Stroh earned High School All-American status at the High School Wrestling Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va., last week.

A year ago, Phillips County received a $48,140 grant to turn the old incinerator building at the landfill into a recycling center. The project is now complete, allowing the county to recycle cardboard and paper.


Ten Years Ago

April 15, 2004

Phil Geilert and Brad Lightsey recently started G&L Sales to offer LiteFoot ATV track conversion kits in place of standard ATV tires to farmers and hunters in the area.

An unexpected snowstorm rolled in Sunday night, April 11, bringing icy temperatures and much-needed moisture to the area. By Monday morning, April 12, 3 inches had blanketed the area.

Phillips County Economic Development Corp. has earned the 2004 Nebraska Municipal Power Pool Energy Project of the Year award.


Twenty-Five Years Ago

April 20, 1989

Four new sites have been found in Phillips County for the D&D Farms Inc. hog operation. D&D Farms has options to purchase the four land sites southeast of Holyoke, which will be exercised if a conditional use permit for the land is approved.

Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center will suspend current mobile procedures following the April 24 Holyoke community blood drive. Starting in June, Bonfils will start drawing blood on a weekly or biweekly basis. Drawing will be done by local medical staff.

Rural residents will be able to receive “wireless cable television” in the near future, pending a marketing study under way by a new southwest Nebraska cooperative firm.


Forty Years Ago

April 18, 1974

One “15-minute parking” sign will be installed in the center of each block of the Holyoke business district, in addition to one in front of the post office.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Speer, owners and operators of Speer Cushion and Upholstery Co., have sold the business to Wallace A. Dusenbury, the son of Mrs. Irvin Speer.

The VFW Post 6482 Auxiliary will tape safety “Scotch-lite” strips on all children’s bicycles in the Holyoke area on Saturday, April 20.


Fifty Years Ago

April 16, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Dunn, owners and managers of the Cedar Motel on east Highway 6, have announced plans for a complete remodeling and redecorating program on their motel. Three new units will also be added, making a total of 17 units.

One of the biggest prairie fires in recent history in this area broke out in northern Chase County, Neb., during a brief thunderstorm about 5:30 Wednesday evening, April 1. Damage caused by the fire, which lasted until about 3 a.m. Thursday, was estimated at between 13,000 and 15,000 acres.


Holyoke Enterprise April 17, 2014