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S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special
Crowning moment
Always at your side
S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years Wes Schulzkump, left, and Hal Wagner stand beside one of the staples of their S&W Welding business, the Blow Hard Bunk Cleaner. Right at 50 of them are sold each year. The West Point business is marking its 30th year. See more here: S&W
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees Clarence Schmitt had a passion for helping others succeed in school and business. And his desire to help others better their lives  by furthering their education lives on after his death in 2012.
Schmitt’s son, John, helped introduce the Manufacturing Boot Camp last week at a meeting Thursday night at the Nielsen Community Center, West Point, where the classes will meet.
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special Francis Klitz had been to the Korean War Memorial a few years ago while visiting relatives on the East Coast.
He wasn’t going to pass up a second chance, especially when it meant traveling with a few hundred other veterans of that war.
Crowning moment In a program showered with tradition, Guardian Angels Central Catholic elevated to a level never before reached as they captured the Class C-2 state speech title.
The championship, which was captured Friday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, marks GACC’s first-ever state title in speech.
Always at your side Tradition runs deep for the West Point-Beemer wrestling program. The backbone of that tradition is consistency.
And it’s guys like Jason Redmond who provide that rock-solid foundation thanks to a ton of hard work and dedication.

Water, shade airflow keys to minimizing livestock losses from heat stress

According to Terry Mader, three or four steers can generate enough heat to warm a house in the winter. But the retired University of Nebraska beef specialist said that’s not so great when you consider what it’s like on those same animals in heat of the summer.
Mader and UNL animal health expert Dr. Dee Griffin were two of four speakers at a recent workshop in West Point where beef producers picked up tips on managing feedlot heat stress.


Agland values up 5 percent statewide in last year

Platte County Extension educator Allan Vyhnalek told a Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting crowd in West Point a few weeks ago that the average statewide farmland value this past year topped the $3,000 per acre mark for the first time.
A report released this week by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln proved him to be correct.
The report said the statewide average the past year came to $3,195 per acre, which is about 5 percent higher than a year ago.
Agricultural land markets in Nebraska remained relatively steady in the last year, according to preliminary findings from UNL’s Farm Real Estate Market Developments survey.


‘Manufacturing Bootcamp’ offered in West Point; info meeting tomorrow

Northeast Community College and several area businesses have teamed up to offer area individuals a chance to take part in a Manufacturing Bootcamp.
Those interested are invited to attend an informational session to be held tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point.  They will be given an overview of the bootcamp and told what to expect from the course.
The class will teach basic workforce readiness skills, providing participants the skills needed for success in a variety of manufacturing positions in the area.  
An interview fair at the end of the program will give participants a chance to meet area manufacturers and see what jobs are available.


Dist. 3 highway meeting this Friday in SSC

The State Highway Commission and the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) have scheduled a meeting to be held Friday at 8:30 a.m. in South Sioux City at the Marina Inn,
The State Roads Department Program Hearing for District 3 is the main item on the agenda.
The Highway Construction Program and other State surface transportation issues will be addressed. This hearing is intended to provide a forum for public input.
Representatives of the communities on the U.S. Highway 275 corridor group, including West Point, Beemer and Wisner, are expected to share their concerns about plans for Highway 275, from Norfolk to the expressway south of Scribner.

No driver’s license exams locally April 8

Nebraska’s driver’s license offices will be closed for four days in April so employees can attend training on subjects that include new commercial licensing rules.
The offices will be closed April 7-10. For Cuming County, it means the driver’s license office will not be open Tuesday, April 8.
Rhonda K. Lahm, director of the State Department of Motor Vehicles, said examiners will be participating in hands-on training in Grand Island on computer usage and customer service, driver’s license security and the new federal regulations dealing with commercial driver’s licenses.


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