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The Stratman family of West Point had reason to smile Monday at the Nebraska State Fair when Cade Stratman’s Division 4 champion steer was named Champion Market Beef. Pictured with Cade is his sister Cassidee and brother Carter.

Determining the cause of the spike in manganese levels in West Point’s water took longer than many thought it should, and the remedy won’t come as soon as anyone wants. That was one takeaway from last night’s West Point City Council meeting, when the city’s water issue was again front and center.

West Point Public Schools’ Board of Education is expected to approve a new budget that shows a total tax request of $9,951,671, which is down $19,908 from last year’s request of $9,971,578.

West Point’s City Council last night (Tuesday) approved a 2019-2020 budget that seeks a $60,634 increase in property taxes and a tax levy of 46.79 cents per $100 of valuation, which is less than the current levy of 47.93 cents.

Derek Olson – one of two men who were sentenced in July to at least 40 years in prison for killing a rural Rosalie man in 2017 – has asked to appeal his case to the Nebraska Court of Appeals.

Nebraska Department of Health this morning (Wednesday) issued a drinking water advisory for West Point & recommends people use filtered or bottled water only until manganese levels drop. See the notice in this week's West Point News.


Carter Stratman showed the grand champion market beef, which was also the champion market steer.

This year’s Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual “Fall Forums” will give attendees a briefing on the results of the Blueprint Nebraska strategic planning process.

West Point City Administrator Tom Goulette told the West Point News this week that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the results of the pilot test for the design basis for a full-scale iron and manganese treatment system for West Point’s water distribution system.

Sign-up night for West Point Cub Scout Pack 165 will be held tomorrow (Thursday), from 5:30-7 pm at the Nielsen Community Center.

West Point Public School’s budget hearing will take place Tuesday, Sept. 3, the board of education agreed Monday night during its monthly board meeting.

An armor coating project began this week on US-275 from Wisner, west to the US-275/N/57 junction, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.


The 4-H portion of the Cuming County Fair kicked off Saturday afternoon with the 4-H horse show held at the Saddle Club arena on the fairgrounds in West Point. The show began with the posting of the colors and national anthem.

West Point’s City Council will meet in special session and regular session Tuesday, Aug. 6. Both meetings will take place at the city council chambers in the municipal building.

Former attorney John Feller, who was accused of misappropriating client funds and was disbarred in 2018 after voluntarily surrendering his law license pleaded no contest last week to theft by unlawful taking, a Class III A felony.

This morning in Cuming County District Court, Jody Olson was sentenced to 40-60 years in prison for his role in the March 2017 death of Ernest Warnock of rural Rosalie.


West Point’s Fourth of July celebration was a real blast, evident by this fireball, one of several that were set off during the fireworks display last Thursday evening.

A public hearing on Bluestem Energy Solutions request for a conditional use permit to erect a wind turbine in Cuming County will be held by the Planning Commission during its regular scheduled meeting Monday, July 15.