Loberg has sites on bigger targets appearance once again

RANDOLPH — It’s not often that the younger brother gets to do the older brother one better – and achieve a milestone in the process.
Drew Loberg’s brother, Dylan, held the all-time wins record in the Randolph High School wrestling room after finishing his career with a state championship in 2015, winning his 149th career match.
Earlier this season, the younger brother eclipsed his older brother’s win total and achieved the rare air of wrestlers in Nebraska who have earned 150 wins, winning his first-round match at the Battle Creek Invitational on Jan. 14.
And now, the senior 160-pounder is looking to join an elite group of wrestlers who have been four-time state finalists, a feat he can accomplish if he qualifies for state and reaches the finals later this month.

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Pinkelman is elected Chairman of County Board

HARTINGTON — Terry Pinkelman was elected last week as the new Chairman of the Cedar County Board of Commissioners.
The Wynot native takes over for Dave McGregor who served as Chairman the past two years.
With the newly voted commissioner Craig Bartels attending his first meeting, their first vote was on the natural rotation of chairman, and it was Pinkelman’s turn.
Pinkelman has served as a commissioner for the past six years.
Pinkelman views the county commissioner role as a way to give back to the community.
When Pinkelman’s son, Todd, returned to Wynot to help him farm, Pinkelman recognized he had more time on his hands. He was approached by several people who thought he would be a good candidate to replace the retiring Frederick Pinkelman for the county commissioner position.
Pinkelman ran and was elected to a four-year term in 2010.
“I thought I’d give it a try,” he said.

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Randolph city leaders plan retreat

RANDOLPH — Plans are being put in place for a Randolph City Council and Planning Commission Retreat.
The joint retreat has been scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 20, and will be held at the City Library, according to Community Development Director Gary Van Meter.
“This will be our third retreat,” Van Meter said. “I will be contacting each participant to ask for suggestions on discussion topics.”
The retreat is designed to inform council members about issues involving municipal government and how area communities are approaching these issues.
The upcoming retreat will initiate and prioritize projects for the new year, according to Van Meter.
The abatement of the flood plain has been the number one issue over the past two years.
“I suspect with the progress made in 2016, it will be at the top of the list again for 2017,” Van Meter said.

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Randolph water, sewer rates could go up

RANDOLPH — The need to raise water and sewer rates was one of the main topics at the Randolph City Council meeting Jan 4.
Board members listened to the results of the study that had been done on the water and sewer rates for Randolph.
Randy Hellbusch, Circuit Rider for Nebraska Rural Water Association, presented information on the city expenses associated with water and sewer along with funds brought in from monthly rates paid by users.
A loss was shown when the total expense for the city’s sewer was compared to sewer sales. A loss was also shown in the study done on expenses and sales of water for Randolph.

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Mobile Pantry is coming into Cedar County

RANDOLPH — A mobile pantry, which will be available free of charge, will be in Randolph the morning of Jan. 14.
Food Bank for the Heartland will bring the traveling food pantry to Randolph in an effort to provide food to area families who are in need.
Boxes of food will be set up on tables in the Randolph City Auditorium, Saturday, from 10 a.m.-noon.
The mobile pantry is available for anyone in Cedar County and for residents in neighboring counties, according to Elaine Bloomquist, coordinator for the Randolph Food Pantry.
“It is not just for families in Randolph. Anyone can come to the mobile pantry,” Bloomquist said. “They do not refuse anyone.”

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