The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association will not have a pageant this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was not made lightly – it came after months of consideration and monitoring of safety recommendations by state and local health officials.
The MRNA tried to come up with alternatives, even pushing the pageant back from June to August, while still keeping the welfare of contestants and attendees as its top priority. Ultimately, it was determined that cancelling the pageant was in the best interest of everyone.
The reigns of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2020 Joeli Walrath and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019 Brylee Thompson will be extended into next year.
“The safety of those involved with the pageant and the public was the committee’s foremost concern, thus making the decision for us to cancel the pageant,” said Cindy Petersen, chair of the pageant committee. “We are grateful to our current titleholders who are willing to carry their titles into the next year and are looking forward to a successful pageant in 2021.”
Miss Rodeo America, Inc. made the same announcement last week – putting off its pageant until December of 2021. Current MRA, Jordan Tierney, will continue her reign until that time.
More information about the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, its titleholders and history can be found online at missrodeonebraska.org.
North Platte, Ne - The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2020 spring term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Anselmo - Luke Christen
Big Springs - Logan Osmera
Brady - Colton Lovitt, Emery Swan
Broken Bow - Mahala Sanchez
Brule - Justin Candy
Cambridge - Eddie Jaeger, Audrey Paisley
Cozad - Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, Tatiana Orozco
Culbertson - Kiera Barr, Suzette Dutcher, Adelina Wilcox
Elwood - Jaycee Wooters
Gothenburg - Mark Boson
Grant - Christopher Terry
Hershey - Caje Naranjo
Imperial - Kent Silvester
Indianola - Terasa Emmons, Dylan Hofman
Kearney - Makenzie Kollars
Lewellen - Shaun Swoboda
Lexington - Hana Brock, Weston Kunkee
McCook - Wade Burkert, Madison Cooper, Deanne Crocker, Stephen Guthrie, Kyle Kinne, Adrienne LaBay, Tyler Lytle, Nicholas Macfee, Brittanie Nolan, Rebecca O’Connor, Mary Osborne, Bria Simmonds, Ethan Wilcox, Alexander Wolvin
Merna - Cynthia Huhman
Mullen - Alysen Daniels
North Platte - Blake Barner, Alyssa Bergeron, Ty Brouillette, Noel Burrell, Tanner Collins, Blayden Gilbert, Elizabeth Goentzel, Kali Griesfeller, Regan Gutschenritter, Matthew Haynes, Shayla Hecht, Caleb Horne, Stephanie Johnson, Adam Kelsey, McKynzie Kelsey, Sungmoon Kim, Nicholas Lemke, Jenny Lim, Jade Lovitt, Sophia Maizo, Gabrielle Menghini, Duane Miller, Megan Morash, Angel Murphy, Jade Osborn, Shane Roebuck, Megan Shannon, Jaylee Sheets, Sylvan Singh, Amanda Smith, Carlye Stoppkotte, Bryson Walker, Daniel Wardyn, David Wellnitz, Ashtyn Winder, Lucas Zimbelman
Ogallala - McKenna Headley, Madison Mendoza, Conner Stevens
Ord - Chance Williams, Wyatt Williams
Paxton - Dalton Perlinger
Sutherland - Dewey Davis, Erica Hopping, Bonita Naughtin
Trenton - Jayda Dwyer, Kyleigh Scott
Valentine - Sheyenne Hammond
Venango - Valerie Perez
Wauneta - Alejandra Almanza
North Platte, Ne - A North Platte man will face first-degree murder charges stemming from Friday’s fatal shooting in North Platte.
43 year old Keith Allen made his preliminary court appearance Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 25 year old Brett Torres.
Allen called 911 Friday afternoon and reported that he had shot Torres in self-defense.
Police arrived on scene and found Torres in a vehicle unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police did not report finding any weapons in Torres' possession or inside the vehicle.
Allen will remain in the custody of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with no bond, and is due back in court on June 4th.
NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton this week told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.
NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no longer play the Yankees this season. The new opponent, first reported by The Des Moines Register, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the arrangements who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the matchup has not been announced. Major League Baseball hopes to announce its new schedule next week.
UNDATED (AP) —The tour’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.
Kirby Wells post game Fremont