On June 8, 2020, at 11:07 a.m., the 911 Center received a call of a body floating in the Nebraska Public Power District Canal between Hershey and North Platte, NE. Sheriff’s Deputies, North Platte Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln County Dive Team were sent to .7 miles west of Wagon Trail Road along the canal system.
Rescue worker did recover the body of an older male subject from the canal. A vehicle belonging to the subject was located near Hershey/Dickens Road along the canal, several miles upstream. This is an ongoing death investigation. The name of the subject is being withheld at this time.
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.