Pleasant Dale new playground

Volunteers installed new playground equipment designed for younger children at the Pleasant Dale Park April 27.

Pleasant Dale installs new playground equipment

Pleasant Dale has a new place for kids to play.

Volunteers installed new Miracle Rec playground equipment at the village park on April 27, with help from Crouch Recreation of Omaha, a company owned by former Husker football quarterback Eric Crouch.

Janice Trease, a member of the village’s planning and zoning board and the tree board, said the playground that was already in the park was suitable for older kids. It was funded by grants and matching funds from the village more than a decade ago.

In 2017, the jungle gym meant for younger children and a swing set were torn down to make room for a basketball and tennis court that was donated to the village.

Trease said the new equipment, meant for younger kids, was funded by the Village of Pleasant Dale, grants from Bryan Hospital and Norris Public Power District and private donations.

“We’ve applied for and received Thrivent Financial seed money from their Action team division,” Trease said.

The Thrivent money was used for lunch for the volunteers, made by Borgman’s Bar and Grill and served by the Pleasant Dale American Legion Auxiliary that day.

Read more about Pleasant Dale's new playground here.

Ricketts at Rotary meeting

Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at the Seward Rotary Club meeting on May 8.

Ricketts addresses Rotarians

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts spoke at the Seward Rotary Club meeting May 8. 

He discussed current happenings in state legislature and gave an update on state flood relief. All together, the state has received $75 million in flood relief aid and loans.

Ricketts also spoke on GROW Nebraska, a nonprofit organization that looks to develop and support small business owners throughout the state.

He said a main focus in the legislature right now is expanding the SNAP Department of Labor program by offering job coaches to families on food stamps to help them find employment. Ricketts said he hopes the expansion will be rolled out statewide by the end the year.

He also discussed legislative Bill 289, which reduces property tax increases for Nebraskans.

Finally, Ricketts honed in on the work Rotary clubs do.

“They are critical to the fabric of the state,” Ricketts said. “We need local communities like you.”

This weekend

Ficke Cattle Company plans farm tour

Conservation Nebraska will host a tour of Ficke Cattle Company (873 182nd St., Pleasant Dale) with owner Del Ficke on Saturday, May 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. Ficke focuses on restoring soil quality and transforming commodity-driven cropland back into native pastures. During the tour, he will discuss his more holistic and sustainable approach to farming. This event is free and open to the public. Register at

Post plans poker run

The Sons of the American Legion with Denton American Legion Post 355 will host a spring poker run Saturday, May 18. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Denton Legion for $10 per scorecard or $30 for four scorecards. Stops include Dorchester, Cordova, Utica and Emerald. Cash prizes will be given. Gunnison Drive Band will play at the Legion starting at 7 p.m., with a cash bar and food at the Legion after the poker run. For more information, contact Ryan at (402) 802-0244.

Street party to kick off summer program

On Saturday, May 18, the street and parking lot east of the library will be blocked off so that Seward Memorial Library can host the 2019 summer program kick-off party. The activities begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1:30 p.m. During the party families can enjoy these activities: inflatable slide and bounce house for children; balloon artists; Ukeladies and The Avid Readers band; Friends of Seward Library cookie walk; games related to the summer program theme of “A Universe of Stories;” A “Rocket Ship” photo station; summer program registration; lunch; Paige, the mobile book store; an introduction to escape rooms and face-painting.

Breakfast planned in Garland

The Garland American Legion will serve breakfast Sunday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. Menu items include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and biscuits and gravy. Call (402) 588-2246 for more information.

Garage sales

Check out our interactive map of garage sales taking place this weekend: 

Showers possible in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 40s.


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Showers possible in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 40s.

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