March is Women's History Month. All month, KCN will celebrate strong and influential women from Knox County communities.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer signed up for the Boston Marathon under a male alias. She started the race and was chased down by an official, who tried to strip her of her official entrant number.
Fellow runner and boyfriend, Thomas Miller, helped Switzer fend off the official. She went on to finish the race and became the first woman to ever do so. In 1972, the marathon was open to female runners.
Switzer made it possible for women like Jackie Freeman of Bloomfield to compete. Freeman has been to the Boston Marathon the last two consecutive years.
Switzer has been a role model to Freeman ever since she first started running long distance.
“She broke the mold when it came to women’s running,” Freeman said. “She didn’t take no for an answer when it came to doing what she loved.”
Because of Switzer, and women like her, females are taking over the sport of running. According to Freeman, this is due to the women who wouldn’t back down and bow to rules that prohibited women to run.
Freeman, herself is a great inspiration to young athletes, especially young girls, in Bloomfield. She is the assistant cross country and track coach and helps with the elementary girls who participate in the youth program Girls on the Run.
Last year, she visited classrooms at elementary schools and spoke about her experience with running the Boston Marathon.
“I asked the kids before I left if any of them thought that it might be something they wanted to do someday. I was surprised at the number of hands that went up,” Freeman said.
Even after hearing about the amount of work that goes into training for a marathon and seeing pictures of the horrid, rainy conditions that Freeman ran in last year, some of these kids were still inspired. Some even said they would possibly make running in the Boston Marathon one of their dreams someday.
“The Boston Marathon is something that is pretty big in the minds of kids, they read about it at school and they can see it on the news,” said Freeman.
Running wasn’t a huge dream of Freeman’s as a young girl.
“I couldn't even have told you what a marathon distance was if I was asked as an elementary student,” she said.
Educating the youth on running is just a small part of the larger picture to Freeman. The overall goal is to get children to shoot for their dreams.
“I tell them it starts with just one step and you keep building from there. Runners don't become marathon runners overnight,” she said.
She tells them that runners gradually increase their distance and put a lot of time and effort into training for a successful marathon day.
“I hope that each one of my athletes has a deeper self-belief and knowing that big things aren't just meant for others, they are capable of anything they set their minds to and commit to,” Freeman said.
The youth that participates in Girls on the Run get two months of training and finish by running a 5k.
Freeman believes the girls prove to themselves that they can set a goal and reach it, implementing good practice not only with running but in life in general.
“I think this gives them greater determination and confidence in themselves in other difficult things in their lives, teaching them perseverance” she said.
Switzer also has started a running program in recent years called 261 Fearless, which is similar to the Girls on the Run program.
Switzer’s 261 Fearless brings adult women together in their communities to run together and work towards goal setting together.
“Programs like this are great tools for helping women and girls build each other up. So much of training with running is about mindset. Being positive, believing you can do it, and being consistent in showing up and doing the work while cheering each other on and celebrating one another,” Freeman said.
Role models like Freeman and Switzer are truly making the difference for young women.
According to the official website, women made up 45 percent of the runners in the 2018 Boston Marathon and made up 55 percent of the runners between the ages of 18 and 39. Freeman believes the number of women participating will continue to go up.
“I think girls are becoming stronger both mentally and physically. With more self-confidence instilled in them at early ages, they are raised with the belief that if they believe in what they are going after, they don't have to stop at the word ‘no’ when they know it's something meant for them,” Freeman said.
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February Artists of the month:
Josie Raygoza, 11th grade, Acrylic Painting
Carry Martinson, 7th grade, “3D Games”
Jase Johnson, 4th grade, “Bulging Hearts”
Harley Schmeckpeper, 2nd grade, “Perspective”
Local photographer Cory Loomis attended the 2019 Professional Photographers of Nebraska (PPofN) Annual Conference in Grand Island on Feb. 16.
Loomis had an astounding show for his first appearance at the conference. One of his photos won the Lexjet Sunset Print Award for best print in exhibition.
There were 157 photos entered into the competition and one of Loomis’s four photos was chosen for the national award.
The name Sunset Print Award doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a picture of a sunset. Loomis’s photo is a landscape photo, however.
“The photo is of the barn right outside of town, I think it belongs to Charlie Erbst,” he said.
Loomis has to remain humble about this award for now. He cannot post to social media or share which photo won if he plans to enter his photos in districts, which he fully intends to do. In fact, all of his photos scored great.
“I was fortunate to score well with my case of images,” he said.
The images scored so well that Loomis also won first place in the Non Master Category. This award is given to a photographer that has been in business for three years or less with the highest case score.
A case score is the average score between four images that the photographer enters. No specific number of photos needs to be entered, but photographers cannot get a case score without entering four photos.
Loomis’s four chosen photos scored 93 (superior), 86 (excellent), 82 (deserving of a merit) and a 78 (above average). These scores gave him the highest case score for a non master in the whole competition.
Loomis was also awarded the Keith Howe Novice Photographer of the Year Award.
“I expected to do well, but I never expected to get the Keith Howe award,” Loomis said.
The award was previously known as the Virgil Pistick award and was renamed this year. Loomis was chosen out of approximately 30 photographers as the most impressive novice photographer by the judges.
Loomis had a monumental first year and plans to take the momentum into districts and possibly nationals.
He plans to use three of the four photos from the PPofN conference in districts in April. There are five districts and Loomis will be competing in the North Central region. This district includes ten states and two canadian provinces spanning as far south as Kansas, as far east as Indiana and north into Manitoba.
“I will definitely be competing every year from now on,” Loomis said.
Bloomfield’s music showcase is the perfect way to kick off Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM). Music will be performed by students K - 12 including both vocal and instrumental music Sunday, March 3.
This year’s theme is the Greatest Show featuring songs from well known musicals and Disney movies. Doors open at 3:00 p.m., music starts at 3:30 p.m. and the meal starts at 4:00 p.m. The silent auction will close between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
There will be no grand auction this year, all items will be on silent auction throughout the performances and meal.
The meal is ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and homemade dessert. The cost is $10 for adults $7 for students.
Auction items were donated by students families and local businesses and proceeds go toward the Music students’ trip to Nashville this summer, where they will get a private clinic from a college professor and record in a genuine recording studio.
Schedule of Performances
3:00 – Doors open & Silent auction begins
3:30 – K – 4th grade performances
4:00 – 5 & 6th grade band
4:20 – 5 – 8 musical teaser of “S’Cool
4:40 – 7 – 12 Band
5:00 – HS Choir
5:15 - Physics Band
5:30 – Jazz Band
5:45 – Close of the silent auction
6:00 – Grand Finale
Silent Auction Items
•$50 gift certificate to Country Market donated by Bloomfield Dental Clinic
•Bird Feeders donated by Ray Lush
•Cigar Box Guitar donated by Jim Wilson
•31 gear donated by Amanda Hansen
•1hr massage from Relaxations Massage - Jill Doerr donated by Jaidyn Warrior
•BHS Duffle Bag donated by Katie Kuhlman
•Drawsting bag of goodies donated by Farm Bureau Financial Services
•At Home Spa gift basket with 30 minute massage gift certificate donated by Marissa Dahlberg
•Janel Sugar Cookies donated by Alexandra & Braeden Eisenhauer
•Movie Basket with Popcorn Machine donated by Kandise Fantroy
•Breakfast Basket with Waffle Maker, Etc. donated by Kandise Fantroy
•Smoker Basket with accessories/utensils donated by Kandise Fantroy
•Quilt donated by Will Fehringer
•Yard Dice donated by Jayden Hochstein
•Cheesecake donated by Jayden Hochstein
•Basket of goodies from the Hive donated by Andrew Hunhoff
•Baby blanket from the Hive. donated by Joe Hunhoff CPA
•Gumball Machine donated by Alex Jessen
•Candles with Music pictures donated by Adam Johnson
•Gift card to the Hive donated by Carolyn Nagengast
•Oatmeal Raisen Cookies donated by Isaac Alvarado
•Pie donated by Isreal Arellano Sanchez
•Movie Basket donated by Hudson Barger
•Handmade dishtowels donated by Kate Bruns
•Movie Basket with snacks, blanket, pillow, drinks and more donated by Colton Gieselman
•Car Detailing supplies donated by Dalton Gieselman
•Spa Gift Basket donated by Diego & Selena Graber
•Kids Craft Basket donated by Trenton Holz
•Coffee Basket donated by Trenton Holz
•Campout Basket donated by Grace Kuchar
•Cross out of shined pebbles and wood donated by Cole Miller
•Babysitting Hours donated by Heidi One Feather
•Movie Basket donated by Lauren Pinkelman
•Gift certificate for Water Softener to use at Garry's Farm Service donated by Kaitlyn Young
•John Deere toy donated by Spencer Miller
•Pioneer Women gift basket. donated by Spencer Miller
•Wooden Blessed Sign donated by Ella McFarland
•Babysitting Hours donated by Adrianna Raygoza
•Babysitting hours donated by Tyreen Furagganan
•Baked goods donated by Haley Hoile
•18 holes of golf and 2 carts at crofton golf course donated by Farmers and Merchants Ins.
•18 holes of golf and 2 carts at crofton golf course donated by Farmers and Merchants Bank
•Iron dog yard ornament donated by Gerdes Grave Designs
•Spiritual basket donated by Good Samaritan Society
•Decrative Tiles and Canvas donated by Lorraine Pinkelman
•Coat donated by Cody Brugeman
•Wooden Step Stool donated by Ryan Johnson
•Gift Certificate for 1 noon special a month for one year donated by Stingers One Stop
•Farm Fresh Eggs donated by the Lange Boys
The snow couldn’t keep the large crowd of approximately 650 people from enjoying Bloomfield’s Buck-out Bullriding on Saturday, Feb. 23. Twenty-seven bullriders, local and otherwise, took their turn showing the crowd what they were made of.
Harm and Tullys Event Center hosted the event and it has never had a crowd roar so loud as it did when Bloomfield local, Dalton Cunningham rode.
Long Round Results
Tyler Viers of Granite Falls, MN scored 83
Dylan Howland of Wichita, KS scored 81
Koby Jacobsen of Maui, HI scored 79
Kyle Ziegler of Atwood, KS scored 76
Dalton Cunningham of Bloomfield, NE scored 75
Lante Swallow of Batesland, SD scored 74
Miles Engelbert of Burdock, SD scored 74
Dave Mainus of Colby, KS scored 73
Hank Jackson of Lingle, WY scored 73
Ty Fenster of Geneva, NE scored 71
Robert Layton of Gothenburg, NE scored 64
Results of short round
Dylan Howland scored 83
Koby Jacobsen scored 82
Lante Swallow scored 79
Tyler Viers scored 78
Dalton Cunningham scored 77
The annual Bloomfield FFA Almuni 3 on 3 Basketball tournament will be Saturday, March 16 at Bloomfield High School Gym
311 East Benton Street, Bloomfield.
The divisions are men's open, women's open, boys' high school and 3-point contest.
It is$50/team (t-shirts not included) or $100/team (t-shirts included). A minimum of 4 teams per division. Limited to first paid teams; maximum 4 people per team. Participants under age 19 (18 and younger) need waiver signed by parent/guardian.
Entries must be received no later than March 1st.
There will be cash prizes and championship t shirts.
Forms available on Bloomfield 3 on 3 basketball Facebook page. For more information, you can reach Andrea at 402-640-5267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Lyndsy at 402-580-1492.
A Norfolk man has been charged in the kidnapping and murder of Yankton woman whose body was found in Knox County in November.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Joseph Lloyd James, 47 of Norfolk, has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of carjacking and is facing either life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. He was indicted on arson in December.
Phyllis Hunhoff, 59 of Yankton, was reported missing on Nov. 5. She was last seen by family leaving her mother’s home in Utica, S.D., around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. Her body was founded on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Knox County in her burned vehicle near a bridge along Highway 12.
According to court records, video shows James exiting the driver’s seat of the 2001 Honda Accord owned by Hunhoff and purchasing gas at the Feather Hill gas station at the Ohiya Casino around 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 5. He was seen returning to the gas station at 5:51 in the same car and pumping gas into a pop bottle.
James was wearing a shirt with blood on it, according to records. That shirt was later found at home he visited and tested positive for Hunhoff’s blood. Found at the car, according to court records, was a pop bottle and clothing that smelled of gasoline.
James has been charged with the following:
Count 1: Murder in Indian Country from on or about November 5, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is mandatory Life in prison, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Count II: Felony murder in Indian Country. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is mandatory Life in prison, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Count III: Kidnapping resulting in death. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is mandatory Life in prison or the death penalty, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Count IV: Carjacking resulting in death. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is up to Life in prison or the death penalty, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Legion Post 249 has floor plans and some funds to get started on the kitchen renovation at the pavilion. Demolition took place this past Saturday and the Legion members are thankful to all those who showed up to help.
Cabinets with counter tops and sinks have been ordered and new light fixtures are being installed as well as a new bright fresh paint job.
Recently the long cooler under the bar has quit working. The plan is now to replace it with a highly efficient 3 door vertical cooler to put on wall behind bar, which will have better access for serving.
Many good memories over the years at dances and wedding receptions were talked about and shared at the demolition.
The Legion pavilion was built in 1923 with the bar, kitchen, and restrooms were added in 1982.
Funds are still needed to finish the project and keep this landmark up to date and satisfy the state inspector. Post 249 thanks the community for all the support.
Anyone wishing to donate and send to Ray Lamb Post 249 at PO Box 165, Bloomfield, NE 68718-0165.
The Bloomfield Community Club hosted the "Not So New Newlywed" game that also doubled as a fundraiser on Feb. 16.
More than 80 community members gathered to see four couples compete to see which couple knows each other best. All proceeds went towards the Bloomfield Community Club Scholarship Fund.
Couples competing in this year's Not So New Newlywed game included Zack and Jennifer Mertens, Butch & Denise McFarland, Barb & Joe Wilson, Halley & Kurt Ziegler.
Joe and Barb Wilson were crowned this year's winners.
The Knox County Rodeo Association presents Bloomfield Buck-Out Bull-Riding at Harm and Tulleys Events Center in Bloomfield. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m. on February 23. Admission is $10 and children 5 and under are free.
There will be a chicken scramble for the kids, brisket meals, alcohol on site and a concession stand.
The Bloomfield-Lindy Fire Department are sponsoring a performance by the Prairie Thunder Band. They will be playing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the American Legion Pavilion. It is $10 at the door. Visit their facebook page for more information at Bloomfield Buck-Out bull-riding.