Brownville Voters Will Decide Wastewater Bond Issue in Mail-In Election; Ballots Must Be Returned By Tuesday, January 14th
Auburn Board of Public Works (BPW) customers can purchase Green Energy Blocks, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, after action taken Thursday, Dec. 12, by the BPW Board. Through the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), BPW and customers may purchase the blocks. It is an attempt to be environmentally friendly by utilizing green energy at your home, noted Dave Hunter, Auburn BPW general manager.
Bulldog Girls Open 2013-2014 Season Splitting Home Games; Lose 29-62 to Marysville, Kansas and Defeat Weeping Water, 40-28; Fall 14-19 at Falls City
The Auburn Bulldogs girls’ basketball team opened the 2013-2014 season losing 29-62 to Marysville, Kan., Saturday, Dec. 7 and defeating Weeping Water, 40-28, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Both games were played in Auburn. Friday, Dec. 13, the Bulldogs lost 14-19 at Falls City. The Auburn girls took a 1-2 record to a Tuesday, Dec. 17, home game with Class B Crete, their final game before the semester break.
Auburn High School wrestlers competed in a Dec. 12 wrestling dual at Sabetha, Kansas. After losing to Rock Port, Mo., 39-27, the Bulldogs fell to Sabetha 48-33.
Coach Oliver’s Comments
Coach Mark Oliver said, “Last Thursday night’s performance was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We were bad and then we were good. We came out flat against Rock Port and they took it to us. We responded by wrestling lights out against Sabetha. This shows the youth and lack of experience for some of our kids.
LaVern Roger Kuper, age 93, died peacefully on November 30, 2013, with his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Barbara, at his side. He was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Humboldt, Nebraska, to Diedrich (Dick) and Maria (Mayme nee Polfus) Kuper, amid a close-knit farming community. He was educated through eighth grade, at which time he was needed on the farm, and all the skills used in the remainder of his life were self-taught. It was a joy to watch him work, and he wove a wry sense of humor into all verbal exchanges. During WWII, Vern served on two ships in the Navy as Chief Radioman for four years, in both the Atlantic and Pacific, fighting in eight campaigns, although he did not speak of his experiences until recently. He was awarded the American silver star and two bronze battle stars, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (Navy), Liberation Medal, and Bronze Star. After the war he returned to rural life to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Wiencke, daughter of the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church. He started a construction business, hiring young veterans and training them in the building trade. Later, he sold furnaces and insurance in Nebraska and South Dakota, and finally returned to cabinet making and remodeling in Oklahoma. Throughout life he was an outdoorsman, and took the family on numerous camping trips in the central and western states. His fish fries and fried chicken were legendary. Vern and Rachel retired to Langley, Oklahoma and traveled extensively in their RV, often to national parks. They volunteered at Bryce Canyon, and Vern restored one of the first ranger stations in the National Park Service. He was a yearly fixture at Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi, where he was responsible for substantial projects during fall and winter months. Vern and Rachel celebrated their 63rd anniversary before Rachel’s death in 2009, after which Vern began spending most of the year with Philip and Barbara, improving their garden and home in Slidell, Louisiana.He spent his last year with them and they cared lovingly for him. Besides Philip and Barbara Kuper and grandchild Forrest Kuper, Vern leaves behind his other children Angela (Jim) Christmann of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Elizabeth Kuper of Lafayette, Colo., as well as his cousin Ellen (Lester) Oestmann of Johnson, Neb., and many area relatives to cherish his memory. Vern was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dale. A memorial service is in planning, at Lutheran Church of the Pines, Waveland, Miss. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Lakeshore Hospice, 2000 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471, or Lutheran Church of the Pines, 309 Highway 90, Waveland MS 39576. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit http://www.honakerforestlawn.com.
Dorothy Elizabeth (Shiveley) Sierks was born on March 27, 1929 to Floyd and Georgia (Conover) Shiveley. She was the eldest of six children born to this union. Dorothy graduated from Auburn High School in 1947. She obtained her teaching certificate and taught school in rural Nemaha County. On December 24, 1948, she was joined in marriage to John Sierks. In their 65 years together, they celebrated the birth of six children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a fantastic cook and spoiled all of her family and friends with her delicious noodles, bread, and cinnamon rolls. Dorothy was a member of Eastern Star, Gideons, and the United Methodist Church. Dorothy was a loving, caring individual who gave love and brought joy to everyone who knew her. After suffering a stroke on December 2, 2013, surrounded by loving family, she went to be with the Lord on December 4, 2013, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at age 84. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lois Keene; her brother in laws Charles “Duroc” Moore, Donald “Bud” McMann, Ivan Keene, and Everett Shaw. Those left to deeply mourn her passing are: her husband John; her children Lonnie (Wanda) Sierks, Myrna (Stan) Brooks, Michele (Bill) Hawkins, Dave (Bonnie) Sierks, Chuck (Kayla) Sierks, and Melissa Sierks; her grandchildren: Tammy (Kip) Young, Waylon Ross, Josh Sierks, Amanda (Aaron) Drier, Joe (Sheena) Sierks, Terri (Mike) Beneway, Jesse (Julie) Sierks, Amy Sierks, Jill Sierks, Lisa Sierks, Dustin Ross, Kari Sierks, and Chloe Sierks; her siblings: Esther Moore, Betty McMann, Deloris Shaw, and Donald “Buckshot” (Georgia “Sam”) Shiveley; special “grandson” Ryan Conn; 10 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Memorials are suggested to Eastern Star, Gideons, or family choice A funeral service for Dorothy E. Sierks was held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Burial followed at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Brownville. Hall Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements for Dorothy E. Sierks.