2016 Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama

Written August 19th, 2016

Alexis Hrbek kicked off the Bull-A-Rama at the Knox County Fair on Thursday, August 11, 2016, with a perfect rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Although the venue was extremely muddy, it did not slow down the cowboys nor the spectators. Many fans just gave up on their shoes altogether and went barefoot. Although only a few riders lasted the full eight seconds, anyone who braves a bull is a winner in our book!

Note – No riders required ambulance transport, including those pictured below.

Verdigre City-Wide Garage Sales 2016

Written August 19th, 2016
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Verdigre pool receives grant

Written June 17th, 2016

From left: Delores Ruzicka, Ryan Vesely and Alisha Bartling

Wildwood Acres Swimming Pool receives almost $20,000 grant

Delores Ruzicka, who serves on the Verdigre Village Board of Trustees, went to a community/economic development meeting where she found out about a possible grant through Knox County that could be used for the Wildwood Acres Swimming Pool in Verdigre. She told the Wildwood Acres Pool Committee and Alisha Bartling, a member of the committee, wrote the grant.

The legwork certainly paid off, if the $19,999 check the village/pool committee received Friday, June 10, is any indication. There is a limited amount of time in which the money must be used (12-18 months), but the refinishing needed at the pool – sandblasting, caulking, painting, fixing cement, replacing decking and pipes and other infrastructure – will ensure that the money is put to good, timely use.
The grant was administered through Knox County for the purpose of travel and tourism, with the key component being a requirement of a brick-and-mortar-style project. The grant was originally intended to provide digital and other signage for towns and villages in Knox County. It was determined that, for Verdigre, the placement and upkeep of such a sign just made it a poor fit, so an alternative project was sought – and found.

“All donations are still very much appreciated and will go a long ways towards refurbishing and sustaining the pool,” said Ryan Vesely, Wildwood Acres Pool Committee chairperson.
Any donations may be directed to Ryan at 107 N. 2nd St., Verdigre,NE 68783.


Wildwood Acres Swimming Pool in Verdigre was almost at capacity during the pool party held Kolach Days’ weekend this year.


Mathcounts team brings home trophies

Written February 17th, 2016


Emy Jones, Mathcounts coach at Verdigre Public Schools, said that it was a challenging, but exciting day for the Verdigre Mathcounts team when they traveled to Columbus on Saturday, February 13, to compete in the Northeastern Chapter contest of the national Mathcounts program.

All the Verdigre kids came home with trophies from the event by placing third overall in the team competition and also for Most Improved team. One student placed 7th in the individual competition, earning both a medal and the experience of competing in the Final Countdown Round – a fast-paced, face-to-face tournament where the top individual students are matched up to determine a final winner.

Congratulations to all of the students and their coach!



Ruzicka heads to state wrestling

Written February 17th, 2016



VHS senior and N-V Cougar wrestler Chase Ruzicka, son of Scott and Heidi Ruzicka of Verdigre, took fourth place at the February 12-13 District Wrestling Tournament in Tilden, qualifying him for state competition. Wrestling at 285 pounds, Chase received a bye in the first round and then pinned Reed Schaefer of Lutheran High Northeast in the quarterfinal. He lost by fall to Devin Soll, 40-4, of Pender in the semifinal and pinned Jade Buss of West Holt in the consolation semifinal to secure his spot to state.

A Wednesday, February 17, pep rally was held in honor of all of the N-V Cougar wrestlers and to wish Chase good luck in Omaha. The state wrestling tournament begins Thursday, February 18, and goes through Saturday.

Congratulations to Chase Ruzicka, the first-ever N-V Cougar wrestling state qualifier!


Drama Club to perform Saturday

Written December 3rd, 2015

The Verdigre Public School Drama Club was set to perform their play, “The Actor Games,” during the Verdigre Vánoce on Saturday, December 5, but a scheduling conflict put the play in jeopardy. Although they will be competing Saturday due to a snow-day cancellation, the club’s director, Lori Pierce, said that “the show will go on” at 6:00 p.m. in Verdigre. It was previously intended to begin at 4:00 p.m. The kids will have to hustle, but we are glad they’re willing to do so!

Drama Club

Verdigre Vánoce celebration is Saturday

Written December 3rd, 2015

The Fifth Annual Verdigre Vánoce is this Saturday, December 5. A full article can be found in this week’s Eagle, but see the list of what’s “going on” below.

We hope to see you here!




Mitteis benefit is November 7

Written October 26th, 2015


Bryce and Kelsey Mitteis of Verdigre welcomed their twins, Drake and Henley, into the world on September 23, 2015, which was a lot earlier than expected. The twins weren’t due until December, so they remain in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they are still receiving medical care.

Kelsey is the 4th grade teacher at Verdigre Public School where she also coaches track and volleyball. She is also a member of the Verdigre Public School Foundation.

There will be a benefit for the family’s medical and transportation expenses at the ZCBJ Hall in Verdigre on November 7, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Watch the Husker game while utilizing the cash bar and enjoying snacks. A DJ will entertain following the game, ending the evening right. The Hall doors will open at 4:00.

Raffle tickets are available as well, with prizes including an AR 15 rifle, an U.S. Olympic jersey signed by Jordan Larson (#1 volleyball player in the world) and five bags of seed corn. The cost of the tickets are $10 each and you need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Mitteis family.

Accounts have been set up for the family at Brunswick State Bank, P.O. Box 131, Winnetoon, NE 68789 and at Midwest Bank, P.O. Box 60, Creighton, NE 68729.

Contact Ryan Zerbe at 402-841-4187 with any questions.


Alpine Village receives award

Written October 21st, 2015


On Sunday, October 18, Alpine Village was presented with a Community Benefactor Award at the Girl Scout Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Neb. Phyllis Douglas, Activities Director at Alpine Village, was presented with the award.

The Verdigre Girl Scouts have held their meetings at Alpine Village for the past five years, which has given the girls many opportunities to engage in activities with the residents. They appreciate the generous support Alpine Village gives them.

The Girl Scouts act as color guard at the annual Alpine Village Kiddie Parade during Verdigre’s Kolach Days. Using that experience, the Verdigre Girl Scouts conducted the opening and closing flag ceremonies at the awards ceremony Sunday.

Verdigre city-wide garage sales 2015

Written August 19th, 2015


Yes, it’s that time of the year already – how time flies!

New this year is the Amish Market at Chalupnik Park. Sources say there are a lot of Amish coming and a whole lot of variety of goods.

Be sure to stop by the businesses listed in the flyer and utilize their coupons!

To view the descriptions and maps of this year’s Verdigre city-wide garage sales, please click on the thumbnails below to enlarge. Once the photo is enlarged, you may click the icon on the upper right of the photo box to toggle full screen (extra large) mode.

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Two recent additions to the garage sale list are Michelle Hrbek’s at 305 6th Ave. (girls’ and boys’ teen clothes, knick knacks, sm. appliances, alto saxophone, wooden deer clock, new spin mop, Craftsman 10″ radial arm saw, brand new B&D router, iPod dock, 12,000 BTU AC and more) and Ron Wesche at his shop at 220 Main St. (across the street from Cozy Corner).

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