Conservation District holds annual meeting


The Nemaha County Conservation District’s Annual Meeting was held Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Knights of Columbus in Seneca. Over 135 people attended the meeting and enjoyed a delicious meal, furnished by the Nemaha County Bankers Association, and prepared by Home Cookin’.

A short business meeting was held. During the business meeting, an election of two supervisors to the Nemaha County Conservation District Board was held. Marya Haverkamp was re-elected, and Austin Petry was elected, after James Dobbins term expired. Both are elected to serve three-year terms to the Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

The Nemaha County Conservation District bid farewell to Jim Dobbins, a dedicated board member who served for an impressive 27 years before retiring. Jim’s commitment and contributions to the district have made a lasting impact on the community, and his service will be remembered and appreciated for years to come.

The district expressed gratitude for Jim’s hard work and dedication, acknowledging the valuable role he played in advancing conservation efforts in the area. Jim’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations to uphold the values of conservation and community engagement that he exemplified throughout his tenure on the board.

T-shirts were presented to 49 students who were winners in the conservation district’s poster and photo contests. One State Photo Award was announced to Latham Kramer, and both Brady Becker and Henley Holthaus received State Poster Contest awards.

David Hallauer, Meadowlark Extension, and Key Banker, Kyle Winchell and District Chairperson Marya Haverkamp presented awards to Soil Conservation winners Brett and Jacey Burdiek, Windbreak Award Winners Jared and Cabrini Osterhaus, and the Energy Award was presented to Brian and Kristina Haverkamp and Kelly Hills Dairy.

Hallauer and M. Haverkamp then presented the Wildlife Award to Kevin Ketter, the Buffer Award to Elton and Cecilia Olberding, and the Grassland Award to the Gerald McLaughlin Family.

Door prizes were donated by the Nemaha County Conservation District, Star Seed and CMT Designs. Following the meeting, all children were given a certificate for a free ice cream dessert. These certificates were compliments of Henry Deli and the Nemaha County Conservation District.



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