News for 4/3/19

More Help to Flood Victims

Last Tuesday, March the 26th, a semi of hay was delivered to Nebraska flood victims through the Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Disaster Relief. The load was taken to the Nebraska University Research Station which is the collection point for that area. It is 30 miles north of Lincoln. Jean Ann Wagner of Farmers' National Bank contacted Greg Billings to organize the donation. The Farmers' National Bank purchased a semi load of round alfalfa hay bales from Bill Molzahn, who helped load it. Manager Sam Schofield agreed that Trinity Ag would donate the fuel for the trip, and Greg Billings donated his time and the trucking.

Once hay is delivered to the station, farmers can come and load hay to take to farms in need. The National Guard is assisting that station each day by dropping hay from helicopters to locations where trucks can't get. When Greg got to the station, there were several trucks in front of him and several behind. It was great to see so much generosity. Everyone there wanted to extend their thanks to everyone who helped with this effort and all other donations.

TRMS Students Win Regional National Geographic Challenge

Friday, March 29, Thunder Ridge Middle School Science teacher Shelby Dannenberg took a team of 8th graders to Abilene, KS to compete in a National Geographic Challenge at the regional level. The challenge, Tackling Plastic, had 1,100 teams from nation wide presenting at 16 regional locations. This Thunder Ridge team, Team Opportunity, presented with 18 other teams from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri and they came out on top! Team Opportunity members are: Zach Barnes, Ryan Epple, Alex Keshmiry, Sydni Rust, and Ava Wiehman. They have developed an idea to create a robot that will pick up plastic along the beaches, compact it and dispose of it. They call this robot TRASHi. These students have earned their way to Washington D.C. to next compete at the National level in May.