Arbor Day Celebration at Oregon Trail Golf Course

OTGC arbor day inviteThe Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course will be celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees and dedicating the improvements to their new driving range. A huge community effort has resulted in a beautiful driving range and gazebo for the comfort and enjoyment of golfers.

The festivities begin at 10am on April 26 with the planting of 26 six-foot Ponderosa Pines to complete the driving range project. Following that, the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the gazebo at 1pm. The rain-date is Sunday April 27 with the tree planting at 1pm and dedication at 3pm.

The Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course is located at 31200 West Tower Road, on the scenic shore of the Sutherland Reservoir. You can find more information on their website: or converse with them on their Facebook Page.

Last American HighwayAward-winning author Stew Magnuson will read from his new book, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas, at North Platte’s A to Z Books on Saturday, April 19 at 1:30pm. A to Z Books is located at 507 N. Jeffers.

Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate.

Magnuson takes readers on a trip down the road and through the history of the Northern Great Plains. The famous and the forgotten are found in stories he discovers in the Dakotas.

Explorers Pierre de la Vérendrye, Lewis & Clark, Jedediah Smith, are all encountered along with Chief Spotted Tail of the Brulé Lakotas, TV sensation Lawrence Welk and rodeo superstar Casey Tibbs. Cold-blooded killers, homesteaders, ballplayers and rail barons from yesteryear meet today’s truckers, oil rig workers and ghost towns inhabitants as Magnuson launches his own Voyage of Discovery in a beat-up 1999 Mazda Protégé.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Stew Magnuson is the author of The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns—Nebraska Center of the Book’s 2009 nonfiction book of the year, ForeWord Magazine’s bronze medal winner for regional nonfiction and finalist for the 2008 Great Plains Book of the Year. He also penned Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding, an account of the controversial 2012 Dakota Conference at Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, S.D., where members of the American Indian Movement squared off against retired FBI agents.

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Enthusiasm is mounting for North Platte’s May 18 Color Dash. There are currently 157 registered participants, which is nearly unheard of this far in advance of an event. So far there are registrants from Colorado and many areas of Nebraska.

There are several ways to participate in the Color Dash. Individual registrations, of course, but also teams of a minimum of four racers up to 16 can register, each saving $5 off the individual registration price. The website conveniently allows team members to sign up at different times from different locations, so groups don’t have to be gathered together in one place to register. There are also family registrations of up to 6 participants with a graduated fee structure – Families of 3 – $28.33 per person; Families of 4 – $25 per person; Families of 5 – $23 per person; Families of 6 – $21 per person. There is an additional small processing fee added on to each registration.

After this seemingly never-ending winter, what better way to lift your spirits and color your day than by participating in the first-ever North Platte Color Dash. Hosted by the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Bill Summers Ford, Twin River Fitness, White Tail Screen Print, Eagle Radio and Hoover Chiropractic, the race will both start and end at the North Platte Community College south campus.

April showers might bring May flowers, but the Color Dash will be bringing a storm of color to runners along the route which is west on State Farm, north on Echo, east on Walker and south on Willow back to the South Campus. The race will start at 2:00pm, and the final Color Blast will be at 3:30p.m. After a long, gray, dull-colored winter, the Color Dash will bring a burst of colors to get your fitness season off to an energized start. Dashers can register online at

The Color Dash is a celebration of healthy living, happiness, and individuality, and brings the community together in the World’s Brightest 5K. The Color Dash is a non-competitive 5k run/walk. At the beginning of the course runners begin fresh and clean like the first Nebraska snow and at each Kilometer they get annihilated with a colorful shower of powder.

The color is food-grade cornstarch and food-grade coloring. According to Ginger Ady, “The “certified” color throwers being trained for the Color Dash will work hard to make it so our precious “Color Dashers” get as much or as little color on them as they like.” Some “Color Dashers” opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths. Dashers are encouraged to wear as much white as possible and should know that it might take a couple of showers to return to their normal skin tones. For those wanting to keep their colorful masterpieces as a permanent souvenir, spraying their clothing with vinegar and ironing before washing should make it permanent.

Proceeds of the Color Dash will go to the North Platte Area Sports Commission, an organization that is committed to bringing more fun, competitive and non-competitive sporting events to the North Platte area.

Buffalo Bill RanchWe were all heartbroken last fall when the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission closed the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park early and announced a later spring opening date. We recently received fantastic news! The scheduled repair work being done at the Ranch was completed early and the Ranch will be opening early!

The campground, located in a scenic and secluded area along the North Platte River will open on April 18. The House and Barn will be open for visitation on April 21.

North Platte is justifiably proud of its Buffalo Bill history. Col. Wm. F. Cody was stationed nearby at Fort McPherson as an Army scout, liked the area so much that when he retired from the service he established his ranch here. North Platte’s founding fathers asked him to organize an Independence Day celebration in 1882 which he named the “Old Glory Blowout”. He found that it was so popular and he enjoyed it so much that he soon developed his Wild West Show right here in North Platte and used Scouts Rest Ranch as a refuge from the rigors of travel.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has preserved and restored the house, barn, log cabin and about 250 acres of the once nearly 4,000 acre ranch.

Lake to Lake RelayWhat could be better than a beautiful spring morning partnering with your friends in a scenic run along the NPPD canal from the Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course to the Lakehouse Bar and Grill along North Platte’s Lake Maloney. While we’re not guaranteeing the balmy spring morning, we can assure you that you will have fun and get in shape at the same time! Teams are encouraged to choose team names and dress in costume.

More than twenty-two miles of scenic west central Nebraska. The route will take you along the canal from the Sutherland Reservoir to Lake Maloney.

Sponsored by North Platte’s Great Plains Health Care Foundation, the Lake to Lake Relay is part of the Platte River Fitness Series. The Lake to Lake Relay will be held on Saturday, May 31. Check in is 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Relay start time is 8:00 a.m. You can register as two, three or four person teams.

  • Leg 1 – 3 miles – Oregon Trail Golf Course to Bubble Road
  • Leg 2 – 3.4 miles – Bubble Road to South Lamont Road
  • Leg 3 – 2.4 miles – South Lamont Road to Hershey Dickens Road
  • Leg 4 – 2.6 miles – Hershey Dickens Road to Trinity Road
  • Leg 5 – 2. miles – Trinity Road to Range Road
  • Leg 6 – 3.6 miles – Range Road to Wagon Trail Road
  • Leg 7 – 2.5 miles – Wagon Trail Road to Homestead Road
  • Leg 8 – 1.6 miles – Homestead Road to the Lakehouse

The relay race showcases much of our region’s natural beauty of wild prairie grass, sandhills and canyons. Watch for wildlife along the route and waterfowl in the canal. The route itself is dirt trails and gravel roads. In the case of inclement weather, be prepared for anything other than ideal conditions, including mud.

At the end of the race, join your fellow racers for a post-race celebration at the Lakehouse Bar and Grill. Limited food and beverages will be provided, so be sure to bring cash for additional purchases.

More information can be found at the North Platte Recreation Complex, 1300 McDonald Road, 308-532-6772, on the Great Plains Healthcare Foundation Website, the Platte River Fitness Series website or the PRFS Facebook page.

Happy-Easter-BunnyEaster is only a week, and the week is filled with activities for the little ones.

The Easter Bunny will be at the North Platte Area Children’s Museum, 314 N. Jeffers, on April 16, beginning at 10 a.m. Come take pictures, listen to a story, and play games with the Easter Bunny himself!

Also on the 16th, the North Platte Rec Center, 1300 S. McDonald, is hosting an Easter Egg hunt for preschoolers at 1pm.

On Saturday April 19, the Sutherland Anchor Club is hosting an Easter Egg hunt beginning at 10am at the school, 401 Walnut. This hunt is over within MINUTES, so be sure to be on time and be ready to hunt!

At 2pm on the 19th, NebraskaLand National Bank, the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary will host the 55th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cody Park. The search for prizes and decorated eggs will begin at 2 p.m. Children up to ten years old are invited to join us and celebrate Easter with a one of a kind Easter Egg Hunt. The park will be divided into six areas with special needs children on the tennis courts.

For more information, please contact event chairperson, Carrie Griesfeller at 308-539-8911.

North Platte’s Creativity Unlimited Arts Council presents Paint the Town Red benefiting the Prairie Arts Center

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The Creativity Unlimited Arts Council is currently taking orders for red standard geraniums to be delivered during the first week in May. The vision of the Council is to create a unified display throughout North Platte incorporating commercial, municipal and private residency planters, pots and garden plots to be filled with red geraniums.

Only 700 geraniums will be available for purchase. These geraniums are grown locally and are available for $5.00 each. They will be delivered to your door during the first week of May. All monies raised will benefit the Prairie Arts Center Project.

For more information or to order by phone contact Ruth Carson at (308) 534-4549.

The Prairie Arts Center is located at 416 North Jeffers. You can find out more information about the Prairie Arts Center on their Website and their Facebook Page.

artV-patchOne of the most beloved and popular programs offered by Girl Scouts is artVenture. This creative expression, arts education-based leadership program provides girls with the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists to create an original work of art. Girls work alongside artists throughout the entire process; from conception through completion. Through this process, girls learn the value of healthy self expression, teamwork and collaborative problem solving. These works of art, along with additional pieces donated by professional artists, are then sold at a silent auction from which all proceeds benefit Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

North Platte: Holiday Inn Express, 300 Holiday Frontage Road

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ticket Prices: $12-single, $20-couple

Email Jennifer Schall,, for more info

2007 10 25 019What better place than Rail Town USA to host the Nebraska West-Central Division of the National Model Railroad Association’s annual Train Show? The event will be celebrating the milestone anniversary of 20 years on April 12 and 13.

As a special event, tours of Union Pacific’s Bailey Railroad Yard is available on Saturday only as an extra fare item.

The Train Show is held at the D & N Event Center, 501 East Walker Road on April 12 and 13, 9am – 5p on Saturday the 12th and 10am – 4pm on Sunday the 13th. Admission is $4, with children under 12 $1 and children under 5 with a paid adult free.

The Show includes train layouts and displays and vendor tables selling railroad items.

For more information, contact Gene Tacey at 308-386-2489.

Ernie BlagdonYou are invited to a free film screening of Emery Blagdon and his healing machine on Thursday, April 10. A reception will begin at 6:30pm and the film will start at 7pm at the Mid Plains Community College McDonald Belton Theater, 601 W. State Farm Road.

North of North Platte, in the small Sandhills community of Stapleton, Nebraska, an unpainted farm shed housed one man’s life work: a healing machine made from found objects. Emery Blagdon was a visionary artist. Long after his death, his work is considered an exemplar of the self-taught art genre.

Blagdon’s art was nearly lost, but a former Nebraskan now living in New York City saved it from dispersal. This film examines the importance of the art and tells the story of how it was rescued and how its reputation was lifted.

NET Filmmakers Kelly Rush and Pat Aylward; Roger Neth (Emery’s friend); and Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art, will discuss the film afterward.

To ensure there are enough refreshments available, and for planning needs, please RSVP to or call NET Customer SErvice, 800-634-6788. For more information call Mechele Peon-Casanova at 402-470-6375.