Fun Pianos at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Valentine’s Date Night with the Fun Pianos Show at the Lincoln County Grounds Ag Building, 5015 West Highway 30 in North Platte.

February 10th, 2017. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

Plan to spend your Valentine’s Date night with the Lincoln County Ag Society and Fun Piano’s!! Call Amy at the Fair office for more information 308-534-8191

IMG_4990_adjustedTickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team Banquet. The event will be Feb. 4 at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.


It’s sponsored by the Wranglers, the official booster club of the MPCC Rodeo Team.


Money raised will be used to fund scholarships for team members and to help cover the team’s travel and general operating expenses.


The banquet will begin with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by supper and a live auction at 7 p.m. Prime rib and Rocky Mountain oysters will be served.


Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, will provide a recap of the 2016-17 rodeo season thus far and talk about the team’s goals for the future. All of the athletes will be introduced, and scholarship recipients will be recognized.


“It’s the one opportunity every year where people can come meet and visit with the athletes and learn about all their accomplishments first-hand,” said Elliott.


Items are still needed for the live and silent auctions. Those who would like to donate to the cause can do so by contacting Mary Lister at (308) 535-3718 or


Admission to the banquet is $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight. RSVPs are required by Jan. 27. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Lister or Carol Garrison at (308) 535-3778 or


Ag Matters Race Promotional Poster_8.5x11

New to the Platte River Fitness Series! Racers, their families and the general public are invited to join farmers and ranchers at the Rec Center during Agriculture Matters 5K and 10K!  There will be fun for all ages with interactive activities and engaging education stations.   Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 8:00 a.m.  Race start 9:00 a.m.

Registration fee of $25 for 5K or 10K race includes a specially-designed long sleeve race shirt, refreshments and custom awards for top 3 finishers in the 5K and 10K and special prizes for the overall winners!

You can register online at:

JGN and Black Elk 1945Working together, the North Platte Public Library and the Lincoln County Historical Museum are bringing Nancy Gillis to present two programs on Thursday, February 2nd.     The Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk will be presented at 12:00 PM in the library’s meeting room.  This program is free but seat reservations are requested; please call 535-8036, Ext. 3310.


This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt. It includes brief biographies of each man, their meetings, and their friendship’s impact on adding to the knowledge of Lakota culture, Native American philosophies, and the possibilities of cross-cultural recognition and respect.


Nancy S. Gillis is the former Executive Director of the John Neihardt State Historic Site and the Neihardt Foundation’s Institute for Vision and Learning. Nancy joined the Foundation as Assistant Director in May 1997 and retired in 2014, joining its Board of Directors, and speaks to schools and civic groups on Neihardt’s work and a variety of related topics. Since 1992 she has served as faculty at Wayne State College, Northeast Community College, Nebraska Indian Community College, and Little Priest Tribal College teaching Native American History and Cultures, U.S. History, World History, Anthropology and Sociology.


Of Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, Gillis moved to Nebraska in 1987 to work with the Winnebago people for the Reformed Church in America and has served as their delegate to its Native American Council and the Commission for Race and Ethnicity.


Picture 5 tribesThe second program will be held at 7:00 PM that evening at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.  A Brief History of the Five Tribes of Nebraska: Omaha, Ponca, Pawnee, Santee, and Winnebago will  look at the origins, history, and current state of these five tribes that are recognized as Native Nations in Nebraska.


These programs are brought to North Platte through the support of Humanities Nebraska, the Cultural Endowment of Nebraska, the library and museum and the Faith Fisher Memorial Fund.

Puzzle Tournament

Entry forms and information available at the North Platte Public Library, 120 W. 4th St., North Platte NE, 308-535-8036.

Registration due by 5:00pm Thursday, January 27, 2017.

Crowns and Gowns Schedule

Crowns and Gowns Schedule of Events


Friday, Feb. 3

7:00-10:00 p.m. prePARTY featuring Key Note speaker, Miss America 2015

Tickets $10 at the door


Saturday, Feb. 4

9:00-5:00, Public Prom Shopping, Pageant Workshops

6:00 p.m., Doors open for the C&G Fashion Show – show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $5 at the door


Sunday, Feb. 5

9:00-5:00, Public Prom Shopping, Pageant Workshops

1:30 p.m., Miss Twin Rivers/Outstanding Teen Pageant -Tickets $5 at the door


All events located at the Quality Inn & Suites.      All ticket proceeds benefit the Miss Nebraska/Outstanding Teen Organizations.

157The North Platte Public Library’s second Celebrate Nebraska 150 brown bag program is a historical music program at 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th.  This free program,  Nebraska Through Song and Story by Dan Holtz,

is part of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers bureau.  Room space is limited to 70, so please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to make seat reservations.


Nebraska has not only a rich tradition in literature but also a rich, less-publicized tradition in music. Dan Holtz interweaves songs, accompanied on guitar and harmonica, with excerpts from works by Willa Cather, John Neihardt, Mari Sandoz, and Bess Streeter Aldrich. In a narrative from about 1850 to 1904, he tells the stories of the people who came to and through early Nebraska, the pioneers who crossed the overland trails, the settlers and the Native Americans. Dan plays original songs he composed as well as historic folk songs from the late 1800’s.


Funding for the 2017 Brown Bag programs is provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Friends of the Library, the North Platte Public Library, and the Faith Fisher Memorial Fund.


Dan Holtz is a recently retired professor of English from Peru State College in southeast Nebraska, where he taught from 1987 to 2016.  He is a past president of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees and a member of the Nebraska 150 Nebraska Foundation, which is helping to plan the Sesquicentennial celebration/commemoration for 2017.  He is also a recipient of the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award and the Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award for the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska history.


Dr. Holtz has presented his musical, historical, story-telling programs hundreds of times all across the state, including performances at the State Capitol, the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Chimney Rock, Scottsbluff National Monument, and Ft. Robinson.   He also performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for Nebraska State Day in 1999, and, along with the band Flatwater Highway, has produced a CD of his music titled All Original, All Nebraska.  He will have copies of this CD at his program.


In 2004, he was a bonus-round winner on the Wheel of Fortune television game show.  He lives in Nebraska City with his wife, Alice.


North Platte’s Country Bluegrass Festival is sponsoring a bake sale on January 14 from 10am to 2pm at the Platte River Mall, 1000 S. Dewey. Not only will there be a variety of baked goods for sale, customers will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Bluegrass Festival!

The North Platte Country Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for April 27 – 29 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Headliners include The Spinney Brothers, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Kathy Kallick Band, the Baker Family, and Back Country.

West Roundhouse at Union Pacific Railroad in North Platte

West Roundhouse at Union Pacific Railroad in North Platte

The North Platte Public Library is joining Nebraska’s 150 Years of Statehood Celebration with special programs throughout 2017. Their noon Brown Bag Series kicks off at 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 12th with “Iron Horse Stables: The History of the North Platte Railroad Roundhouses.” Kaycee, a library staff member, will share the history of the Union Pacific roundhouses in North Platte, illustrating her talk with historical photos, which she has found through extensive research. All programs are free to the public but the library requests seat reservations. Please call the library at 535-8036, ext. 3310 to reserve your seats.

The history of the roundhouses began when the Union Pacific reached the confluence of the North and South Platte rivers 150 years ago. General Grenville Dodge, the chief engineer, platted the city for the coming of the railroad, initially ordering a bridge to be built across the North Platte River.

The first buildings to go up were temporary — a warehouse, bunkhouses, a wash house and mess hall. Wells were dug and a large windmill and water tank were built for the railroad crews. The first permanent, and most important, building to be constructed in town was the roundhouse, which could turn locomotive engines around, so they could go back east. That roundhouse, located near the middle of town, served Union Pacific for 50 years. It was also used at times as a shelter for the town’s residents when a catastrophic storm or fire threatened. Ironically, that first building blew down in a wind storm in 1885 and had to be rebuilt. A final roundhouse was built and put in service 1913, relegating the former roundhouse to a storage building. This building was used through the 1960s. The massive roundhouses were integral features of North Platte for nearly 100 years.


Local business experts will share their tips and techniques to repair and improve your home. On Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the North Platte Public Library, Nicky Weitzel, manager at the North Platte Sherwin-Williams store will talk about the difference between paint brands and types, share tips on painting techniques and the fastest way to paint a room.

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, the Lincoln County Community Development Corporation and the North Platte Public Library.