The Reckoning

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MMA Cage fighting returns to North Platte on Saturday, November 21 at the D & N Event Center, 501 E. Walker Road. Tickets available now at

29th Sheldon Statewide Exhibition 2015
29th Sheldon Statewide Exhibition 2015-2016 The Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art.
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, September 29th- Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Monday- Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment 308-530-3230
McKinley Education Center, 301 West F Street, North Platte, Nebraska
Exhibition sponsored by NebraskaLand National Bank, Reception hosted by Art Study League
The Sheldon Museum of Art is excited to bring the exhibition across the State starting in late August. Spanning over one hundred years, the artists in the exhibition explore the intersection between science, art, history, and narrative. The recent trend in popular cinema and young adult literature towards science fiction has prompted the need for deeper exploration into the visual history of this hybrid genre. The 2015-2016 Sheldon Statewide exhibition will explore several common themes found in science fiction through the work of painters, printmakers, and photographers. Artists John Pfahl and Kenny Scharf express an urgent concern for the environment and the threat of nuclear war. Vija Celmins and Lowell Nesbitt capture humanity’s unquenchable impulse for exploration by documenting constellations and the lunar surface; Gladys Lux and Judith Cherry envision strange encounters through painting and photography; and Ian Davis and Phil Hale probe the ever-shifting relationship between humans and machines. Also included in the exhibition are renowned illustrators Moebius (Jean Giraud) and Dick Calkins who represent the rich history of sequential or comic book art, which imaginatively blends written narratives with elaborate illustrations. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, this exhibition will investigate the spirit of exploration, innovation, and invention in science fiction that has inspired profoundly influential writing, film and visual art for over a century and a half.
Exhibition Chairperson: Julie Jacobson, 308-532-6268(h) 308-530-3230(c)
Art Study League President: Judy Thompson (534-3439)
Docents: Sue Steele (532-9129) & Julie Jacobson
Hostesses: Phyllis Swigart (532-6607) & Julie Johng (520-1630)
Exhibition Signage & Local Art Display: Molly O’Holleran (532-8783) & Wava Best (532-8690)
Library Brown Bagger: Sherry Polk (534-9342)
Public Reception: Monday, September 28th 5:30-7:00 pm
Docent Training by Education Curator Erin Poor: Monday, September 28th 4:00, following installation by Sheldon (1:00-4:00).
Art Study League members decorate stage with local art (science theme): Monday, September 28th 10:00 am-Noon. Deinstallation of show by Sheldon is on Wednesday, October 28th around 11:00 am. Members should make arrangements to pick up artwork & displays from McKinley by the end of the day Wednesday.
Teacher Training Workshops led by Mary Stoner (403-430-3577), at McKInley Education Center, on Wednesday, September 30.
Exhibition events free to the public! For educational materials or to view the Sheldon Statewide slide show; click on Exhibitions, then Sheldon Statewide.
Thank you for supporting the arts! BOOK YOUR TOURS EARLY!
Call Julie Jacobson 308-530-3230, or email

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The Grand Duke of Russia, Alexis Romanov, was invited to hunt buffalo in 1872 by the U.S. government. General Sheridan, General Custer, Buffalo Bill, and Spotted Tail all took part in the event. Duke Alexis arrived in North Platte by train and proceeded to present day Hayes County, Nebraska with a grand entourage. There, for two days, the duke shot buffalo, watched an Indian war dance, Indians hunt buffalo on horseback, and exchanged gifts with Spotted Tail’s band. It was the high point of Russian/American relations and proved the growing importance of the United States in world affairs. It also showcased the newly constructed transcontinental railroad and its ability to bring the outside world to this heretofore isolated expanse called the plains.

Though a very short episode in Nebraska history, it still holds a prominent place in our frontier history. The Lincoln County Historical Museum is planning to recreate this historical event. Now called the Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous, it includes numerous elements that are designed to bring a better understanding of this period and the people involved.

The Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous will be held at North Platte’s Lincoln County Historical Museum September 18, 19 and 20.

Arts in the Park 2015
‘Arts in The Park’ our September craft show & ‘Spring Fling’ our May craft show, are both held in the beautiful 100 acre Cody Park in North Platte, NE.

Arts In The Park 2015 — Sunday, September 13th ☼ 10am-4pm

Unique Arts & Crafts from all over the midwest!!

The countdown is on.
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MPCC Rodeo
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action are about to take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.

The 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo is planned for Sept. 18-19. The best athletes in the Great Plains Region will be pitted against some of the rankest steers, broncs and bulls on the circuit.

It will be a battle of drive, endurance and skill, and the public’s invited to watch. Start times will be at 7 p.m. both nights.

“Friday night we will feature 20 bull riders, 10 at the beginning and 10 at the end, so people will want to get there early,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. “There will also be 12 contestants in each of the other events. Saturday is the Top 10 short-round, so the best of the best will perform that night to decide the winners.”

The rodeo draws an average of 250-300 contestants from 12 colleges every year. It is a qualifying rodeo for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, meaning points earned at the event count toward an end of the year shot at nationals.

The rodeo is scheduled every year in conjunction with Rail Fest, an annual railroad celebration in North Platte.

“I would encourage everyone to come out to the rodeo and support their college rodeo members,” said Elliott. “North Platte is definitely a rodeo town, and who knows? Spectators could be supporting the next generation of athletes who will compete at NEBRASKAland Days.”

He would love to see people who aren’t rodeo fans at the Wild West Arena as well. Elliott thinks they would have fun seeing a college twist put on the western lifestyle.

“Maybe your alma mater will be there, and you can cheer them on,” said Elliott.

Tickets for the rodeo are $10 for adults and $7 for children. They are available at the gate, at the NEBRASKAland Days office at the Wild West Arena, 2400 N. Buffalo Bill Ave., and online at

Other colleges in the Great Plains Region include Black Hills State University, Dickinson State University, Hastings College, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa State University, Mitchell Technical Institute, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, North Dakota State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, South Dakota State University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rail Fest Featured Events
“Hell on Wheels,” the nickname give to the rowdy camp of railroad workers as they moved West building the Transcontinental Railroad, entered North Platte in November 1886 and it has been a railroad town ever since. As a matter of fact, North Platte was named Rail Town, USA by an act of Congress in 2008.

As the home of Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest railroad classification yard, it only makes sense that North Platte would develop one of the premiere railroad celebrations in America, the North Platte Rail Fest,

Held annually the third weekend in September, the cornerstone of the three-day Rail Fest is the bus tours of Bailey Yard. The only time of the year that the public is allowed on the nearly 3,000-acre operation, the tours bring visitors up close and personal to all aspects of the rail yard. Best of all, the tours are free thanks to generous donations from Union Pacific Railroad. Step-on guides will share their stories and information on yard operations during the two-hour tour. Tickets must be reserved in advance and are available through the Rail Fest website.

At Cody Park on Highway 83 on the north side of town, all of the skilled trades employed at the yard are represented at the exhibits of railroad jobs, tools and equipment. Railroad personnel are on hand to describe their jobs and what it takes to keep America “on track” by keeping nearly everything we buy rolling on schedule.

Cody Park is also the home of the Railroad Display which features the only Challenger steam locomotive on static public display. The other existing Challenger is owned by Union Pacific and, when running, pulls excursion trains. Also on display is a 6900 series diesel locomotive, the largest ever built. The public can climb in, on and around these huge engines and can explore the accompanying railroad memorabilia exhibit in railroad cars and an historic depot. The Cody Park Railroad Display closes after Rail Fest, but will reopen May 1, 2016.

Elsewhere in the park is non-stop entertainment under the pavilion, a model railroad show, kids activities and food, craft and railroad memorabilia vendors. The Union Pacific miniature train will be making another appearance, giving rides to young and old rail buffs. Throughout North Platte you will find such events as the Rails Across America Art Show at the Art and Gift Gallery (516 North Dewey) and the Rail Fest Quilt Show and Boutique at the McKinley Education Center (300 West F. Street).
Rail Fest Schedule
North Platte’s foremost rail attraction, The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center features an open air viewing deck on the 7th floor and a full enclosed and climate controlled viewing deck on the 8th floor overlooking Bailey Yard. The action in the yard is 24/7, so to give visitors a chance to see the operation at different times, the Tower will be open until 11pm Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 17, 18 & 19), and will host a breakfast sunrise tour on Sunday September 20, opening at 6 a.m. To help you whet your appetite for trains, the Golden Spike will be offering discounted tickets (Sept 17th-20th)…$5 per person or a weekly pass for $20. For a change of pace, the Tower will host a wine tasting on Saturday, September 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy sunset over Bailey Yard with a delicious Nebraska wine.

The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center,, on the west side of town, is open all year around and is the best way to view Bailey Yard in North Platte.

The ever popular Cemetery Tour at the North Platte City Cemetery returns to Rail Fest in 2015. The 2015 theme is “Ghosts of War”. This year’s tour features the stories of “ghosts” that served during the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, and the Civil War. Historical facts will be blended into each fascinating story of a life lived many generations ago. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate and are available at the North Platte Public Library or by calling 308-535-8036. Tour times are 4:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Visitors can round out their rail experience in North Platte by soaking up some local heritage. At the Lincoln County Historical Museum (2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave.) you’ll find the Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous, commemorating the unique 1872 buffalo hunt hosted in honor of Russia’s Grand Duke Alexis by General Phil Sheridan and Col. George Custer and guided by North Platte’s own Buffalo Bill Cody. Living history presentations are hosted in a recreated Native American and Mountain Man encampment.

The Wild West Arena plays host to the Railtown USA Collegiate Rodeo. Twelve men’s teams and nine women’s collegiate rodeo teams from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin compete in this Great Plains Region rodeo.

Can’t get enough sporting events? Then visitors can enjoy IMCA dirt track racing on Saturday night at 7pm at the Lincoln County Raceway (5015 W. Rodeo Road), or the Heartland Hellcats Roller Derby at the D & N Event Center (501 E. Walker Road), also at 7pm on Saturday night.

It’s a good thing railfans are a hardy bunch, because there is non-stop activity throughout the community during the three days of Rail Fest. Thankfully, relaxation can be found at one of the many first-rate viewing sites to be found along the railroad corridor, such as the Buttermilk Curves east of Brady, the Newberry Overpass on the east edge of North Platte, O’Fallon’s crossing east of Sutherland and Sutherland’s Railroad Park and Pedestrian overpass.

Hershey Fall Festival

Lots of fun is in store with the annual Hershey Fall Festival coming up on Saturday, August 29.

Sutherland Trap Shoot

Test your skill at the Steve Smith Memorial Trap Shoot at the Sutherland Lions Club Trap Range on Saturday, August 29. The Trap Range is located east of Sutherland on Highway 30, then south on O’Fallon Road pas the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks.

Signup will start at 9:30 a.m.

75 Singles – $15

75 Handicaps (23 yard line) – $15

25 Pair – $15

High Overall Lewis A & B Classes win Ruger 10/22 Rifles!

High Singles Individual, High Handicap Individual, High Doubles Individual Lewis Classes in each event 1 for 10.

Concession stand will be available.

This is a fundraiser for the Cow Pasture Youth Trap Club.

Contact John Nowak at 308-660-0715 or email at; Jason Cooper at 308-530-9462 or email at

Spirit of 45

Fort McPherson will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII with the “Spirit of ’45” event, featuring the Sweet Adeline Chorus, a proclamation by North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston and laying of wreaths.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Fort McPherson at the main flag pole and is expected to last about an hour. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating is not available. Parking will be coordinated by cemetery staff and officers from the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office.

Fort McPherson National Cemetery is a mile south of I-80 at the Maxwell Interchange, 12004 State Hwy 56A Spur, Maxwell, NE 69151.

heritage days 2015

For some of the best in small town celebrations, don’t miss the Maxwell, Nebraska Heritage Days 2015, celebrating our Trails and Rails heritage. The fun starts on Friday, August 14 with a car and bike show at 5pm, followed by the CRB Band and a beer garden.

Saturday you can show off your fitness with a 5K, 10K and kids mile run at 6:30 a.m. in Brittenham Park. You’ll work up an appetite, so they’ll be serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Village Hall. Of course, you won’t want to cook the next day either, so stop by the Bake Sale beginning at 8 a.m. downtown to take something home.

No small town celebration is complete without a Parade, and the Maxwell Heritage Days Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Bikers among the visitors aren’t forgotten either – register for a Poker Run at 11 a.m. at the Village Hall. Out by noon, in by 4 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbors for lunch at the First Baptist Church beginning at 11:30, then mosey on over to the park by 1 p.m. for a craft fair, fun jumpz, pony rides, horseshoes, dunk tank and Bluegrass by the Lindsey Family.

The evening entertainment and meal is a BBQ dinner by the Maxwell Volunteer Fire Department at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Demo Derby.

Wind down on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with a BBQ potluck at 11 a.m. with musical guest The Lindsey Family.