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O’Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors supporting the 10/11 Can Care-A-Van on June 6, 2014

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Held

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Farm Bureau Financial Services – ran by Carmen Stauth.

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings Held

Mike & Debbie Parks have recently opened Country Bliss Flooring located on the North Side of O'Neill.

Norm & Theresa Nielsen of NCN Auto Service recently cut the ribbon to their new busines on North Jefferson Street in O'Neill.

O'Neill Chamber Of Commerce Ambassadors Donate To Holt County Animal Shelter

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors present check for $1000 to Darcy Poese with Holt County Animal Shelter. The Ambassadors also challenged other organizations to donate to help finish the new facility in O'Neill (left to right) Shelia Johnston, Carol Poese, Darcy Poese & Lauri Havranek.

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Names Scholarship Winners

5/8/12 The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce announced their 2012 Scholarship winners at their monthly luncheon Monday, May 7 at the Blarney Stone Restaurant in O'Neill. Winners of $200 scholarships were:

Sarah Vandersnick, daughter of Charles and Renee Vandersnick graduating from St. Mary's who will attend the Nursing program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. (left to right - Senator Tyson Larson, Sarah Vandersnick, Chamber President Jim Podany, Renee Vandersnick and Charles Vandersnick.

Stephanie Nemec, daughter of Donna Schald graduating from O'Neill High School will attend Wayne State College. (left to right -- Senator Tyson Larson, Stephanie Nemec, Chamber President Jim Podany and Donna Shald.

Tasha Lechtenberg, daughter of James and Jackie Lechtenberg will attend Morningside College. (left to right -- Senator Tyson Larson, James Lechtenberg, Tasha Lechtenberg and Chamber President Jim Podany.

O'Neill Community Center Groundbreaking Held

(left to right) Mauri Koenig, Scott Poese, Jim Wakefield, Jim Rabe, Tim Gleason, Kevin Shelhamer, Scott Gutschall, Nicole Sedlacek Don Baker, Jack Hurley, Nikki Johnston, Mayor Bill Price, Pat Fritz, Scott Menish, Mary Gambill and Rich McIntosh

9/29/10 - Groundbreaking was held Wednesday for the new O'Neill Community Center at the site in south O'Neill. Master of Ceremonies was Scott Poese who welcomed a nice crowd and thanked them for their support of the new center.

Mayor Bill Price then told the crowd that O'Neill can be proud of this new addition and that after 14 years of thought and work that it is finally a reality.

Mauri Koenig, President of the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce then spoke and thanked all of those involved in making this a facility that will be available for generations to come. Koenig also stated the importance of having such a facility and the impact it will have in bringing small meetings and conventions to our town. By bringing more people to O'Neill this will also help our businesses in many ways.

Rich McIntosh, President of the O'Neill Community Center Committee was the next speaker. Rich thanked all of those involved. Rich thanked the City of O'Neill, O'Neill Development Corporation, O'Neill Chamber of Commerce, USDA and the individuals that have served on the Community Center Committee. Most importantly he thanked the many individuals and businesses in the O'Neill area that donated money to make the Center a reality.

Then the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, members of the O'Neill Community Center Committee, O'Neill Development Corporation, O'Neill Chamber of Commerce and USDA turned over the first shovels of dirt.

RaDec Construction of Hartington are scheduled to start construction in the next two weeks.

The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Hole In One Shootout

Out of ten finalists the closest to a hole in one on Sunday were: (left to right) 1st place Adam Flannery, 2nd place Tom Hickey and 3rd place Karen Cisler

6/28/10 - The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Hole In One Shootout was held Sunday at the O'Neill Country Club. All week long golfers tried to qualify for the top 10 spots and one shot at winning $250,000 with a hole in one. The 165-yard shot on the 7th hole at O'Neill Country Club did not give up a hole-in-one. However the three closest shots did win prizes from the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The results were: 1st Place - $100 in Shamrock Bucks - Adam Flannery, Atkinson 15'5" 2nd Place - $75 in Shamrock Bucks - Tom Hickey, O'Neill 44'2" 3rd Place - $50 in Shamrock Bucks - Karen Cisler, O'Neill 50'6" The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors would like to thank the sponsors and also all the golfers that tried to qualify and also thanks to O'Neill Country Club for hosting the event.


O’Neill, Neb., May 6, 2010 – The O’Neill Development Corporation will utilize a $750,000 loan awarded by USDA Rural Development through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, leveraged with $874,100 from the corporation to construct a 14,322 square foot community center in O’Neill, Neb. “I'm excited that this project, which the City and its residents have been working on for many years, is becoming a reality,” said Mayor William Price, City of O’Neill. “This facility will be utilized and benefit not only the citizens of O'Neill but the surrounding communities as well." O’Neill, with a population of 3,733, has a limited number of existing facilities in the community and surrounding areas to hold large gatherings. The construction of the O’Neill Community Center will provide the residents with a public building available for meetings, social gatherings, wedding receptions, local events, and many other services. The center, a pre-engineered building, will be located on 10 acres making it advantageous for future expansion. The center will feature a large meeting room with the capacity to accommodate 522 people. An additional room will have the ability to hold up to 60 people and there will be two small board meeting rooms in order to host more than one group at a time. The building will have handicapped accessible restrooms. There will be a small kitchen with commercial appliances available for use by the public. The large meeting room will contain an acoustical ceiling with a commercial sound system. O’Neill Development Corporation, a Nebraska Non-profit corporation, will own the community center and lease it to the City.

Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Winners

Joe Dugan, 2010 Graduate of St. Mary's High School and son of Ted and JoAnn Baum, receives $200 scholarship from O'Neill Chamber of Commerce President Mauri Koenig. Joe will be attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

Kelsey Mundhenke, 2010 Graduate of O'Neill Public High School and daughter of Kevin and Darla Mundhenke, receives $200 scholarship from O'Neill Chamber of Commerce President Mauri Koenig. Kelsey will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ribbon Cutting Held For Holt County Community Garden


Holt County Economic Development in partnership with Garden Fresh Vegetables and Community Volunteers will establish a Community Garden later this spring. A Community Garden is a great way for you to get a variety of very fresh, nutritious vegetables throughout the growing season. This Garden will be modeled after similar programs from across the nation, where otherwise open ground will serve as a site for a productive garden. It is the goal of the Holt County Community Garden to actively engage residents and allow them to contribute to the community as well as Holt County’s agricultural heritage. “We know going into this project that the Community Garden will be an experiment in sustainability for us,” said Sedlacek, “It’s certainly one that we want to be successful and that’s why we’ve reach out to experts to ensure the Garden’s success. We will keep our eye on the goal and won’t be afraid to try new things, remembering to learn as we go”. “The Holt County Community Garden will also establish procedures and policies for the Garden to ensure the safe handling of the produce while it’s in the Garden”, added Fritz. “This will include everything from soil composition and water testing, to monitoring the activity in the Garden from those that will work the soil”. Gardening is good exercise, and a great way to connect to your community. If you are interested in further information, want to participate in the Community Garden to volunteer, work or reap in the harvest; please contact Holt County Economic Development at 336-1504 or Garden Fresh Vegetables at 336-4800.

March "Wear Green To Win" Winner


The O'Neill Chamber Of Commerce "Wear Green To Win Green" promotion came to an end on St. Patrick's Day in O'Neill. The final drawing was held at the William Krotter Company in O'Neill and six-year-old James Krotter pulled out two names. They were Julie Dennis of Bristow and Carol Poese of O'Neill. Both were present in a participating store Julie Dennis was at The Clothing Company and Carol Poese was present at KBRX Radio and they both had green on to win the $500 prize. Both Julie and Carol had signed up at McIntosh Jewelry and Rich McIntosh presented the prize money to both.

February "Wear Green To Win" Winner


The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce monthly "Wear Green To Win Green" drawing was held Wednesday, February 17 at Great Western Bank. The drawing was worth $500 and the name drawn was Kaye Coburn of Atkinson who signed up at Mindy's Gazebo. Kaye was at the Golden Living Center and had her green on and was the winner for the month of February. Dawn Butts of Mindy's Gazebo presented the $500 to Kaye.

Janaan Sobotka cuts the ribbon at the Grand Opening for CURVES in O'Neill.

"Wear Green To Win" Winner for January


Marian Hayes was wearing green on Monday and that helped her win the monthly "Wear Green To Win Green" drawing, which was worth $1000 on Monday, January 18. Marian signed up at Tia Zia and was having coffee at Westside Restaurant on Monday at 4:00 pm when her name was drawn. Patti Swanson of Tia Zia and Erin Zakrzewski of Westside Restaurant presented the $1000 to Marian.

(picture) Patti Swanson of Tia Zia, Marian Hayes and Erin Zakrzewski of Westside Restaurant

Troester's Win $2500 Prize From Firestone

Holt County Tire of O'Neill held a ceremony on Thursday, December 17 where Firestone awarded a $2,500 certificate to Dave and Aaron Troester from Firestone Farm Tires for having the Idea of the Month in Successful Farming® magazine’s All Around The Farm® monthly feature.
The national All Around the Farm program showcases farmer ideas and inventive solutions. Ideas are submitted by farmers, and the winners are selected by the Successful Farming editorial team.

The Troester's submitted their grain dumping pit, where a loaded semi drives over an underground pit and can unload by opening the bottom bays of the trailer. This process takes under 5 minutes where normally emptying by auger takes around 20 minutes.

The $2,500 certificate awarded is good for products at Holt County Tire in O'Neill.

No Winner In Wear Green To Win Green Drawing, But Other Winners Announced

The Don & Shannon Dugan Home was the first place winner in the O'Neill Chamber Of Commerce House Decorating Contest

The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce "Wear Green To Win Green" drawing was held on Thursday, December 17 at Fox's Food Plaza/Taco Johns. There was standing room only at Fox's Food Plaza as those awaiting the drawing enjoyed 17 cent fountain drinks all day.

The name drawn for the $500 was Shelia Strand of Amelia. Unfortunately Sheli was not in a participating store so the drawing for January will be worth $1000 and will be held on Monday, January 18, due to January 17 falling on a Monday.

Carrie Hahlbeck of Fox's Food Plaza and Taco Johns then held their drawing for a $100 gas card. The winner is Tina Walton of O'Neill.

Pat Fritz with the Chamber of Commerce then announced the Holiday House Decorating winners for t 2009. 1st place and winning $100 was Don & Shannon Dugan at 118 West Adams Street, 2nd place and winning $75 was Emerson Steele at 1404 North 4th Street and 3rd place and winning $50 was Brian & Jackie Williams at 804 East Everett.

If you are wanting to take a tour of some well decorated homes here are all the entries that were submitted:

Gregg & Cathy Coburn 49236 873 Rd (1/2 mile east of Old Drive In Movie)
James Butts 614 West Hynes
Don & Shannon Dugan 118 West Adams
Lori Whitney 405 North 2nd
Vonda & Allen Bentz 503 North 2nd
Ron & Betty Boettcher 1007 North 2nd
Emerson Steele 1404 North 4th
Nick & Carissa Konrad 1407 North 9th
Mark & Wendy Devall 1410 North 7th
John Moyes 528 East Donegal
Joe & Deb Bazelman 510 East Donegal
Pat & Kaylin George 1219 North 7th
Gene & Wendy Kelly 706 East Londonderry
Marlene Brandl 728 East Adams
Brian & Jackie Williams 804 East Everett
Richard & Michelle Tunender 609 East Fremont
Gladyce Matthews 811 East Douglas
Duane Borg 1018 North Country Club Lane

Ribbon Cutting for Ogden Hardware

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce receives grant from the O'Neill Community Foundation for the "O'Neill, The Center of It All" campaign.

Maurice Koenig representing O'Neill Chamber of Commerce receives the $1000 grant from Dr. Mark Ptacek



Chamber Members, Future Chamber Members & Professionals:

At our last Chamber board meeting our board members made a unanimous decision to assure that O'Neill will no longer participate in the current US recession! We realize that our entire community infrastructure is critical to everyone that earns their income from doing business and/or providing professional services in our community.

To assure that we no longer participate in the recession, we must react quickly to keep the dollars that could leave our community in the next 3 months at home in our community. If we can keep at least one half of the money in our community this year that normally is spent in shopping centers 75 to 200 miles from here, we will not have to experience a loss of jobs and population over the next 12 months!

Our plan is to organize a collective advertising campaign for our community to build positive attitudes about our local economy that will support our local professionals and businesses. We have not had to deal with large lay-offs from plant reductions or plant closings as many other communities have had to experience. However, can you imagine the negative impact if we were to lose several local businesses and lose only 50 jobs in O'Neill?

Your O'Neill Area Chamber of Commerce is simply a “voice” for local businesses. We are committed to taking our responsibility at this critical time in our history and provide that positive business voice to help our local economy. However, the Chamber is only funded by annual dues and fund raisers supported by our members. To achieve our goal of impacting our businesses, we will need everyone's help to fund our advertising campaign.

We are asking all businesses and professionals to contribute at least $30. if possible to help with this total community effort. Please let your conscience be your guide. If the community has been good in supporting your family's income, maybe you can contribute $500. for our infrastructure. Many times we feel that what goes on in other people's businesses does not affect us. Relatively speaking, we have a very small population in north central Nebraska, but we enjoy a great place to live and raise our families. We feel it is critical at this time to advertise our story collectively to attract area shoppers and convince our own O'Neill residents to shop in O'Neill for the holidays. The board of your Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to the plate to make this campaign happen!

We will immediately organize a committee of our community's best professionals to work on writing and organizing the advertising. Here are some ideas just to get you thinking: Did you know that there are 17 Doctors in O'Neill to tune up your bodies? And, did you know there are 19 places in O'Neill with hundreds of items on the menu to satisfy your palate while you are in town getting your body fixed? There are 8 businesses that can supply any home building supplies or home repair items you may need and 5 financial institutions that can help finance your family's living plans. We maybe looking for a car dealer to be on the radio to discuss the many opportunities in O'Neill for someone to get legal work done or obtain legal advice. A Doctor to talk about the number of dealerships selling vehicles in O'Neill and the number of businesses in O'Neill to service and or buy parts for your vehicles. Can you begin to feel the power of advertising that we may be missing? We hope that businesses will also step up their advertising while this campaign is going on to more actively promote their own individual businesses.We will be accountable to you to let you know how we are spending your advertising dollars collectively. We naturally intend to use our local media for the bulk of the advertising dollars, but we will use other media as well if needed to reach shoppers within at least a 60 mile radius of O'Neill.We also will challenge businesses to be sure they are available to service the new business that could be attracted with this collective advertising campaign. If our customers have to take a day of vacation to do business with us, we may need to rethink our retail hours between now and Christmas.

With the construction of our Community Building and the expansion of the Avera project in the near future, reaffirming why we all enjoy our community could have a tremendous effect on these two projects alone.My wife Anita and I will commit the first $500. for this collective community advertising campaign, and we hope you will consider doing your part as well. We will never know exactly how much good we will do with this type of advertising. However, if we sit back and do nothing now, we may find ourselves crying in our soup in January wishing we had.Please send your advertising funds to the O'Neill Chamber in the enclosed envelope. We will send you a receipt if you request one.

Thank You,


Maurice Koenig, President
O'Neill Area Chamber of Commerce

O'NEILL: “The Center Of It All”


Bergan Carr (right) accepts scholarship from Merri Schneider

Nick Podany (right) accepts scholarship from Merri Schneider
The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce awarded their annual scholarships to graduating seniors from O'Neill High School and St. Mary's High School at the monthly meeting on Monday.
Bergan Carr, daughter of Brad Carr, a graduate of O'Neill High School and Nicholas Podany, son of Jim and Brenda Podany, a graduate of St. Mary's High School each received $200 scholarships.

Winner of the Gator, Ed Price of O'Neill presented by Eric Semin of Elkhorn Valley Implement
It was an exciting day Wednesday in O'Neill as the drawing for a brand new John Deere Gator was held at 10:00 am on KBRX Radio. 400 tickets were sold for the drawing at $50 each, making it a $20,000 fund raiser for the O'Neill Coummunity Center campaign.
The John Deere Gator was donated by Elkhorn Valley Implement of O'Neill and was valued at $10,000.
O'Neill Police Chief Larry Wanamaker, O'Neill Community Center board member Jim Wakefield were on hand to witness the drawing. Eric Semin drew out the name, Ed Price of O'Neill who was the lucky winner of the big prize.
The O'Neill Community Center committee would like to thank Elkhorn Valley Implement and also everyone that purchased a ticket.
The O'Neill Community Center fund drive continues and if you would like to donate or would like more information please contact Rich McIntosh at McIntosh Jewelry in downtown O'Neill or Pat Fritz at the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce oneill@morcomm.net
 (left to right) Chief of Police Larry Wanamaker, Jim Wakefield and Eric Semin.

Missy Colfack of "Missy's Pampered Pets" cuts the ribbon at her new dog grooming business on Thursday, December 6.

Kelly Ptacek of Taylor Made Printing cuts ribbon at Grand Reopening at their new location on South 4th Street.
Toni Nolze cuts the ribbon Friday, November 2 at their new location in downtown O'Neill

Roger Aaron along with Captain Running Man cut the ribbon at the Anytime Fitness grand opening Tuesday morning.

The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce held two ribbon cuttings on Friday in west O'Neill.  Rocket Signs and Wendell Auto Body held ribbon cuttings together at their location in the former Pinkerman TV buildings on the west edge of O'Neill. 
Chad Swanson cuts the ribbon for Rocket Signs.

Doug Wendell cuts the ribbon for Wendell Auto Body


Pamida makes a $2000 donation to the O'Neill Community Center fund.
(Left to Right) Rich McIntosh-O'Neill Community Center Board, Steve Obershaw with O'Neill Pamida Store,Larry Johnson-Pamida President and CEO, Rich Cline-Vice President Operations for Pamida, Stacy Homan-Pamida Pharmacy and John Nootz-O'Neill Community Center Board.

O'Neill Pamida Team Leader Steve Obershaw cuts the ribbon at O'Neill Pamida's grand opening.
Pamida in east O'Neill held its grand opening celebration Saturday attracting a huge crowd all day long. The day started off at 8:30 am with the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and also a presentation by Pamida to the O'Neill Community Center committee of a check for $2000 to help in their fund raising efforts. Pamida President and CEO Larry Johnson and Rich Cline, Vice President of Operations for Pamida along with Pamida team members presented the check to O'Neill Community Center board members Rich McIntosh and John Nootz.Prize winners from the grand opening were:
Husker Helmet Kits: Theresa Nielsen, Amy Mohnig, Marvin Sholes, Gloria Ruegge, John Harvey and Lavona Ruterbories.
Ghost Suit: Kathy Pfaff
Coffee & End Tables: Jenny Gilg
DVD Package: Sheri Schwager
Picnic Set: Shelly Kohler
TV: Evie Barta
First $100 Gift Certificate: Debra Waterman The O'Neill Pamida is a 30,000 square foot facility with a pharmacy offering drive-up and mail out service, as well as free delivery.  The expanded store space allows Pamida to feature a much larger selection of merchandise, including top-quality name brands such as Reebok, Cannon, American Eagle, Sony, Russell, Kodak, Champion, and KitchenAid.   The new Pamida offers a baby destination shop, electronics, home entertainment, apparel, housewares, seasonal, limited grocery items, and more.  The store is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pharmacy is closed on Sundays.
O'Neill Country Club hosts Katie Fletcher and Kylie Torpin hold the BankFirst Championship trophy.
(back row, left to right) R.J. Gall, John Hurley, Shane Baack and Jack Hurley of the BankFirst team.
(front row) Katie Fletcher and Kylie Torpin of O'Neill Country Club.
KBRX News - Twenty-five teams participated in the third annual O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Golf Tournament held Monday, July 23, 2007 at O'Neill Country Club. With temperatures in the upper 90's that didn't effect the winning team from BankFirst who came in with a smooth 29 in the four-person scramble tournament.
This tournament is the major fund raiser of the year for the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors who are going to be using funds from this and future tournaments to eventually have Welcome To O'Neill signs on all four entrances into O'Neill.
Tournament chair persons Carol Sibbel and Steve Flaherty thanked all who golfed and all the businesses that helped to sponsor the fun event.

From Champion to dishwasher!! Jesse Moore of the MorComm Radio Shack team couldn't pull it off this year.

Matt Sandoz from Huskerland Communications cuts the ribbon in honor of their new remodeling on July 20, 2007.
Let's play ball!!  The American Legion Department of Nebraska Athletic Committee met on January 12 in Lincoln to set State Legion Baseball Tournament Sites for the 2007 season and  O'Neill has made the list.  Fred Appleby Field will play host to the 2007 Class B Area Five Junior Legion Baseball Tournament.  The tournament is scheduled for July 12 - 24, 2007. 
Teams included in the Area Five field include;  Ainsworth, Albion, Aurora, Battle Creek, Broken Bow, Central City, Pierce, Valentine and O'Neill.  The ten day, double elimination tournament should mean a substantial economic boost for O'Neill.
KBRX News - As PAMIDA continues to expand its operations to better meet the needs of customers throughout the Midwest, the company announced Thursday the expansion of the Pamida Store in O'Neill, Nebraska. Pamida will be recycling an existing vacant building (the former Gibson building) located near the current pharmacy location in east O'Neill. The relocation will increase Pamida's retail space from a 6,000 square foot store to a 30,000 square foot store, offering a full assortment of merchandise in addition to a pharmacy with a drive-through window. The store is scheduled to be completed by early fall of this year.
"We are thrilled to be expanding in O'Neill and increasing our presence in the community," says Jim Larson, vice president of property development for Pamida. "O'Neill has been a great community for Pamida, and we are excited to be able to reinvest in this city. The existing building is a perfect fit for us, and by recycling this real estate, we are able to really make a difference in the community right away. We look forward to completing the renovation and moving into our new home."
Pamida has operated a Pharmacy store near the new location since October 2004. Pharmacist Stacy Homan, who has been running that store, will move with her team into the new store when it is completed. The existing pharmacy will continue to operate in its current location until that time.

Quinn Kelly cuts the ribbon at Days Of Wine & Roses as Chamber members look on.November 18, 2005--Quinn Kelly and Janene Peterson held a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the addition of "Days of Wine & Roses" to Ashley's Attic in downtown O'Neill.  They can provide unique floral arrangements for any occasion.

HOLT COUNTY COURTHOUSE RIBBON CUTTING A big crowd was on hand Friday for the ribbon cutting of the Holt County Courthouse new addition.  Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Don Hahlbeck was the Master of Ceremonies and the told the crowd about the addition to the courthouse and also the installation of the elevator.  Former senator Cap Dierks, who is running for the legislature again, told of some of his experiences he had in the previous building and some of the events he attended. 
     Chamber of Commerce President Scott Poese then handed the scissors to Don Hahlbeck who cut the ribbon completing the ceremony.  Tours of the Courthouse were given to those in attendance.

O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Members welcome O'Neill Family Pharmacy with ribbon cutting September 9, 2005.  

O'Neill Area Chamber Of Commerce Announces Customer Service Award Winner
Scott Poese-KBRX, Phyllis Stille-KBRX & Ron Anderson-Blarney Stone


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