North Platte, Ne - Mayor Dwight Livingston announced today that he had selected an applicant to recommend to
the City Council to fill the City Administrator’s position created by the retirement of longtime
City Administrator, Jim Hawks.
The successful applicant selected by Mayor Livingston is Matthew F. Kibbon of Cheyenne,
Wyoming. Matt Kibbon is a native of Nebraska, having been raised in Hampton, Nebraska,
where his parents still live. After graduating from Hampton High School, Matt graduated from
Wayne State College. He was then employed as a Project Engineer/Superintendent by the Kiewit
Building Group headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, for 12 years. Since that time, Mr. Kibbon
has acquired 7 years of Governmental experience and 5 years experience as a Senior
Administrator with the University of Wyoming. Mr. Kibbon currently serves as the Deputy
Director for Planning and Construction for the University of Wyoming where he has been
responsible for managing projects ranging from $1 million to $150 million, with an additional
$450 million worth of work under construction or design. Mr. Kibbon and his wife (a Physical
Therapist), together with their 2 young daughters, are looking forward to coming back to
Nebraska and the challenges of trying to fill in for the retiring City Administrator, Jim Hawks.
Mayor Livingston also took the opportunity to again publicly thank Jim Hawks for his years of
dedicated public service to the citizens of North Platte and Lincoln County.
March 26, 2020 – North Platte, NE-Great Plains Health is pleased to announce two new members to its executive team. Tina Pate, MSN, RN, CEN, was promoted to chief nursing officer and Danelle Franzen, MBA, MLS (ASCP), was promoted to chief provider network officer.
Tina holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has served in various capacities and leadership roles, most recently serving as the senior director of nursing, a role she has held since 2017.
“Tina has demonstrated her leadership skills and her abilities to open the lines of communication among staff and foster strong teams during a time of uncertainty,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. “I am excited to see her succeed in this new role and am extremely confident that she will continue to raising the bar in a way that will drive the highest quality of care for our patients.”
Tina earned her BSN from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University.
“I have been fortunate to be a part of the extraordinary improvements that we have made in the quality of care for our patients,” said Tina Pate. “I look forward to building on those accomplishments and creating a more collaborative relationship with our patients, families, physicians and teams to continually advance our care and services.”
Danelle Franzen has accepted the role of the chief provider network officer overseeing the physician group.
“Danni is known for driving improvements while cultivating an environment of engagement and teamwork,” said McNea. “She has an unwavering dedication to our vision of being the region’s most trusted healthcare community and is the right person to step into this important role.”
Danni has been in the healthcare industry since 1994 beginning as a lab technician and most recently serving as the senior director of the provider network. She earned an MBA from Bellevue University, her bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Weber State University and an associate's degree from Mid-Plains Community College.
“I’m excited to serve Great Plains Health in this capacity,” said Danni Franzen. “I feel privileged to work with a great team and I look forward to meeting the challenges of this current healthcare environment together with our board, leadership team and physicians.”
North Platte, Ne - Mid-Plains Community College has postponed its commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May 8 until July 31, 2020. This is due to the Directed Health Measure issued by the governor regarding coronavirus. The health measure is currently in effect until May 11.
“It is our desire to celebrate our students’ educational accomplishments, and we are hopeful that this late summer date will enable us to do just that,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “These plans may change if the Directed Health Measure currently in effect is extended beyond our rescheduled date.”
MPCC typically hosts commencement in May of each year, however, several instructional programs continue into late summer. Purdy said moving commencement to July will allow students in those programs to finish their summer schedules while also allowing students planning to transfer to other institutions an opportunity to attend the celebration.
“We know that not all students will be able to return, and we hope to provide them with an opportunity to send a picture or video to us to include in a pre-ceremony presentation,” Purdy said.
The commencement ceremony at McCook Community College will begin at 10 a.m. followed by commencement at North Platte Community College at 3 p.m.
More information about the college’s response to the pandemic can be found online at mpcc.edu.
The McCook Community College softball team has signed its first recruit for the 2021 season.
Taylor Thein of West Branch, Iowa has signed her letter of intent to continue her softball in McCook next season.
“Taylor’s strengths are her athleticism and speed. She brings versatility as she can play outfield or infield,” said MCC Softball Coach Kevin Kaalberg.
Thein grew up in West Branch, Iowa with her mom, dad, and older brother while attending West Branch High School.
Within her school, she has been involved in many different activities and clubs including softball, basketball, soccer, track, student government, National Honor Society, co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, and was elected president of the student leadership activity team.
“I love being challenged to prove to myself that I can overcome obstacles,” she said.
She added that if she’s not playing a sport, you can find her fishing, hanging out with friends, or eating pizza.
Thein is not sure what she will study at MCC but, said “I am excited to start my journey as an Indian! Go Tribe!”
As we continue to navigate closure guidelines, questions regarding graduation are frequently discussed. McCook Public Schools understand the importance of graduation in the lives of our seniors and want to ensure that district conversations we are having about our ability to continue them as planned are not being taken lightly.
Per the current Directive Health Measure from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited until at least April 30th and school closures have been announced through the end of the school year.
At this time, plans for the McCook High School Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies for Sunday, May 17, 2020 have been rescheduled. As we have seen in recent weeks, circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing, and we need to remain flexible. We are working on plans to best fit the responses: needs of the community as a whole. Knowing that, we are committing to the following
McCook High School Graduation - Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. held at The Graff Event Center on the Campus of McCook Community College.
McCook High School Post Graduation/Prom - Saturday, August 1st (Time = TBD) McCook Senior High/Jr High Campus
If the July plans can not be implemented, additional plans will be developed as appropriate.
Additionally, we understand that several of our graduates have commitments to leave for military service training and we are working on plans to do a graduation recognition for these students prior to their leave.
Please know, we understand and value the importance of this milestone for students and their families, and we will continue to do all that we can to make it a reality while prioritizing the health and safety of all involved.
Because of the predicted winter weather system moving into the area this weekend, the McCook Community College baseball team is moving its games this weekend to Beatrice starting Friday.
The Indians will face the Storm in Beatrice Friday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Southeast Community College. While the Saturday-Sunday weather forecast in Beatrice doesn’t look promising, the two teams will try and fit the final game if the weather clears. If not, they will make it up later in the year.
The Indians are 12-10 on the season and lead the Region IX Empire League standings at 6-3. The Storm is 11-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Region IX Empire League standings.
In Empire League Action Wednesday, Trinidad State beat Lamar 12-4.
This weekend, Northeastern and Western Nebraska are out of conference with games scheduled in Arizona. Trinidad State is out of conference against Adams State JV. In the only other Empire League matchup this weekend Lamar is scheduled to travel to La Junta, Colo. for two games against Otero Junior College Saturday and one on Sunday.
EMPIRE LEAGUE STANDINGS
W-L PCT. GB OVERALL
McCook 6-3 .667 -- 12-10
Northeastern JC 5-3 .625 .5 12-9
Western Nebraska 4-4 .500 1.5 5-14
Trinidad State 5-6 .455 2 14-11
Southeast CC 4-4 .400 1.5 10-8
Lamar CC 5-7 .417 2.5 6-12
Otero JC 4-6 .400 2.5 11-12
You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:
Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited. The tournament venues and game times remain the same.
Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families. Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents. School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry. School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list. Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes. Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.
We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games. In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.
Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry. Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes. This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.
Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues. The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games. More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.
This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership. But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials. We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.
Heisman Trophy winner and Nebraska great Eric Crouch is one of 19 individuals who will make up the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The 17 players and two coaches were announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes five winners of major college awards, led by Crouch’s 2001 Heisman, and 10 conference players of the year, including Crouch, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.
Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall including six coaches. Crouch is the first Husker selected since Aaron Taylor was inducted in 2018. Crouch is the seventh Husker inducted into the Hall in the past 14 seasons joining Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).
The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Crouch finished his college career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards. A 2001 first-team All-American, Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award. He guided Nebraska to an 11-2 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, Crouch became just the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Crouch ended his Nebraska career by holding 32 school records, and he remains atop the Nebraska charts for rushing by a quarterback (3,434), total touchdowns (88), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and single-season rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20). Crouch rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times in his career, an NCAA record for a quarterback at the time.
Crouch guided Nebraska to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North title as a junior in 2000. He was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 as a sophomore in 1999, when he led the Huskers to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 title, and No. 3 final national ranking.
One of five team captains as a senior, Crouch had his No. 7 jersey retired in 2002. Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play professionally in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Crouch is the Owner & CEO of Crouch Recreation, a playground and recreation equipment vendor in Omaha.
Comments on Crouch’s Hall of Fame Selection:
Frank Solich, Nebraska Head Coach (1998-2003), Ohio Head Coach (2005-present):
“Eric Crouch had a special talent and is one of the most unique athletes I have coached in my career. His 2001 season was remarkable as he broke numerous NCAA and school records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. His outstanding leadership helped guide our team to the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl as a senior. Eric is a special young man and very deserving of this prestigious honor. He has represented Nebraska at the highest level both on and off the field.”
Tom Osborne, Nebraska Head Coach (1973-97), 1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee:
“Eric was a great runner and had excellent speed to go with his other skills. The thing that really struck me about Eric is that he was so much stronger than you would have thought. When I was recruiting him in high school and watched him in the weight room, it struck me that he was lifting amounts of weight that would have made an offensive lineman proud. He was really gifted and his skills fit Nebraska very well. I didn’t get to coach him, but enjoyed watching his career.”
Scott Frost, Nebraska Head Coach, Teammate of Eric Crouch in 1997:
“It is a well-deserved honor for Eric to be selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the all-time greats in the proud history of Nebraska football and one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. It is great to see a former Husker teammate selected for the Hall of Fame.”
Turner Gill, Crouch’s Quarterback Coach at Nebraska and Nebraska Quarterback (1980-83):
"Eric was extremely explosive, very durable and was the fastest player that I have ever seen in college football. While his nature was to be quiet, he was a fierce competitor once he was on the field. An outstanding family man, Eric has always been very generous with his time in the community and is especially good working with youth, and he has continued that work in his career after football."
Matt Davison, Crouch’s Teammate from 1997-2000 and NU’s Leading Receiver in 1998-99-2000:
“Eric was incredibly talented, but he had an even greater desire to win. He was one of the toughest players I was ever around, left everything on the field each Saturday and wouldn’t accept losing. Eric was a high character guy, a great leader and as good of a teammate as you could find. As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Eric and his family.”