Celebrating “The Good Life” for 150 years, Happy Birthday Nebraska; will be featured throughout Cozad during the Annual Hay Days Celebration that will start on Thursday (Today) and conclude  on Sunday.
The crowning of the Little Miss Hay Days and Mr. Haymaker will be held at Cozad Elementary on September 7th at 4:30 p.m.  
On Friday, the Pets on Parade event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park at 5:15 p.m. with registration beginning at 4 p.m. 
The always popular DC Lynch Carnival that will be set up in downtown Cozad will shine their bright lights starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. 
On Saturday morning, there will be a Pancake Feed at the Cozad Christian Church from 7 -10 a.m. just prior to the Hay Days main event. 
The Annual Parade will start at 11 a.m. with many events to be featured after the grand march down eighth street. 
There will be a great variety of food to satisfy your hunger that will be available at the Elks Club’s Buffet, the Boy Scouts Hamburger Feed and at Chipper Hall on Saturday at noon. 
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting an Ice Cream Social from 12 p.m. at Chipper Hall as well. 
The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting ‘Water Fights’ at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. 
On Saturday at 4 p.m., the Jaycees will have the drawing for the Bicycles at Chipper Hall. 
If your looking to get inside out of the heat, you can play Bingo at the Grand Generation Center on Friday from 7-10 p.m. and on Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m.
The annual Alumni Banquet for Cozad High School will be held at the Elks Club from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Saturday evening.  
The DC Lynch Carnival and Rides start their final day of fun in Cozad at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. 
For more information contact Matt Korinek via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (308)-325-0124 or to register a parade entry, email Kiley Goff at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 308-672-5148.
Gothenburg Health is excited to welcome Natalie Waskowiak, PA-C, to our Family Practice providers at Gothenburg Health.
Natalie grew up in Merna, Nebraska and has lived in Gothenburg for the past 18 years. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Hastings College and went on to receive her Master’s degree in the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Natalie is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
When asked why she chose Gothenburg Health, Natalie explained that the progressiveness of the hospital and ability to practice in the community where she lives were the two major drivers. “I’m excited to work with the providers, nurses and clinical staff at Gothenburg Health,” explained Natalie. She went on to say, “I’ve been practicing in internal medicine for the past 15 years so I’m looking forward to broadening my clinical skillset by returning to family practice again.” 
Practicing in Gothenburg is not new for Natalie. “Initially I practiced here with Dr. Bartruff, for several years after I graduated from PA school,” said Natalie.  “I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to serve and help others in our community through the practice of medicine.” As Natalie joins our team of family practice providers, she still has a special interest in Internal/Adult Medicine as well as Geriatric Medicine.
Natalie’s husband, Randy Waskowiak, works at 1st State Bank in Gothenburg and serves on the Gothenburg City Council. They have two children, Lauren and Kara. When she’s not working, Natalie enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with family and watching her children at all their events. 
Cozad Community Health System would like to welcome Cassandra Munoz, MSN, APRN, FNP-C. 
Munoz is from rural Falls City, Nebraska. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010; and her Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialization of Family Nurse Practitioner Program, in 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 
Munoz has a diverse background in the medical field. She has experience working as a RN at critical access hospitals in the areas of obstetrics including antepartum, postpartum, and newborn care. 
She’s also worked in the emergency room and medical surgical floor. Her experience includes working as a travel nurse on telemetry step down units. 
Munoz’s most recent Nurse Practitioner experience was working at a Level II trauma center as a General Surgery and Trauma Service Nurse Practitioner seeing patients in the emergency room, hospital, and clinic. She managed a variety of general surgery ailments including wound care. 
“I have a tremendous passion for rural healthcare and serving under deserved populations,” Munoz said. Munoz will be seeing patients at the Cozad Community Medical Clinic starting this fall.
The Cozad Hospital Foundation is hosting the 2017 Fall Ball on Saturday, October 28th in the Cozad Elks Ballroom. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30.
The Cozad Hospital Foundation started in 1981; it has been a great asset to this community and has helped shape our healthcare in Cozad to what it is today. The Foundation contributions have included the Cozad Community Wellness Center, Meadowlark Pointe, Central Plains Home Health and Hospice, Areawide Lifeline, Cozad Community Physical Therapy, Cozad Community Medical Clinic, Cozad Child Care, Cozad Community Schools, and Student Loan Repayment. A project in the spotlight to date is Meadowlark Pointe expansion. The Foundation pledged up to one million dollars to match what is raised in the community for this project. 
This is the 14th consecutive year of the Fall Ball. Lloyd Wilson was the first to be inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2004. This year three candidates will be inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame. The inductees are Judi Davis, Patty Bader, and Charles Block. Over the years, Fall Ball attendees have had the privilege to listen to wonderful, inspirational speakers. This year will be no exception. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Mark J. Lindquist, an Afghanistan war veteran, singer, entertainer, and author. Lindquist performs for some of the largest crowds in America. 
Tickets for the Fall Ball are available by contacting members of the Foundation and the Cozad Community Hospital.
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, September 1st. 
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that Andrea McClintic had been hired as the new Administrator for Dawson Area Development.
Randy Deans, Miller & Associates, opened four bids for the proposed parking lot on the former site of the old county jail. Bids submitted included: Paulsen Inc., Cozad - $81,010.90; Morten Construction, Kearney - $73,902.00; GD Concrete, Overton - $88,070.00 and TL Sund Construction, Lexington - $62,399.70. The commissioners awarded the bid to TL Sund, Lexington for $62,399.70. 
Deans opened three bids for the 2018 structure replacement projects. Bids could be submitted for Schedule A (City Project Only), Schedule B (Two County Projects) or Schedule C (All Three Projects Combined). VanKirk Contractors, Sutton bid $106,489.25 for Schedule A, $173,589.76 for Schedule B and $280,079.01 for Schedule C. Ramos Construction, Shelton submitted bids of $128,153.00 (A), $207,156.35 (B) and $317,361.55 for (C). Midlands Contracting, Kearney bid $127,421.75 (A), $209,472.50 (B) and $330,118.25 for (C). The bid was awarded to VanKirk Contractors with the City portion to be $106,489.25 and the County’s portion of the price tag to be $280,079.01.
Commissioner Kugler was appointed to represent Dawson County at the Nebraska Cooperative Government (Lottery) annual meeting.
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt addressed the commissioners with his proposal to add CenturyLink Internet connection to the present network “Some issues with USA Communications have been resolved, but we still need a second supplier,” Woldt explained. “Client Server Technology Group (CTSG) has recommended pulling in an additional supplier to provide Internet for the jail and the courthouse, and this would be a good back-up,” Woldt continued.
The commissioners approved adding CenturyLink Internet fiber connection to the network for $1,065.00/month installed.
Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign the agreement from Miller & Associates regarding the administrative services for the Ag Society’s grant for ADA accessibility renovations at the Dawson County Fairgrounds. 
Discussion took place on the amended fitness policy for county employees. At the present time, employees who utilize a fitness facility a minimum of eight times per month are reimbursed $20/month. The amendment states that those who violate the policy will have this privilege revoked and may receive disciplinary action that may include termination. The commissioners adopted the amended policy and a notice will be place in everyone’s next paycheck to inform them of this amendment.
Approval was also given to a one per cent increase to the budget base for the upcoming fiscal year and the resolution for the County Levy Authority was also approved.
At the request of Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen, the board entered executive session to discuss Mark Christiansen, Road Superintendent’s job evaluation and for the purpose of protecting public interest. The commissioners approved to taken Christiansen off probation and offer him an annual appointment.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Commissioners meeting. The board members entered an executive session at the request of Commissioner Bill Stewart. Discussion ensued regarding Legend Oaks, LLC and Jefferson Square, LLC litigation and for the purpose of protecting public interest. The commissioners voted to appeal the TERC cases for Legend Oaks, LLC and Jefferson Square, LLC to the full TERC Board.
The commissioners approved Delmar and Rozella Sackschewsky’s late application for the homestead exemption due to hospitalization.
No action was taken on the real and personal exemption application presented by the Gothenburg Housing Authority since it is already a political subdivision.
The next regular meeting for the Boards of Equalization and Commissioners is scheduled for Friday. September 15, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.