A Stanton law enforcement officer was recently given a “code save” award from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service.
Sheriff Mike Unger was recognized for performing CPR on two separate occasions last year.
According to the NDHHS, these awards are given to individuals who assisted a patient in cardiac arrest which had a positive outcome. Nominations are made online by going to the NDHHS website.
According to a press release from Unger, he began chest compressions on a local man last October and was able to re-establish a pulse.
In another incident in November, Unger said he assisted with another man not breathing and performed CPR on him.
Unger is a member of the Pilger Fire & Rescue.
To nominate someone for a code save award, please click here.
To read the full press release, please click here.
The Stanton County Sheriff's race is officially contested. Incumbent Mike Unger filed for re-election on Thursday. His opponent James Hetzler filed on Friday.
Both men are registered as Republicans, so their race will be decided in the May primary. The winner may face a Democratic opponent, if there is a candidate, in the November general election.
Unger, a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School, is seeking his ninth term as sheriff. He's a U.S. Army veteran and served overseas during the Cold War.
Hetzler, a graduate of Stanton Community Schools, is currently a deputy in Washington County. He previously worked for the Norfolk Police department and was in the U.S. Army for six years, including multiple tours overseas.
Look for more details on both candidates in next week's issue of the Stanton Register.
A ditch fire south of Stanton was reported just before noon on Wednesday.
According to Stanton County Emergency Management, Stanton Fire & Rescue responded to a fire on Highway 57 at about 11:45 p.m. Four trucks and 10 firefighters extinguished the blaze in about an hour. The wind was gusting at about 35 mph during the call.
The Stanton County Sheriff's Office and Stanton County Emergency Management responded to the scene, which was cleared around 1 p.m.
On Thursday evening at about 10:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle South of Pilger on Hwy 15 for a speeding violation. During the contact with the lone driver, Raul Calderon, 21, of Grand Island he was found to be driving with a suspended license and also had a large quantity of the controlled substance Psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
Calderon was also confirmed to be wanted on two felony arrest warrants out of Woodbury County, Iowa for drug violations. Calderon was placed under arrest on the felony charges and jailed.
While other nursing home facilities across the state have closed, the Stanton Health Center is continuing to beat the odds. The facility is open with no plans to close.
Interim administrator Sonya Locke said the Stanton Health Center has had it's share of challenges, which led to the assisted living side – Westside Regency Assisted Living — to close earlier this year. She said staffing has been difficult, as it has in most facilities across the country, but the Stanton Health Center is open and has no plans to close.
Locke said a recent television report included the Stanton Health Center on its list of facilities that closed or are closing, but Locke said that was inaccurate. Stanton's nursing home is not closing.
The Stanton community has been so behind the facility that the students recently made it a point to make sure the nursing home residents enjoyed Christmas by decorating and spending time with them. Students even helped write Christmas cards.
April Reese of the Stanton Health Center said the day was fantastic for her residents. Not only did the students decorate outside the facility, they also spent time with residents. Although large groups aren’t allowed, a few were able to go inside masked and make a difference.
“It’s important for these kids to learn to give,” Reese said. “And this means so much to our residents. The girls today spent time painting nails and writing Christmas cards. They asked the kids about basketball, and they asked our residents what they used to do at Christmas at home. They listened to our residents, so it really meant a lot.”
A Stanton apartment caught fire Wednesday night during a crazy night of weather.
Fire Chief Kory Krutz said Stanton Fire & Rescue was called to a fire in downtown Stanton around 6:40 p.m. The apartment is owned by Louise Boyd and located at 913 Ivy.
According to Krutz, apartment resident Jonie Schmeckpeper noticed the fire upon her arrival and called for assistance. She was able to escape the fire without injury and is now staying with family.
Krutz said Stanton firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in about 20 minutes and spent the next 2 hours venting and checking for hot spots.
Krutz said the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical. He said apartment suffered extensive damage.
Stanton Fire & Rescue, The Stanton County Sheriff’s Department and Stanton County Emergency Management responded to the fire.
A Germany-based data company is hoping to build its “flagship location of North America” in Stanton County next year.
Representatives from Northern Data shared their plans for investing up to $20 million in the project during a hearing Monday night with the Stanton County Planning Commission, who approved 6-0 to recommend changing the zoning to light industry to accommodate the computing facility. It’s currently zoned transitional ag.
More than 50 people attended the two-hour meeting, which heard both support for and concerns about the 110,000 to 120,000-square foot facility. It would be located on 40 acres about 5 miles outside of Stanton near the NPPD substation. Northern Data also has a facility in Georgia, although representatives repeatedly said the proposed operation in Stanton County would be “one-of-a-kind.”
Northern Data describes itself as a global B2B technology company developing, using and selling solutions on vertically integrated high-performance computing infrastructure. Monte Stahl, managing director of Northern Data, North America West, explained that the company works “business to business” and is not a consumer-facing company. The facility is not for data processing or data storage. Instead, he called it cloud-based computing.
Stahl said there are no examples in the United States that compares with the innovation that is being proposed in Stanton County.
“There’s nothing quite like this,” he said. “This is innovative and will be our flagship here in the U.S."
The first concern voiced was about the rezoning was that the land is in the Norfolk Public School district, not the Stanton school district, which means funds would go to Madison County students. Among other concerns voiced were about water runoff, power use, increased traffic and potential use for the land or building once rezoned, should the project fall through or if the building is sold later.
In the motion to recommend rezoning the land, planning commissioners recommended the land be zoned backed agriculture if the project is negated. They also requested Stanton County Commissioners address traffic and road concerns, as well as potential runoff that could impact nearby landowners.
For the full story, please pick up this week's Stanton Register on stands Tuesday afternoon.
A second rollover in as many days involved another teen driver.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, the Friday morning arrival of wintery weather led to a rollover accident after 6 a.m. on U.S. Hwy 275 about 10 miles east of Norfolk when a eastbound pickup driven by a rural Norfolk teen on his way to school left the roadway and rolled.
The teen driver was wearing his seatbelts properly and this prevented serious injuries. The pickup he was driving is considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s office also assisted in several other calls of vehicles in the ditch or having slid off the roadway due to the very icy road conditions.
A high school aged youth was involved in a rollover north of Stanton on Thursday morning.
According to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger, the youth was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
A one-half mile perimeter remains in place Tuesday afternoon on 846th Road on the Stanton and Wayne County line, according to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger.
At about 11:45 a.m., assistance was requested for a hopper on fire that was carrying 14 to 15 ton of sulfur, or dry fertilizer. The Pilger Fire Department was the first to respond with mutual aid from Stanton, Winside and Wayne fire departments, along with the Hazmat team from Norfolk.
Unger said it's believed that the first began due to a tire malfunction on the truck. There were no injuries, and the perimeter was set as a precaution as the fertilizer continues to smolder.