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First National Bank offers Husker tickets for veterans

Due to overwhelming interest in tickets to the 2018 Red-White Spring Game, First National Bank is asking all interested active military and veterans to pick up their free tickets inside the lobby of its participating branch locations during normal business hours.

No tickets will be available through the drive-thru. Only 3,000 tickets are available through this special promotion.

Tickets will be available at the First National Bank location at 2023 S. Locust St. in Grand Island during regular branch hours on Feb. 16 and 17, while supplies last. Tickets will be limited to one set of four tickets per family with an accepted form of Military ID. ID accepted will include Active Duty Military, Reserve Military, Retired Military, Military Dependent ID cards, VA Medical ID cards, American Legion or VFW cards and DD214 forms.

Central Valley Ag earns honors

YORK — Central Valley Ag has been honored by Precision Farming Dealer with its sixth annual Most Valuable Dealership award.

“We’re truly honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Karl Hensley, senior vice president of agronomy. “The recognition helps underscore the emphasis our cooperative puts on constant innovation.”

An independent panel of judges evaluated each of the 27 dealership nominees on precision farming sales growth and diversity, along with how each nominee generates revenue from hardware, software and precision service. The judges also analyzed less quantifiable elements that define the best precision farming dealership, such as employee training, performance standards, innovation, sustainability and community involvement.

This is the third time a farm cooperative has captured the honor.

“It all starts with service,” said Keith Byerly, advanced cropping systems manager for CVA. “To succeed, we need quality employees who are willing to learn something new every day and be able to adapt to each individual grower’s situation and needs. At the end of the day, the widgets are only as good as the person behind them.”

CVA launched its precision ag department more than 20 years ago, and today has a 26-member team dedicated to precision farming operations along with a central dispatch and 48 agronomy locations that operate 60-mile geographies.

CVA is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in York, with locations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

Marketing workshop offered to small business owners

WOOD RIVER — “LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for Biz,” a free workshop for entrepreneurs, is planned for Feb. 27 in Wood River.

The event is organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center in collaboration with the Wood River Vision 20/20 Business Association.

It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Wood River Community Center, 108 W. 10th St.

The main topic will be “Building an online presence for businesses using social media marketing.” A presentation and discussion will focus on each social media platform: LinkedIn from 5 to 6 p.m., Facebook from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. and Twitter from 8 to 9 p.m. Attendees have the option to sign up for one, two or all three sessions.

“It’s important to know where your customers are most active; then you need to be comfortable reaching out to them via that platform,” said Monica Braun, director of the Women’s Business Center. “These sessions will enhance business owners’ knowledge of the various social media sites.”

Diane Siefkes, owner of dkSolutions, and an online marketing consultant from Lincoln, will present the course. Siefkes specializes in demystifying social media and email marketing for small business owners.

To register, contact Sara Arnett at (308) 583.2262, ext. 17, or [email protected]. A brisket sandwich meal will be available for $10, if requested with advance registration by Feb. 19.

Tractor Supply taking FFA grant applications

Tractor Supply Co. stores in Nebraska have launched their third annual Grants for Growing campaign — a competitive grant program designed to support local FFA chapters in Nebraska that want to make a difference in their communities through sustainable agriculture-focused projects.

To qualify for a grant, FFA advisers should visit www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit an application by Feb. 14. The submission process requires entrants to provide a detailed proposal, including how they will start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their communities.

Grants, which are awarded to chapters in the spring, have a value between $500 and $5,000.

Since 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the national FFA organization, including $731,000 in 2017. In total, the initiative has funded 692 grants supporting projects involving 69,134 students.

To support the program, Tractor Supply will host a 10-day in-store fundraising period Feb. 16 through 25 that will give customers the opportunity to donate at checkout. All in-store donations will remain within the state where they are donated.

Hardee’s raises $8,000 for Nebraska nonprofit

Hardee’s Stores of Nebraska raised $8,000 for Nebraska Children’s Home Society through sales of Little Red Paper Stockings from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day at the seven Westar Hardee’s Nebraska locations.

The franchise has now donated nearly $52,000 to NCHS since 2012.

The restaurants made it their mission to meet and exceed last year’s Red Stocking sales of approximately $7,100. Pat Goodman, general manager of this Omaha Hardee’s location, said, “Each and every day is important to the kids, but the holidays can be especially tough. The thought of a child in need of help, no matter the circumstance, right here in our state of Nebraska, is a huge driving factor in the sale of the stockings.”

Through adoption, foster care, family support and early childhood education programs, NCHS provides comprehensive child welfare services throughout the state of Nebraska. Last fiscal year, NCHS served more than 9,400 individuals through 10 offices. The organization remains the only adoption agency in the United States to provide cost-free adoptions.

Buckle shows net sales increase

KEARNEY — The Buckle, Inc. announced this past week that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the five-week period ended Feb. 3 increased 0.2 percent from comparable store net sales for the five-week period ended Feb. 4, 2017.

Net sales for the five-week fiscal month ended Feb. 3 increased 27.1 percent to $55.7 million from net sales of $43.9 million for the prior year four-week fiscal month ended Jan. 28, 2017.

January 2018 was a five-week fiscal period, ending Buckle’s 53-week fiscal year. The prior January was a four-week fiscal period, ending a 52-week fiscal year. Comparable store net sales for the month, quarter, and year-to-date periods are compared to the 5-week, 14-week, and 53-week periods ended February 4, 2017.

Comparable store net sales for the 14-week fourth quarter ended Feb. 3 decreased 3.2 percent from comparable store net sales for the 14-week period ended Feb. 4, 2017. Net sales for the 14-week fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 3 increased 0.4 percent to $281.2 million compared to net sales of $280.0 million for the prior year 13-week fiscal fourth quarter ended Jan. 28, 2017.

Comparable store net sales year-to-date for the 53-week period ended Feb. 3 decreased 7.2 percent from comparable store net sales for the 53-week period ended Feb. 4, 2017. Net sales for the 53-week fiscal year ended Feb.3 decreased 6.3 percent to $913.4 million from net sales of $974.9 million for the prior year 52-week fiscal year ended Jan. 28, 2017.

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