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Tonsfeldt Promoted to Park Superintendent II at Lake MacConaughy

Jason Tonsfeldt has been promoted to Park Superintendent II at Lake McConaughy.  Tonsfeldt’s promotion took effect May 20th and he will be in transition for the next couple weeks.  Tonsfeldt has worked at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park as a Groundskeeper Supervisor since March, 2008.

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Riggins Assumes New Role as Southwest Reservoirs Park Superintendent III

Aric Riggins has accepted a new challenge in his career with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  Riggns will be transitioning from his position at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park to the Southwest Reservoirs Park Superintendent III position. Riggins began his career with the Agency as Park Superintendent I at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, September, 2000 and was promoted to lead Park Superintendent III position in November, 2011.

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New Program Encourages Families to Fish for Fun

Nebraska Game and Parks to Provide Resources for Fishing Novices The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is encouraging people of all skill levels to go fishing in Nebraska. In support of this mission Game and Parks has launched a new section on its website at OutdoorNebraska.org/GoFishing.   The purpose of the web site is to provide a collection of resource information for fishing novices in hopes of increasing the number of families who spend time together at local lakes and ponds, …

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Mueller Named Park Superintendent II for Eugene T. Mahoney SP

Darrell Mueller has been appointed the position of Park Superintendent II at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.  Mueller lived in North Platte where he enjoyed a career for many years with the North Platte Park & Recreation Department as their Administrator.  Mueller is a militay veteran who served overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Trekking the Ranch for Turkey-Commissioner and Cohorts Get their Gobblers

[ Submitted by Commissioner Mick Jensen] After my last turkey hunting excursion to Lynch, Nebraska with Commissioner Fisher, I decided to try again with friends from Atlanta, Georgia and Minneapolis, Minnesota. After getting permission from Gene and Kelsey Timperely, we headed back to ranch country. Andy Smith had joined me at Eppley Airfield and Jon Donner drove in from Minneapolis.  Preliminary scouting showed the flock likely to use the same roost area so we were set for the next morning!  …

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Leprechaun Chase Gave the Luck of the Irish to the Lads this Year

View Flickr Gallery of Past Runs | The Leprechaun Chase 10k is a St. Paddy’s Day run with a twist, where ladies get a head start and the guys follow in chase. Registration for the race was capped at 2,500 runners and has sold out every year. This year’s Leprechaun Chase was held on March 9,  and marked the third year for the event at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and the neighboring Strategic Air & Space Museum. It was …

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Johnson Lake SRA Appoints Boyle as Park Superintendent III

Look for a new face among our staff members at Johnson Lake this summer.  Tim Boyle has been appointed  the position of Park Superintendent III at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area.  Boyle has worked for the Agency for more than 40 years and began his career with the Agency at Johnson Lake as a seasonal park maintenance staff member in 1971, while he attended school.   Boyle became permanent in 1972 with the Grand Island maintenance division and returned to Johnson …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Fort Hartsuff’s Spring Muster

Bringing Fort Hartsuff back to life, 67 Civil War re-enactors from Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa gathered this past weekend, April 13-14, to portray Fort McPherson in 1867.  In this semi-immersive event, re-enactors lived, ate and slept like 19th century Union soldiers and civilians to offer visitors an accurate representation of military life post-Civil War. Superintendent Jim Domeier of Fort Hartsuff reported approximately 530 visitors for the weekend— a great turnout despite the cold, wet weather. “I was very pleased with …

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Outdoor Educator Learns How to Study Sturgeon

[ Submitted by Christy Christiansen-Outdoor Education Specialist NGPC ] As an avid outdoor educator, I have taught myself to never pass up an opportunity to learn something new.  I got one of those chances recently when I teamed up with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) Fisheries Division for the Pallid Sturgeon broodstock study. Gear packed and loaded into our vehicles, we left the office around 7:30 a.m. on our way to Nebraska City to hitch up the boats and …

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Two Commissioners Roadtrip for Turkey, Jerky and Coyote

[ Submitted by Mick Jensen- Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner ] In Nebraska we are fortunate to have a variety of outdoor opportunities available to us regardless of the season.  Recently another commissioner, Rex Fisher, and I experienced a whirlwind (30 hour) outdoor experience we won’t soon forget. We left on a Friday afternoon traveling to Lynch, Nebraska on a predator hunt for coyotes. Coyotes had become a problem for a rancher friend of ours who was concerned for his …

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