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Reinke employees earn promotions

'Remembering our fallen'

New speaker of the legislature deeply rooted in Nebraska history

Unicameral Update


Reinke employees earn promotions

Reinke manufactruing has promoted Stephen Bateman to vice president of engineering and Mark Mesloh to vice president of North American irrigation sales. Bateman will oversee engineering operations and long term product development for the company in his new position. Mesloh will lead the field sales operations for Reinke throughout the United States and Canada.
"Stephen and Mark are well deserving of these promotions," said Chris Roth, company president. "Reinke is fortunate to have their leadership and commitment along with the wealth of industry knowledge and expertise that they both bring to these roles. We know they will continue to contribute a great deal to the ongoing success of the company."
Bateman joined Reinke as director of electrical engineering in 2013, following previous executive and senior technical engineering positions held in England, California and Canada. Bateman is a visiting professor to Loughborough University and University of Bristol in the U.K. He holds a PhD in electronic engineering, is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a chartered engineer.
Mesloh joined Reinke in 1983, and has held a variety of corporate operations and sales positions throughout his tenure. A Deshler native, Mesloh previously held the position of director of North American sales.

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'Remembering our fallen'
At that the time of the Byron Lions Club's 50th anniversary celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Williams told those in attendance about their project to honor those who gave their lives during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and preparations for the opening of an exhibit in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Recently a subscriber to this newspaper, Lois (Mueller) Watts mailed us a clipping from The Feb. 1 issue of the Ventura, Calif., paper known as The Star. The Star used more than a full page to tell about the opening of the exhibit at Simi Valley, Calif.
The paper reported more than 1,000 family members and friends were present for the opening ceremony. The display featured more than 700 photos of men and women from California who have given their lives during the post 9-11 conflicts.
Calfornia is the 14th state to host a "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit. After a week at the Reagan Library, the exhibit moved to San Diego.
The story about the House family was typical of those associated with the opening week.
Tom Kisken, a reporter for the newspaper wrote that Larry House was doing okay at first. Wearing a black T-shirt bearing the words "Honor the Fallen," he made his way down the hallway flanked by an honor guard holding flags.
The retired, tattoo-covered sheriff's deputy made it down the stairway into the Air Force One Pavilion. The pavilion was filled with photos of the Californians who had given their lives. His son's picture was among the 700. He was pictured smoking the huge cigar his parents sent him for his 28th and last birthday.
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Daniel House died on Jan. 26, 2005, in a helicopter caught in a sandstorm in western Iraq. The crash killed 30 marines and one sailor.
John House was a husband and a father. He son, James, was born on Christmas Eve, a month before his father died.
James was there with his mother, John's widow, Melanie Bock, and about a dozen family members. Some left notes next to John's picture.
His son wrote, "Dear Daddy, I love you and miss you very much."
John father, Larry, told the reporter, "I was okay until I got down here and saw my grandson crying, a 10-year-old boy crying for a father he never met."
The newspaper report included many solemn pictures of people viewing the exhibit stories about their reaction.

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New speaker of the legislature deeply rooted in Nebraska history
By Reece Ristau,
Nebraska News Service
State Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney spent nearly as much time in the Nebraska State Capitol building as a child as he does currently as speaker of the Legislature.
Hadley, 72, who was elected speaker on Jan. 7, grew up in the shadow of the Capitol in what he called the "German-Russian bottoms" near 7th and G streets. He biked circles around the Capitol during summers and warmed up in it on cold walks to school.
"Back then, I never thought I'd be sitting here," Hadley said about his current office.
After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1960, Hadley attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln twice: for a bachelor's degree in accounting and a doctorate in accounting. When he left UNL with a Ph.D., Hadley took a job at the University of South Dakota as an assistant professor in the school of business. He then became associate dean of the same school.
When Hadley returned to Nebraska, he took on numerous political and education leadership positions. While serving as mayor of Kearney from 2004-2006, Hadley was simultaneously the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and chairman of the Good Samaritan Hospital Board. He has also served on the Kearney City Council.
His deep Nebraska roots don't stop there. Hadley's father-in-law, Kenneth Bowen, was also speaker of the Legislature from 1965 to 1966. Fifty years later, Hadley followed in his footsteps. He married Bowen's daughter, Marilyn, in 1972. Marilyn is from Red Cloud.
Marilyn, who met Galen while she was a master's student at UNL and he was working toward his Ph.D., said she is proud that her husband has accomplished what he has.
"There are a lot of similarities between (Galen and Kenneth)," she said. "They're people people, helping with compromise."
Galen and Marilyn have two children: Jay, a consultant for Accenture, a national consulting firm, and Abagail, an at-home mother in Denver.
Marilyn said she and her husband met at UNL in 1972 when a mutual friend arranged a double date for them. At first, she wasn't sure where the relationship would go. After their first date playing bridge with the other couple, Hadley went to Colorado. When he returned with a gift for her, Marilyn said from then on, it just clicked.
Although Hadley has called Nebraska home for more than half his life, he said he enjoys travel and has visited 58 countries, such as China, Russia and Kenya, where he and Marilyn went on a safari. The pair has also visited all seven continents.
While in Argentina, Hadley traveled to Ushuaia, one of the southernmost cities in the world, and boarded a Swedish icebreaker to travel to Antarctica.
He said he first ran for the Legislature because he thought it sounded like an interesting way to give back to Nebraska. At the time, there was an opening in his district due to term limits. Hadley said he believes his experiences as a leader in Kearney will shape his current position.
"I worked in areas where you had to learn to compromise and work with people to get things done," Hadley said. "Which is what my job is now, you know ­­ trying to work with people to get the work of the Legislature done."
As a senator, Hadley focused on taxation. Last year, he was instrumental in passing a set of bills he said will save Nebraskans $500 million in the next five years.
Hadley said his goals for the Legislature are to get property taxes under control, solve the problems in corrections, solve concerns in health and human services and solve school aid funding.
Becoming speaker, he said, has been one of the best moments of his career because of his colleagues' "faith in me to help them do their job."

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Unicameral Update
By Sen. John Kuehn
District 38
A number of controversial and complicated issues are coming to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature.  From gasoline taxes to the death penalty, extended debate is anticipated to take place when each comes up for deliberation. Many of the bills will elicit strong opinions in support and in opposition. To each issue, every individual brings their own life experiences, religious perspective and political ideology. I have heard from many people in District 38 regarding a number of the upcoming issues, in both strong support and equally strong opposition.  
LB 610 would add 1.5 cents per gallon to the current gasoline tax for a four-year period, to a total of 6 cents per gallon. The revenue would be directed to infrastructure improvements in roads and bridges. While I am certainly not in favor of increased taxes, the overwhelming need to repair aging bridges and other transportation infrastructure is a real and pressing need in rural Nebraska. As agriculture equipment continues to increase in size, the need is greater than ever to update our transportation infrastructure. Balancing the needs with the costs is the legislative challenge.
LB 268, which would repeal the death penalty, has advanced from the judiciary committee and has been prioritized by Sen. Chambers. While I believe the ultimate penalty should remain for the most heinous of crimes, the practical reality is that Nebraska does not have a legal death penalty in place now. Given that we have not executed a death row inmate since 1997, the penalty is not an effective deterrent. The costs associated with maintaining death row inmates for decades without a legal means of execution available is a significant use of taxpayer dollars.   
LB 106 would remove local control of livestock facility siting. LB 472 would expand the Medicaid program in Nebraska. LB 586 would extend workplace protection to LGBT individuals.  LB 623 would enable children of DACA status to obtain driver's licenses and state identification cards.  LB 599, which I prioritized, allows an exception to the increased minimum wage for high school students.
None of these are simple issues. I have invested many hours exploring and reflecting on each of these issues. My faith and my values are at the forefront of my meditations. My work on the appropriations committee has given me a new perspective on the costs associated with decisions made by state government, and their impact in both the short and long term on Nebraska taxpayers.
It is easy to have a strong, inflexible position on a controversial issue as a private individual. However, when I press the button on my desk and cast my vote, I am aware of the implications and responsibility. My votes have real costs to Nebraska families. They impact the jobs and working conditions of my constituents. It may even be the difference between life and death.   Whether you agree or disagree with my votes on upcoming issues, please know two things.  First, I have listened to your concerns and taken the opinions of all of my constituents on both sides of an issue into account during my deliberations. Second, I do not cast my votes on the amendments, procedures and underlying bills without deliberate thought, research, prayer and reflection.
Many difficult decisions on spending, policy and social issues lie ahead. I appreciate your comments on all issues before the legislature. To contact my office, please call 402-471-2732 or email at For daily updates, please follow me on Twitter at @JohnKuehnDVM.

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