Eagle Community News

By Julie Kreikemeier | jbkreikemeier@hotmail.com - July 20, 2017

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The iconic detasseling bus appeared last week in the Elementary School Parking lot. For the local young people that Glock Detasseling employs, that means a paycheck, and some hot July days, for their parents, it means getting up very early to get them off to work in the morning and very exhausted kids in the afternoon. For every native Nebraskan in a small town, it is a sure sign that it is summer in the Midwest!


Glock Detasseling employs over 1,000 young adults every summer. Their website states that they have been in business since 1993 and have crews from all around the area such as Wahoo, Lincoln, Waverly, Walnut, Weston, Elkhorn, Eagle and Grand Island. Here in the Midwest, detasseling is often a rite of passage.


One local young resident, Sierra Umland is on her 6th summer of detasseling! She started when she was just 12 years old. “I would recommend the job (to others) because it’s super good money for kids who are unable to work otherwise because of their age. Especially (many) 12-15 year olds would be unable to get a summer job! My least favorite thing would have to be the heat, and my favorite thing would be the money,” she said.


I also spoke to Maddie Dutton a second-year employee. “The best thing about detasseling is getting to socialize all day and get paid while doing it! My least favorite thing is the long 13 hour days and the unbearable heat,” she said.


At the end of June, seven of our local youth along with two chaperones participated in the Higher Things 2017 Youth Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This group are all members of the Eagle Immanuel Lutheran Church. Their trip was from June 27-30. The conference had over 200 youth attendees. Kieayra Reinwald of Eagle was glad to be there and said she was able to learn more about her religion compared to others and enjoyed hanging out with her friends while there.


“We had divine services, morning services, nighttime prayer and breakout sessions where we listened to pastors talk about certain subjects. We had two hours of free time every night and we had several things our group did together. Archery, tag, basketball, swimming and more,” Reinwald said.

This conference allowed the attendees to meet other peers outside of their own area while learning about their religion.


Please send any Eagle Community story ideas or bits of info you think newsworthy to jbkreikemeier@hotmail.com.





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