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  • Brick Ceremony adds new P.O.W. Bricks and Display

    Penny Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    In a well attended brick laying ceremony on Sunday, August 6, the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 welcomed everyone for coming. In attendance were Veterans, family members of Veterans and dignitaries. Representing the Town of Pine Bluffs was Mayor Justin Fornstrom and his wife Kara, along with Town Council member Allie Leitza. Representing Senator John Barrasso was his Military Liaison Patrick Sheehan. Also in attendance was Martha Wilson from Senator Cynthia Lummis's office, and...

  • Burns holds National Night Out

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    The night was full of inclement weather but in Burns, Wyoming it was important to the people to spend time with the Laramie County Deputies. August 1st was National Night Out. The Laramie County Sheriff’s department was out in the community meeting people at different locations. Burns was one of the designated places for the event. National Night Out is slated as a time for law enforcement and the community to take a little time to have fun and learn about each other. This event was started in 1984 in the suburbs of Philadelphia, P...

  • Trail Days Parade Winners and more

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    Trail Days is a celebration everyone looks forward to every year. It started on Wednesday August 2nd and carried through to Sunday August 6th. This was the 73rd year for Trail Days. The Theme was 'Feels Like Home'. The weather was beautiful and perfect for most of the activities. At the Hunter Thompson Basketball camp there was a great turn out of kids for the beginning of the celebration. But in the afternoon on Friday with Fun Friday at the pool scheduled to start, it was shut down due to ligh...

  • Janet E. (Wasielewski) Mulvihill

    Aug 10, 2023

    Janet E. (Wasielewski) Mulvihill, 83, of Bushnell, died at the Kimball County Manor on Thursday, August 3, 2023. Funeral services for Janet will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Roger Gillming and Joe Perkins officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Janet's Tribute Wall and share condolences...

  • Haukup Family Reunion

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    The Haukap family has been using the Pine Bluffs Trail Days as a family reunion center for the past 14 years. With half of the family living here in the local area and the other half living in the Witcha, Kansas area, the family gets together at least twice a year. On Memorial Day the Pine Bluffs family heads down to Garden Plain, Kansas for their celebration. On the first weekend of August, the Kansas family takes the 8-9 hour drive to Pine Bluffs for Trail Days and the fun and food of the...

  • New Pastor arrives for Burns Immanuel Lutheran Church

    Kim Kranz|Aug 10, 2023

    Pastor Ellery Steffensen was ordained and installed on July 8, 2023. That was quite a big day for the newly graduate of the Seminary. He was ordained as a Pastor straight from Seminary and was installed to serve two churches the same day; with family present, and approximately 13 other Lutheran Ministers and many congregants from Immanuel Lutheran in Burns and St John's Lutheran in Kimball witnessing this event. He is originally from Kenai, Alaska, where he lived his entire childhood. He was a...

  • Lexie Jenkins Makes Curry College Spring 2023 Dean's List

    Aug 10, 2023

    MILTON, MA (08/08/2023)-- Curry College congratulates Lexie Jenkins of Burns, WY who was named to the Spring 2023 Dean's List. About Curry College Curry College, founded in Boston in 1879, is a private, co-educational, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres in Milton, Massachusetts. The College extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth. The College offers 25 undergraduate majors in specialized and liberal arts programs, as well as graduate degrees in accounting, business, education,...

  • UW Professor Named Fellow of Western Agricultural Economics Association

    Aug 10, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo.-Aug. 7, 2023-Christopher Bastian, a professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, was recently appointed a fellow in the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA). The WAEA is an organization dedicated to promoting greater coordination, research and impact of agricultural economics in the western United States and Canada. Bastian's induction as a fellow recognizes his decades-long contributions to WAEA and the discipline of...

  • Tomatoes 2023

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Aug 10, 2023

    Tomatoes are such a universally loved fruit that they deserve a unique, and special, mention every year. Stop and think about it. Tomatoes are everywhere. In ketchup, pizza sauce, marinara sauce, on sandwiches (gotta love the BLT), in stew, just name something. Then, of course, there are fresh tomatoes. I may be prejudice but I love my tomatoes right off the vine, not harvested green then allowed to ripen while they're in transit to the store. Tomatoes are coming into season now for local grower...

  • Pine Bluffs Council's Toast to Trail Days

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Town Council likes having this special event for the Trail Days Celebration every year. This is the second Toast to Trail Days with the Council. It was held on Friday August 4th from 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Pine Bluffs Distilling was a great place for the people to mingle with the council. The food was supplied by Bluffs Bakery and Currie"s Family Dining and was sponsored by Farmers State Bank and Gross Wilkinson Ranch, Inc. It was a charcuterie table with cheeses, meats,...

  • The Third Annual Connor Graves/Tyler Morgan Memorial Cornhole Tourney

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    Another sport that is taking the nation by storm is cornhole. Leagues and Tournaments are popping up all over the country and sponsors are scurrying to get involved. Maybe it's because you don't have to be any particular size, strength or gender to participate. Just be able to toss a small beanbag 30 feet across a field onto a short ramp. This is one sport you can throw with one hand and have your drink in the other. Pine Bluffs Trail Days organizers have had a cornhole tournament for the past...

  • Brothers attend Basketball Camp in Morrill

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    Two of the Pine Bluffs local boys attended the Mike Traders Mid-America Basketball Camp this year held in Morrill, Nebraska. Asher and Judah Lee attended the camp held on July 17th thru the 19th. Asher Lee attends Pine Bluffs High School and is a member of the Hornets basketball team. The camp is organized for boys and girls ages 7-18. The aim of the Mike Trader's Mid-America Basketball School is to teach and develop individual skills and to have fun. The daily schedule includes league games...

  • Trail Days Horseshoe Tourney

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    One of the events in the Trail Days menu was the horseshoe throwing challenge. The weather was picture perfect for the event and was well attended. The event was held at the horseshoe pits just south of the pool. Spectators and competitors alike were enjoying the sun and outside temperatures, which was in the 80's. For this tournament Chris Mossberg and Caleb Cranmore from Cheyenne would take home the first-place position. Zach Fornstrom and Clint Fornstrom would take home second place and...

  • Round Four of Summer Roping Series

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Roping Club continued its 2023 season last Friday after a two-week hiatus due to Cheyenne Trail Days. This event coincided with the Pine Bluffs Trail Days and had a season record 85 teams competing. Mother nature tried to put a damper on the event and dumped a bunch of rain early in the day. But the weather cleared, and the crew was able to get the arena in a condition that was able to let the rodeo run. The arena was a bit damp and the heelers were having a difficult time...

  • Slinging Mud at the Net

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 10, 2023

    One of the more exciting and fun to watch events during Trail Days is the mud volleyball tournament. This year 21 teams signed up to compete and at the end there was not a clean competitor in the bunch. The morning was a bit chilly as the volleyballers jumped into the mud and water. The gentle breeze made the water seem colder than it was, but this did not sway the teams from giving it their all. There were teams from all over the area, Cheyenne, Kimball, Bridgeport and even some from Colorado....

  • 73rd Trail Days Tractor Show

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    This year for Trail Days the first Tractor Show was hosted and coordinated by none other than Spencer Rabou, who loves tractors and farming. This is a very good thing because as we all know, tractors and farming go hand in hand. The show was held after the parade on Saturday. The turnout of tractors was great for the first year. There were a total of 12 tractors in the show. There were 11 John Deere's and one Farmall. People were wandering around looking and probably inspecting the great...

  • More Trail Days at the Park!

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    On hot days a lot of folks like ice cream. During Trail Days that weather was pretty warm and a bit windy. Last year the Pine Bluffs Lion's Club started serving ice cream in the park after the parade. This year they was a different locale which was more in the middle of the park.Ice cream eaters had a choice of strawberry or chocolate topping with sprinkles on their vanilla ice cream. The event was free with a choice to donate. They went through five gallons of ice cream and served about 150...

  • Longhorn Stampede 2023

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    The Trail Days committee believes a good run or walk for the day is a great start for the Saturday morning events for Trail Days. This is the 23rd annual 5K/ 1 mile Longhorn Stampede Fun Walk/Run. It started at 7:00 a.m. at the Pine Bluffs Community Center. The course is marked off throughout the town ending at the Community Center. Sonja Fornstrom gave the rules of the Walk/Run then she blow the horn. Of course, the runners were first off the starting line. There were 45 participants that were...

  • A Royal Coronation

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    The exciting wonderful celebration of Trail Days started off with the Queen Coronation on Wednesday August 2nd. This is the time for the people of the community to have the opportunity to be introduced to the new Queen and her attendant for Trail Days before the melodrama. The queen of the 2023-2024 Trail Days is Maddie Brown, daughter of Theresa and Chad Brown. She is a senior this year at Pine Bluffs High School. Brown said, " I am excited to represent Pine Bluffs and help at Trail Days. This...

  • More Trail Days - Feels Like Home

    Karen Lipska|Aug 10, 2023

    Pie can be eaten anytime of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, an afternoon or late night snack. Mmmmm! Pie!! During Trail Days is was a special social time with the pie. The United Women in Faith had their annual Trail days Pie social after the parade on Saturday August 5th located at the Pine Bluffs Methodist Church on Main Street. The women choose someone in the community who is having health issues. This year's recipient was Ken Johnson. Johnson graduated from Pine Bluffs and been a support...

  • Marching to the Beat of Trail Days

    Aug 10, 2023

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