Get Prepared for Winter Weather

With the winter watch being placed for our area for the weekend NOW is the time to get prepared. Here are a few things you can do now.

  • Pay attention to weather reports and road reports – do not travel if you do not need to
  • Make sure you gas tank is full in your vehicle
  • Do you have an emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Check antifreeze levels in your vehicle
  • Do you have heavy coats, hats, boots and gloves for everyone in the family
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • Charge your cell phones and other electronic devices
  • If you will be separated from family members make sure you know where they are before the storm and where/when you will meet up afterwards
  • Do you have extra water on-hand
  • Do you have the groceries you need, do it now you may not be able to get there is/when the weather moves in
  • Check you supply of flashlights and extra batteries and lanterns
  • Do you have plans for your children if there is no school or you have to work
  • Prepare for your outside pets so they have a place to be
  • Do you have the snow blower ready, do you have snow shovels or other means to clean your walks and driveways
  • Do you have ice melt for the walks and driveways to help prevent ice on walkways
  • Are you prepared if the power goes out – have extra blankets to keep warm if the power goes out
  • Do you know how to operate you electric garage door
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows
  • Check on your neighbors, especially your elderly ones

Sign into EBSCO Databases with Your Google Account

EBSCO has made it easier for you to sign into their databases, by allowing you to sign in with Google.  To do this go to Nebraska Access   

Sign into one of the EBSCO databases.  I clicked on Master File.

Put in the Passover for the site.

Sign into EBSCo

Click on sign in.

Ebsco sign in

Here you can sign in with Google, or create your own username and password.

Live Well During the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a time family, friends, food, and fun.  It is also a time of stress on your body and in your relationships.  The good staff of the Dakota County Health Department want to help you have a happier and healthier holiday season, by offering you the program Living Well.

Living Well is a six week program designed to help people  live better with chronic conditions that, may lead to life limiting conditions.  The class is for those who suffer from chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers.  Whether you struggle with physical or psychological, Living Well is for you.

This program will help you to:

  • Find support from others in the class. Chronic illnesses can leave one feeling isolated.  This program will give you the opportunity to connect with others who are affected by chronic illness.
  • Find ways to manage pain and feeling tired. Chronic illnesses drain  our strength.  In this program you will find ways to make the holiday season more enjoyable because your illness is under control.
  • Learn about healthy eating and exercise habits. This will help you to celebrate in a healthy manner.
  • Learn to manage stress,
  • Set and reach goals and,
  • Learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

These tools will help you during the holiday season and all year long.

The classes are held at the Dakota City United Methodist Church, 1523 Locust Street, in Dakota City, Nebraska.  Contact the Dakota County Health Department to sign up for this program, 402-987-2164, to save your seat.  Remember, seating is limited.

As an incentive, the Health Department will provide you with a book that reinforces what you will be learning from the class.  In addition the Church will offer these incentives for attendance.

  • Know your numbers
  • Family meals
  • Cooking Demos
  • Alternative gardening.

Classes begin October 31st.  Call 402-987-2164 to reserve your seat for this six session program.

Storytelling of the Dakota

Humanities NebraskaJoyzelle Gingway Godfrey will present Storytelling of the Dakota at the South Sioux City Public Library on Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation demonstrates the historic societal structure of the Dakota people through the medium of storytelling. The adventures of the first set of twins born in the world will give a glimpse of the family structure, food gathering and beliefs of their tribal people.

Joyzelle Godfrey is a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Her storytelling is based on the historical culture of her .

This program is made possible through the generosity of Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the State of Nebraska.

Diane R. Bartels presents “Sharpie” at Dakota County Historical Society Event

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Diane R. Bartels will present, “Sharpie: Nebraska’s Queen of the Air”, on Friday October 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.  This program is presented by the Dakota County Historical Society.

This Power Point presentation is based on Bartels’ extensive research and book about Evelyn Sharp, a pioneering, teenage aviatrix who became a war hero. Sharp taught men to fly and was one of the first women to ferry U.S. Army Air Force fighters during World War II, freeing men for combat. The program is appropriate for students as well as adults.

Diane Bartels is a lifelong Nebraskan who grew up wanting to fly airplanes. She earned her pilot certificate in 1966 and with that evolved a commitment to aerospace education and the preservation of Nebraska’s rich aviation heritage. In 1991, Diane was recognized as Nebraska’s Teacher-Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award made it possible for her to write and publish “Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s Aviatrix.” Diane belongs to several aviation organizations, has been published in journals and periodicals and has presented at national conferences. She served as principal consultant for the NETV documentary film “Sharpie: Born To Fly.”

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and the Dakota County Historical Society, through the HN Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States. All presentations last for approximately thirty minutes to an hour and include time for questions from the audience. Programs are available for any non-profit or educational organization in the state and can be tailored based on the age and size of the audience. More information about how to book speakers through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau can be found online at

The Dakota County Historical Society Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday each month from January to October, at the Dakota City Public Library, at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  The Dakota County Historical Society operates Combs School, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the O’Connor House.  For an appointment call 402-987-3516.

National Preparedness Month: Make and Practice Your Plan

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year’s theme is Disasters Happen.  Prepare now.  Learn how.  This week, September 1st through 8th, the focus is on Make and Practice Your Plan. has several pages to help you to make and practice your plan.

Be Informed  has links to a number of pages on how to prepare for a number of potential dangers/ disasters.

Make a Plan brings the participant to create a checklist of what you need to do to prepared for disasters.  They provide PDFs on related issues.

Get Involved has several helpful ways you can get involved in your community before a disaster.

Kid’s Page is a condensed version of what youth need to know to be a part of helping their family and/ or community to prepare for disasters.

School Bus Awareness

The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.

Schools are starting in the area and drivers need to pay attention to children walking, crossing the streets and school buses picking up and dropping off children.

Students all over the country rely on school buses to get them safely to and from school and other activities. As responsible drivers, we can help keep kids safe by practicing caution when school buses and children are present.

Here are some basic bus safety rules that every driver can follow:

  1. When you see a school bus’s flashing red lights with a stop sign, this indicates that drivers should stop.
  2. When you see flashing lights on school bus, drivers in either direction of the bus should stop until the lights go off and the bus moves again.
  3. Yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop to unload or pick up children. Consider stopping or proceed with caution.
  4. Always wait until children are safely on sidewalks before accelerating near a bus stop.

If you’re driving near a school bus and you aren’t sure exactly what the rules are? Better safe than sorry! Stopping for school buses is one of the most important things you can do on the road. Remember, children may not know or understand just how dangerous the roadway can be and it’s up to you to be appropriately – and often overly – cautious around them.

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