CUSTER COUNTY—Three Custer County businesses are celebrating their history as well as their future as staples in the community and were recognized during the annual Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Awards Presentation on October 10.
The annual picnic and awards presentation was held at the Arrow Hotel East parking garage on Sunday afternoon and event attendees enjoyed Runzas, burgers, and beverages as they celebrated the new CEDC office location, new Executive Director Keith Ellis, and multiple community awards.
Friend of Community Award: Broken Bow Golf Club
Business Innovator Award: Sargent Irrigation and Pipe
Healthcare Champion Award: Central Nebraska Medical Clinic PC
Wheel Horse Award: Mike Evans
Longstanding CEDC board member and past president Mike Evans was honored with the Wheel Horse Award for his service to the board, special projects, and years of dedication to the county.
The Broken Bow Golf Club (BBGC)–formerly Broken Bow Country Club–was incorporated June 1, 1962. For years it has continued improving the golf course and the clubhouse. A capital improvement campaign was held to remodel the clubhouse as a place to socialize and play golf. Club Manager Faith Oberg and Groundskeeper Gage Garnas.
Sargent Irrigation began as Charles Sargent Irrigation Company around 1953 and grew with the help of Larry Whitesel and Wayne “Pete” Kaps. Sargent Pipe Company, Inc. was formed in 1969. Today, Sargent Pipe produces turbine pumps and other areas of manufacturing: drilling rigs, pump hoists, drill support and pump installation equipment, as well as pipe perforation services, custom CNC machine work, and custom fabrication work.
Sargent Drilling began doing the municipal and industrial contracting in the early 2000s. Sargent Irrigation and Sargent Pipe together have 160 employees and branches throughout Nebraska and beyond and is one of the largest privately held water well contractors in the United States.
Central Nebraska Medical Clinic (CNMC) was incorporated March 1, 1973 by Dr. Loren Jacobsen and Dr. Mike Chaloupka. The clinic has seen several physicians and mid-level providers through the years including owners David Minnick, M.D., Robert Kahnk, M.D., and Julie Lindstrom, D.O. (who is the daughter of Dr. Loren Jacobsen).
The clinic has a huge economic impact on Broken Bow and surrounding communities (with outreach clinics in Sargent and Arcadia) and brings people to the area. Family medicine practitioners provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages and genders through all stages of life. Care includes wellness and preventative medicine, chronic and acute care, minor surgery, and immediate treatment.
CNMC employs 45 staff members and remained open during COVID-19 to care for patients. It continues to update electronic health records and keep up with changes in medicine to provide high quality care.