2015 Summer Series Premieres

Some days the summer heat seems just too hot and sitting on your couch with a Popsicle and a good show sounds too good to pass up. Here are some of Great Plains Communications’ favorite programs that have recently premiered. Beware of laughter, love triangles and sharks.

Shark Week: Discovery, July 5-12

Chasing Life: ABC Family, July 6

Hollywood Game Night: NBC, July 7, 2015

Let us know what you are watching this summer!


Fourth of July Recipes by Food Network

Fourth of July is like the Thanksgiving of summer. You celebrate with family and friends and a belly full of good food. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with one of our cable channels, the Food Network to bring you a few recipes to add to the menu this weekend. From patriotic desserts to side dishes that are guaranteed hits, check out additional recipes on Food Network’s website.


Wave Your Flag Cheesecake

Grilled Citrus Chicken Thighs

Gina’s Orzo Salad

Great Plains Communications will be closed Saturday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!


Fourth of July Safety Tips

Sparklers with American Flag

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with the red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. While there is much fun to be had, the holiday weekend comes with some risk of harm and Great Plains Communications has a few tips to keep in mind so that everyone can enjoy a happy and safe time.

  1. Keep Child Use of Fireworks Supervised at All Times

Fireworks come in all shapes, sizes, and power levels. They also come with different degrees of injury potential. This is why adult fireworks are not safe when handled by children. One way to help supervise the situation is to keep child appropriate fireworks in a separate place from any that could cause them harm, and always have a supervising adult present when any kind of fireworks are nearby.

  1. Use Alcohol Responsibly

Alcohol is often a factor in many Fourth of July festivities, and can be a dangerous combination with fireworks. Use cautiously and be sure to have a designated driver to bring partygoers home after the event ends.

  1. Be Cautious of Food and Beverages Being Left Outdoors

Leaving food and some beverages in summer outdoor temperatures can cause food-borne illness. According to the U.S. FDA, you should never leave food out for more than one hour when temperatures reach above 90 F and no more than two hours for lower summer temperatures. Not only dairy and eggs can cause food poisoning, but any food has the potential to become contaminated.

With these tips in mind, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!



Throwback Thursday – This Day in History

Great Plains Communications is teaming up with the History Channel to bring you a Throwback Thursday to This Day in History. Here are just a few things that happened, while you can find a full listing on the History Channel website.

  • 1942: Eisenhower took command
  • 1950: The Korean War began
  • 1956: The Last Packard produced – “Ask the Man Who Owns One”

Enjoy the History Channel, along with a long lineup of other exceptional channels when you have cable through Great Plains Communications. Call our Custer Response Center to sign up today at 1-855-853-1483, and a representative will be happy to help you.


Dad & Me Photo Contest Winner – Kay Kruger


Kay Kruger - "This is a picture of my dad with me and my four siblings celebrating New Years Eve. My dad has been a great role model and supporter. He has a great sense of humor - our toast was probably something like "Here's mud in your eye!"

Congratulations to Kay Kruger of Gordon, NE on winning Great Plains Communications’ 2015 Dad & Me Photo Contest, receiving a $250 Visa gift card! In dedicating her entry to her father, Kay wrote:

“This is a picture of my dad with me and my four siblings celebrating New Year’s Eve. My dad has been a great role model and supporter. He has a great sense of humor – our toast was probably something like ‘Here’s mud in your eye!”

We would also like to thank everyone who entered the contest, as we feel all the fathers deserve recognition. Here is a slideshow of the entries with their dedications. Please help us in congratulating Kay and acknowledging all of the wonderful fathers.

Wendy Wieseler

"My dad is my hero he was deployed when I was 4 weeks old and was gone for 13 months I got to help my dad put up the flag at a high school football game in Crofton. Love Jazzmyn"

Joni Johnson

"This is a picture of my husband, Troy and his mini me, Trent. What Troy did, Trent did!"

Charlynn Hamilton

"It was my wedding day in 1981, my mother had had a stroke in 1977 so dad and I planned some of the wedding! Lots of wonderful memories! He loved to be around people and do what he could for them, a trait he taught me! My father passed in 1997 from cancer. I took him to many doctor appointments. He was my rock! Taught me so many great things especially to have faith in God and to love others! I miss him so much everyday!"

Megan Nelson

"My little guy had had enough. he was tired, grumpy, and didn't want to be in a shopping cart! His Daddy was very sympathetic to his situation and was not above looking silly for the sake of his baby boy. I sure do love that man."

Jordan Rishel

"I am, and always have been, a Daddy's Girl. This just shows that we have been close since the beginning :)"

Erin Eickhoff

"My Dad is Mark Stottler and worked for Great Plains Communications for 33 years. He passed away this past Augustand this is our first Father's Day without him. This picture was taken at the golf course in Tekamah, NE. He loved golfing, fishing and hunting. My brother and I miss him very much."

Mark is truly missed at Great Plains Communications.

Molly Bossman

"This was a picture we took on my last day of high school. There's a lot of things that I'm going to miss about high school, but I think seeing my dad everyday will be the thing I miss the most. He's always been there for me and encouraged me to do my best in everything that I did. He's been my rock, my counselor, and more importantly, my friend. We don't always get along, but I know it's because he always want to protect me and keep me safe. Dad, I may be graduating and moving on to bigger and better things, but I will forever and always be your little girl."

Tim Strand

"A picture of me and my dad (along with our wives) on my wedding day. Dad has been there a lot through my life but this was a very special day.

Kathy Olson

"Always my dad's little girl! Love and miss him so much!!"

Justin Meyer

"I'm pretty much in call 24/7 so I'm gone a lot for work but when I'm home me and my kiddos love to spend our time on the river fishing. Two of the best fishing buddies you can find!"

Camie Cox

"Coaching her in basketball and life!!"

Ciera Tweedy

"This is my daddy and I when I was about 9 months old. He was my hero a hard working principal, coach, fireman and emt. He dedicated his life each and every day to helping others and asking nothing in return. 6 years ago I lost him to a massive heart attack but he has been my gaurding angel watching over me as I found out of my serious heart condition. This picture reminds me of the peace and love I found being with him as he watched over me."

Karla Bossman

"Since I lost my dad 8 1/2 years ago, I really miss his hugs and this picture reminds me of how much he loved me."

Jerra Rempe

"Me and my dad "shaving" when I was 5."

Kelsey Shrum

"This was the little man's first airplane ride. Daddy made sure he was comfortable the whole flight! He is daddy's little superman!!"

Reann Ford Risor

"My dad had a stroke when I was in high school and spent 7 years in a nursing home. By the time my wedding came, he could barely walk but was able to stand and dance an entire dance with me at my wedding. I swear time had stopped. My father died 7 months later but it is a time I will always remember and cherish!"

Jennifer Peterson

"Jason & Ally"


Cyber Security and Summer Vacations

Summer vacations are something we all look forward to at every age. Soaking up some rays by the lake, experiencing a new place or just relaxing with the family. While the car ride used to be filled with yelling out states as you spotted them on passing license plates and the anticipation of winning I Spy, it has turned into a quiet murmur from headphones and clicking from the new game the kids downloaded. As you take technology along this summer, Great Plains Communications would like you to keep these cyber security tips in mind to ensure all your information stays safe and secure.

1.       Limit the Social Media Vacation Posts Until You Get Back

Turn off check-ins and location tracking. People are always sharing the hottest new restaurants they visited and what gyms they frequent. While that tells us where they are, it also tells scammers and criminals where they aren’t, at home. Limit vacation posts until you return from your trip. Broadcasting that you are states away from your home opens a window of opportunity for criminals to climb through.

2.       Lock Up Your Gadgets

Make sure to password protect everything, from tablets to cellphones. Another way to lock up your devices is by using the safe in the hotel room when leaving them unattended. Like your wallet, the information on your computer is private and important, so be sure to keep them locked up if you leave them in the room during an outing.

3.       Be Cautious When Using Public Wi-Fi

Check with a source before connecting. Wi-Fi network names are manually created, which means scammers could easily create theirs to mimic a nearby airport or hotel. Once connected to a scammer’s network, your data is in their hands.

4.       Stick to the Basics

Bring what you need and leave the rest at home. Just like you don’t bring every pair of shoes on your trip, you don’t need to bring every device you own. The time is to be spent with family. Facebook will still be there when you get back. Don’t forget to look up this summer and enjoy all the excitement and relaxation a vacation provides.


Dad & Me Photo Contest

What is a Dad?

He’s a…

Provider, a teacher a protector from danger

He cuddles and tickles

He’s obsessed with dill pickles

He’s a storybook reader, a role model and leader

He’s Dad

And through it all, I know he’ll always be there

Father’s Day is almost here, and Great Plains Communications (GPC) wants to dedicate this week to all the dads in our communities by providing an opportunity to win a $250 Visa gift card. To qualify for entry in the Dad & Me Photo Contest, you must be a GPC customer, age 19 or older and submit the following in the entry form below:

  • A picture of you and Dad
  • A caption of what makes the memory special
  • Your first and last name
  • A current email to contact you in case you are the lucky winner

You have until June 19 at 8:00 pm to enter, and the winner will be announced on all GPC social sites Monday, June 22. A father holds a special place in one’s heart, no matter if he is in the house next door, across the country or watching over from above. We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Father’s Day!




It’s College World Series Time!

It is the 66th year for the College World Series in Omaha, NE and baseball lovers are getting excited as the opening day ceremonies commence tomorrow evening, Friday June 12, 2015. There are a few new changes coming this year, from a pep band in the stands to new food items accompanied by the exciting baseball experience the College World Series is known for providing. So, no matter what colors you will be sporting or what team you’ll be cheering for, just remember to catch all the excitement on ESPN.

If you have any questions about your Great Plains Communications cable service, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.


2015 Summer Parade Schedule

Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel had a great time going to different communities around Nebraska last summer and is excited to make even more friends this parade season! Chatty will be available to take pictures, give high-fives and hand out fun green and blue Frisbees. Here is a list of our upcoming events:

  • Saturday, June 13, 2015: Gateway to the West Days in Blair, NE
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015: Q 125 Celebration Parade in Snyder, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015: 125th Year Celebration in Bloomfield, NE
  •  Saturday, June 27, 2015: Pioneer Picnic Parade in Callaway, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015: Fur Trade Days in Chadron, NE
  • Monday, July 27, 2015: Custer County Bull Riding Classic in Broken Bow, NE
  • Saturday, August 1, 2015: Red Cloud Street Car Days – Chatty will be here!
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015: Thayer County Fair in Deshler, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015: Knox County Fair; Sponsor of the Bull-A-Rama in Bloomfield, NE
  • Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15, 2015: Sponsor of the Chase County Fair Concert Series and Parade – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, September 26, 2015: Heritage Days Parade in McCook, NE – Chatty will be there!

So, if you are in the area for any of these events keep an eye out for Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel and come give a high-five or a friendly hug. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Facebook page!


Meet a Tech – Travis Arduser

We pride ourselves on being able to service communities across Nebraska, with technicians not only working in those communities but truly being a part of them. We would like to take the time each month to spotlight these wonderful employees who lend a helping hand both in and out of the office.

We’re starting it off with one of Great Plains Communications’ (GPC) newest employees, Travis Arduser. Travis has been with the company for just about three and a half months, working out of the Wisner office. When asked what his favorite part of the job is, he responded, “Being on the construction part of (the job), its being able to work outside and do something different every day. You never get in a routine.”

Not originally from the area, Travis moved around from Osmond, West Point and Laurel, NE before finding his way to Wisner. He and his wife Sonya have found a community they feel fits their family of five with one of his favorite parts being, “that we have a very good school system, I feel very good about sending my kids to the Wisner-Pilger Schools.” The Arduser family enjoys spending time fishing, as well as traveling through summer months showing each of their well-groomed 4H pigs.

So if you are in Travis’ neck of the woods, we encourage you to say hi! Great Plains Communications is a family-owned, Nebraska-owned company and we couldn’t do it without our techs and their families. Help us in thanking Travis for his hard work and dedication to the company and Wisner community.

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