Fun Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Memorial Day weekend is almost here. That might mean your bags are packed for a fun getaway, your menu is being planned for a family get together or your garden supplies are out and ready to be put to use making the house and yard look spring fresh. No matter what your plans might be this extended weekend, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with a few of our cable television channels to bring you some tips and ideas of how to make this Memorial Day weekend even better.


If you are planning a trip this weekend, check out Travel Channel’s video for some restaurants and summery foods to keep an eye out for on your way. No matter what direction you are headed in, there are loads of tasty treats waiting for you and your family to enjoy.

Planning a staycation this weekend? Food Network has all the fun and fresh recipes you need to dazzle your family and friends. In this video you will learn how to make Ree Drummond’s fried chicken recipe from her show The Pioneer Woman. Full of flavor and crunch, it is a dish the entire family will enjoy.

With warm weather and a long weekend, this could be your time to freshen up the house. With this video by HGTV, you could have the front of your house looking spring time fresh with colorful flowers and accent shrubbery.

However you choose to celebrate Memorial Day and enjoy the long weekend, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful time.


Benefits of telehealth solutions for Rural Healthcare


The adoption of telehealth solutions and the technology that drives them has had a highly positive impact on healthcare for the citizens and medical professionals of Rural America. Improved quality of care and quality of life, significant cost savings, and increased economic opportunities can all be achieved through the adoption of telehealth solutions powered by a reliable, high speed, fiber optic network.

Improving quality of care and decreasing costs

When seconds are critical, telehealth solutions allow medical professionals to share records, diagnose, devise treatment plans, educate, and even consult during critical surgical procedures in real-time all across the nation.  In addition to the strides made in healthcare quality, reliable high-speed Internet access that powers telehealth solutions has the potential to significantly decrease costs for patients and medical facilities nationwide through streamlined efficiencies and the elimination of unnecessary patient transfers.

Bringing reliability, scalability, and opportunity to Rural Nebraska

Great Plains Communications is proud to bring Rural Nebraska hospitals and medical facilities the dedicated Internet access and managed Ethernet services that allow the implementation of reliable, scalable, telehealth solutions powered by our statewide, 5,000 mile fiber optic network.

Hospitals served by Great Plains Communications

  • Gordon Memorial Hospital-Gordon, NE
  • Fremont Health-Fremont, NE
  • Brown County Hospital-Ainsworth, NE
  • Callaway District Hospital-Callaway, NE
  • Chadron Community Hospital-Chadron, NE
  • Chase County Hospital-Imperial, NE
  • Community Hospital-McCook, NE
  • Perkins County Hospital-Grant, NE
  • Jennie M. Melham Hospital-Broken Bow, NE
  • Columbus Community Hospital-Columbus, NE
  • Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital-Hastings, NE
  • Alegent Creighton Hospital-Plainview, NE
  • Webster County Community Hospital-Red Cloud, NE
  • Alegent Health Memorial Hospital-Schuyler, NE








Armed Forces Day – May 16, 2015

“On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day in replacement of the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.” The unified day stemmed from the creation of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

This Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2015, Great Plains Communications would like to say ‘Thank you’ to all who have served, are currently serving or have stood by in marriage to uphold and support the safety of our country. No matter what branch nor rank, we appreciate and honor all who have answered the call to serve.

If you or a loved one have served or are currently serving, tell us your name or your loved one’s name, branch and years of service below so that we can post a specific honor. Again, Great Plains Communications would just like to say ‘Thank you’ for making the sacrifice and keeping our country safe.


Don’t Miss Out on the MLB Network

Don’t miss a second of the action this baseball season. We are just about a month in and already exciting things are happening across the board. Will the Royals be able to finish on top again this year? How long will Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers remain at the top of the pitching strike-out leader board? Great Plains Communications wants to help make sure you don’t miss out on the excitement, by bringing you all the action on the MLB Network. Check out MLB Central, MLB Tonight and regular season baseball for all the updates, news stories and inside opinions.

If you are not a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to sign up today, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to help you.


Hurry and Enter the Mother’s Day Sweepstakes!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Gifts are being bought and flowers are being selected. Let Great Plains Communications help make this year extra special by entering our 2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250. Time is running out! The contest ends tonight at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to honor your mom, and win a $250 Visa gift card! Simply enter below, telling us something special about your mom and all she has done for you.


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Ever wondered about the history behind the holiday of May 5th? Have you always thought it was the Mexican Independence Day? Well, it’s not. Cinco de Mayo is in fact a day to commemorate the victory Mexico had over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War of 1862. We know the day to be filled with parades, good food and tons of festive music, when in fact the holiday is a bigger deal in the United State than it is in Mexico. Watch this video through the History Channel, to find out more on how the Mexican army affected U.S. troops with their victory over France.

How will you celebrate this Cinco de Mayo? Here are a couple recipes to keep in mind this evening when celebrating with family and friends.

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Mole is a traditional Cinco de Mayo dish, as Puebla claims to be the place of origin for the thick, savory and chocolate-tinged sauce. Check out this easy Chicken Mole Enchiladas recipe by Chef Marcela Valladolid from the Food Network:

Tres Leches Cake

This cake is sweet, spongy and a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As Tres Leches Cake translates to “three milks cake”, you can expect to use evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream to give this treat the light and airy texture that makes it delicious.

Great Plains Communications wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Cinco de Mayo!


Congratulations 2015 Grant Recipients

Each year, Great Plains Communications is proud and honored for the chance to support our communities through our “Commitment to our Schools” program. This year we were able to present five grants totaling over $20,000. We would like to take this time to again congratulate all of our 2015 grant recipients:

-          Callaway Public Schools – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money towards purchasing equipment for what they call “The Cube” broadcasting system. “The Cube” system will be used to broadcast programs and events throughout different areas of Callaway High School.

-          Chadron Intermediate School – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward their long time plans of purchasing a 3D printer.

-          Hayes Center High School – Ann Fornoff  - $4,000 Grant

As a surprise to Ann Fornoff, she was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Throughout her career, Fornoff has shown tireless dedication as an English teacher, advisor, mentor and advocate for students of Hayes Center High School. She believes in going above and beyond for her students, offering extra help and advice to help them succeed.

-           Spalding Academy – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward integrating Science and Math with Technology for their students, to enhance the STEM curriculum. By purchasing sensors, Chromebooks, usb links, software program site licenses and miscellaneous supplies for student training and challenges, they believe this grant will help them reach their goal.

-          Niobrara Public Schools – $4,700 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward their “Project IF”, which is their plan in looking for ways to have their students learn through an “individual format” and receive “immediate feedback” on skills in the area of mathematics. With the grant, the schools will be able to purchase two 10-packs of iPad minis 16GB with Wi-Fi. This purchase will give the students and staff a huge step forward in reaching their goals through “Project IF”.


Help us in congratulating our 2015 grant recipients!


2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes

She checked for monsters under your bed, still holds the gold medal for best chicken pot pie, can’t carry a tune but was the last voice you wanted to hear as you drifted off to sleep. Is it the way she made reading easier and more fun? Or is it the way you would always know she’d have your back through anything? She’s a teacher. She’s a supporter. She’s a best friend. And she is your mom.

This Mother’s Day Great Plains Communications wants to help you make the day a little more special for mom. By entering our 2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes, you could win a $250 gift card. All you have to do is “Like” the Great Plains Communications Facebook page and fill out an entry form, sharing something you find special about your mom either down below or under the Sweepstakes tab on Facebook.

The sweepstakes will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday May 7, 2015. The winner will be contacted and announced Friday May 8, 2015.

For more information, refer to the Terms and Conditions section of the entry form or call our Customer Response Center at 1-888-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to help you.

Let’s Hear it for the Moms!


2015 Summer Television Premieres

Wayward Pines

Looking for some new suspense in your life? Wait no longer than May 14, 2015 when Wayward Pines premieres its first episode on FOX. With a combination of drama, fantasy and suspense all wrapped up in a small town nobody seems to leave from, you know there are secrets waiting to be revealed.


The excitement of the 60’s, a combative detective and a missing young girl are just a few of the things you could find in the new series Aquarius, premiering May 28, 2015 on NBC. What starts out to be a missing person case is quickly revealed to be in connection with the notorious Charles Manson.

The Whispers

When numerous fatal and mysterious incidents occur in Washington D.C., an FBI child specialist is called in to understand the connection to a group of children who claim their imaginary friend Drill told them to do it. Don’t miss the drama and suspense filled new series The Whispers premiering June 1, 2015 on ABC.


Make your Home Energy Efficient this Earth Day

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in our society’s day-to-day routine, people often forget about simple ways of helping our planet by staying energy efficient. Great Plains Communications would like to share just a few steps you can take to make sure your home is energy efficient this Earth Day, April 22, 2015.


1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

2.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

By making the switch, you could reduce your home’s energy use by around a third, to as much as 80%.

3.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.


These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what echo-friendly activities you have planned for tomorrow in the comments below.

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