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Congratulations to our Q4 Customer Survey Winners!

Say congratulations to our quarterly survey winners, Dean and Carol Seamann of Spalding, NE, Alice Gibson of Arnold, NE, and Connie Comes of Rushville, NE!

Dean and Carol Seamann of Spalding, NE receives their $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

Dean and Carol Seamann of Spalding, NE receive their $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

The survey provides feedback on how customers feel about and benefit from Great Plains Communications products and services. This information is helpful to track how technology is advancing the communities we serve and provides information to help make changes and improvements that can strengthen our business as a whole as well as enhance our customers’ experience.

Alice Gibson of Arnold, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

Alice Gibson of Arnold, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

We are always eager to get better insights from our customers and we know having as many responses as possible helps with this goal. We also understand that our survey takes time, so we created a coinciding drawing to thank you for participating. As you can see in the pictures, our winners, Dean & Carol, Alice, and Connie received $100 gift cards.

Connie Comes of Rushville, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

Connie Comes of Rushville, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q4 Customer Survey.

We always want to hear unbiased feedback, so it doesn’t matter how someone rates us, it just matters that they complete the survey. Every customer will be reached within a calendar year, so be on the lookout for your chance to win a great prize!

Wings Over the Platte – Congratulations, Abby Jensen!

We are excited to announce that Abby Jensen, Nebraska native and part of the Great Plains Communications family, has had four photography pieces chosen by The Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE as part of their ‘Wings Over the Platte’ show. Currently going on, and running until April 9th, ‘Wings Over the Platte’ is “Grand Island’s celebration of the return of the Sandhill Cranes every spring,” states their website. Along with Abby’s ‘Cradling the Moon’ piece being chosen for billboard advertising, she received two Awards of Merit for ‘Cradling the Moon’ and ‘Leading the Way’.

This celebration is not just for bird watchers, but for anyone who appreciates the beauty of the Sandhill Cranes and the Platte River. When visiting, you can find Abby’s artwork, as well as other pieces specific to the spring migration, at Stuhr Museum’s ‘Wings Over the Platte’ exhibit, Prairie Winds Art Center’s ‘Spirit of the Cranes’ exhibit, and in the gallery of the nature center.

Again, we want to congratulate Abby on the selection of her beautiful photography. All pieces are displayed below and will be for sale at the show.

The Origin of Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil did in fact see his shadow this morning, meaning six more weeks of winter. While Groundhog Day is one of the oddest traditions in the United States, most people don’t actually know where the whole idea started. Great Plains Communications looked to our cable channel, the History Channel for more on the origin of this bizarre holiday and we would like to share a few facts we found.

The idea originally stemmed from an ancient Christian tradition called Candlemas Day. History Channel describes Candlemas Day as a day when, “clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter,” with the candles, “representing how long and cold the winter would be”. From there, the Germans expanded on this idea and chose a hedgehog as a way of predicting the weather. Once German settlers made their way to America, they continued the tradition in Pennsylvania, but switching to the locally common groundhog rather than a hedgehog.

The first Groundhog Day celebration was on February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was created after a local newspaper editor, Clymer Freas, pitched the idea to a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters known as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. They found the area of Gobbler’s Knob where the inaugural groundhog has led to the Punxsutawney Phil we know today.

As the idea of a groundhog predicting weather picked up popularity, additional areas have adopted their own traditions of a local creature helping with the annual weather forecast. In Vermillion, Ohio, they have the wooly bear caterpillar, where if the insect has more orange than black coloring on its furry body, the coming winter will be mild. Places have also adopted their own local groundhog to make their predictions, such as General Beau Lee in Atlanta, GA, Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh, N.C., and Jimmy in Sun Prairie, WI.

Just as he saw his shadow this morning, Phil has seen his shadow 102 times in high contrast to the 17 times he has not. No matter if you are bundling up to get through the next six weeks of winter or celebrating the few more weeks for cooler temperatures, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a wonderful Groundhogs Day.

Don’t Miss Our Scholarship Deadline!

As the kids head into the second semester of school, the thought of graduation planning quickly becomes a reality. Continuing on after high school will bring new experiences, exciting information and also expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships.

The February 1, 2017 application deadline is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on this financial opportunity. You can find more information and a full listing of our scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadline will be here before you know it, so be sure to get your application in soon.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Get Fit in 2017 with the Nebraska 150 Challenge

It’s 2017 and for many that means New Year’s Resolutions. If you are one that’s trying to get fit for the New Year, find support in our great state of Nebraska. This March, Nebraska is celebrating 150 years of statehood and as part of this milestone, the Nebraska Sports Council, in partnership with the Celebrating Statehood Board and Staff, have launched a year-long web-based wellness challenge called NE 150 Challenge.

The NE 150 Challenge is free for individuals and offers motivation for achieving and tracking physical activity minutes, such as walking, running, and biking. This challenge presents a great opportunity for our state to rally around wellness.

To start tracking your activities, you must first register for an account. To register and find more information on the NE 150 Challenge, go to https://www.ne150challenge.com/.

Congratulations to Our Q3 Customer Survey Winners!

Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Say congratulations to our quarterly survey winners, Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE, Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE, and Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE!

The survey provides feedback on how customers feel about Great Plains Communications products and services, as well as how our products benefit the lives of our customers. This information is helpful to track how technology is advancing the communities we serve and provides information to help strengthen our business as a whole.

Broadband Technician, Adam Simpson presents Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE with her $100 Visa gift card.

Broadband Technician, Adam Simpson presents Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE with her $100 Visa gift card.

We are always eager to get better insights from our customers and we know having as many responses as possible helps with this goal. We also understand that our survey takes time, so we created a coinciding drawing to thank you for participating. As you can see in the pictures, our winners, Amy, Ashley, and Joyce received $100 gift cards.

Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

We always want to hear unbiased feedback, so it doesn’t matter how someone rates us, it just matters that they complete the survey. Every customer will be reached within a calendar year, so be on the lookout for your chance to win a great prize!

Supporting Local Veterans With Operation Homefront

In our previous social campaign, Great Plains Communications worked to raise awareness for the organization Operation Homefront by offering to donate $1 for every “like” we received on our Facebook post. Thanks to an abundance of support, we received 802 likes equaling $802. We want to thank everyone who liked and shared our post to further help us in our goal. To show our appreciation, Great Plains Communications would like to round out our donation to $1,000 to Operation Homefront. With a commitment from the organization, we have been notified that the full $1,000 will be used right here in our great state of Nebraska to help local veterans in need.

Some examples of ways donations are used:

  • Pay the electric bill of a military family
  • Help a warrior transition to civilian life
  • Help keep essential vehicle rolling
  • Pay for critical baby items
  • Help with rent and mortgage payments

Again we would like to thank everyone for their support in spreading awareness for our campaign, and we would like to give an even bigger thank you to the men and women who have and are currently serving our country.

Thanksgiving Recipes 2016

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and your friends and family have asked you to bring a dish. They will have the turkey and pie prepared, but ask you to bring a side dish. Great Plains Communications wants to share a few of our favorite side dish and accompaniments from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cravenous Cranberry Sauce – Tyler Florence

With every great turkey comes a tart and sweet cranberry sauce to pair with the savory flavors of the meat. Don’t bother with the gelatinous canned stuff, and switch it out for fresh cranberries and the citrus surprise of orange.

Sausage Chestnut Stuffing – Giada De Laurentiis

Impress your family and friends with this elevated stuffing recipe. While still getting the cornbread flavor of the boxed stuffing we are all used to, by adding sweet apples, savory sausage and texture through the chunks of chestnut, this dish will leave everyone’s taste buds wanting more.

Sunny’s Creamed Spinach Recipe – Sunny Anderson

Looking for something a little different from the traditional green bean casserole but still love the creamy texture? Try this creamed spinach recipe, which incorporates salty parmesan and convenient frozen spinach with the classic crunchy topping of fried onions.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Great Plains Communications!

Operation Homefront Social Campaign

This year, along with our Support Our Troops program, Great Plains Communications is doing a social campaign to help raise money and awareness for the organization, Operation Homefront. We not only want to thank the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country, but want to help where there is a constant need for assistance. Operation Homefront donates 92% of expenditures to building strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.

According to their website, in 2015 Operation Homefront placed 92 families in mortgage-free homes, gave $4.2 million in emergency assistance, provided 32,906 military children with holiday toys, and so much more.

We understand there is need all over the United States, including our state of Nebraska. So far in 2016, Operation Homefront has donated $2,290.58 towards auto payment and insurance, $4,995 for rent and mortgage, and other needs totaling $15,534.04 specifically provided to Nebraska military families.

By simply going to our Facebook page and liking our post shown in the graphic below, your like will be turned into a dollar that Great Plains Communications will donate to Operation Homefront at the end of the month (maximum donation $1,000). Help us help those who made the sacrifice for our country.

For more information on Operation Homefront, you can go to their website: www.operationhomefront.net.

Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing

Are you still marking your calendar with payment due dates, worrying about making sure you send it in on time? Great Plains Communications wants you to stop stressing over late fees and sign up for Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing.

  • Paperless Billing

Paperless Billing eliminates the hassle of waiting around for your bill to come. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, you will be set up in our convenient and user-friendly online eBill system. This system allows you to track your long distance minutes, see your billing history, and pay your bill online if you don’t use our Auto-Pay service.

  • Auto-Pay

Take the stress out of bill paying by signing up for Auto-Pay. Your payment will automatically be made from your account, saving you checks and eliminating late fees. You can also have your bill automatically charged to your credit card.

To show our appreciation, when you sign up for these services, Great Plains Communications automatically enters you in our monthly drawing to win up to $200 in Visa gift cards! Take a minute now to sign up by either filling out the form on our website or calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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