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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.

Time to Set The Clocks Back – Daylight Saving Time

It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. As we turn our clocks back this Sunday, November 6, 2016, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with our cable channel, History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

The real reason we adjust our clocks twice a year is based on energy conservation and a attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.

Support Our Troops Program 2016!

It is November 1, which means we quickly switch from spooky festivities to holiday cheer. Great Plains Communications understands the importance of community during this time. No matter if you find it within relatives or close friends, spending time together and showing love and appreciation for one another is what makes the holiday season beautiful. We also understand that this isn’t as easy for everyone, because a child or brother, best friend or spouse are sacrificing their life for our country as a member of the Armed Forces.

To thank our troops and their families for the sacrifices they make, we have brought back our Support Our Troops Program! From November 1 through December 31, 2016, Great Plains Communications is offering free shipping to customers with loved ones in the Armed Forces. In doing so, we hope to help our customers send a little piece of home to their soldier serving overseas or stateside this holiday season.

We understand this is a stressful time and we want to help. Below are the simple instructions to getting the goodie box to your loved one, on us.

  1. Pick up a 12 x 12 x 6 box from your local post office (maximum of 1 box per customer).
  2. Fill it with approved items and complete the registration, including your Great Plains Communications account number.
  3. Great Plains Communications will send you a pre-paid postage stamp for the standard rate (see #1 for box specifications).
  4. Attach the stamp and your Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note to the outside of the box and take to your local post office.

The Support Our Troops Program has officially started, so let us help you build that sense of community this holiday season. For more information on the program, visit our website at https://www.gpcom.com/troops.

Halloween 2016

With Halloween on a Monday this year, this weekend will be full of festive activities such as parties, trunk-or-treats, and costume contests. No matter your age, it is always smart to be cautious around Halloween, as pedestrian traffic increases significantly and there are many distractions. Safe Kids Worldwide provided an infographic breaking down some statistics about the season.

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Now that we are all prepared, Great Plains Communications has chosen some of our favorite Halloween recipes provided by our cable channel, Food Network. Make Deviled Ham Eyeballs Sandwiches with Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, for a more savory take on the holiday. For a good mix of sweet and savory, look to Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a classic Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples with Giada De Laurentiis. Find all the recipes below.

Happy Halloween from Great Plains Communications!

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