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High-Tech Camping Gadgets You Won’t Want to Forget to Pack

It’s officially camping season! No matter if you camp in a tent, air-conditioned mobile home, by a lake or deep in the woods, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite high-tech camping gadgets you won’t want to forget this summer.

 

CampStove 2

Turn fire into electricity with the upgraded award-winning BioLite CampStove2. Portable size with the capability to boil 1 L of water in under 5 minutes, generate 5V of power through a USB output to charge your devices, and burns on “renewable biomass” such as sticks and twigs.

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

There is nothing worse than forgetting or running out of water on a long hike. You could end up parched yet feeling taunted by nature as you walk by a stream or river. Using the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti, purify up to 8,000 liters to ensure safe drinking water.

PowerLight Bundle

A torch, flashlight, and lantern in one – the PowerLight Bundle can light a site up to 40 ft. It is also equipped with a powerful 4,400 mAh Li-Ion battery that can recharge from any USB source and also share power to any USB chargeable devices.

Oomph

Water is definitely a priority while roughing it in the woods, however coffee is often a close second for many. The Oomph is the ultimate coffee-to-go creating a pressure generated cup of jo in under 2 minutes.

FCC’s Brendan Carr visits the Midwest – Broadband and Smart Ag

Great Plains Communications was honored to join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr as he visited Fremont and the North Bend area yesterday as part of his Great Plains Tour. Visiting Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, Carr has traveled from Washington DC to view and discuss the need for broadband throughout rural America. “The trip will focus on rural broadband deployment, including the opportunities it creates in small agriculture, telehealth, job creation and workforce development,” the FCC stated in a media advisory.

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Closing out the Nebraska leg of his trip, Great Plains Communications joined Carr in visiting with Mayor Scott Getzshman of Fremont, NE while also making stops at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and L.A. Fire Proof Door Co. to discuss broadband throughout the city and the effect it has had on the local economy.

After Fremont, we headed to Ruzicka Farms, a 115-year old family-owned North Bend, Nebraska business with Carr to look at how broadband deployment has allowed them to implement Smart Ag applications into their business. Elements of Smart Ag include on-field sensing technologies, data tracking, smart irrigation, tractor hardware and software, drone data capture, and various mobile applications which help decrease labor time and costs while increasing farm yield and profits.

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We would like to thank Ruzicka Farms and our Fremont customers and business partners who met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to discuss the benefits of broadband: Scott Getzschman, Fremont Mayor; Tara Lea, Executive Director, Fremont Chamber of Commerce; and Roxie Kracl, Owner, LA Fire Proof Door Co.

Last Chance for the Spring Promotion!

It is your last chance to take advantage of our spring promotion, as it is only valid through May 31! This is truly a deal you won’t want to miss. Let Great Plains Communications help you increase your speed and watch your bill drop. Read below for the multiple ways you can save this season:

  • Add or upgrade Internet and receive up to a $50 bill credit + FREE Installation
  • Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE Installation
  • Bundle your services to save up to 37% each month

As the need for speed continues to rise with multiplying devices in the home and bandwidth requirements from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, make sure you are keeping up with your family’s speed needs. If you aren’t sure what that might be, take our What Speed do you Need quiz here on our website.

The clock is ticking on this great deal! If you are interested in signing up or learning more about the promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Red Nose Day 2018

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

It’s Red Nose Day! Not sure what that is? You may have noticed red noses being sold at your local Walgreens store or maybe you saw a few celebrities sporting a big red nose in commercials. The nose is a simple yet powerful symbol representing the cause of the day, which is to fight childhood poverty. While the first Red Nose Day was back in 1988, it wasn’t brought to the United States until 2015. According to the Red Nose Day website, in that short amount of time the program has been active here in the U.S., they have raised $100 million and helped around 8.3 million children. This money goes toward programs that do three things, keep kids safe, healthy, and educated. Right here in America, 21% of children live in poverty. To find more information and to meet some of the faces of these children behind the statistics, visit the Red Nose Day website here.

NBC plays a large part in Red Nose Day through their star studded special hosted by Chris Hardwick tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Celebrities from music, comedy, film, and television will all unite to celebrate all the good that has been done and continue to raise even more money for children in need. Some of the familiar faces you can expect to see include: Jack Black, Kristen Bell, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Tony Hale, and many more.

Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Tips

We are in for a heatwave this Memorial Day weekend and what better way to celebrate than throwing some food on the grill and enjoying it with family and friends. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite grilling tips.

 

How to Set Up a Charcoal Grill Like a Pro

First things first, you have to get your grill set up. Not everybody has a gas grill, or maybe you will be out at a campsite and will be using the stationary charcoal grill provided. Don’t fret, we have you covered from what charcoal to choose and the easiest way to get the coals lit.

 

How to Grill Steak for Beginners

Steak can be expensive, so you may be a little nervous about messing it up on the grill or overcooking it. These tips will help you decide what kind of steak to buy, how to prep it, and much more.

 

How to Grill Salmon Steaks and Fillets

Maybe you are getting tired of grilling burgers and steaks. Salmon is a good alternative and lends well to the grill. Learn what cut of salmon, how to season, and how long you should cook it in the video below.

 

Spring Social Giveaway Winner

Great Plains Communications would like to congratulate our Spring Social Giveaway winner, Zach Haller of McCook, NE! When asked what his favorite video game of all time is, he commented, Mortal Kombat.

By sharing this with us and liking the Great Plains Communications Facebook page, Zach has won a gaming package made up of: a Nintendo Switch™, Mario Kart Deluxe 8, and Joy-Con Wheel (set of 2).

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our Spring Social Giveaway! Keep a look out for future giveaways this summer. If you are still looking for a good deal, our current promotion is still going on through the end of the month!

  1. Add or upgrade your Internet service and receive up to a $50 bill credit and FREE installation
  2. Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE installation
  3. Bundle your services and save up to 37% EACH MONTH

If you are interested in signing up or learning more about this awesome deal, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483!

Again, we want to congratulate Zach Haller on being our Spring Social Giveaway winner!

Summer Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Summer break is quickly approaching and that means an abundance of free time for the children in your life. While there will be plenty of time spent outside, it is good to keep in mind some Internet safety topics to discuss with children to ensure their online experience is a positive one.

  1. Internet usage guidelines

Rather than telling them all the things they can’t do, have a conversation with your child about how long they are allowed online and what type of sites are OK or not OK. While you make the ultimate decision, show that you are listening to their opinions. Also discuss how to behave towards others when chatting, gaming, emailing, or messaging.

  1. The importance of privacy

While this depends on the age of the child, a simple rule for younger children could be that they should not give out their name, phone number or photo without a parent’s approval. Older children should be advised to be selective about what personal information they include on social networking, such as not including their address or telephone number on sites such as Facebook.

  1. Meeting online “friends”

The Internet can be a positive place for children to interact with other young people and ultimately make new friends. By discussing it ahead of time, your child is more likely to recognize if they’re talking to someone they shouldn’t be. This is a good way to keep the dialogue about Internet interaction between you and your children open.

Remember that the positive aspects of the Internet outweigh the negatives and that it is a wonderful educational and recreational resource. Let your child show you what they like to do online and discover it with them.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Make at Home

Forget flowers and chocolates this Mother’s Day. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some of our favorite gifts you can make at home that add a personal touch.

DIY Watercolor Silhouette

Get the little ones involved with this one! Take a silhouette picture of each child and let them do their own watercolor painting. Then with just a few more steps you will have beautiful art that mom will cherish.

2 Ways to Display Family Recipes

Is your mom a great cook? Maybe she has recipes that have been passed down for generations. Both of these gift ideas are simple, yet beautiful ways to honor those memories she holds dear through the recipes.

DIY Bathtub Caddy with Wine Glass Holder

Give the gift of relaxation through a stylish and homemade bathtub caddy. This is the perfect gift for the mom who likes to sit back in some bubbles with a good book and glass of wine. With only a few pieces needed and the freedom to customize it to your family member, this gift could be put together in no time.

DIY Sugar Scrubs

Going along with the spa and relaxation theme, these sugar scrubs are a super easy gift for all the moms in your life. With just three ingredients, two of which might be in your pantry right now, these scrubs will be cost efficient and still be much appreciated for the homemade touch.

Spring Social Giveaway

We are throwing it back with our retro video game themed spring promotion, looking to help you get the high score with our high-speed Internet and watch your bill drop with up to a $50 bill credit! Along with this great deal, we are also doing our best social media giveaway to date.

Spring Social Giveaway

Enter to win a gaming package, including:

  • 1 Nintendo Switch™
  • Mario Kart Deluxe 8
  • Joy-Con Wheel (set of 2)

With this prize, you will be able to take the entertainment wherever you go, with the capability of a console gaming system and portable device all in one. Entertain the whole family with the classic Mario Kart team and feel like you’re really on the track with the Joy-Con Wheel as it simply snaps around the controller.

HOW TO ENTER

All of this sounds fantastic, but how do you get your name in the running? It is simple:

  • Go to the Great Plains Communications Facebook Page
  • Like our page
  • Find the post with the header “S O C I A L G I V E A W A Y”
  • Like the post
  • Comment on the post what is your favorite video game of all time

The giveaway will run until May 16, 2018. We will announce the winner here on our blog on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

To find out more on how you could receive up to a $50 bill credit, go to our website or call 1-855-853-1483 and tell our representatives you would like to learn more about the current spring promotion.

Cinco de Mayo 2018 Recipes

It is Cinco de Mayo this Saturday and we have looked for some of our favorite recipes from cable channel Food Network to add to the menu.

Mexican Tortilla Pizzas with Chorizo

Great for an appetizer at your Cinco de Mayo party, this dish promises a punch of flavor as the chorizo and beans are balanced by the salad and crema topping.

 

Easy One-Pot Carnitas

Prepare this easy one-pot dish for juicy pork carnitas tacos your friends are sure to love. Add a toppings bar and everyone can make their own to their liking.

 

Healthy Zucchini Enchiladas

Trying to stick to a low carb diet but still want to enjoy the rich flavors of the Cinco de Mayo holiday? Try this recipe and swap the tortillas for zucchini strips.

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