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2017 Summer Show Premieres

Summer premieres are on the horizon, and you won’t want to miss these new characters as their unique stories unfold. Jessica Biel returns to television in The Sinner, a murder mystery that will have you guessing. Midnight, Texas isn’t just about vampires and psychics, but what happens when the main character, Manfred finds himself among an array of both humans and supernatural beings, unknowing which are allies and which are not. You can find the trailers for these and other premieres below.

 

The Mist – June 22  (Spike)

 

The Bold Type – July 11  (Freeform)

 

Salvation – July 12  (CBS)

 

Midnight, Texas – July 25  (NBC)

 

The Sinner – August 2  (USA)

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Check Out Our Website Redesign!

We are excited to announce the redesigned Great Plains Communications website has launched!

When we began the project, we had some specific goals in mind:

  • Effectively define and brand our company as a forward thinking solutions provider with a high performing network and high performing people
  • Provide valuable customer education resources
  • Create a site that is user friendly and visually engaging
  • Effectively define the areas of our business
    • Residential
    • Business/Enterprise
    • Wholesale

The new site is designed to help us achieve these goals effectively, and we are excited to finally have it live. We encourage you to browse the site and take note some of the interactive tools including the “What speed do you need?” tool and the Bundle tool designed to help residential customers customize services to their specific needs.

 

Speed Tool

Click the Image to Try

 

Bundle Tool

Click the Image to Try

 

If you have any questions about the design or where to find specific things on our website, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to help.

Red Nose Day 2017

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

Don’t miss the Red Nose Day Special tonight on NBC. It is the third year in a row that the network has supported the cause through a one night special. Familiar faces will litter the screen from Mandy Moore, Ben Affleck, Orlando Bloom, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, and many more. Their website explains, “Throughout the night, viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children, and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the special event will start at 7:00 p.m. CT and we have included the schedule below:

7:00 p.m. – Celebrity Ninja Warrior

Celebrities such as Derek Hough, Stephen Amell, and Mena Suvari will take to the American Ninja Warrior course.

8:00 p.m. – Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Julia Roberts accompanies Bear Grylls to Kenya, where the pair must tackle a very harsh route of desert, canyons, and rivers to deliver vital vaccines to a remote village. Another obstacle in their way, they must reach their destination before the vaccines expire. “The journey highlights the impact of lifesaving vaccines, which Red Nose Day helps to provide to children around the world,” NBC says.

9:00 p.m. – The Red Nose Day Special

With a mix of comedy, top music performances, and the much-anticipated reunion sequel of “Love Actually” some of the biggest stars will gather tonight for the third annual Red Nose Day charity campaign to help end child poverty.

To find out more information on Red Nose Day, visit their website at rednoseday.org.

The Beginning of Memorial Day

With the long weekend approaching, we want to look past the party planning and vacation destinations and take a moment to look back at where Memorial Day began. We at Great Plains Communications are extremely grateful for the sacrifices so many brave men and women make each year to fight for our country.  We also value this holiday as a time set aside each year to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Here’s a little history about Memorial Day:

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it began in the years following the Civil War.  It was called Decoration Day because it was a day set aside to decorate fallen soldiers’ grave sites.  In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day as it was the first to have an annual, community-wide commemoration.

In 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” was passed to officially set a time for a national moment of silence.  At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, all Americans are encouraged to take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the U.S.

We invite you to join Great Plains Communications and the rest of the country in the moment of silence and as Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada said: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Congrats Scholarship Recipients!

It is graduation weekend for many areas, which is one of our favorite times of year here at Great Plains Communications. We are honored to be able to award $15,000 in scholarships to students in our communities.

Help us in congratulating our deserving award winners!

Alissa Meyer of Wisner, NE

Baily Wood of Grant, NE

Britley Schlueter of Wood Lake, NE

Cade Ewoldt of Blair, NE

Callie McCandless of Blair, NE

Drew Letcher of Hay Springs, NE

Haylee Klawitter of Verdigre, NE

James McArtor of Grant, NE

Jarrett Branz of Blair, NE

Krista Ott of Wisner, NE

Makayla Brockhaus of Creighton, NE

Mariah Dendeinger of Crofton, NE

Nathan Hatterman of Wisner, NE

Nathan Tobiasson of Hay Springs, NE

Shaylee Heathers of Champion, NE

 

Our scholarship program isn’t just about helping students go to college, it’s also about encouraging students to return to rural towns after they leave college.  These students often become leaders in their communities, bring new solutions to rural issues, and encourage growth in rural towns. Find out more information on our grants and scholarships program at https://www.gpcom.com/about/scholarships.

What is the WannaCry Ransomware Attack?

You may have seen the terms WannaCry, WanaCry, WCry, or Wanna Decrypt weaved throughout the news the past few days. This is referring to the most recent global ransomware attack. Initiating in Europe on Friday, per White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert in Monday’s midday White House briefing, it has spread to over 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. So what does this all mean and what can you do to protect yourself from ransomware?

What Does It Mean?

Ransomware: malware planted illegally in a computer or mobile device that disables its operation or access to its data until the owner or operator pays to regain control or access.

Malware: software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation

Ransomware isn’t a new idea, but if you haven’t heard of it before this outbreak, the simple explanation is that if a computer gets infected, certain common files (such as JPG and PNG pictures, DOCX Word documents and PDF files) get encrypted with a secret key that only the attacker holds. In order to get those files back in one piece, the attacker requires a payment (in WannaCry’s case $300-$1200) to get the key in order to decrypt the files.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Devices?

A patch for this attack was released by Microsoft, which fixed the vulnerabilities on all modern-supported OSes (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and XP is even included).

Other prevention advice offered by No More Ransom!:

  • Back up your computer and store the safety version in the cloud or on a drive that is not connected to your computer.
  • Use robust antivirus software.
  • Keep all the software on your computer up-to-date. Enable automatic updates.
  • Never open attachments in emails from someone you don’t know. And remember that any account can be compromised.
  • Enable the “Show file extensions” option in the Windows settings on your computer. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files. Stay away from file extensions like “.exe,” “.vbs” and “.scr.”

If you find a problem, disconnect your machine immediately from the Internet or other network connections (such as home Wi-Fi).

 

For more detailed information on the WannaCry ransomware attack, check out the following publications:

http://www.ntca.org/images/stories/Documents/Communications/flash_wannacry_final.pdf

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/15/528451534/wannacry-ransomware-what-we-know-monday

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes with Food Network

Looking to make mom breakfast in bed? Or maybe your plan is a big brunch after church. No matter which it is, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite breakfast and brunch recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to keep in mind this Mother’s Day.

Smoky-Sweet Bacon, Egg and Maple Grilled Cheese

This is sure to be a show stopper with the salt of the bacon mixed with the sweetness of maple and the luxurious texture of a runny egg yolk.

 

Simple Bacon-and-Egg-Tart

Like the idea of sticking to bacon and eggs but want to make it a little fancy for mom? Try out this simple but delicious tart and let your oven do all the work.

 

Egg White Frittata

For a lighter breakfast, try this smoked salmon and arugula egg white frittata. It is great for a group, as you can just slice it up and serve.

 

Decadent Hot Chocolate Pancakes

If your mom is a chocolate lover, this pancake recipe is exactly what you need. Just a few ingredients including hot chocolate mix, flour and butter and you will have the perfect dish to please a sweet tooth.

 

Happy Mother’s Day from Great Plains Communications!

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with HGTV

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. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and the question is, what do you get the woman who was the supporting hand in who you are today? Great Plains Communications wants to take you back to the days when it wasn’t necessarily money you turned to, but handmade gifts you knew she would enjoy. We looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas to keep in mind this holiday.

 

DIY Copper Jewelry Organizer

As simple as some copper pipe and craft glue, you will have a classic piece your mom will be proud to display her jewelry on.

 

DIY Modern Hanging Vase

With Mother’s Day not until this Sunday, there is plenty of time to make this modern hanging vase, with room to customize in the cement base.

 

DIY Gel Candles 2 Ways

These gel candles won’t just smell good; they will look great throughout your mom’s house. And while these are two examples, this is another craft that you can customize to your mom’s style.

Congrats to our 2017 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 four grants totaling just under $20,000. We would like to take this time to again to congratulate all our 2017 grant recipients:

Neligh-Oakdale Schools – $3,800 Grant

The funds will be used towards continuing the integration of technology into the schools, by allowing them to purchase additional iPads for the 3rd grade glasses to bring it to 1:1 ratio of student per iPad. This will allow decrease wasted time while students were waiting to use these resources for testing, projects and hands-on discovery learning.

 

Tekamah-Herman Elementary – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money to purchase iPads to be used in the classrooms during math and reading stations. This will allow the students to practice their math facts and take reading quizzes.

 

Gordon Elementary School – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the funds toward an Introduction to Programming-Robotics in the Classroom project for the 4th and 5th grade. “Introduction to Programming provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts,” Principal, Mr. Casey Slama explained in the application. “The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally.”

 

Wausa Public School – $5,000 Grant

Focusing not only on the school, but community learning as well, the school plans to use the grant towards Graphic Arts and Advertising Programs. In steps to help students possess real life knowledge of the business and advertising world, they are looking to purchase a high-quality color printer with a 40 in laminator. This would allow the students to work on advertising projects for local businesses, teaching them about deadlines and responsibility.

 

Help us in congratulating our 2017 grant recipients!

Planning Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration?

While Cinco de Mayo may not be the celebration of Mexico’s independence, it is a celebration of victory in a very interesting battle. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, History Channel for more information on the 1862 battle in Puebla, against invading French forces.

As you celebrate this May fifth, pause before reaching for the tacos, and look for this traditional meal of Puebla, mole poblano. Mole, meaning “sauce” or “concoction” comes from the Nahuatl Indian word molli. This dish is a combination of dried chilies, warm spices such as anise and cloves, blended with a thickener. Watch how it is made, below.

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications customer, and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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