Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Why we LOVE CareerLink!

I am so glad that we have the opportunity to partner with on our website! I just wanted you to know a few facts about CareerLink and all of the wonderful things they do to help people get their perfect careers going!

*Via you are able to apply online without having to 'sign in' or 'create an account'. You can view career opportunities as well as apply for them with the click of your mouse.

*CareerLink has over 5,000 jobs posted in Nebraska alone!

*Jobs are spread throughout every industry!

*This is available FREE to the jobseeker!

*CareerLink gets over 15 million hits per week!

*Companies who post via CareerLink can also link prospective applicants to their company's website!

These are just a few of the cool things CareerLink has to offer! To see what jobs are available in our region, just go to 'Employment Agencies' under the the 'Work Here' section of the website, then just click on 'CareerLink Regional Job Openings' to see what there is! Good luck!

Monday, November 30, 2009

In Honor of Thanksgiving......

Well folks! It's almost Christmas Time! Can you believe it?

We certainly hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with laughter, friends, family and food! In honor of Thanksgiving, let us know what you are thankful for!

The High Plains Compass is certainly thankful that we are existing and thriving in such a wonderful part of the United States, we are so grateful for the people who are following us on Facebook, Twitter, the High Plains Compass .com site, and our blog especially!

What are you thankful for?

*Here is a link to our website, check it out and please suggest it to your friends and family who live elsewhere, Western Nebraska is a GREAT place to call home!*

Monday, October 5, 2009


Alright everyone, honest opinions, what did you think of the 2009 Oktoberfest? We went out for the tapping of the keg at noon on Friday and there were already so many people out there! I went back out for a little while on Friday night and it was hard to move, people were everywhere and it seemed as though everyone was having a great time! The weather couldn't have been better (a little cold, but nothing bitter)! The parade was pretty good I thought as well, the weather was amazing and everyone seemed to be in great spirits! I hope you all had the chance to see the 'Keep Sidney Beautiful' float, I believe it was the 3rd or 4th float in the parade.

I didn't get a chance to go to the Rod 'N Roll, how did that go?

The wiener dog races (Running of the Wieners) went well! A bit of drizzle for a good part of the race but everyone had a lot of fun and the dogs were so cute! I have always loved watching those races.

The craft vendors weren't just at the tent this year as there were some different booths set up at the Holiday Inn as well as downtown Sidney in the old 'The Edge' building at the corner of 10th and Illinois Street.

All-in-all, I would say I had the most fun at the big tent, seeing old friends and having a great time!

What are your thoughts? Good or bad this year?

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The New Street Will Be Here Soon!

The old concrete is getting knocked out today and we couldn't be more excited! As many of you know, our street by the Chamber (8th and Illinois) was in pretty bad shape! Since the renovation of 10th street (by Sonny's) is near completion, our street was next in line! I will give updates periodically about how the progress is coming, feel free to drive by and take a look for yourself as well!

Until next time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why do you think people leave Western Nebraska?

The age old question, Why do you think people leave gorgeous, friendly Western Nebraska? I've been sitting here researching population trends for the communities involved with the High Plains Compass and then looking at state populations as a whole. Our neighboring states have a lead on us, let me say that.

Nebraska has roughly 1.8 million people in the state; Kansas has about 2.8 million, Colorado 4.9 million; and Wyoming actually falls behind Nebraska with a population of 532 thousand. These were statistics taken from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2008.

Thinking to myself, I wonder why. Maybe it is because we don't have much to do; no that can't be it because there is always so much going on that people are not aware of! That could be the culprit, maybe people just don't know there are things to do here. Or maybe it is the lack of diversity; but we have different authentic restaurants ranging from Chinese, to Mexican, to American, to Mongolian!

What do you think? I know people talk to people, why are people leaving?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oktoberfest Events Around Town.....

Friday October 2nd:

9am - 7pm Farmer's Market- Fairgrounds
10am - 8pm Crafts Fair- Fairgrounds
Noon Opening Ceremony- Dedication- Oktoberfest Tent
Noon-Midnight Continuous FREE Entertainment at Oktoberfest Tent
Entertainment Schedule Available on site, Beergardens, and great variety of
Ethnic Foods.
9pm Dance: Barry Boyce Tio from Omaha- In the Tent

Saturday October 3rd:

7am Oktoberfest Run- 5K, 10K, Walk and Kid's Run- Community Center
9am - 7pm Farmer's Market- Fairgrounds
10am Oktoberfest Parade- Downtown Sidney, Parade includes High School Marching
Band Competition
10am - 8pm Crafts Fair- Fairgrounds
10am Cruise'n Class Rod and Roll Registration- Legion Park
Noon-Midnight Continuous FREE Entertainment, Ethnic Foods and Ice Cold Beer- Tent
1pm Oktoberfest Horseshoe Tournament- Doubles- Fairgrounds
1pm - 5pm Rod & Roll Show and Shine- Legion Park Ball Fields
9pm Dance: Dr. "K" and the Shantays from Rapid City- Tent

Sunday October 4th:

9am Oktoberfest Horseshoe Tournament- Singles 25% and Under
10am - 3pm Crafts Fair and Farmers Market- Fairgrounds
Noon - 2:30pm Great Entertainment and Delicious Food-O'Fest Tent
12:30pm - 2:30pm The Story of Polus- Acoustic Rock Band- O'Fest Tent
1pm Oktoberfest Horseshoe Tournament- 25% and Over
1:30pm 6th Annual Wiener Dog Races- Kiwanis Field in Legion Park

Oktoberfest Tent Events!

We finally have the scedule of Events for Oktoberfest and wanted to share it with all of you! Let us know what you think of the events this year! Reply to this blog and let us know what your favorite thing about Oktoberfest is!!

Friday October 2nd:

12:00 - 12:15 Opening Ceremony - Dedication Ceremony
12:15 - 1:00 Potter/Dix Swing Choirs
1:00 - 1:45 Sidney Singers
2:00 - 3:45 True Country- from the Scottsbluff Area
4:00 - 4:45 Larry Soto- Solo Performance
5:00 - 5:45 The Musky Steers- Sidney
6:00 - 6:45 Chadron State College "Jazz Birds"
7:00 - 7:45 Hoofin' High Country Cloggers- from Denver
8:00 - 8:45 City of Denver Pipe Band with Dancers
9:00 - 12:00 Barry Boyce Trio- Omaha

Saturday October 3rd:

10:00 - 12:00 Oktoberfest Parade (Downtown Sidney)
12:30 - 1:15 Rising Stars- Shanna Grabowski, Instructor
1:15 - 1:45 Dance Steps- Margaret Meier, Instructor
2:00 - 2:45 "Glayva"- Irish and Scottish Dancers- Denver area
3:00 - 3:45 Turtle Creek Band- Bluegrass Favorites
4:00 - 4:45 Los Guadalupanos- Traditional Mexican Dancers
5:00 - 5:45 Volkstanz Gruppe- German Folk Dancers- Denver
6:00 - 6:45 Hoofin' High Country Cloggers- Denver
7:00 - 7:45 James and the Devil- Rocky Mountain Fiddle Rock
8:00 - 8:45 City of Denver Pipe Band and Dancers
9:00 - 12:00 Dance: Dr. "K" and the Shantays- Rock 'N Roll

Sunday October 4th:

12:30 - 2:30 The Story of Polus- Acoustic Rock Band

Master of Ceremonies: Dalan Hiett

Again, reply to this blog and let us know what your FAVORITE Oktoberfest event is!!