Bridge will be dedicated Saturday

Bridge will be dedicated Saturday Now that the long-awaited Newcastle/Vermillion Bridge is open, ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies will officially mark the structure's completion.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the bridge site, with opening comments by master of ceremonies Don "Skip" Meisner of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO). Colors will be posted by The University of South Dakota Military Science Prairie Fire Battalion.

Following the "Pledge of Allegiance" by the audience, Heather Kneifl will sing the Star Spangled Banner.

Father Jim Kramper, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emerson, NE, will give the invocation, followed by a performance of America the Beautiful by the Newcastle High School Band, directed by Pat Sedivy.

Comments will be heard from Betty Curry, NE Community College Board of Directors, Vermillion Mayor Roger Kozak, John Craig, director, Nebraska Department of Roads, John Kingsbury, chair, Nebraska Highway Commission, Tom Week, region engineer, South Dakota Department of Transportation, and Dan Timmons, vice president, Jensen Construction Company.

Following a performance of River Medley by Julie Rolfes of Newcastle, Dr. Jim Green, Vermillion, and Sy Kneifl, Newcastle, co-chairmen of the Newcastle/Vermillion Bridge Committee, will introduce special guest speakers.

Invited to participate are U.S. Congressman John Thune, U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, Nebraska Lt. Governor David Heineman, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, and U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter.

Ron Geis of Maskell will close the program with a performance of I'm Proud to be an American, followed by the ribbon cutting and music by the Newcastle High School Band.

A lunch will be served at the Newcastle Fire Hall immediately following the ceremony.

Shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the dedication ceremony for both Newcastle and Vermillion. Departure time is 9:30 a.m. at either the Vermillion National Guard Armory or the Newcastle Fire Station.

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