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Indianola woman is latest 'Good Neigh-bear Award' winner

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Donna Behnke, left, was nominated for the Good Neigh-bear Award by Calvin Feehling, center. As part of the award, Linda Maiden, right, from State Farm Insurance, made a donation to St. Catherine's Knights of Columbus in Indianola.
(Shary Skiles/McCook Daily Gazette)
INDIANOLA, Nebraska -- The latest Good Neigh-bear Award winner is Donna Behnke from Indianola. Donna was nominated by Calvin Feehling who wrote, "Donna is a very good, great, and generous person. She is very active in her church, St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Indianola. She has held various offices in the Altar Society including President. She is always feeding meals to visiting nuns and priests. She helps out with Old Settler's Day and helps the Knights serve their dinner during Old Settler's. She is always helping clean the church Hall and has dishpan hands. Donna is very interested in sports and the local schools and attends home and away games with her husband, Don. Although she lives in rural Indianola, she is very involved in the town's activities."

The award comes with a monetary gift provided by Linda Maiden State Farm Insurance to the charity of choice, which was St. Catherine's Knights of Columbus in Indianola.

The organization gives financial help to St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda Belize, as well as the Teel School in Honduras. Brother Harold Teel, who founded the Teel School, is from Indianola.

The Knights also support youth groups at St. Catherine's Parish, Boy and Girl Scouts, youth hunting trips, funding so altar server boys can attend a baseball game in Denver, and funding for the CYO students to perform mission work at the Matt Talbot Kitchen in Lincoln.

In addition, the Knights serve a dinner during Old Settler's Celebration, perform a Tootsie Roll drive, load trucks for items going to Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, provide candy sacks for Santa at Christmas, and sing at Mass one Sunday each month, with Donna serving as organist.

Funding for the Knights projects comes from a monthly bull fry.

The Good Neigh-bear Award is a joint effort by Linda Maiden State Farm Insurance and McCook Daily Gazette to recognize those in our area who go above and beyond for their neighbors. Nominations are accepted online at www.mccookgazette.com.

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