Marion Crandell and More

Stories in this episode include the first American woman killed on the Western Front in WWI, a profile of a national dog agility champion, a look at the championship season of the Winnebago boys basketball team and the biodiversity of the Sandhills.

Air Date: 02/25/2021

Marion Crandell The first American woman to die on the Western Front during WWI was an 1889 graduate of Omaha High School. While serving in a support role for American and French troops in France, she was killed during a German bombardment in the spring of 1918. Crandell’s story went largely unnoticed until recently, when a student project at her alma mater brought her story to light.

Pixel Ami Sheffield and her dog Pixel, a miniature American shepherd, are serious competitors in the rapidly growing sport of agility. They have serious fun doing it, too. Ami and Pixel are titleholders in the 12-inch division of Westminster Kennel Club Master’s Agility Championship (they’ve won back-to-back titles). Ami’s competed and won on the international level, too. We visit Ami and Pixel at their training grounds to learn more about this popular sport.

Rez Ball Experience the winning moments of the 2015 NSAA Boys State C-1 basketball game that made the Winnebago team state champions. Seventy years in the making, their hard work and dedication captured the hearts of Nebraskans.

Sandhill Critters Follow vertebrate ecologist Keith Geluso into the field as he tracks animals on a ranch near Burwell. From the tiny Velvet Ant to the Kangaroo Rat, the Sandhills are filled with a variety of habitats that support a biologically diverse array of critters.