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Members of the North Bend Ducks Unlimited committee include Nick Emanuel, Cade Feurer, Nick Reznicek, Adam Emanuel, Dave Faltin, John Crouch, Rish Samuelson, Jason Saalfeld, Colin Murphy, Dale Simon, Alex Legge, Roch Emanuel and Connor Emanuel.

Larger DU banquet quickly sells out

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/6/19

If North Bend Ducks Unlimited co-chair Nick Emanuel has one request for this year’s DU banquet, it’s a bigger auditorium.

This Saturday’s 2019 banquet has sold out to a capacity of more than 300 people, approximately double the size of last year’s banquet.

The North Bend Chapter Ducks Unlimited banquet was first held in 1985 with Jack and Charlotte Edwards organizing it. Ducks Unlimited was primarily a mens organization, but North Bend was the first couples chapter in Nebraska, inviting wives and families to take part.

In the 34 years since, the banquet has raised money for Ducks Unlimited’s mission of conserving habitat for waterfowl. DU was founded in 1937, when the droughts of the Dust Bowl caused waterfowl populations to plummet.

For the past 25 years, Tom and Kathy Mensik spearheaded the local banquet. When they announced that the 2018 banquet would be their last as chairmen, Alex Legge said he would take over the banquet.

“We have to do this,” Legge said. “We can’t stop. So I told Tom Mensik, yeah, I’ll take this thing over. Somebody’s got to.”

At the 2018 banquet, when Legge was introduced as the next banquet chairman, told everyone he was going to need help, so and he passed around a notebook. About 20 people signed up to form the new banquet committee. Legge is more than happy with the energy his group of volunteers brings.

“These guys are the best of the best,” Legge said. “Everything we’ve set in front of us to do, they’ve pulled off spectacularly. As far as North Bend is concerned, the Ducks are in good hands.”

While previous banquets sold a lot of tickets at the door, the new committee wanted to pre-sell most of its tickets to take the guesswork out of setup and food preparation.

The Fremont Ducks Unlimited banquet pre-sold 14 tables of eight, Legge said. So the North Bend group set a goal of selling six tables. They ended up selling 24 and sold out the banquet in a matter of days. In fact, Legge still has people calling him looking for tickets.


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