These are the people that produce the Eagle on a weekly basis:
Nathan Arneal, owner, publisher, editor
Before the Eagle: Nathan is a 1994 graduate of North Bend Central and a 1999 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in secondary education. Before taking over the Eagle in June 2006, he taught English and journalism at Columbus Scotus high school. While at Scotus, he was the adviser for the school's student newspaper, The Rock Bottom. During the four years he oversaw the Rock Bottom, it won two Cornhusker Awards (the Nebraska High School Press Association's top award), finished in the top five at the NSAA state journalism contest every year, and won a state runner-up trophy in 2003. He also coached football, girls basketball and track at Scotus.
At the Eagle: Nathan is the main sports writer and photographer for the Eagle. He covers the North Bend city council and writes various other news and feature stories for the paper. He also writes a near weekly column entitled "From the Banks of Maple Creek," named after the creek that flows by his childhood home near Webster. He is also the webmaster for northbendeagle.com
During his spare time Nathan does not enjoy tracking the migratory paths of various waterfowl and making paper mache models of the Sphinx out of junk mail. When he grows up he wants to be an astronaut.
Mary Le Arneal, reporter, office manager
Mary Le graduated from Florida State University with a nursing degree. She began her journalism career by volunteering to write feature stories for the North Bend Eagle. Eventually she became a regular feature writer for the Fremont Tribune. When her son Nathan bought the North Bend Eagle in 2006, she began writing for the Eagle and manning the front office.
At the Eagle, Mary Le puts together the people page and handles most of the advertising. She also writes various news and feature stories and covers the North Bend Central school board. She also writes an occasional column called "Musings from Mary Le." Beyond her time at the Eagle, Mary Le still uses her nursing degree by working one day a week at a doctor's office in Fremont.
In her spare time, she enjoys looking at pictures of her only granddaughter, Clara, and showing other people pictures of her granddaughter.
Maxine Arneal, office assistant
Maxine, Nathan's grandmother, helps out at the Eagle by working the front office on Wednesdays.
Cheryl Walter, office assistant
Cheryl helps in the front office and helps with billing.
Robin Simanek, columnist, Morse Bluff bureau chief
In June 2006, Robin sent in a letter the editor to the Eagle. Impressed with her writing style, Nathan asked her to write a column for the inaugural Morse Bluff Eagle published in August 2006, to which the Morse Bluff native obliged. After her first column ran, she agreed to write a monthly column called "A View from Robin's Nest" and the rest is history. Two years after her initial column, Robin was named the best columnist in the state by taking first place in the 2008 Nebraska Press Association contest. "A View from Robin's Next" can be read in the pages of the Eagle the second week of each month.
Corrine Giggee, columnist
Nathan's sister Corrine writes a monthly medical column entitled "Medical Maintenance," which runs the first week of the month. After graduating from North Bend Central in 1997, she earned her bachelor's degree from Drake University. She later attended PA school at the University of Iowa. She is currently a certified Physicians' Assistant at the Nebraska Spine Center in Omaha. She lives in Bennington with her husband John and daughter Clara.
Steve Arneal, bookkeeper
Steve keeps the books for the Eagle and helps proofread during the winter months. Steve, Nathan's dad, farms in his spare time.
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