- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

PLAINVIEW, Neb. (AP) - It’s been almost exactly two years since much of the movie, “Nebraska,” was filmed here and elsewhere in northeast Nebraska.

Northeast Nebraskans - especially those living in Plainview, Norfolk, Stanton and Hooper - eagerly awaited the December 2013 premiere of the movie, which featured many local actors and countless scenes with local farms, roads, streets, houses and businesses.

For most of those who were involved in the production or who were lucky enough to have acted in it, about all they have now is fond memories and possibly a souvenir.

That is about to change, the Norfolk Daily News (https://bit.ly/1yEyWJU ) reported.

Natalie Lingenfelter of Plainview, a member of the Girl Scouts, has organized a display of information and memorabilia from “Nebraska.” She has acquired a variety of items, including a copy of a script that was left behind, hundreds of photos from when the movie was being made, recorded interviews with some of those involved and many pieces of movie memorabilia.

Natalie, a senior at Plainview High School, became interested in the movie two years ago when word began to get leaked that Plainview would be the fictional town for the movie. It also would be featured in some of the scenes.

Natalie completed the project on behalf of the Plainview Historical Society for display at the community’s Depot Museum and as part of a Gold Award, which is the highest honor for Girl Scouts.

She recently put the finishing touches on the paperwork for the award.

“It has been my life from June to now,” Natalie said.

Last month, Natalie hosted an open house on a Saturday at the museum. The open house began at 11 a.m., which coincidentally was the same time that the University of Nebraska was playing a football game.

The daughter of Dianne and Lyle Lingenfelter grew concerned when hardly anybody showed up at first.

“Then about 2 (p.m.), we had a good turnout,” said her mother, Dianne. “A lot of people came through.”

Natalie said she received a lot of help with the project, including from the Plainview City Council and Michael Holton, city administrator.

A grant helped to pay for some of the expenses with the display, including a smart TV and DVD player with more than 100 minutes of footage, including interviews with some of those who took part in the movie. It also has a DVD of the movie itself for people to watch.

Natalie said many people volunteered to help her, including Grant Drummer, who edited all her footage so that it was usable. She also had help from her brother, Nick, who had a videocamera to interview 10 people, such as Arnold and Jeanne Oltjenbruns, who were extras in some of the scenes.

Then there were many people who came forth with memorabilia, including Todd and Sherry Diedrichsen, who donated the bus bench from the movie.

While many northeast Nebraskans have fond memories when the movie was made, Natalie’s display helps to preserve and document what likely will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

The depot is open by appointment, but it will be open daily, starting in summer.

One of the plans is to have a contest to see who can look the most like Woody Grant during Plainview’s annual Klown Days in early June. Woody was Bruce Dern’s character and wore a “Prize Winner” cap while riding in a red pickup in his hometown at the end.

The winner of the Woody Grant look-alike contest will get to ride in a similar red pickup and wear an exact replica “Prize Winner” cap, leading the parade.


Information from: Norfolk Daily News, https://www.norfolkdailynews.com

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