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Road Construction Begins Near Central City Next Week


Central City, NE~~Road construction is set to begin next week on Highway 14 north of Central City next week.  Work will include milling and asphalt overlay of the driving lanes and shoulders from Central City to the 92 junction. 

Traffic will be maintained at all times during the project and will be controlled using flaggers and pilot vehicles.  There will be a 12-foot width

Candidates Debate In Norfolk


Norfolk, NE~~The six Republican candidates running for Governor in Nebraska debated last night in Norfolk.  Jon Bruning, Tom Carlson, Mike Foley, Beau McCoy, Pete Ricketts, and Bryan Slone discussed agriculture, tax reform, water sustainability and several other topics during the debate. 

A final debate between the six candidates is set for May 1st at the University of

Federal Agencies, Others Dispute Report on Corn Stover Ethanol and Climate Chang


Amid a growing chorus of critics, representatives of two federal agencies have severely questioned the results of a study that purports to tally the greenhouse gas emissions of using corn stover for ethanol production.

In response to the study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released this statement: "This paper is based on a hypothetical assumption that 100 percent of

Voters Turning Out Early


Lincoln, NE~~Thousands of Nebraskans are voting early in the primary election.  Sec. of State John Gale says nearly 10,000 Nebraskans have voted by either mail or in person at their county election offices.

Of the 9,275 ballots cast during the first 10 days of early voting, 5,083 are from registered Republicans and 3,490 are from Democrats. Nearly 700 nonpartisan voters have also cast

No Allocation Restrictions for 2014 Irrigation Season in the Upper Big Blue


During March-April 2014, the NRD measured 495 observation wells throughout the District and then averaged the data of all these wells.  Observation wells are measured in the spring of each year, allowing the water table to
rebound from the previous irrigation season. 
 
Overall, the spring 2014 average measurement for the groundwater level change shows a decline of 2.10 feet

No Allocation Restrictions for 2014 Irrigation Season in the Upper Big Blue


During March-April 2014, the NRD measured 495 observation wells throughout the District and then averaged the data of all these wells.  Observation wells are measured in the spring of each year, allowing the water table to
rebound from the previous irrigation season. 
 
Overall, the spring 2014 average measurement for the groundwater level change shows a decline of 2.10 feet

Columbus Man Arrested For Terroristic Threats In Norfolk


Norfolk, NE~~A 21-year-old Columbus man is under arrest after pulling a gun out of his backpack in a Norfolk business.  Norfolk Police were called to 304 W. Northwestern Avenue at 1:52A.M. Monday morning where witnesses say Dustin Redowl pulled a gun out and demanded the employees help him find his missing sunglasses. 

Redowl apparently left through a backdoor and fled on

Upper Big Blue NRD Places a Temporary Stay on well Drilling in Sub-Areas


The Upper Big Blue NRD Board of Directors issued a temporary 180-day stay on well drilling in District sub-areas at the April 17th Board Meeting.  The stay is immediately in effect.  Representatives from the Villages of Dwight and Brainard had expressed concern over the future viability of their water supply and the impact that surrounding irrigation wells have on their municipal

Missouri Firm Recalls Hot Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allerge


WASHINGTON, April 20, 2014–Kraft Foods Group, Inc., a Columbia, Mo., establishment is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages. The product labels are incorrect, as they do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, the U.S.

Gov. Heineman & Nebraska Cattlemen Honor Conservation Efforts for Earth Day


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman was joined by the Nebraska Cattlemen and the Sand County Foundation in announcing the recipient of the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award as the Pelster family of Pelster Angus Ranch of Ericson, in central Nebraska. The award is presented annually to private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC Names Jeff Fortenberry 'Friend of Agricultur


LINCOLN, Neb. – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Fortenberry is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District.

“Congressman Fortenberry has been a strong proponent of biofuels and renewable energy production, including wind and

Woman Found Dead At Home In Stanton County


Norfolk, NE~~An investigation continues into the death of a 38-year-old woman found at a home in Stanton County.  The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was found at a residence in the 3200 block of East Norfolk Avenue early this morning.  

The Sheriff’s Office and Norfolk Rescue were dispatched to the home just after 4:00 a.m. in response to a 911

Union Pacific Set To Repair Crossings In Columbus Next Week


Columbus,NE~~The Union Pacific Railroad is expected to begin repairs at a number of crossings in Columbus next week.  Repairs will start Monday on 23rd, 21st, 18th, 12th, 3rd, and E 14th Avenue crossings.   Crews will begin their repairs on 23rd Ave working east and will close 3 to 4 crossings at a time.  Crossings will re-open as soon as possible.  Once crews complete

Legislative Session Wraps Up Today


Lincoln, NE~~Tax relief, prison reform, water issues, historic horse racing, and mountain lions have all been hot topics in this years Nebraska Legislative session.  The 103rd legislative session will wrap up today on day 60 of debate at the Unicameral.  Each outgoing lawmakers will also have an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas one final time on the floor.
 
Nebraska Gov.

Henry Convicted In 2013 Columbus Murder


Columbus, NE~~31-year-old Eric Henry of Columbus was convicted by jury in Platte County District Court for the 2013 murder of 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen of Columbus.  Henry was found guilty of one count each of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and use of deadly weapon to commit a felony.  Henry will now face a mandatory life sentence for the murder charge. Sentencing

Johanns Writes FDA on Proposed Livestock Feed Rule


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed.  As first proposed, the rule would add new requirements to producers of distillers grains –

Governor Appoints Daugherty To 5th Judicial District


Lincoln, NE~~Gov. Dave Heineman announced the appointment of Rachel Daugherty of Grand Island to the District Court, 5th Judicial District today.

The 43-year-old Daugherty has been an attorney and shareholder in the Law Office of Myers & Daugherty in Grand Island since 2009. Earlier in her career she was the Deputy County Attorney in the Hall County Attorney’s Office.

The vacancy in

Statewide Agricultural Land Valuations Double Since 2009


Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation,
 
LINCOLN, NEB.,– “Yesterday the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division released the real property value percentage change by property type from 2013 to 2014. As expected, agricultural land valuations again increased, this time by 29.12 percent over the previous

Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill


WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

"We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today," said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.

Bond Informational Presentation Tonight


Columbus, NE~~Columbus Public Schools and Columbus Vision, Community Solution will host the first of two community bond information presentations. 

The first meeting will be held tonight at 7pm with the second presentation on Monday, April 28th.  Both meetings will be held at the City Council Chambers in downtown Columbus. 

The presentations will cover information about the

Grants Offered to Revitalize School Landscapes


LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska schools have an opportunity to revitalize their landscapes while educating students about the environment through a grant from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in partnership with the Nebraska Forest Service. Funds are provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.
 
Grants will be available to Nebraska elementary, middle

Johanns, Fischer to Federal Agencies: Halt Scheme to Regulate Livestock Emission


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer (R-Neb) and several of their Republican colleagues today called on the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop pursuing regulations on livestock emissions. If enacted, the new regulations could cost medium-sized dairy farms up to $22,000 and medium-sized cattle

Shortage of Ag Teachers in Nebraska Prompts New School Loan Assistance Program


LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture unveiled an Agriculture Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance Program during the FFA State Convention in Lincoln April 10. The Foundation is supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“Nebraska is facing a critical shortage of agricultural education teachers. The good news is that agriculture education and FFA is

Thefts At Storage Units Reported In Grand Island


Grand Island, NE~~The Grand Island Police department is asking residents to check their rented storage units on a regular basis.  Reports of burglaries to storage units are on the rise in Grand Island. 

Residents are also asked to report any suspicious activity observed at storage facilities. 

The G-I-P-D recommends renters of storage units use a high quality, shrouded style

Candidates Debate In Lincoln


Lincoln, NE~~Healthcare, immigration, and the economy were some of the topics discussed last night at a debate between four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. 

Bart McLeay, Ben Sasse, Shane Osborn, and Sid Dinsdale debated the various topics and agreed on most of the issues.   Only a few times during the debate last night did the candidates have

New Poll: For 3rd Year in a Row, Americans Overwhelmingly Support the RFS


WASHINGTON — For the third year in a row, Americans, by an overwhelming majority, consistently support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other key federal initiatives supporting the expanded use of ethanol. A new national poll conducted by American Viewpoint found 65 percent of adults support the RFS, while just 26 percent are opposed. Support for the RFS has been steadily rising. In

New Scam Reported In Columbus


Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Police Department is warning citizens to be on the lookout for another scam.  In the latest scam, the caller claims to be from Microsoft and says your computer is under attack and if you pay them they can correct the problem.  The caller asks for you credit card number and/or checking account number to fix the problem. 

Columbus Police say Microsoft

Early Voting Is Underway


Lincoln, NE~~Early voting for the May 13 Nebraska Primary is underway.  Early voting by mail began today. 

Several state lawmakers face term-limits this year and half of the seats in the legislature are on the ballot.  Hotly contested gubernatorial and senate races are also expected to draw special attention during the election.  County official races and school bond

CCC Foundation Forms Affiliation With Wilson Foundation


Grand Island, NE~~The Central Community College Foundation has officially formed an affiliation with the Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation, resulting in combined assets of nearly $20 million. 

One of the benefits of the affiliation with the CCC Foundation is that it changes the Wilson Foundation’s status from private to public, so it no longer is subject to a five percent

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Ethanol on Capitol Hill


At a hearing of the Senate Ag Committee on the importance of renewable fuels, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was one of several voices to talk about the many benefits of corn-based biofuels, such as the higher fuel performance he has seen in more than five million miles of racing since the E15 ethanol blend was introduced in the 2011 racing season.

 

"I think expanding and

Four Men Sentenced In Stanton County


Stanton, NE~~The Stanton County District Court sentenced four men in connection with three different theft cases yesterday. 

24-year-old Kody Bromley of Norfolk was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison on a felony theft conviction.  The Stanton County Sherriff’s office says Bromley was arrested last fall for the theft of a motor vehicle from a Woodland Park

Murder Trial Underway


Columbus, NE~~A murder trial is underway for a 31-year-old Columbus man.  Eric Henry faces trial for the stabbing death of 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen. 

Authorities say Jorgensen was stabbed to death on May 17th 2013 during an attempted robbery. 

Henry is being tried on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons violations.




 

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, April 7, 2014 -- For the week ending April 6, 2014, precipitation in the form of snow and rain was light and averaged less than half an inch of moisture across most of Nebraska, providing little or no relief from dry conditions, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Southwestern counties continued to experience severe or extreme drought. Temperatures

Sen. Johanns wants EPA to conduct job impact analysis


Nebraska U-S Senator Mike Johanns is co-sponsoring a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to follow through with a required job impact analysis of its regulations before implementing any major new rules.

Senator Johanns says back in 1977 the Clean Air Act required the administration to conduct continuing evaluations on potential job loss due to EPA regulations. Johanns

Local K-State veterinary students receive scholarship awards from Zoetis and Ame


MANHATTAN — Eighteen students at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are recipients of scholarships from global animal health company Zoetis in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The Zoetis/American Veterinary Medical Foundation Student Scholarship represents an ongoing commitment by Zoetis to invest in the future of the veterinary

State Driver License Offices Closed Next Week


Lincoln, NE~~The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to remind you that all of the state’s 97 driver license locations will be closed most of next week.  The closures run from Monday April 7th thru Thursday April 10th. 

The DMV driver license staff will be attending centralized statewide training.  Offices will be open for normal Friday business hours on April

Leigh Students Injured In Morning Bus Crash


Leigh, NE~~The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a school bus accident that sent two Leigh students to the hospital Friday morning. Authorities say the accident occurred at about 8:00 a.m. around nine miles northwest of Leigh on 827th Road. 

The driver of the bus lost control of the east bound bus and it slid off the roadway and rolled onto its side about four

Columbus Man Faces Charges After Standoff


Columbus, NE~~A 57-year-old man is facing several charges following a standoff with Columbus Police Thursday afternoon.  Capt. Todd Thalken says Alfredo Santistevan was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff. 

Police were originally called to 3311 17th Street just after 2:30pm for a domestic violence case.  Thalken says a woman in the house fled the residence with injuries

Road Work Set To Begin In Columbus Next Week


Columbus, NE~~Work is set to begin next week on Highway US-81/US-30 in and south of Columbus.  The Nebraska Department of Roads says the project will begin at the north end of the Platte River Bridge and extend north to just south of the 33rd Avenue and 6th Street intersection.

Improvements include repairs to the underlying concrete pavement, milling the surface of the existing roadway

Colorado Firm Recalls Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken Products Due To Misbrandin


WASHINGTON– American Outdoor Products, a Boulder, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 633 pounds of dehydrated Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The products were formulated with milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not

Man Found In Shelby Grain Bin Identified


Shelby, NE--Authorities identified 30-year-old Jeremy Zavodsky of Shelby as the man found dead in a grain bin in Shelby Monday.  Polk County Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig says employees of a grain storage facility found Zavodsky’s body around 8am Monday. 

Ladwig says the Sherriff’s office and the Nebraska State Patrol are waiting for autopsy results.   

An

Crews Battle Fire At Hog Confinement


Creston, NE~~Creston Fire Crews battled a fire at a hog confinement on Wednesday morning.  Crews were called to 39290 190th Avenue around 9:00am. 

The fire destroyed a confinement barn.  Witnesses say there were no hogs in the confinement at the time of the fire. 

Mutual aid was provided by Humphrey and Columbus Fire Departments. 

The fire remains under

Gov. Heineman Approves More Than $400 Million in Tax Relief for Nebraskans


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska taxpayers will receive more than $412 million in tax relief over the next five years. He signed several tax relief bills into law at a news conference where he noted the relief as responsible, meaningful and significant.

“I am pleased that Nebraska taxpayers will be receiving more than $412 million in tax relief,

Pilger Man Faces Meth Charge


Norfolk, NE~~A 30-year-old Pilger man is facing meth charges following a traffic stop in Norfolk.  Police say Eric Kluthe was pulled over early Tuesday morning for having a white light coming from the right rear taillight. 

Officers checked Kluthe’s license which showed it was currently suspended.  Kluthe was arrested and taken into custody for driving under

Firefighters Battle Blaze In Columbus


Columbus, NE~~Columbus Firefighters battled a fire in downtown Columbus Tuesday.  Crews were called to 1059 24Th Avenue around 11:45am. 

When crews arrived a shed at the location was completely engulfed.  The shed is a complete loss. 

The cause remains under investigation.


 

Winnebago Man Sentenced For Assaulting Federal Officer


Winnebago, NE~~U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced 26 year old Milton James LaRose of Winnebago to time served and 6 more months at the Dismas Charities residential reentry center in Sioux City.  LaRose was convicted of assaulting a federal officer. 

A BIA officer encountered LaRose on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in July during a disturbance call. The officer

Keep Campaign Signs Off Highway Right-of-Ways


Lincoln, NE~~The Nebraska Department of Roads says it is against the law to put up political campaign signs, or any signs, on any state highway right-of-way. 

It’s common to see political signs pop up along the roadside, but N-D-O-R says they will remove those signs, whether they are political, garage sale, or relate to private business.  

Signs will be stored for a

BPI Suit Against ABC News Moves Forward


A South Dakota state court judge ruled last week to allow most of Beef Products Incorporated’s defamation case against ABC News to proceed. The judge didn’t rule on whether defamation occurred - but that 22 of the 27 claims allow BPI to continue its case against the network and Jim Avila and Diane Sawyer.

The judge says the entirety of the broadcasts can be reasonably interpreted

Apartment Fire Displaces Residents In Leigh


Leigh, NE~~The investigation into what caused an apartment fire in Leigh Saturday morning continues.  Leigh Fire Chief Jeff Machmueller says three engines, three tankers, and an EMS vehicle responded to the fire at 223 North Main Street just before 7:00am. 

The Clarkson Fire Department was contacted to provide mutual aid.  In all, 35 firefighters responded to the

Columbus Man Faces Manslaughter Charge


Pierce, NE~~A Columbus man is facing manslaughter charges three years after the death of an 18-year-old Norfolk man.  23-year-old Daniel Hofmann is charged with manslaughter, tampering with evidence and other charges in the April 2011 death of Wesley Kuester. 

The Pierce County Sheriff says Hoffman is suspected in the death of Kuester who was shot with a shotgun in Pierce. 

Columbus Man Faces Manslaughter Charge


Pierce, NE~~A Columbus man is facing manslaughter charges three years after the death of an 18-year-old Norfolk man.  23-year-old Daniel Hofmann is charged with manslaughter, tampering with evidence and other charges in the April 2011 death of Wesley Kuester. 

The Pierce County Sheriff says Hoffman is suspected in the death of Kuester who was shot with a shotgun in Pierce. 

Columbus Man Faces Manslaughter Charge


Pierce, NE~~A Columbus man is facing manslaughter charges three years after the death of an 18-year-old Norfolk man.  23-year-old Daniel Hofmann is charged with manslaughter, tampering with evidence and other charges in the April 2011 death of Wesley Kuester. 

The Pierce County Sheriff says Hoffman is suspected in the death of Kuester who was shot with a shotgun in Pierce. 

Gov. Heineman Vetoes $65 Million in Budget


(Lincoln, Neb.)Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted many areas of agreement in state funding priorities. He also issued his line-item vetoes in LB 130, LB 905 and LB 906, which constitute the Legislature’s adjustments to the mid-biennium budget for fiscal years 2013-2015. Gov. Heineman noted that by vetoing millions of dollars of new spending, those taxpayer funds could instead be used for

Governor Vetoes Bill To Ban Mountain Lion Hunting


Lincoln, NE~~Governor Dave Heineman vetoes the bill outlawing mountain lion hunting in Nebraska.  Heineman vetoed LB 671 Friday morning.  The bill would have repealed the 2012 legislation that authorized mountain lion hunting in Nebraska by allowing the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to provide permits for hunting mountain lions.   In his veto message to State Senators

GOP Senate Candidates Set To Debate


Lincoln, NE~~The four Republican Party candidates in Nebraska running for the United States Senate will appear for a third and final debate on Wednesday, April 9th.  The debate will be held at 7pm at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln.  Bart McLeay, Ben Sasse, Shane Osborn, and Sid Dinsdale will participate in the debate. 

Topics for the debate include

State Fair Cares Campaign Launched


Grand Island, NE~~In an effort to “pay it forward”, the Nebraska State Fair is launching a campaign it calls “State Fair Cares” to assist non-profit groups and organizations throughout Nebraska. 

To thank Nebraskans for their success since moving to Grand Island, the State Fair will allow selected non-profit organizations special access to fair visitors to solicit

NSP Looking For Suspects In Assault


Oak, NE~~Nebraska State Patrol Troop C-Grand Island is asking for your help in finding two suspects believed to be involved with the assault of a Davenport man.  NSP investigators received a request for assistance from the Nuckoll’s County Sheriff’s Office after 62-year-old Steven Reinke was assaulted by two males at a home under construction two miles north of Oak.

The two

Consumer Alert Issued For Nebraskans


Lincoln, NE~~Attorney General Jon Bruning is asking Nebraskans to be wary of a phone scam reported by the IRS as the largest of its kind.  Victims are reporting threats of driver’s license suspension, arrest, and deportation. 

Bruning says his office received 20 reports of the scam since January. Bruning adds calls may appear legitimate because the scammer has spoofed an IRS

CCC Accepting Residence Hall Applications


Columbus, NE~~Central Community College-Columbus is now accepting applications for students who wish to live in the residence halls during the 2014 fall semester. 

Director of Residence Life Darren Burrows says around 150 beds are available and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. 

The application form for both semesters is available at the campus housing office

5th Judicial District Nominees Named


Lincoln, NE~~The Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Court in the 5th Judicial District has sent the names of two nominees to Governor Dave Heineman for his consideration. 

Jason D. Mielak of Columbus and Rachel A. Daugherty were nominees sent to the Governor. 

The 5th Judicial District consists of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk,

House Passes Legislation to Provide Public Input in National Monument Designatio


WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments (EPIC) Act with a vote of 222-201. The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applaud this action to give local governments, ranchers and other stakeholders a voice in the national monument designation process.
 
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OSCAR WINNER JAMES MOLL'S NEW DOCUMENTARY FEATURE "FARMLAND" CONFIRMED FOR THEAT


LOS ANGELES– Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally May 1, 2014. The film will be distributed via D&E Entertainment in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will be carrying the film including: Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres and many key independent

Arrests Made In Death Of Broken Bow Toddler


Broken Bow, NE~~Two Broken Bow women have been arrested following an investigation into the November 2013 death of a 20-month old boy.  The Nebraska State Patrol says Brittney Pryce and Diane Hill were taken into custody Tuesday and charged with Second Degree Murder and Child Abuse Leading to the Death of a Child.  

Authorities say the arrests stem from the death of 20-month-old

Nebraska State Patrol Receives Reaccreditation


Lincoln, NE~~The Nebraska State Patrol received its reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  The State Patrol was awarded the Gold Standard Accreditation “With Excellence Award.” 

The Gold Standard is the highest level of accreditation awarded by CALEA.  State Patrol Superintendent Col. David Sankey says the level of

DHHS Fees Could Increase


Lincoln, NE~~Department of Health and Human Services fees may increase under a bill advanced in the Nebraska Legislature.  Senators advanced LB994 Tuesday which would allow DHHS to increase the charge to issue certified copies or abstracts of marriage and for searches of death certificates. 

A certified copy or abstract of marriage would rise from $11 to $16

Scotus Students Welcome Home Honor Flight


Welcome home...a simple statement that for many service men and woman, words that were never heard.  Eighth grade students at Scotus Central Catholic took class time yesterday with Mr. Jeff Ohnoutka, to make Welcome Home and thank you signs for the 11 men that participated in the latest Honor Flight to Washington DC. 

Student Bryan Littlefield said that its a simple gesture to let a

Dawson & Merrick Counties Designated Livestock Friendly


Nebraska City, NE~~Dawson and Merrick Counties have received the Livestock Friendly County designation.  Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman officially announced the designation for the two counties Tuesday. 

Heineman said “the designation of Dawson and Merrick counties as Livestock Friendly is a fitting way to celebrate Ag Week in Nebraska.” 

Nebraska now has 26

Columbus Mayor Hosts Roundtable


Columbus, NE~~Columbus Mayor Mike Moser will be hosting another Mayor’s Roundtable tonight.  Moser says newly appointed City Engineer Rick Bogus, Public Works Director Roger Buell, Council Member Jim Bulkley, and City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli will all be guests at the roundtable.

The group will update the citizens of Columbus on a number of projects including the resurfacing of

Bill Passes To End Mountain Lion Hunting


Lincoln, NE~~A bill passed by the Legislature will end Mountain Lion hunting in Nebraska.  LB671 pased on a 28-13 vote Monday. 

The bill repeals the law passed in 2012 which authorized the state Game and Parks Commission to hold a mountain lion hunting season. 

Under the bill, farmers and ranchers are still allowed to kill a mountain lion if they perceive the animal to be a

Morning Fire Destroys Home In Columbus


Columbus, NE~~A Monday morning fire completely destroyed a mobile home north of Columbus.  The fire on 54th Street just north of Columbus was called in shortly before 11am.
 
Columbus Fire Lt. Dan Janicek says when crews arrived flames were coming out of the roof and the living room of the home was completely engulfed. 

No one was home at the time of the blaze.  The owner

Republican Gubernatorial Debate To Be Held Sunday


Broken Bow, NE~~The six Republican candidates for Governor will meet in a debate on Sunday.  The debate will take place at 3pm at the One-Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. 

Candidates expected to participate in the event are Tom Carlson, Beau McCoy, Jon Bruning, Mike Foley, Pete Ricketts, and Bryan Slone. 


 

Big Game Recommendations Discussed


Norfolk, NE~~The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be taking big game recommendations at its meeting in Norfolk Friday. 

Among the recommendations are the removal of 18, 420 antlerless bonus deer tags from 12 units and removal of 950 buck/either-sex deer permits in the Elkhorn, Platte, Pine Ridge and Sandhills units.  Another recommendation would raise the River Antlerless

Pot Bust On I-80


Lincoln, NE~~The Nebraska State Patrol says a Wisconsin man is in jail after a traffic stop on I-80 near the Lincoln Airport exit leads to a marijuana bust. 

Troopers say they pulled over 28-year-old Nicholas Pacocha of Cedarburg, Wisconsin just before 11:00am Wednesday.  An NSP canine detected the odor of drugs coming from the pickup.  After a search, troopers seized nearly 18

Norfolk Police Warn Residents About Scam


Norfolk, NE~~The Norfolk Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a scam.  Norfolk Police say they have received two complaints from people who say they received a phone call from someone claiming to be with “Publishers Clearing House”.  The caller claimed they had won millions of dollars and requested personal information for the IRS and that there

Wellness in Nebraska Act Fails To Pass


Lincoln, NE~~The Nebraska Legislature failed to pass the Wellness in Nebraska Act Wednesday.  LB 887 failed to advance as only 27 lawmakers voted in favor of the measure. 

Supporters of the bill say the failure to pass the Wellness in Nebraska Act hurts 54,000 Nebraskans who continue to live without proper access to affordable health care. 

Groups opposed to the bill say the

Free Kidney Early Detection Screenings Offered


Omaha, NE~~The Nebraska Kidney Association will be conducting free Kidney Early Detection Screenings across the state this spring. 

Nebraska Kidney Association CEO Tim Neal says if you have a history of diabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease in your family, you should be checked for kidney disease.  One in six Nebraskans are at risk state-wide. 

Free Kidney Screenings will

Norfolk Man Dies In Accident Near Battle Creek


Battle Creek, NE~~The Madison County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal accident north of Battle Creek.  Investigators say 41-year-old Kevin Haase of Norfolk was killed in the accident which happened around 6:30pm Monday. 

The accident happened near the intersection of 842 Rd and 542 Ave close to the Yellow Banks State Recreation Area.  Haase was driving a

Wellness Act Hits Floor For Discussion


Lincoln, NE~~Discussion on the Wellness in Nebraska Act begins today on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature.  The Wellness in Nebraska Act is a new version of a Medicaid expansion bill that stalled last year.

The legislation would help cover an estimated 54,000 residents through Medicaid or subsidized, private health insurance.  Gov. Dave Heineman argues the Medicaid expenses would

New City Engineer Appointed In Columbus


Columbus, NE~~The City of Columbus has a new City Engineer.  The Columbus City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Richard Bogus last night. 

Bogus is set to start his work as City Engineer in April. 

He replaces interim City Engineer Merlin Lindahl who filled the position in early February after Dave Goedeken left to take a similar position in

"Kick Butts Day" Event To Be Held In Columbus


Columbus, NE~~Students in Columbus are planning to participate in the national “Kick Butts Day” this Wednesday to educate youth about the dangers of smoking. 

Students of Youth For Christ will create a massive graffiti wall in their windows along 13th Street, displaying messages about the dangers of tobacco and the benefits of kicking the deadly habit.  The event begins

Flood App Now Available


Omaha, NE~~The American Red Cross is released its new “Flood App” for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to help save lives and reduce losses from floods. 

The free app gives users access to local and national flood warnings and pre-loaded action steps even without being connected.  It has one-touch “I am safe” messaging that can send a message to family

New Residence Hall For NECC


Norfolk, NE~~Northeast Community College is proceeding with plans to build a new residence hall on its Norfolk campus.  The College Board of Governors on Thursday announced that Northeast will construct a new residence hall near two other residence halls and two student apartments. 

Northeast Community College President Michael Chipps says administrators will issue revenue bonds to

New City Engineer Could Be Approved Tonight


Columbus, NE~~Columbus may have a new City Engineer following tonight’s City Council meeting.  The council will vote on the appointment of Richard Bogus as the new City Engineer. 

If approved, Bogus will take over for Merlin Lindahl who has been serving as Interim City Engineer since early February. 

The City Council will meet at the council chamber tonight at

Smith Receives Honor


Congressman Adrian Smith is a recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

The award is recognition of Congressman Smith’s support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. Congressman Smith worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward

Internal Theft at Norfolk Wal-Mart


Since last month the Norfolk Police Division has been investigating an internal theft at by Wal-Mart.  The theft spanned from March of 2011 to February of 2014. The  loss totaled $36,500. The suspect in the theft was identified as Pharmacy Technician Michele Sporleder of Pierce.  She was placed under arrest for theft and transferred to the Madison County Jail.
 

Burwell school district tightens security


BURWELL, Neb. (AP) - Classes are resuming Wednesday at Burwell's public schools after they were canceled so administrators could prepare new security measures.

 A menacing letter sent to Burwell's city hall last week contains what's being called a "hit list" of more than a dozen names of Burwell school administrators, teachers and students. No arrests have been

Roads to be Enforced During Basketball


Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts March 13-15 as fans make their way to basketball tournaments across the state. Beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday, troopers will focus on high traffic areas in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes.

Seward Community Grieving


The Seward community and the wrestling families are grieving the loss of long-time assistant coach Jeramie Schoepf, who worked for the city of Seward Street Maintenance Department, died a week after a tree branch fell on him as he cleared trees for an expansion of a city recreational trail.

A fiery presence on the wrestling mat, Schoepf, 36, had coached for 11 years at Seward High

Madison man accused of threats at college


NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - A 23-year-old Madison man has been accused of threatening three students at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

 The Madison County sheriff's office says John Ertzner was arrested last week. Madison County Jail records said Ertzner remained in custody on Monday. Court records don't list the name of his attorney.

 Officials say an armed man

Budget Bills to be Debated in Lincoln


Today, senators will debate a package of budget bills advanced from the Appropriations Committee.  Among the Committee's recommendations, LB 905 is a budget bill that will increase the funding for the Property Tax Credit Program by $25 million.  The program is presently funded at $115 million per year. 

The credit is applied against property taxes due and works to

Firefighters Kept Busy on Sunday


Firefighters are working to extinguish several brush fires in eastern Nebraska, including departments from Duncan, Bellwood, David City, Rising City & Ulyssess.
 
Fires broke out as temperatures climbed into the low 70s Sunday, but winds gusting 30-to-40 mph made it difficult to contain the fires.
 
No evacuations or serious injuries were reported Sunday afternoon, but at least one

Potential Scam In Platte County


Columbus, NE~~The Platte County Treasurer is asking people to be on the lookout for a potential scam involving false real estate tax statements. 

Treasurer Theresa Gabriel says a company recently contacted Nebraska county treasurers requesting a blank copy of their real estate statement and information for the real estate tax role.  Gabriel says the real estate tax role is public

Arrest Made In Northeast Community College Incident


Madison, NE~~The Madison County Sheriff has made an arrest in the incident the occurred at Northeast Community College in Norfolk earlier this week.  23-year-old John Ertzner of Madison was arrested at his residence by investigators without incident. 

Ertzner is being charged with terroristic threats. 

Investigators say on Monday afternoon, Ertzner was armed when he

2014 Passport Sites Selected


Lincoln, NE~~Sites have been selected for the 2014 Nebraska Passport Program.  The Passport program encourages travelers to explore the state, collect stamps from participating attractions and earn great prizes.  The 2014 Passport features 80 attractions on 10 themed tours.  Explorers have from May 1st through September 30th to visit attractions and redeem stamps for prizes. 

Newman Grove Banker Remains on ICBA Board


Newman Gorve, NE~~A Newman Grove Banker will continue to serve as the past chairman for the Independent Community Bankers of America.  Bank Of Newman Grove President and Chairman Jeffrey Gerhart will continue to serve on the ICBA’s board of director’s as past chairman for 2014-15. 

Gerhardt is a currently a member of the Executive Committee and has served on a number of

Cuming County Woman Found Dead In Car


Beemer,NE~~The Cuming County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate an accident that claimed the life of a 56-year-old West Point woman.  The one vehicle accident happened just south of Beemer at the corner of Beemer Road and River Road. 

Workers from a power company called the accident in to local authorities around 3:15pm Wednesday. 

Investigators believe the

Farmers And Businesses Sue U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers


Omaha, NE~~Farmers, small businesses and other property owners along the Missouri River are filing a lawsuit against the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, seeking damages for “lost land and way of life” during river flooding from 2006 through the record flood of 2011.   The suit claims the Army Corps of Engineers changed their methods of scheduled water releases and operations of

Student App Challenge Announced


Washingon, D.C.~~Congressman Adrian Smith has announced a contest for high school students in the state's 3rd district to create a new software app for smartphone, tablet or computer devices.  The competition is designed to promote innovation and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among high school students. Students may participate individually or in teams of

Transfer Station Groundbreaking To Be Held Monday


Columbus, NE~~The City of Columbus will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Transfer Station on Monday.  The groundbreaking will be held at the project site on South 14th Avenue.  B-D Construction is the prime contractor on the project and construction on the new Transfer Station is set to be next week. 



 

Plans Laid Out For Arts Center


Columbus, NE~~Citizens of Columbus got their first look at a proposed new Library and Cultural Arts Center last night. The Clark Enersen Partners laid out preliminary designs for a new Library and Cultural Arts Center Prior to the Columbus City Council meeting last night.  The new facility would include all of the current services provided by the library, a kitchen, a 300 seat auditorium, an

15 Pounds Of Meth Seized After Lincoln Traffic Stop


Lincoln, NE~~Lancaster County authorities seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine found in a car pulled over near Lincoln on Sunday. 55-year-old Alfonso Lopez Garcia and 49-year-old Fredy Salvador Alcatraz-Mendoza were arrested Sunday night after the meth was found in their car on U.S. Highway 77. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says packages of meth were found inside a hidden compartment in

Law Enforcement Looking For Armend Man At Northeast Community College


Norfolk, NE~~Law enforcement in Norfolk continues to look for an armed man who approached three students in the parking lot of the Northeast Community College Line building Monday afternoon.  Northeast Community College says no one was hurt in the incident.  Authorities are looking for a late 1990’s or early 2000’s green Pontiac Grand Prix.  If you have any

A Sunday Morning Fire Destroys Columbus Home


Columbus, NE~~The State Fire Marshall continues to investigate a Sunday house fire in Columbus.  Crews were called to a home at 1617 Kozy Drive just after 12am Sunday morning.  Columbus Fire Chief Dean Hefti says multiple crews worked together to battle the blaze.  The house was completely destroyed by the fire.  No one was injured during the fire.  Frigid temperatures

Library And Cultural Arts Center To Be Discussed Monday


Columbus, NE~~The Columbus City Council’s Committee of the Whole meets Monday, March 3rd in the City Council Chambers.  The Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln will give a presentation on the preliminary design concepts for the Library and Cultural Arts Center.  The center would include space for all of the services currently offered at the Columbus Public Library as well as a

Cattlemen's Ball To Be Held June 6th And 7th


Banner County, NE~~Organizers of the 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska are hoping to raise a record $2.5 million for UNMC cancer research and regional health care this year.  The June 6th and 7th event is being held at the Hoot Owl Ranch near Harrisburg, Nebraska in the panhandle.  This year’s theme is “Corral a Cure for Cancer”.  The Cattlemen’s

CPS Board Of Education Passes Bond Issue Resolution


Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Public Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a bond issue resolution Thursday morning to build a new high school in Columbus.  The project would cost $49,915,000 and calls for a levy increase of 4.5 cents.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Troy Loeffelholz says the average price of a home in Columbus is $111,754, meaning for the average homeowner

Female Mountain Killed In Western Nebraska


Lincoln, NE~~As the debate in the Nebraska Legislature continues on whether or not to ban mountain lion hunting in the state, the killing of a female mountain lion has automatically ended this year's second hunting season in the Pine Ridge Unit.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a 102-pound female was killed Wednesday in Sheridan County.  The lion was believed to be about

Investigation Into UNO Fire Continues


Omaha, NE~~Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a two-alarm fire at a UNO dorm Wednesday afternoon.  Crews were called to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Flames were seen shooting from the roof of Scott Village Building G on the university's Pacific campus.  A UNO spokesperson says students who were displaced by the

Flooding Remains A Concern On Platte And Loup Rivers


Columbus, NE~~National Weather Service hydrologist David Pearson says although conditions have improved, local flooding remains a threat along the Platte and Loup Rivers. Pearson says a significant amount of ice pushed through the river systems last week.  However, Pearson says all the ice has not moved down the river at this time due to cold temperatures. The National Weather Service

Student Group Proposes Tobacco Free Campus


Kearney, NE -- A University of Nebraska at Kearney student group is trying to make their university a completely tobacco-free campus.  U-N-K Peer Health Education will be sending out an email questionnaire asking if students support a tobacco-free initiative.  If the results are positive, the proposal may be presented to the Chancellor’s Cabinet for consideration.

Shelby's Olympian Returns


Lincoln, NE~~Shelby’s Olympic medal winner is back in Nebraska.  Curt Tomasevicz returned home last night, two days after winning the Bronze Medal in the four-man bobsled.  Tomasevicz was greeted by a large crowd at the Lincoln Airport and said he was surprised by the amount of people that showed up to welcome him home. Tomasevicz says that was his final Olympics as he is set

Several Projects Discussed At Mayor's Roundtable


Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Mayor’s Roundtable lasted just over an hour last night at the City Council Chambers.  Superintendent of Columbus Public Schools Dr. Troy Loeffelholz filled the audience in on plans for a proposed new high school in Columbus.  If the new school were to be approved, the middle school would be moved to the current high school location, keeping the middle

Tuition Stays The Same At CCC


Students at Central Community College will not see a tuition increase next year.  Tuition will be kept at $80 a credit hour for Nebraska residents and $120 a credit hour for non-residents.  Central Community College Public Relations Officer Jim Strayer says students will see an increase in fees from $10 to $12 a semester-hour to pay for construction costs on projects

Mayor's Roundtable To Meet Tuesday


Columbus Mayor Mike Moser will be hosting a Mayor’s Roundtable on Tuesday.  Superintendent of Columbus Public Schools Dr. Troy Loeffelholz will be the first guest at the roundtable giving updates on city/school partnerships, the STEM Academy, and bond financing options for a potential new school.  Interim City Engineer Merlin Lindahl and City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli will

Influenza Death Reported To Four Corners Health Department


The Four Corners Health department says an influenza related death has been reported in their district.  Four Corners Health Department serves Butler, Polk, Seward, and York Counties.  12 influenza related deaths have been reported in Nebraska this flu season.  Getting a flu shot remains the best way of preventing the spread of influenza.  Health officials also remind you to

OSHA Investigates Columbus Accident


Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continue to look into a fatal accident at a Columbus business.  Authorities were called to BD Medical at 2153 12th Ave Tuesday morning around 9 a.m., where a worker at the facility was reportedly killed.  No official name of the victim or details on the incident have been released by the Platte County Sheriff’s

Three Men Face Felony Shoplifting Charges


Two Columbus men and one Grand Island man are facing felony shoplifting charges after they were arrested in Norfolk Tuesday.  Norfolk Police say 37-year-old Luis Yosvany Martinez Hernandez, 31-year-old Yonni Izaguirre of Columbus, and 32-year-old Yosvani Rodriguez of Grand Island were arrested just after noon Tuesday as they attempted to steal over $2,000 in merchandise from a local

Central City School Board Gets New Member


Central City has a new school board member.  Tim Williams was selected to the Central City School Board in a meeting held Monday night.  Williams takes the vacated seat of former board member Kent Malm.  Malm was voted off the board in January during a recall election held by Central City voters.

Construction On Council Agenda


The Columbus City Council will meet tonight with a heavy focus on local road construction.  Among the items on the 7:00pm meeting agenda will be the approval of plans, specifications and costs estimations for street and sidewalk improvements at various locations across Columbus. 

Schuyler Man Dies in Monday Morning Crash


Slippery conditions early Monday morning may have played a role in a fatal accident east of Columbus.  The Platte County Sheriff’s Department says 26-year-old Francisco Espinoza of Schuyler was killed when he apparently lost control of his car due to snow and slush on the roadway, crossed the median, and was struck by a semi truck driven by 64-year-old Leo Richtermeier of Ponca.

Wisner Man Dies In Stanton County Accident


Alcohol and speed may have been contributing factors into a fatal crash in Stanton County early Sunday morning.  The Stanton County Sherriff’s Department says 34-year-old Darin Gentrup of rural Wisner was pronounced dead at the scene.  Authorities say Gentrup was southbound on 576th Avenue about four miles southeast of Pilger, when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a

St. Paul man who used hammer to kill pup gets prison


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A 26-year-old St. Paul man has been sent to prison for burglary and for using a hammer to kill his 6-month-old puppy.
 
Michael Berst had pleaded no contest to several charges in a deal with prosecutors. On Wednesday Berst was given 20 to 60 months for cruel mistreatment of animals and the same sentence for tampering with evidence. The sentences will be served at

Authorities ID 3 killed in I-80 crash near Utica


UTICA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says a Lincoln family of three has been killed in the crash of a small car and a semitrailer on Interstate 80 near Utica in southeastern Nebraska.
 
The patrol says the crash happened around 8 a.m. Saturday when the driver of the westbound car lost control, crossed the interstate median and was hit by an eastbound semi.
 
The patrol says

Goedeken leaving city engineer spot in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Neb. - The final day for Columbus City Engineer Dave Goedeken will February 14th.

Goedeken, who’s held to position for the past 4 years, is leaving to become the public works director in Fremont.

The Columbus City Council will consider this evening having former city engineer Merlin Lindahl fill-in for the interim, until a permanent replacement can be found.

OSHA seeking cause of Omaha industrial accident


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Federal safety investigators are looking at structural problems and a dust explosion as possible causes of an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers and injured 17 others.
 
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Scott Allen says investigators are working with structural engineers and combustible dust experts as part of

Search resumes for second body at Omaha plant


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Search teams have resumed the effort to recover the body of a worker killed in a southwestern Omaha industrial accident.

Omaha Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says the search resumed about 8 a.m. Tuesday, as temperatures hovered just below zero.

Witnesses at the International Nutrition livestock feed manufacturing plant reported hearing an explosion before a

19-year-old man killed near Winnebago


WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) - A teenager has died in one-vehicle crash just east of Winnebago in northeastern Nebraska.
 
The Nebraska State Patrol tells the Norfolk Daily News that the crash happened Friday, killing 19-year-old Bryson Bearskin of Winnebago.
 
Investigators say Bearskin was driving a minivan when it left a county road and rolled. Authorities say Bearskin was not wearing a

Nebraska lawmakers to begin floor debate on Monday


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will begin debating legislation for the 2014 session on Monday.
 
Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams says lawmakers will begin with bills that were approved in committees but carried over from last year's session without a final vote.
 
Adams says he expects some proposals will generate major disagreements among the 49 senators, but he

Nebraska AG to focus on patent trolls, stalkers


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is proposing a legislative crackdown on stalkers, patent trolls who target businesses, a synthetic drug known as K2 and people who solicit child pornography.
 
Bruning identified the measures Tuesday as his legislative priorities.
 
One bill by Sen. Heath Mello is designed to hinder groups that acquire patents just to

Back to Work Tomorrow in Lincoln


State Senators return to Lincoln tomorrow to begin the 2014 Nebraska Legislative session.  With the retirement of former Senator Scott Price in Dist. #3, the body will have one new member with the appointment of Sen. Tommy Garrett to represent the district.  District #3 encompasses parts of Sarpy County.  The session is a 60-day session, with adjournment scheduled for

Fire Destroyes Portion of Columbus Home


A Columbus family is without a home after a Monday afternoon fire destroyed the living room area.  Zhou Ji Ni, his wife and 6th grade daughter were not at home at the time of the fire.  Columbus Fire Chief Dean Hefti said they were on scene for about an hour and that furniture and other belongings were destroyed.   The Ni’s operate Golden Dragon and their daughter

Crash near Madison injures two


MADISON, Neb. - Madison County authorities are investigating a two-vehicle crash along Highway 81 near Madison that injured two people.

It happened around 7:30am Thursday. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Ryan Sorenson of Norfolk failed to yield at 831st Road and was struck a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Grant Wiemer of Creston.

Both men were taken area

Event offers Neb. farmers advice on challenges


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Farmers Union plans to mark its centennial at its annual conference that will feature presentations on several issues farmers are concerned about.
 
The conference will be held at the midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island on Friday and Saturday.
 
At one of the presentations, a panel of experts will offer farmers advice about how to buy health




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