Flood Insurance Programs Offered In Pilger

Pilger, NE (AP) ~~ Flood insurance workshops will be held this week for residents of the small northeast Nebraska city of Pilger who want to rebuild after a June tornado destroyed much of the town.
Flooding rules have complicated rebuilding plans for many Pilger residents because new homes built in the town can't have basements.
Pilger has been in a flood plain since 2004,

Nebraska ACT Scores Top National Average

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A new report says Nebraska's 2014 high school graduates scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than students nationally and better than the state's 2013 graduates.
The Nebraska Education Department says Nebraska's average ACT composite score was 21.7, seven-tenths of a point higher than the national average of 21.0 out of a possible score of 36.

Petersen Sentenced To Life For Killing Attorney

Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ A 58-year-old Nebraska man who's already serving a life sentence for shooting his ex-wife to death has been given another life sentence for killing the attorney who represented him in his divorce.
Michael Petersen, of rural Glenvil, was sentenced on Tuesday in Hall County District Court. He'd pleaded no contest to first-degree murder as part of a deal


LINCOLN, NE -- For the week ending August 17, 2014, rain in the central part of the State helped reduce the need for irrigation, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dryland crops in areas that did not receive rain were showing stress. Cooler weather in the eastern part of the State slowed crop development, while warmer temperatures in the west helped dry down

Blue Cross Blue Shield To Hold Town Hall In Columbus

Columbus, NE ~~ Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is conducting a Town Hall meeting in Columbus tonight.  The meeting is being held as part of ongoing efforts to keep members informed about negotiations with Catholic Health Initiatives and in particular, Alegent Creighton Health.  The meeting will be held at 6:00pm at the Platte County’s Ag Park. 

BCBSNE will provide

Nebraska State Patrol Welcomes State Fair Visitors

(Grand Island, Neb.)-  Safety information and giveaways will once again be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to visitors during the Nebraska State Fair, August 22- Sept. 1, at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

The NSP exhibit is located in the 4H & FFA Exhibition building on the north end of the State Fair grounds. The exhibit will include safety information and giveaways with

Clarks Woman Killed In Monday Morning Accident

Clarks,  NE ~~ An investigation continues into an accident that killed a Merrick County woman Monday.  Authorities say 25-year-old Heather Stroud of Clarks was killed in an accident involving three vehicles.  The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. about a mile west of Clarks.   

Authorities say she was headed east on Highway 30 when a semi hit her vehicle from

David City Native Killed In Lincoln Crash

Lincoln, NE ~~ A 21-year-old woman formally of David City has died in a Lincoln accident.  Lincoln police say Shanna Rurup was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash. 

Rurup was a passenger Sunday night in a car driven by 20-year-old Cameron Beattie. At some point the vehicle went off the road, hit a guardrail and rolled.  Rurup was not wearing a seat belt. 

Rurup was

Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation*) for food, housing, childcare and education, and other child-rearing expenses up

David City Woman Killed In Weekend Accident

David Ciyt, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a rollover crash that killed a 33-year-old woman this weekend.
Authorities say the accident happened around 11 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Nebraska Highway 92 and County Road O south of David City.
Jessica Fiala of David City lost control of her vehicle before it rolled, and she was killed in the

2014 Nebraska State Fair

By Governor Dave Heineman
August 15, 2014
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
Even though county fairs are winding down, and the new school year is gearing up, there is still some good family fun to be had this summer. The Nebraska State Fair will take place August 22 through September 1 in Grand Island and I want to encourage all Nebraskans to attend the State Fair.

Columbus Man Injured In Highway 30 Accident

Columbus, NE ~~ The Platte County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a rollover accident that sent a 28-year-old Columbus man to the hospital. 

The Sheriff’s Office says Juan Gutierrez was eastbound on Highway 30 when he lost control of his SUV near Behlen Manufacturing Company shortly after 1am Thursday morning.  Authorities say the SUV left the road and

Body Found In Missouri River Identified

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Officials say a body recovered from the Missouri River near Omaha is that of a man reported missing.
The Douglas County Coroner's Office said Thursday that an autopsy confirms the body is that of 23-year-old Aung Thu. Officials say he drowned.
Thu was reported missing Sunday night after witnesses said he swam toward the center of the river and disappeared.

Schuyler Man Killed In Collision With Bus

Valparaiso, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities have released the name of a man who died after his pickup collided with a school bus carrying 11 children at a rural intersection in eastern Nebraska.
The Saunders County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 50-year-old Steven Jedlicka, of Schuyler. He was pronounced dead at a Lincoln hospital where he'd been flown after the accident Thursday

1 Dead, 2 Injured After Pickup Hits School Bus

Valpraiso, NE~~The Saunders County Sheriff’s Department says one person is dead and two people were critically injured after a pickup and school bus accident early this morning.  Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of county roads H and 29. That's about six miles north-northwest of Valparaiso. 

One of the men

Micklevitz To Appear In Court August 20th

Columbus, NE~~19-year-old Chase Micklevitz who is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his grandmother waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.  Micklevitz is now scheduled to appear in Platte County Court on August 20th. 

He was charged with second-degree murder after authorities say he stabbed his grandmother, 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz shortly after

Butler County Sheriff Passes Away

The Butler County Sheriff's Department said Sheriff Mark Hecker died Tuesday afternoon, following a heart attack on Friday. 

On Friday Hecker drove himself to the hospital where he was later transfered to Lincoln.  On Saturday he was then taken to a hospital in Omaha. 

On the Facebook page  "Prayers for Mark Hecker" it said "Sheriff Mark Hecker passed


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending August 10, 2014, rain beginning at mid-week and continuing into the weekend covered much of the state with 1 to 2 inches of precipitation, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This lowered irrigation demands and supported dryland crops and pastures. Hail was reported in a number of central areas over the weekend. Wheat harvest was

Motorcyclist Killed In Pierce County

Osmond, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities have released the name of a northeast Nebraska motorcyclist who died in a collision with a semitrailer.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office identified the motorcyclist as 36-year-old Anthony Higgs, of Plainview.
The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Monday on Nebraska Highway 121 just south of Osmond. Deputies say the northbound motorcycle struck the

Winnebago Man Sentenced

Winnebago, NE (AP) ~~ A Winnebago man has been sentenced to probation for forcibly resisting a police officer last year.
U.S. Attorney General Deborah R. Gilg said in a news release Monday that Chief United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced 59-year-old Richard Brownrigg to five years of probation. He must also pay a special assessment of

Lincoln Teen Accused In Stabbing Enters Plea

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A girl accused of stabbing a fellow student at a Lincoln high school last year has entered a no contest plea to a felony assault charge.
17-year-old Sarah Piccolo entered the plea Monday in Lancaster County District Court as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. Charges of first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon were dropped.
A no contest

Micklevitz To Appear In Court This Week

Columbus, NE ~~ A 19-year-old Columbus who faces a second-degree murder charge will be back in court Wednesday. 
Chase Micklevitz is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Platte County District Court.  Micklevitz is charged with second degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in the stabbing death of his grandmother, 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz. 


Inmate Dies In Hastings

Hastings, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the death of a 39-year-old inmate at Adams County Jail in Hastings.
The body was found in a cell around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Sheriff Gregg Magee says the man's death does not appear to be from natural causes.
The Hastings man's name has not been released. Magee says the jail had been waiting on paperwork to

Group Formed To Raise Money For Archway

Kearney, NE (AP) ~~ A group has been formed to raise money and other support for The Archway museum in Kearney.
The Kearney museum spans Interstate 80 and has exhibits that commemorate the Oregon, Mormon and California pioneer trails, and it also honors the nation's highway systems and railroads.
The 18-member Archway Society was formed from the Arch Forward committee, which

CCC Offering Adult Ed Classes

Grand Island, NE~~Central Community College is offering Adult Education classes during the 2014 fall semester at 13 locations in 11 Nebraska communities.  Adult Education includes assistance with basic reading, writing, math and spelling skills; drills and special instruction through the English as a Second Language Program; citizenship classes; and preparation for the Nebraska high school

Gov. Heineman Seeks Applicants for Natural Resources Commission to Represent Gro

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking qualified candidates for one position on the Natural Resources Commission to represent ground water irrigators.  The open position is due to a vacancy.
The Natural Resources Commission is charged with helping to conserve, protect, and utilize the water and related land resources of the state through the oversight of seven state aid

Special D-Day Anniversary Presentation To Be Held In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~The 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy will be celebrated in Columbus Monday during a special presentation.  Congressman Jeff Fortenberry will host the presentation at the American Legion Post at 10:30am. 

The presentation will feature renowned World War II military historian Maj. Timothy Kilvert-Jones, United Kingdom Army (retired).

Laurel Man Killed In Grain Bin

Dixon, NE ~~Authorities say a 60-year-old man has died after being buried in a grain bin in Dixon County. 
The Dixon County Sheriff’s Office say Timothy Hansen of Laurel died in the accident.  Sheriff Dean Chase says his office received a call Tuesday afternoon about the incident in rural Dixon. 

Authorities say Hansen was breaking corn loose in the bin when the

Rural, Urban Interests Unite Against EPA Water Rule

LINCOLN, NEB. – A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to vastly expand the federal agency’s powers under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has prompted a number of Nebraska organizations and entities to join forces under the coalition of ‘Common Sense Nebraska.’ Nebraska agriculture organizations initially formed the coalition in June to push back against the EPA

Dick Mercer Resigns as Natural Resources Commissioner

(Lincoln, Neb.)  Gov. Dave Heineman announced today that long-time Natural Resources Commissioner Dick Mercer is resigning from the Commission. 

“Dick Mercer has a long history of involvement with water and agriculture issues in Nebraska,” said Gov. Heineman.  “Dick has been an outstanding and respected leader on water issues. He has built an exceptional

Supreme Court To Hear Ballot Challenge

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~The Nebraska Supreme Court has agreed to hear a legal challenge to a statewide ballot measure that could allow electronic betting on previously recorded horse races.

Gambling opponents are trying to disqualify the measure from the ballot. Secretary of State John Gale announced last month that he would allow the measure on the November general election ballot. Lawmakers

6 Injured In Lincoln Crash

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~Nebraska officials say two women were seriously injured in a two-car vehicle collision that hospitalized six people.

Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Timothy Salmen says a distracted driver lost control Tuesday night on Interstate 80 near Lincoln. He says the driver's car crossed the median and was broad-sided by a truck.
Two women on the passenger side of the car

Reward Offered For Lexington Man

Lexington, NE (AP) ~~A $1,000 reward has been offered for information about a man suspected of shooting at officers in Lexington.
Lexington Police Chief Tracy Wolf said Wednesday that the local Crime Stoppers put up the money for information about 25-year-old Jose Covarrubias, who is still being hunted.
Police say officers sent at 12:45 a.m. July 30 to check on a disturbance

Pender Man Dies In Accident At Sturgis Rally

Nemo, SD~~The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate a motorcycle accident that killed a Pender, Nebraska man.  
48-year-old Paul Thomsen was attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when the accident happened.  Authorities say Thomsen was riding his motorcycle east of Nemo, SD when his bike and a car side swiped each other on a curve, causing Thomsen to loose

Beekeeping Allowed In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~The Columbus City Council approved residential beekeeping at its meeting Monday night.  
An old ordinance had classified bees as exotic animals which meant residents had to obtain an exotic animal permit to house bees. 

The new ordinance now allows residence to apply for a beekeeper permit.  The permit fee is $20 dollars and all residents and

Roundtable And Town Hall Meeting To Be Held In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~Columbus Mayor Mike Moser will be hosting a Mayor’s Roundtable this afternoon.  The roundtable will take place at 3:30pm at the City Council Chambers and will feature U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. 

Congressmen Fortenberry will also be holding a Town Hall meeting today from 5pm to 6:30pm at the City Council Chambers in downtown Columbus. 


OSHA Steps Back In Line with Law

By: Senator Mike Johanns

Drive down nearly any Nebraska country road and you will see bushels of examples of our farmers’ hard work coming to fruition. Clean cut wheat fields mark the near end of a bountiful harvest, and rows of towering corn point to a sky-high yield this fall. But any farmer will tell you that their hard work does not end at harvest.

There’s also the drying and

Fremont Man Accused Of Embezzlement Dies

Fremont, NE (AP)~~A 66-year-old man accused of embezzling $2.5 million from his employer in Fremont has died at an Omaha hospital.
Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass says Dennis Hesman died Thursday at the Veterans Affairs hospital.
Hesman was arrested in June and charged with 10 counts of theft and one of conspiracy. He was accused of falsifying documents at the Gavilon

Lincoln Jailer Fined For Taking Videos Of Inmates

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~A former jailer in Lincoln has been fined $500 for making a video recording of a naked female inmate.
Online court records say 54-year-old Michael Going was sentenced on Friday. Going had pleaded no contest to attempted official misconduct after prosecutors lowered the charge.
Police say Going used his smartphone to record the 46-year-old woman on May 29

Two Arrested in GI Armed Robbery

Grand Island, NE~~The Grand Island Police Department arrested to men over the weekend, wanted in connection with a July armed robbery. 
G-I-P-D arrested 22-year-old Daniel Lefthand and 22-year-old Eduardo Santos both of Grand Island at 12:50pm Saturday in a parking lot of an apartment complext at 415 S. Cherry.  The two were wanted in connection with the armed robbery of

Grand Opening Set for New Flex Fuel Pump in Spalding

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA-A grand opening at a new flex fuel pump at Country Partners Cooperative in Spalding on West Highway 91 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.

This flex fuel pump grand opening in Spalding on Tuesday, August 5 will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Flex fuel vehicle owners can save 20 cents per gallon on E20, E30, and E85. 

“If you don’t know if

Smith Votes to Address Border Crisis

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted in favor of legislation which would begin to address the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border into the United States.
“This legislation, while not perfect, would be an important first step to provide resources to address this crisis without writing the President a blank check as

Bond Set For Micklevitz

Columbus, NE~~A Columbus man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother remains in custody. 

Bail was set at $1 million dollars for 19-year-old Chase Micklevitz.  He faces a second degree murder charge in the stabbing death of 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz. 

Columbus Police say she was stabbed at her home shortly after 1pm Wednesday afternoon.  Deanna was taken to

Senators Push To Designate Nebraska Tribe Trail

Omaha, NE (AP)~~Nebraska's U.S. senators have joined the effort to seek federal recognition for the trail the Ponca Tribe took during a forced march more than 135 years ago.
U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer introduced legislation Thursday calling on the Interior Department to determine the feasibility of creating a Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail. The legislation

Disaster Aid Available For Seven Counties

Lincoln, NE~~U.S. Small Business Administration approved federal disaster assistance for seven Nebraska counties struck by severe weather.  
The approved counties are Stanton, Colfax, Cuming, Madison, Pierce, Platte and Wayne.  SBA spokesman Rick Jenkins says residents of those counties may be eligible for low-interest, fixed-rate federal loans to help them rebuild. The

West Point Man Dies In Pierce County Accident

Pierce, NE~~Authorities say a West Point man has died in a two-vehicle accident in Pierce County. 

The Pierce County Sheriff says the accident that killed 66-year-old Eldon Kassebaum happened Wednesday afternoon on Highway 13 just south of Pierce.  The Sheriff says Kassebaum’s semi hit the back end of a  pickup that was attempting to turn west.  The driver of the

Settlement of Clean Water Act Violations Aims to Prevent Future Oil Spills by Ar

Archer Daniels Midland Company, a food processing and commodities trading company headquartered in Decatur, Ill., has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five different large oil storage facilities located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Columbus, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Mexico, Mo.; and Deerfield, Mo.


Through the settlement with EPA Region 7, Archer

Columbus Woman Stabbed To Death By Grandson

Columbus, NE~~A Columbus woman is dead after being stabbed at her home Wednesday afternoon.  Police were sent to 2908 31st Street at 1:23 p.m., after a woman at the residence reported that she had been stabbed.
58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz was transported to Columbus Community Hospital for treatment and a search began for the suspect who had fled the scene on foot. The search for

Nebraska Requests Disaster Aid

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~Nebraska is requesting federal disaster aid to help individuals and businesses recover from the June tornadoes.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Gov. Dave Heineman submitted a request this week to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
If approved, the SBA would make low-interest loans available to five northeastern Nebraska counties that were hit

Johanns Applauds OSHA's Formal Clarification That it Cannot Regulate Family Farm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) applauded Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) formal clarification that it cannot regulate family farms with 10 or fewer employees. In a guideline issued today, OSHA recognizes that postharvest activities integral to farming operations, including drying and storing grain, are exempt from regulations if the farm has 10 or

Anti-gambling Group Files Lawsuit To Keep Horse Race Issue Off Ballot

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~A Nebraska anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit to keep off the November ballot a measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots.
Gambling with the Good Life said Tuesday that it filed the lawsuit on Monday. Executive director Pat Loontjer  says the measure violates the Nebraska Constitution's


LINCOLN, NE -- For the week ending July 27, 2014, above normal temperatures and limited precipitation drew on soil moisture supplies with irrigation active in most areas, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The dry conditions supported hay harvest which was active statewide. Wheat harvest continued moving north in Panhandle counties. The number of days suitable for

Enforcement Planned In Hall County

Grand Island, NE~~Efforts to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes with an emphasis on impaired driving will be the focus of a special enforcement planned for Hall County over the weekend.


Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C-Grand Island, in conjunction with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct high visibility patrols in and around Grand Island and Hall

Columbus Police Continue Specialized Traffic Campaign

Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Police Department continues a specialized traffic campaign.  The dual enforcement effort targeting speed and seat belt violators runs thru August 14th. 

The goal is to reduce fatal accidents for the month of August which historically is the deadliest month for motorists in Nebraska. 

The department received a $3,000 grant from the Nebraska

Omaha Couple Found Dead Near West Point

West Point,NE~~An Omaha couple have been killed in a rollover crash in Cuming County.
Cuming County Sheriff Bradley Boyum says the crash site and vehicle were found Monday morning about two miles south of West Point, just off Highway 275. The victims were identified as 40-year-old Yvonne Pivonka and her husband, 41-year-old Franklin Pivonka. Their bodies were found in a heavily wooded

President Declares Disaster for Nebraska

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 1-4, 2014.

The President's action

Watson Qualifies As U.S. Senate Candidate

Lincoln, NE~~Another candidate has qualified to be added to the ballot for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Secretary of State John Gale says more than 4,000 signatures have been verified for Todd Watson. 


Watson reported submitting 5,380 signatures. The threshold for being included on the ballot is 4,000, with at least 750 of those signatures collected in each of Nebraska’s

Broken Bow Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Broken Bow, NE (AP)~~A 60-year-old Broken Bow man has died after his motorcycle ran off a road in Custer County.
The Custer County Sheriff's Office says Kenneth Neville was driving south on Sumner Road around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle about three miles south of Broken Bow. The bike entered a ditch and then struck a barbed wire fence.
Neville was

Sioux City Helping Pilger

Sioux CIty, IA (AP)~~The Sioux City school district is donating excess desks, tables and shelving units to help out some northeast Nebraska students whose middle school in Pilger was heavily damaged by a tornado.
The items will be delivered on Monday to a makeshift middle school of three modular buildings on the grounds of an elementary school in Wisner, Nebraska. Wisner sits about 12

EPA's Murky Water Rule

By: Senator Mike Johanns
A far-reaching water proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would open the floodgates to expensive permits and compliance costs for a variety of industries and individual land owners. And as concerned citizens weigh in on the proposal before it is finalized, EPA’s unwillingness to provide details has muddied the water on its downstream

Omaha Man Sentenced For Role In UNL Security Breach

Lincoln, NE~~A 23-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to 6 months in prison for his role in a security breach at the University of Nebraska.  
Daniel Stratman was sentenced Thursday in Lincoln to 6 months in prison for one count of Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers.  Stratman will be allowed work release while serving his prison sentence, and will

Stenberg Reminds Businesses Of November Deadline For Unclaimed Property

Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~The Nebraska State Treasurer is reminding Nebraska businesses and organizations of the Nov. 1 deadline for remitting unclaimed property to the state.
Treasurer Don Stenberg says businesses and organizations must also submit unclaimed property reports by Nov. 1. A reporting form is available on the Treasurer's website at
The annual report

Disaster Aid Approved For Nebraska Counties

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Nebraska, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from June 14 to June 21.
Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in a

Nebraska Forest Service Announces Grants to Rural Fire Departments

 LINCOLN, Neb. — Providing financial assistance to fire departments in rural areas and rural communities is crucial to suppressing Nebraska's wildland fires. This year the Nebraska Forest Service, through funding from the U.S. Forest Service, is providing $187,112 in federal financial assistance for 91 Nebraska community projects through the Volunteer Fire Assistance

Insurers Owe Nebraskans Money

Omaha, NE (AP) ~~The federal government says insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that nearly 16,600 Nebraska residents will be getting refunds, averaging $108 per family.
The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent

Lawmakers May Increase General Fund

Lincoln, NE~~Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year.  
A legislative report released Wednesday says the state faces a projected shortfall of nearly $4.6 million for the new budget year that began this month.  The estimate represents the difference between the amount of money the state is expected to have it

Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations

Omaha,NE~~The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that

Johanns Sponsors Resolution against Administration's Proposal to Increase Electr

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today cosponsored a resolution expressing disapproval for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that would increase electricity prices.

 “We all understand and appreciate the need for a clean environment, but this rule fails to address emissions by other countries that pollute more and regulate less,” Johanns

Crews Battle Fire At Fairfield Dealership

Fairfield,NE~~Firefighters from several departments have been called in to battle a blaze at a farm implement dealership in Fairfield.
Authorities say the fire broke out early Tuesday morning at Oregon Trail Equipment. No injuries have been reported.
The blaze damaged the dealership's main building, which contains an office and maintenance shop. The Nebraska State Patrol

Lincoln Men Accused Of Beating Two Men To Death Make Plea Deals

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~Two suspected gang members have pleaded no contest to manslaughter charges for the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year.  
20-old Ricky McLaughlin III and 23-year-old Tyler Thornburg took plea deals Monday to reduce their second-degree murder charges. The men admitted to the use of a deadly weapon in the assaults of 20-year-old Nathan "Shane"

Man Dies In Howard County Crash

St. Paul, NE~~The Howard County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a wreck that killed a 21-year-old man.  
The Howard County Sheriff's Office says Derek Holt of St. Paul died Sunday night after his vehicle was hit by another automobile traveling in the opposite direction.   The crash happened about two miles west of St. Paul on Highway 92. Holt was

USDA Awards Grant To Nebraska Native American Community

Washington, D.C.~~The USDA is providing support to a Nebraska Native American community to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs.  The funding is from USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, which promotes the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas.
The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons will receive a $99,000 grant.  The

Fullerton Teen Dies In Weekend Accident

Fullerton, NE~~A 16-year-old Nance County boy was killed in a Saturday night roll over accident. 
Authorities say Jayden Friend of Fullerton died during a one-vehicle roll over accident just after 10p.m. Saturday night.  The Nance County Attorney says Friend was a passenger in a pick-up and was ejected when the vehicle left the roadway as it was headed north on North 250th

OSHA Cites International Nutrition

Omaha, NE~~OSHA says the overloading of nine storage bins caused the January 20th structural collapse at International Nutrition in Omaha which killed two workers and injured nine others. 
OSHA has cited the company with one willful, one repeat and 11 additional safety violations for failing to protect workers from hazards associated with structural collapse. 

Health Alert Issued For Willow Creek

Pierce, NE~~A health alert for toxic blue-green algae has been issued for Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County.  An alert also continues for Rockford Lake in Gage County.
Samples taken earlier this week indicated Willow Creek Reservoir was above the state’s health alert threshold of 20 parts per billion of total microcystin, a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green

Pilger Days Kicks Off Tonight

Pilger, NE~~After over a month of cleanup from a devastating tornado, Pilger will stop for some fun during its annual summer festivities. 

Pilger Days starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight with a horseshoe tournament, a high school alumni banquet and a chance to visit the Stanton County Historical Society Museum.  Festivities will continue Saturday starting at 9 a.m., with a children's

One Person Killed In Seward County Accident

Seward, NE~~A crash involving three semis on Interstate 80 in Seward County on Thursday night killed one person and seriously injured another. 

The Nebraska State Patrol says the crash happened just before 5:00 p.m on eastbound I-80 just west of the Seward exit, when two semis stopped in a work zone were rear-ended by a third semi which failed to stop.

The driver of the third semi,

Police Investigate Deadly Crash In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Police Department continues to investigate a crash that killed an 83-year-old woman.   
Investigators say Donna Wyman of Silver Creek died after her SUV accelerated out of the carwash at Sapp Bros. truck stop, crashed through a vinyl fence, and ran into a ditch.  The accident happened around 8:40 Tuesday morning. 
Authorities are

Man Convicted Of Killing Father In Gretna

Papillion, NE (AP)~~A 41-year-old man has been convicted of shooting to death his father at the family home in Gretna, on the southwest side of Omaha.
Steven Braesch was found guilty Thursday in Sarpy County District Court of first-degree murder, a weapons charge and three counts of negligent child abuse. Investigators say Braesch shot his dad, 69-year-old William Braesch, five times

Couple Wanted For Stealing Cattle Arrested In Platte County

Columbus, NE~~Two people wanted on warrants for stealing cattle in Antelope County are in custody.  The Platte County Sheriff’s Office took 27-year-old Ben Johnson of St. Edward and 22-year-old Rebecca Robbins of Lyons into custody around 3:30pm Tuesday afternoon. 

The two were wanted for allegedly selling 35 cows and 40 calves that they did not own from Antelope County to a

Construction Work Set To Resume In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to resume on 33rd Avenue and 23rd Street in Columbus on Wednesday.


The 33rd Avenue segment between the Platte River bridge to near 5th Street will be daytime hours with milling operations to end July 18th. Milled roadways will be rough through the weekend and asphalt overlay construction is scheduled to begin Monday,

Grain Bin Rescue Tubes Donated To Nebraska Communities

Lexington & Ceresco, NE~~Emergency responders in four Nebraska communities will now be better equipped to help someone engulfed in grain, thanks to significant contributions from local corn grower associations. 

Grain bin rescue clinics sponsored in part by the Nebraska Corn Growers Association were held earlier this week in Lexington and Ceresco.  Around 100 farmers and emergency

Central Community College Athlete Killed In Weekend Accident

Stromsburg, NE~~The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an accident that killed 20-year-old Lindsay Larson of Stromsburg.  The Sheriff office says the accident happened around 4:30p.m. Saturday when a 17-year-old male was driving a self propelled corn tassel chopper north on I Road, and struck Larson’s car at the intersection of at 125th road.

Large Fire Destroys Grand Island Business

Grand Island, NE~~Fire crews in Grand Island battled a devastating blaze in downtown Grand Island for nearly four hours Sunday night. Crews were called to Ron’s Transmission near West 3rd and North Elm Streets just before 8pm Sunday evening.   

The fire caused extensive damage to Ron’s including the collapse of a portion of the building.  A thrift store next to the

Supervisors Set To Discuss Lodging Tax Tuesday

Columbus, NE~~A lodging tax to create a fund to improve local attractions may be on the way for Platte County.  
Platte County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning to discuss creating a 2 percent tax to be collected at hotels, motels and campgrounds in the county.  If approved, the lodging taxes collected would be used to make improvements at

"Raising Nebraska" Announced as Official Name for New Learning Experience at Sta

GRAND ISLAND, NE—Raising Nebraska has been announced as the official name for the new 25,000 square foot interactive display about Nebraska agriculture that debuts at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.

The learning experience will include a wide range of interactive displays including a full-sized pivot irrigation system, a video theatre enclosed in a grain bin, a 50-foot-long

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Creates Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to Help Farm

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched, a Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency and residual help to farmers and ranchers in Northeast Nebraska and other areas across the state affected by recent tornadoes.
“When a tornado hits a farmstead or a livestock operation, the needs of farmers and ranchers are a bit different. They

Soybean Farmers Honor Sen. Mike Johanns with Soy Champion Award

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014)—The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) honored Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska with the association’s Soy Champion Award this morning in Washington. In a ceremony held during this week’s meeting of the ASA Board of Directors, former ASA President Steve Wellman presented Sen. Johanns with the award, which is given twice yearly to recognize

Fischer Introduces Legislation to Increase Education Opportunities, Help Working

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today she has offered legislation to help middle class families afford rising education costs. The Allocating for Children’s Education (ACE) Act, would increase the annual contribution limit for Coverdell education savings accounts from $2,000 to $5,000 per beneficiary, enabling parents to earn more money for their


For the week ending July 6, 2014, clear skies during the week allowed wheat harvest to get underway in southern districts, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

After a cool beginning, temperatures gave way to hot, humid conditions with irrigation starting in a number of counties.
Corn was entering the pollination stage with the first tassels beginning

Nebraska animal storms deaths estimated at 1,000

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities estimate that about 1,000 large animals were killed by the June 16 storms that roared through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of Pilger.

Marty Marks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wayne County says the toll could be 1,000 in a six-county region, plus hundreds of chickens and

Johanns, Fischer Organize Effort to Preserve Nebraska Veterans' Acts of Valor

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer today announced an effort to honor Nebraska’s veterans by recording and preserving their stories for future generations. Johanns’ and Fischer’s staff will conduct interviews for the Veterans History Project (VHP) and technicians with StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative will also be on hand to conduct audio

Quarantine Lifted At Columbus Nursing Home

Columbus, NE~~The East Central Health District says a quarantine has been lifted at a Columbus nursing home after a respiratory illness sickened 59 people and contributed to 5 deaths. 

ECHD Executive Director Rebecca Rayman says the situation involving mycoplasma pneumonia is now under control.  The district was first notified of a high number of respiratory illness on June

Lyons Woman Accused Of Selling Stolen Cattle To Columbus Couple

Neligh, NE~~An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman accused of stealing cattle.  The Antelope County Sheriff issued the warrant for 22-year-old Rebecca Robbins of Lyons.  The Sheriff’s Office says Robbins allegedly stole 35 head of cows and 40 calves from Wilbur Rakow. 

Investigators say Robbins then sold the cattle to a Columbus couple.  When a semi loaded the

Trade Benefits Nebraska

By Rep. Adrian Smith
Increasing international trade to boost our economy and benefit consumers is a rare bipartisan goal in Washington.  However, there is a misconception trade primarily benefits agriculture producers, and large companies.  While these groups certainly benefit from open markets, there are many examples in the Third District of small businesses, individuals, and

Celebrating Beef -- and Independence!

Beef producers and importers who invest in the Beef Checkoff Program have a lot to be thankful for as we approach the Fourth of July holiday – one of the strongest beef-buying weekends of the year – with a thriving market and robust prices that reflect strong consumer preference for beef!

Producer support for the beef checkoff is 78 percent – its highest in 21 years,

September Trial Set For Columbus Couple

Columbus, NE~~A September trial has been scheduled for a Columbus man and his girlfriend accused of abusing his 10-month-old son.  22-year-old Juan Trejo and his fiancee, 22-year-old Julie Staroscik pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. 

Authorities say Trejo is accused of fracturing the boy's skull by throwing him to a floor when the baby wouldn't stop crying.


Johanns, Fischer: Proposed EPA Rule Threatens American Tradition

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today expressed concern to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy that a proposed EPA Clean Water Act rule could jeopardize traditional Independence Day fireworks displays across the country.

“Fireworks shows are a

Ethanol for Energy Independence

By Martin Barbre

President, NCGA

As our nation looks forward to another Independence Day celebration, for some it may be marred by rising gas prices that make that family drive to see fireworks a little more costly. In today's economy, it's terrible that we have to worry about things like this, but we do, thanks to the fact the upheaval across the world still hits

'Common Sense Nebraska' Challenges EPA Water Rule

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska agriculture organizations have joined forces under the umbrella of ‘Common Sense Nebraska’, a new coalition formed to push back on EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule. The EPA proposal would vastly expand the federal agency’s authorities over farms and ranches. The coalition is working to bring attention and awareness about the

Pilger Middle School To Be Torn Down

Wisner, NE~~The Wisner-Pilger School board has decided to tear down the middle school in Pilger that was heavily damaged by a tornado that tore through the town on June 16th.

The board voted Monday night to buy three portable classrooms for the students and staff. The portables will be erected near the elementary school in Wisner, which is 12 miles east of Pilger. Classes are scheduled to

Madison Man Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Prison

Omaha, NE~~A Madison man has been sentenced to over 7 years in prison for his role in conspiracy to distribute drugs. 

Heriberto Avila-Mercado was sentenced to 87 months in prison by United State District Judge John Gerrard.  Avila-Mercado had previously pled guilty for his involvement in a conspiracy involving the distribution of multiple pounds of “ice” methamphetamine,

Troopers Increase Patrols over July 4th Holiday

(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol continues its efforts to “Drive to Save Lives” with an increased presence over the July 4 Holiday.

Beginning Thursday, July 3 and continuing through Saturday, July 5, troopers and communications specialists will put in overtime hours thanks in part to an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).


Damage Reported After Morning Storms

Hadar, NE (AP) ~~A severe thunderstorm caused some damage in rural northeast Nebraska Monday morning.

The National Weather Service says the storm destroyed some outbuildings and damaged at least one home in Pierce County just northwest of the town of Hadar.
Emergency management officials reported a tornado as the storm moved across Pierce County.
The storm also generated hail

Body Found in Seward County Identified

(Lincoln, Neb.)- The body of a male found along the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County has been identified.

Investigators’ say the body is that of Hai Sinh Nguyen, 34, of Lincoln.  Nguyen was initially identified through fingerprints. A photo of a tattoo and a description of the body shared with the public on Friday, also resulted in information that helped lead to his

Help Sought in Identifying Body Found in Seward County

(Beaver Crossing, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in identifying the body of an Asian male, discovered Wednesday, June 25, on the bank of the Big Blue River, just south of Beaver Crossing in Seward County.
Investigators say around 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, a passerby called 911 after spotting what appeared to be a body, south of the bridge off of 406

Johanns Calls on President to Enforce Immigration Laws, Stop Illegal Smuggling o

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) and a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. The letter specifically urges him to send a clear message that anyone entering the country illegally will not be given special treatment or deferred action. The letter comes as the United States is experiencing an

Nebraska Farm Bureau Backs Sasse in General Election

LINCOLN, NEB. – Ben Sasse has again received the “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement of NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. NFBF-PAC previously endorsed Sasse in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. He will continue to be a “Friend of Agriculture” candidate as he seeks election to the U.S. Senate in the Nov. general

University of Nebraska To Assist Students Affected By Severe Weather

Lincoln, NE~~The University of Nebraska announced today that it will take steps to assist Nebraska students and families who are from areas of the state that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of recent severe weather.
The financial aid offices of all four campuses have committed to the following:

Waiving some required documentation that supplements

Body Found in Seward County

(Beaver Crossing, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the discovery of a body just south of the town of Beaver Crossing in Seward County.

Just before 1:00 p.m., the Nebraska State Patrol responded to reports from the Seward County Sheriff’s Office of a male body lying along the bank of the Big Blue River, south of the bridge, off of 406th Road in Seward County.

A cause

More Road Construction In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~Concrete pavement replacement is underway on 18th Avenue between 16th and 21st Streets in Columbus.   The construction is expected to continue for the next two to three weeks. The contractor will maintain traffic on one side of the street.  Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution in and around the construction areas and consider alternate routes to their

Fireworks Sales Underway In Nebraska

Lincoln, NE~~Firework stands across the state are opening their doors today.  State officials say their 703 licensed fireworks stands this year in Nebraska. The state allows stands to sell fireworks until midnight on July 4th, but some cities may shorten the selling period. 

The State Fire Marshall's office reminds Nebraskans that some fireworks are still prohibited in the state,

PUBLIC HEARING Scheduled Regarding Temporary Stay on Well-Drilling in Upper Big

YORK, NE--The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing to receive public testimony concerning changes to the District’s Groundwater Management Area Rules and Regulations.  The hearing will be held on July 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., at the District office located at 105 N. Lincoln Avenue, York, Nebraska.
On April 17, 2014, the District’s Board of

Fireworks Tips to Remember

In accordance with State Law the selling period for consumer fireworks begins on June 25th 12:01 a.m. and ends at midnight on July 4th.  This selling timeframe can be shortened by city ordinances so citizens need to familiarize themselves with their local requirements.
This year there are 703 retail stands licensed to sale fireworks in Nebraska.  In order for fireworks to be

Help Available For Producers Hit By Tornadoes

Lincoln, NE (AP)~~ Federal assistance is available to northeast Nebraska producers who lost livestock in the June tornadoes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $100,000 to producers to help them properly dispose of animal carcasses. Producers have until July 18 to apply.
The USDA can also provide technical assistance in safely disposing the

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Pete Ricketts for Governor

 LINCOLN, NEB. – Pete Ricketts has received the official “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Ricketts is the Republican Party candidate seeking to win the Nov. 4 General election for Governor.  
“Nebraska needs leaders who understand the importance of agriculture to our

Forest Service Warns: Keep Fireworks from Starting Wildfires

            LINCOLN, Neb. — The nation's birthday is a time of celebration – picnics, ball games and fireworks. As fireworks sales begin across the state, fire-safety officials say it's a good time to review wildland fire safety measures.

Suspect In Colfax County Shooting Identified

Schuyler, NE.- The name of the suspect killed in an early morning incident involving law enforcement in Colfax County has been released.
The Colfax County Attorney says 32-year-old Jason T. Van Buskirk of Columbus, was killed after shooting at a Nebraska State Patrol trooper and leading authorities on a two-county pursuit, before ramming his pickup into several law enforcement

Several Road Construction Projects Continue For Columbus

Columbus, NE~~Work is underway on the Discoverer Addition Infrastructure and Street Improvement project in Columbus. City of Columbus officials say the entire project will run through Spring 2015.  The first segment of work is along Lost Creek Parkway which includes turn lane and intersection construction at 41st Avenue. The work in Lost Creek Parkway will be phased over the next couple of

Update On Columbus Officer Involved Shooting

Columbus, NE~~A suspect involved in a domestic disturbance is dead after shooting at a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper.

Just before 1:30 a.m., Friday, June 20, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol responded to assist with reports of a domestic disturbance involving a man with a gun in the 4200 block of East 3rd Street in Columbus. While responding to the scene, the trooper encountered a

Johanns: Storm Damage Unbelievably Heartbreaking

COLERIDGE, Neb. – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.)  made the following statement after spending the afternoon visiting with victims of this week’s tornadoes in northeast Nebraska:   
“Nothing could have prepared me for the devastation I saw in Pilger and Coleridge today,” Johanns said. “The scene was truly unbelievable. My heart goes out

Suspect Killed in Columbus

A suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement in Columbus, NE this morning. Police say two officers were assisting Platte County Sheriff's Department deputies and Nebraska State Patrol troopers in an attempt to capture the man.

Details of what led up to the gunfire and the man's name have not been released.

CCC Hires New Men's Basketball Coach

Columbus, NE~~Central Community College-Columbus has announced that Jerry Drymon has been hired as head coach for the Raiders men’s basketball team.


In addition to his coaching duties, he will teach personal health and direct the on-campus intramural

Kraft Foods recalls 260 cases of Velveeta

NEW YORK —Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.

Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product because it could cause the cheese to spoil prematurely or cause food-borne

Safe Drinking Water Supply Key Following Storms

LINCOLN, Neb. — Recent tornadoes left some residents without a potable drinking water supply. As cleanup begins, many will rely on commercially bottled water. In some cases, bottling and hauling water as needed might be an option, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension water quality educator says.
"You might draw water from a nearby public water system tap or from a water

Recount Changes Result In NRD Race

Lincoln, NE~~Results have changed in the race for the Upper Big Blue NRD, Subdistrict 4, based on a recount ordered last week by the Nebraska State Board of Canvassers.


“There were two separate issues that altered the outcome of that race,” explained Secretary of State John Gale. “The first situation involved more than 1,000 voters not having the opportunity to vote

NECC Opens Residence Halls To Tornado Victims

Norfolk, NE~~Northeast Community College is opening a portion of its residence halls and student apartments on its Norfolk campus to residents of Stanton County, who were displaced by tornadoes that ravaged the area Monday.

Northeast President Dr. Michael Chipps said the College wants to do what it can to assist the victims who either lost their homes or suffered extensive damage.


Columbus Donates Bottled Water To Pilger

Columbus, NE~~Communities and volunteers from across the state are coming together in support of the town of Pilger that was devastated by an EF4 tornado Monday.  The Columbus Police Department collected cases of bottle water on Tuesday and Wednesday morning to help in the relief effort. 

Columbus Police Investigator Jaymee Levander says the amount of support was amazing as over 1500

EF4 Tornado Confirmed in Pilger

Having declared a state of emergency, Governor Dave Heineman toured the areas hardest hit today, along with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Deputy Adjutant General Rick Dahlman and NEMA preparedness section manager Nikki Weber.
“When you walk through the town, there is shock and disbelief among the citizens of Pilger.  They are resilient, but they are in shock,” Gov.

Harrisvaccines Becomes first in the Nation to Receive USDA Conditional License f

Ames, Iowa-based vaccine producer, Harrisvaccines, today announced it has been granted United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conditional licensure of the company’s Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) Vaccine, RNA utilizing its SirraVaxSM RNA Particle Technology. This is the first USDA conditional license granted for a PEDv vaccine since the initial outbreak, and

Tornado In Pilger Rated As EF4

Pilger, NE (AP)~~The National Weather Service in Valley says the Pilger tornado appears to be an EF4, with estimated wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph.
Meteorologist Van DeWald said Tuesday that survey teams found several damage points that indicate an EF4 tornado, the second-strongest rating on the scale that measures tornado strength.
The National Weather Service says four

Tornado Victims Identified

Pilger, NE (AP)~~Authorities have named the 5-year-old girl who was killed in the tornado that destroyed more than half the town of Pilger.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger identified her Tuesday as Calista Dixon. Officials say the girl died after suffering injuries inside of a mobile home on Main Street in Pilger. Her death was one of two confirmed in the storm.
The other

Clarkson Man Killed Near Pilger

Pilger, NE~~Authorities have identified the 74-year-old man killed by one of the tornadoes that devastated Pilger and portions rural of northeast Nebraska Monday. 

The Cuming County sheriff's office says David A. Herout of Clarkson, died after his vehicle left the roadway during the storm.  Officials say Herout was ejected from the vehicle around 4:50 p.m. on a county road

Storms Produce Four Tornadoes

Pilger, NE~~The National Weather Service says the storm that struck Stanton, Cuming, and Wayne Counties appears to have produced four tornadoes, one of which ravaged the town of Pilger.
Lead Meteorologist Van DeWald says the first tornado is believed to have touched down in rural Stanton County, southwest of the town of Stanton. 

DeWald says the second and third tornadoes landed

American Red Cross Shelter Remains Open to Provide Comfort for Tornado Victims

Wayne, NE~~ Dozens of well-trained American Red Cross workers remain on the scene in hard hit northeast Nebraska towns, like Pilger, to help those affected by Monday’s tornadoes. The emergency shelter will remain open at Wisner-Pilger High School to help residents impacted by the storm by offering a safe place to stay, a meal, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on.


Pilger Residents Allowed Into Town

Pilger, NE~~Residents of Pilger are assessing damage to their homes and businesses today.  73-year-old Larry Nelson has been surveying the wreckage that used to be his home on the southwest edge of Pilger.  Nelson says he's grateful to have survived Monday's storm, which spawned twin tornadoes that authorities say damaged or destroyed more than half of the town and killed two

2nd Person Confirned Dead Resulting From Monday's Tornadoes

Pilger, Neb. (AP) - The death of a second person has been blamed on tornadoes that authorities say destroyed or damaged more than half of Pilger.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said Tuesday that a motorist died Monday after a single-vehicle accident that occurred on a county road four to five miles east of Pilger. Unger says the accident is considered storm-related because it occurred

Butler County Enforcement Stats

(David City, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol reports no fatality crashes in Butler County on Saturday, June 14, as troopers held a special enforcement in an effort to keep Nebraska roadways safe and fatality free.

During the special enforcement, troopers issued citations and warnings for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, No License Plates, Open Container and No Seat Belt.
The special

One Fatality Reported In Monday Afternoon Tornadoes

Pilger, NE~~A Faith Regional Health Services spokesperson in Norfolk says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through portions of Stanton, Cuming, and Wayne Counties.
Jodi Richey says the victims were brought into the hospital after at least one of the twisters devastated Pilger.   Stanton

Tornado Causes Extensive Damage In Pilger

Pilger, NE~~The town of Pilger was hit hard by a damaging tornado Monday afternoon.  Authorities in Stanton County say two tornadoes were on the ground at the same time as the twisters ripped across the county.  The National Weather Service says the first tornado touched down near Stanton shortly before 4pm.  A second tornado also formed and both moved off to the north and

Fremont Man Killed In Saunders County Crash

Cedar Bluffs, NE~~Authorities say a Fremont man died in a crash Friday night.  The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Terrance Lessig of Fremont was killed in the accident that occurred around 8 p.m. 

Investigators say the accident happened at the intersection of two county roads near Cedar Bluffs. 
Authorities say Lessig's pickup failed

Be Safe Around Power Lines!

By:  Allan Vyhnalek

When using spray rigs and other farm equipment, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, including the location of power lines. Before using equipment, plan a route that will avoid overhead power lines or adjust equipment before reaching power lines if you cannot avoid these areas.

Unfortunately, accidents occasionally do happen. If your rig should hit a

Woman Attacked By Dog In Columbus

Columbus, NE~~Columbus Animal Control and the Columbus Police Department continue to investigate an incident where an elderly woman was bitten by a dog. 

Authorities say a 74-year-old woman was attacked and bitten by an adult German Shepherd in the area of 26th Street and Pershing Road around 630 Thursday morning.  The dog was on a leash, but the leash was not attached to

Frontier Communications Cable Cut

Some customers of Frontier Communications may be experiencing Internet service issues due to a cable cut on highway 81. The cable cut occurred this morning as a result of construction.  The service interruption is affecting some, but not all, of Frontier’s Columbus, Duncan, Monroe, Platte Center, Neligh, Madison, Newman Grove, Orchard, Brunswick, Battle Creek, Albion, Lindsay, and

Butler County Special Enforcement Planned

(David City, Neb.)- In an effort to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct a special enforcement effort in and around Butler County, on Saturday, June 14.

The special enforcement, which will include a DUI checkpoint and high visibility patrols, is paid for thanks in part to a $1,620 grant from the Butler Believes in Youth and

South Dakota Man Enters Not Guilty Plea In Pierce County Deaths

Pierce, NE~~A 21-year-old South Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the crash deaths of three other people in northeast Nebraska.  

Court records say the attorney for Carlos Sanchez Espinoza entered the pleas on Wednesday in Pierce County Court.  The April 28 crash on U.S. Highway 81 in Pierce County killed 41-year-old Pablo Chilel Escobar,

Former Employee Threatens NPPD

Beatrice, NE~~A former Sheldon Station NPPD employee was arrested Saturday by Beatrice Police.  Authorities say 58-year-old David Ahlstrand apparently filled his pickup with rifles and ammunition and threatened to shoot the NPPD headquarters in Columbus. 

Ahlstrand’s wife called police after the suspect told her of his plans.  Officers arrested Ahlstrand late Saturday

Johanns Supports Legislation to Improve VA Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today voted for bipartisan legislation to improve transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also authorizes a lease for a new VA community based outpatient clinic in Lincoln, Neb., and includes a Johanns-backed provision giving veterans greater

Senators Johnson and Hoeven Introduce Bill to Adopt Bison As National Mammal

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the National Bison Legacy Act, legislation that would officially adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States.

“The bison has played an important role in our nation’s history, holds spiritual significance to Native

Two Fremont Women Accused In Embezzlement

Fremont, NE~~Two Fremont women are accused of helping a Fremont man embezzle nearly $2.5 million from Gavilon Grain over several years.
Fremont Police arrested 66-year-old Dennis Hesman last week and charged him with falsifying documents at the grain elevator he ran to create fake receipts for grain.  Authorities say Hesman created the false documents made out to his daughter,

FDA and EPA issue updated draft advice for fish consumption

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated draft advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The updated draft

Transfer Station Still Accepting Tree Debris

Columbus, NE~~The Columbus City Transfer Station continues to accept tree debris from last week’s storm. 

The Transfer Station will accept debris from trees by property owners at "no charge" through Saturday afternoon, June 14, until 5:00 p.m.  All persons dropping off tree debris will be required to weigh at the scale.

City officials remind you use caution and

Twenty Eight Percent Voter Turnout For Primary

Lincoln, NE~~Secretary of State John Gale says twenty-eight percent of voters cast a ballot during the May 13th primary in Nebraska. 

Of the 1,152,144 people registered to vote in Nebraska, 324,227 voted. While most people voted at the polls, 59,958 people voted early during the primary, either by mail or by going to their county election office. Nearly two thousand provisional ballots

10 reasons to use ethanol-blended fuel this summer

LINCOLN, Nebraska – The choice at the gas pump is easier for Nebraskans in their summer travel and recreational plans this year. And that choice is renewable, cost-effective and builds a strong economy. Here are ten reasons to use ethanol-blended fuel this summer.

The most affordable fuel.
The drastic rise of gas prices in the busy summer months hurts our pocketbooks. The U.S.

Hooper Man Dies In Early Morning Crash

Hooper, NE~~The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a Hooper man died in a two vehicle crash one-half mile south of the Hooper this morning. Authorities say the accident happened around 6:30 this morning when a car traveling southbound on County Road 20 was attempting to cross Highway 275 was struck on the driver’s side by a westbound semi driven by 49-year-old Arthur Orchard of

Nebraska ag groups say no thanks to EPA's water rule

Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska State Dairy Association and Nebraska Soybean Association submitted comments today calling for the immediate withdrawal of the “Waters of the U.S.” Interpretive Rule (WOTUS).  This Interpretive Rule is the first part of a “Waters of the U.S.” rulemaking proposal by U.S.

Johanns Encouraged by Bipartisan Effort to Improve Veterans' Access to Medical C

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today said he was encouraged by a bipartisan agreement between Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to improve transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The framework being discussed includes provisions similar to legislation Johanns

Well Water Safety After Flooding

 The following information was provided by Extension Educator, Sharon Skipton:

If flood water came near your private drinking water well, your water supply may have been contaminated with pollutants carried in the flood water. In addition, wells can be contaminated by surface water runoff even if the surrounding area is not flooded. Wells at greatest risk of contamination from flood water

Two Teens Killed In Dodge County Accident

Fremont, NE (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two teenage boys who were killed in a collision between a car and semitrailer just north of Fremont.
     The accident occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Nebraska Highway 91.
     The car driver was identified as 17-year-old Bryan Huff, of

Storms Cause Heavy Damage To U.S. 30 Speedway

Columbus, NE~~Racing at US 30 Speedway has been cancelled for Thursday night after the storms Tuesday night left heavy damage. One half of the concession stand roof was blown off.

The building in the infield that housed the switches for the track lights was leveled and all the power lines into the concession stand and tower were ripped off the building.  

Owners say the storms also

Transfer Station Accepting Tree Debris

Columbus, NE~~The city of Columbus Transfer Station will be accepting tree debris from Tuesday night storms that ripped through Columbus. 
The Transfer Station will accept tree debris taken to the "tree dump" by property owners at no charge through Saturday afternoon, June 14, until 5:00 p.m.
Contracted tree and yard waste services will be exempt from the 'no

Blue Cross Blue Shield Issues Notice Of Termination To Alegent Creighton/CHI

Omaha, NE~~Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has issued a Notice of Termination to the Denver-based “Catholic Health Initiatives”, a health care provider group that includes Alegent Creighton Health facilities and physicians in the Omaha area and other hospitals across the state. 

Nebraska hospitals include Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, Schuyler and Plainview, the Good

Red Cross Urging Residents To Prepare For Severe Weather

Omaha, NE~~The American Red Cross is urging residents in Nebraska to make sure households, schools and business are prepared for possible severe weather including rain, strong winds and possible tornados.
Region Disaster Officer Jill Orton says now that many schools in Nebraska on summer break, they encourage parents to take time today to review with children, babysitters and young

Over 400 Cited During "Click It Or Ticket"

Lincoln, NE~~Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol issued 462 seat belt citations and warnings for violation of Nebraska’s seat belt law during the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. A total of 55 child restraint citations and warnings were also issued. The “Click It or Ticket” nationwide campaign, which ran May 19- June 1, encompassed the heavily traveled Memorial


Lincoln, NE – Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Pete Ricketts today named Lavon Heidemann, current Lieutenant Governor, farmer and livestock producer, former Regent, and former state senator, as his running mate and nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
“Lavon is a man of great character, broad experience, and collaborative skill,” Ricketts said.  “In the


LINCOLN – Recent confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) on a horse farm in Texas have triggered the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s (NDA) import requirements for all livestock entering Nebraska from Texas. 
“Protecting the health and safety of Nebraska’s livestock herd is of utmost importance,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes.

Nebraska Receives SBA Declaration for May Storms

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman received word today from the U.S. Small Business Administration that his request for an SBA disaster declaration has been approved. Several Nebraska counties were impacted by severe storms on May 11, 2014.
This declaration allows those who suffered losses from the storm in Seward County and the surrounding counties of Butler, Polk, Fillmore, Lancaster,

Columbus Surprise Truck Inspection Results

(Columbus, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, Thursday, May 29, in Columbus. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.
During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS)

Humphrey High Student Killed In Car Accident

Humphrey, NE~~The investigation into a crash that killed an 18-year-old Humphrey High School student continues.  The Platte County Sheriff’s Office says Tamera Jo Thomas of Humphrey died in the two vehicle accident which occurred around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of 385th Street and 310th Avenue, or 1 mile west of Tarnov. 

Investigators say Thomas was

Columbus Home Damaged In Car Accident

Columbus, NE~~Columbus Police continue to investigate a Wednesday afternoon accident in which a car slammed into a Columbus home.  Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken says the accident happened just before 2:30pm Wednesday when a car slammed into a house at 4908 33rd St. 

The driver of the car received minor injuries and did not need medical attention.  The

Heineman Applies For University Presidency

Lincoln, NE~~Gov. Dave Heineman has applied for the University of Nebraska presidency. Heineman announced Wednesday that he has asked the university's Board of Regents to consider him for the position.

The presidency came open with the departure of J.B. Milliken, who became chancellor of the City University of New York.  The university is conducting a national search for applicants,

Woman Seriously Injured In Madison County After Being Hit By Car

Battle Creek, NE~~The Madison County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a car-pedestrian accident near Battle Creek that seriously injured a woman. 

Authorities say Michael Watson was eastbound on 835th Road just before midnight Tuesday when he swerved to miss a vehicle parked in the middle of the road.  The Madison County Sheriff says Watson swerved toward the south


Fremont Police Investigate Death Of Columbus Man

Fremont, NE~~Foul play is not suspected in the death of 50-year-old Columbus man found in Fremont yesterday.  The Fremont Police Department says Byron Hansen was found shortly before noon Monday lying on the ground at the Moller Park complex. 

The Fremont Police Department had assistance from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Crime Lab and the III Corp Task

Shooting At York Prison

York, NE~~The Nebraska State Patrol continues to investigate a shooting at Nebraska Correction Center for Women in York.  

Authorities say 50-year-old Robin Staehr of York entered the front lobby of the facility around 5:15pm Sunday evening with a rifle behind her back.  Staff recognized Staehr as a former employee, denied her access, called 911, and put the facility on

Click It or Ticket Campaign Underway

Omaha, NE~~The Click it or Ticket campaign continues across the state in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities in Nebraska.  Several law enforcement agencies are participating the in the campaign which will run through June 1st. 

The number of roadway fatalities in Nebraska this year is comparable to 2013, and state officials say most of those killed were not wearing seat

Grand Island To Hold Mail-In Election On School Bond

Grand Island, NE (AP) The Grand Island school board has scheduled an all-mail election on a proposed $69.9 million bond measure.  The bond would pay for new and replacement schools as well as renovation and expansion projects.

The measure would add about 8 cents per $100 of assessed value to the district's tax levy.  

The election would end on September

Victims In Fatal Stanton County Crash Identified

Pilger, NE~~The three victims who were killed in the fiery three vehicle crash in Stanton County have been identified.

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office says the driver of the eastbound SUV was 59-year-old Elaine Schmid of Norfolk.  Her passenger was her husband 67-year-old David Schmid of Norfolk.  Authorities say the driver of the northbound semi was 53-year-old Derek Wrase

Walthill Man Convicted Of Vehicular Homicide

Pender, NE~~A Thurston County jury has found a 20-year-old man guilty of vehicular homicide and drunken driving.  Miguel Tapia of Walthill was convicted in Thurston County District Court in Pender Wednesday.

The charges stemmed from a November 23rd crash that killed 20-year-old Princess Morris of Macy. She was a passenger in a pickup driven by Tapia.  Morris lost control of the

Sasse Resigns From Midland

Fremont, NE~~Midland University President Ben Sasse announced today that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2014.

Nearly bankrupt and struggling to fulfill its mission at the time of his arrival in 2009, Midland has experienced consecutive years of record growth, enhanced academic rigor, and introduced pioneering new models of student

One Driver Identified In Stanton County Crash

Pilger, NE~~Stanton County authorities have identified one of the drivers involved in a fiery crash that killed three people yesterday. The Stanton County Sheriff Office says 27-year old Brandon Wolf of Fremont is currently hospitalized at UNMC Hospital in Omaha following the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 32 just after 9am Tuesday morning. 

The accident

Columbus Man Sentenced To Life In Prison

Columbus, NE~~A convicted Columbus murderer has sentenced to life in prison.  31-year-old Eric Henry was sentenced to life in prison without parole in Platte County District Court. 

Henry was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen.  Two other defendants in the case were sentenced on May 1st. 

32-year-old Kimberly

Three Killed In Stanton County Accident

Pilger, NE~~Three people are dead following a fiery three-vehicle accident in Stanton County.
The Stanton County Sheriff Office says the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 32 just after 9am Tuesday morning. 

Witnesses say an SUV ran a stop sign and struck a tanker truck, which was then hit by a semi. All three vehicles erupted in flames.

Stanton County

OSHA Fines Stone-cutting Business

Omaha, NE~~A stone-cutting business in west Omaha is being fined $41,000 after regulators found 15 safety violations.  Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials found the problems at Baltazar's Stone Inc. during a November inspection. 

Regulators say three workers were exposed to unsafe levels of silica dust. Business owner Baltazar Sauceda says he plans to

NSP Promotes 100 Days of Summer Initiative

Lincoln, NE~~Nebraska motorists are being encouraged to do their part in saving lives on Nebraska roads.  The Nebraska State Patrol’s “100 Days of Summer” initiative provides motorists an opportunity to view planned NSP enforcement activities.

Each day, beginning with the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing through Labor Day, the Nebraska State Patrol Field


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending May 18, 2014, precipitation across much of the western half the state improved topsoil moisture supplies, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, southwest Nebraska again received only limited amounts of rainfall and remained in severe to extreme drought. Statewide, temperatures averaged 9 to 12 degrees below normal.

Union Pacific Invests To Strenghten Transportation Infrastructure

Omaha, NE~~ Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure by investing $39.5 million in the rail line between Clarks and Schuyler. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began May 6 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.  

The railroad will replace 115,000 concrete railroad ties and renew the


LINCOLN – As producers gear up to move livestock to pastures for spring and summer grazing, Nebraska State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes would like to remind producers of their responsibilities when moving animals across state lines.

“It is the producers’ responsibility to make sure they are following the import requirements of the destination state,” said Hughes.

Columbus Big Give Starts Sunday

Columbus, NE~~The Columbus Big Give starts this weekend.  The 24-hour fundraising event will kick off on Sunday at 7:00pm and gives donors the opportunity to support 17 participating organizations all at once during the Columbus Big Give. 

Donations made during the Big Give will be eligible to receive valuable matching funds from a pool of nearly $5000 in “bonus

Drought Conditions Improve In Portions Of Nebraska

Des Moines, IA (AP)~~Recent heavy rainfall has washed away or at least lessened drought conditions in swaths of Nebraska and Iowa. 

A report released this week by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says drenching rains led to significant improvements for areas of the two states considered to be in drought. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the

Voter Turnout Lower Than Expected

Lincoln, NE~~Statewide turnout for the May primary was lower than expected.  Secretary of State John Gale says based on early estimates, 27 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Gale speculated that turnout might reach 30 percent, fueled in part by the highly contested U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.

Gale says at least 17 counties did have better than 50 percent voter turnout.

Norfolk Man Charged With Terroristic Threats

Norfolk, NE~~A 49-year-old Norfolk man is facing charges after threatening people with a knife late last night.  Norfolk Police were called to an apartment around 11:20pm where a man claims he was stabbed by Dallas Korcek in the shoulder. 

The victim suffered superficial scratches and cuts.  During the investigation it was learned that there had been a verbal argument between

Click It Or Ticket It Mobilization In Grand Island

Grand Island, NE~~The Grand Island Police Department will be conducting a “The Grand Island Police Department will be conducting a “click it or ticket it” mobilization May 19th to June 1st. 

GIPD received a $15,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to again participate in the nationwide mobilization to encourage people to buckle up.  The grant

Columbus School Bond Passes

Residents in the Columbus School District have passed a $49.9 million bond.  Described by many as a must need to see improvements in the district, teachers, parents and students canvassed the campaign trail to get the word out on the need for the upgrade.

Just two years ago residents voted down a similar bond issue for a new middle school.  This bond issue will allow for the

Sasse: Upbeat tone won Nebraska GOP Senate primary

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska GOP Senate nominee Ben Sasse says his campaign's upbeat tone won the day Tuesday, not the heavy spending that outside groups poured into the race.

Sasse told supporters, "We were never doing this because we need another job. We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big bold conservative ideas."

Sasse beat back early favorite

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Bruning concedes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has conceded the Republican primary race for governor to Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts.

In a concession speech Tuesday night, Bruning thanked supporters and told them, "I'm going to support Pete Ricketts tomorrow. I'm not going to take my ball and go home."

Bruning conceded the race despite trailing Ricketts by

Nebraskans Encouraged to Remember Sacrifices of Law Enforcement during 2014 Peac

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Heineman is reminding Nebraskans that U.S. and Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff on Thursday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day. President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff nationwide.
In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in


LINCOLN, NE-- For the week ending May 11, 2014, most of Nebraska received precipitation during the week, with amounts varying widely across the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Localized areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms in eastern Nebraska caused some damage to irrigation equipment and buildings late in the week. Areas of southwest Nebraska

Gov. Heineman Updates Citizens on Storm Disaster Response

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman traveled to communities heavily hit by severe storms yesterday, including Beaver Crossing, Cordova and Sutton, to survey damage. The severe storms, including at least a dozen confirmed tornadoes, stretched approximately 90 miles, from west of Sutton to Omaha.
“I am always impressed with the citizens of our state and their desire to work together

Storms Damage Several Towns In Southeast Nebraska

Lincoln, NE~~Powerful thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes, damaging winds, and heavy rain as they moved across southeast Nebraska yesterday. 

Several tornadoes were reported along a line from Clay Center to northwest of Lincoln.  The storms damaged homes and businesses in Sutton, Garland, Cordova, Beaver Crossing, and Daykin. The storms also left nearly 17,000 utility customers

Gov. Heineman to Survey Storm Damage in Sutton TOMORROW Morning

Gov. Dave Heineman will be traveling to Sutton and other communities in the morning to survey storm damage caused by last nights severe storms. Early reports indicate damage to several businesses in and around Sutton’s downtown area.
The Governor will be joined by Al Berndt, Assistant Director of Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. They will be surveying damaged areas

Heineman Proclaims May As Beef Month

Lincoln, NE~~Gov. Dave Heineman proclaimed May as Beef Month in Nebraska on Friday and highlighted Stella’s Bar and Grill in Bellevue as the winner of the statewide Best Burger Competition.
“This is a celebration of our successful beef industry,” Gov. Heineman said. “This is an opportunity for Nebraskans to acknowledge and appreciate that Nebraska raises the best

USDA programs PROVIDE home ownership OPPORTUNITIES

Lincoln, Nebraska – USDA Rural Development has been successful in helping rural Nebraska residents realize the American dream of homeownership. While most Americans are familiar with USDA, many may not know that the Department helps provide homeownership and home repair assistance to citizens living in rural communities.
Since 1979, Rural Development in Nebraska has helped more

Gale Offers Guidelines

Lincoln, NE~~While more and more Nebraska voters are choosing to cast their ballots early, most voters still choose to go to their polling place on Election Day, says Secretary of State John Gale. To make that process go as smoothly as possible on May 13, he recommends the following guidelines:
Check your voter registration and polling place. People can check the status of their voter


New Brand Campaign For Nebraska Tourism

Mullen, NE~~After nine months of research and development, the Nebraska Tourism Commission approved a new brand campaign entitled ‘Nebraska Nice’, which is designed to showcase some of the state's best assets. 

Nebraska Tourism Commission Vice Chairman John Chapo says the results clearly show that one of Nebraska’s strongest assets is its people.

Nebraska Nice

Heineman To Endorse Bruning

Omaha, NE--Gov. Dave Heineman is set to endorse Attorney General Jon Bruning in the hotly contested Republican primary race for governor.  Bruning campaign manager Jordan McCrain says Heineman will throw his support behind the three-term attorney general. 

The announcement is potentially huge for Bruning, who has been locked in a tight, six-man GOP primary race. The other candidates

Strong Voter Turnout Expected

Lincoln, NE~~A strong voter turnout is expected in the May 13th primary.  Secretary of State John Gale expects thirty percent of registered Nebraskans to vote and the turnout will be strongest among Republicans, at around 44 percent.
As of yesterday, there have been more than 54,000 requests for early voting ballots and 28,052 people have voted early, either in person or by

Tickets To Cattlemen's Ball Going Fast

Harrisburg, NE~~Tickets to the 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska are still available.  A few tickets remain for the event that will be held in Harrisburg June 6th and 7th. 

Co-chair Jeff Heldt said tickets are selling quickly, and he encouraged people to go online or call to purchase tickets before they sell out. He stressed that you don’t need to be involved in

Court Rejects Challenge To Fremont Ordinance

Washington, D.C.~~The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Fremont’s ordinance that bans renting homes to immigrants living in the country illegally.  The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found the ordinance doesn't discriminate against Latinos or interfere with federal immigration laws. 

The case challenged a 2010 ordinance approved by Fremont

Orientation Sessions Set At CCC-Columbus

Columbus, NE~~New Student Orientation sessions are set at Central Community College in Columbus.  Sessions will be held May 21st, June 13th, July 19th, and July 31st. 

The orientation sessions will begin at 9a.m. and give students the opportunity to meet will college administration and staff, talk with other students, tour the campus, attend WebCentral training, and gather important

Man Found Dead At Pawnee Park

Columbus, NE~~A Columbus man was found dead at a Pawnee Park late yesterday afternoon. Columbus Police were called to the Park just before 4pm yesterday.  Police found a 48-year-old man dead in the Park. 

Authorities do not suspect foul play in the death.  No further information about the case has been released at this time. 

The death remains under

Two Defendants Sentenced In Columbus Murder

Columbus, NE~~Two defendants in the 2013 stabbing death of 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen of Columbus have been sentenced in Platte County District Court.  Kimberly Henderson of Columbus was sentenced to 50 to 60 years in prison for a second degree murder charge. Co-defendant Quentin Critser of Lincoln was also sentenced in the murder and received 35 to 45 years in prison for one count of

2014 Passport Program Kicks Off

Lincoln, NE~~The 2014 Nebraska Passport Program kicked off today at the Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo.  The zoo is one of the 80 stops on the program.   The 2014 Passport will feature 80 attractions on 10 themed tours.

The Passport program encourages travelers to explore Nebraska, collect stamps from participating attractions and earn great prizes. Travelers have from

National Day Of Prayer 2014

Columbus, NE~~National Day of Prayer is Thursday and communities across the state will be hosting a number of different events throughout the day.  Organizers in Columbus have a full day of events planned. 

Mike Oglevie says the Community Prayer Walk starts at 10a.m. at Lake Babcock at the west end of the C.A.R.T. trail on 48th Avenue and will continue until sunset. 


Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Ben Sasse in U.S. Senate Primary

LINCOLN, NEB. – Ben Sasse has received the official “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Sasse is one of four Republican candidates seeking to win the U.S. Senate primary election May 13.
“We are extremely excited to provide our support and backing to Ben Sasse in the primary election. Ben was

Bellevue Man Dies In Accident Near Scribner

Scribner, NE~~Authorities now say a Bellevue man was killed in an early morning accident near Scribner yesterday. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Kevin Janning was killed in the accident that happened around 6:10 a.m. on Highway 275 about a half mile east of Scribner. 

The Sheriff says the westbound car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming

ADM Reports Adjusted First Quarter 2014 Earnings of $0.55 per Share

DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2014. The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.55, up from $0.46 in the same period last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $267 million, or $0.40 per share, comparable to the $0.41 per share in the same period one

Valero Energy Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

SAN ANTONIO /PRNewswire/ -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, "Valero") today reported net income attributable to Valero stockholders of $828 million, or $1.54 per share, for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $654 million, or $1.18 per share, for the first quarter of 2013.

First quarter 2014 operating income was $1.4 billion versus $1.1 billion in the

Tornadoes Reported In Nebraska

Osceola, NE~~Nebraska saw its first tornadoes of the season yesterday afternoon.  The National Weather Service reports three tornadoes in the state. 

The first report of a tornado was a touchdown around 2:30pm south of Minden.  Tornadoes were also reported around 4:45pm northeast of Bradshaw and a tornado touched down briefly near Osceola around 5:15pm. 

No significant

Bond Information Presentation Tonight

Columbus, NE~~With just over two weeks left until the May primary, Columbus residents will get one more chance to gather information about the Columbus Public Schools bond to build a new high school.  Columbus Public Schools and Columbus Vision, Community Solution will host a second community bond information presentation tonight. 

The meeting will be held at 7pm in the City Council


LINCOLN, Neb– Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature-
length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally on May 1, 2014, and the film could be coming to a theater near you.

The documentary, which was supported in part by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, offers viewers an intimate and firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and

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.



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.   


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.


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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