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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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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 www.treasurer.org.
 
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. 
 
The

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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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.

Trejo

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).

Special

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.
 
            Fireworks

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.

Residents

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.

24/7

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

RICKETTS NAMES HEIDEMANN AS RUNNING MATE


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

NDA REMINDS PRODUCERS WITH LIVESTOCK ENTERING NEBRASKA FROM TEXAS TO FOLLOW HEAL


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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

STATE VETERINARIAN REMINDS PRODUCERS OF LIVESTOCK INTERSTATE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS


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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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. 

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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

OSCAR WINNER JAMES MOLL BRINGS NEBRASKA FARMING AND RANCHING TO THE BIG SCREEN


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




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