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House Passes Jobs Bill


The House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key tax

Casterline Found Guilty


Hastings, NE (AP) ~~ A 24-year-old man has been found guilty of helping his mother stab her boyfriend's 68-year-old mother.
 
Jurors found Andrew J. Casterline of Guide Rock guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary in the death of Virginia Barone.
 
Casterline's mother, Shelley, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree

Five Area Recipients Receive USDA Grants


Lincoln, NE ~~ Seventeen Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $193,621 in loans and grants for energy conservation.  Loans and grants were awarded to five area recipients.  Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program

Public Hearings On Minimum Wage Increase To Be Held


Lincoln, NE ~~ Public hearings on whether or not to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska have been scheduled in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.  Voters on November 4th will decide whether or not to pass Initiative Measure 425 which would raise the minimum wage in Nebraska. 

Secretary of State John Gale says the purpose of these hearings is to allow those in

Nebraska Slaying Victim From Colorado


North Platte, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities in western Nebraska say a man whose body was found on a riverbank was from Colorado.
 
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified the man as 43-year-old Lonnie Sanchez, of Hoehne, Colorado.
 
The office says two people reported seeing the body late Tuesday along the South Platte River. Officers say the body was wrapped in a

Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work


The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week's recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.
In action concluding its Sept. 16-17

Nebraska Corn opens invitation for bus trip to Kansas Speedway for October 5 NAS


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — NASCAR fans, start your engines and join Nebraska corn farmers as we head to the races! The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers have an open invitation to anyone interested in attending the Sunday, October 5, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

This open invitation includes transportation to and from the race, ticket for the race, morning

Statue Dedication this Saturday Honoring Johanns, other Agriculture Secretaries


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) will participate in a statue dedication honoring past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture from Nebraska this Saturday, September 20, in Lincoln. The dedication will take place on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s East Campus, just north of Filley Hall.
 
Commissioned in 2012 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill

Trice Found Guilty A Second Time In Norfolk Stabbing


Madison, NE ~~ A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man in Norfolk, following a second trial in the case.
 
The decision was handed down Wednesday in Madison County District Court at the end of a short trial for 24-year-old De'Aris Trice.  
    
Trice was convicted of the same charge following the death of 27-year-old

Former Sheriff Passes Away


Butler County residents woke this morning to hear the news that former Sheriff Leo Meister, 79 of David City had passed away at his home on Wednesday. Sheriff Meister was sheriff of Butler County for 36 years from 1962-1998.

When Meister became Sheriff in 1962 he was the youngest Sheriff in the US.  Today thoughts and memories of Leo are being left on the Butler County Sheriff's

Fortenberry Statement on Syrian Opposition to ISIL


Washington, D.C. – Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) issued the following statement after voting for an amendment to arm and train some moderate Syrians in their war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The amendment passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 273-156. 

“Several months ago, I offered an amendment to stop

Farm to Table, literally


by Laura Conaway
Josh Moore defies stereotypes the moment he walks into a kitchen in Louisville, Ky., or anywhere else.

It’s not the tribal tattoos emerging from the seams of his white coat nor his linebacker stature that give him away. It’s his food.

No formal culinary education, “just the school of hard knocks,” sustained Moore through 20 years of making a name

Nebraska Corn Board partners with UNL for distinctive Presidential Chair


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — The Nebraska Corn Board has made a $2.0 million commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the permanently endowed Nebraska Corn Checkoff Presidential Chair. The endowment will provide annual support to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) for research and development related to corn demand.

For nearly 30 years,

Treasurer Stenberg Proposes Zero Increase in Treasurer's Operating Budget for N


Lincoln, Neb. (Sept. 17, 2014) – State Treasurer Don Stenberg says he is proposing a zero increase in his office’s 2015-17 operating budget, which was submitted earlier this week to the State Budget Division of the Department of Administrative Services. At the same time, he says, he is proposing to boost the office’s efforts to return unclaimed property to

Gov. Heineman Discusses International Trade Efforts


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman discussed Nebraska’s efforts to expand international trade efforts specifically in Japan, and announced that Nebraska has been chosen to host the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association’s 50th annual conference in September 2018. The Governor was joined by Dacia Kruse, Department of Economic Development Acting Director; Greg Ibach, Director of the

ASA Encourages Soybean Farmers to Safeguard Export Markets Through Proper Grain


ST. LOUIS– As the soybean and corn harvest hits full stride in much of the nation’s growing regions, the farmer-leaders of the American Soybean Association remind farmers to do their part by taking extra care to keep biotech traits that are not yet approved in key export markets out of normal grain marketing channels. For those soybean farmers that also produce corn, this includes

Nebraska Mother Takes Stand In Son's Trial


Hastings, NE (AP) ~~ A 41-year-old woman has testified that her son didn't help her stab to death her boyfriend's mother in southern Nebraska.
 
Shelley Casterline took the stand Tuesday and said her son, 24-year-old Andrew Casterline, only helped her move the body of Virginia Barone after the October stabbing.
 
Andrew Casterline is charged with first-degree murder and

Gov. Heineman Announces Behavioral Health Regions to Receive Additional Funds


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will meet next week with the state’s six Behavioral Health Regions to discuss the allocation of funds that were not spent by the regions during the last fiscal year. Last year, the regions were allocated $71 million, with $4.2 million unspent. The funds are used for mental

Gov. Heineman Announces $1.7 Million CDBG Grants to Eight Public Works Projects


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today awarded eight Nebraska communities with $1,779,800 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to pursue projects in the public works category. Funding went to Howells, Newman Grove, Peru, Phillips, Plainview, Scribner, South Sioux City and Wakefield.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the state’s CDBG program.

ReTree Week is Sept. 21-27 in Nebraska


LINCOLN, Neb. — Trees are one of the most important resources of Nebraska communities. Investing in tree-planting and care reap tangible economic benefits in the form of energy savings and real estate values. They also make neighborhoods, schools, shopping districts and parks more healthy and appealing.


 


A fall mini-grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a

Website Finds Columbus One Of Safest Places In Nebraska


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus is one of the top ten safest cities in Nebraska.  According to the Movoto Real Estate Blog, Columbus ranks number eight on the list. 

Movoto looked at data from To the FBI 2012 crime statistics for places with over 5,000 people among other factors to determine their rankings.  Gering was tabbed as the safest place in Nebraska. 

Seward was number

Online Harvest Forms for 50th National Corn Yield Contest Now Available


With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.

 

"While

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, September 15, 2014 -- For the week ending September 14, 2014, below normal temperatures coupled with rain in the east and light snow in western portions of the State slowed fieldwork activities, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Moisture accumulations across the southeastern third of the state were an inch or more with lesser amounts elsewhere.

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Ameri


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from garnishing Americans’ wages without a court order. Johanns wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy earlier this year to stop EPA from gaining this authority without public input.

Johanns said, “Federal overreach has been

Polk -York County Compliance Check Results


(York, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from the York Police Department, conducted compliance checks over the weekend at 47 retail alcohol outlets in Polk and York Counties.

On Saturday, September 13, compliance checks were conducted in Polk County (12) and York County (35). Out of the 47 compliance checks conducted, one business in Polk County and four businesses in

GARBACZ RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO AGRICULTURE


LINCOLN – Stan Garbacz, the Agricultural Trade Representative for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), has been awarded the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture.  The award was presented to Garbacz late last week during the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Vermont.

“All 50 states have the

One Person Killed In Stanton County Accident


Pilger, NE ~~ The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a two-vehicle accident that killed a Battle Creek man and injured four others.  25-year-old Marcus Kamrath died in the accident that happened just before 7pm Friday night at the intersection of Highway 15 and 835th Road. 

Kamrath was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Trey Finkral of Battle

Bail Denied For Micklevitz


Columbus, NE ~~ 19-year-old Chase Micklevitz will remain in jail.  He is facing charges of second-degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony in the stabbing death of his 58-year-old grandmother Deanna Micklevitz.   

A judge decided Friday that Chase Micklevitz should be held without bond after Micklevitz' lawyers had asked for the hearing because they hoped his

2nd Trial Begins In Norfolk Stabbing Death Case


Madison, NE (AP) ~~ A second trial has begun for a 24-year-old man accused of stabbing to death another man in Norfolk.
 
A nonjury trial got underway Monday morning for De'Aris Trice.
 
In July 2013 the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned Trice's second-degree murder conviction in the killing of 27-year-old Timothy Warren on Dec. 26, 2010. Trice had been sentenced to 40 years

LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS URGED TO ENROLL IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BEFORE OCTOBE


Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service

"2,000 Bull Project" Targets Cattle Traits


By Sandra Avant
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are investigating methods to help beef cattle producers further improve genetic evaluations for routinely measured traits such as growth and calving ease. They are also targeting economically important traits like feed efficiency and disease resistance that are expensive or difficult to measure.

In 2007, scientists started the

USCA Supports USDA Review of Beef Checkoff, Encourages Rewrite Under the 1996 Ac


USCA (September 15, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) board of directors voted to support the Secretary of Agriculture's stated intent to overhaul the Beef Checkoff program. Secretary Vilsack has related publicly his frustration with the lack of substantial progress being made by the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group (BCEWG) and said he is considering using

Homegrown, Renewable Fuels provide Energy Independence


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA— Biodiesel and ethanol, two energy sources made from soybeans and corn, respectively, are homegrown and locally produced. For Renewable Fuels Month in September, Nebraska farmers celebrate these homegrown crops and their abundant number of renewable uses.

In Nebraska last year, farmers raised 252 million bushels of soybeans and 1.6 billion bushels of corn. And

Pork Checkoff Announces 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards


DES MOINES - Sept. 15, 2014 - The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected two pork farms to be honored as the 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers who are dedicated to safeguarding the environment and contributing to their local communities.

The 2014 award recipients are:

• Bruce and

Troopers Seize Marijuana


(Lincoln, Neb.)- A traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 in Seward County led to the seizure of 92 lbs. of marijuana and one arrest.

Just before 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept., 11, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2014 Toyota Camry for speeding near the Milford exit in Seward County.  A probable cause search, led to the seizure of 92.4 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was contained in a

Pelt Prices - Where are they?


Lamb and sheep skin prices have fallen to low levels this year. An article released by Mecardo Expert Market Analysis in Australia looked at the relationship between pelt and wool prices both in recent years and from the perspective of recent decades.

When graphed on a common scale from 0 percent (the lowest price during the previous 3 years) to 100 percent (the highest price during the

New Mexico Firm Recalls Beef Jerky Products Produced Without the Benefit of Insp


Jerky By Art, an Albuquerque, N.M. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of beef jerky products because they were produced without the benefit of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. In addition, the beef jerky products contain wheat and anchovies, known allergens that are not declared on the product

Woman injured in bicycle accident near Lakeview Junior/Senior High School


Columbus, NE - The wife of the Columbus Public Schools Superintendent, Kim Loeffelholz, was seriously injured in a bicycle-pickup accident early this Friday morning. According to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Loeffelholz was riding a bike east on 83rd Street around 6:10 a.m. when she was struck by a tan eastbound GMC Sierra pickup driven by 38-year-old Jamie Meyer of Columbus. The

American aid worker with Ebola responding well to treatment


Omaha, NE (AP) - A survivor of Ebola has donated blood to an American aid worker infected with the disease, and doctors treating him at a Nebraska hospital say he has responded well to the aggressive treatment. Doctor Phil Smith said yesterday that Doctor Rick Sacra received blood transfusions from Doctor Kent Brantly. The transfusions were done shortly after the 51-year-old Sacra arrived at the

Officials will talk with Charter Air Transport about flights to Denver from Nebr


Scottsbluff, NE (AP) - Officials from Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff airports have scheduled meetings in Denver to talk with two commuter airlines about federally subsidized Essential Air Service.  The officials will meet with representatives of Charter Air Transport and Aerodynamics about flights to and from Denver. The airlines have proposed serving the routes with 30- or 50-seat

Man killed in truck and pickup accident in western Douglas County


Valley, NE (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in a collision involving a truck and a pickup in western Douglas County. The Nebraska State Patrol says the Thursday morning crash occurred around 6 a.m. A pickup was westbound on Highway 36 when it was hit by a truck headed north on a street intersection. The driver of the pickup, 36-year-old Ryan Boelman of Bennington was killed. The driver of

Attorneys searching for journals and notes in Anthony Garcia murder case


Omaha, NE (AP) - Attorneys for a former doctor accused of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school are searching for journals of one of the victims they believe can help exonerate their client. That search was revealed Thursday in a hearing where defense attorneys for Anthony Garcia demanded investigators' handwritten notes, as well as a file reportedly kept by Dr. Roger

Man arrested for stealing potpourri and cigarillos


Lincoln, NE (AP) - Nebraska police have arrested a man who they say bit a customer when stealing potpourri and cigarillos from a tobacco store. The 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon. Lincoln police say he punched a 55-year-old man in the head and bit him on the face. They say the clerk refused to sell to the suspect because he didn't have an ID. The customer tried to stop him

Audun Green sentencing in Kearney, NE


Kearney, NE (AP) - A 19-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23 for assaulting jailers at the Buffalo County Jail in Kearney.  Audun Green pleaded no contest to two felony counts of assault by a confined person and one of attempted assault.  Authorities say Green already was serving a sentence for assault when the jail incident occurred on March 11. Authorities say Green

Arbor Lodge to make upgrades


Nebraska City, NE (AP) - The foundation that will take over operation of Arbor Lodge state park and mansion plans to make the home of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton more accessible to people with disabilities. The Arbor Day Foundation on Nov. 1 will assume responsibility for the 72-acre Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission last month

Biggest corn and soybean harvest ever


Omaha, NE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation's corn and soybean farmers will harvest by far the largest crops - EVER - this year. Bigger crops have been expected this year as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions, but the new estimates far surpass previous records. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4

Retail gas prices may fall below $3.00 a gallon


Omaha, NE - Triple-A says positive factors influencing the petroleum market continue to drive retail pump prices lower.  U.S. commodity prices for both crude oil and processed fuel are down to some of the lowest levels seen during the past 52-weeks.  With the switch to winter grade fuels, which are less expensive to produce, combined with building U.S. inventories, some areas of the

As Corn Crop Grows, Prices Shrink


With the U.S. Department of Agriculture today estimating a record corn supply of 15.5 billion bushels this coming year, the National Corn Growers Association is closely tracking corn prices and fighting back against efforts that will reduce demand for the bountiful supply.

"With a record crop on the way and prices continually sinking, it is critical our federal

NSP Crime Lab Receives International Accreditation


(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory is once again the recipient of one of the highest honors bestowed on a forensic crime laboratory.

On September 3, 2014, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) granted ASCLD/LAB- International accreditation to the NSP Crime Laboratory in the field of Forensic Science Testing.

Keystone Pipeline developer pays for school land easements


Lincoln, NE (AP) - The Canada-based developer of the Keystone XL pipeline has paid $474,000 to secure easements for the pipeline through state-owned school land. The land is a part of a trust to make money for the state's public schools. TransCanada has also agreed to pay $164,000 to farmers and ranchers who rent the public schools trust land to cover loss of crops and forage over

Columbus Animal Control asking public for help locating loose dog


Columbus, NE - Columbus Animal Control is asking for the public’s help to locate a dog which bit another dog on September 6th in the 3000 block of East 14th Avenue in Columbus.  The dog came out of the cornfield south of the home and had been seen running loose in the area for about two months.  The dog is described as similar to a Shepherd or Retriever mix with longer hair.

Columbus bat tests positive for rabies virus


Columbus, NE - Columbus Animal Control says a bat turned into the Columbus Police Department last week has tested positive for the rabies virus.  Citizens are advised that bats are plentiful this year due to rain and abundant food sources. Animal Control says the best defense against rabies is having your dogs and cats vaccinated against the rabies virus.  If you wake up with a bat in

Lancaster County agrees to pay in boy's suicide


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lancaster County has agreed to pay $75,000 to the father of a teen who sued after the boy committed suicide in a Lincoln detention center. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Kennedy was found unresponsive in his cell in 2012 and later died. In the lawsuit, Mark Kennedy claims his son was mentally ill and that detention center staff failed to protect him. A judge dismissed the

Nebraska's Medicaid Program could benefit from computer technology and competiti


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new report says computer technology and increased competition could lower the cost of Nebraska's Medicaid program.
 
     The report released Wednesday by the Platte Institute for Economic Research suggests that the state contract with more than two health plans for each of Nebraska's Medicaid service

Governor encourages Nebraskans to fly their flags at half staff on Patriot Day


 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The governor is encouraging Nebraska to fly their flags at half-staff Thursday in observance of Patriot Day. Patriot Day honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
 
     Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags lowered at all state buildings and facilities.  The Governor

Grand Island man charged in drunken driving crash pleads no contest


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed his fiancee has pleaded no contest.
 
30-year-old Johnny Alvarez entered the pleas on Wednesday. He was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence. Both of the charges were reduced as part of the plea deal. He now faces up to 20 years in

EF1 tornado confirmed in Otoe County


LORTON, Neb. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a relatively weak tornado ran for seven miles through southeast Nebraska's Otoe County. The county's emergency manager, Gregg Goebel, reported damage to farm outbuildings on Tuesday near old Nebraska Highway 2 and County Road L. He says other buildings were damaged along U.S. Highway 75 and Nebraska Highway

BNSF rejects one-person railroad crews


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A railroad union has rejected a deal with BNSF that would have allowed one-person crews under certain circumstances.
 
     A unit of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union said its members voted the contract down.
 
     The deal would have allowed BNSF to use one-person crews on tracks where a system

Rains Hinder Parking, Demos at Husker Harvest Days; Plan Accordingly


Heavy rains pelted the Husker Harvest show site requiring the events team to cancel the event for one day.

Gates will reopen for Thursday at 8 a.m. with a few conditions.

Tillage, combine, shredding, spraying demonstrations have been canceled for Thursday, while haying demonstrations are to be determined. If weather conditions allow for the hay to be tedded, baling demonstrations will be

Numerous Polk County Roads Still Closed


The Polk County Sheriff's Department is advising drivers that due to the large amount of rain in the past 36 hours, numerous county roads are closed and will remain closed.  Motorists are adviced to respect the road closed signs as its unlawful to drive on a road that has been closed.

As of 4:30 this afternoon (Wednesday) US Hwy 92 is open one lane west of Osceola and hope is to

Mike Foley can appear on the ballot with Ricketts


Lincoln, NE (AP) - The Nebraska secretary of state says Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts can replace former Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann as his running mate on the November ballot.
 
     Secretary of State John Gale said Wednesday that Ricketts can make the switch to Mike Foley after Heidemann resigned from office and withdrew from the race. A judge this

Senator Roberts Calls on Majority Leader Reid to Debate Waters of the U.S. Bill


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the Senate to act on critical legislation to protect farmers, ranchers and private property owners from proposed Waters of the U.S. rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The House has approved bipartisan legislation to stop the EPA’s regulatory assault on

Reinke and NCTA Announce Commitment to Irrigation Program


 Reinke and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) have announced an educational initiative to provide the latest in center-pivot irrigation technology and hands-on training to students enrolled in the Irrigation Technician Concentration. September kicks-off the first official class of students enrolled in the two semester concentration program. 

“Today, we salute

Johanns: Swift Action to Improve VA Must Continue


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, pressed newly confirmed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to continue taking swift actions necessary to improve care for our nation’s veterans.

 “VA must work quickly to implement the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act that was

ADM R&D Leader Receives Innovation Award


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dr. Todd Werpy, Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (NYSE: ADM) senior vice president, Research and Development, has received the 2014 American Chemical Society Affordable Green Chemistry award for his work in producing bio-based propylene glycol economically on a commercial scale.

ADM’s first-in-the industry process can produce 100,000 metric tons per year

Gov. Heineman Reminds Nebraskans to Fly Flags at Half-Staff for Patriot Day


(Lincoln, Neb.) In anticipation of an expected Presidential Proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman is directing that flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 in observance of Patriot Day.
 
“I hope all Nebraskans join me in remembering those we lost on September 11, 2001 and in honoring their sacrifices. As Americans, we are the envy of

Nebraska Treasurer Stenberg Elected Regional Vice President of National Associat


Lincoln, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2014) -- Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg was elected Midwestern regional vice president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) at the association’s annual meeting.
 
New officers were elected Monday to serve on the 2015 NAST Executive Committee. The newly elected officers will begin their terms on January 1.
 
Stenberg, who was

Common Sense Nebraska Calls Upon Congressional Delegation to Support H.R. 5078


Common Sense Nebraska called upon Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to support H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

The bill prohibits EPA and the Army Corps from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed “waters of the US” (WOTUS) rule.  Instead, the bill

Smith Votes to Prevent EPA's 'Waters of the US' Rule


Washington, D.C.–  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE)  voted in favor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.  This legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a rule which would expand federal authority to include virtually all water flows, including on private land.

Lucas Praises House Passage of Bill to Block EPA's Latest Attack on American Agr


WASHINGTON –Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, by a vote of 262-152. This legislation prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine "waters

Grand Island Voters Approve Bond


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~Nearly 56 percent of voters have approved a bond measure that will pay for new schools and renovations in the Grand Island district. 
 
The votes were tallied Tuesday from the all-mail election. The measure will add to the district levy about 8 cents per $100 of assessed property value. That amounts to a tax increase of around $80 on a home assessed at

Platte County Approves Budget


Columbus, NE ~~ Platte County has approved a new budget.  The Platte County Board of Supervisors approved the almost $40 million dollar budget for 2014-15 Tuesday morning. 

The Board also awarded a contract to CBM Correctional Food Service to supply the detention center.

Supervisors also approved the request by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department to hire a new deputy

Tuesday Rains Cancel Wednesday Show


GRAND ISLAND, NEB.- Husker Harvest Days gates will not open on Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. However, the weather forecast, which calls for little to no rain after Tuesday, means that gates will open again on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

 Extremely muddy conditions have made parking areas impassable. All access gates to the site will be closed on Wednesday. Visitors who had

Lakeview High School Receives Grant


Columbus, NE ~~ The science and agricultural departments at Lakeview High School have been awarded a $10,000 grant from Monsanto. The grant will be used to purchase digital data sensors.

 

Biology and Physiology teacher Nicole Miller says “We have some older Vernier equipment that lasted for a long time, but it was showing its age and most were not compatible with our newer

Ricketts Tabs Foley As Running Mate


Lincoln, NE ~~  Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts has tabbed State Auditor Mike Foley as his new running mate. 

Early today, Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigned from office and ended his candidacy with Ricketts one day after a judge granted a protection order to keep him away from his sister, who accused him of assault.

A protection order was granted

Lt. Gov. Heidemann Resigns


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann is resigning from the Office of Lt. Governor.

Heidemann offered the following statement at a news conference in the Governor’s Office this morning.

 
It has been overwhelming and humbling, all at the same time, to receive so much support and encouragement from people all across this state. It is the people who have worked with

RICKETTS COMMENTS ON RESIGNATION OF LT. GOV. HEIDEMANN


Lincoln – Pete Ricketts commented today on news of Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announcing his resignation as lieutenant governor and withdrawing from the gubernatorial campaign.
 
"Last night, I received a call from Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who informed me of his decision to resign as lieutenant governor and withdraw his candidacy for lieutenant governor.
 
"I receive

NCGA Reminds Growers of Importance of Proper Grain Channeling


The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest, particularly that planted as part of the Right to Grow system for limited release of Duracade.
 
 

The Right to Grow system tightly controlled the sale of seed corn produced using Duracade technology in a vigorous attempt to keep it out of export channels and limited

Nebraska Corn Board encourages farmers raising Agrisure Duracade to make sure th


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Nebraska Corn Board wants farmers to make sure that the corn they grow has a place to go.  In an effort to ensure the U.S. corn industry maintains important international trade markets, the Nebraska Corn Board is urging growers to follow stewardship protocols for U.S.-grown biotech hybrids yet to be approved in major export markets away from export

Domestic Protection Order Issued Against Heidemann


Lincoln NE, (AP) ~~ A judge has issued a domestic violence protection order against Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann after his sister accused him of violent behavior.
 
The order issued Monday by District Court Judge Daniel E. Bryan Jr. comes after his sister, Lois Bohling, filed a sworn statement last month in which she says he grabbed her wrists and screamed at her in a dispute

Troop C Plans Husker Harvest Days Enforcement


(Grand Island, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters – Grand Island will once again provide traffic control and special enforcements in conjunction with Husker Harvest Days, September 9-11 in Hall County.

Motorists can expect to see an increased trooper presence as officers’ work to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes on roadways leading to

Johanns: CBO Score of Housing Finance Reform Validates Banking


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today said the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, is further proof that the full Senate must act on the bipartisan legislation. CBO estimates the bill – which would protect taxpayers from future collapses of the housing market and shrink the

TWO NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS RECEIVE FACELIFTS


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently unveiled new marketing campaigns designed to bolster awareness of two long-running NDA programs. 
 
According to NDA Director Greg Ibach, the Nebraska Beginning Farmer Program will now be known as NDA NextGen, while the Nebraska Farm Mediation Program will now be called the NDA Negotiations Program.  With the

Leading Agriculture Organizations Launch Coalition for the Advancement of Preci


WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) today announces its official launch and upcoming Precision Ag Forum, taking place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, CAPA will serve as a voice for the benefits of precision agriculture

NPPD To Built Transmission Line From Hoskins To Neligh


Norfolk, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska Public Power District plans to being constructing a 39-mile-long transmission line later this month.
 
The high-voltage line will run from Hoskins to Neligh a few miles north of Highway 275.
 
The 345,000-volt line will connect an existing power substation near Hoskins to a new one four miles northeast of Neligh.
 
NPPD will also be installing

Glow Gold Event Draws Large Crowd


Columbus, NE ~~ Hundreds of people were on hand Saturday night for the Glow Gold event. 

Glow Gold was held at Pawnee Park’s Memorial Stadium in Columbus and featured a number of different activities.  There were several different runs and walks of various lengths held throughout the night.  Children enjoyed activities including face painting and bounce

One Person Injured In Sunday Accident


Columbus, NE ~~ One person was injured following a one vehicle rollover crash in Columbus Sunday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were called to the accident scene on Lost Creek Parkway just north of the junction with Highway 81 at 1:19 Sunday afternoon.  Authorities say the vehicle left the roadway and hit a culvert. 

The male driver was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and

Nebraska Supreme Court Rejects Horse Racing Measure


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska Supreme Court has barred from the November ballot a measure that would have allowed electronic betting on previously run horse races.
 
The court said in its ruling issued Friday that the measure violated the state's constitutional provision against asking voters to cast one vote on two unrelated issues. The court directed Secretary of State John Gale

PEDV Reporting Workshops Scheduled for Pork Producers


On June 5, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a Federal Order requiring pork
producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive
occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other novel swine enteric coronaviruses that meet the case definition.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association along with the

Safety demonstrations with GSI, Inc at Husker Harvest Days


The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) in partnership with GSI, Inc., are hosting grain engulfment safety demonstrations throughout the Husker Harvest Days event, September 9-11, 2014. These demos tie with the theme, “Take a Second for Safety” that all of the commodities will be promoting in the Commodities Building (Lot #8) on Main Street.

NMPF Launches Online Calculator to Help Farmers Select Coverage Levels under New


ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today launched an online, downloadable calculator to help farmers select coverage levels under the new federal dairy safety net, known as the Margin Protection Program for dairy (MPP). The calculator is located at www.futurefordairy.com/mpp-calculator.
 
The calculator allows farmers to enter their own milk production and

UNL Research Explores Causes of Sausage Spoilage


LINCOLN, Neb. — When perishable foods near the end of their shelf life, we usually attribute their unpleasant color or odor to some bad species of bacteria or fungi that finally has blossomed, giving a whole new sensory experience to what was once a mouth-watering commodity.
 
However, while the direct connection between spoilage microbes and that "ewww factor" was pretty

Ebola Patient Arrives In Omaha


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
 
Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha. His ambulance went into a hospital receiving bay and vanished from public view at 6:38

Missionary Infected With Ebola Heading To Nebraska


Charlotte, NC (AP) ~~ A North Carolina-based charity says the missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
 
A statement from SIM on Thursday says Dr. Rick Sacra is being flown to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is expected to arrive on Friday and begin treatment in the hospital's Biocontainment Patient

Food Drive To Be Held At Husker Harvest Days


Grand Island, NE ~~ Visitors to this year’s Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island will have an opportunity to contribute to the fight against hunger for local Nebraska families. From Sept. 9-11, organizers will be accepting nonperishable food donations for the America’s Farmers Food Drive. 
 
All food collected will be donated to local hunger organizations. The drive is

Attendance drops at Nebraska State Fair


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Actual rain and the threat of severe weather have been blamed for a drop in attendance at the Nebraska State Fair last week.
 
Heavy rain held down the Grand Island crowds at the beginning of the week, and then Sunday's forecast may have kept people home. Sunday's attendance was down 36 percent from last year's final Sunday.
 
Threats of 2-inch

Offut Air Force Base participates in National Disaster Medical System Exercise


OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) - The 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha will be participating in a National Disaster Medical System exercise on Thursday. The exercise is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Simulated patients will be flown in, and Offutt personnel will help local emergency responders take the patients to area hospitals. Civilians may hear sirens and see emergency

Obesity in children an issue in East Central Health District


Columbus, NE- Obesity in area children remains a concern for East Central Health District.  Rebecca Rayman says they have seen a rise of obese students within the district.  She says the district in the past year has started to measure students to take their weight and height in elementary school.  The data indicates up to a third of the children are obese and it’s becoming a

At Husker Harvest Days Extension Looking Forward After First 100 Years


LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is celebrating its first 100 years by "Always looking forward" at this year's Husker Harvest Days show. The show is Sept. 9-11 near Grand Island.
 
"We're proud of where we've been and what we have helped this great state and university accomplish, but we're even more proud of what's ahead of

Teenager Killed By Train In West Omaha


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities have released the name of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by a train on the west side of Omaha.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the boy as Dylan Johnson of Elkhorn. The incident was reported about 2:25 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office says a witness saw the boy walk in front of the westbound Union Pacific train before

USCA Opposes APHIS Proposed Rule To Allow Imports of Beef From Region in Argenti


USCA -The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced a proposal to amend regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina; specifically, from a region located north of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B.  The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) opposes

Columbus City Council Approves Budget


Columbus, NE ~~ The City of Columbus approved the 2014-15 budget Tuesday night.  

City officials say the budget of over $71 million dollars is much larger than last year’s budget due to several large capital improvement projects in the city including the start of the levy improvement as well as construction of the 3rd Avenue Viaduct and the 18th Avenue pedestrian overpass. The

Keeping the Farmer on the Farm


BURWELL, Neb. – Rob Burnham, a farmer and rancher outside Burwell, Neb. never thought he would struggle to do the job he loves.

“But that’s part of being a farmer and rancher,” Burnham said, who faces severe pain from back, hip and other issues. “Our bodies sometimes give out before our mind wants to.”

Burnham was not one to ask for advice or help, but

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, September 2, 2014 -- For the week ending August 31, 2014, most of the State received some rain with the heaviest amounts in the east central areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Much of the State saw below normal temperatures with only the southeast corner being above normal. Crops and pastures benefited from the rains with only hay harvest

OSHA Fines Farmers Cooperative


McCool Junction, NE (AP) ~~ A Nebraska company has been fined $84,000 in connection to the May death of a worker who fell while loading a tanker truck.
 
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced Farmers Cooperative was being fined for violations at its McCool Junction fertilizer plant.
 
OSHA says Farmers Cooperative

Attendance Drops At Nebraska State Fair


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ Actual rain and the threat of severe weather have been blamed for a drop in attendance at the Nebraska State Fair last week.

Heavy rain held down the Grand Island crowds at the beginning of the week, and then Sunday's forecast may have kept people home. Sunday's attendance was down 36 percent from last year's final Sunday.

Threats of 2-inch hail, 70 mph

76 Impaired Drivers Arrested during You Drink & Drive You Lose Enforcement


(Lincoln, Neb.)- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested 76 impaired drivers during the “You Drink & You Drive You Lose” special enforcement campaign, August 15–Sept. 1.

A more than $27,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) paid for overtime hours for troopers and communications specialists during the national enforcement campaign designed

National Pork Board CEO Stepping Down


DES MOINES, IOWA - Sept. 2, 2014 - The National Pork Board announced today that Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak will step down after six years of service to the pork industry and the Pork Checkoff.  Novak is leaving Oct. 3, 2014, to assume leadership of the National Corn Growers Association.

"We're grateful to Chris for his leadership these past several years," said Dale

Ag Leader Chris Novak to Become NCGA’s Chief Executive Officer


ST. LOUIS (Sept. 2, 2014) – After a comprehensive recruitment process with many strong candidates, the National Corn Growers Association announced today that Chris Novak will become the organization’s next chief executive officer, taking the place of 14-year veteran Rick Tolman, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the organization.

“We’re

Consumers have Choices with Renewable Fuels


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. — Nebraskans have the choice of what type of fuel they put in their vehicle when they fill up. These options are available thanks to renewable biofuels such as ethanol or biodiesel. In September, Nebraskans can celebrate these choices with the recent proclamation of “September is Renewable Fuels Month” by Gov. Dave Heineman.


When consumers make the

Gov. Heineman Previews Nebraska Diplomat Weekend to Encourage Economic Developme


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman previewed the 47th annual Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend to encourage economic development throughout Nebraska. Governor Heineman was joined by Department of Economic Development Acting Director Dacia Kruse to discuss Passport Weekend which will begin Friday afternoon with the CEO Roundtable table discussion and an evening banquet in

Columbus Man Sentenced To Prison


Columbus, NE ~~ A man convicted of stabbing his wife and holding a standoff with Columbus Police is headed to prison. 

58-year-old Alfredo Santistevan of Columbus was given 6 to 12 years in prison for assault and terroristic threats.  Santistevan was sentenced last week in Platte County District Court after he had earlier pleaded no contest to reduced charges. 

Santistevan

Nebraska LEAD Announces 2014-2016 Fellows


LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska LEAD Group 34 participants were announced by Terry Hejny, director, Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program.
 
The newest members of Nebraska's premier two-year agricultural leadership development program in its 34th year are made up exclusively of participants who are involved in production agriculture and/or agribusiness in

ADM Announces Sale of Global Chocolate Business


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) today announced an agreement to sell its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million, subject to a customary working-capital adjustment. The proposed sale is expected to close during the first half of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions.

“As part of our ongoing

Boone Central Patrons To Vote On Bond


Albion, NE (AP) - Officials at Boone Central Schools in Albion are ready to ask voters again to consider a bond issue.  
 
After a $21 million proposal to build a new high school and renovate other buildings failed in 2012, supporters of school improvements regrouped held meetings to set priorities and came up with a $13 million plan that goes before voters on Nov.

Nebraska school team photo halts rail traffic


NORTH BEND, Neb. (AP) - A Union Pacific railroad official says the halting of trains because a Nebraska school volleyball team was using tracks for a team photo shows how seriously the railroad takes safety issues.
 
On Thursday trains were halted near North Bend after rail workers discovered the North Bend Central volleyball team was on the tracks.
 
Union Pacific spokesman Mark

FEMA Specialists Provide Free Rebuilding Information at Laurel Home Improvement


LINCOLN, Neb. – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms and tornadoes? Or, thinking about tackling a remodeling project at home or at work? It’s a great time to incorporate techniques that might help lessen the impact of a future disaster.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be on hand from September 4-9, 2014 at

Settlements with Pair of Related Norfolk, Neb., Pesticide Companies to Improve P


Custom Feed Services Corporation and Earthworks Health LLC, two separate pesticide companies based in Norfolk, Neb., with common ownership, have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $74,513 to settle allegations related to the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

On behalf

West Nile Case Reported In Four Corners District


York, NE ~~ Four Corners Health District now has its first person testing positive for West Nile Virus.  The district serves Butler, Polk, Seward, and York Counties.  Executive Director of Four Corners Health Department Vicki Duey says they want everyone to take care to protect themselves from mosquito bites.  Follow these reminders to protect against mosquito

Statement from NCBA President Regarding APHIS Proposed Rule to Allow Importation


WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued the following statement:

"The National

CNH Industrial Grand Island Plant Announces Layoffs


Citing "company response to current demand" CNH Industrial officials say there will be job reductions at their Grand Island plant.

CNH spokesperson Kathleen Prause says 170 full-time employees and 68 third party agency workers will be laid off.

Employees were given the news on Thursday.

The "indefinite layoff" will start in October and be done by November.

A

August 31 is #UNLREDOUT Day at the Nebraska State Fair


LINCOLN, Neb. — Fairgoers are encouraged to show their Husker pride and wear a red shirt Aug. 31 in honor of UNL Red Out Day at the Nebraska State Fair. Starting at 10 a.m. 10,000 Husker swag bags will be handed out in the Family Fun Zone. Fairgoers can also snap a picture with Lil Red at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the UNL booth in the 4-H/FFA building. 
 
From 1-3 p.m.

Peterson Announces Enrollment for Dairy Margin Protection Program


WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on September 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference

NCGA Urges Growers to Make Grain Bin Safety Their Top Priority


As farmers across the country prepare to hit the fields in their combines, the National Corn Growers Association urges all growers to remember the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. To help increase awareness of this important topic, NCGA offers a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.

Click here to

NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL PRICES


LINCOLN, NE-- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for August 2014 averaged $5.90 per bushel, a decrease of 46 cents from the July price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary August corn price, at $3.70 per bushel, decreased 50 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary August sorghum price averaged $6.10

Ricketts Announces County Organizations in All 93 Nebraska Counties


Omaha, NE – Pete Ricketts, the GOP nominee for governor, announced that his campaign has established county organizations, led by designated county chairs, in each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
 
“A priority of this campaign has been spending time with Nebraskans in each corner of our state,” Ricketts said.  “A priority of my administration will be working

Mapping the truth


By Tom Reynolds
Associate Administrator, External Affairs EPA
 
Since releasing our proposal in March to better protect clean water, there have been some questions raised in the press, most recently about maps that use data developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish & Wildlife Service and show locations and flow patterns of many of the nation’s waterways.
 
Before

Settlement with Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Creates Sustainable Path Forward


The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, a federally recognized Native American tribe located in northeastern Nebraska, and the Tribe’s Utilities Commission have reached a settlement with the United States to improve the Tribe’s drinking and wastewater systems and its trash collection program.

The settlement, in the form of a judicial Consent Decree filed with the U.S. District Court of

Omaha Man Convicted Of Laundering


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Federal prosecutors say a 48-year-old Omaha man has been convicted of conspiracies to launder money and sell controlled substances, among other crimes in Nebraska and Iowa.
 
John Ways Jr. was found guilty on Wednesday after a 13-day trial in U.S. District Court in Omaha.
 
Prosecutors say that from February 2010 to December 2012, Ways operated head shops in

November Trial Set For Cattle Thieves


Neligh, NE ~~ Two people wanted for selling cattle they did not own to a Platte County couple will go to trial in November.   The November 17th trial date was set Wednesday with a pre-trial hearing to be held in September. 

22-year-old Rebecca Robbins and 27-year-old Ben Johnson were arrested on July 15th in Platte County.  The two allegedly sold 35 cows and 40 calves

Hasting's Man Dies In Idaho ATV Accident


St. Anthony, ID (AP) ~~ A Nebraska man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in eastern Idaho.
 
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says Phillip J. McDonald of Hastings died Wednesday at the area popular with ATV and motorcycle riders.
 
Authorities received a report of a crash at about 1:30 p.m.

Emergency responders pronounced McDonald dead

Millions Set To Travel During Holiday Weekend


Omaha, NE ~~ AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  AAA says 34.7 million is the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and reflects a 1.3 percent increase over last year. 

Nearly 86 percent are expected to travel by car; another 8 percent will fly to their destination, while the remaining travelers

G-I Police Warning Residents About Thieves


Grand Island, NE ~~ The Grand Island Police Department is warning residents of thieves breaking in to steal electronics and other valuables.   

G-I-P-D says they seen an increase in reported break-ins to vehicles, including vehicles in garages.  The police department reminds citizens to lock windows and doors when you get out of your vehicle, turn on location services, remove

'Cops' Crew Member Killed In Omaha Police Shooting


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Omaha police say officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery killed a crew member with the "Cops" television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun.
 
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday that witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect's Airsoft handgun was real, but that it fires only plastic pellets.
 
Schmaderer

Emergency Fund Solid Despite Storms


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Officials say a state emergency response fund is financially solid despite a year of heavy storms that caused millions of dollars in damage in Nebraska.
 
State officials said Wednesday that the governor's emergency fund has $7 million available for future disasters. The fund is used to reimburse local governments for some of their emergency

Fuel Prices Down For Holiday Weekend


Omaha, NE ~~ AAA Nebraska says lower fuel prices will make this year’s Labor Day holiday more affordable.  Motorists may see the lowest pump prices for the holiday weekend since 2010. 

The national average for unleaded fuel is $3.43 a gallon while Nebraska’s average is $3.39 a gallon.  Nebraska’s prices are down 18 cents a gallon compared to a year

One Person Dead, "COPS" TV Crew Member Injured


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Police say a suspect has been killed and a crew member with the "Cops" television show has been wounded in a shootout after police interrupted a robbery at an Omaha fast-food restaurant.
 
Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker says an officer saw a man robbing the restaurant about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday and called for backup. The shooting soon erupted. Police have not said

Governor proclaims September as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA –The month of September has been declared as Renewable Fuels Awareness month in Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman. Renewable Fuels Month aims to celebrate Nebraska’s renewable fuels industry and its positive contributions to Nebraska and our citizens.

The proclamation was coordinated through the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board. The two

Columbus Officials To Host Listening Tour


Columbus, NE ~~ City officials will be hosting a Listening Tour in Columbus Wednesday. Mayor Mike Moser and City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli will hold the listening tour tomorrow morning to get citizen’s input on current city issues. 

Topics may include the city’s budget and updates on current on future projects. 

The listening tour will make stops at HyVee at 7:30,

Elementary Student Injured At State Fair


Grand Island, NE ~~ A 3rd grader was injured at the Nebraska State Fair.  The 8-year-old girl from Engleman Elementary School in Grand Island was injured Monday when she was struck by a Utility Terrain Vehicle driven by a Nebraska State Fair employee.
 
Injuries have not been confirmed, but it’s believed injuries were sustained to the lower extremities of the accident

USDA Moves Service Center To Norfolk


Norfolk, NE (AP) ~~ The U.S. Agriculture Department is moving one of its service centers in Nebraska from Battle Creek to Norfolk.
 
The USDA says the move is part of an effort to consolidate its offices in Madison County.
 
The Battle Creek office will begin moving on Wednesday and reopen in the new location on Sept. 4.
 
The move affects offices for the Farm Service Agency,

Drowning Victim Identified


Columbus, NE ~~ Authorities say a Kansas man drowned at a private lake in Polk County.  
 
Polk County Attorney Ron Colling says 59-year-old Richard Buell drowned after falling into Clear Creek Lake West Saturday night.  Columbus Rescue was called to the lake around 9:30p.m.  Buell’s body was recovered around 10p.m. 

Investigators say Buell fell off a dock

Heineman Opposes Minimum Wage Increase


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Gov. Dave Heineman opposes the ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 an hour by 2016.
 
Heineman said Monday that he would vote against the minimum wage proposal.
 
Heineman says he understands it's difficult to live on a minimum wage salary, but he thinks it's better to help workers improve their skills through training so

Investigation Into Apparent Drowning Continues In Polk County


Columbus, NE ~~ Authorities continue to investigate the drowning of a man at a private lake in Polk County. 

Columbus Rescue was called to Clear Lake West around 9:30p.m. Saturday night.  The man’s body was recovered around 10p.m. 

The name of the victim and the circumstances of the apparent drowning have not been released.





 

Driver Arrested In Merrick County Fatal Accident


Clarks, NE ~~ The driver of a semi involved in a deadly crash in Merrick County on Monday has been arrested for his roll in the accident.  47-year-old James Horton of Roseland was arrested for motor vehicle homicide. 

25-year-old Heather Stroud of Clarks was killed in the accident involving three vehicles that happened around 10:30 a.m. about a mile west of

Greeley Man Killed In Boone County Accident


Albion, NE ~~ A Greeley man is dead following an accident in Boone County.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol continue to investigate the accident which happened just before 5:00pm Wednesday afternoon.   

Authorities say 65-year-old Harold Wondercheck of Greeley was killed in the accident after the truck he was driving collided with another

Liquor License Approved For Omaha Gun Range


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A Nebraska panel has unanimously approved a liquor license for a gun range owned by the city of Omaha.
 
The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Thursday sanctioned beer and wine sales at the Harry A. Koch Trap & Skeet Range. Omaha Parks and Recreation says patrons will only be allowed to drink after shooting. They say the move will up attendance at the city-owned

G I Woman Indicted On Charges Of Bank Fraud


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 55-year-old Grand Island woman has been indicted on three counts of bank fraud.
 
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Brenda Warta committed bank fraud from September 2005 through September 2006, resulting in a loss to Platte Valley State Bank and Trust Co. of nearly $432,000.

Prosecutors also say Warta lied about collateral on loan and

New Name For Hospitals


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~  A new name will be going on some hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
 
Alegent Creighton Health and the other Catholic Health Initiatives facilities are getting a new name, CHI Health. That name is being added as a prefix to the names of hospitals and clinics already well-known in the area.
 
For examples, Creighton University Medical Center will

Micklevitz Trial Set For January


Columbus, NE ~~ The 19-year-old Columbus man accused of stabbing his grandmother to death last month will go to trial in January.  Chase Micklevitz will face a jury trial in January, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his 58-year-old grandmother Deanna Micklevitz.

Columbus Police say Chase stabbed Deanna shortly after 1pm on July 30th at her home on 31st Street in

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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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.
 
This

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

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


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. 

Deanna

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

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. 

A

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

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




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