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51 Days Of Live Horse Racing To Be Held in 2015


Columbus, NE ~~ The Nebraska Racing Commission has approved 51 days of live horse racing at Nebraska tracks in 2015.  

Columbus Exposition and Racing will host 16 days of live racing at Ag Park in Columbus.  Live horse races will start on August 7th and end on Labor Day September 7th. 

The racing season will start at Fonner Park in Grand Island on February 20th, as

UNL Students Face Felony Charges After Freshman's Death


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say several University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in a fraternity face felony charges in the alcohol-related death of a freshman.
 
University police say four FarmHouse Fraternity members were arrested Thursday on suspicion of procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Three other students, including another fraternity member, face

Nebraska and Kansas Work Together On Water Issue


Imperial, Neb. – An agreement reached Wednesday gives Nebraska 100 percent credit for augmentation water NRDs are pumping this year to maintain compliance with the Republican River Compact, and ensures water being stored in Harlan County Reservoir for compliance purposes won’t go to waste.

The agreement approved by the Republican River Compact Administration in Denver could be a

Nebraska Farm to School Summit held in Aurora


Lyons, NE - Over 100 people from across Nebraska attended the Center for Rural Affairs’ second annual Nebraska Farm to School Summit on Wednesday, October 22, at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. The summit was a free conference for farmers, ranchers, school food service staff, parents, students, and community members interested in Farm to School programs.


 

Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform in 2014


Washington, DC—The Tax Foundation is honoring six individuals with the second annual award for Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform. As the award’s name suggests, the honorees were selected due to their extraordinary efforts to advance the cause of simpler, smarter tax policy in the previous year.

“Working for better tax policy is not easy, and I know a small glass

FARM Program Report Shows Continued Widespread Adoption of Animal Care Practices


ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers nationwide continue to demonstrate widespread adoption of industry standards that assure high-quality care for their animals, according to a report released today by the National Milk Producers Federation.

The summary report, issued annually, quantifies practices by farmers participating in the industry’s responsible care program, known as the National

Pork Industry Launches New Common Audit to Ensure Animal Care and Food Safety


DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 23, 2014 - After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public. The new audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus

Treasurer Stenberg Comments on New Morningstar Ratings of Nebraska’s College S


Lincoln, Neb. (Oct. 23, 2014) –For the second consecutive year, two plans in the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust earned bronze ratings in the annual review of the largest 529 college savings plans in the nation by Morningstar, an independent investment research firm in Chicago, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reported today.
 
The NEST Direct college savings plan and the

Car Hit By Train In Downtown Columbus


Columbus, NE ~~ No serious injuries were reported after a car was hit by a train in downtown Columbus Thursday morning.  Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken says a car was struck on the tracks near 17th Avenue just after 6:30am. 
Investigators say the 66-year-old driver was attempting to cross the tracks near a pedestrian crossing at 17th Ave. when the southbound car was hit by an

First Ponca Financial, Inc. in Nebraska Receives $96,185 USDA Invests in Small a


WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing $96,185 in Nebraska to support small and emerging rural businesses projects.

First Ponca Financial, Inc. of Grand Island, Nebraska will utilize the USDA dollars to implement an Economic Gardening program that provides training and customized technical assistance for up to 10 start-up and existing Native

Group Says NCBA's Claims Against COOL Are Baloney


Billings, Mont. - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), which receives 82 percent of its annual revenues from government-mandated producer assessments under the national Beef Checkoff Program, is most likely using those government payments to offset the costs of its three-prong campaign to defeat country of origin labeling (COOL), that according to R-CALF USA CEO Bill

Scotus Journalism Students Receive Awards


The 2013-2014 Scotus Central Catholic yearbook and newspaper staffs have received two awards from the Nebraska High School Press Association. The newspaper received a Superior rating, and the yearbook received a Cornhusker Award, the association’s highest award.  Advisor Angie Rusher said that it’s quite an honor for the students and she is proud of the work and hours they put in

Lakeview Receives Large Grant


Columbus, NE ~~ Lakeview Community Schools has been named a recipient of a large grant.  Lakeview has been named a $10,000 grant recipient for America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.  The grant is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Representatives from the school and from Monsanto will participate in a check presentation to celebrate the grant Friday night. Local farmers who

Norfolk Man Killed In Pierce County Accident


Foster, NE ~~ A 29-year-old Norfolk man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Pierce County.  The Nebraska State Patrol says Joshua Petersen was killed in the accident that happened just after 1:30pm Tuesday. 

Authorities say Petersen was southbound on Route 13 near Foster when he overcorrected and lost control of his vehicle.  Petersen’s vehicle rolled several

Deadline to Serve on Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Nears


DES MOINES, IOWA -The Pork Checkoff's Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms and one two-year term commencing in July 2015. Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers.

A minimum of nine candidates must be ranked by Pork Act

Johnson Represents NCGA at White House Event on Women in Ag


National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden at the White House Monday for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture. More than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education participated in the event, including the first women to lead each of the

Final Minimum Wage Hearing Held


Lincoln, NE ~~ In less then two weeks, voters will decide on whether or not to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska.  The final public hearing on Measure 425 was held Tuesday night at the Capitol in Lincoln. 

People who attended the hearing heard from people in favor and against the increase in minimum wage. 

If voters approve the increase, the minimum wage would raise to

Nebraska Health Care Cost Dispute Still Unresolved


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ A letter from one of Nebraska's biggest medical networks suggests a costs dispute with a major insurer likely will continue into next year.
 
UniNet Healthcare Network, the CHI Health entity that negotiates contracts with doctors and insurers, has told insurance brokers in letters that CHI Health does not expect to be in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network in

Ebola Patient To Be Released From UNMC


Omaha, NE ~~ The second patient with the Ebola virus to be treated at Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center is going home.  A CDC-confirmed negative blood test showed that Ashoka Mukpo no longer has the virus in his bloodstream and is free to head back to his home state of Rhode Island.

Mukpo says "recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling", and "too many

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected


WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe

Added Enforcement Continues for Remaining Husker Home Games


(Lincoln, Neb.)- An increased Nebraska State Patrol presence will continue for the remaining Husker home football games.

Troopers and communication specialists with the Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop-Lincoln and Troop A- Omaha will work overtime hours during the remaining three home games (Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 22) thanks in part to a $9,870 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway

Pursuit Ends in Arrest


(Omaha, Neb.)- One person is in custody following a pursuit which stemmed from domestic disturbance in Scribner.

Just before 12:30 p.m., troopers responded to reports of a possible assault and kidnapping in the Dodge County town of Scribner. Troopers encountered a Dodge County Deputy with a blue, 2005 Jeep Liberty stopped near Hooper on Highway 275. The vehicle took off from the traffic stop

Slow Corn Harvest Continues, Quality Remains High


Corn harvest progress fell further behind the five-year average according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While only 31 percent of the crop was harvested as of October 19, the forecast of a high quality crop remains unchanged.

"While farmers are eager to get into their fields, wet conditions have made it difficult to do so in many areas," said

Land Aquisitions Begin On Viaduct Project


Columbus, NE ~~  The Columbus City Council began the approval process last night on land acquisitions needed for construction of the 3rd Avenue viaduct and 18th Avenue pedestrian overpass projects.  The Council approved an acquisition contract and temporary easement of four properties.  Construction on the project was expected to in the spring of 2015. 

City officials

Dodge County High Speed Chase Leads To Arrest Of Omaha Man


Scribner, NE ~~ An Omaha man is under arrest following a pursuit which stemmed from a domestic disturbance in Scribner. 

Nebraska State Patrol Troopers responded to reports of possible assault and kidnapping in Scribner just before 12:30pm Monday.  When troopers encountered a Dodge County Deputy with an SUV stopped on Highway 275, the SUV took off. 

The over 30 minute chase

Nebraska Receives $3.6 Million Suicide Prevention Grant for Youth


Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has received a five-year grant for $3,646,939 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce the numbers of suicides and suicide attempts among youths and young adults age 10-24 in Nebraska. 
 
“Young people face pressures and experience mental illness and substance

Crop storage issues may be less severe than anticipated


URBANA, Ill. – The large size of fall-harvested crops in the United States has raised very real concerns about the ability to readily store the record supply of crops available this year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, supplies that exceed permanent storage capacity require the use of temporary storage facilities or may require delayed harvest in some

NEW AMERICAN LAMB BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED


Tammy Doughty, David Quam and Elizabeth Dressler have been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the American Lamb Board.  Each appointee will serve a three-year term, effective January 2015.  

The Board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints one third of

Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision


WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) - Statement by National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from

Train Derailment In York County


Waco, NE (AP) ~~ BNSF Railway officials are working to determine what caused a coal train to partially derail in York County.
 
Mounds of spilled coal shut down two tracks and a street in Waco on Sunday. A railway spokesman says the train was headed east when 28 of its 119 cars derailed. All but one of the derailed cars landed on their sides.
 
No injuries were

Two Nebraskans Killed In Separate Rollover Accidents


Emerson, NE ~~ It was a deadly weekend on Nebraska roads as two people were killed in separate rollover accidents in northeast Nebraska.
 
The Nebraska State Patrol says 21-year-old Chase Miller of Hubbard was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on First Avenue near Emerson early Saturday morning. Five other people in the vehicle were taken to Mercy Medical in Sioux City.

Five Myths of Ag Landlord Rights


By: Allan Vyhnalek

More than half of Nebraska's farmland is leased, and much of that with only a handshake agreement. At one time, that might have been enough, but now a written agreement allows both parties — landlord and tenant — the opportunity to spell out rights and responsibilities before issues arise.  A written lease gives both parties an opportunity to discuss

First Flu Cases Confirmed in Nebraska


Lincoln – Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County.

“Several viruses are in the news right now including Ebola and enterovirus, but it’s also important to remember that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical

"AgroFuture" Conference Coming to Curtis


CURTIS, Neb. — Agriculture producers, students, agribusinesses and policy leaders are invited to the first "AgriFuture" conference in Nebraska on Oct. 28-30 in Kearney. 

Students and faculty from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, Neb., will be among participants in the multi-state event, said Paul Clark, NCTA agribusiness management systems professor

Fortenberry Calls for Stringent Travel Restrictions for Countries Affected by Eb


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry made the following statement about the Ebola crisis:
 
“It’s time for the President and Congress to implement stringent travel restrictions to and from countries stricken by Ebola. This is an unprecedented epidemic and the first response needs to build confidence. This is not a political issue, it’s a public safety issue.

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting Near Central Community College


Columbus, NE ~~ The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continue to investigate an unconfirmed report of a mountain lion near Central Community College in Columbus.  The Sheriff’s Office received a report from citizens indicating a mountain in the area northwest of CCC around 9:00am Friday. 
 
The Platte County Sheriff’s

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Announces Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarshi


The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the “Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship” that will award an annual $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding junior, senior or graduate level student.  Eligible students must be a resident of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry related degree. 

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean


Washington --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean

Two injured in east Nebraska tractor crash


RICHLAND, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Nebraska say two people have been hospitalized after a car collided with a tractor pulling a grain wagon.
 
The Colfax County Attorney's Office says an 18-year-old woman was driving on U.S. Highway 30 near Richland on Thursday. Authorities say she struck the wagon from behind and her car rolled on top of it.
 
Both drivers were

Fortenberry Announces Brigadier General Donald Bacon Joins Staff


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced that Brigadier General Donald Bacon has joined his staff upon retirement from the United States Air Force. Bacon will be based in the Bellevue area as an advisor on military issues and constituent outreach.
 
“I am pleased to welcome Brigadier General Bacon to my staff,” Fortenberry said. “Don has an extensive

Gov. Heineman Welcomes Opportunity to Discuss Corrections


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman commented on the opportunity to appear before the Legislature’s committee regarding the Department of Correctional Services.
 
The Governor stated, “I look forward to the opportunity to answer any questions and clear up any miscommunications. The Department of Correctional Services, specifically former legal counsel George Green, made a

Prisons Panel Votes To Subpoena Nebraska Governor


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A legislative committee investigating Nebraska's prison problems has voted unanimously to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify in a hearing later this month.
 
Panel members voted 7-0 on Thursday to summon the governor to their next hearing on Oct. 29.
 
The committee is looking into hundreds of prison sentences that were miscalculated, as well as a

Gas Prices Continue To Fall


Columbus, NE ~~ Gas prices continue to decline across Nebraska.  According to gasbuddy.com, the statewide price for a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen to $3.12 compared with $3.32 a gallon a year ago. 

The national average for a gallon of gas is down to $3.17. 

Gas in Columbus averages $2.99 a gallon.  Prices can be found as low as $2.97 in

Early Voting Off To Quick Start In Nebraska


Lincoln, NE ~~ Secretary of State John Gale says that 33 percent of early voting ballots have been returned or cast in person at county election offices. “This rate of return is higher than it was at the same point in the last non-presidential election, which was 24 percent”, Gale said he was pleased to report. 

 

Early voters include those who have returned a ballot

Scholarships for College Ag Students Available


The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year.

"NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag," said Tom

NCGA Applauds EPA Deregulation of Enlist Duo Herbicide


The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D herbicide, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which follows USDA's September approval of corn and soybean varieties designed to tolerate this herbicide, will provide farmers with a valuable tool to combat instances of weed resistance.

 

"The

USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

"Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the

Columbus Home Robbed and Vandalized


Sometime on Monday a home in North Central Columbus was broke into.  The Columbus Police Department said that entrance into the home was made by breaking a window.

Once inside the person or persons ransacked the home, spray painted walls and stole two handguns.  They made an attempt to break into the safe but could not gain access. 

Estimates on damage to the home and items

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill To Be Held Thursday


Lincoln, NE ~~ The Great Shakeout Earthquake drill will take place tomorrow.  At 10:16am, people will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on.  The drill is designed to practice on what to do in the event of an earthquake in Nebraska. 

NEMA Assistant Director Bian Tuma says while rarer in Nebraska in some places, earthquakes are still a potential risk, and it is one of the

Columbus Man Arrested After Spitting on Deputy


Tarnov, NE ~~ A 37-year-old Columbus man is under arrest after spitting on a Platte County Sheriff Deputy.  Anthony Buggi was arrested Tuesday evening in Tarnov. 

Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff says law enforcement was called to 107 1st Street in Tarnov at 7:41pm Tuesday following an altercation between subjects within the residence.  Wemhoff says shortly after investigating

Web Application To Help Nebraska Voters


Lincoln, NE ~~ An enhanced web application on the Secretary of State’s website may help provide Nebraska voters with critical information, in the weeks leading up to the general election. Secretary of State John Gale it is part of Voter View, which is a system that allows voters to check their registration, request an early ballot, find the location of their polling place and check the

Alternative Response Pilot Project Launched


Lincoln – Parents of the children in five counties who are reported to the State as possible victims of abuse and neglect may be offered an alternative to law enforcement and the courts starting Oct. 1, if there is a low risk of harm to the children, said Thomas Pristow, director of the Children and Family Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Alternative

Newman Grove receives support to build greenhouse learning lab


Newman Grove has received a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to construct a greenhouse learning lab.A total of seventy five students from grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to use the greenhouse facilities, through science or agriculture coursework or through individual projects. Students will

A-FAN's Annual Stakeholders' Meeting Set for November 24 in Lincoln


Lincoln, NE—The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) has scheduled its 2014 annual stakeholders’ meeting for Monday, November 24 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln.

All A-FAN partners and stakeholders are invited to the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m. A buffet luncheon,

Nebraska Cattlemen Association Supports Sasse


The Nebraska Cattlemen Association announced its support for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.
 
“I’m honored to have the support of the Nebraska Cattlemen who work hard to make Nebraska the largest cattle feeding state in the nation,” said Sasse. “Nebraskans deserve a leader who will take that same determination, hard-work, and common-sense approach to the

USGS Announces Grants for Water Studies


The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded nearly $1 million to four university programs across the country, through the National Competitive Grants Program.

Proposals from Purdue University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, and the University of Nebraska won the grants this year.

Purdue University’s project will address the need to improve the

Nebraska Cattlemen Tells USDA: Don't Hijack the Checkoff


Nebraska Cattlemen along with National Cattlemen's Beef Association as well as 42 state cattlemens’ associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Nebraska Cattlemen President Jeff Rudolph, Cozad, says cattle producers in

Don Hutchens to Receive USMEF Distinguished Service Award


Don Hutchens, who recently concluded a long career as executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, has been named the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Distinguished Service Award.

Established in 1991, USMEF’s Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in the red meat industry who exemplifies the exceptional dedication and outstanding

Gov. Heineman Attends Salute to Nebraska Manufacturing Tour


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry on the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing Tour. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and business leaders, manufacturing employees, and students to celebrate October as Nebraska Manufacturing Month at events in four locations. Gov. Heineman today also

Nebraska Wesleyan Student Killed After Leaving Party Bus


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 22-year-old college student who was fatally struck while walking along Interstate 80 on the west side of Lincoln had been a passenger on a party bus.
 
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says Maury Lorence, of Doniphan, was hit repeatedly around 12:15 a.m. Sunday by eastbound vehicles. Investigators are still looking for the first truck that

Election Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching


Columbus, NE ~~ The 2014 general election is just three weeks away.  Platte County Election Commissioner Diane Olmer says voter registration continues via mail until Friday October 17th.  In office registration runs through October 24th at 6pm. 
 
New county residents, people with an address change, or those who have just turned 18 do need to register. 

Early voting

GIPD Investigates Fatal Accident


Grand Island, NE ~~ The Grand Island Police Department continues to investigate a fatal single vehicle accident where an SUV ended up in a water detention pond.  Emergency crews responded to the scene just north of Diers Avenue and Concord Ave at 11:49 Sunday night. 

Investigators say the SUV had been southbound in the parking lot  and left the parking lot, before driving

Helicopter to make low-level flights over Eastern Nebraska


Over the next few weeks, residents of the Lower Platte North NRD (LPNNRD) may see an unusual sight in the skies: a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame.

No need to panic, though: this unique equipment is simply part of a project to map groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the district.

Beginning in mid-October and lasting up to 3 weeks, instruments mounted below a

Expert Analysis Says EPA Water Rule Would Harm Nebraska Agriculture


LINCOLN, NEB. – The impact of EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule would be “significant” and “cause cost increases, confusion and uncertainty to agricultural producers” according to a new analysis conducted by the former director of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Mike Linder. Agriculture members of the Common Sense

USDA Announces 19 USB Farmer-Director Appointments


ST. LOUIS (October 14, 2014) - Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) in December, after their recent appointments by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The 19 soybean farmers from across the United States include five new appointees and 14 returning directors. These volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean

Nebraska farmers return from trade missions in Asia


LINCOLN, NEB. - Two members of the Nebraska Corn Board recently returned from trade missions in Asia promoting U.S. corn and red meat. Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer from Giltner, Neb. and district 3 director on the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) participated in the U.S. producer’s mission to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). David Bruntz, farmer from Friend, Neb. and district

Nebraska Chamber endorses Pete Ricketts for governor


The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry has endorsed Pete Ricketts in Nebraska's race for governor. 

In early September, Ricketts appeared before the Nebraska Chamber board of directors.  He demonstrated his knowledge of business issues, and he shared his plans to grow Nebraska's economy and lessen the tax burden.  He also expressed a strong desire to grow

ADM to Acquire Specialty Commodities Inc.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc. (SCI), a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for US$170 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

“One of the ways we are improving returns and

Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians Become Nebr


Omaha, NE ~~ The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians – once three separate but interconnected organizations – are now one operating under one name: Nebraska Medicine.

Nebraska Medicine will continue to deliver the same familiar promise of “Serious Medicine. Extraordinary Care,” and will provide it to all of its patients wherever they may

Criminal Mischief Reported At Behlen Manufacturing


Columbus, NE ~~ The Platte County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate criminal mischief to vehicles in the Behlen Manufacturing parking lot.  The Sheriff’s Office says over the last couple months, nails have been placed just off Highway 30 near the entrance to, as well as in the parking lot area of, Behlen Mfg.  The nails have caused damage to the tires of unsuspecting

Farm Bill Base Acre and Yield Update


Cropland owners will have an opportunity to reallocate base acres and update yields by Feb. 27, 2015, under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Updating base acres will be a critical decision under the 2014 Farm Bill. Landowners will have two choices. They can either retain the farm’s 2013 base acres or reallocate base acres based on planting history from 2009-2013. Producers will not be able to add

HungerU Coming to UNL Oct. 16-17 to Educate Students on World Hunger


LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln students soon will have an opportunity to learn about one of the most pressing global challenges their generation will be charged with solving – world hunger – as the HungerU® Tour comes to campus.

 Hunger and malnutrition are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other cause. Even in the U.S., one in six

NDA DIRECTOR IBACH PROVIDES UPDATE ON TRI-NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL ACCORD MEETING


LINCOLN - Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach yesterday wrapped up two days of agricultural trade discussion and negotiation as part of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago.  Ibach was head of the U.S. delegation at the event, which included agriculture leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
"Canada and Mexico are two of our top trade partners, and

Trout Stocked In Pawnee Park Lake


Columbus, NE ~~ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stocking trout in area lakes this month. Columbus Public Property Director Doug Moore says 1,500 trout were released into Pawnee Park West Pond in Columbus on Wednesday. 

Game and Parks officials say 1,500 trout were also released into TaHaZouka Park Lake in Norfolk on Wednesday. 

600 fish will be put in both the David City

Farmers and Ag Professionals Collaborate on Sharing Farmland


Have you seen the documentary “FARMLAND”? Chances are, if you work in agriculture, it was on your radar screen, even with its limited engagement. The ultimate goal was for many consumers to see it as well. That’s where you can get involved.

In agriculture, we see a lot of pushback from consumers who are more and more removed from the farm. If you’ve not put yourself out

DEADLINES FOR NDA'S NextGen PROGRAM APPROACHING


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is reminding beginning farmers of upcoming application deadlines for NDA’s NextGen program.
 
According to Ibach, NextGen has two parts, the personal property tax exemption for beginning farmers, and the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program that offers tax credits to existing farmers or ranchers who own

Bruning Leads 14 States in Opposing EPA Expansion Over Waters of the United Stat


Lincoln, NE ~~ Attorney General Jon Bruning along with 14 other states filed comments expressing grave concern with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of regulatory authority over waters of the United States.  EPA’s Rule would require unnecessary and costly permitting and regulation of activities that have long been properly managed by

Hundreds Attend Highway 30 Meeting


North Bend, NE ~~ Residents in Colfax and Dodge Counties gathered at the North Bend Auditorium Wednesday afternoon to get a closer look at the latest update on the Highway 30 expressway project.  Over 200 people were on hand to gain new information and ask questions about the construction project. 

The project will expand a 26 mile stretch of the highway from Schuyler to Fremont from

Coalition Acknowledges Comment Extension, Again Calls for EPA to Withdraw Rule


Members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition acknowledged Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement to provide additional time for public comment on the agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposal, but coalition partners again called for EPA to withdraw the proposal in its entirety.
 
EPA announced Oct. 6 it would extend the official public comment

Sheep Producers Host Roll-Over Auction Fundraiser


Billings, Mont. - Recently, R-CALF USA had its first ever sheep roll-over auction fundraiser. This milestone event occurred during the 69th annual Newell Ram Show & Sale. R-CALF USA member Keith Franke of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, donated a yearling ewe to be auctioned in the roll-over sale that raised thousands in support of R-CALF USA. In addition to the fundraiser, Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA

Protect Yourself and Your Pigs this Flu Season


DES MOINES, IOWA - Oct. 9, 2014 - In anticipation of this flu season, the Pork Checkoff is reminding producers, farm personnel, veterinarians and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. The flu season can start as early as October and can last through May.

"It's always wise for producers and swine

Harvested Biotech Crops Top 4 Billion Acres


Des Moines, Iowa – When the sixteen farmers representing agriculture around the globe gather in Des Moines next week for the Global Farmer Roundtable, they can celebrate a milestone. Since 1996 until now, over 4 billion acres of biotech crops will have been harvested. That’s billion with a B.
 
Four billion acres is 1.5 times the size of Europe. It’s nearly as big as

Milford, Norris, East Butler, and Raymond Central Teams Qualify for State Land J


David City, NE – Hundreds of students are more equipped to take on life’s daily challenges in the world of natural resources now that they’ve competed in the 2014 East Central Land Judging competition in Butler County Wednesday. The competition tested nearly 200 students’ knowledge of soil types, proper land use practices, and other important topics.

The Lower Platte

Thune Applauds New STB Transparency Reporting Requirements For Railroads


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, made the following statement today regarding the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) new data reporting requirements:
 
“I welcome the additional transparency the STB is seeking from the nation’s largest freight railroads as

Highway Worker Killed In Antelope County


Tilden, NE (AP) ~~ A 55-year-old man has been killed while working on a highway project in northeast Nebraska.
 
The Antelope County Sheriff's Department says in a news release that the accident occurred around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday along Nebraska Highway 45, about 3 1/2 miles south of Tilden. Authorities say the worker was struck by a vehicle driven by 66-year-old Roger Wynn, of Meadow

Heineman Renews Call For Action On "Good Time"


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is renewing his call to eliminate automatic "good time" credit for violent prisoners.
 
Heineman argued Wednesday that lawmakers should have passed a bill introduced at his request in response to the Nikko Jenkins case. Jenkins killed four people in Omaha last year shortly after he was released, despite violent behavior and signs of

Highway 30 Open House Being Held Today


North Bend, NE ~~ The Nebraska Department of Roads will be holding an open house today regarding proposed improvements on Highway 30 between Schuyler and Fremont. 

The open house runs 4pm to 6pm at the North Bend Auditorium.  The project identified as Schuyler to Rogers, Rogers to North Bend and North Bend to Fremont, would expand the 26‑mile stretch of highway between

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will extend the comment period on its proposed rule to redefine U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to comment has been extended from October 20 to November 14, 2014.

“Though today’s announcement

Corn Harvest Continues Slowly


The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only five percentage points in the last week, standing now at 17 percent, compared to a five-year average of 32 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. 

Crop quality continues virtually unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.

"This is a very busy season for our growers as they

R-CALF USA Commends 32 Senators for Defending COOL


Billings, Mont. - In early September Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) reached out to Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to draft a bipartisan letter to demonstrate the U.S. Senate's resolve to defend the nation's 2002 country of origin labeling (COOL) law. Today, with the signatures of 32 Senators, their bipartisan, pro-COOL letter was sent to the chair and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee

Norfolk Man Killed By Falling Tree


Plattsmouth, NE (AP) ~~ A 76-year-old Norfolk man has died after being struck by falling tree branch in Cass County.
 
The accident was reported at 10:10 a.m. Saturday at a property in rural Plattsmouth. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says Lon Marotz died at the scene before he could be flown to a hospital.
 
The accident occurred as Marotz trimmed a tree at his daughter's

Confirmed Mountain Lion Sighting At Wagner Lakes


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Police have confirmed a mountain lion sighting late last month at Wagner Lakes.  On Friday September, 26th a police officer spotted a mountain lion by a wood line around 4:00am near a residence on Lottie Lane.  The officer stated it was definitely a mountain lion as he watched the lion walk back into the trees just north of the dike. 

Nebraska Game and

Second Ebola Patient Arrives In Omaha


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated.
 
The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center's on Monday. The area isn't visible from the street, but the driver was wearing head-to-toe protective gear as the

Lincoln Man Injured In Platte County Accident


Humphrey, NE ~~ A Lincoln man was critically injured in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon near Humphrey.  The Platte County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the accident at 3:15 Friday afternoon near the intersection of 415th St. and 310th Ave. 

Investigators say an eastbound vehicle driven by Ben Ramirez of Madison was passing through the intersection when a

West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed In Area


Columbus, NE ~~ The East Central Health District says confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the area.  Officials say they now have seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the district. 

One case was confirmed in late August, while four West Nile Fever cases were reported in September.  Two West Nile, Encephalitis/meningitis cases were also reported in

Creighton Man Killed In Rollover Accident


Coleridge, NE ~~ A 52-year-old Creighton man has dead in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Cedar County. 

The Cedar County Sheriff’s office says Mark Eisenhauer was traveling east on County Road 827 about three miles east of Coleridge just after 7:00am Friday morning when he lost control of his vehicle.  The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled, ejecting

Farmland Now Available on HULU


Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks - providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and

Nebraska Governor Candidates Clash In Debate


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska's candidates for governor are accusing one another of supporting proposals that could have hurt farmers.
 
Republican Pete Ricketts and Chuck Hassebrook clashed Thursday in what could be their final debate of the race.
 
Ricketts accused Hassebrook of supporting restrictions on farm exports. He pointed to a 1990 paper that Hassebrook co-authored,

As New Fiscal Year Begins, Chairman Barbre Offers Ways to Build Upon Prior Succe


As the new fiscal year begins, the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board seated new members and officers Wednesday.  Among the changes: former NCGA President Martin Barbre, of Illinois, became Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to Chip Bowling, of Maryland.

The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Barbre to discuss the Corn

Soy Buyers Prefer Predictability of U.S. Shipments


ST. LOUIS (October 2, 2014) - Some international buyers prefer U.S. soy to that from top competitors Brazil and Argentina because they can count on it reaching them in a timely manner, according to a new soy-checkoff-funded study.
In fact, foreign soy buyers often pay as much attention to the timeliness of a shipment delivery as they do to the price. That’s because late shipments can be

Dirt is Moving


Work has begun on the $49.9 million dollar project for the new Columbus Public Schools state of the art high school.  During the official ground breaking yesterday words like future, STEM, community partnerships and an honor of past, current and future students. 

Chamber of Commerce President K.C. Belitz says as a business community there was a need for new facilities and it can

Governor Proclaims October Nebraska Manufacturing Month


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry and previewed the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing tour to be held later this month. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and 2014 Chamber Chairman Chris Roth, President and CEO of Reinke Manufacturing Company in Deshler. During the event, Gov.

Officers Cleared By Colfax County Grand Jury


Schuyler, NE ~~ Law enforcement officers involved in a fatal June shooting have been cleared by a grand jury.  Officers involved in the June 20th shooting of 32-year-old Jason Van Buskirk of Columbus were cleared by a Colfax County District Court grand jury. 

Van Buskirk was shot to death after trying to ram through cruisers following a lengthy chase in Platte and Colfax

Trout To Be Stocked In Area Lakes


Lincoln, NE ~~ The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be stocking rainbow trout in area lakes this month. The reason behind the stocking is to enhance fishing during the fall and winter months. 

Around 1,500 trout will be stocked in Pawnee Park West Pond in Columbus on October 8th.  TaHaZouka Park Lake in Norfolk will also be stocked with 1,500 trout on the 8th. 

600

Fortenberry Calls for Congress to Return to Washington


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today called for Congress to return to Washington to debate the circumstances and authority for military action in the Middle East.

“The dynamics of the situation in the Middle East continue to shift rapidly,” Fortenberry said. “While I am supportive of the President’s use of airstrikes within the

Governor Issues Disaster Declaration


Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a state disaster declaration for Dakota City in the wake of a severe storm that occurred Aug. 31. The storm produced large hail, damaging winds, heavy rains and localized flooding across the entire community and caused significant damage and destruction to public infrastructure.

“This was a short-lived, localized event and in issuing this

HHS pursues detection tests for influenza


Potential tests to help doctors diagnose influenza sooner and more accurately will advance in development under contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The tests could help boost influenza pandemic preparedness by increasing diagnostic capabilities in near-patient care settings such as

Beef Checkoff Teams Up With Ibotta App


In cooperation with Ibotta, the 16th most frequently used app in the United States, the beef checkoff recently encouraged customers at two national retailers to choose beef at the meat case. Ibotta shared educational information about freezing beef and about beef nutrition, in addition to sharing the checkoff's Easy Lean Beef Burger and DIY Taco videos. By engaging with the content, Ibotta

NEBRASKA 2014 SMALL GRAIN ACREAGE AND PRODUCTION


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 – Winter wheat production is estimated at 71.1 million bushels, up 78 percent from last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acreage totaled 1.55 million acres, up 5 percent from a year earlier. Acres harvested for grain totaled 1.45 million acres, 27 percent above 2013. Yield at 49 bushels per acre, is up 14

NEBRASKA SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 GRAIN STOCKS


LINCOLN, NE, September 30, 2014 -- Nebraska old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 141 million bushels, up 77 percent from 2013, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 48.0 million bushels are stored on farms, up 118 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 93.3 million bushels, are up 63 percent from last year.

Old

U.S. Biodiesel industry Challenges EU Trade Barriers


WASHINGTON -The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.

NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has changed dramatically since

Former Pierce Chevy Dealer Dies At 96


Pierce, NE (AP) ~~ Ray Lambrecht, the former Chevy dealer from Pierce who collected a lifetime of cars that sold for $2.8 million last year, has died at the age of 96.
 
Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt confirmed Lambrecht died at his home Sept. 22.
 
During one weekend last year, Lambrecht's sale of his car collection drew 30,000 people to Pierce. The History

Nation's Ag Co-ops Set Record for Annual Sales and Income


WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain. U.S. co-ops also enjoyed robust job growth over the previous year.

This third

New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions


ST. LOUIS (September 30, 2014) - Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started.

U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help

Gov. Heineman Presents 2014 'Be Prepared' Awards


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Governor Dave Heineman announced the recipients of this year’s ‘Be Prepared’ awards, recognizing volunteers and community organizations for excellence in emergency preparedness and disaster response. The Governor was joined by Lt. Gov. John Nelson who serves as Homeland Security Director of the State, Nebraska National Guard Deputy Adjutant General

NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL PRICES


LINCOLN, NE-- Preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat for September 2014 averaged $5.45 per bushel, a decrease of 37 cents from the August price according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The preliminary September corn price, at $3.30 per bushel, decreased 38 cents from the previous month.

The preliminary September sorghum price averaged

Nebraska Farm Bureau Reminds Farmers, Ranchers of Sales Tax Change


LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is reminding farmers and ranchers that repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment will no longer be subject to Nebraska sales and use taxes, effective Oct. 1. The change in Nebraska state law is the result of the passage of Nebraska Farm Bureau supported legislation during the 2014 session of the

Keep waterhemp control top of mind


INDIANAPOLIS — Sept. 30, 2014 — Waterhemp continues to top the list of challenging weeds to control in cornfields and ignoring it can be costly.

Waterhemp is one of the most common weeds for Midwest growers and has been especially difficult to control this growing season, says Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“There were frequent weed escapes this

Columbus High School Groundbreaking Set For Wednesday


Columbus, NE ~~ Columbus Public Schools will break ground on their new High School Wednesday afternoon.  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 4pm at the Southwest Corner of the intersection of Lost Creek Parkway and 33rd Avenue. 

The entire community is welcome to attend the event.  Voters in May approved a bond of over $49 million to build the new high

Lower Prices At The Pump


Omaha, NE ~~ Several factors are leading to lower prices at the pump.  Falling commodity prices for crude and processed fuel, an increase in U.S. oil production, seasonal switch to lower-priced winter grade fuels, low Ethanol prices, and the end of the summer travel season, are all contributing factors to lower pump prices at the retail level. 

Fuel currently averages $3.33 a

Traffic Fatalities On Rural Roads Are On The Rise


Omaha, NE ~~ Traffic fatalities on rural roads are on the rise in Nebraska.  So far in 2014, 132 people have lost their lives in crashes on rural area roads. 

During the first nine months of 2011, 97 people died on rural area roads in Nebraska.  The following year, 118 people died in crashes.  In 2013, the death toll climbed to 124 men, women and children. 

In many

Platte County Enforcement Stats


(Columbus, Neb.)-  The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, made contact with 227 motorists during a night of special enforcement on Friday, Sept. 26.

The special enforcement effort which included a vehicle check resulted in citations and warnings for Driving Under Suspension (2), Speeding (3), No Operator’s License (7), and No Seat

Haulers Reminded Proper Permits Needed during Harvest Season


(Lincoln, Neb.)- With the arrival of harvest season in Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division would like to remind haulers to obtain the proper permits and make sure their equipment has been inspected and is safe for use.

Haulers are reminded that the Seasonal Harvest Permit or farmer issued statement are not valid on any part of the Interstate System, to

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Cons


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers  and Fish and Wildlife Service pressing for answers about private land acquisitions and habitat construction along the Missouri River in Northeast Nebraska. The letter questions the federal government’s strategy

Gov. Heineman Names John E. Nelson Nebraska's 40th Lieutenant Governor


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of State Senator John E. Nelson of Omaha to be the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Nelson will officially become the Lieutenant Governor at a swearing-in ceremony with Secretary of State John Gale and Gov. Heineman today at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Hearing Room of the State Capitol.
 
“I am pleased that

Cedar Rapids, Newcastle farmers win grain rescue tubes for local fire department


Hundreds of Nebraska farmers selflessly signed up their local fire departments to win a grain rescue tube during the recent Husker Harvest Days event. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) are proud to announce that two Nebraska farmers’ names were drawn this week to win a rescue tube for each of their local fire departments.

Bob Ziemba, Cedar

USDA Announces Close and Findings of Investigation into the Detection of Genetic


WASHINGTON— After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of the GE wheat appears to be an isolated incident. The GE wheat found

State High School Students Attend World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute


LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska high school students attended the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sept. 19.
 
Food security – people's ability to not live in hunger or fear of starvation – is the focus of the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute. This also is the focus of the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des

November 15 Deadline for Annual ASI Awards


Nov. 15 marks the deadline for the submission of nominations for the annual American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) awards program.

Three award categories are available for nomination:


The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in

Sheep Industry Improvement Survey


An online survey on the topic of Improving the Quality of the U.S. Sheep Flock is being conducted. The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of sheep and goats, is managing the survey.

"We need the industries perspective on genetic improvement," said Reid Redden, Ph.D., NSIP chairman. "The American Lamb Industry Roadmap stated

USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands


WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship,

Child agricultural safety grants offered – up to $20,000


The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is offering three mini-grants of up to $20,000 each to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:

Address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping

Smoking War Continues For Cigar And Tobacco Shops


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ Several cigar bars and tobacco shops will get a shot at making the case to the Nebraska Supreme Court for why their businesses should be exempt from the state's public smoking ban.
 
The move comes after the state's high court last month struck down the exceptions as unconstitutional, leading the Nebraska Attorney General's Office to file a motion earlier

Student Arrested For Threat At U-N-K


Kearney, NE (AP) ~~ Campus police have arrested a 19-year-old student suspected of posting a threat to use explosives at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
 
The university's library was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after the anonymous threat was posted on a social media app. The university says the social network Yik Yak cooperated with university police in tracking the

Early Voting Begins Next Week


Lincoln, NE ~~ Early voting for the November general election starts next week in Nebraska.  Secretary of State John Gale says county election officials will begin mailing ballots to early voters starting on Monday, September 29.

Gale says ballots will be sent to people who have already completed early voting ballot requests.  Early voting at county election offices will start on

LOWER PLATTE NORTH MULTI-JURISDICTION HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE


Wahoo, Nebraska – In January 2014 the Lower Platte North NRD began the process of updating the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan originally developed and approved in 2010. Communities are encouraged by FEMA to have pre-disaster mitigation plans in an effort to reduce impacts and cost associated with natural disasters. FEMA requires that these plans be updated and approved on a five year

USDA Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Loans and Grants to Nebraska to Increas


Lincoln, Nebraska Sept. 25, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien announced the selection of five Nebraska utilities and development organizations for more than $1.5 million in loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities. 

 In Nebraska, the Perennial Public Power District received

Ebola Patient Released From UNMC


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ The third American aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa has been released from a Nebraska hospital.
 
Dr. Rick Sacra said he has been released from the Nebraska Medical Center at Thursday's news conference.
 
The 51-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, began improving shortly after he arrived in Omaha on Sept. 5. He contracted Ebola while working at a

Four Corners Health Department Discusses Enterovirus


The Four Corners Health Department would like to remind you that cases of enterovirus D68 have been found in Nebraska, as well as in most bordering states.    “Enteroviruses are common this time of year” said Vicki L. Duey, Executive Director, “as are other types of viruses that may cause colds and respiratory illnesses, especially among children that are in close

Fatal Accident In Madison County


Norfolk, NE (AP) ~~ A 47-year-old man has died after his vehicle ran off a highway in northeast Nebraska's Madison County.
 
The accident occurred a little before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 275 west of Norfolk. The Nebraska State Patrol says Brian Gillmore, of Norfolk, was eastbound when his vehicle veered north across the westbound lanes and rammed into a

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk


WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net

HHS announces nearly $212 million in grants to prevent chronic diseases


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases,

Nebraska Farm Bureau Highlights Key Agriculture Issues in Supporting Ricketts, T


LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation has reiterated its support for Republican Party candidate Pete Ricketts for Governor, while thanking Gov. Dave Heineman for his years of service to Nebraska farm and ranch families. Nebraska Farm Bureau hosted an event Thur. Sept. 25 where Gov. Heineman, Ricketts and Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson shared perspectives on key

NMPF Provides Narrated Slide Presentation Explaining How Farmers Can Take Advant


ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation has posted a slide presentation on YouTube to help dairy farmers understand the new federal dairy safety net, known as the Margin Protection Program (MPP), as part of its ongoing effort to educate farmers about the new program.
 
There are links to the narrated presentation on both the NMPF website, and the Future for Dairy

Platte Center Man Makes Plea Deal


Columbus, NE ~~ A Platte Center man who authorities say fired a BB gun into a neighbor's cornfield while driving drunk on an ATV has taken a plea deal.  34-year-old Matthew Jacobsen has pleaded no contest to a felony count of fourth-offense DUI and to operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Jacobsen avoided a jury trial set to begin Monday by pleading. The Platte

Family Safety Day Is Saturday


Columbus, NE ~~ Family Safety Day is Saturday in Columbus.  The annual event will be held from 10am to 2pm at Mike’s Auto Sales.  Mike Fleming says kid’s safety seat installation was the focus for starting the annual event year’s ago.
 
Representatives from Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Fire, Columbus Police, Nebraska State Patrol, East Central Health

U-N-K Library Evacuated After Threat


Kearney, NE (AP) ~~ The University of Nebraska at Kearney's library and another building were briefly evacuated because of an anonymous threat sent by social media.
 
The Calvin T. Ryan Library and the university's Mitchell Building were both closed after the threats were received around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The buildings have since reopened after authorities determined that

Gov. Heineman Recognizes 2014 Governor's Wellness Award Recipients


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced the 2014 recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award. This year, 50 Nebraska employers will be honored for successful efforts in promoting workplace wellness. A total of 252 awards have been given since the program began seven years ago. Nebraska is one of only a handful of states nationwide honoring wellness efforts of

Gov. Heineman Praises Nebraska's Highway System


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted the 21st Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation that ranks Nebraska 2nd in the nation for overall highway performance and cost effectiveness. The report named Nebraska among the very best in the country based on pavement condition and cost effectiveness.
 
“I am proud of our highway system and of the support Nebraskans show

Ricketts Opens Columbus Office


Columbus, NE ~~ Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts has opened a campaign office in Columbus. 

Ricketts opened his Columbus campaign office Tuesday afternoon along side his running mate Mike Foley, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and several community leaders.  The office is located in the Becher-Curry Building on 23rd Street in Columbus.  The office will be

Improvements Approved For Hall County Courthouse


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ The Hall County Board of Supervisors has voted to make heating, air-conditioning and other improvements at the courthouse in Grand Island.
 
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to proceed with the project. Construction is expected to begin in March.
 
A new soundproof door between the county court jury deliberation room and the mental health hearing room

Motorcyclist Killed In Waverly Accident


Waverly, NE (AP) ~~ Authorities say a 21-year-old man has died in a crash after losing control of his motorcycle in Waverly.
 
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 11 p.m. Tuesday just south of Jamestown Street in Waverly. The office says Benjamin White, of Waverly, was speeding north on Canongate Road when he lost control of his motorcycle

Two Arrested In High Speed Chase


Grand Island, NE (AP) ~~ Two people from South Dakota were arrested in Nebraska after a high speed chase through Howard and Hall counties.
 
30-year-old Lucas Johnson of Mitchell, South Dakota, was arrested in Hall County on Tuesday. He is charged with operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a drug test.
 
A female passenger in the

NCBA's 2015 Record Books Available for Purchase


DENVER (September 24, 2014) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing U.S. cattle producers, has published the 2015 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record their production records in order to enhance profitability of their operations.

For more than 30 years,

AZA Grants Accreditation to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium


Silver Spring, Maryland (September 23, 2014) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
“By meeting the highest standards, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is ranked among the best zoos and aquarium in the world,” said

Gov. Heineman Announces Nebraska's Four Veterans Homes Receive Perfect Scores


(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that all four of Nebraska’s veterans homes have received perfect scores on their most recent annual Health Care System Surveys from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The four homes, administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), include the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue, the Grand

2014's Most and Least Happy States in America Nebraska #5


by Richie Bernardo

The question of whether money can buy happiness has continually baffled humanity. The ideal, morally principled response might be “no.” But money can indeed buy happiness — that is, up to a certain dollar amount. A comprehensive study on the topic suggests that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness besides emotional

National FFA Organization membership explodes to 610,240 students


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Today's students are

Lincoln Bicyclist Killed By Car


Lincoln, NE ~~ Nebraska authorities say a drunk driver has fatally struck a 57-year-old cyclist.
 
Lancaster County Authorities say Douglas Dalke of Lincoln was attempting to turn when a car hit him from behind.
 
26-year-old Everett Hoesing of Olathe, Kansas was arrested and faces a felony charge of motor vehicle homicide and a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Weeping Water Woman Killed In Cass County Accident


Manley, NE (AP) ~~ Nebraska authorities say a woman has been killed and a man has been injured in a highway crash near Manly.
 
Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann says deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash on Monday. He says 22-year-old Amanda Hauschild of Weeping Water was driving on Highway 50 when she lost control of her car. They say her car turned 180 degrees and was hit by

Emergency Landing At Eppley


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ Officials say a commercial airplane traveling from Boston to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Omaha.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration says the Virgin America flight made the unscheduled landing Monday morning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.
 
The agency says the flight crew requested a diversion

Nebraska Doctors ID Experimental Ebola Drug Used


Omaha, NE (AP) ~~ The Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola have identified the experimental drug they used.
 
Dr. Phil Smith of the Nebraska Medical Center says Dr. Rick Sacra received a Tekmira Pharmaceuticals drug called TKM-Ebola for a week after he arrived in Omaha on Sept. 5.
 
Sacra continues to improve, and doctors said Monday that he may be well

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION


LINCOLN, NE, September 22, 2014 -- For the week ending September 21, 2014, sunshine and above normal temperatures across much of the state helped move crop development towards maturity, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited to portions of the eastern third of the

State with accumulations generally less than an inch. Dry bean harvest was

Convicted Killer Found Dead In Cell


Lincoln, NE (AP) ~~ A 58-year-old Nebraska man who had been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-wife and his divorce lawyer last November has been found dead in his cell.
 
Prison officials said Michael Petersen was found shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, and efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Officials said it appears Petersen committed suicide.
 
Petersen received

Members Sought for Professional Boards


Lincoln—The State Board of Health is seeking professional members to serve on several health care boards.  Professional boards are responsible for granting license privileges to health care providers. Terms are five years in length and run through November 30, 2019, and then members would be eligible for reappointment to a five-year term.  The following boards have

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

Fall Farm Safety


National Farm Safety Week is September 21-27, 2014.  Each year I try to have a news release timed with that occasion. Farming ranks behind mining with the second highest number of disabling and fatal incidents annually.  Giving some reminders to coincide with this event seems like a prudent thing to do.

This harvest season, farmers should remember to follow basic safety

Troop B Plans Platte County Special Enforcement


(Columbus, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Troop B- Norfolk, in conjunction with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a night of special enforcement activities on Friday, Sept. 26.

The special enforcement will include a vehicle check and high visibility patrols during the evening and early morning hours, in an effort to reduce the potential for serious injury and

CHS to Announce 1.5 Million Gift to Further Agricultural Education Sustainabilit


On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., CHS will announce its commitment to furthering agricultural education in the United States through a gift of $1.5 million dollars, to be given over the next 3 years to the National FFA Foundation.

The gifting ceremony will take place at CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, just in advance of the National Teach Ag Day celebration. The

Help in Finding Renewable Fuels at the Pump


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA— In today’s fast-paced marketplace, consumers are faced with a daunting number of choices each day. And with life being so fast-paced, information is constantly being presented to us to sift through. This is also true with our energy needs.

Consumers have choices to make in regards to their energy needs at home and also in their vehicles. Renewable fuels are a

Nebraska couple CAB feedlot partners of the year


Story and photos by Miranda Reiman

For many couples, their first joint purchase is an appliance or furniture, maybe even a car or a house. Ryan and June Loseke jumped “all in,” buying a feedyard just days before they were married.

June was deep in the details of last-minute wedding preparations when she found herself in what was one of the most important conversations

UNL Dedicates Statues of Former Secretaries of Agriculture


LINCOLN, Neb. — On a day when four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture from Nebraska were honored in bronze on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus, Ronnie Green already was looking ahead to the need to make room for a fifth and sixth – who knows how many? – statues.

Green, Harlan vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska's

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




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