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Get a taste of the 1890s as you celebrate 1776 in Grand Island

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The Fourth of July will be “blast” at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Museum spokesman Mike Bockovan says they’ll be improvising an 1890s version of skyrockets. “At noon, we’re going to do something called Firing the Anvil,” Bockovan says. “Our blacksmith takes a big anvil out into the middle of the […] Read More »

Blood donors urged to give as Independence Day draws near (AUDIO)

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As Independence Day approaches, the American Red Cross urges Nebraskans to give blood. April Oppliger with the American Red Cross says summer also poses challenges, because many donors take vacation and young donors are out of school. “During the summer that’s already a challenge, but then we come to the 4th of July and those […] Read More »

Storm Chasers drop fifth straight

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Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur drove in runs in the tie-breaking seventh inning rally that sent Iowa past Omaha, 4-3, Wednesday night in the fourth of five meetings at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers suffered their fifth straight loss to slip to 44-42 and three and a half games behind the Cubs in the American […] Read More »

Saltdogs winning streak halted

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Ian Gac homered and Conor Spink was spectacular in relief but the Saltdogs (21-23) three-game win streak came to an end in a 6-5 defeat to the Laredo Lemurs (23-20) in front of 2,508 fans at Uni-Trade Stadium Wednesday night. After falling behind 6-2 through seven innings, Gac swatted a two-run home run to left […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

54th Ralston 4th of July Celebration

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Ralston, Nebraska is also known as Independence City – USA and activities for their 54th annual celebration get underway Thursday. Mayor Don Groeser says it truly is an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Thursday night festivities start with a picnic in the park followed by a pie baking contest and a street dance. Mayor […] Read More »

Sparks, second UNMC chancellor, dies

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Dr. Robert Sparks, the second chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has died. Sparks was 82. Sparks also held the positions of vice president of the University of Nebraska system. “He was a thoughtful administrator and a visionary whose programs greatly outlasted his tenure,” said Dr. Robert Wigton, a professor in the Department […] Read More »

Fireworks will be permitted at 7 state rec areas on the 4th

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Seven state recreation areas will allow fireworks on the 4th. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports visitors will be allowed to touch off fireworks at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near […] Read More »

Western Nebraska man charged with 44 counts of child porn

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A Sidney man charged with 44 counts of child pornography will be arraigned next week. Levi Hallett was in Cheyenne County Court for a preliminary hearing and the judge ruled there is enough evidence to proceed. The 26-year-old Hallett will appear in District Court this upcoming Tuesday. Court papers say a citizen contacted law enforcement […] Read More »

Elkhorn River access sites remain closed

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Three access sites along the Elkhorn River in Douglas County will remain closed through the 4th of July holiday.   John Winkler is the General Manager of the Papio – Missouri River Natural Resource District and says the recent heavy rain may have caused run-off from farm fields that contained chemicals that could irritate the skin. […] Read More »

Pilger update – rebuilding hurdles due to flood plain

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Another hurdle for residents of Pilger. Many took shelter in basements when twin tornadoes hit the community last month. Those residents credit their basements for saving their lives. Now because of FEMA flood plain regulations homes rebuilt will not have basements unless they meet certain guidelines. Pilger Village Clerk Kimberly Neiman says all homes have […] Read More »

Ag coalition forms to fight back against proposed EPA rule

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A coalition of agricultural groups has formed in Nebraska to protest a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act. The “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition claims the Environmental Protection Agency wants to extend its reach onto family farms. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson claims the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act to […] Read More »

Cornhuskers’ sports briefs…Incoming pitcher throws a no-hitter, former QB busted

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Nebraska baseball signee Jake Meyers of Omaha Westside struck out 20 hitters in a seven inning American Legion game while recording a no-hitter in an 11-0 win over Papillion La Vista South. Quite a feat when you do the math, 21 outs in a seven inning game…20 of those the other team didn’t even touch […] Read More »

Perone leaves Omaha Benson’s basketball program for assistant coaches job at Hastings

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Omaha Benson girls basketball coach Jon Perone was hired as an assistant women’s coach at Hastings College, leaving the Bunnies after leading them to their first Class A state championship in March. Perone led Benson to its first state tournament berth in 16 years back in 2013 and last season, his seventh with the program, he […] Read More »

Domina celebrates 26th Amendment as he woos young voters (AUDIO)

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Democrat Dave Domina celebrates the 26th Amendment as he courts support from young voters in his United States Senate campaign. Domina honored Anthony LaMere of South Sioux City, killed in the line of duty in Viet Nam on the day the 26th Amendment to the United States was ratified, July 1st of 1971 during a […] Read More »