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Nebraska’s top marching band members tune up for bowl game

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Some of the state’s top high school musicians are taking part in the Masonic All-Star Marching Band Camp at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The camp is held in conjunction with the 57th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl being played tomorrow at UNK. Michelle Fulmer is spokeswoman for the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nebraska, which […]

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Educators gather in Kearney for career conference

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Hundreds of the state’s top education leaders are in Kearney this week for the annual Nebraska Career Education Conference. Nicole Coffey is the state coordinator for this year’s event, now in its 41st year. “We have a little over 600 participants at this conference,” Coffey says. “They range from career education teachers to school counselors […]

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University of Nebraska-Omaha adds LGBTQ/Sexual Studies minor

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Starting this fall the University of Nebraska – Omaha is adding a new LGBTQ/Sexual Studies minor to its curriculum. Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Jay Irwin says this program will be valuable to students as they enter the corporate and business world. Dr. Irwin says, “It is going to focus on all sorts of identities in […]

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Parents: Keep closer tabs on your kids’ actions on social media

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Age eight is when the average child in Nebraska begins consuming online media, and while you’re supposed to be 13 to open a Facebook account, it’s very tough to regulate. Licensed independent social worker Alissa Wilkinson says parents know their children best, so it’s up to them to make the decision, but she says consistent […]

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Study: Nebraska needs more kids in families & foster families

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A new report shows Nebraska has made improvements, but still has too many children living in institutions and group care situations, not families. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 16% of children in the foster care system in Nebraska were placed outside of families, compared to the national average of 14%. Tracey […]

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Nebraska student at International Science & Engineering Fair

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This is a big week for former Allen Consolidated School student Coleman Kneifl. He graduated from high school last week and on Sunday he flew to Pittsburg to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. Kneifl earned his spot in the fair by winning local and state competitions. His project involves reducing the growth […]

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Wayne State College gets new president from SDSU

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The new president of Wayne State College will be Marysz Rames, who’s served at South Dakota State University for 29 years, including 15 years as Vice President of Student Affairs. During her time at SDSU, Rames spent about nine months as interim president. Rames says, “I decided at that point, I’d like the opportunity to […]

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UNK’s marching band heads for gig in Norway this week

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Thirty-seven members of the University of Nebraska at Kearney marching band will be heading 4,500 miles away this week to perform in a Norwegian town’s National Day parade event. Duane Bierman, director of the UNK Pride of the Plains marching band, says they’ll leave Wednesday for Sandefjord, Norway. Bierman explains how it all came about: […]

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Job-hunting new grads should “scrub” social media accounts first

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Thousands of young Nebraskans are about to graduate from college and they’ll be flooding the internet with their resumes over the next few weeks as they begin job hunts. Susan McBroom, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, says before you type the first letter on your resume, check Instagram and all other online accounts to make sure […]

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UNK professor helps NASA search for ET

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A physics professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is among a group space experts picked by NASA for an unprecedented project that will search for life on planets outside our solar system. UNK’s Adam Jensen is now leading the group chosen to take part in NASA’s “Exoplanet” project. Jensen says, “What they wanted […]

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TKEs at Wayne State College hope to redeem reputation

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Members of a suspended fraternity at Wayne State College are submitting a plan of action to address alcohol problems in hopes of regaining a footing at the school. The Lambda Chi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was booted for “unacceptable activities” related to alcohol use. Jeff Carstens, Wayne State’s Dean of Students, says the fraternity […]

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Nepalese students at UNK hold fundraiser, prayer vigil

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More than 7,000 miles from home, Nepalese students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are holding a fundraiser to benefit relief efforts following last weekend’s devastating earthquake. UNK graduate student Anjana Brasain says their Nepalese Student Association on campus has just seven members. “For the betterment of Nepal, we are trying to put forth […]

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650 Students taking part in Ag Literacy Festival

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For the next three days the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington will be invaded by about 650 third grade students in a four county area for the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension’s Ag Literacy Festival. Dodge County Extension Educator Tracy Behnken says only 5% of our state’s population currently live on farms and we […]

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Wayne State conditionally reinstates fraternity suspended for drinking violations

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A fraternity suspended by Wayne State College for abuse of alcohol has been reinstated, conditionally. Wayne State officials say the college has given conditional recognition of the Lambda-Chi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), effective April 20th through January 31st of 2016. Wayne State suspended TKE in December for drinking violations. The conditional approval is […]

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“Bigs” mentoring program wins national contest and a $25,000 grant

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The Siouxland chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides mentors to kids in parts of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, has won a national competition and a large cash grant. The agency’s executive director, Rocky Welker, says he’s thrilled they did so well in the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope contest, to which hundreds […]

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