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Benefit concert for tornado-tossed Pilger brings windfall

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Residents of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska gathered at a bar in Omaha last night to support a benefit concert for the tornado-ravaged town of Pilger, Nebraska. Four bands, all featuring members with ties to the small town, performed at The Waiting Room. Many residents of Pilger were in attendance, including 61-year-old Keenan Meyer, who’s […] Read More »

Concert is tonight in Omaha to benefit tornado-tossed Pilger

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Several musicians with ties to the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger have organized a benefit show tonight to raise money for the community that was struck by two tornadoes last month. Clint Meyer, a singer-songwriter, grew up in Pilger. He saw the pictures and videos of the damage done on June 16 and went back […] Read More »

Disaster aid now available for livestock producers; amount under dispute (AUDIO)

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Federal disaster assistance has been made available for livestock losses due to severe weather, even to producers who suffered losses two years ago from drought. But, the amount of aid is in dispute. Nebraska Farm Service Agency Director Dan Steinkruger agrees Nebraska producers have been hit hard by severe weather the last few years. “The […] Read More »

Siouxland schools donate 70 desks and more to tornado-damaged Pilger

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A school in northeast Nebraska that was damaged beyond repair in a tornado last month will re-open for classes on time next month, thanks in part to a school district in northwest Iowa. The 105-year-old Wisner-Pilger Middle School in Pilger was demolished by the EF4 tornado on June 16th. Superintendent Chad Boyer says he got […] Read More »

FEMA aid coming to 12 Nebraska counties following storms, floods

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Twelve Nebraska counties are now approved for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Recovery efforts are still underway for residents across the state who were impacted by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Kevin Garvin, the emergency manager for Cedar County, says the FEMA assistance will greatly help with the […] Read More »

The silver lining of June storms: an end to the drought (AUDIO)

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One month of well-above-normal rainfall has ended the drought in nearly all of Nebraska. But drought continues to plague a large portion of the United States. Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus says heavy June rains finally broke the drought which began in 2012. “It’s […] Read More »

Yes, it is as hot as you think is…maybe hotter

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It’s hot out there. How hot? Hot enough to break some records in western Nebraska. The sun was searing the Nebraska Panhandle plains Thursday where temperatures reached up to 112 degrees. That mark was hit in rural Sioux County, as was 111 degrees about ten miles east of Harrison. Mitchell, Chadron and rural Banner County, […] Read More »

Presidential disaster declaration granted in wake of Pilger tornado

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Federal officials have informed Gov. Dave Heineman his request for a presidential disaster declaration in wake of the Pilger tornado has been granted. The declaration covers more than just the Pilger tornado, extending to cover damage from tornadoes and thunderstorms through southern and northeastern Nebraska between June 14th and the 21st. Still, the biggest damage […] Read More »

Tips for beating the heat, while avoiding skin cancer…and ‘skeeters

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The hottest days of summer have arrived in Nebraska, prompting reminders from health officials to drink plenty of water and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing. Also, take plenty of breaks if you’re exerting in the sun, especially when high temperatures are in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk encourages everyone who’s spending time […] Read More »

Corps of Engineers: Missouri River will rise but not flood this summer

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The experts predict higher-than-average runoff into the Missouri River this summer, but they’re quick to add, the waterway should stay well below flood stage and remain within its banks. Kevin Stom an engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water control office in Omaha, says they have adjusted their forecasts. “The 2014 calendar year […] Read More »

Tornado’s odd behavior still puzzles experts

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While there’s been much news coverage in recent weeks about the town of Pilger that was heavily damaged in a tornado last month, other areas of northeast Nebraska were hit by twisters that same day. Gary Frerichs, from the Cedar County town of Coleridge, lost his home in a tornado on June 16th — a […] 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 »

Pilger residents need to mind flood plain rules when rebuilding

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The destructive path of the tornado that hit the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger last month went right through the flood plain. Bill Jones, with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, says any rebuilding that’s done will have to meet the flood plain management plan that was approved by the village about ten years ago. […] Read More »

Annual celebration will go on in July in tornado-ravaged Pilger

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While the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger strives to rebuild after a strike by twin tornadoes earlier this month, residents now have a local celebration to look forward to. During a weekend community meeting, Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger announced that the annual festival -will- take place, as always, on the third full weekend in July. […] Read More »

Progress is slow & steady in tornado-tossed Pilger

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The Stanton County Sheriff’s Department has been pulling extra duty since tornadoes ripped across the county in northeast Nebraska last Monday, wiping out much of the town of Pilger. Sheriff Mike Unger says his staff is continuing to do well, despite the lack of sleep. “We’re holding up, we’re going to get through this,” Sheriff […] Read More »