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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 »

Climatologist sees severe weather giving way to mild (AUDIO)

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Severe storms have caused widespread damage in northeastern Nebraska, but the remainder of the summer looks mild to a state climatologist. State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says June could well set a state record for tornadoes. “June 16, the day of the Pilger tornado, we had 15 tornado reports. June 17, […] Read More »

Morale improves as Pilger recovers from tornado damage

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Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger isn’t sure if the village of Pilger looks better or worse after volunteers have spent a week clearing away debris in wake of an EF-4 tornado. Unger says some of the cleared areas look like an atomic bomb went off. But, overall, Unger sees signs of improvement. “I think the […] Read More »

Federal aid could offset livestock losses from tornadoes (AUDIO)

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Livestock producers affected by the tornadoes in the Pilger area could receive some disaster assistance from the federal government. The Pilger tornado destroyed houses and businesses. It also hit livestock producers as well. Sen. Mike Johanns has met with producers in wake of the tornado. “They’ve got dead livestock. We’ve got to somehow figure out […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns: This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns has toured a Nebraska community hit hard by tornadoes and it reminds him of a devastating tornado ten years ago. “This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska,” Johanns tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call after his tour of the destruction left in the wake of an EF-4 tornado […] Read More »

Volunteers descend on Pilger to help in first step to recovery

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Nearly two thousand volunteers have descended on Pilger to help with the clean up after an EF-4 tornado destroyed up to three-quarters of the small community in northeast Nebraska. The devastation hit Erica Hanton of Omaha hard. She grew up in Pilger. “I spent a lot of my childhood here in Pilger. Every day, in […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman: Hardly anything is left in Pilger (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman toured a devastated community and said recovery for Pilger has just begun. Heineman traveled to the small northeast Nebraska community of Pilger to observe first-hand the damage done by twin tornadoes. “It’s total devastation, massive damage, unbelievable damage,” Heineman told Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate […] Read More »

Presidential disaster declaration granted for earlier storm

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Federal officials have notified the state a request for a presidential disaster declaration has been granted for the parts of Nebraska hit by a May 11th storm system that produced strong thunderstorms, including tornadoes. Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency requested the declaration in wake of widespread damage to public infrastructure, homes, […] Read More »

Authorities release identity of victims killed in northeast Nebraska storms

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Authorities have released the identities of the two killed in Monday afternoon’s tornadoes. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says five-year-old Calista Dixon was killed when the tornadoes struck the village of Pilger. The Cuming County Sheriff’s office reports that 74-year-old David Herout of Clarkson was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of Pilger. Officials believe […] Read More »

Twin tornadoes kill two, destory much of northeast Nebraska town

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Two people have been killed, much of the small community of Pilger gone, in wake of twin tornadoes that tore through the town in northeast Nebraska. One of the two killed was a five-year-old. Nearly 20 people suffered injuries in the storms; some serious. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger reports the first tornado touched down […] Read More »

Former state senator surveys tornado damage (VIDEO)

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Two deaths and nearly two dozen people injured after Monday’s twin tornadoes hit Stanton County. Former State Senator Mike Flood from Norfolk rushed to Pilger after the storms and saw ambulances a mile long waiting to get into the community to transport those injured to hospitals. Flood says victims were rushed to Faith Regional Health […] Read More »

Twin twisters cause heavy damage in Pilger, 2 dead, 20 hurt

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An adult and a five-year-old were reportedly killed and at least 20 people were hurt, some critically, when two tornadoes struck the Stanton County town of Pilger yesterday afternoon. The northeast Nebraska community of about 350 has severe damage to multiple buildings, including the fire station. Reports say the twin twisters touched down within about a […] Read More »

T-Storms, tornado warnings for eastern Nebraska

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Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings targeted at least a dozen counties in eastern Nebraska Monday morning. Those storms were packed with large hail and heavy rain.    National Weather Service – Valley Meteorologist David Eastlack says eastern Nebraska is in the moderate category for severe weather this afternoon and evening as well. He says later today […] Read More »

Severe weather Saturday

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Another round of very severe weather is targeting Nebraska. Brian Miller is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says there may be a few storms Saturday morning but nothing severe. He says as the day goes on a warm front and cold front will likely collide bringing the possibility of severe […] Read More »