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Valentine: Nebraska’s rising tourism hotspot since the pandemic
Valentine: Nebraska’s rising tourism hotspot since the pandemic

Tourism season is about to kick off, and for some areas of Nebraska, that means big business.

Jefferson County continues to advocate for Blue Valley Community Action

Jefferson County continues to advocate for Blue Valley Community Action

Blue Valley Community Action released its 2023 impact report at the County Commissioners meeting Tuesday in Jefferson County. 

Fair Board discusses 'Rubber Check Race' event

Fair Board discusses 'Rubber Check Race' event

The Cheyenne County Fair Board is working on bringing a "Rubber Check Race" to the 2024 Cheyenne County Fair. Details of the event are still being researched.

Pickup fleeing authorities crashes, south of Washington, Kansas

Pickup fleeing authorities crashes, south of Washington, Kansas

Suspected serious injuries to the driver and a passenger

Sidney celebrates 10th Nebraska Transit Week

Sidney celebrates 10th Nebraska Transit Week

Nebraska Transit Week is April 22 through 26. Each day, Sidney Transportation will recognize its drivers, and its passengers.

Separate crashes in Buffalo County construction zone leave one dead, others injured

Separate crashes in Buffalo County construction zone leave one dead, others injured

A section of Interstate 80 in Buffalo County was closed for several hours on Sunday following two separate crashes, including one fatality.

Suspect in Wyoming domestic dispute sustains injuries, flees to Nebraska

Suspect in Wyoming domestic dispute sustains injuries, flees to Nebraska

The Kimball County Sheriff's Office responded to a stab wound at Kimball Health Services on April 19, and upon further investigation, determined the victim was wanted out of Campbell County, Wyoming.

Horticulturist: spring offers 'wild edibles'

Horticulturist: spring offers 'wild edibles'

Riverview Nature Park hosts foraging tour

Biden Administration awards $62M grant to Center of Rural Affairs

Biden Administration awards $62M grant to Center of Rural Affairs

The Biden Administration awarded a $62 million solar power grant to the state of Nebraska.

Falls City announces Career Academy 2024-25

Falls City announces Career Academy 2024-25

Richardson County schools offer classes at Southeast Community College Learning Center

‘Large source of mortality’: A look into bird window strikes in Nebraska

‘Large source of mortality’: A look into bird window strikes in Nebraska

Each year upwards of 100 million birds die to collisions and window strikes nationwide

Nebraska celebrating Arbor Day

Nebraska celebrating Arbor Day

Events planned at Lauritzen Park in Omaha and Antelope Park in Lincoln

State Journalism hosted at Northeast Community College

State Journalism hosted at Northeast Community College

Northeast Community College is hosting State Journalism on Monday and Tuesday.

Bacon poll brings questions

Bacon poll brings questions

Bacon is touting a poll of his own, that finds him well ahead, (69-19) 50 points ahead of Frei, some critics call it a push poll, a fraud.

No serious injury, as pickup leaves roadway near Filley

No serious injury, as pickup leaves roadway near Filley

Authorities say driver inattention was a factor in the mishap

No injuries during weekend house fire in Norfolk

No injuries during weekend house fire in Norfolk

No one was injured Sunday after a house fire damaged a home in Norfolk.

Scottsbluff middle school student dies in traffic accident

Scottsbluff middle school student dies in traffic accident

A sixth grade student at Bluffs Middle School died April 19 as a result of injuries in an automobile accident. A gofundme effort is underway.

Sarah Sinnett, Plummer Insurance hoping to win radio listener new e-bike, gym membership

Sarah Sinnett, Plummer Insurance hoping to win radio listener new e-bike, gym membership

Radio listeners in the Nebraska Panhandle, southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado who correctly predict which racer wins the 4th Annual Big Boy Big Wheel Race will also win big this spring thanks to the support of local businesses.

Beatrice High School seniors honored with over $100,000 in scholarships

Beatrice High School seniors honored with over $100,000 in scholarships

Beatrice Educational Foundation holds scholarship presentation at the BHS Commons

Kimball Public Schools shift to 4-day school weeks

Kimball Public Schools shift to 4-day school weeks

The Kimball School Board voted unanimously to transition to a 4-day week schedule for the upcoming school year.

'EPIC: Be informed on its impacts' scheduled for May 7 in Sidney

'EPIC: Be informed on its impacts' scheduled for May 7 in Sidney

Attorney Korby Gilbertson will be speaking at the Fox Theatre 5 p.m. Tuesday May 7 on "EPIC: Be informed on its impacts."

The EPA is again allowing summer sales of higher ethanol gasoline blend, citing global conflicts

The EPA is again allowing summer sales of higher ethanol gasoline blend, citing global conflicts

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing the sale of gasoline containing a higher blend of ethanol for the third summer in a row.

Norfolk volunteers help to ‘Clean the Fork’ in the city’s annual cleanup

Norfolk volunteers help to ‘Clean the Fork’ in the city’s annual cleanup

On Earth Day weekend, volunteers throughout Norfolk were out to clean up city parks. Norfolk volunteers help to ‘clean the Fork’ in the city’s annual cleanup

Tree Giveaway marks Sidney's 38th Tree City USA recognition

Tree Giveaway marks Sidney's 38th Tree City USA recognition

Sidney's Tree Giveaway this morning also celebrated the community's 38th recognition as a Tree City USA. The event included presentation of a Tree City USA banner to city council members, and a demonstration on how to plant and care for a tree.

Investigation launched after man hit by semi south of Columbus

Investigation launched after man hit by semi south of Columbus

Platte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man was struck by a semi on the south edge of Columbus on Friday morning.

Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream

Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream

Aliyah American Horse didn’t have much choice – she had to grow up, and fast. 

Omaha park concerns bring pepper balls from police

Omaha park concerns bring pepper balls from police

Police tell us that last weekend officers were called to the park to break up a large and disorderly crowd.

Opera Omaha set for first opera in Spanish, 'El Ultimo Sueño de Diego y Frida'

Opera Omaha set for first opera in Spanish, 'El Ultimo Sueño de Diego y Frida'

Everything is ready for Opera Omaha to premier its first-ever Spanish-language opera in May.

‘My kidneys were going to fail, that’s what the doctors told me,’: How a kidney transplant saved a life

‘My kidneys were going to fail, that’s what the doctors told me,’: How a kidney transplant saved a life

In 2016, Karie Buchli went to get her bloodwork done. When she left, she felt perfectly fine.

Three non-profits in Nebraska gifted funds from billionaire

Three non-profits in Nebraska gifted funds from billionaire

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott gave $640 million to 361 non-profits across the country and three of the recipients were in Nebraska.

Union at Riverpoint project put on hold amid dispute

Union at Riverpoint project put on hold amid dispute

Developer Mark Otto has decided to table the project on First Street for the time being after citing a "toxic" environment.

Ybarra sentenced to three years for child abuse

Ybarra sentenced to three years for child abuse

SIDNEY -- Bret Ybarra, 25, was sentenced to 36 months with the Nebraska Department of Corrections on two counts of Child Abuse (Class IIIA felony). Sentences for both charges are to run consecutively.

Beatrice High School students learn about local job opportunities

Beatrice High School students learn about local job opportunities

Job fair is part of a cooperative effort between businesses and school.....to get the word out about employment opportunities, locally

Alleged meth supplier behind bars in Richardson County

Alleged meth supplier behind bars in Richardson County

Court records say Missouri man supplied a Falls City man

Nebraska Board of Parole to face increased accountability under new law

Nebraska Board of Parole to face increased accountability under new law

Nebraska parole board members will be removed from that paid job if they miss a dozen parole hearing days per year, says a new state law signed by Gov. Jim Pillen this week. 

Sexual harassment allegations against CEO plunge Omaha education agency into turmoil

Sexual harassment allegations against CEO plunge Omaha education agency into turmoil

Two members of a metro-area education board have resigned after their colleagues voted to keep an executive linked to sexual harassment allegations while he led a City of Omaha department. 

CHI Health St. Francis selects Kansas City hospital leader as new president

CHI Health St. Francis selects Kansas City hospital leader as new president

The largest hospital in Grand Island is turning to the leader of a four-hospital region in Kansas City as its new president.

U.S. Air Force announces survey work in Kimball area

U.S. Air Force announces survey work in Kimball area

KIMBALL -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted the company Tetra Tech, and we can expect to see them conducting business such as Line Surveys, Biological Surveys, Site Surveys, and Cultural Surveys in our area.

Head of Beatrice Water Department retiring after five decades of service

Head of Beatrice Water Department retiring after five decades of service

If it's been built or repaired, Steve Kelley can tell you when, where and how

Sen. Deb Fischer supports sending munitions to Ukraine, eager to see specifics of House package

Sen. Deb Fischer supports sending munitions to Ukraine, eager to see specifics of House package

Nebraska’s senior U.S. senator is voicing her cautious support for sending billions of dollars worth of munitions to Ukraine.

Pillen: Special session(s) on taxes coming

Pillen: Special session(s) on taxes coming

State Sen. Danielle Conrad, Lincoln (D): “When the governor set the target of achieving a 40% property tax reduction, his plan from December through today was to raise taxes.”

Mechanical malfunction blamed for going out of control, stopping on flower bed

Mechanical malfunction blamed for going out of control, stopping on flower bed

Sidney Police reported no injuries this morning when a Toyota sedan failed to stop until coming to rest on top of a flower garden.

Texas woman taken into custody following traffic stop

Texas woman taken into custody following traffic stop

A Chandler, Texas woman is facing charges following a traffic stop about six miles east of Sidney on Interstate 80 April 14.

Hastings College announces new healthcare career pathway partnerships

Hastings College announces new healthcare career pathway partnerships

A college in Central Nebraska is creating new partnerships to help students pursue careers in healthcare.

Pillen: Special session on property taxes coming

Pillen: Special session on property taxes coming

No date has been announced

Living Memorial Gardens clean-up day postponed

Living Memorial Gardens clean-up day postponed

Clean-Up day at the Living Memorial Gardens has been postponed to April 27 due to expected cold weather.

Authorities recover vehicle from August drowning near Columbus

Authorities recover vehicle from August drowning near Columbus

On Wednesday, Platte County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search and recovery a vehicle from an August drowning.

Looking back at the history of North Elementary

Looking back at the history of North Elementary

More than 90 years ago, North Ward Elementary School became part of the Sidney community. At the end of the 2023-2024 school year, the building will close. A few students and staff were asked to share their memories of North Elementary.

Sidney woman facing charges after April 14 house fire

Sidney woman facing charges after April 14 house fire

A Sidney woman was arrested on charges including Second Degree Arson following the investigation of a house fire. The house fire occurred in the early hours of April 14.

Likelihood of special session grows, as tax policy package stalls

Likelihood of special session grows, as tax policy package stalls

Supporters and opponents of the bill voice their positions on the final day of the 60-day session

Nuclear Security revives Stratcom collaboration

Nuclear Security revives Stratcom collaboration

Sen. Deb Fischer says U.S. needs to avoid boom and bust cycles of nuclear weapon production

Miles for milk: How student-run grocery store reshaped rural community’s food access

Miles for milk: How student-run grocery store reshaped rural community’s food access

A rural Nebraska community got creative to get that cup of sugar.

NioCorp explores magnet recycling

NioCorp explores magnet recycling

Company says its proposed Elk Creek process could establish magnet recycling in the United States

Special session on taxes appearing far more likely

Special session on taxes appearing far more likely

In the cross hairs is Governor Jim Pillen's plan to fix it all.

Light pole installation blamed for many of the 911 outages that hit Nebraska, three other states

Light pole installation blamed for many of the 911 outages that hit Nebraska, three other states

Many of the emergency 911 service outages that hit several states for a few hours were caused by the installation of a light pole, an official with a company that operates fiber lines said Thursday.

‘You can make magic happen’: NU presidential finalist makes pitch to campuses

‘You can make magic happen’: NU presidential finalist makes pitch to campuses

During his first fall semester as dean of a medical university in Ohio, Dr. Jeffrey Gold recalls a first-year student seeking to return her iconic white coat hours after receiving it.

Norfolk police arrest driver following traffic stop

Norfolk police arrest driver following traffic stop

Norfolk police have arrested a man after conducting a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

Dr. Kenton Shaffer of Kearney receives Champion Award for behavioral health outreach

Dr. Kenton Shaffer of Kearney receives Champion Award for behavioral health outreach

A retired Kearney pediatrician is receiving statewide recognition.

Temporary 911 outages hit Nebraska, three other states

Temporary 911 outages hit Nebraska, three other states

Law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota and Texas reported temporary outages to 911 services before saying hours later that services had been restored.

Norfolk named Runner-Up in Strongest Town Contest

Norfolk named Runner-Up in Strongest Town Contest

After weeks of competition, Norfolk fell just short of being named the winner in the 9th Annual Strongest Towns Contest.

Beatrice Firefighters sent to testing lab fire, at Exmark Manufacturing

Beatrice Firefighters sent to testing lab fire, at Exmark Manufacturing

Fuel ignites during mower testing

Nebraska State Patrol touches on distracted driving

Nebraska State Patrol touches on distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Trooper Nathan Schulz with the Nebraska State Patrol gave insight as to what exactly qualifies as distracted driving.

Man gets 37-year sentence for kidnapping FBI employee in South Dakota

Man gets 37-year sentence for kidnapping FBI employee in South Dakota

One of three people convicted of carjacking and kidnapping an FBI employee in South Dakota has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Panhandle Public Heath District awarded $500,000 HUD grant for lead hazard control

Panhandle Public Heath District awarded $500,000 HUD grant for lead hazard control

Panhandle Public Health District is the recipient of a half-million dollar HUD grant for lead hazard mitigation.

WATCH: Security footage shows vehicle crash that damaged power pole on Burlington Avenue

WATCH: Security footage shows vehicle crash that damaged power pole on Burlington Avenue

WATCH: A vehicle barreled past a stop sign on Burlington Avenue in Hastings before crashing into a power pole on the other side of the street.