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  • Few changes among Nebraska legislative committee heads

    LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska’s legislative committee heads will look much the same as last year. Lawmakers elected committee leaders Wednesday as one of the Legislature’s first orders of business for the new session. Changes included state Sen. Kathy C...
  • Jon Bruning takes next step in run for senate

    Files paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.   Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to become an official candidate for United States Senate. “The excitement and show o...
  • New postal service first-class stamps are ‘forever’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rummaging around for 1- and 2-cent postage stamps when postal rates go up is heading the way of the Pony Express. This January, all new stamps good for 1 ounce of first-class mail will be marked as “forever.’’ The move is desig...
  • Another Perspective...Helplessly locked in a little room

    By Lori Pankonin Co-Publisher   It was an eventful morning with the grandchildren. I had arrived the prior evening so that their parents could go to a holiday event. We pretended to go camping and finally crashed for the night in our basement campsite...
  • Editorial...We’ve got a great secret

    Waking up Monday morning with a cold, realizing holiday fun was over, and knowing I had to get ready for work but didn’t feel good, I sat in my robe under a lap blanket feeling sorry for myself. I watched what was making national news in New York City,...
  • Mealtime Makeovers...Worth the wait

    Meals that take as little time as possible are usually the meals I tend to lean towards when it comes to week night cooking. However, there are some meals out there that are, simply put, worth the wait. This particular recipe is simple to prepare, but le...
  • What's Up?...Winter stars on parade

    By Vernon Whetstone Amateur Astronomer   Wow, busy week, let’s get started. On Monday, Jan.3, Earth was at its closest approach to the Sun for the year. Now, I can hear you. “If it was so close, why was it so cold outside?” Well, let’s remembe...
  • Shaun's Thoughts...Ways offered to help elderly parents with COPD related depression

    By Shaun Meyer Director of Home Health Services   Experts say that over a million people in the United States have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a chronic lung condition that includes bronchitis, emphysema or both. COPD affects...
  • January is National Radon Action Month

    The World Health Organization and EPA have identified Radon gas as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in 2010. To address this epidemic, National Radon Action Month has been announced for January, 2011. The EPA estimates that over eight mi...
  • Mother of year search underway

    The Nebraska Mothers Association is searching for an outstanding Nebraska mother for the year 2011, proclaimed by of Tonia Nantkas of Utica, president. An organization or person other than the candidate’s family must nominate a candidate for 2011 Nebra...
  • EMS workshops coming to the area

    The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Emergency Medical Services Program offers ongoing training workshops across the state for emergency medical technicians and first responders. The workshop schedule for January is listed below. For ...
  • Alcohol, drug education class offered in Ogallala

    Region II Human Services is now taking registrations for the “Talking About Alcohol, Drugs and You” alcohol and drug education class. The class will be held on Monday, Jan. 17. “Talking About Alcohol, Drugs and You” will be held at Heartland Coun...
  • Winter travel reminders

    When winter storms are poised to move across the state, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is reminding motorist to keep up to date on the latest weather and travel conditions. Travelers can utilize the state’s automated road and weather condition informa...
  • Tips to keep homes safe from ice and snow damage

    With the winter season settling upon the U.S., the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is offering guidance on how business and home owners can protect their property from winter weather-related perils. Winter storms cost $770 million in 2009...
  • New law includes help for charities

    Provision permits tax-free qualified charitable distributions from IRAs   Individuals who are 70-and-a-half years or older may once again roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without reco...
  • Nebraska takes on product stewardship

    Government grant sparks collaborative effort to reduce waste, save money, and protect the environment.   When George Witt began to offer a higher grade of motor oil to his customers to increase the interval between oil changes, he was not aware that he...
  • CattleWomen present awards for 2010

      Nebraska CattleWomen presented the following awards during the Annual Nebraska Cattlemen and CattleWomen convention held recently in Kearney.   Helping Hand Award The Nebraska CattleWomen Helping Hand Award is given to an individual or organizat...
  • NRCS to host prescribed burn workshop

    Burn association to be organized   The Grant NRCS field office is hosting a workshop on organizing and executing prescribed fire operations, and to organize a burn association for Chase and Perkins counties. The meeting is open to the public and is ...
  • Farm Bureau announces top agriculture issues for 2010 and 2011

    In the shadow of an improving economy, Nebraska Farm Bureau picks agriculture’s top five issues in 2010 and forecasts what will be agricultural challenges in 2011. Agriculture continues to be a target for a variety of groups upset with modern food prod...
  • Free clinics available to farmers, ranchers

    Free, one-on-one, confidential consultations for farmers and ranchers are being offered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska. The consultations involve meeting with an experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor....