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  • NRD board continues discussion on irrigation retirement options

      By Russ Pankonin The Imperial Republican   Details on an irrigation retirement program proposed by the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) will continue to be worked on in the coming weeks. The program received considerable discu...
  • Illegal alien pleads not guilty to Wallace shooting

    A 28-year-old Mexican national, who lived in Wallace, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault after he allegedly shot another man over a boxing bet. Jose Florez-Sosa also pleaded not guilty to use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in Lincoln Count...
  • Nebraska has high levels of radon in homes

    Radon maps available–January is National Radon Action Month   Testing in the state continues to indicate that Nebraska has a high prevalence of radon gas in homes. Of over 70,000 tests conducted since 1990, 57 percent have been above acceptable heal...
  • First edition of county journal reaches residents

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor   The first edition of The Perkins County JOURNAL arrived in mail boxes throughout the county last month. The free publication is supported by advertisers in the area to remember the past, reflect the present and illuminat...
  • Child Find screenings offered to preschool children

    Local school districts, in cooperation with ESU 16, are sponsoring an opportunity for parents of preschool children to participate to participate in Child Find screenings. This spring screening will be made available in each school district at the request...
  • Yippee—a snow day

      Temperatures that dipped well below freezing didn’t seem to halt frolic of students who were delighted to have a day off Monday following another winter storm that rolled through Saturday night and throughout the day Sunday. The snowstorm was th...
  • County officials take new oath

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor   Judge Edward D. Steenburg delivered the oath of office to newly elected and reelected Perkins County Officials during a swear-in ceremony last Thursday, Jan. 6, in the presence of colleagues, family members and friend...
  • New deputy joins ranks at PCSO

        By Jan Rahn Managing Editor   Sheriff Jim Brueggeman has announced the addition of a new deputy who began law enforcement duties with the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29, 2010. The new deputy, Jeffrey Scott Miller, will perfo...
  • Nebraska Legislature convenes with main focus on budget

    LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska state senators convened Wednesday, Jan. 5 at the state Capitol to begin a 90-day lawmaking session that’s under a cloud of economic uncertainty as lawmakers face a possible $1 billion-plus budget gap. Balancing the state’s t...
  • 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 ...