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LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 20,777, marking an increase of 1,117 from last Friday. During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by two to 286, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. […]

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LINCOLN – The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Nebraska has fallen to its lowest level since mid-April, but state officials say residents still need to exercise caution to keep the virus from spreading. Nebraska’s hospitals were treating 97 patients as of Thursday, down from a high of 257 on May 27. The […]

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LINCOLN – The number of people filing new unemployment claims in Nebraska surged last week to its highest level in nearly two months. The U.S. Department of Labor says 6,143 people filed initial claims for benefits during the week that ended July 4. That’s a roughly 46% increase over the 4,203 new claims from the […]

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YORK- In early June it was announced that the York County Fair will go on but in a modified fashion. The Fair Board has laid out the events that will take place, according to the County Fair’s website, the fair will run from August 6th-9th. 4-H & FFA: They are calling it “Show & Go” this […]

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Cuming County’s Coronavirus death was retracted earlier this week. Melanie Thompson with the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department explains. Thompson says the person had COVID when they died, but it wasn’t the cause of death. Cuming County has 36 total cases. Test Nebraska is conducting Coronavirus Testing in the area on a regular basis. […]

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July 8, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 7 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 5 new cases for a total of 49 cases, and 32 have recovered. York County has 3 new cases for a total of 48 cases, and 39 have recovered. Polk County has 12 cases […]

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  Lincoln, Nebraska, July 9, 2020 — It will look different than in the past, but there will soon be live performances again at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.   Executive Director Bill Stephan said he’s looking forward to getting started.   “With a deep commitment to the health and safety of our patrons, […]

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Lincoln – With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), $3.5 billion was appropriated to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The CCDF is the primary federal funding source for child care subsidies to help low-income working families access child care and improve quality of child care for all children. […]

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With the summer session less than three weeks away, the Nebraska Legislature’s leaders say there are important tax and revenue topics to be debated and hope to keep everyone safe inside the Capitol. When the 17-day session reconvenes on July 20, the changes most notable to the public will be how the George W. Norris […]

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The 2020 Cuming County Fair is on for this year, but with some changes. Fair Board President Brian Meiergerd tells KTIC News that outdoor events are on, and they will practice social distancing. Meiergerd says Friday night will be the Outlaw Tractor Pull, Saturday a Bull Riding Event, and Tough Truck Competition at the Tractor […]

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YORK COUNTY- During these uncertain times, home should be a safe place. For domestic violence victims and survivors, home is one of the most dangerous and feared places they can be. During this nationwide pandemic known as COVID-19, the domestic violence rate has increased significantly as well as other forms of child abuse & neglect […]

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The West Point City Council was updated on the Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project at Tuesday night’s meeting. City Administrator Tom Goulette has the latest. Goulette says the backwash basin has been complete and is connected, so that can go right into operation when they go online with the filters. The Council also approved the […]

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Graduation will be held next Saturday at West Point-Beemer High School. Principal DJ Weddle says things will be a bit different this year. Weddle says there will be an overflow room with the ceremony live streamed on Facebook for extra immediate family members. The ceremony will be live streamed on the School’s Facebook Page. Prom […]

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July 6, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 4 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has three new cases for a total of 44 cases, and 30 have recovered. Polk County has one new case for 12 cases total, and 11 have recovered. York County remains at 45 cases, and […]

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COVID-19 has impacted the finances and business plans of agricultural producers across the state. An upcoming Nebraska Extension webinar will focus on cash flow strategies and available tools as farmers and ranchers plan for the rest of the year. “Cash Flowing to the Other Side of COVID-19” will be presented on Thursday at noon, by […]

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July 3, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 4 in the Four Corners District: York County has three new cases for a total of 45 cases, and 39 have recovered. Seward County has one new case for a total of 41 cases, and 30 have recovered. Butler County remains at 52 […]

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July 1, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 5 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has four new cases for a total of 40 cases, and 30 have recovered. York County has one new case for a total of 42 cases, and 39 have recovered. Butler County remains at 52 […]

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Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner joined JD Gibbs on 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program on Wednesday. Wagner says fireworks can be shot off at certain State Recreation Areas on Saturday, including Fremont State Lakes. Wagner reminds people to pick up after themselves and make the area look better than how it was first […]

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The 45th annual Big Bang Boom, Norfolk’s Fireworks Show, will be held on Saturday at Northeast Community College. President Don Wisnieski says it wasn’t feasible to hold it this year at Skyview Lake, where it is usually held. Wisnieski says the show starts at 10:00 p.m. and the pre-show at 9:45 with the Northeast Parking […]

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FREMONT – Methodist Fremont Health is partnering with the state of Nebraska to become a testing location for the statewide TestNebraska initiative. Beginning Monday, July 6, free COVID-19 testing will be available in Fremont to those who are eligible. Residents of Nebraska must complete the online assessment through the TestNebraska portal to determine if they […]

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  A new challenge, taking place during the month of July, equips students with money management skills and encourages financial learnings to combat “COVID slide”  July 1, 2020 (Lincoln, NE) — Treasurer John Murante today announced the kick-off of the EVERFI Treasurer’s Summer Challenge in Nebraska, taking place throughout the month of July. The EVERFI Treasurer’s […]

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Columbus’s Fireworks Show, Red, White, KaBoom!, will be held Friday night. Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Developer and Events Planner Sandie Fischer says it will be at a different location in town this year due to COVID-19. Fischer says CHS is located on 33rd and Lost Parkway Road, and they like the location due […]

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At this time, and in communication with the Governor, we believe that our COVID numbers support our transition to Directed Health Measure (DHM) Phase III on July 6, 2020. Our attention to slowly advancing from Phase I to Phase III is paying off in good health for our community. Details of DHM Phase III and […]

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June 29, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 3 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has two new cases for a total of 36 cases, and recovered individuals have increased to 30.  One of the new cases is actually a delayed test result from May, where the person has recovered. […]

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  Burwell, NE – Seven (7) new cases were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) district since June 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy. The new case brings […]

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The director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says he will be forced to declare a prison overcrowding emergency on July 1. A 2015 law requires Gov. Pete Ricketts to declare an overcrowding emergency by July 1, 2020, if the prison population surpasses 140% of design capacity. As of the morning of June 25, […]

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The Nebraska economy is slowly recovering from the COVID-19 crisis thanks to steady home sales and a downturn in unemployment claims, according to a new report. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business released a report on June 24 illustrating the state of Nebraska’s economy. The monthly report measures the economy through key economic indicators […]

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The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court celebrated three graduations in North Platte on June 8, 2020.  For the graduates, Craig Zarek, Joseph Miller, and Kylor Miller, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge Michael Piccolo hosted the ceremony. […]

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LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 18,524, marking an increase of 933 from last Friday. During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by 22 to 266, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. Local […]

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The Oakland City Pool is opening on Monday. Hours will be 1:00-8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. There is a patrons form/waiver that people must fill out before entering the pool. People will also need to wear a mask before entering in to the bathhouse to get their temperature […]

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  As of June 22, Humanities Nebraska (HN) has awarded $429,217 in CARES Act dollars to 73 Nebraska non-profit organizations that focus on the humanities. Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. […]

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ORLANDO, Fla. (June 25, 2020) – This summer, AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips based on economic indicators and state re-openings. That number is down nearly 15% compared to last July through September and is the first decline in summer travel since 2009. AAA booking trends show Americans are making travel plans, though cautiously and […]

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Unified Command confirms twelve more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle: County Demographics Exposure Type Kimball Female in her 50s Unknown Morrill Female in her 20s Close Contact Morrill Female in her 40s Community Spread Morrill Males in his 30s Community Spread Morrill Male in his 50s Community Spread Morrill Male in his 50s Community […]

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SUMNER, NE – The Sumner Commercial Club has announced the schedule for the annual Sumner 4th of July Celebration. “Due to the current pandemic the celebration looks different this year. Unfortunately, parades, carnivals and street dances are restricted. But there are many things that are not restricted, like family, fun and freedom” said, Sumner Commercial […]

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Fremont Motors was notified on Tuesday that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. An investigation was conducted, close contacts were identified and quarantined, and Unifeid Command says there are no additional concerns identified for community safety. Following the news, Fremont’s main shop and service center will be closed until July 3rd as many coworkers have […]

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United Way of Western Nebraska has received over $25,000 in donations to their Community Compassion Fund to directly assist with COVID-19 related needs. Today it was announced that  Community Table in Alliance is the newest grant recipient from the fund and received a grant to assist with the increasing number of meals they are serving. […]

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York General is announcing a partnership with the State of Nebraska to provide free COVID-19 testing to eligible residents. Residents of Nebraska can take an online assessment through the TestNebraska portal, and if eligible receive a free test from our hospital. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nebraskans have been asking for more widespread access to testing. The State’s partnership with […]

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June 24, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 2 cases in the Four Corners District: York County has one new case for a total of 40 cases.  Of the 40, 37 have recovered. Seward County has one new case for a total of 34 cases, and recovered individuals have increased to […]

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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be issuing emergency supplemental allotments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who receive benefits for the month of June on July 7. On April 8 DHHS announced that in response to Congress passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, DHHS filed a request […]

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West Point’s Annual Fireworks Show will go on this year, but with Social Distancing in mind. Tina from the Chamber. Tina says they’re going to request people stay 6 feet apart, and there will be seating on the ballfield like in the past. She adds people will still be able to get food like in […]

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Unified Command confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle during their Tuesday afternoon briefing. They are as follows: County Demographics Exposure Type Cheyenne Female in her 30’s Community Spread Cheyenne Female in her 30’s Close Contact Cheyenne Female in her 60’s Close Contact Cheyenne Male in his teens Close Contact Scotts Bluff Female […]

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Masked counselors, thermometers at the front door and strategically distanced tables. At-home experiments, Zoom escape rooms and virtual campfires. Camps in Nebraska are adapting to new guidelines and embracing virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced that most Nebraska counties will move into a less restrictive phase of reopening on June […]

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Nebraska State Parks have been busy this summer. That’s according to Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner, who spoke with JD Gibbs on 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program on Tuesday. Wagner urges people to wear life jackets in dark water. He shares the secrets to catching bass and bluegill. For more information, head to outdoornebraska.org. […]

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  Omaha, Neb. (June 16, 2020) – After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the Aksarben Foundation and Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Aksarben Ball to January 9, 2021. “Rescheduling this event will enable us to provide the experience that our donors, guests and participants […]

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(Hastings, Nebraska) – Hastings College has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the NEH’s CARES Act Grants that were announced this week. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Hastings College Arts and Humanities Division, which includes the History, Religion and Philosophy Department, […]

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The Village of Pender opened up their pool last week. Board Member David Hoelting says people should come in groups. Hoelting says water fountains aren’t currently open, and people should bring their own water bottles. He adds the slide is closed, and only one person is allowed on the low board at a time. Hoelting […]

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Some business owners and employees say they are glad to have more customers following news that the governor is loosening COVID-19 restrictions, but they are also wary of the need to maintain social distancing and mask wearing. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced June 15 that most Nebraska counties will enter phase 3 of reopening on June […]

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  Courts across the state have worked to conduct hearings under Coronavirus guidelines these past couple of months. The ongoing pandemic has caused one Dawson County District Court jury trial to be pushed back from July. On Friday, a hearing was held in the animal neglect case pending against James Erwin of Sumner. The jury […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has received several requests to share information with dispatchers, emergency responders, emergency managers, and law enforcement about positive COVID-19 patients.  We understand the desire to have the information they feel is necessary to protect their health and safety.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and concern for many residents […]

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The third COVID-19 related death in the Panhandle has been reported in Scotts Bluff County. A female in her 90s with underlying health conditions has passed away. “We offer our sincerest sympathy to her family. Increased precautions remain critical against this virus, especially to protect our most vulnerable in the community,” said Paulette Schnell, Director […]

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June 19, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 1 case in the Four Corners District: York County has one new case for a total of 39 cases.  Of the 39, 37 have recovered. Seward County remains at 33 cases, and recovered individuals have increased to 27. Butler County remains at 52 […]

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One additional Case of Rare Childhood Syndrome Reported, DHMs Continue to Relax, Test Nebraska Sites for Coming Week   LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 17,591, marking an increase of 1,078 from last Friday. During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the […]

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Summer School is underway at West Point-Beemer. Superintendent Bill McAllister. McAllister says weightroom attendance has been great ever since the school opened up their weightroom. He adds High School Graduation will be held next month. McAllister says construction on the preschool building is coming along well. Click here to listen to Interview with McAllister 

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Lexington Community Foundation, Orthman Companies, Hot Meals USA and Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska will continue to participate in the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program which benefits food suppliers as well as those in need. Each week for the past four weeks, Lexington has received no less than 400 boxes and as many […]

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The Dodge Pool opened up for the season on Tuesday. Manager Grace Dvorak tells KTIC News about the Social Distancing Rules and Guidelines that are in place. Dvorak says the pool is open from 1:00-7:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Admission is free this year. Click here to listen to Interview with Dvorak 

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  Lincoln, NE — Today, Disability Rights Nebraska, Center for Public Representation, and The Arc of the United States filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights over the State of Nebraska’s ongoing failure to provide access for Nebraskans with disabilities to TestNebraska. The State’s COVID-19 testing […]

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June 17, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 1 case in the Four Corners District: York County has one new case for a total of 38 cases.  Of the 38, 36 have recovered. Seward County remains at 33 cases, and recovered individuals have increased to 27. Butler County remains at 52 […]

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  Crete, NE — Doane University’s academic calendar will be adjusted for the Crete campus this fall, Provost Dr. Paul Savory announced in a message to the Doane Community today. The adjustments include: Classes will be in session on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) Classes will be in session on Friday, October 16, Monday, October 19, […]

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(Fremont, NE – June 16, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry shared that they learned today of the passing of a team member who had contracted COVID-19 and has been battling the virus for several weeks. “We are incredibly saddened to learn that we have lost a valued team member to this virus. We are in communication […]

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Lincoln – A third confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The child from Douglas County was recently hospitalized and later released – https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news. MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, […]

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  COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard 16,851 positive tests — 122,662 negative tests  —  220 deaths                       Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Douglas (Omaha)   5734 Staffed Beds 3,874 Dakota (South Sioux City) 1,724 Percent of Beds Available 43% Hall (Grand Island) 1,562 Percent of ICU Available 47% Lancaster (Lincoln) 1,480 Percent of Vents Available 77% […]

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June 15, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by only 1 case in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 1 new case for a total of 33.  Of the 33, there are 26 recovered individuals. Butler County remains at 52 cases, and 45 have recovered. Polk County remains at 11 cases […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts announced today that starting next Monday there will be more relaxing of Nebraska’s Directed Health Measures. Ricketts says the next round of relaxed Directed Health Measures that will take effect June 22, moving 89 Nebraska counties to Phase 3, with the remainder moving to Phase 2. During his Get Nebraska Growing update […]

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  The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office lobby on the east side of the building is re-opening today for administrative services. Sheriff Ken Moody says visitors can no obtain such services as fingerprinting, firearm purchase permits and VIN inspections. The lobby had been closed due to COVID-19 guidelines. Sheriff Moody adds that wearing a facemask is […]

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NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College is ready to begin to implement strategies that will allow increased access to facilities and services. The College has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty and students concluded the spring semester using alternative delivery methods of instruction while many employees have been working remotely over the […]

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Beginning Monday, June 15, one designated adult support person will be allowed to visit each hospitalized or surgical patient at all Methodist hospitals.  This policy change does NOT apply to COVID-19 positive patients who are hospitalized.  Visitors will be allowed only between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. and must remain in the patient room or […]

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June 12, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 2 cases in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 1 new case for a total of 32.  Of the 32, there are 26 recovered individuals.   There was 1 death. Butler County has 1 new case for a total of 52, and 44 […]

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LINCOLN, Nebraska – The Lincoln Saltdogs are cancelling the 2020 baseball season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the club has announced. After consultation with healthcare experts, and with other large local events being cancelled, the organization believes it is in the best interest of the fans, players and community to make this decision and […]

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Two Cases of Rare Childhood Syndrome Reported, TestNebraska Sites for Coming Week LINCOLN – During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by 30 to 216, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time […]

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The 2020 Last Fling ‘Til Spring Car Show scheduled for September 20th in West Point has been postponed to September 19th of 2021. Road Gems President Dan Nesladek spoke with KTIC News about the decision not to hold the show this year. Nesladek says the age of many of the Car Show participants is another […]

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  Burwell, NE – Two (2) new case were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) district since June 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy. The two additional cases […]

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The West Point Community Theatre is set to reopen next weekend. Board Chairman Vaughn Beed. Beed says seating capacity will be 25%. He adds they will follow social distancing rules and guidelines, and space everyone out appropriately. Beed says ticket prices for the first couple of weekends will be $3.00 for both youth and adults. […]

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Tentative opening date: Monday, June 15 No admission charge – Patrons must have a West Point, Beemer, or Bancroft address to gain admittance to the pool. Free will donations may be sent to the city office Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult or babysitter who oversees the child’s adherence to social […]

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Beginning June 18th NSAA member schools are permitted to participate in camps, clinics, and summer leagues in all NSAA sanctioned activities except basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling. Effective immediately NSAA member schools may hold open gyms for basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling with the following restrictions: Individual skills and workouts only No physical contact with others […]

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Despite coronavirus, the annual Norfolk Independence Day celebration will still go on, just in a different way.  Big Bang Boom will not shoot its 45th annual show at Skyview Lake, instead, the Saturday, July 4th event will be a drive-in style fireworks show shot on the grounds of Northeast Community College. Big Bang Boom President Don Wisnieski […]

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Unified Command has confirms four new cases Wednesday evening, they are as follows: County Demographics Exposure Type Scotts Bluff County Male in his 60s Close Contact Scotts Bluff County Female in her 60s Close Contact Scotts Bluff County Female in her 70s Close Contact Scotts Bluff County Female in her 80s Close Contact Exposure is […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday announced a nationwide extension of another key flexibility for USDA’s child nutrition programs. This waiver allows local partners to continue serving free meals to all children for the remainder of the summer. The announcement includes many areas in eastern Nebraska that have summer nutrition programs in place, including […]

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      North Platte, Nebraska – Test Nebraska is coming to North Platte. Test Nebraska will be in North Platte on Saturday June 13th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m CST. They will be located at the North Platte School Bus Barn. If you are interested in testing, please sign up with Test Nebraska […]

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June 10, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 2 cases in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 1 new case for a total of 31.  Of the 31, there are 26 recovered individuals.   There was 1 death. Polk County has 1 new case for a total of 11.  Of the […]

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As of today, June 10, 2020, there are 1,661 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 55 deaths. By county these are 1,571 cases and 42 deaths in Hall County; 61 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County; and 29 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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OMAHA – Students returning to school in one Omaha district this fall will likely be required to wear masks in the classrooms and hallways of their buildings. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Millard Public Schools has ordered 60,000 masks – two for every teacher and student – as a way to combat the spread of […]

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Cabins will be reopening at Nebraska State Parks and Rec Areas next week. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner. Wagner says people can make reservations about a month out by going to the reservation section at their website, outdoornebraska.org, or by calling the Parks Reservation Desk in Lincoln. Wagner says anytime this summer is good for […]

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The Pilger Village Board of Trustees discussed pool plans at their meeting Monday night. Village Chair Amber Labenz says they’re looking at opening up the pool later this week. Labenz says they will follow the Social Distancing Rules and Guidelines and Limitations that everyone else has to follow.

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of a COVID-19 death from SWNPHD’s health district.  The death occurred earlier this week. Nineteen lab-confirmed cases have been reported in the health district as of June 9th.  Three counties: Dundy, Hayes and Perkins have no reported cases, one case in each of Chase, Frontier and […]

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  COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard 15,752 positive tests — 106,940 negative tests  —  188 deaths                       Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Douglas (Omaha)   5,092 Staffed Beds 3,873 Dakota (South Sioux City) 1,715 Percent of Beds Available 45% Hall (Grand Island) 1,546 Percent of ICU Available 48% Lancaster (Lincoln) 1,363 Percent of Vents Available 78% […]

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  For health and safety reasons, the Furnas County Agricultural Society Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Furnas County Fair Rodeo, Demolition Derby and Concert to next year. The Board said there were many factors outside of the health parameters that played into the decision as well. Among them was that many of […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – TestNebraska has released the locations, dates and times for testing scheduled for the week of June 8. The State has announced that it will begin phasing in test scheduling for all Nebraska residents, including those who previously completed the online assessment, but did not qualify to complete the test.   “We want to […]

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Unified Command has confirmed seven new cases Monday evening, they are as follows: County Demographics Exposure Type Banner County Female in her 30s Close Contact Box Butte County Female in her 70s Community Spread Scotts Bluff County Female in her 20s Community Spread Scotts Bluff County Female in her 60s Unknown Scotts Bluff County Female […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board met for their regular monthly meeting Monday night. Elementary Principal Doug Gross says the Elementary is looking at starting Summer School after the 4th of July. Gross says the plan is to hold in-person classes with a few less kids. Superintendent Bill McAllister says there is reduced capacity for buses, […]

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  Organizers have announced that the annual Bands, Brews and BBQ’s festival in Cozad has been postponed until next year. It was scheduled for July 11th and will now be held on July 10, 2021 with all of the usual activities. There is the possibility that some smaller scale events could he held this Fall, […]

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June 8, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 1 case in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 1 new cases for a total of 51.  Of the 51, there are 43 recovered individuals. Seward County remains at 30, and 26 are recovered.  There was one death. York County remains at […]

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Lincoln – The first and second confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. One child is from Dawson County – https://www.facebook.com/2RPHD/. […]

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NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College will begin the Fall 2020 semester a week early in order to end instruction by Thanksgiving. Classes will now begin on Monday, August 17, and conclude on Wednesday, November 25. Many colleges and universities around the country, including others in Nebraska, have decided to start earlier in the fall […]

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The first and second confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. One child is from Dawson County – https://www.facebook.com/2RPHD/. […]

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Burwell, NE – Nine (9) new case were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s(LBPHD) district since May 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy. There is a total of 94 […]

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LINCOLN – During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by 16 to 186, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 15,193, marking an increase of 1,539 from last Friday. Local health […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, June 5, 2020, there are 1,641 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 55 deaths. By county these are 1,553 cases and 42 deaths in Hall County; 61 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County; and 27 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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    KEARNEY – A case of Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) has been identified in a male under 18 from Dawson County.   MIS-C is a condition where multiple organs of the body can become inflamed and are unable to function normally. This inflammation can affect the heart, lungs, kidney, brain, eyes or […]

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  GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (June 5, 2020) – The Nebraska State Fair is on schedule for August 28 – September 7, 2020.  While we are all facing many uncertainties, our team is optimistic and continuing to prepare and plan.  The safety and well-being of our guests, participants, partners, sponsors and community always comes first, so […]

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The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a few COVID-19 preparedness courses online this month and next. Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center Director Jessica Campos says one will be offered in Spanish before English. Registration deadline for the Spanish version of the course is June 15th. Campos says the other two workshops start […]

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(Fremont, NE – June 3, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry provided an update today to the community on recent cases at their facility.  Since reporting to the public one week ago, Lincoln Premium Poultry logged an additional 15 cases of COVID-19, which brings the company total to 88 cases. As of today the company has also […]

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June 3, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 3 cases in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 2 new cases for a total of 50.  Of the 50, there are 41 recovered individuals. Seward County has 1 new case for a total of 30, and 21 are recovered.  There was […]

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June 3, 2020, there are 1,627 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 55 deaths. By county these are 1,540 cases and 42 deaths in Hall County; 61 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County; and 26 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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It is with much enthusiasm that the York County Agricultural Society came to a unanimous decision and are announcing that we are striving forward to give our community the 2020 York County Fair! We are very proud of our youth and all of their hard work and we desire to provide them with the opportunity […]

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Hear interview with Gabriel’s mother below       Nebraska has been dealing with COVID-19 like much of the nation. In other parts of the country there has been some side effects of the virus in some children. It’s called Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome(MIS-C) in Children associated with COVID-19. Nine-year-old Gabriel Faudoa of Lexington began developing […]

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Camping is being allowed to resume at Nebraska State Parks and Rec Areas on Thursday. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner. Wagner says State Park Cabins and Lodge Rooms remain closed through June 15th. Wagner says the secret to catching catfish at Fremont State Lakes is using hot dogs as bait. Wagner reminds people not to […]

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The West Point City Council was updated on the Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project at Tuesday night’s meeting held on Zoom. Engineer John Zwingman. Zwingman says on the backwash detention tank the floor is poured, and the walls will be poured on Wednesday about noon. Then after that the forms will be on 24 hours, […]

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Problems regarding lost cards, other issues addressed LINCOLN, NE ― Attorney General Doug Peterson is advising consumers that the U.S. Department of Treasury has adjusted certain features of its Economic Impact Payment debit cards in response to feedback from consumers. Over the last two weeks, millions of Americans received their stimulus payments by prepaid debit […]

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Humanities Nebraska (HN) has awarded $204,418 in CARES Act dollars to 31 Nebraska non-profit organizations that focus on the humanities. Locally, the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering and the Friends of the Midwest Theater each received a $10,000 grant. Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities […]

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United Way of Western Nebraska has awarded over $9,500 during the second round of funding from United Way’s COVID-19 Community Compassion Fund to four non-profit organizations that applied for funding.  More than $20,000 has been distributed to non-profits in the community to directly assist with COVID-19 related needs from the fund. Alliance Senior Center was […]

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The Board of Commissioners is aware of the emergency conditions that exists with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Dawson County Courthouse will re-open to the public at 8:30 a.m. June 3, 2020 by appointment only. You are advised that CDC guidelines of social distancing will be maintained in the courthouse. ALL persons entering […]

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Lincoln – With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), $3.5 billion was appropriated to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The CCDF is the primary federal funding source for child care subsidies to help low-income working families access child care and improve quality of child care for all children. […]

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Give, Get, Grow Cuming County launches on Wednesday. Cuming County Economic Development Executive Director David Branch says they are still looking for businesses to sign up. Branch says they’ve increased the maximum gift certificate amount businesses can receive up to $5,250. The website is sweethomecumingcounty.com. Branch says the idea for this came from Custer County. […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts says Nebraska could see another flare-up of coronavirus cases because of the demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, but he concluded that allowing protesters to peacefully vent was more important than concerns about the pandemic. His comments came as new, lighter virus restrictions went into effect throughout most […]

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June 1, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 4 cases in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 2 new cases for a total of 48.  Of the 48, there are 40 recovered individuals. York County has 1 new case for a total of 37, and 31 are recovered. Seward County […]

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    KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health Department announces with regret, a ninth death in the district.  This individual was a male in his 70s from Dawson County.   This individual had been hospitalized prior to his death. Fourteen (14) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department from May 30th […]

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Today, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 1,620 total COVID-19 positive cases and 54 deaths. The county breakdown is as follows: Hall 1,533 cases and 41 deaths; Hamilton 61 cases and 13 deaths; and Merrick 26 cases and zero deaths. Based on the above, CDHD has advanced to PHASE I Directed Health […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska’s Lincoln campus will begin the fall semester online for one week, before students return for on-campus instruction for the first time since the shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the university announced plans for the fall semester that include remote learning starting […]

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The Custer County Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a COVID-19 Response Grant. The goal of the COVID-19 Response Grant is to provide nonprofit organizations with flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis in our community, particularly to address immediate basic needs, such as food insecurity or eviction […]

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May 29, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by just 2 cases in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 1 new case for a total of 46.  Of the 46, there are 37 recovered individuals. York County has 1 new case for a total of 36, and 31 are recovered. Seward […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open more camping opportunities in state park areas starting June 4, when all previous temporary restrictions on recreational vehicle and tent camping will be removed. Designated beaches and swimming areas also will open June 4. All reservation-only campsites and first-come campsites — other than at […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at an afternoon press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts shared new demographic data on coronavirus cases and fatalities.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership with Local Health Departments, has been working diligently to collect and compile the data. DHHS CEO Dannette R. Smith joined the Governor to provide coronavirus […]

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LINCOLN – During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by 23 to 170, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 13,654, marking an increase of 1,992 from last Friday. Local health […]

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) worked in collaboration with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska’s National Guard, Region 26 Emergency Management and Burwell EMS/Fire Department to conduct a mass testing event on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The testing was held at the Burwell Fire Hall. The event was […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open more camping opportunities in state park areas starting June 4, when all previous temporary restrictions on recreational vehicle and tent camping will be removed. Designated beaches and swimming areas also will open June 4. All reservation-only campsites and first-come campsites — other than at […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 29, 2020, there are 1,593 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 53 deaths. By county these are 1,507 cases and 40 deaths in Hall County; 60 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County; and 26 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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Academic Calendar On Thursday, we announced a modification to the fall semester’s academic calendar. Classes will start on campus on Aug. 10, two weeks earlier than scheduled, and will conclude Nov. 24, before Thanksgiving. With this change, students will not be required to return to campus after Thanksgiving until the spring semester. To accommodate this […]

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  KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney plans to begin its fall academic calendar on Aug. 24 as originally planned and will make adjustments to the schedule to enhance safety and maintain flexibility in response to COVID-19. The University of Nebraska Provost, following procedures outlined by university policy, convened the academic calendar committee. The […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 28, 2020) – Nebraska Tourism’s 2020 Nebraska Passport program officially begins on Monday, June 1. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. Travelers will have from June 1 through October 31 to visit attractions and receive stamps. “We […]

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