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News Bites

  • Otoe County Clerk Says ‘No Same Sex Marriage Licenses’

    In response to Monday’s ruling, Otoe County Clerk Janene Bennett repeated her statement that she would not issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, if Judge Bataillon is upheld, because of her First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. She said Monday that two other staff members in her office have said they would issue the licenses. The Otoe County office has issued an average of 90 licenses per year since 1994.

  • ‘‘I‘m So Farming’’: They Might As Well Be Nebraskans

    Have you seen the popular farm parodies by PetersonFarmBros.com? Based in Assaria, Kan., their humorous music videos actually do a good job teaching the public about agriculture. Millions of hits have turned them into a popular brand, though their main gig is still beef cattle, wheat, corn, alfalfa, milo and soybeans. Take a look.

  • Cheerleaders, Dance Teams Compete in Grand Island

    With all the state tournaments going on in wrestling, swimming and basketball these days, it's of note that the state competition for high school cheerleaders and dance teams also is on the books. Competing at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, these schools took the top spots: Click Here

  • Bald Eagle Population Soaring in Nebraska

    State Game and Parks personnel located 146 bald eagle nests last year, 111 of which were active. That's a striking turnaround from 25 years ago, when the species was nonexistent in Nebraska. Bald eagles are no longer on federal and state endangered species lists. But wildlife experts urge giving them as wide a berth as possible to disrupt them as little as possible. With a long lens and a lot of patience, photographers such as Paul Julian of Hastings can get a shot like this, which he made into a composite.

  • Pro BBall Coming to ‘The Vault’

    Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena will host former Creighton great Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 23.
  • Madison County Wins Unique Award: Bug Eggs?!?

    It's no laughing matter: Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN) caused an estimated $30 million in soybean crop damage last year. So the Nebraska Soybean Board encourages producers to send soil samples in for testing to help battle the bugs. Recently, in the 6th Annual 'Tode Awards, Madison County "won" for the most eggs of SCN in a 100-cc soil sample. How many eggs, would you guess? 100? 250? Nooooo. 108,160.
  • Beatrice Hosts Talk On Sod House Quilts

    Lincoln author and speaker Stephanie Grace Whitson will speak on "Nebraska's Sod House Homemakers and Their Quilts" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice.

  • It’s a Goose­nado!!!

    That’s what Dustin Oligmueller of Kearney quips about this amazing swirl of snow geese. He took the photo with his Galaxy phone the other day on Highway 30 between Kearney and Grand Island.

  • Pizza Chain Opens In Ak-Sar-Ben Area

    Pie Five Pizza Co. is set to open today in the Ak-Sar-Ben Center at 72nd and Poppleton in Omaha. The chain of fast-baked, made-to-order pizza boasts more than 400 announced franchises. This is its first location in Nebarska.

  • Downtown Lincoln Gets Noticed

    The NEBRASKAland Foundation honored three people at its annual Statehood Day dinner at the state capitol last weekend. Congratulations to Omaha North High School Principal Gene Haynes, who served the Omaha Public Schools for 48 years as a teacher, coach and administrator; former governor and U.S. senator Mike Johanns, and Kearney's Paul Younes, a hospitality industry leader and Nebraska Business Hall of Famer.

  • BFF With Food: Is It Time to Join a CSA?

    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a cool way to support local farmers and become BFF's with your food. Now is the time of year to sign up and invest. Most CSA's in Nebraska will offer you a box of weekly veggies, fruits and other edible bounty that travels a dozen or two miles to your kitchen, not 1,500 miles. They'll back it up with storage tips, recipes and much more. Google Maps can pinpoint a close one, or try clicking here.

  • Ag Careers Making $ and Sense

    Careers in agriculture and natural resources have broken into the top five in a ranking of lifetime earnings. Starting salaries in ag and natural resources average $51,220 and lifetime earnings average $2.6 million. Only engineering, computer science, math and sciences and business promise more money. This is according to a USAToday.com report using Census data and employer surveys.

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