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State Fire Marshall Issues Final Nehawka Fatality Fire Release

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

This is the final news release from the State Fire Marshal Office regarding the fatality fire that occurred on October 20 in rural Nehawka, Cass County Nebraska.  At 12:07 a.m. on the morning of October 20, 2016, a fire occurred in the two story residence owned and occupied by John & Michelle Speer located at 10014 McKelvie Rd, Nehawka, Nebraska. A team of Nebraska State Fire Marshal Investigators aided by the Cass County Sheriff Office, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, and area fire departments that responded to the fire have completed the investigation of the fire scene to develop the origin and cause of the fire which resulted in the deaths of John Speer age 36, Michelle Speer age 36, and four children ages 11, 7, 5, and 2. (more…)

Controlling Spending By Governor Pete Ricketts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Balancing the state budget and controlling spending are fundamental to good state governance.  Just like any well-managed household, the State of Nebraska must balance our budget.  We do not spend money we do not have.

This may seem like common sense, but Nebraska is unique among states for its fiscal responsibility.  This fiscal restraint has earned Nebraska high national rankings.  For example, according to Moody’s, Nebraska ranks in the top ten among (more…)

Prospects Look Good As Pheasant Season Opens Oct. 29

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Prospects look good for Nebraska’s pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season, which opens Oct. 29.

Conditions for upland birds are better than in recent years, and pheasant and quail abundance in Nebraska this year is higher than the five-year average over most of the state. Most of the state, which experienced a generally mild winter, received timely spring rainfall, producing abundant nesting and brood-rearing cover for pheasants.

Pheasant abundance this fall should be similar or slightly lower than during the 2015 hunting season, which saw a 26 (more…)

Best year yet for Nebraska Passport program, Ponca woman wins grand prize

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The tales shared by travelers on NebraskaPassport.com tell a story of an exciting summer for the participants of the 2016 Nebraska Passport program. Some saying, “We never knew that there were this many wonderful places to visit,” and “Lots of miles, lots of fun.” This year 168 participants submitted Passports with all 80 stops stamped, that number is more than (more…)

Wakefield Defeats Walthill

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

The Lewis and Clark Conference volleyball tournament began on Saturday with the #8 Wakefield Trojans playing #9 Walthill in Wynot in first round action. The Trojans defeated Walthill 25-14, 25-13 advancing to the next round to face #1 seed Wynot. It was a straight set victory for Wynot as they defeated Wakefield 25-22, 25-11, 28-26.

Trojans End Season With Win

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

In the final football game for the season, the Wakefield Trojans defeated Niobrara / Verdigre 72-20 before a home field crowd. Wakefield finishes their season with record of 6-2.

Wakefield Goes 1-1 In Triangular

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The Wakefield Volleyball team traveled to Winnebago for a triangular with Homer and Winnebago on Thursday in Winnebago. In the first match Wakefield defeated Winnebago 25-13, 25-10 (2-0). In the second match Homer defeated (more…)

Voter Registration Exceeds Expectations; Counties Busy With Early Voters

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

County election officials are busy with early voting, both by mail and at their offices. Secretary of State John Gale says of counties that have reported totals to his office thus far, 41,938 ballots have been returned or cast in person at county election offices through October 14.

“One of the things we’re anxiously watching is how the percentage of early voting plays into the number of voters who (more…)

Wakefield WIC and Immunization Clinic

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Wakefield will hold the Wakefield WIC and Immunization clinic on Monday October 24th, 2016 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Evangelical Covenant Church 805 Winter St Wakefield, Ne.  For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.

NENCAP’s WIC Program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible pregnant, breast-feeding (more…)

Understanding the Death Penalty By Governor Pete Ricketts

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Public safety is one of my top priorities as your Governor.  One of the tools law enforcement needs to keep our families and communities safe is laws that are tough-on-crime.  Criminal penalties like mandatory sentencing laws, three-strikes laws, and the death penalty act as deterrents and provide justice.

Last year, the Legislature passed Legislative Bill 268 to abolish the death penalty.  There was an immediate effort to allow (more…)

Every Day Is Drug Take Back Day In Nebraska

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

It’s the time of year where ghouls, monsters, and super heroes go door-to-door asking for candy. Help keep all our trick-or-treaters safe this year from accidental poisoning. Many medications found in homes can easily be mistaken for candy. According to a report from Safe Kids Worldwide “about 165 young children are seen in emergency rooms after getting into (more…)

Battle Creek Defeats Wakefield

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Battle Creek hosted the Wakefield Trojan varsity volleyball team on Monday evening. It was all Battle Creek as they improved to 13-9 defeating Wakefield in straight sets 25-15, 25-8, 24-14. With the loss, the Trojans fall to 8-13 on the season. Wakefield goes back on the road Thursday October 20 to face Winnebago who is 5-17.

Bears No Match For Trojans

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Bears hosted the Wakefield Trojan football team in Laurel on Friday night in varsity action. Trailing 8-6 after one quarter of play the Trojans exploded for 22 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 28-8 at the half. Each team scored 16 points in the third quarter but Wakefield put the game away in the fourth quarter scoring 24 points to win the game 68-24. Wakefield improves to 6-2 on the season and will host Niobrara/Verdigre on Friday night.

Wind, Fog, Sun and High Flying in Wakefield

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


It was a roller coaster of weather for the Balloon Days celebration in Wakefield. For the balloonists, high winds grounded them from launching Friday evening and Saturday morning. As the day progressed though, beautiful unseasonably warm weather graced the community as winds became light and sunshine greeted those that came for the car show, parade, street faire and the many other activities. Saturday evening 6 of the 7 balloons attending this year were able to launch and the night glow was (more…)

Balloon Days Begins Today

Friday, October 14th, 2016


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Balloon Days kicked off in Wakefield on Friday with Grandparent’s Day at the Wakefield Elementary School. The “Kite Guy” returned again this year and is set up down at the school. A balloon launch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today but as of 2 p.m. on Friday, the winds were gusting over 21 mph making it doubtful that a balloon launch would happen today. A look at the forecast indicates the best chance for launches would be Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning at this point but that could change. Other activities scheduled for this weekend include a Steak Fry, Omelet (more…)

Public Encouraged To Report Whooping Crane Sightings

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts. Report any (more…)

Wayne State College Hosts Military Events at Homecoming

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


Wayne State College hosted a military reunion brunch during Homecoming, Oct. 8. Front from left are: Christiaan and Aiden, Ben (back left), Cortney and Caleb West. The family received t-shirts from the Wayne State College Alumni
office. Ben West earned his military commission in December 1997.

Community Club Meets Thursday

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The October meeting of the Wakefield Community Club will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday October 13 at the Gardner Senior Center hosted by the Wakefield Balloon Days committee.

Freeze Warning Issued

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016


The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday for a good portion of Eastern Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. Widespread temperatures of 32 degrees or colder are likely across the area with the coldest temperatures expected to occur in Northeast Nebraska and Northwest Iowa where temperatures may fall into the mid 20’s. This would be the first freeze of autumn in many locations and would mark the end of the growing season for crops and sensitive vegetation.

Wakefield Makes Short Work Of Emerson-Hubbard

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The Wakefield Trojan Volleyball team traveled to Emerson Thursday night to face the Pirates in varsity volleyball action. The Trojans defeated Emerson-Hubbard in straight sets 25-12, 25-10, 25-19. Wakefield will be back on the road again on Monday October 17 at Battle Creek.

Wakefield At Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Game To Be Broadcast Live

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Wakefield travels to Laurel Friday night to face the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge bears in varsity football action. The game is scheduled to be broadcast live on Big Red Country 104.9 KTCH-FM in Wayne. Brady Bristol and Connor Ryan will call the game with pre-game scheduled for 6:45 p.m. The game will also be streamed live at waynedailynews.com. Go to this link just before pre-game. https://www.network1sports.com/station/ktch

18th Annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park Continues This Weekend

Monday, October 10th, 2016

hallowfest-2016The spooks are gathering for the 18th Annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park, Saturday, October 15th. The day begins with crafts 9:30 am – 11:30 am. You can make Halloween stick puppets, paper plate spiders, fall wreath of leaves, pinecone owl witches, and woodland creature masks. $1.00 per craft. At 1:00 pm we will put your bowling skills to the test. Compete with (more…)

Farm Service Agency Issues Safety-Net Payments in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dan Steinkruger said that Nebraska farms enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will soon receive about $645 million in financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the previous direct payments program that provided funds even in good years,” said SED Steinkruger. (more…)

Trojan Band Participates In Homecoming Parade

Sunday, October 9th, 2016


Wayne State College Homecoming festivities over the weekend included a parade on Saturday morning. The annual Homecoming parade has incorporated band day as well intermixing marching bands among the other parade entries. Wakefield’s varsity marching band took part in the day’s festivities.

Bears Defeat Trojans

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Wakefield Trojan volleyball team traveled to Laurel on Saturday for a match with Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. The Trojans lost the first 2 sets 25-27, 29-31 but fought back to take the next 2 sets 25-21, 25-7 to force a 5th set. Wakefield forced extra match points before losing the last set 15-17. Wakefield falls to 7-12 while LCC improves to 7-13. Wakefield will (more…)

Creighton Overpowers Wakefield

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Creighton improved to 5-1 with an impressive 70-20 victory over the Wakefield Trojans on Friday night. The Trojans fall to 4-2 on the season. Wakefield will be back on the road Friday night to face Laurel.

Wakefield High School 6 6 0 8 20
Creighton 22 24 16 8 70


Rain And Frost Hits Area

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The weather station 4 miles northeast of Wakefield recorded .37″ of precipitation on Thursday. A frost advisory was issued for Thursday night into Friday morning and with good reason. The temperature dropped to 32″ twice overnight as residents were greeted with frosty windshields Friday morning.

Frost Advisory Issued For Thursday Night

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a frost
advisory… which is in effect from 3 am to 9 am CDT Friday.
* Weather conditions… temperatures will fall to the 32 to 35 (more…)

Ponca Defeats Wakefield

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Wakefield Trojans varsity volleyball team lost Tuesday’s home match against Ponca. Wakefield took the first set 25-20 but fell 10-25, 13-25 & 23-25 in the next 3 sets to give the win to Ponca. Wakefield is now 7-11 and will be on the road Saturday October 8 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. (more…)

Equality. Liberty. Respect. By Governor Pete Ricketts

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

From Presidential debates to football fields, America is having a discussion about injustice.  We are an imperfect country.  There is no doubt America has a checkered history with how we have treated individuals of various races and ethnicities.  And there is no doubt social injustice and bigotry still exist.

However, America is a nation founded on high ideals which are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  The notion that our flag represents the imperfections of a (more…)

Weather Is Changing

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

A total of 1.45″ of rainfall was recorded Northeast of Wakefield on Tuesday. Rain fell periodically throughout the day, heavy at times. The National Weather Service says patchy frost is possible on Friday morning in Northeast Nebraska with near freezing temperatures possible in Northeast Nebraska on Saturday morning.

Northeast Nebraska Represented At Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Kylie Krivohlavek of Seward was the overall champion of the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational for the second year in a row, hitting 35 of 40 targets. The event took place Sept. 24 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow.

Krivohlavek was followed by High Boy James Simpson of Wayne and High Girl Kaitlynn Pavel of York, who each hit 33 (more…)

Health Alert In Effect For Willow Creek Lake

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

A health alert is in effect for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Merritt Reservoir in Cherry County. The health alert was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lakes during (more…)

Wakefield Defeats Osmond

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The Wakefield Trojan Volleyball team hosted Osmond on Thursday night defeating the Osmond Tigers in 3 sets 25-15, 25-22 & 25-20. Wakefield is now 7-10 on the season. Next up for the Varsity team is a home contest with Ponca on Tuesday October 4.

Wayne State Inducting Four Individuals Two Teams Into Athletic Hall Of Fame Next Weekend

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Three athletes, one contributor and two teams will be inducted into the Wayne State College Athletic Hall of Fame next weekend during Homecoming/Hall of Fame activities at Wayne State College October 6-8.  The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s home football game vs. #25 Augustana University at Bob Cunningham Field.  The honorees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during a banquet on Saturday evening, October 8 in the Frey (more…)

Homecoming Victory For Wakefield Trojans

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

On a beautiful afternoon in Wakefield, the Trojans took care of business on Homecoming defeating Hartington-Newcastle 63-24 on Friday. The Wildcats led 12-6 after the first quarter but the Trojans came back scoring 22 points in the second quarter to take a 28-12 lead going into halftime. Wakefield scored 29 points in the third and 6 more in the fourth quarter to (more…)

Community Wide Clean-Up Day Saturday

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wakefield will hold a community wide clean-up day on Saturday, October 1. This is open to Wakefield residents only and a current utility bill will be required. Trash should be delivered to the East Side of the City Garage from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Items accepted include: Old furniture, appliances, mattresses, rolls of carpet, used wood, iron and anything else within reason at (more…)

Wakefield Homecoming Game Will Be Broadcast Live

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Hartington-Newcastle comes into town Friday afternoon to face the Wakefield Trojans on Homecoming. If you can’t make it to the 3 p.m. game, you can hear all the action on Big Red Country 104.9 with pregame set to begin at 2:45 p.m. Brady Bristol and Connor Ryan will be calling the game. The game will also be streamed live at waynedailynews.com or go to this (more…)

Highway Travel Update for Husker Home Games

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Nebraska Department of Roads advises motorists of several

reminders when traveling to and from the next Husker football game in Lincoln on Saturday, October 1.

In an effort to relieve congestion on US-6 and around the Waverly Interchange (I-80 Exit 409), motorists

leaving Lincoln and wishing to travel east on I-80 are urged to access the interstate at one of the other (more…)

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Memory of Shimon Peres

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On Wednesday, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from President Barack Obama, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel. Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on September 30, 2016.  A copy of the presidential proclamation can be found here.