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Nebraska State Patrol Issues 486 Citations during NHTSA Regional Speed Enforcement

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

From September 23-25, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol issued 486 speed citations during participation in the area’s first Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign, spearheaded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the State Highway Safety Offices.
Law enforcement officers from Nebraska joined their counterparts in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma to (more…)

Senior Golf Will Be In Wakefield Next Tuesday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

NE Nebraska Senior Golf league was scheduled to play in Laurel next week on Monday but has now been moved to Logan Valley Golf Course in Wakefield on Tuesday October 4 at 10 a.m.

NE Nebraska Senior Golf is open to men 50 and over. No league fees, just pay for the day you play.  Lunch is available after (more…)

NSP Continues Husker Football Special Enforcement

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The Nebraska State Patrol will continue its special enforcement efforts during the remaining four Husker home football games. During the first three UNL home football games special enforcement efforts designed to ease traffic congestion and reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes resulted in citations and warnings for speeding (119), Driving Under the Influence (1), Driving Under Suspension (1), and No Seat Belt (2). In addition, motorist assistance was provided to two drivers.
“We had a few chain reaction rear-end crashes during these first home games,” said Captain Lance Rogers, Commander Headquarters Troop-Lincoln. “With increased traffic volumes we would (more…)

Health Alert Issued For Willow Creek Lake In Pierce

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The state has issued a health alert at Rockford Lake in Gage County, and Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. An alert continues at Big Indian Creek Lake in Gage County, and an alert has ended at Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County. (more…)

Farmers And Ranchers Have Until October 21 To Sign Up For NRCS Funds

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Farmers and ranchers interested in soil, water and wildlife conservation are encouraged to sign up now for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in receiving finding should sign up before Oct. 21, 2016.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available to private landowners and operators. Through EQIP, farmers (more…)

Unicameral Update By Senator Dave Bloomfield

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The election is about six and one half weeks away and there will be more on your ballot than whom you want to serve as president. On November 8, Nebraskans will decide whether to retain or repeal the death penalty.

Voters will be asked to vote on Referendum No. 426. Voting on this referendum is not as easy as voting to retain or repeal the death penalty because you are actually voting on if you want to retain or repeal LB268 – the bill that passed in 2015 that (more…)

WHO & Gardner Library Present Author Mary Connealy

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The Wakefield Heritage Organization & Gardner Library jointly present and invite you to meet Mary Connealy at the Gardner Library on October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. Mary will talk about the historical research that goes into her books, and will have books on hand for purchase and autographs.

Mary is a nationally known author from Decatur, NE. and has penned over 40 books using a mix of history & old west (more…)

Multiple Vehicle Crash Claims Three Lives On I-80

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Three people were killed and two others injured in a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near the Gibbon exit in Buffalo County according to a Nebraska State Patrol press release issued on Saturday.
The crash occurred around 4:22 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, eastbound I-80 (mm 286) one mile east of the Gibbon exit, when an eastbound semi in the driving lane blew a tire as it was being passed by a 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup. The semi, struck the pickup causing both vehicles to go through the median and into the westbound lanes of traffic. The semi, then struck the (more…)

Trojans Win On The Road

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

The Wakefield Trojan Football Team traveled to Plainview on Friday night defeating the Pirates 30-20 to improve to 3-1 on the season while dropping Plainview to 1-3. Wakefield will be back home next week when they host Hartington-Newcastle on Friday September 30. H-N comes into the contest with a 3-1 record after losing to Creighton Friday night 74-0. This will be Homecoming for the Trojans with a scheduled 3 p.m. kickoff.

Nebraska Tourism Service Project in Northeast Nebraska This Weekend

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Nebraska Tourism Commission’s third Nebraska Tourism Serves project will take place in northeast Nebraska today and tomorrow. Nebraska Tourism Serves brings volunteers together to celebrate and restore beloved tourist destinations in our state.

This weekend’s project will be along the 240-mile Shannon Trail in northeast Nebraska. The trail is spread out among 16 historic communities. Those lending-a-hand will assist in replacing two of the 13 life-size wooden chainsaw statues of Private Shannon that mark the trail. In the application, Laurie Larsen with Shannon Trail Promoters, said, “All sites have shrubs and/or flowers or grass (more…)

More Details Released About Fatal Shooting By Deputy

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Cass County Attorney’s Office has released the names of the Deputy and suspect in the officer involved shooting in Louisville, in Cass County.
Around 7:12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Cass County Deputy Tyler Reiff (WM) 25, made a traffic stop of a maroon 1992 Buick Century, near 1st and Cherry Streets in Louisville. The vehicle driven by Austin M. Baier, (WM) 23, Louisville was stopped following reports of reckless driving.
After initially stopping his vehicle, Baier drove off a short distance. After stopping a second time, Baier got out of the car and confronted the deputy. An altercation ensued, and shots were fired by (more…)

Women to Get “Pumped About Agriculture” at Northeast’s AG-ceptional Conference

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A woman who speaks on her insights, experiences and perspectives on modern agriculture will be one of the keynote speakers at the 8thannual Northeast Community College AG-ceptional Women’s Conference this fall.

Registration is currently underway for the day-long conference to be held on Friday, November 18, in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. The AG-ceptional Women’s Conference is Northeast Nebraska’s premier event (more…)

New Roads, Expressway Construction Will Improve Safety And Help Fulfill Vision

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) announced $300 million in new transportation projects that will be constructed and funded by the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) and the Transportation Innovation Act (TIA).  In addition to the eight projects funded for construction by this investment, NDOR will begin design (more…)

State Patrol Watching For Speeders This Weekend

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Motorists enjoying the first signs of Fall are advised to maintain the speed limit as they travel this weekend. During the weekend of September 23-25, the Nebraska State Patrol will join participating law enforcement from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma in a Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign. Officers will be on the look-out for those who are traveling above the speed limit on all roadways.

“We are excited to partner with our fellow law enforcement agencies to draw attention to the need for voluntary compliance as we work to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes,” said Colonel (more…)

Growing Trade with Japan By Governor Pete Ricketts

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016



Trade has helped grow Nebraska for decades.  Whether you are a rancher who exports beef to Japan or a center pivot manufacturer who has expanded your operations to China, trade has been critical to growing our Nebraska farms, ranches, and businesses.  Just look at the numbers: In 2014, Nebraska exported a total of $10.66 billion worth of goods, of which $6.59 billion worth was ag-based.  Whatever pessimism we hear about trade from politicians these days, it is critical that we remember how key our trade relationships are to growing opportunities for the next generation (more…)

State Patrol Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Cass County Attorney’s Office, is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Louisville in Cass County. At approximately 7:12pm, Wednesday, Sept. 21, a Cass County deputy stopped a vehicle near First and Cherry Street in Louisville. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle earlier reported as being driven recklessly in the area. The male driver exited the vehicle and approached the deputy. A confrontation ensued and the Deputy fired his service weapon, fatally wounding the subject.  An autopsy will be conducted later (more…)

2016 Burger Eating Contest Winner Announced

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016


Ten contestants participated in the 3rd Annual Bob’s Burger Eating Contest at Ponca State Park during the Missouri River Outdoor Expo on Sunday, September 18th.  Jeremy Randall from Douglas, NE became the 2016 Champion Burger Boss with a time of 4.51 minutes.  That breaks the record he set in 2014 of 5.48 minutes.  For breaking the 2014 record Jeremy (more…)

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Congressman Bill Barrett

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in honor of Congressman Bill Barrett of Lexington who passed away earlier this week. Governor Ricketts also issued a statement about the Congressman’s passing:

“Susanne and I are deeply saddened by Congressman Barrett’s passing.  I first met him when I was traveling the state about 10 years ago, and he was eager to offer his insights and guidance.  He (more…)

Wakefield goes 2-0 In Home Triangular

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Wakefield Varsity Volleyball team defeated Randolph tonight 26-24, 25-18. Wakefield defeated Allen 25-10, 25-16. Randolph defeated Allen 15-25, 25-21 & 25-18.  Wakefield will compete in the Wausa Triangular against Wausa and Hartington next Tuesday September 27.

Fundraiser Being Planned

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Wakefield Ministerium and other individuals are planning a fundraiser to help raise money for the Nunez/Jimenez house project that was recently completed in Wakefield. The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 25 at the American Legion Hall in Wakefield from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A luncheon of pulled pork sandwiches, salads and desserts will be served for a free will donation. There will also be raffles on assorted items.

Future of Nebraska’s Fisheries to be Discussed at Public Meetings

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources. Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s participation in the planning process is encouraged.

Each meeting will include an overview of the Commission’s Fisheries Division, an outline of the planning process and (more…)

Fan Bus Being Organized For Plainview Football Game

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

According to the Wakefield Community Facebook Page, Wakefield Schools will be sending one fan bus to the game in Plainview on Friday, Sep. 23. The bus will leave at 5:30 p.m. Seats will be opened up to 7-12 grade students first. Students must pay $6 to sign up for the bus which includes $4 for game admission. The bus is offered to the first 40 students who sign up and pay their $6. If the seats are not filled, then it will be opened up to elementary students. Any student in 6th (more…)

Record High Corn & Soybean Crop Forecast By USDA

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 corn crop is forecast at a record high
1.73 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.40 million acres, up 3 percent from a year ago.
Average yield is forecast at 184 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last year.
Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high 310 million bushels, up 1 percent from last (more…)

Unicameral Update By Senator Dave Bloomfield

Monday, September 19th, 2016

State law will require schools to use a college entrance exam in lieu of statewide assessments by 2017. This past week the Nebraska Department of Education took action a year early to give all juniors the ACT in the spring of 2017.

The ACT use to be known as American College Testing but in 1996 they officially shortened the name to ACT. Just like the ACT in 1997, SAT dropped the meaning, which had been the Scholastic Assessment Test or Scholastic Aptitude Test.

The ACT is the college entrance exam that most Nebraska students take but the department did have proposals from both (more…)

Game And Parks Seeks Public’s Help In Tracking Monarch Habitat

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission needs the public’s help in documenting new and existing habitat for monarch butterflies.

The public is encouraged to enter plantings of milkweed into the Monarch Tracker, which is available on the Game and Parks website. Doing so will help Game and Parks identify areas where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly flora can be (more…)

#4 SMSU Hands #2 WSC First Loss Of The Season

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

#4 Southwest Minnesota State handed #2 Wayne State its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference volleyball as the Mustangs topped the Wildcats 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 9-1 and 1-1 in the NSIC while SMSU is 7-3 and 1-1 in league play.

The first set featured seven ties and four lead changes between the two clubs. SMSU held an early 13-9 lead forcing a (more…)

#24 Bemidji State Takes Down Wayne State 45-17

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Bemidji State scored on four of their first five possessions to build a 24-0 lead as the 24th-ranked Beavers defeated Wayne State College 45-17 Saturday evening in Northern Sun Conference football played at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minnesota. The host Beavers move to 3-0 on the season while WSC falls to 0-3.

The Beavers scored on four of their first five possessions to take a 24-0 lead on the Wildcats. Issac Aanerud booted a (more…)

Wakefield Drops Game At Pender

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

The Pender Pendragon football team handed Wakefield their first loss of the season in Pender on Friday night 46-22. Wakefield held an 8-6 lead after one quarter of play but Pender took a 22-16 lead going into the locker room at halftime and extended the lead to 30-16 after 3 quarters of play. Solomon Peitz was 8 of 17 throwing the football for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Daniel Nuno ran the ball 16 times for 68 yards rushing. Noah Lamprecht was the leading receiver catching the (more…)

Area Rainfalls for Sept. 15-16

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The following are rainfall totals for Sept. 15-16.

Wayne – .20

Norfolk – .43

Sioux City – .62 (more…)

Wakefield volleyball falls to Pender in four sets

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Wakefield volleyball team hosted Pender Thursday night, and lost the match in four sets. After losing set one 25-20, Wakefield rallied to win the second set 25-21. Pender finished strong to win the game, beating Wakefield in the last two sets 25-17 and 25-13. Wakefield is back in action on Tuesday hosting Allen and Randolph in the Wakefield Triangular.

Gov. Ricketts to visit Wayne for Town Hall Meeting on Thursday

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

WAYNE – Gov. Pete Ricketts will be visit Wayne today for a town hall meeting, along with Sen. Dave Bloomfield. Ricketts says the town hall will be an opportunity for the public to voice any concerns and to hear state progress. The town hall will be at the Wayne Elkhorn Valley Bank, located at 411 E 7th St. at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. (more…)

Howells-Dodge Volleyball defeats Wakefield in three

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The Wakefield Trojans traveled to Howells-Dodge Tuesday night for volleyball action. Howells-Dodge defeated Wakefield in three sets, winning 25-11, 25-12, 25-10. Wakefield will host Pender tomorrow night and will also be celebrating Parents’ Night.

Wakefield finishes 0-3 on Saturday in Wakefield Volleyball Tournament

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The Wakefield Volleyball Tournament concluded on Saturday with Wakefield finishing 0-3 on the day. Wakefield lost to Stanton; 25-16, 25-13, and fell to Homer in three sets during the consolation bracket; 25-27, 25-16, 22-25. In the seventh place game, Wakefield was defeated by Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons Decatur Northeast in three sets; 12-25, 25-12, 21-25. Wakefield is now 2-8 overall.

Wakefield 1-1 On Thursday

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Wakefield varsity volleyball team defeated Laurel-Concord 25-16, 25-20 on Thursday night but fell to Lutheran High Northeast 19-25, 17-25. The Trojans are now 2-5 heading into Saturday’s home tournament action.

Corrections Reform Continues By Governor Pete Ricketts

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Over the past few years, you’ve read a lot about the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS).  From sentencing miscalculations to population issues to staffing challenges, the agency has faced numerous hurdles.

Since taking office a year and a half ago, my administration has prioritized Corrections reform because the work of the agency is key to protecting public safety.  A national search in partnership with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce helped us recruit Scott Frakes, who has been leading reform efforts over the past 18 months.  Together, we have been working to automate prison (more…)

Second Annual BBQ Bash This Weekend

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The second annual BBQ Bash will be held on Friday September 9 and Saturday September 10 in Wakefield. For more information click here. (more…)

Wayne State College Volleyball Moves Up To 3rd In Top 25

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The Wayne State College volleyball team moved up three spots to third in the first regular season AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released Monday afternoon. The Wildcats have extended their streak of consecutive national rankings to 90 dating back to September (more…)

Community Club Meets On Thursday

Monday, September 5th, 2016

The monthly meeting of the Wakefield Community Club will take place at 9 a.m. this Thursday September 8 at the Gardner Senior Center. One of the topics to be discussed will the holiday promotion.

Wakefield Goes 1-4 In Northeast Nebraska Classic

Monday, September 5th, 2016

The Wakefield Varsity volleyball team came away with only 1 win while competing in the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic held on Thursday and Saturday with games taking place in both Wisner and Pender. Wakefield went 0-3 on Saturday. Here are the results from Saturday’s games.

Archbishop Bergan def. Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 19-25, 25-23, 25-15 (2-1) (more…)

Wakefield Goes 1-1 In Pool Play

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

The Wakefield Varsity Volleyball Team is competing in the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic today taking place in Pender and Wisner. Wakefield’s games will be played in Pender today. Here are the scores from last Thursday night.

Wakefield def. BRLD, 22-25, 25-17, 26-24 (2-1)

North Bend Central def. Wakefield, 25-10, 25-16 (2-0) (more…)