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The 2016 Nebraska State Fair Begins Today

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Nebraska State Fair begins today and runs through September 5 in Grand Island with hundreds of exhibits and activities for the whole family. Nebraska tourism will be there too with the Wide Open Imagination Zone.  (more…)

Nearly 20″ Of Rainfall So Far

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

On Tuesday weather information from 3 miles east and 2 miles north of Wakefield showed 2.05 inches of rainfall occurred. For the year, 19.78″of rainfall has occurred.

Campaign Signs Don’t Belong on Highway Right-of-Way

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) is reminding Nebraskans that it is against the law to erect political campaign signs, or any signs, on state highway right-of-way.  Various sizes of signs often appear along roadsides around national and local election time.

NDOR maintenance crews will remove signs that are improperly placed within the state highway (more…)

Affordable Loans At 1% Interest Available For Home Improvements And Appliances

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announces that adequate funding remains available to assist very low income households with home improvements and appliances.

Rural Development’s Home Repair Loan program offers low-interest (1 percent) loans, up to $20,000, to very low income rural homeowners.  Loans may be used to repair, improve or modernize homes or to (more…)

Safety Info Provided by Patrol at Nebraska State Fair

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Safety information and giveaways will again be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to visitors during the 147th Nebraska State Fair, August 26- Sept. 5, at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Located in the 4H&FFA Exhibition building on the north end of the State Fairgrounds, the which will be staffed by both sworn and civilian members of the agency will include information on career (more…)

Tickets On Sale For Ladies Night Out

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The Wakefield American Legion Auxiliary will be sponsoring Ladies Night Out on Wednesday, September 14. The event will be held at the Wakefield Legion Hall beginning at 5 p.m. A lunch consisting of four salads, dessert and beverage will be served with the opportunity to shop a variety of vendors offered until 8 p.m.  Door prizes, given by the vendors will be awarded every half hour with (more…)

WIC & Immunization Clinic At Evangelical Covenant Church

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership will hold a WIC & Immunization Clinic on Monday August 22 at the Evangelical Covenant Church at 805 Winter Street in Wakefield from 9:30 am-3:00 pm.    www.nencap.org

Game and Parks Returning to 2016 State Fair with New Features, Lots of Activities

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will return to the Nebraska Building for the 2016 Nebraska State Fair with a full schedule of fun activities for the entire family.

Popular features and activities include an indoor archery range, indoor air gun range, kids’ Nerf gun range, 6,000-gallon aquarium featuring Nebraska fish, indoor meandering stream, kids’ games, (more…)

Nebraska Crop Production Report

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 corn production is forecast at a record high of 1.76 billion bushels, up 4 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 187 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year and the highest on record.
Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high of 310 million bushels, up 1 percent from (more…)

Medicare Patients May Contact PMC for Assistance With Medicare Open Enrollment Questions

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

From October 15th through December 7th, people who are on Medicare and enrolled in Medicare Part D, can choose to switch plans.  If you need assistance with this process or simply have questions, you may contact Leslie Schulz or Kiley Wohlers at Providence Medical Centers Social Service Department at 402-375-7938.

“This open enrollment period gives Medicare patients a chance to review their current drug plan or (more…)

USDA NASS To Collect 2016 Small Grain Production And Crop Stocks Data

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will
be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2016 production and supply of small grains, which
include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
“The small grains industry is important to Nebraska agriculture and it is crucial for everyone to (more…)

Troopers Participate in You Drink, You Drive, You Lose Enforcement

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Beginning last Friday, August 19 and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, Sept., 5, the Nebraska State Patrol will participate in the “You Drink, You Drive You Lose” (YDYDYL) campaign, a nationwide effort to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.

Troopers and communications specialists will put in overtime hours during the enforcement period (more…)

NE Senior Golf Group Will Play In Pender This Week

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

NE Nebraska Senior Golf will play at Twin Creeks Golf Club in Pender on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. This is a change from the original schedule. 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 each game for those who wish to stay.  All skill levels participate as you play against your own handicap.  Just show up (preferably 30 minutes before (more…)

Health Advisory in Effect For Willow Creek Lake In Pierce

Friday, August 19th, 2016

LINCOLN – A health advisory remains in effect for a second week at Branched Oak and Pawnee lakes in Lancaster County. Additionally, an advisory is in effect at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. During testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated levels of toxic blue-green algae at the lakes. Visitors to Branched Oak, Pawnee and Willow Creek state recreation areas should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. The lakes will be tested weekly through the summer months, and the health advisory will be lifted if the algae levels return to normal. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering these parks.

2 Northeast Nebraska Men Report Having Travel-related Zika Virus

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Two more cases of travel-related Zika virus were recently reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services bringing the total to six. Both were men 40 to 55-years-old from northeastern Nebraska. They had recently traveled to a Zika-affected country. Neither one was hospitalized.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of a mosquito. Although the virus usually (more…)

Letters of Intent Signed in Taiwan, More Export Opportunities Sought for Nebraska Agricultural Products

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

On Wednesday, a Nebraska trade delegation, led by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director (NDA) Greg Ibach, participated in an official ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan to sign letters of intent to purchase more than $400 million in Nebraska agricultural products. The purchases will include wheat, corn, (more…)

Commission Adopts Some Fee Increases, Recognizes Partners

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted fee increases to some permits and stamps at its meeting Aug. 18 in Broken Bow.

Fee increases, which will take effect with 2017 permits, were approved for several permits, including hunting, big game, fishing, and paddlefish, as well as for habitat, aquatic habitat and Nebraska migratory (more…)

Maintenance Work Scheduled North Of Wayne

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The Nebraska Department of Roads’ maintenance forces will begin armor coating on N-15 from Wayne to the N-15/N-116 junction on August 18, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers and a pilot car.  Motorists can expect reduced speed, slight delays and loose gravel on the roadway.  Anticipated completion date is late afternoon on August 23.  Please use caution (more…)

Growing Trade with Taiwan By Governor Pete Ricketts

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Trade helps grow Nebraska.  From commodities like corn and soybeans to beef and pork, Nebraska reaps the benefits of international trade to the tune of about $10 billion.  We didn’t achieve this level of success overnight—it has been the product of a lot of hard work in building trade relationships with countries around the world.  With low commodity prices right now, it is particularly important we work to expand trade opportunities and open up new markets across the globe.

Last week, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and I announced that Nebraska would be signing letters of intent with Taiwan to expand our trade relationship with the country.  (more…)

Wakefield Boy Scout Paper Drive Will Be Held On Saturday

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The Wakefield Boy Scouts will conduct their monthly paper drive on Saturday, August 20.  Paper and aluminum beverage cans should be placed in paper grocery bags or boxes and set at the curb by 8:00 am. Please no plastic, no cardboard and no items with spiral binding.

Blood Drive To Be Held In Wakefield

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

As school gets back in session and summer comes to an end, LifeServe Blood Center is urging eligible students and other blood donors to get back in the swing of donating blood.

More than 3,000 units of blood are needed each week in order for LifeServe Blood Center to meet the (more…)

Classes Begin Wednesday For Wakefield Community Schools

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Wakefield Community Schools will begin classes on Wednesday August 17. The day begins with the traditional flag raising ceremony at 8:15. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event which is a long standing tradition at Wakefield Community Schools.

Unicameral Update from Senator Dave Bloomfield

Monday, August 15th, 2016

On Thursday, August 11, Secretary of State John Gale announced that the proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming at horse-racing tracks came up short of the signatures needed to place it on the ballot.

Keep the Money in Nebraska, the group spearheading the petition drive needed 117,188 signatures. When the verification process was completed, they had submitted 77,956 valid signatures. (more…)

“Meat and Greet” Means The Start Of School Is Near

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

The annual Wakefield Community Schools “Meat and Greet” will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the school. During this time students are encouraged to bring their school supplies to their classroom and meet their teachers. It is also a time for parents to bring in paperwork or to put money into student lunch accounts. After meeting with your child’s teacher, be sure to stop by the (more…)

Northeast Community Offices To Close For In-Service On August 16

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

The offices of Northeast Community College in Norfolk and its extended campuses will be closed part of Tuesday, August 16, so faculty and staff may attend an In-service session.

Offices on the Norfolk campus will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Northeast’s extended campuses in (more…)

Fuel Prices Remain Very Favorable

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.13 a gallon which is the lowest price for this date since 2004.  In Nebraska, the fuel average is $2.16 which is 47 cents lower than this same time a year ago.   The lowest price average in the continental U.S. is in South Carolina where unleaded averages $1.82 a gallon.  The highest price average is reported in California where motorists are paying (more…)


Saturday, August 13th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announces that adequate funding remains available to assist very low income households with home improvements and appliances.

Rural Development’s Home Repair Loan program offers low-interest (1 percent) loans, up to $20,000, to very low income rural homeowners.  Loans may be used to repair, improve or modernize homes or to (more…)

Horse Racing Petition Comes Up Short On Needed Signatures

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

A proposed constitutional amendment tied to games of chance at horse racing facilities will not appear on the general election ballot. Secretary of State John Gale says the number of verified signatures fell short of the number required to put the issue before voters.

Thresholds for placing initiative petitions on the ballot are established based on the number of registered (more…)

Meeting To Be Held For ALL Fall Sports Athletes

Friday, August 12th, 2016

MANDATORY for all parents of 9-12 VB and FB players

The Wakefield Community Schools website has posted the following message for the parents of Wakefield Volleyball and Football players.

The School Board and Administration have been working with all our coaches to discuss ways we can improve our athletic programs at Wakefield School.  Among the many things discussed is the integral role that parents play in our athletic programs.  We have decided that an important first step is to have a meeting with parents of athletes.

Mr. Bejot, Mr. Heitz, and Mr. Brenn will give a brief presentation, as well as show a short video, about the role of parents in high school athletics.  After this meeting, parents will go to separate (more…)

AAA Urges Motorists to Slow Down and Stay Alert as Children Head Back To School

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

First day of school for Wakefield is Wednesday August 17

As over 50 million students across the United States get ready to start the 2016-2017 school year, AAA reminds motorists to be aware of increased child pedestrian activity and traffic congestion in and around neighborhoods and school zones.

In 2014 more than 309 child pedestrians died and 11,000 were injured nationwide.  Motorists should be especially vigilant for pedestrians during before-and after-school hours.  The afternoon hours are (more…)

Free Children’s Admission Tuesdays at the Elkhorn Valley Museum

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The Elkhorn Valley Museum (EVM) in Norfolk, NE is excited to announce free general admission for children every Tuesday thanks to an anonymous sponsorship. Starting this Tuesday, children (ages 18 and under) accompanied by a paid adult family member will have free general admission to the entire museum. The Elkhorn Valley Museum is dedicated to providing educational and fun family experiences (more…)


Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Wayne State College was picked to finish fifth in the 2016 Preseason Northern Sun Conference Volleyball Coaches Poll released Wednesday morning by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota. Senior middle hitter Alyssa Frauendorfer was selected as the Wildcat Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.

The Wildcats received 171 points and two first-place votes in voting that is conducted by league (more…)

Zebra Mussel Populations in Lewis and Clark Lake and Missouri River Increasing

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Adult zebra mussels are established along the entire length of the Missouri River in Nebraska, according to recent field inspections conducted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aquatic invasive species technicians.

In addition to the presence of these invasive mussels in the river from Gavins Point Dam downstream to the Kansas border, the zebra mussel population in Lewis and Clark Lake has moved farther west on the (more…)

A Hawk Finds a New Home on the Northeast Campus

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Hawk Dedication

Past and present members of the Northeast Community College Student Government Association (SGA), their advisors and employees of Norfolk Specialties join Merle Mead (in yellow) at the dedication of a hawk sculpture on the Northeast campus in Norfolk Tuesday. The SGA commissioned the sculpture, created by Mead, as their “signature project.” Mead, a former welding/machinist instructor at Northeast, donated his time and labor to the project. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)

For decades, the hawk has been an important symbol in the identity of Northeast Community College. Now the mascot of the institution is making an indelible mark of its own. A crowd gathered Tuesday (more…)

Gov. Ricketts Announces Taiwanese Intent to Purchase Over $400 million in Nebraska Ag Commodities

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach announced Taiwanese trade officials will be signing letters of intent with Nebraska to purchase more than $405 million in corn, soybeans, wheat, beef, pork, and distiller’s grains.

“Taiwan has historically been a very important trade partner with our state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Signing these letters builds on an existing trade relationship for the coming years.  It also can provide (more…)

Discovering the Good Life By Governor Pete Ricketts

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

It’s August in Nebraska, and that means it’s the middle of county fair season and that many communities are hosting festivals across the state.  As Governor, I often tell people that one of my favorite parts of my job is traveling the state and getting to know the people and places that have made our state the Good Life for almost 150 years.  Every community in Nebraska has a unique story, and as a dedicated history (more…)

Gov. Ricketts to Hold Town Halls in Columbus and Norfolk

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he would hold town halls in Columbus and Norfolk on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  The Governor invites the public to attend the town halls.

“Nebraskans are invited to join Governor Ricketts at his upcoming town halls in Columbus and Norfolk,” said Taylor Gage, the Governor’s Public Relations Director.  “This is a great opportunity to hear an (more…)

Wayne State College Hosts Welcome Weekend for Students, Aug. 19-21

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

New Wayne State College students will become oriented with campus on Welcome Weekend, Aug. 19-21. It’s a great year to be a Wildcat as hundreds of students begin the school year at Wayne State College. The Welcome Weekend will kick off on Friday, Aug. 19 with a schedule packed full of information and fun.

Students will check in at the Kanter Student Center Atrium at 9 a.m. Lunch will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Kanter Student Center Upper Cafeteria. The Welcome session for students begins in (more…)

Several Bats Test Positive for Rabies

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

DHHS reminds residents to avoid bats and other wild animals

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reminds Nebraskans that bats are very active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies increases.

“Several bats have tested positive for rabies over the last few months and we expect to see many more,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “We want to remind Nebraskans to be careful around bats and other wild animals like skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons or domestic stray animals like cats and dogs which are less likely to be vaccinated. These animals could (more…)

National Safe Digging Day Is Aug. 11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Call 811 before you dig. It’s free, it’s safe, and it’s the law.

An underground utility line is damaged every six minutes, meaning that ten times an hour, a potentially dangerous and quite costly incident causes a utility outage for anywhere from one customer to an entire neighborhood, business park or factory.

Don’t be a statistic: take just a couple of minutes to hear a message so important that it has its own day.  National Safe Digging Day (811 Day) is Aug. 11, serving as an important reminder that everyone, whether a homeowner with a shovel or a professional excavator with an earthmover, must Call Before You Dig.

Call 811 two to five business days before you dig to have underground utility lines marked for free by professionals using flags, spray paint or both. In Nebraska, call 811 toll-free to reach Nebraska (more…)