Annual Buffalo County Historical Society Awards Announced for 2024

Annual Buffalo County Historical Society Awards Announced for 2024

At the Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails & Rails Museum Annual Meeting on April 21, the annual Preservationist of Year and Volunteer of the Year awards were announced among attending members. The 2024 Preservationist of the Year was awarded to the City of Kearney while the BCHS Volunteer of the Year…
Junkstock’s first weekend a success thanks to tornado clean-up crew

Junkstock’s first weekend a success thanks to tornado clean-up crew

WATERLOO--Not even a tornado can stop Junkstock from bringing the community together.    The vintage festival opened as scheduled on Friday, May 3 – just a week after a tornado hit Sycamore Farms in Waterloo, where Junkstock takes place.   Skye Mielke, owner of Soul + Muse Boutique and vendor at Junkstock, drove by the…
87th Nebraska Fire School Kicks Off in Grand Island

87th Nebraska Fire School Kicks Off in Grand Island

Grand Island, Neb. — Another year of the Nebraska Fire School is off and running on the Fonner Park campus in Grand Island.Governor Jim Pillen and Grand Island Police Chief Cory Schmidt both delivered remarks during the opening ceremony to not only praise the work the state’s firefighters do on…
Opportunity Scholarships Act repeal is pulled from ballot after LB 1402 adopted

Opportunity Scholarships Act repeal is pulled from ballot after LB 1402 adopted

LINCOLN — Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen on Thursday made official what the Legislature already made obvious: that there will be no need to vote this November on the repeal of the original Opportunity Scholarships Act. A conservative majority in the officially nonpartisan Legislature redesigned and repealed the initial…
Nebraska’s April 2024 Unemployment Rate is 2.5 Percent

Nebraska’s April 2024 Unemployment Rate is 2.5 Percent

Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced Friday that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for April 2024 is 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate is unchanged since October 2023 and is up 0.5 percentage points from the April 2023 rate of 2.0 percent.  Nebraska's rate is ranked fourth…
Neb. April Traffic Fatality Toll

Neb. April Traffic Fatality Toll

Lincoln, Neb. -- 23 people were killed in Nebraska traffic crashes in in April according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). A report released this week says the fatalities occurred in 19 fatal crashes, with eleven of the victims not using seat belts, four using a seatbelt, and four…
Health care workforce report highlights challenges, accomplishments

Health care workforce report highlights challenges, accomplishments

Although Nebraska’s latest health care workforce report suggests steady growth for most professions, challenges remain. The “2023 Status of the Nebraska Healthcare Workforce” report, commissioned and funded by the Office of Rural Health Initiatives at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC), pointed to declining numbers…
Grand Island Casino Resort completes key construction phase

Grand Island Casino Resort completes key construction phase

(Grand Island, NE) – Grand Island Casino Resort announces the completion of a key phase of construction. On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Elite Casino Resorts executives joined the construction team in the traditional signing of the final beam. The beam, part of Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood, was hoisted into place,…