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The game of 'Interplanetary tag' (01/28/15)
I hope you have been having as much fun as I have been having watching the game of "Planetary Tag" each evening with Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Neptune -- and for a couple of days the moon got in on the game. The game continues each evening for the next couple of weeks as Venus gets higher above the horizon each evening chasing after brother planets Neptune and Mars...
Swing walker (01/28/15)
With a look of determination, Jacquelyn Burns at the McCook Bison Preschool navigates the swings at McCook Elementary Tuesday afternoon during recess. While the east coast was being buffeted by a major blizzard, Southwest Nebraska lived up to its "banana belt" reputation Tuesday, with temperatures topping out at at balmy 75 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. ...
Master Gardener classes begin next week (01/28/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- University of Nebraska--Lincoln Extension is offering several lawn and garden programs this spring that are open to the public and part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Master Gardener training program. Feb. 3 -- Waterwise Landscapes and Residential Rain Gardens -- Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about water-wise landscape practices and about residential rain garden design and plant selection to conserve water, reduce nutrient runoff, and add plant diversity to landscapes -- Presented by Kelly Feehan, Platte County Extension Educator. ...
Buffalo Commons First Tuesday event set for Bieroc (01/28/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival planning committee will host their First Tuesday event on Feb. 3 at the Bieroc Café. Emcee Lonnie Weyeneth and feature speaker Ginger ten Bensel invite all to join them for musician stories from 7 -- 8 p.m. ...
Harley weather (01/27/15)
The chrome on Kendall Knight's 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Classic catches and ignites Monday afternoon's sunshine, as Kendall prepares to take his "baby" out for a rare mid-winter spin in 70-degree weather in McCook, Nebraska. Kendall said that two years ago he bought what was then a trike from an "old red-headed German lady" from North Platte who put 110,000 miles on it and had embellished nearly all the bike's chrome surfaces with skulls. ...
Bomgaars leasing 12 former Alco buildings (01/27/15)
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- While the future of the McCook Alco store building is uncertain, a farm and ranch retail chain has leased Alco buildings in Imperial, Nebraska, and 11 other sites in four states. Bomgaars Supply Inc., with headquarters in Sioux City, Iowa has acquired the leases and fixtures of locations in Rawlins, Lander, Pinedale and Diamondville in Wyoming; Preston and Soda Springs in Idaho; Chamberlain, South Dakota and Ainsworth, Ogallala, West Point and Gordon as well as Imperial in Nebraska.. ...
Hillcrest clears probation (01/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook has been notified that it has satisfied its probation requirements and is no longer on probation. The facility's license was placed on probation by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Sept. 23, after the state found violations following an investigation done on Sept. 15...
Tax relief, spending reduction Ricketts' top goals (01/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Governor Pete Ricketts presented his budget recommendations to legislators late last week, pushing for immediate property tax relief and laying out his strategy for sustained relief in the future. Ricketts' plan calls for initial relief in the form of increases to the Property Tax Credit Fund and sustaining long-term relief through restrained spending...
SPUCC: Reorganize or disband? (01/27/15)
HOLDREGE, Neb. -- The South Platte United Chambers of Commerce plans to have an open discussion about whether the 80-year-old group should disband or reorganize. The board of directors set the item for its Feb. 10 meeting in Holdrege. Although attendances at many meetings in the last two years have drawn large numbers, overall attendance has been down, according to a release...
Victims say they were conned by local man (01/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A local man claiming to be too sick to face probation violations in North Platte may not be letting the illness slow down his criminal ways, at least according to an alleged victim. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Fichtner of 908 Norris Ave. failed to appear for a Lincoln County hearing in December and his attorney claimed his absence was due to chemotherapy, adding he was not expected to live past six months...
Fresh fish (01/23/15)
Steve Lytle checks out a small trout before returning it to a pond in Barnett Park in McCook, Nebraska, Thursday afternoon, while Al Garcia, right, and James Kain, back, wait their turn. Lytle, a professional fishing guide, is more usually ice fishing this time of year, but recent warm weather has put a stop to that. Temperatures are expected to be unseasonably warm over the weekend, in the 60s to near 70...
Sales tax headed for ballot (01/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City voters will be asked whether or not to renew more than $2.6 million in annual sales taxes this May. City leaders concerned with the possibility of losing the revenue are getting an early start on renewal, as well as taking a different approach to the ballot questions...
Foundation offering 67 scholarships to McCook Community College (01/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Student financial aid is one of the key categories of support provided by the McCook College Foundation to students attending McCook Community College. The Foundation has established 23 board designated scholarships and 44 Donor Specified Scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,000 which are awarded to full and/or part-time students enrolled at MCC. ...
Matching memories with research (01/23/15)
Susan Doak Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Society People's memories are great, but not always good? Two people can be at the same place, the same time and what they will remember about the events may be entirely different. As an example, my cousin and I were talking about our mutual grandmother, with my memory of her was of her rolled down nylons and black lace up shoes when she worked in the garden. My cousin didn't remember her shoes or nylons at all...
Cambridge City Council advances lodging tax (01/22/15)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Cambridge, Nebraska, city council members approved the second reading of an ordinance implementing a 2 percent lodging tax after listening to objections from lodging owners in town. The Cambridge Clarion newspaper reports that one lodging owner feels that the tax will lessen her competitive advantage over lodging establishments in nearby towns...
Cell phone ban while driving: Justified or not? (01/22/15)
"Shut up and drive" reads a bumper sticker that was popular a few years ago, and it's not bad advice. Take note of passing drivers, and you'll see a surprising number of them with a phone pressed to their ears. We remember being outside on a particularly nasty day, snow drifts creating narrow streets covered with ice and being narrowly missed by a driver skidding around a corner, smartphone resting on her shoulder...
Mystery tracks reported on Curtis golf course (01/22/15)
CURTIS, Neb. -- A walker on the snow-covered Arrowhead Meadows golf course in Curtis, Nebraska, last week discovered large barefoot tracks that she firmly believes "was something walking." Sharon Jorgensen of Curtis told the Frontier County Enterprise newspaper that she and her dog, Babe, were walking the golf course about 8 a.m., Jan. ...
Helmet bill, property tax topics of Hughes call (01/22/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- District 44 Sen. Dan Hughes co-sponsored a bill recently which would eliminate motorcycle and moped helmet requirements. "It comes down to a matter of personal freedom," said Hughes this morning during his weekly conference call with the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce...
Council mulls future of old city building (01/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council found themselves in uncharted waters Monday evening, faced with multiple options related to the future of a now-vacant city building. Councilors heard presentations from two groups wishing to lease the former Public Safety Center and indicated consideration was also being given to keep the building for indoor storage of city vehicles...
Free tax preparation help available (01/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook, Nebraska office of Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska offers its free tax return preparation service starting Monday, Jan. 26, at its downtown office at 108 West C. E File federal returns and most state returns can be prepared...
Prom preparations (01/21/15)
McCook, Nebraska, seamstress extraordinaire Laverna Ely repairs the bodice of a spangly and sparkly prom dress donated for the second annual "Prom Shop," a limited-time-only specialty dress shop that will offer gently-worn prom dresses for upcoming color day dances and spring proms. ...
Springtime in the winter (01/21/15)
Thunderstorm clouds brush past McCook, Nebraska, from the west to the east late Tuesday afternoon. Jesse Lundquist, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas, described the cloud formation: "kind of like a thunderstorm, except it's January." He said the storm clouds developed when temperatures up from the surface made the air behave as if it was summertime and form cumulous clouds. ...
Minnesota company signs letter of intent to buy local elevators (01/20/15)
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- CHS Inc., which describes itself as the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, and Hansen-Mueller Co., a grain merchandise and commodity trading business, announced Monday they have signed a letter of intent for CHS to acquire the Hansen-Mueller assets located in Oberlin and Cedar Bluffs, Kan. Upon completion of due diligence and approval by the CHS boart, the transaction is expected to be finalized in late April 2015...
Chamber wants 100 percent response on survey (01/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors want to hear from their members. All of their members. In early February, they will be sending out an online survey asking members to assess the value of various activities and events that the chamber organizes. They would like 100 percent feedback from members, which means that those who do not respond may be getting personal calls asking for their input...
Dashabout Shuttle not taking reservations, says federal wage laws to blame (01/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- As of Thursday, Jan. 15, Dashabout Shuttle will accept no new reservations through Sunday, April 5. Owner Lea Holtorf has announced that Dashabout will honor reservations currently on the books and will reconfirm those reservations prior to departure dates. However, all reservation systems, both scheduled and chartered in Colorado and Nebraska, will cease to exist for 90 days starting Jan. 15...
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