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December 8th

Images of Nebraska sites, people available online

December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Images of Nebraska's landscapes, monuments and people are now available on a state tourism YouTube page.

The videos and photos were shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Frakes and Laura Heald of Straw Hat Visuals. Both joined forces with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to work on the project.

The team crisscrossed the state several times over to film different parts of Nebraska, from Husker football tailgates in Lincoln to an all-night shoot in Toadstool Geologic Park in the northwest part of the state.

USC to make Holiday Bowl debut, against Nebraska

December 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — No. 24 Southern California will play in the Holiday Bowl for the first time when it faces No. 25 Nebraska on Dec. 27.

It will be the fourth appearance for Nebraska.

This game marks the first year of a new contract with the Big Ten Conference, which hasn't been affiliated with San Diego's Holiday Bowl since 1994.

Nebraska (9-3) made three appearances while in the Big 12.

The Trojans (8-4) tied for second in the Pac-12 South at 6-3 under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Nebraska fired Bo Pelini and replaced him with Mike Riley from Oregon State.

December 4th

High school staffer billed for Pelini meeting

December 4, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A high school staffer who let fired Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini use the Lincoln school's auditorium to meet with his former players will be billed $262.50.

The unnamed staffer is acquainted with Pelini and let him and the players gather Tuesday night at Lincoln North Star High School. Pelini was fired Sunday, and several of his players have since declared their support for the fiery coach and their disappointment at the decision to dismiss him. His replacement has not been named yet.

Nebraska hires Oregon State's Mike Riley as coach

December 4, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst ended his one-man search with the announcement Thursday that the 61-year-old Riley would replace Bo Pelini, who was fired Sunday. Riley will be introduced at a news conference in Lincoln on Friday.

Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games.

Shirley R. Wolsleben, 79

December 4, 2014

Shirley R. Wolsleben, 79, of Bellevue, formerly of St. Libory and Grand Island, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the Huntington Park Care Center in Papillion.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. Her family members will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.

Mrs. Wolsleben was born Dec. 7, 1934, at Sargent, the daughter of Lysle B. and Guyneth E. (Scott) Orvis.

Bernard D. Staab, 85

December 4, 2014

Bernard D. Staab, 85, of Kearney died of acute leukemia Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at his home.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Living Faith Fellowship Church (3311 Avenue I) in Kearney with the Rev. Doug Shada officiating.

Graveside services will be prior to services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Military rites at the grave will be provided by the Kearney American Legion Post #52, V.F.W. Post #759 and the Nebraska National Guard Military Honors Team.

Dona V. Martin, 90

December 4, 2014

Dona V. Martin was born April 20, 1924, to John and Bessie Culp Harrold at Alexandria. She went to be with her Lord Nov. 27, 2014, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Dona worked side by side with her father on the farm until after her graduation in 1942 from high school at Merna. She then moved to Broken Bow where she worked at the City Café. It was there she met Leonard “Soapy” Martin.

They were married in Fremont, Oct. 6, 1946, and lived in Fremont until Soapy graduated from AutoBody School and they moved back to Broken Bow to make their home. 

Bob Brainard, 89

December 4, 2014

Robert Wallace Brainard was born to Margaret Martha and John Stuart Brainard in Anselmo, Sept. 24, 1925, and passed away Nov. 21, 2014, in Eugene, Ore.

Growing up on a small ranch in a family of seven children he learned at an early age to take on the responsibilities of an adult helping his mother provide for the family.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Glea Wykoff, in 1945. 

Sandra L. Schmitz, 73

December 4, 2014

Sandra L. Schmitz age 73, of Fremont passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at her home.

Sandra was born Dec. 13, 1940, to Earl and Verna Price. Sandra grew up in Broken Bow and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1959. After high school she attended University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

After school she moved to Merna and began raising her children on the farm. She divorced in 1973 and spent a few more years in Broken Bow before moving to Omaha. While in Omaha she worked for Mangelsen’s. She lived in many different places before returning to Fremont.

Vivian M. Ditch, 82

December 4, 2014

Vivian M. Ditch, age 82, of North Platte, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Park. She was born Oct. 2, 1932, in Milford, to George and Ruby (Swisher) Porter. She grew up in Arnold.

She married Thomas Robinson July 3, 1949, and to this union two daughters were born, Nancy and Judy.

She then married Ivan Ditch Jan. 16, 1957, and to this union two sons were born, Ira and Sean.

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