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March 17th, 2015

Jacob J. Hothem, 90

March 17, 2015

Jacob J. Hothem, of Hickman, formerly of Sumner, passed away March 12, 2015, at the age of 90 years and 9 months old. Born June 12, 1924 in Sumner, NE to Jacob Charles and Cassie Floy (Walker) Hothem.

He was an U. S. Army Veteran.

He was a retired farmer/service manager at Farmland Coop and also worked at Dawson County Weed District.

Kay Irene Jacobsen, 78

March 17, 2015

Kay Irene Jacobsen, 78, of Kearney, formerly Broken Bow, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Homestead Assisted Living in Kearney.

Memorial services were Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Kearney. the Rev. Roger McDermott officiated and burial will be later.

Memorials are suggested to the Homeward Trail Bible Camp in Mason City, care of the family.

Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney were in charge of arrangements.

Gerald E. ‘Gil’ Springer, 68

March 17, 2015

Gerald E. ‘Gil’ Springer, 68, of Dunning, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in an accident near Dunning.

Gil was born May 2, 1946, at McCook, to Don and Rose (Larson) Springer. He graduated from Cozad in 1965.

Gil started farming in the Platte Valley area, then moved to the Sandhills, working for several ranches in the area.

He married Alice Prentice Aug. 18, 1973, in Mullen. To this union two children were born.

Donna Brewer, 90

March 17, 2015

Former Thedford resident, Donna Brewer, 90, died Tuesday, March 10,
2015, at Wahoo.

Donna Lucy (Sinkler) Brewer was born July 21, 1924, in Loup City, to James and Frieda (Meyers) Sinkler. She grew up in Sherman and Custer counties on several farms. She attended and graduated from Litchfield High School. Following graduation, she taught at a small
country school in Sherman County.

Donna married Earl Brewer, and they made their home in Thedford.
She was active as a 4-H leader, in the American Legion and VFW
Auxiliaries, and she ran concessions for Thedford and Legion baseball.

March 16th

Nebraska transparency law constantly under attack

March 16, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska law that allows the public to know the names and backgrounds of finalists for top jobs in government is sometimes ignored and frequently challenged, advocates for transparency say.

All efforts to end the disclosure law have failed in the Legislature, but government accountability advocates say they often see a new push for secrecy when a high-profile job comes open.

March 15th

US charity staff to leave Sierra Leone amid Ebola scare

March 15, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.

Partners in Health said in a statement Saturday that the 10, the largest group to be evacuated to the United States over possible Ebola exposure, would travel on non-commercial aircraft and be isolated in Ebola treatment facilities.

Bill proposes state standards for Nebraska livestock permits

March 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A sharp decline in the number of Nebraska dairy farms while neighboring states prosper is driven by inconsistent local zoning regulations, some county officials say, and a measure moving through the Legislature aims to rectify the issue with a mandatory set of standards.

March 14th

St. Patrick’s Day Special Enforcement Planned

March 14, 2015

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Reducing the potential for alcohol related crashes by cracking down on impaired driving is the focus of a special St. Patrick’s Day special enforcement effort conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).

Troopers and communication specialists with NSP will put in overtime hours on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 in an effort to gain voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws as they work to keep Nebraska roads safe. The overtime funding is provided thanks in part to a $5,367.50 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

State Fire Marshal Warns of Wildfire Danger

March 14, 2015

As the weather warms and potentially drier conditions occur in Nebraska, the State Fire Marshal reminds Nebraskans of the potential for wildfires. A lack of moisture, high winds, and a failure of individuals to exercise caution with regard to the fire danger potential is a combination for disaster and an area of concern for Nebraska Fire Service.

Ricketts to visit Broken Bow

March 14, 2015

Ricketts to travel state for Nebraska ag week tour

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel the state as part of a National Ag Week tour.

Ricketts will visit Omaha, Broken Bow North Platte and Seward on Monday for various events.

The tour includes stops at commodity-processing facility in Omaha; a lunch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness representatives in Broken Bow; his monthly call-in show in North Platte; and an agriculture banquet in Seward.

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