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February 3rd

Extreme cold blasts Nebraska

February 3, 2011

The extreme cold has a way of pushing equipment to its limits. Power lines are no exception.
Monday evening the power went out near First and N Street in Broken Bow due to a connector problem. Most businesses were running on half power Tuesday morning as utility workers repaired the lines.
According to the utility department, residential homes turned cold so that the power pull it took to heat them back up blew a fuse.
A second power outage for the day was on South H. A line broke due to a stressed area, once again due to the cold.

Mason City woman honored by NWS

February 3, 2011

MASON CITY -- Joan Cox, the long-time Cooperative Weather Observer from Mason City, was presented with a 25-Year Length-of-Service Award and 25-Year Pin, during a ceremony honoring her meritorious service. The awards were presented by Meteorologist in Charge Brian Hirsch, from the National Weather Service in North Platte, and Observing Program Leader Steve Carmel.

February 2nd

Moon will shine over Bow another year

February 2, 2011

It became official Jan. 27, 2011 - Dr. Virginia Moon will serve as Broken Bow’s Superintendent of Schools another year.
In November, the Broken Bow Board of Education approved an agreement with the Nebraska Association of School Boards to facilitate a superintendent search process for a position that would begin July 1, 2011. The superintendent position is currently filled by interim superintendent, Dr. Moon, whose contract ends June 30, 2011.

January 27th

Snow smacks area; accidents multiply

January 27, 2011

The weathermen started out saying it would be scattered flurries. The next thing we knew, central Nebraska was in an all out weather watch, and the snows came, and so did the wind.
For two days, emergency personnel answered the calls.
“There were so many accidents, we wouldn’t even get one completed before the call came to answer another,” said Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond.
And it wasn’t a staffing issue, everyone on call Tuesday was working.
“It usually takes one good storm for folks to remember how to drive in the snow. This last week I think they started all over.”

Readers beware!

January 27, 2011

•Legislative proposal includes the moving of legal notices to the Internet.

Dear readers,
You, as a citizen of a democracy have the right to know. You have a right to know how your elected officials conduct business on your behalf.
You as a citizen of Nebraska are in danger of losing that transparency. This newspaper contains a very important section called ‘Public Notices’ or Legals. This is where our elected officials are required, by law, to publically

Henderson trades badge for fishing pole

January 27, 2011

It was the love of being outdoors that first lured Ted Henderson into law enforcement back in 1973. After more than 37 years, Ted decided it was once again time for a change.
“I just retired from law enforcement, I didn’t completely retire,” Ted smiles.
His career began in the same area where his life began, Gage County. It was an unexpected job offer, which he decided to accept, that changed his life.

Broken Bow sheds a new light

January 27, 2011

Broken Bow is about to be a little brighter when the sun goes down. It will be installing 550 new street lights through a energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.
The $189,580 grant has a $27,916 city match that the city feels it will recover in just a couple of years in electricity alone.
By replacing the current street lights with LED (Light emitting Diode) lights, there will be an estimated savings of 201,000 kilowatts per year, which equates to approximately $10,000 in electricity.

BBVFD saves burning barn

January 27, 2011

Fourteen Broken Bow firemen responded to a structure fire Jan. 19, at the residence of BBPD officer Dalen Woods. The call came in at 3:27 p.m. of smoke coming from the roof of a barn on the property.
The department responded with five trucks and one ambulance with three crew members aboard. The firemen were able to save the barn, with only minimal damage reported.
According to Andy Holland, the cause of the fire was determined to be a heat lamp. There were no injuries. The department was on scene for an hour.

FFA labor auction nets high bids for services

January 27, 2011

The Broken Bow High School FFA Chapter hosted its 75th annual Labor Auction Jan. 17, in the high school cafeteria. The auction followed a soup supper fundraiser.
A total of 55 students were auctioned off with the students required to work an 8-hour day for their buyer. Below is the list of this year’s students on the auction block, how they described themselves and how much they brought.
Seniors
Nate Birnie - “Most of the time people put what they like to do or what they are good at. For me it would be easier to tell what I don’t do. . . nothing comes to mind.” - $170 by his dad

January 21st

Mason City native meets stem cell donor

January 21, 2011

By CALLIE & KRISTA COX

Ken Cox, formerly of Mason City, received an early Christmas gift this year. It wasn’t a new car, and it wasn’t a cruise vacation. It was a visit from a very special guest, the man who saved his life. Torbin Kliche, Cox’s stem-cell donor from Heyen, Germany, joined the Cox family on Thanksgiving weekend to meet the family he gave the greatest gift of all—Life!