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February 4th, 2015

Jamison L. ‘JJ’ Vanderheiden, 18

February 4, 2015

Jamison L. “JJ” Vanderheiden, age 18, of York, , died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at York.

He was born Oct. 3, 1996, in San Diego, Calif., to Randy and Julie (Weverka) Vanderheiden.

JJ was a senior at York High School where he excelled in football, wrestling and soccer and had been recruited by Hastings College to play football next year. JJ was also involved with FFA. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York.

Margaret Spies, 105

February 4, 2015

Margaret Spies, of Merrill, Iowa entered Eternal Life Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Unity Point-St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa at the age of 105 years, 13 days.

Services were Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Melbourne United Methodist Church, rural Merrill, Iowa with Pastor Kolleen Queener officiating. Interment followed at Floyd Valley Cemetery, rural Hinton, Iowa.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through

Memorials can be directed to the Merrill-Melbourne United Methodist Church.

February 3rd

Winter Weather Advisory

February 3, 2015

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening until noon Wednesday.

• TIMING - snow is expected to develop across the Panhandle and Western Sandhills late this evening spreading east overnight. the snow will diminish and end by Wednesday afternoon.
• ACCUMLATION - Expect snow accumulations to be from 2-6 inches.
• WIND - North to Northeast winds will increase to 15-25 mph late tonight and continue into Wednesday.
• IMPACTS - The combination of snow and blowing snow will cause travel difficulties across the advisory area.

Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska wildlife advocates and a farmers group asked lawmakers Tuesday to repeal a law designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs, a critical native species that some ranchers view as pests.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha presented his repeal measure to the Legislature's Agriculture Committee, saying the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights.

Nebraska groundwater report says some levels up, some down

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 2012-2013 drought was still lowering groundwater levels in some parts of Nebraska last year, but a new report also said levels have been rising elsewhere in the state.

In spring 2013 some areas had wells with record declines of almost 25 feet since spring 2012. Several southeast Nebraska wells had declines of five feet.

Bills introduced to strengthen Nebraska breweries

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN--A state senator wants to give craft breweries in Nebraska tax cuts and retail access, assuming the moves will lead to economic prosperity and tourism opportunities in Nebraska.

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced LB204 and LB486. Each was discussed at a public hearing in front of the General Affairs Committee Monday.

February 2nd

SCAM ALERT: Businesses beware

February 2, 2015

Phishing Scam Spoofs BBB Questionnaire;
Businesses Warned Not to Click
Domain Name is NOT a BBB Website

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning businesses not to click on an email that claims to be a "BBB SBQ" (standard business questionnaire). The email was sent out this morning to what is believed to be tens of thousands of businesses across the country.

Snow updates from across the Midwest

February 2, 2015

Northeast deals with fresh snow after Midwest gets blanketed

BOSTON (AP) — Another winter storm inflicted fresh misery on the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

Here's how the storm is playing out:


Measles cases showing up in Nebraska

February 2, 2015

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received reports of two confirmed measles cases in eastern Nebraska within in the last week. Both cases are in the Three Rivers Public Health Department District that covers Washington, Dodge and Saunders counties. One of the cases is linked to the Disneyland measles outbreak.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease and it is possible we will see additional cases in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS.

Nebraska won't allow counties to decide own marriage license fee

February 2, 2015

LINCOLN--State senators wrangled over a bill Jan. 30 that was proposed to raise Nebraska marriage license fees from $15 to $50.

LB88, introduced by Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, faced numerous floor amendments that were proposed for alternatives to the increase.

Nebraska is one of 30 states and provinces, including Washington D.C., that doesn't allow counties to determine their own marriage license fees. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papilliion offered, but later withdrew, an amendment that would've allowed counties to set marriage license fees between $30 and $50.

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