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December 4th

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.

December 2nd

Groups: Lack of coverage a factor in bankruptcies

December 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lack of health insurance is driving many of Nebraska's personal bankruptcies and shifting more costs onto hospitals and businesses, advocates who want Nebraska to expand Medicaid told lawmakers Tuesday.

Supporters are once again preparing to introduce a Medicaid expansion bill that would extend coverage to an estimated 54,000 Nebraska residents whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to receive subsidies available under the federal health care law.

December 1st

Pelini firing puts parody Twitter account in limbo

December 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The firing of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has created an uncertain future for @FauxPelini.

Asked whether the popular parody Twitter account would live on, the man behind it tweeted to The Associated Press on Monday that "the short/honest answer right now is 'not sure.'"

@FauxPelini has amassed 161,000 followers since being created in December 2010. The account spoofs and exaggerates the real Pelini's no-nonsense personality and is famous for its profile picture of a sweater-wearing Pelini holding a cat.

Nebraska officials look to expand broadband

December 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials have released a plan that aims to have faster Internet service available to more households by 2020.

The goals in the "Broadband in Nebraska" report include having broadband service of at least 25 megabytes per second available to 90 percent of homes, and having 90 percent of Nebraska households subscribe to broadband service.

Rural areas are more expensive for carriers because the service has to cover greater distances and even then reaches relatively few paying customers.

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