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Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for the summer grilling season. The smell of fresh cut grass, a good BBQ, and pool parties are common experiences that bring people together for the weekend. What most people don’t know is that agriculture plays a fundamental role in the long weekend ahead.

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In a very short Broken Bow City Council meeting Tuesday evening (May 24, 2022), the council approved fire work applications from Troy Wuehler of of Cozad  and the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department. The approval was part of the consent agenda which also include minutes of the May 10 meetin…

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As Nebraska’s state parks prepare for another summer season, some are adjusting their activity hours because of a limited workforce. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges park-goers to call ahead before visiting a park to check on activity times and availability.

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Liz and Ryan Anderson, owners of The Garden Center in Broken Bow, were presented with a Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce award this morning (Wed., May 25, 2022).

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Wednesday evening (May 24, 2022), Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from the White House, announced that all US and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of the victims of the horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

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Nebraskans are excited as they prepare their gardens anticipating what they want to home preserve throughout the growing season.  Step-by-step instructions from approved, research tested recipes must be followed to assure foods are preserved safely.

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The 201 East Fire remains at 4,192 acres and is now 80 percent contained. Yesterday (Sunday, May 22, 2022), firefighters worked to improve the fire line. Good progress was made with 80 percent containment reached. Today’s weather calls for cooler temperatures with the possibility of a wettin…

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Given the ongoing formula shortage, the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association would like to remind individuals who do not need formula to resist shopping for formula, in-store or online, to donate. By purchasing product to donate, you could be taking product off shelves for families who need…

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On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the 201 East Fire on the Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest remains at 4,192 acres. Yesterday (05/21/22), firefighters worked to improve the fire line (picture attached) resulting in the fire being 55 percentage contained.  

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 Average gasoline prices in Nebraska have risen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.16/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 1,150 stations in Nebraska. Prices in Nebraska are 19.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.30/g higher than a year ago. The pri…

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At the EMS Night (Thursday, May 19, 2022), the Broken Bow EMS crew presented a plaque of appreciation to Becton-Dickinson of Broken Bow.

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Yesterday (Thursday, May 19, 2022), the 201 East Fire at the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, Neb. grew to an estimated 4,100 acres. Firefighters worked under extreme fire conditions with a Red Flag Warning issued for the entire day. The high temperatures, strong gusty winds, and extrem…

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American Legion and VFWs, if you are hosting a Memorial Day ceremony next weekend, have an authorized member of your unit or auxiliary post email DATE • TIME • LOCATION and HOSTING POSTS/UNITS to chiefnews@custercountychief.com by noon Monday to include that information in the May 26 Chief. …

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Broken Bow fifth graders visited the Broken Bow Fire Station on May 12 to learn about fire safety. Students could learn about electrical safety, kitchen fire safety, searching in a smoke filled container and putting out a hay fire. Students were also able to see the fire trucks and an ambulance.

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The Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather today (Thursday, May 19, 2022) has been extended east into central Nebraska and parts of northeast Nebraska. It's in effect from 12-9 p.m. CDT/11 a.m.- 8 p.m. MDT.

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A Red Flag Warning is in effect tomorrow (Thursday, May 19m 2022) for portions of the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska into the Sandhills. The time frame is 12 - 9 p.m. CDT / 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. MDT.

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Thunderstorm development is anticipated this evening across much of western and central Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service.

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This column by Mona Weatherly was originally published in the May 12, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock was originally published in the May 12, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and Broken Bow Police Department, is investigating a suspected murder-suicide that occurred overnight (Thurs-Fri, May 12-13, 2022)

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Some central Nebraska residents may need to go looking for their garbage cans or lawn decor! This afternoon (Thursday, May 12, 2022), a line of storms that moved through central Nebraska  brought the following wind gusts as reported to the National Weather Service.

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The Custer County Ag Society will meet this evening, Thursday (May 12, 2022), at 7 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting is at the Shooting Sports Building at the Custer County Fairgrounds.

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Thunderstorms will most likely develop in central Nebraska this afternoon (Thursday, May 11, 2022). The risk of severe weather is greatest in portion of eastern and northeastern Nebraska.

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Custer County had a 36.93 percent turnout for the May 10, 2022 primary yesterday, according to the Nebraska Secretary of State. That’s higher than the state turnout of 32.01 percent with 396,228 of 1,237,672 registered voters casting ballots.

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It's Primary Election Day in Nebraska. Polls are open  8 a.m.-8 p.m. CT, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. MT. Get out and cast your vote. Thank you to the volunteers who are working the polls today. Your time and work is appreciated.

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This column by Mona Weatherly was originally published in the May 5, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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To the women who bring love and caring to our lives, we here at the Chief offer sincere wishes for a "Happy Mother's Day!"

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock was originally published in the May 5, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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The Nebraska State Patrol is teaming up with neighboring state patrols and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special effort this Mother’s Day weekend. The Slow Down Move Over partnership reminds all drivers to obey the speed limit and to move over for emergency…

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The salute to area graduating seniors is in the May 5, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief. Extra copies are available at the Chief office, $1 each.

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Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center (JMMMC) in Broken Bow is working with other community health providers to update the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. The goal of this assessment update is to understand progress in addressing health needs cited in the 2016 and 2019 CHNA report…

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The Custer County Chief will be delivered a day late for subscribers who receive it by mail.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers in Furnas and Red Willow counties are hosting a disaster assistance workshop Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Public High School gymnasium in Cambridge. The meeting is intended for farmers, ranchers and rural landowner…

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A Red Flag Warning is in effect today Tuesday, April 26, 2022 for much of Nebraska. Conditions will be favorable for rapid growth and erratic behavior of any fire that starts.

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This column by Mona Weatherly was originally published in the April 21, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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Check out the April 21, 2022 issue of the Custer County Chief to see the second installment of questions posed to candidates for the office of Governor. Learn more about the people wanting your vote in the May 10 primary.

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For the week ending April 17, 2022, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 46% very short, 38% short, 16% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 41% very short, 42% short…