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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock originally appeared in the Feb. 2, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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Spring is close, but February often brings unpredictable winter weather that can cause blood drive cancellations and make it difficult for donors to make it to their appointments safely. As the American Red Cross continues to monitor seasonal challenges that could impact the blood supply, do…

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We're going to have six more weeks of winter, if you believe the groundhog. This morning (Feb. 2, 2023), in Custer County is bright and sunny, despite morning temps around 10 degrees. That means the groundhog in Custer County has sees its shadow and returned to his burrow for six more weeks …

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FFA members participated in the Jan. 25 District competition at Anselmo-Merna High School. Check out the winning results and photos and find out who qualified for state competition in the Feb. 2, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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Consumers need to be especially careful when storms knock out electrical power. Portable generators create a risk of CO poisoning that can kill in minutes. CO is called the invisible killer because it is colorless and odorless. Exposed persons may become unconscious before experiencing CO-po…

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The City will be out clearing the line of sight at intersections throughout today and the remainder of the week. The City is aware that children have been digging forts in the large piles on corners. Even though this can be fun and exciting, but it can be dangerous as well. The City employee…

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A Wind Chill Advisory issued by the National Weather Service out of North Platte, Neb. remains in effect through 10 a.m. Central for much of north central Nebraska. Dangerous wind chills will continue through morning before gradually improving this afternoon (Monday, Jan. 30, 2023). However,…

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Average gasoline prices in Nebraska have risen 14.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.40/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 1,150 stations in Nebraska. Prices in Nebraska are 43.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 22.7 cents per gallon higher than a yea…

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This column by Mona Weatherly originally appeared in the Jan. 26, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock originally appeared in the Jan. 26, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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This column by Meghan G'Schwind originally appeared in the Jan. 26, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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Scattered snow showers will affect western and north central Nebraska today (Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023) into tonight. Snow squalls are possible. Hazards of a snow squall include rapid and significant reduced visibility, potential for flash freezing, rapid onset of moderate to heavy snowfall a…

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The City of Broken Bow has extended the snow emergency issued last week until Jan. 29. City Administrator Dan Knoell said it will be on a week-by-week basis as city crews continue to clear the nearly two feet of snow that fell last week.

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Average gasoline prices in Nebraska have risen 12.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.26/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 1,150 stations in Nebraska. Prices in Nebraska are 36.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 7.3 cents per gallon higher than a year…

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According to 511 Nebraska, Hwy 21 between Broken Bow and Oconto is no longer "impassable" and is marked as "completely covered" on the state's website. However, a message on the website site says travel on the highway is still not advised. At 2:30 p.m. today (01/20/23), for Custer County, Hw…

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After a near 2-foot snow in Custer County, communities are digging out. As of 10:30 a.m. this morning (Friday, Jan. 20, 2023) , 511 Nebraska is still reporting major highways in Custer County as impassable. The county has been out on county roads. The City of Broken Bow has cleared many majo…

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According to 511 Nebraska, the major highways in Custer County were still closed as of 11:15 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023). Custer Emergency Management has asked travelers looking to circumvent I-80 closure to not seek routes through Custer County.

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City crews returned to clearing snow this morning (01/18/23) at 3 a.m., according to City Administrator Dan Knoell. "They worked all day yesterday to try and stay ahead of it and that didn't work. We shut down about 7 or 7:30 p.m. They've been out today since 3 a.m.," Knoell told the Chief.

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The office of the Custer County Chief is closed due to weather today (Wed., Jan 18, 2023). The Jan. 19 issue of the Chief was printed on schedule and is currently at the post office awaiting delivery. However, no mail truck are in from Grand Island. Local subscriptions will go in the mail to…

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According to the National Weather Service out of North Platte, the storm that's dumping snow on Nebraska today (Jan. 18, 2023) has taken direct aim at Custer County. As of early this morning, the northern half of the county was "the "bullseye" for the heaviest snow fall, perhaps more than th…

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has increased possible snow accumulations once again for the storm that is to move into Nebraska this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023). Custer County is pretty much in the middle of an area that could receive 12 to 18 inches of snow. That area extends from …

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The City of Broken Bow has declared a snow emergency effective from 12 a.m., Jan 17, 2023 (Tuesday midnight) to 11:59 p.m. Jan. 18, 2023 (Wednesday midnight)

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It continues to look like the storm on its way to the plains is headed for central Nebraska with 8 to 12 inches of snow possible from Ogallala and Imperial to North Platte and Broken Bow and on to the northeast to O'Neill and Norfollk. The National Weather Service says some local accumulatio…

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Several changes have been made to the forecast regarding the winter storm that is to arrive mid-week including upgrading part of the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for much of central Nebraska.

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Significant snow will arrive in central Nebraska by mid-week, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service (NWS) Office out of North Platte. Ten inches or more are possible in some areas. A Winter Storm Watch includes much of central Nebraska including Custer County.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It's also known as a Day of Service when, instead of taking a "day off," people are encouraged to do "day on" by volunteering and helping their communities. Government offices, post offices and banks will be closed. There will be no mail …

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This column by Mona Weatherly originally appeared in the Jan. 12, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock originally appeared in the Jan. 12, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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The Mid-Plains Community College Broken Bow Campus will introduce local youth to robotics at the end of the month. The “Intro to Mechatronics – Robotics Basics I” class is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays Jan. 30-Feb. 14. It’s open to anyone 10 or older.

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This column by Mary-Jean Sherbenaut originally appeared in the Jan. 12, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

The 2023 Western Nebraska Lambing and Kidding School on Jan. 28, 2023 will be held at the Craven Feed Center located at 407 US Hwy 20 in Gordon. Featured speakers are Dr. Alison Crane, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Wyoming Wool Growers. Her focus is on nutrition, reproduction,  and manag…

Post Drought Meeting for the Sandhills will be held at the Arthur County Fairgrounds Feb. 1, 2023,  with a social beginning at 5:30 p.m., meal at 6 p.m. and the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The program is being sponsored by Zoetis, Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Extension. There is no cost…

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Private pesticide trainings will be held for farmers and ranchers who need to renew their certified private pesticide applicator’s license or anyone who wants to become certified.  The dates, locations, and times are as follows for 2023:

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Specialty crops like potatoes, dry edible beans and apples, add value and variety to Nebraska agriculture. To strengthen the specialty crop industry in the state, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is seeking proposals for innovative research, development, and marketing projects th…

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The Broken Bow City Council approved the signing of a letter of intent for the 2023 CCCFF (Civic and Community Center Financing Fund) Application Cycle at Tuesday’s council meeting (Jan. 10, 2023).

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Following the recent passage of federal legislation, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is preparing to resume regular reviews of Medicaid eligibility. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid members have kept Medicaid coverage even if no longer eligible.

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Indians Savings Bank, a branch of Nebraska State Bank & Trust Company, officially opened for deposits today, Jan. 11, 2023 around 8:15 a.m. The branch is for elementary students at North Park Elementary in Broken Bow.

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NWS - NORTH PLATTE, NEB - Jan. 11, 2022 - A quick moving storm will bring snow to parts of southwestern and western Nebraska today. Southwestern Custer County may see a trace. As of Wednesday morning, accumulating snow should be well west of a line from Grand Island to Broken Bow to Mullen t…

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Average gasoline prices in Nebraska have risen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.07/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 1,150 stations in Nebraska. Prices in Nebraska are unchanged versus a month ago and stand 2.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national …

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This column by Mona Weatherly originally appeared in the Jan. 5, 2023 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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January is Mental Wellness Month, which highlights the importance of integrating mental, emotional, and physical health to improve overall health and wellness. Mental wellness plays an important factor when making difficult choices, dealing with stress, and relating to other people in the world.

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This week, the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation (NCF) announced they are now accepting scholarships applications for the 2023-2024 academic year from qualified youth in Nebraska with an interest in the beef industry.

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Newly elected, re-elected and appointed county officials were sworn into office today by Custer County Judge Tami Schendt.

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New Year’s Resolutions. Some people make them, some people don’t. For those who do, the following are the top ten resolutions, according to www.goskills.com.Exercise more