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This column by Mona Weatherly was original published in the Oct. 14, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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As the White House met this week with executives from the oil and gas industry seeking help with high fuel prices, NCGA reminded administration officials that corn growers offer an immediate solution for lowering fuel prices.  

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock was originally published in the Oct. 14, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief.

Deer are more active this time of the fall. Crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has suggestions to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of injury or vehicle damage.

While thoroughly washing one’s hands has long been a key tenet of good hygiene, the practice has taken on increased urgency since COVID-19 began spreading worldwide. Global Handwashing Day, October 15, 2021 is a way to emphasize the urgency of this simple but critical action, which can preve…

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Thursday afternoon (10/14/21), staff members of Head Start in Broken Bow were joined by Mayor Rod Sonnichsen to release balloons as part of Head Start Awareness Month. The red and blue balloons were quickly caught by the brisk wind and whisked eastward into an overcast sky.

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Low temperatures this morning (Thursday, Oct. 145, 2021) were at or below freezing across a large enough portion of counties in central and western Nebraska to end the growing season. This include all counties except Boyd County.

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As reported in the Oct. 14, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief, the Four Corners 4-H Club won first place in the 2021 4-H Window Display Contest. Second went to the Great Connections 4-H Club and third was awarded to the Sandhills Critters 4-H Club. The theme of the contest this year was …

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The Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) presented awards and recognition at their annual picnic Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

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Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness. October 14 draws attention to the necessity of screening for depression.

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Applications are now open for candidates to become a Nebraska State Trooper and help patrol The Good Life. The Nebraska State Patrol is looking for the next group of recruits ready to serve in communities across the entire state.

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Strong westerly winds are expected across most of Nebraska today (10/13/21) as a storm system exits the area to the north. Some wind gusts may reach up to 60 mph.

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Nebraska gas prices have risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.04/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,150 stations in Nebraska. Gas prices in Nebraska are 2.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 93.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

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A strong storm system will impact central Nebraska starting Tuesday (10/12/21) with severe thunderstorms possible. On Wednesday gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph will be likely. Temperatures will become quite chilly Thursday morning with frost possible, especially west of Highway 83.

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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021.

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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021.

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Harvest is in full swing across Nebraska and the Nebraska State Patrol encourages all motorists to be aware of agriculture equipment traveling on roads throughout the state.

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William Shatner, Captain Kirk of the original “Star Trek” television series and movies, is slated to travel into space on the Blue Origin on Oct. 12, 2021 as a guest of Jeff Bezo, who owns Blue Origin. At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person to go into space. It’s said the trip will…

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Feeling down? You’re not alone. In fact, one in five adults experience mental illness every year, a statistic only exacerbated by COVID-19. Help and hope are available.

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U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Western Caucus, has joined several of her colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in releasing a blueprint of “Western Conservation Principles.” The document outlines steps for responsible and effective conservation…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, to help raise awareness, the Custer County Chief brings you the story of a local woman who was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Read about Tiffany Glidden's journey in this week's issue, Oct. 7, 2021, of the Custer County Chief.

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The Nebraska State Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies throughout the country for another year of the Pink Patch Project, designed to honor and support those fighting breast cancer. The effort coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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This column written by Mona Weatherly was originally published in the Sept. 30, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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This column by Donnis Hueflte-Bullock was first published in the Sept. 30, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief.

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Beginning tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2021, all Nebraskans covered by Medicaid will automatically receive full Medicaid benefits, which will include dental, vision, and over-the-counter medications as part of the State’s continued expansion efforts.

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The City of Broken Bow is offering a free trash collection site as well as free access to the tree dump this Saturday, Oct. 2 in conjunction with City Wide Clean Up Day. There will also be hazardous waste drop-off Saturday morning in Broken Bow and Ansley.

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Governor Pete Ricketts announced this morning (09/29/21) that the State is extending its Directed Health Measure (DHM) to address hospital staffing shortages.  Initially, the DHM was set to expire Sept. 30, 2021.  With the extension, it will remain in force through Oct. 31, 2021 unless renewed.

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Showers and thunderstorms are expected across most of western and north central Nebraska along a slowly advancing cold front this afternoon and evening. Severe weather is not expected.

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The Broken Bow City Council meets this evening (Tuesday, Sept 28, 2021) at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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There will be record to near-record heat in the western part of Nebraska today with relative humidity falling into the teens. Wind gusts could be near 20 mph or less.

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This column by Donnis Hueftle-Bullock was originally published in the Sept. 23, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief!

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On Friday afternoon, Sept. 24, fire departments from Broken Bow, Sargent, Ansley, Oconto, Mason City, and several others, escorted  the body of Jame Bissonette and his family into Broken Bow.  Bissonette, a Broken Bow Vol. Fireman had volunteered to fight wildfires in the Bridgeport area.  T…

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This column by Mona Weatherly was originally published in the Sept. 23 issue of the Custer County Chief.

Gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen was the top vote getter in Nebraska Farm Bureau’s unscientific straw poll taken at Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 14-16. Pillen, who received 54 percent of the vote, was followed by Charles W. Herbster who received 31 percent of the votes cast. The remaining vo…

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The following information is a press release from Jason Baum, Fire Chief, Broken Bow Fire Department the evening of Sept. 23, 2021.

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Members of the Broken Bow Fire Department and EMT Deparment were in Lincoln this morning (09/23/21) for a Hero’s  Walk for one of their own.

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Several local cowboys and cowgirls competed at the Mid-States Rodeo Finals at the Custer County Fairgrounds last weekend. Check out the Sept. 23, 2021 issue of the Custer County Chief to see photos and find out how our locals did!

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Vendors along Hwy 2 from Grand Island to Haley and beyond and along Hwys 11 and 91 from Grand Island to Dunning are preparing for Junk Jaunt 2021! There are more than 40 towns and hundreds of businesses and residents getting ready with their goods to offer to sale.

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On Tuesday (09/21/21), Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 25 as “Hunting and Fishing Day” at a ceremony hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in north Lincoln.

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In addition to running, fetching, and other traditional canine pursuits, certain pups have a higher calling: as therapy dogs.

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Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 40 participants have been announced by the program’s director, Terry Hejny. The two-year program will begin in September.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will proclaim Sept. 25, 2021 as “Hunting and Fishing Day” in Nebraska during a ceremony at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in north Lincoln.  The Governor will be joined by leaders from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission a…