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USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Nebraska State Executive Director Nancy Johner reminds agricultural producers to sign up now for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The deadline to choose between ARC or PLC and complete enrollment for the 2019 crop year…

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As of a little after 2 p.m. today (Friday, Jan. 17, 2020), Broken Bow has a new Mayor. City council president Rod Sonnichsen was sworn in a Mayor after the position was vacant following the recall of Jon Berghorst earlier in the week.

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Accumulating snow, freezing rain and wintry mix of precipitation is making for difficult travel conditions throughout the area, especially this morning (Friday, Jan. 17, 2020). High winds from the northwest will develop overnight and last through early Saturday morning with gusts up to 60 mp…

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested four people and seized marijuana, THC products and fraudulent credit cards during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 Tuesday evening (Jan. 14, 2020).

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts spoke to a full house of more than 50 people at the Town Hall today in Broken Bow. Held at the Broken Bow Chamber office, there was standing room only as the Governor spoke about his priorities for the state and then fielded questions on property tax relief, i…

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A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 from 3 a.m. to midnight for the following counties in Nebraska: Boyd-Rock-Holt-Loup-Garfield-Wheeler-Logan-Custer including the cities of Spencer, Butte, Lynch, Bassett, Rose, Oneill, Atkinson, Taylor, Burwell, B…

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According to information released by the City of Broken Bow, Rod Sonnichsen, current city council president, will be sworn in as Mayor this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium. As council president, Sonnischsen is in line to become Mayor after Jon Berghorst was recall…

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Nebraska State Troopers were busy throughout the weekend responding to dozens of weather-related incidents, which included a motorist striking an NSP cruiser while the trooper was responding to another crash. The trooper was not injured.

Property taxes and prison reform are just two of the major proposals that state senators are expecting to discuss during the 60-day session, which began last week at the Nebraska Legislature.

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What's the purpose of those mysterious drones? Vote in the poll on our home page. Results will be published in an upcoming issue of the Custer County Chief.

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There will be lingering light snow showers over north central Nebraska Friday afternoon (Jan. 10, 2020) with little or no additional accumulations expected.

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Custer County and Broken Bow could see less than an inch of snow today (Friday, 01/10/20) as light snow spreads from the west to the east this morning and afternoon. Burst of heavier snow could cause quick accumulations and visibility reductions, according to the National Weather Service. Ar…

As Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture brings people together in many different ways. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is once again asking students to enter its annual poster contest highlighting the state’s ag industry.

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Winter will bring light snow to central Nebraska overnight tonight (Jan. 9, 2020) and into Friday according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two people from California and seized more than ten pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney.

In this week’s issue of the Custer County Chief, we included a post from the Phillips County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office that asked the public to be on the lookout for a control vehicle, perhaps a van or trailer with antennas. However, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Offi…

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There was an early morning accident on Ryno Road west of Broken Bow. Details are not yet available however, the Custer County Sheriff's Office confirmed it was a one-vehicle accident and there were injuries to one person. The Chief will have more information when it becomes available.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), released the following statement Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 after speaking with FAA Administrator Steve Dickson regarding the recent sightings of un…

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Find out who the winner of the $1,000 Shop Local promotion! The story is in the Jan. 9, 2020 issue of the Custer County Chief, on newsstands today and in your mailbox tomorrow!

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I may be the only person in Custer County, Neb., who, as of Tuesday, hadn’t yet seen the drones. However, I did spend some time on the phone with Chenyu “Victor” Huang, Ph.D., of UNO’s Aviation Institute. He holds several advanced degrees in aviation and leads UNO’s undergraduate concentrati…

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Unidentified drones have been sighted flying over Custer County and central Nebraska Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Several people have reported via social media seeing the drones at nighttime.Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott said two officers reported seeing what are thought to be…

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The Nebraska State Patrol is seeking information on the whereabouts of two California men wanted for questioning in connection to a homicide investigation in Porterville, Calif. The men were last seen in the area of North Platte, Neb. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.

The following are statements from Nebraska's Congressional representatives on the death of Qassem Soleimani's death.

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occurs in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly enco…

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United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced Dec. 31, 2019 that Maurice J. Paola, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced on Dec. 27 in federal court in Lincoln for interference with flight crew members and attendants. The Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Paola to 1…

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After several hours of major highways and roadways in and around Custer County being deemed "impassable" by the Nebraska Department of Transportation Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, roads are now returning to "passable."

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The Snow Emergency for the City of Broken Bow is in effect until 5 p.m. today(Monday, Dec. 30, 2019).

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The National Weather Service revised snow total accumulations for Custer County this weekend to the 8-12 inch range yesterday (Sat. 12/28/19) with the same forecast north to the South Dakota border. Some areas in northeast Nebraska around Norfolk could see more than a foot of snow.

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The storm moving into Nebraska for the weekend will be of long duration with periodic breaks according to Nathan Jurgensen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) out of North Platte. Jurgensen outlined the weekend long event during a briefing Friday at noon.

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A strong storm system will move through the region bringing the threat for accumulating snow, blowing snow and ice Friday night through Sunday (Dec. 27-29, 2019). A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for all of western and north central Nebraska.

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As many travelers will be making their way home from holiday gatherings, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) are urging motorists to be prepared for another round of winter weather.