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Gage County Third Graders Farm Education Event

Nebraska Extension

Third graders in Gage County will enjoy a day on the farm this Wednesday.  The youth will be provided with seven stations to learn about life on the farm.  Sessions will include information about cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, grain and farm-to-table.  The event is sponsored by the Gage County Agricultural Society and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Office. Read More »

97 Tornados Reported In Kansas

97 Tornadoes were reported in Kansas over the Weekend.  The National Weather Service issued the preliminary count on Sunday.  Monday morning Bill Schwinndamann, Marshall County Emergency Preparedness Director reported tornado warnings had been issued for southeast Marshall County including the town of Frankfort.  Schwinndamann said he did not have a confirmed touchdown and damage was relatively light.  He also reported ... Read More »

Bern Play Postponed

The final performance of the Bern High School Play scheduled for Saturday evening, April 14th at 7 pm has been postponed to Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm due to the threat of severe weather. Read More »

2012 Farm Tractor / Machinery Safety Certification Training

      All youth, ages 14 or 15-years old, who plan to work with farm machinery for someone other than their parent(s) or guardian(s), are encouraged to complete safety certification training in 2012. Since 1968, the Department of Labor has allowed non-farm youth (who do not have a parent(s), guardian(s), or family corporation owning farmland) to legally operate farm tractors / ... Read More »

Heiman Resigns As Marysville Girls’ Head Coach

Jim Heiman, Marysville girls’ basketball coach resigned at Wednesday’s Marysville School Board meeting. Heiman joined the coaching staff in 1997 as an assistant coach.  He became head coach in 2005. In seven years as head coach, he helped the Lady Bulldogs to a record of 97 wins, 62 losses.  During that time, the Lady Bulldogs won 2 league titles and ... Read More »

USD 113 Releases 8 Certified Staff Members

The Prairie Hills USD 113 Board of Education has approved a resolution of intent to non-renew the contracts of 8 certified staff members for the 2012-13 school year.  The board took the action at a special meeting Monday. The non-renewal notices include 2 certified staff members at Sabetha High School English teacher Angelia Steiner and elementary school Title I Building ... Read More »

Farm Equipment Collapses Bridge

A bridge over Long Branch Creek near Humboldt collapsed Tuesday afternoon about 3:15 p.m. when an oversized load went across the bridge. Noah Dively of Hiawatha was operating a tractor, pulling an anhydrous applicator and two full anhydrous tanks across the bridge on 715 Road between 631 Boulevard and 632 Boulevard.  The equipment was owned by AG partners of Hiawatha, ... Read More »

Sabetha Man Critically Injured In Explosion

Brockhoff Manufacturing owner, Roger Brockhoff, was working on a grain auger when the explosion occurred last Wednesday morning.  The exact cause of the explosion is unknown. Brockhoff is at the K-U Medical Center in Kansas City in the intensive care unit. He underwent surgery Thursday for facial fractures. An employee, Wil Edelman, received minor injuries from the explosion.  Edelman was treated ... Read More »

Oldsburg Man Killed In Farm Accident

An Oldsburg man was killed in a skid loader accident on Tuesday.  65 year old Jerry DeFoor was operating a skid loader on Tuesday when he was trapped between the bucket of the skid loader and the cab.  Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat report that DeFoor was deceased when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Read More »

Nebraska Law Makers Approve Keystone Pipeline Bill

A bill that would resume a state review of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline has won final approval from Nebraska lawmakers.      Lawmakers voted 44-5 Wednesday to forward the measure to Governor Dave Heineman, who has said he supports the project to pipe oil through Nebraska from western Canada and North Dakota.      The measure authorizes the Nebraska Department ... Read More »