Excessive Heat Warning Until 7:00 p.m. Saturday


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PAGE-KNOX-CEDAR-THURSTON-ANTELOPE-PIERCE-WAYNE-BOONE-MADISON-
STANTON-CUMING-BURT-PLATTE-COLFAX-DODGE-WASHINGTON-BUTLER-
SAUNDERS-DOUGLAS-SARPY-SEWARD-LANCASTER-CASS-OTOE-SALINE-
JEFFERSON-GAGE-JOHNSON-NEMAHA-PAWNEE-RICHARDSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONAWA...MAPLETON...MISSOURI VALLEY...

WOODBINE...LOGAN...DUNLAP...HARLAN...COUNCIL BLUFFS...GLENWOOD...

RED OAK...SIDNEY...HAMBURG...TABOR...FARRAGUT...CLARINDA...

SHENANDOAH...CREIGHTON...BLOOMFIELD...CROFTON...WAUSA...

VERDIGRE...NIOBRARA...HARTINGTON...LAUREL...RANDOLPH...

COLERIDGE...PENDER...MACY...WALTHILL...WINNEBAGO...NELIGH...

ELGIN...PIERCE...PLAINVIEW...OSMOND...WAYNE...ALBION...

ST. EDWARD...NORFOLK...STANTON...WEST POINT...WISNER...TEKAMAH...

OAKLAND...LYONS...DECATUR...COLUMBUS...SCHUYLER...FREMONT...

BLAIR...DAVID CITY...WAHOO...ASHLAND...YUTAN...OMAHA...BELLEVUE...

PAPILLION...LA VISTA...SEWARD...MILFORD...LINCOLN...PLATTSMOUTH...

NEBRASKA CITY...CRETE...WILBER...FAIRBURY...BEATRICE...TECUMSEH...

STERLING...AUBURN...PAWNEE CITY...TABLE ROCK...FALLS CITY
318 PM CDT FRI JUL 22 2016

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SATURDAY...

* TEMPERATURE...HEAT INDICES WILL PEAK IN THE 106 TO 116 DEGREE
RANGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING...BEFORE DROPPING
BACK INTO THE MID 70S OVERNIGHT. TEMPERATURES WILL ONCE AGAIN
CLIMB THROUGH THE 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES ON SATURDAY...

YIELDING HEAT INDICES OF 102 TO 112 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...THE LONGEVITY OF THE HEAT EVENT WILL RESULT IN A 
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS... 
INCLUDING CHILDREN...THE ELDERLY...OR THOSE WITH MEDICAL 
CONDITIONS. LEAVING A CHILD OR PET IN AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE CAN 
BE DEADLY...EVEN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. HEAT DEATHS ARE 
PREVENTABLE. CHECK ON PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS WITHOUT AIR 
CONDITIONING. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF
DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT
TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS
SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF
FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY OUT OF THE
SUN... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

School Consolidation


Folks, it is a tough time. Decisions to be made about the local schools combining or not. I recently read a post that stated Tekamah would have to come to Oakland to school. That is not the case.

IF the schools consolidate, and that is an IF based on voting in November, which both school districts have to approve to move forward, there would be a new school for upper grades at an approved location. Elementary schools in each district would remain as they are. Please be informed of the facts, not the gossip. The future of generations to come depend on the facts, and their education is what counts.

They are the future leaders of this country.

Fundraiser for Nesemeier Family Sunday


The Craig Fire Department with the help of the Craig Alder Grove Church Parish, Oakland-Craig FFA and Argo 4-H Club will be holding a benefit fundraiser for the Steve and Terry Nesemeier family of Craig.

Their home and all their belongings were lost in a recent fire. Beef burgers, beans, chips, salads and desserts will be served on Sunday, July 24 at the Craig Fire Hall from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Silent auction items are being collected by Ericka Pickell at 402-377-0555. For other questions contact Cheri Johansen at: 402-870-1711 or Mary Loftis at: 402-380-0093.

 

 

Bohannon and Poppe Crowned Fremont 4-H Fair Royalty


Bohannon and Poppe crowned as Fremont 4-H Fair Royalty….

Jamie Poppe was recently crowned queen of the Fremont 4-H Fair. She has been a 4-H member with the T.E.A.M. 4-H club in Dodge County for 11 years. She is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Poppe of Scribner. Poppe has competed at the Fremont 4-H Fair, Dodge County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair exhibiting over 450 projects. She has served on the Dodge County 4-H Council as Secretary and represented Dodge County as a 4-H Ambassador for two years. Poppe has been a camp counselor for Clover Kid camp and helped with several workshops at the county level and at the club level. One of her greatest 4-H achievements was being selected for National 4-H Congress in Atlanta last fall. She completed her Diamond Clover service project by partnering with the Fremont Area Foundation and Project Everlast to make and donate 55 foster care bags in the Fremont area.

Poppe said: “One of the biggest rewards 4-H has given me is my willingness to serve. Being a good citizen and doing for others and volunteering in my community has made me a better person.”  She will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall as a freshman studying Elementary Education.

As a Burt County 4-Her for 11 years, Nick Bohannon has been involved in a variety of projects from woodworking and cooking to public speaking and shooting sports. He has never been the traditional 4-Her in the sense that most of his projects would be in the livestock or home economics areas. Shooting Sports is how he got his start in 4-H and has continued to build on that discipline since day one. As he has progressed, leadership has been a significant part of his 4-H career. This skill has taken many forms including being a club leader, 4-H Council member, Nebraska & National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador, and a National 4-H Congress Delegate. He credits 4-H for providing him many opportunities for success but his most prominent achievement occurred in March of 2016. After a year of planning and promoting with the help Nebraska Extension, he created a leadership seminar for Nebraska youth involved in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. The program held its first training in Lincoln in March and he is planning two more in the next year.

Bohannon said: “Much of the reason I was able to accomplish this program was due to my ability to communicate to large groups of people and present myself in a professional manner,” he said. “The skills I learned through Public Speaking & Presentations Contests as well as my Science & Technology exhibits allowed me to promote the idea in an interactive and professional manner and led to the approval of the program.”

“4-H has allowed me to grow as an individual as well as give back to the program that helped me become as successful as I am today,” he added. “My 4-H career has been one of my most outstanding accomplishments, and I hope to stay involved even after I complete my eligibility.” Nick is the son of Vance and Sandy Bohannon of Tekamah.

Nick Bohannon and Jamie Poppe, Fremont 4-H Fair King and Queen. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

Nick Bohannon and Jamie Poppe, Fremont 4-H Fair King and Queen. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

Tuff-bilt Tractors Manufacturing Inc.


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Enjoy a Movie Under the Stars


LINCOLN – Enjoy a movie under the stars at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on July 22 with the screening of “The Trial of Standing Bear.”

The movie, which begins at 9:30 p.m., tells the story of Ponca chief Standing Bear’s 1879 trial, in which he successfully argued that a Native American was a “person” under the law. A large portion of this 1988 television movie was filmed on location at Fort Hartsuff.

The movie will be screened outdoors, between the post headquarters and the barracks. Movie-goers may enjoy s’mores and fresh theater popcorn, and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Visitors also may bring a tent and spend the night under the stars.

While the movie is free, a park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fort Hartsuff is located 3 miles north of Elyria in Valley County.

Good Life Great Opportunity


By Governor Pete Ricketts

A brand is a promise.  Over the years, Nebraska has adopted a number of slogans and taglines which have come and gone.  One phrase, however, has not only stayed on our road signs, but it has also remained near and dear to the hearts of Nebraskans.  The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and I announced that the State of Nebraska would be bringing back this beloved tagline.  Last week, we announced the new state brand, “Good Life. Great Opportunity.”

 

A key part of running an organization like a business means building a trusted brand across the entire enterprise that makes a positive impression on the customers you work to serve as well as the businesses and investors you are working to recruit.  Last year, DED began to develop a new brand to help market Nebraska to businesses, investors, and job creators.  As DED began this process, the vision for this new brand expanded.  Right now, State of Nebraska agencies use a myriad of logos and designs, so I encouraged DED to look for a brand all state agencies could utilize to help all of them create a unified image.

 

To this end, DED engaged a marketing agency to help gather input from Nebraskans and develop a new brand for the state.  Developing a brand is a massive challenge because it needs to be something your organization and customers believe in.  As John Steinbeck once wrote in East of Eden, “No story has power, nor will it last, unless we feel in ourselves that it is true and true of us.”  To develop a brand Nebraskans would support, we listened first.  Over the course of the input process, thousands of Nebraskans provided input through meetings across the state, surveys targeting key audiences, and even conversations with individuals who had moved away.

 

In the process of developing a new state brand in the last year, we heard everywhere that more than ever Nebraskans see our state as the Good Life.  While we were searching for a brand Nebraskans would embrace, we also wanted a brand that would help us highlight the many aspects of our state that make it uniquely Nebraskan.  This process resulted in “Good Life. Great Opportunity.”  It’s a phrase all Nebraskans can embrace.  Whether you grew up on a Sandhills ranch or work in an Omaha high rise, this brand is inspired by the men and women who grew Nebraska for our first 150 years.  Growing the Good Life in Nebraska is the mission of my administration.  Opportunity is the first step towards achieving this mission.  From the farms and ranches that are the backbone of our number one industry to the innovative startups in Silicon Prairie and Fortune 500 company headquarters, this brand will help us highlight opportunity everywhere in our state.

 

With the introduction of “Good Life. Great…”, the State of Nebraska has also developed a brand that provides flexibility for each state agency to choose their own “great” and tailor it to their specific mission.  For example, the State Patrol has selected “Good Life. Great Tradition.”  The Department of Roads has chosen “Good Life. Great Journey.” as their brand.  Additionally, the Department of Labor has picked “Good Life. Great Connections.” as the new brand for their agency.  Other organizations will also have an opportunity to utilize this brand upon request.  For example, the beef industry or a beef producers might choose to use something along the lines of “Good Life. Great Beef.”

 

As you can see, this brand has a lot of potential to provide a more unified image for state government as we work to make the State of Nebraska more customer-focused and grow our state.  In the coming weeks and months, state agencies will work to implement the brand.  While you will see a lot of changes, you will continue to see the Good Life in familiar places like our road signs.  To learn more about the brand and how it will be used, you can visit GoodLifeGreatOpportunity.com for more information.  If you have any thoughts on the new brand or how the state markets itself, please contact my office by emailingpete.ricketts@nebraska.gov or by calling 402-471-2244.

Governor Pete Ricketts

Governor Pete Ricketts

Excessive Heat Warning


.Excessive heat warning in effect from 1 PM Wednesday to 8 PM CDT Friday…

The National Weather Service in Omaha/valley has issued an excessive heat warning…which is in effect from 1 PM Wednesday to 8 PM CDT Friday. The excessive heat watch is no longer in effect. * Temperature…readings on Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values around 105 degrees. Heat index values range from 105 to 112 both Thursday and Friday. Nighttime temperatures will only drop into the mid to upper 70s.

* Winds…each day there will be a good southwest breeze… however winds diminish overnight making it feel more stifling. * Impacts…the longevity of the event will result in a potentially dangerous situation for sensitive groups… including children…the elderly…or those with medical conditions. Leaving a child or pet in an enclosed vehicle can be deadly…even for a short period of time. Precautionary/preparedness actions… Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency so call 911. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Kats’ Korner: Praying for a Better, Safe World


To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees. —Billy Graham

 

I have always believed in the power of prayer. I pray each and every day.

I am finding myself on my knees more now than ever in my life.

To see innocent people being killed all over the world just attending an event, going to the mall or being at an airport, is heartbreaking and very frightening. I have always loved small town life. There is a sense of safety in a small town. Everyone knows everyone. I go for walks, never fearing for my life.

I wonder if that will be the case for future generations? Or even true for the rest of my life?

There are groups whom believe in hurting/killing others. This is beyond me. I value my life. I wish I could live forever, watching my grandkids grow into adults and having their own families. I do believe knowing I won’t be here forever makes me value life more.

Now, police officers, those here to protect and serve, are being killed all over the country.

What is wrong with people? If I had the answer to that, I would be rich.

My dad was a police officer. I know how difficult it was for him sometimes. People don’t always like those in blue, wearing a badge and enforcing the law. Probably because they break the law and end up arrested.

That is a police officers job, enforcing the law and arresting those who break it.

They are protecting citizens. I am thankful for them each day. I know I am safe because of police officers.

It is a scary time in this world. I believe in leaving the world a better place than I found it.

The only way I can do that is to be on my knees, praying, each and every day.

Please do the same.

God will provide the answer.

 

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