Winter Storm Watch


…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING… * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions and potentially hazardous travel conditions or delays. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

New Traveler’s Information Cameras Installed


Recently, four additional cameras have been installed in northeast Nebraska to allow the public to see real time road conditions to assist in seasonal travel decisions.

Cameras were added at the Highway N-15/N-12 Junction west of Obert, the Highway N-9/N-35 Junction north of Emerson, the Highway US-275 /N-15 Junction east of Pilger and Highway US-30 near Rogers.

Simply access the webpage at http://www.511.nebraska.gov.

4 Lanes 4 Nebraska


Norfolk, NE — A coalition of industry and business interests in northeast Nebraska today announced the organization of 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, a trade and advocacy organization promoting the modernization of Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure.  The group will focus immediately on the expansion of Highway 275 from two to four lanes from east of Norfolk to west of Fremont.  It has hired Josh Moenning, former District Director for U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Policy and Communications Director for Pete Ricketts’ gubernatorial campaign, to lead the organization.

“We’ve come together to make a simple point: Northeast Nebraska deserves 21st century infrastructure,” Moenning said.  “With 1940s roadways, our steelmakers, manufacturers, cattle feeders, farmers, and small businesses remain isolated from major markets.  We have tremendous potential for new growth and increased quality of life, but outdated infrastructure is costing us countless opportunities to help grow Nebraska.  We hope to work constructively and creatively within our communities and with policymakers to make Hwy 275’s expansion a reality. ”

“Expanding Highway 275 is critically important to Nucor,” said Dirk Petersen, General Manager of Nucor Steel in Norfolk.  “We are poised for significant new growth. Having access to an interstate to realize that growth is crucial.” 

“We’ve been living on an island here for too long,” said Richard Robinson, President of Norfolk Iron & Metal.  “For the good of our families and communities, it’s time to finish the work of connecting our major communities with four-lane highways.” 

“The 275 corridor is cattle country, the largest cattle feeding area in America,” said JD Alexander, owner of Alexander Cattle and Farms of Pilger.  “More cattle are hauled up and down this road by more trucks every day.  We need a better and safer highway.”

“Manufacturers rely on safe, efficient roadways to get products to market,” said Jeff Scherer, Chief Financial Officer of Smeal Fire Apparatus Company of Snyder.  “This is a manufacturing corridor.  We need to get the right infrastructure in place.” 

“Our communities thrive when people and goods travel smoothly and safely,” said Nadine Hagedorn, Community President of Citizens State Bank in West Point.  “Highway 275 expansion would be a boon for area small businesses and community growth.”

“This is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the state,” said Dennis Baumert, owner of Scribner Grain in Scribner.  “Our farm products end up all over the country and all over the world, but getting them in and out of this area is more difficult than it should be.”

Petersen, Robinson, Alexander, Scherer, Hagedorn, and Baumert are founding members of the 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska board of directors.  Moenning will serve as the organization’s executive director, managing its education, research, and public relations efforts.  

Highway 275 was constructed as a two-lane highway in northeast Nebraska in 1939.   In 1988, the State of Nebraska enacted transportation policy to prioritize the connection of each major Nebraska community to an interstate system via a four-lane highway.  Highway 275’s 45 miles of two-lane road remain one of the few unfinished segments within the 600-mile statewide expressway system.

Winter Weather Advisory


A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Northeast Nebraska until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Snow will be moderate or heavy until early evening. North winds of 20-35 mph with gusts to 40 mph will add to travel difficulties and visibility could drop to less than 1/2 mile. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Please use caution when driving.

Regional Economic Development Planning Process


Northeast NE To Kick Off Regional Economic Development Planning Process called Stronger Economies Together

 

Please join community and business leaders throughout Northeast Nebraska for dinner on Tuesday, March 18th  at  Wayne State College to kick off a regional economic development planning process called Stronger Economies Together (SET).  This event, which also serves as the March meeting for the Northeast NE Development Network, is open to representatives of business, industry, government, education, agriculture, non-profits and economic development organizations.

 

SET is a national program that enables counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing economic development that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of the region.

 

USDA Rural Development and UNL Extension will facilitate the SET program over the next year. The SET region is comprised of the same counties served by the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, www.nenedd.org.

 

The NENEDD’s Blueprint for Sustainability along with data tailored to the region  describing its current and emerging industry clusters, comparative advantages and demographic information will serve as a basis for developing a high quality regional economic development plan.

 

Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Niobrara Room in the WSC Student Center: http://www.wsc.edu/about/map/. Following dinner will be an introduction and invitation to participate in the Stronger Economies Together program plus a presentation by Dr. Joe Allen (UNO) about making collaborations like SET successful. The program will wrap-up with a short presentation via technology from members of a  SET region in another state who’ve  completed an approved economic development plan. The event planners will strive to have everyone on their way home by 8:15 p.m.

 

Seating is limited, so people interested in attending are asked to please R.S.V.P. by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th to UNL Extension in Burt County: (402) 374-2929. For more information or to R.S.V.P. by email, contact UNL Extension Educator, Carroll Welte, at cwelte1.unl.edu. Don’t be left out in the cold; R.S.V.P. by March 15th….it’s very important to do so!!

 

Carroll Welte, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Burt County
111 N13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Ph: 402.374.2929, E-mail: cwelte1@unl.edu

 

 

Northeast Planning Process


Northeast NE To Kick Off Regional Economic Development Planning Process called Stronger Economies Together

 

Please join community and business leaders throughout Northeast Nebraska for dinner on Tuesday, March 18th  at  Wayne State College to kick off a regional economic development planning process called Stronger Economies Together (SET).  This event, which also serves as the March meeting for the Northeast NE Development Network, is open to representatives of business, industry, government, education, agriculture, non-profits and economic development organizations.

 

SET is a national program that enables counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing economic development that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of the region.

 

USDA Rural Development and UNL Extension will facilitate the SET program over the next year. The SET region is comprised of the same counties served by the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, www.nenedd.org.

 

The NENEDD’s Blueprint for Sustainability along with data tailored to the region  describing its current and emerging industry clusters, comparative advantages and demographic information will serve as a basis for developing a high quality regional economic development plan.

 

Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Niobrara Room in the WSC Student Center: http://www.wsc.edu/about/map/. Following dinner will be an introduction and invitation to participate in the Stronger Economies Together program plus a presentation by Dr. Joe Allen (UNO) about making collaborations like SET successful. The program will wrap-up with a short presentation via technology from members of a  SET region in another state who’ve  completed an approved economic development plan. The event planners will strive to have everyone on their way home by 8:15 p.m.

 

Seating is limited, so people interested in attending are asked to please R.S.V.P. by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th to UNL Extension in Burt County: (402) 374-2929. For more information or to R.S.V.P. by email, contact UNL Extension Educator, Carroll Welte, at cwelte1.unl.edu. Don’t be left out in the cold; R.S.V.P. by March 15th….it’s very important to do so!!

 

Carroll Welte, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Burt County
111 N13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Ph: 402.374.2929, E-mail: cwelte1@unl.edu

 

 

High Wind Warning


The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Burt County and surrounding counties in Northeast Nebraska from 3:00 p.m. this afternoon until midnight tonight. Winds from 20-30 mph with gusts to 35 mph expected in the afternoon. 30-40 mph winds gusts with over 55 mph wind gusts are possible from later this afternoon until mid evening. Sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph and up can result in property damage.

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