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Holt County Attorney Letter To The Editor

Updated Jan 15, 2022 (0)

Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly has sent the paper a letter to the public about TC formerly Transcanda Corporation. As many of you are aware, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada ...
Nebraska's Great Outdoors

Updated Feb 21, 2022

Like many Nebraskans, I enjoy hunting and fishing, and these activities have instilled in me an enduring love for the outdoors. There's no better way to take in the beauty of ...
Let's Talk About Infrastructure

Updated Feb 22, 2022

From the start of his term, President Donald Trump has voiced his support for investing in our nation's infrastructure. I think we should take him up on his offer. In April, h...
Constitution Week Sept. 17-23 - Celebrate the Foundation of America

Updated Feb 22, 2022

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the U.S. Constitution, which set ...
September Is Recovery Month

Updated Feb 22, 2022

LINCOLN — On the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month in September, it's more important than ever to spread the message that treatment is effective and that people ca...
Essential Energy

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Energy is essential in every American's life. We use energy to do just about everything — drive to work, heat our homes, cook meals and power our cell phones. As diverse as ...
Nebraska National Guard's Bronze Star Recipients

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Many Nebraskans have heard of the Bronze Star Medal that is awarded to members of the military. But this week I want to highlight its history and the level of courage, charact...
Standing For Justice

Updated Feb 22, 2022

This week, I'm traveling to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the unveiling of a statue of Chief Standing Bear at the U.S. Capitol. The statue will be on display for years to come...
Red Tape Rollback

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Regulations. While the word is often used in a negative light, the process of setting regulations as established by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), enacted in 1946, p...
A Force For Community & Country

Updated Feb 22, 2022

In 1636, a small militia regiment banded together to better defend colonists who arrived in North America. We know this as the founding of the first regiment of the National G...
International Trade Grows Exports & Creates Jobs

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Trade missions open the door to Nebraska exports while bringing great jobs to our doorstep. Over the past few days, I led a trade mission to Vietnam where I met with Prime Min...
Nebraskans: Guard Against Fraud

Updated Feb 22, 2022

LINCOLN — Survivors of the March 9 to April 14 floods and storms applying for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are advised to exercise caution with...
August In Review

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Every year when Congress adjourns for an extended district work period during August, I continue to take the opportunity to travel the district, hold meetings and find out wha...
Growing Trade with Vietnam and Japan

Updated Feb 22, 2022

To grow Nebraska, we must continue to develop new international partnerships and deepen our existing trade relationships. Trade missions allow leaders in our state to meet fac...
No New Niobrara River Basin Park

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Editor, I have read the installments printed this week in the Norfolk Daily News regarding the proposal by Larry Wewel, also of O'Neill, to create a new national park on ...
Back To School Safety

Updated Feb 22, 2022

The start of the 2019-20 school year saw some changes to Chambers Public School regarding school safety and protocols used. These changes and upgrades are a result of the scho...
Hope vs. Expect

Updated Feb 22, 2022

When I was a sophomore in high school a new teacher and basketball coach was hired and began what would be a long career in my hometown. At first things seemed harmless enough...
Does Your Back-To-School Checklist Include Vaccination?

Updated Feb 22, 2022

From newborns to college, you can help protect your children from 16 serious diseases by getting them vaccinated. Make sure your kids get any needed vaccines before the back-t...
Back To School

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Back to school sales are on and parents are shopping for the crayons, calculators and other supplies their kids will need for the first day of classes. Before long school buse...
Two Thumbs Up For Mama Mia!

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Editor, What a treat to have Mama Mia! brought to Holt County. I haven't had a lot of culture, however I have had the pleasure of seeing Mama Mia! on Broadway and it inst...
Summer Heat Safety Tips

Updated Feb 22, 2022

LINCOLN – Temperatures in some parts of Nebraska spiked recently. Staying cool, keeping hydrated and moderating outdoor activities during hot weather can help Nebraskans dec...
Manifest Abundance — This Could Happen In Your Hometown

Updated Feb 22, 2022

For two decades, Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) and its network of over 250 Nebraska hometowns have been talking about and illuminating the abundance that exists right he...
Great Opportunities in Nebraska Agriculture

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Nebraska's agriculture producers, our farmers and ranchers, are the backbone of our great state. They cultivate crops and raise livestock to feed people here in the U.S. and a...
Improving Health Care

Updated Feb 22, 2022

One of my top priorities is improving health care for rural Americans. Access to high quality, affordable and available heath care is increasingly lacking in many areas. Empow...
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Local Board Thanks Community For Support Of Event

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Editor, The local board of the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library would like to thank the community for all the support and interest that has been shown in the roll-out o...
Connecting Capital & Small Town Home Ownership

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Home ownership increases family and community stability and is a key strategy to help low- and middle-income families build assets. In many regions, rural residents benefit fr...
The Internet Of Things Revolution

Updated Feb 22, 2022

In the last 200 years, our world has transformed because of two major waves of innovation. The first began in the 18th century with the Industrial Revolution, which ushered in...
Irregular Order

Updated Feb 22, 2022

With July upon us, we are now more than halfway through the first year of the 116th Congress. So far 2019 has been marked by partisan divides which have stood in the way of re...
Simply The Best

Updated Feb 22, 2022

I say it all the time: Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family. It's not just a slogan — it's my sincere conviction. And there's plenty of ...
Taking Care of Our Military

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Over the years, sons and daughters of Nebraska have answered the call to serve. They are regular men and women from every background and every walk of life united by their des...
The Need for Border Security

Updated Feb 22, 2022

As recent trends demonstrate, we must take border security seriously. In May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped 144,000 people from illegally entering the U.S. – th...
Nebraska's Winning Streak

Updated Feb 22, 2022

This March, Nebraska won its third consecutive Governor's Cup. Each year, Site Selection magazine awards the trophy to the state with the most economic development projects pe...
Opiate Epidemic Has Worsened

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Editor, As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem...
Keeping Agriculture Strong & Growing

Updated Feb 22, 2022

It is well known that agriculture is Nebraska's top industry and the backbone of our economy. Even through extreme weather and low commodity prices, our farmers and ranchers h...
Taxing More Is Not The Answer

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Federal revenue continued at near-record highs in 2018, at $3.33 trillion. Unfortunately this amount was not enough to cover the $4.2 trillion in spending last year, further e...
Promises Fulfilled For Rural Americans

Updated Feb 22, 2022

For many years, I have been fighting to end the unnecessary ban on year-round sales of E-15. It's been a serious issue that has restricted our farmers and retailers and robbed...
Nebraska Senators Letter On Part B Proposal

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Editor's note: The following letter was submitted as an open letter to U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. Dear Senator Sasse, We are writing you today to express our concerns regarding the ...
Keep Your Home Cool With Energy Saving Tips

Updated Feb 22, 2022

COLUMBUS — Energy usage often sees a sharp increase during the hot summer months, and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) wants to share a few tips to help you cool down y...
Pro-Life Nebraska

Updated Feb 22, 2022

You'll often hear me say that Nebraska is a pro-life state. I say this because Nebraska has a long, bipartisan tradition of working together to protect life through the years....
Living In Rural America

Updated Feb 22, 2022

There is no place like Nebraska, and my family has been fortunate to call it home for six generations. The experience of living in a rural area is something not found anywhere...
Moving From Relief To Recovery

Updated Feb 22, 2022

The floods of March 2019 were unprecedented in nature. Vast swaths of water and ice scouring the land and leveling everything in their path. Ice chunks the size of cars. Water...
Year-Round E15: A Win for Nebraska

Updated Feb 22, 2022

In 2018, Nebraska reached its all-time high in ethanol–blended fuel consumption. Since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted in 2005, Nebraska has broken its record ...
The Results Are In

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Last week senators wrapped up the first session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. From property taxes to a new pro-life law, the Legislature did important work on a wide vari...
Legislative Update

Updated Feb 22, 2022

The 106th Legislature first session has adjourned sine die. The Legislature passed some important bills and failed to agree on other critical issues. Of the 49 individual prio...
Property Taxes Are Out Of Control In Nebraska

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Editor, On May 1, at the Nebraska Capitol, a plan was presented to help remedy our runaway property tax issue. Senators and private citizens spoke about their concerns. T...
Anonymous Letters Are Not Taken Seriously

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Dear Readers, Recently our newspaper office has been receiving anonymous letters regarding a court case outside of our coverage area. Just so the public is made clear on the s...
Legislative Update

Updated Feb 22, 2022

This past week started out being very productive. The Legislature passed the budget bills on final reading and sent them to the Governor. He has five days to decide whether to...
Summer Break

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Ninety-five days — that is the time between the last day of the 2018-19 school year and the first day of the 2019-20 school year. That sounds like a lot of time off, but in ...
Understanding Marijuana's Dangers

Updated Feb 22, 2022

Several states across the country have allowed various forms of marijuana in defiance of federal law and at great risk to public health. This week the Nebraska Legislature wil...
Legislative Update

Updated Feb 22, 2022

The Legislature gave first-round approval this past week to a $9.3 billion biennial budget for fiscal year 2019-20 and 2020-21, which consisted of seven bills advanced to the ...
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