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If Pilger is rebuilding, why aren't some residents? It’s been five months since two tornadoes destroyed most of the village of Pilger in northeastern Nebraska. About half of the people who lived there lost their homes, but the remaining residents are seeing new signs of life.On a cold fall day in Pilger, volunteers from Black Hills Energy learned how to plant a tree. Too deep or too shallow, and the tree won’t take; too rough with the roots, and... more››
An Inside Look at Nebraska Army National Guard Training After a decade of Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers constantly at war in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the flow of deployments has slowed to a trickle. This time of transition impacts how soldiers train to be ready for the next mission, whatever it may be. Mike Tobias of NET News followed two units during weekend training.Six Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers kneel in a circle, pens... more››
A Time of Transition for Nebraska’s National Guard After a decade of nearly non-stop overseas deployment, things have changed for Nebraska’s National Guard soldiers, especially those serving with the Army.Dignitaries and a crowd of soldiers in camouflage fatigues fill a media event at a National Guard facility. Since 9/11, ceremonies like this have happened all the time, almost always celebrating a unit leaving or returning from overseas... more››
President Obama's Immigration Action Impact In Nebraska On Thursday, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration. They include allowing immigrants who've lived illegally in the U.S. for more than five years to avoid being deported if they pass background checks, pay fees, and their children are naturalized citizens or lawful permanent residents.  NET News spoke with Anna Shavers, Cline Williams professor of citizenship... more››
EPA won’t finalize ethanol rules this year The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.The ethanol rules, called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are meant to prop up the U.S. biofuels industry by creating demand for ethanol. Without the rules, both oil companies and the biofuel sector will be left in the dark as to what... more››
Board Games Make a Comeback, With a Few Quirks Remember playing Monopoly and Scrabble around the dinner table? Arguing with your siblings about who gets to be the Car or the Scottish Terrier? Or whether Z-A-Q could ever be a real word? Well those days are making a comeback—with just one variation: The arguments are getting weird. Did you feed your monster properly? Can you trust her to save the world with you? It’s the revamped world of... more››
High pasture prices hard for ranchers to swallow Cattle numbers have been dwindling, thanks to drought and low cattle prices. But things are beginning to turn around. Ranchers in Nebraska and across the Midwest are eager to grow their herds. As they do, grass is turning into a hot commodity.The national beef herd is down to the size it was in 1951. Shoppers have probably noticed the impact at the grocery store. Beef is more expensive, which... more››
Number, gender of court appointments part of Heineman judicial legacy Retirements of veteran judges, changes in who practices law and an especially long term in office combined to give Gov. Dave Heineman a historic amount of influence over who presides over trials in Nebraska’s courtrooms. By having the opportunity to appoint more judges than any other chief executive in the state’s history, Heineman’s selections will influence the judicial system for years to... more››
Children of Latino immigrants forge paths in agriculture For years, Latino immigrants have filled some of the least-glamorous, most physically taxing jobs in farming. But the current generation of Latino children may be uniquely qualified to lead the Midwest’s agricultural economy in the future.In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe... more››
Lawsuit challenges Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha challenges Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriages.Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 33 states. The lawsuit for seven couples filed Monday aims to add Nebraska to that list.Among the plaintiffs is Sally Waters of Omaha. Waters, who’s 58, married her wife Susan, 53, while living in California in 2010. Sally and Susan, who have three... more››
Aggressive treatment not enough to save Ebola patient in Omaha The latest Ebola patient to be treated in Omaha died Monday morning. Dr. Martin Salia is the second Ebola death to occur in the U.S. His doctors say by the time he arrived in Nebraska for treatment, the virus had progressed too far to be stopped. Martin Salia was flown to Omaha on Saturday afternoon and taken to the Nebraska Medical Center’s bio-containment unit. At a press conference with... more››
Young immigrants search for home on the farm Immigration is helping to re-shape what agriculture looks like in the Midwest. Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago and immigrants of all stripes are being attracted by the Midwest farm economy to work the land. Bear Creek Dairy in Brooklyn, Iowa, is home to more than 1,100 cows, who provide about 100,000 pounds of milk each day. The 15-year-old farmer who... more››