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HPS may offer busing temporarily
Hastings Public Schools officials have proposed to temporarily offer busing for students at two elementary schools during a transition period should the $21.5 million elementary improvement bond election pass next month.
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Supervisors look to beef up security
After taking a tour of the Hall County Courthouse recently, Adams County Supervisor Scott Thomsen said he came away with a sense of ease that he attributes to the county’s investment in a $24 million security system.
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Fong announces resignation
Kaleena Fong, who served as executive director at Adams County Convention & Visitors Bureau for eight years, has announced she will be leaving her position July 1 to pursue another career opportunity.
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Education a calling, not a job, for HMS principal
It's easy to spot Hastings Middle School Principal Dave Essink when he's driving around Hastings. His is the car with "HMS" on the license plate.
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Train wreck, fiery collision involve same driver
The driver allegedly responsible for leaving a horse trailer on railroad tracks in Kenesaw last week has been cited for a two-vehicle collision that occurred an hour and a half later.
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Facilitator to help AC solve elementary issue
In order to encourage open, districtwide communication about the future of the elementary sites in the Adams Central School District, AC school board members are taking a new, progressive step that they hope will expedite action on the matter.
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Paving of Showboat set to begin
North Showboat Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between 26th Street and Lochland Road beginning Wednesday as construction progresses on the 42nd Street truck route project.
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Students design, compete with unique electric cars
Kelsey Andrews of Harvard describes riding in her club’s custom-built electric car as a cross between a roller coaster ride and scooting through an enclosed playground tube.
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Senior Prom creates both flashbacks, new memories
Skirts twirled. Heels clicked. Cameras flashed. Gentlemen and ladies paired off and swayed their way out onto the dance floor.
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An introduction to volunteerism
On hands and knees, scrubbing baseboards inside a Heartland Pet Connection examination room, Reid Schultz was having fun.
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Supervisor candidates field questions at first of three public forums
Two candidates for the District 3 seat on the Adams County Board of Supervisors fielded questions from voters at a public forum Friday, marking the first of three local candidate forums to be hosted by area organizations before the primary election May 13.
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Modeling the volunteering way
Several college students modeled volunteerism to youth in the after-school Zone program on Friday.
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Hastings resident Dan Peters finds tropical escape
A tape of the recording "Fruitcakes," played while cruising on the boat of his father and stepmother in Indiana turned Hastings resident Dan Peters into what is commonly referred to among Jimmy Buffett fans as a "Parrothead."
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Preparing for hazards
Hastings firefighters worked with the Nebraska National Guard and other agencies to practice responses to situations involving hazardous materials on Thursday at the Lincoln Park Fire Station.
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Then & Now: Provencher Cemetery
Then: When 22-year-old Joseph Bergeron died in 1875, his fellow French Canadian settlers didn't have an established cemetery.
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Public provides feedback for Minden water study
MINDEN — The several dozen people who attended Thursday the first of three informational meetings about the ongoing Municipal Water System Study here are integral to the study's success.
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Wellfield project yet to run at full capacity
ALMA — A giant streamflow augmentation project for the Republican River has been running at half-capacity or better recently, and should be operating at full tilt as soon as a few final issues have been resolved.
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Zion attempt to re-tell Old Testament in 10 minutes
Students at Zion Lutheran School will venture to tell the entire Old Testament story in a mere 10 minutes in the humorous musical, “The Old Testament Fast Forward,” on-stage at 7 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran gymnasium, 465 S. Marian Road.
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Trailer owner identified
Deputies have identified the driver responsible for a horse trailer left on the railroad tracks that disabled an Amtrak locomotive early Wednesday morning in Kenesaw.
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Ed Lightner ‘a good, honest man’
As a businessman, community leader and family man, Ed Lightner could be counted on to follow through on his promises.
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Amtrak hits horse trailer left on tracks
KENESAW — Amtrak passengers made a sudden stop here early this morning after an eastbound train struck an abandoned horse trailer left on the tracks.
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Taking the polling plunge
Members of the Hastings chapter of the League of Women Voters attest that the greatest obstacle to getting youths to the polls is taking the initial plunge.
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Van burned in propane blast
Fire destroyed a vehicle Friday after the driver accidentally ignited propane vapors inside the vehicle.
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Trying to level the playing field
Becky Hamik wants to put physical education and health on a level playing field with other school subjects.
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Mobile home lost
Although firefighters quickly extinguished a mobile home fire Monday at 1100 E. South St. No. 56, the extensive damage will likely make it a total loss.
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Council votes in favor of Sunday liquor sales
MINDEN — It looks likely that Sunday liquor sales should soon become legal here.
Members of the Minden City Council voted 4-0 during their regular meeting Monday to place a resolution on the April 21 council agenda that would change the city ordinance and allow off sale — purchased to be taken home — Sunday liquor sales. No specific hours were included in the motion.
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Fourth annual Springfest draws more than 800 visitors
A squawking turkey, cuddly baby bunnies and chicks, goats, storytellers and hands-on ag activities gave youngsters plenty to stimulate their active imaginations at the fourth annual Springfest at Prairie Loft Center Sunday afternoon.
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HPS stays flexible as plans progress
The Hastings Public School District and a Community Facilities Advisory Committee are keeping their plans somewhat fluid as they continue public discourse about the proposed improvements to the district’s elementary sites.
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Bench dedicated, bell rung in honor of secretary and friend
It is a tradition at Lincoln Elementary school for graduating fifth-grade students and retiring teachers to ring the Lincoln bell — an artifact from the original school site — on the last day of school each year to commemorate their passage to life’s next stage.
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National exposure piques crane interest
National news coverage from CBS and NBC and other media outlets continues to boost interest in the annual migration of sandhill cranes as they make their spring pilgrimage to warmer climates along the Platte River in south central Nebraska.
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Adams Central teacher’s new venture good fit
After coaching four students to the state speech competition and helping direct — and clothe — nearly 80 students in the Adams Central spring musical, Cheryl Aubery is looking forward to a calm last few weeks as a full-time teacher.
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Remembering a friend
The 46 preschoolers all called out “I miss you Yoel” as they let go of blue, green, red, yellow and purple balloons that bounced up the front of the Crosier Park building before being carried off in the wind.
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Utilities saw major projects, stable finances in ‘13
Hastings Utilities checked several major projects off of its to-do list in 2013 while anticipating challenges in environmental standards, energy markets and cost efficiency going into the future.
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A flight back in time
The 80-90 year old men were boys again, poncho-clad and gently blanketed in falling snow, remembering.
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HHS to perform “Bye Bye Birdie”
Seniors will say farewell to the Hastings high school theater department with performances this week of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
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City, county to participate in Greenlief study
The city and county will participate in a study this summer that intends to raise awareness about the Greenlief military training facility east of Hastings.
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Toddler hit by SUV dies
A Hastings toddler who was run over by an SUV over the weekend has died.
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Faces of Tribland: Dale Schaefer one of the best
Dale Schafer of Hastings has been playing the game of pool for nearly as long as he can remember.
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Bob Foote ‘one in a million’
When a motion needed to be made, a project funded, an investment spearheaded, an effort initiated, or a hand outstretched, one can find the name of Robert L. Foote penned on the pages of Hastings history.
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About 70 volunteers spruce up miniature golf course
They cleared off carpeting around each hole. They repainted the obstacles and scorecard posts. They dug up rocks and tore out grass
About 70 volunteers Saturday helped spruce up the miniature golf course at the Hastings Family YMCA, 1220 W. 18th St.
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Pool players pack fairgrounds
More than 1,000 pool players packed into the Adams County Fairgrounds this weekend for the annual Fraternal Order of Eagles State Pool Tournament.
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Hastings toddler in critical condition
A Hastings toddler was flown to an Omaha hospital Saturday evening after being run over at his home, Hastings Police Sgt. Steve Murphy.
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Colleagues remember 'special professor'
Gilbert Adrian was a man who could appreciate ants.
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Three sirens need repairs after test
The county will be repairing three tornado warning sirens that failed to operate during Wednesday's emergency drill.
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Hearts for hoops
When it comes to the game of basketball, members of the Hastings Special Olympics hoops teams wear their passion on their jerseys.
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Chamber meetings connect retailers to market
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce is equipping local businesses with the tools and information to up their marketing ante, and the participants are hoping the effort will yield positive change in the Hastings retail market.
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Then & Now: A & W Drive In
Then: Drawn by inexpensive, tasty food, Hastings-area residents of all ages — especially teenagers — frequented Ray’s A & W Drive In at 316 S. Elm Ave.
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St. Cecilia returns to stage
After a three-year wait, musical theater returns to the Hastings Catholic Schools stage tonight with a production of the classic show, “Annie.”
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Estimates show Adams County population all-time high
Adams County’s population hit a new all-time population high in 2013, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Patrol investigates Nuckolls County assault
OAK — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C of Grand Island are asking the public for help in locating two suspects and a pickup believed to be connected with the assault Tuesday of a Davenport man.
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Visiting journalists to translate area experiences to greater audience
Journalist Eileen Mattei says that people travel for two reasons: To make new memories and to remember the past.
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Adams Central takes on ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
Adams Central’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has something for everyone including an ‘eye-catching’ dreamcoat.
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SASA benefit Saturday
A football in a mirrored case and signed by legendary Husker football coach Tom Osborne and current coach Bo Pelini is among auction items Saturday at the ninth annual Mardi Gras concert at the Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave.
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Perkins construction to start soon
Physical signs of a new Perkins Restaurant are set to show up by next week at Cimarron Plaza.
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Chamber board endorses bond issue
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors is among several groups of community leaders that have expressed support of the plan to reorganize and update the six elementary sites in Hastings.
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Patrol investigates Nuckolls County assault
OAK — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C of Grand Island are asking the public for help in locating two suspects and a pickup believed to be connected with the assault Tuesday of a Davenport man.
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New state fair interactive ag attraction ‘a big deal’
A new interactive ag attraction opening at this year’s Nebraska State Fair will give families and visitors of all ages some opportunities to view the future of the state’s bread-and-butter industry.
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Spring cleaning Saturday at miniature golf course
Volunteers will be helping to spruce up the miniature golf course from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hastings Family YMCA, 1220 W. 18th St., Michael Krings, executive director, said the organization holds the annual cleaning to get the course ready for the season.
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Cather Foundation debuts campaign for national center
RED CLOUD — With help from its national honorary campaign chairman, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the Willa Cather Foundation announced Tuesday its plans to build the National Willa Cather Center, a public museum, archive, and arts and cultural center
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Faces of Tribland: From driving winds to driving cars, forecaster has it covered
Whether forecasting tornadic activity or spinning her way toward the finish line, Hastings resident Angela Oder is accustomed to having a world of power at her fingertips.
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Tornado drill set for Wednesday
In conjunction with Nebraska’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service and Adams County Emergency Management Agency will join forces in a statewide tornado drill at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.
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Pet licenses due
Pet licenses become delinquent Friday, and dog and cat owners in Hastings will need to get licenses renewed by then to avoid the late fees that start Monday.
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Vitamin D testing added to health fair
South central Nebraska is far enough north that for most of the year, even when the skies are clear and sunny, people don’t typically get enough of an important vitamin.
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Whoopers scores another win for Hastings
A record number of basketball teams migrated into Hastings over the weekend to battle for area bragging rights and cash prizes at the 33rd annual Whoopers and Hoopers Basketball Tournament Friday through Sunday at area gyms.
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Miss Kool-Aid shares abduction story to educate
After surviving an abduction as a child, all Jessica Littlejohn wanted was to put the ordeal behind her.
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Students collect evidence
Among the first group to arrive at the crime scene, senior Reilly Fahrenholz carefully photographed each piece of evidence.
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Rollover on Highway 6 injures five
Five people were injured Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover on U.S. Highway 6 between Holstein and Wanda avenues.
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Then & Now: J.M. McDonald Co.
Then: In its heyday, the J.M. McDonald Co, which was headquartered in Hastings, was one of the largest retail outfits in the area. At its peak, it had grown to include 108 stores in 12 states.
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Area high schools students compete in academic event
High school students often compete in various athletics and activities, but on Wednesday, students from 26 schools got the chance to compete academically.
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Shelley Casterline takes plea
RED CLOUD — A 41-year-old Guide Rock woman accused of murder agreed to a plea deal Wednesday.
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Willa Cather Foundation to have new executive director
RED CLOUD — The Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors has announced Ashley Olson, associate executive director for the foundation, will assume the position of executive director beginning April 21.
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‘Just a huge blessing’
The Adams Central school van that pulled up Tuesday afternoon to the Crossroads Rescue Mission was like a clown car.
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Whoopers & Hoopers brings madness to Hastings
Adult basketball players of various sizes and ability once again will converge on 14 area gyms to battle for bragging rights and cash prizes at the 33rd annual Whoopers & Hoopers Basketball Tournament Friday through Sunday.
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All sides weigh in on water legislation
River basin by river basin, Nebraska needs a comprehensive, statewide approach to pursuing sustainability of its water resources, an Omaha state senator told the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee in a midday public hearing Tuesday.
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Area couple leaves up to $4 million for charities
A Webster County woman’s estate will provide bequests totaling $3 million to $4 million for the benefit of hospitals in Red Cloud and Hastings, the Auld Public Library and First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud, and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, the estate’s attorney said Wednesday.
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Hastings woman gets up close, personal with bear cubs
When Sarah Fairbanks of Hastings was asked to participate in a research project headed by her daughter, Oklahoma State University assistant professor Sue Fairbanks, she couldn't bear to say no.
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Pelicans back at Harlan
REPUBLICAN CITY — As the weather warms and ice on the Harlan County Reservoir thaws, more and more American white pelicans are passing through the area.
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Deweese native feels feds interfere too much
As director of the agri-business litigation division for the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, Deweese native Brian Buescher has seen a lot of what he sees as overstepping of boundaries by the federal government.
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Hospital foundation receives $500,000 gift
The Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation announced Tuesday that it has received a $500,000 from the estate of Emma R. "Reese" Gates.
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Watching trout released ‘pretty cool’
John Wallin was ready and waiting well before the pickup pulled up to the water at Heartwell Park with a tank full of trout.
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Rodeo bucks Labor Day Weekend slot
People who get a kick out of professional rodeo and football won’t have to choose between one or the other this year.
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Seniors inspire community on, off the court
LINCOLN — 3. 5. 10. 22. 23. 25. 40.
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Making wishes come true
Adam Primm of Hastings asked Jayden Nelson about her wish, and the 5-year-old’s face brightened.
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Man arrested after public domestic disturbance
A Hastings man was arrested following a public domestic disturbance early Friday evening.
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Fairfield resident series on Discovery Channel
FAIRFIELD — Rural Fairfield resident Lucas Oswald loves to build cars.
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Former Karmelkorn snack shop a hit with mall-goers
Then: The letter K was an alpha in the vocabulary of the staff and owners of the Hastings Karmelkorn store at the Imperial Mall, a popcorn and snack shop that flourished on the appetites of mall-goers throughout the store’s 22-year history. In keeping with the shop’s name, longtime owners Larry and Georgia Fahrenholtz put the letter K on the front of the names of many of the shop’s snacks. Karmel Korn. Cheese Korn. Cinnamon Korn. Popkorn balls. Kotton Kandy. The shop also became notorious for its syrupy-sweet slurpees, appropriately named “Coke Koolers” for their Coca-Cola base.
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Book smarts, ball smarts
LINCOLN — Shoot. Swish. Score.
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Fisher Fountain to receive updates before summer
Fisher Rainbow Fountain is going to receive a fairly extensive makeover in the next couple of months to take care of some much-needed maintenance and prolong the life of the landmark.
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D-T teacher touching lives as long-time blood drive coordinator
DONIPHAN — While talking about the relationship between her school’s blood drives and community members and alumni, Mary Ann Hanson received a hug from a former student who came in to donate.
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Benefit Sunday for Roseland woman
ROSELAND — A Roseland woman who was injured in a fall Jan. 26 continues to improve each day.
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Man dies during normal grain loading process
EDGAR — The man who died in a grain bin accident near here Tuesday was engaging in a routine activity when he was killed, according to Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin.
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Medical helicopter service in Hastings begins
A medical transportation company officially has begun the service of its new, Hastings-based helicopter, a long-awaited addition to the company's existing ground and air transportation fleet.
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Treatment of Garett to stay same
A 36-year-old man found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of a Hastings man in 2004 will spend another year at Lincoln Regional Center.
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Fairfield native has hand in 'Wicked Blood'
After viewing the script, Craig Albrecht knew right away that he wanted to be part of "Wicked Blood," the eOne Home Video action thriller released this month on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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Student shows committment, determination in speech
WILCOX — Matthew Cedar never been someone to back down from a challenge.
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Man dies in grain bin
EDGAR — A man was killed in a grain bin accident this morning on the northern edge of town here.
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Adams Central tweaks enrollment capacity
The Adams Central Board of Education is changing the way it determines student enrollment capacity.
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Character, community seal season for Minden
LINCOLN — The Minden Lady Whippet basketball team went home from the Class C-1 state championship final Saturday with a treasure that no clock, buzzer or opponent could steal.
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Former team sponsor now a staple at state basketball
LINCOLN — In 2003, the Sargent girls basketball team made it to the state tournament in Class D-2, and Merlin Seidel went with them as a team sponsor.
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Couple exemplify community spirit at state
LINCOLN — Perched high in the cascading seats of the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Friday morning, DuWayne and Marcia Krueger focused their eyes on a small, spiral-bound notebook.

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STC fans having "crazy" time
The term crazy quickly gained popularity among St. Cecilia students and spectators during the Hawkettes' Class C-2 semifinal game Friday afternoon against Pender at the girls state basketball tournament.
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Adams County to post weight limits on roads
The Adams County Roads Department will be posting weight limits on many of the county's asphalt roads next week to prevent damage to pavement as the ground freezes and thaws.
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Forecaster: Winter 'not over by a long shot'
You probably wouldn't guess it based on diminished snowfall counts across the state, but for the second straight year, drought conditions aren't likely to dampen the spirits of Nebraska farmers as they look ahead to this year's early growing season.
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Then & Now: John Adams and Bert's Pharmacy
Then: After filling in at the Davis Pharmacy in Polk in summer 1939 so the regular pharmacist there could attend the World's Fair, John Adams returned to Hastings. He worked at the Jones Drug Store at 806 W. Second St. until 1948 when he went to work for Bert Burchess's Bert's Rexall Drug Store.
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AC begins to build ag education program
When it comes to starting any new program, there are always bumps in the road.
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Goedert lands foot in MLB history book
A minor league baseball player with ties to Hastings entered the Major League Baseball record books this week.
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Little crosses, big impact
A group of seniors from First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is making it easier for believers to carry their everyday crosses in life.
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HC media students to broadcast on ESPN3
Hastings College media students will produce the live video streams of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal games for the ESPN3 network, marking the first time HC students will produce under a global broadcasting network.
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Students learn about state’s history
The Martin boys heard galloping hooves in the distance.
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Four file for election before deadline passes
Four Adams County residents filed Monday for election to public office, which was the last day for non-incumbents to file.
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Husband, wife directors share friendly music battles
It was a classic scene: red team vs. blue team.
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Special Olympics meet a stage for competition, camaraderie
Repeating a scene they had played out dozens of times in practices and past competitions, friends and teammates Deyn Welke and Jason Bostock of Hastings took their marks for the 50-meter backstroke competition Saturday at the Special Olympics Nebraska West Central Swim Meet.
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Spady remembered as loving father, husband
Richard “Dick” Spady, whose work with Mary Lanning Trust Fund as chairman, board member and employee spanned nearly 40 years, has died. He was 84.
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Juniata hosts Seuss activities tocelebrate author's birthday
JUNIATA — "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!"
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Sunmart to close March 26
The Sunmart store at 920 S. Burlington Ave. has announced to its employees that the grocery store will close March 26. 
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Former Hastings College president takes post at Midland
The former president of Hastings College has taken a position with another Nebraska college.
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Buildings leveled to make way for Hwy. 6 project
Two small, brick buildings southeast of Duncan Field have been torn down in anticipation of a project that could redo the intersection of Elm Avenue and South Street in the next few years.
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Counselor says community key on journey of transformation
The light blue emblem is distinct against its black leather surroundings.
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Potential record-breaking low highs this weekend
A March Madness unrelated to the much-anticipated annual college basketball tournament will greet Hastings residents this weekend, bringing potentially record-low high temperatures Saturday and Sunday in its wake.
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Inaugural show choir competition exudes 'cool energy'
Still wearing the black tuxedoes and white formal dresses of their exhibition performance, members of Harvard's Cardinal and Black Show Choir led nearly 200 teenagers in "to the left" and "to the right" dance moves as "Cupid Shuffle" pumped in over the loud speakers.
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100-year-old spending birthday in Vegas
In honor of her 100th birthday, Jean Krueger will be surrounded by her family hoping to win big.
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Museum full of critters
Children exclaimed and giggled as the ring-tailed lemur stood on its hind legs to reach for a grape held out by Critterman this morning at the Hastings Museum.
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Edgar city shop destroyed
EDGAR — The city shop building here was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.
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Thayer Central Board selects project
HEBRON — When patrons here go to the polls for the May 13 primary election, they once again will decide whether Thayer Central Community Schools will receive major building upgrades, and with more value than a similar plan that failed in 2012.
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It’s official: Council approves marathon
On the morning of June 21, Ron Alexander hopes to see at least a few members of the Hastings community come out onto their front lawns and assume cheerleading roles as participants in Hastings’ first annual marathon tread by.
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Adams County election filings
Becky Sullivan of 801 N. Sycamore Ave. filed Monday to serve on the Hastings Board of Education.
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City officials back bill to revitalize HRC
The Hastings City Council and city administration are hoping to augment the momentum surrounding LB 999, a bill that would consider modernizing Building 7 at the Hastings Regional Center to house and rehabilitate criminals with mental illness.
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Faces of Tribland: ‘Brothers’ recognized for accountability, companionship
Nervously clutching a lunch box and shuffling his feet, then-second-grader Stephen Quinones was visibly anxious.
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Sochi snow from Hastings plant
There may not be much snow here these days but one Hastings company had a hand in getting snow on the ground in Russia.
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Looking for a better tomorrow
Despite a history full of trials and tribulations, African Americans want the same thing as any American: For their children and grandchildren to have access to a better life.
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Seiler: HRC ‘perfect place’ for inmates who need help
For much of his hour-long Coffee with a senator, State Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings talked about reforms he hopes to see made to the state prison system.
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New CT Scanner addition at MLH a 'woo hoo' moment
The most advanced CT scan system in Nebraska is providing patients at Mary Lanning Memorial Healthcare the most consistently high quality diagnostic images available — and with 60 percent less radiation exposure than conventional CT systems, to boot.
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Speaker encourages those with cancer to fight back
Pam Ackerman remembers passing by a cemetery on her way home after being diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2002 thinking she was as good as dead.
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Big beam crosses Burlington before 6 a.m.
An impressive, 55-foot-long steel archway was transported across town and installed at the new Russ’s Market near Burlington Avenue and Seventh Street early this morning, creating a spectacle for early-morning commuters. 
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Then & Now: Jahnke Agri-Home Center
Then: In 1990, two couples comprising one family made the tough decision to close Jahnke Agri-Home Center at 950 S. Burlington Ave. after more than 40 years of business in the community.
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New data to be presented
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Development Committee is looking to share recent data gathered about the retail environment in Hastings.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Pastor honored by Dr. King speaking in Hastings
The Hastings African Awareness Committee will be celebrating its 17th annual banquet Saturday in order to recognize African American History month as well as the ongoing legacy of the Hastings consortium. Click here to read more of the story>>>
CIty places temporary parking ban on Lincoln Avenue
Parking will be prohibited on the east side of Lincoln Avenue between First and Seventh streets begining today at 6 p.m. and extending until 10 a.m. FridayClick here to read more of the story>>>
HSO to showcase young musicians at concert
Winners of the recent Young Artist Competition at Hastings College will perform as soloists with Hastings Symphony Orchestra conducted by Byron Jensen at Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert at the Masonic Center Auditorium, 411 N. Hastings Ave.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Murder charge denied
GRAND ISLAND — A 58-year-old Glenvil man accused of murdering a Grand Island attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hall County District Court.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Election Filings

Adams County Assessor Diane Hynes, Register of Deeds Jan Johnson and Treasurer Bev Davis didn't file for re-election Tuesday, which was the deadline for incumbents to do so.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Barry's journey back to the mat
One month ago, Adams Central wrestler Jack Barry was told the recovery time for his broken hand was going to keep him out of competition for six to eight weeks. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Library seeks to allow alcohol for special events
As the staff of the Hastings Public Library plans to up their fundraising efforts for its Renew campaign, they would like the ability to toast to their donors and success — with adult beverages.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Guide Rock murder trial coming to Hastings
RED CLOUD — Trials for the Guide Rock mother and son accused of murder now will take place in Adams County. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Hynes, Heyen both stepping down
Two longtime public servants have decided not to file for another term on their respective boards this election year. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Faces of Tribland: Scott Carlin
Longtime Adams Central football coach Bill Carlin isn’t exactly sure who he’ll be pulling for during the boys basketball game Friday night in the Patriot Gym.Click here to read more of the story>>>

AC board focuses on mission, goals

The Adams Central Board of Education says it aims to focus its brain power and budget around the goal of preparing well-rounded students who are positive citizens and successful in their next phases of life.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Former North Shore pastor dies of heart attack
When Tony Anderson, a 45-year-old former Hastings pastor, died suddenly about a month ago, his wife, Kim, felt that everything leading to that moment has been because of divine interventionClick here to read more of the story>>>
Chaudhuri returning to Mary Lanning
Dr. Pradipta Chaudhuri has returned to care for the hearts of Mary Lanning HeathCare patients.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Edgar lottery ticket winner still a mystery

EDGAR — Someone purchased a winning lottery ticket here worth $22,000 that has not yet been claimed.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Hawthorne staff kiss pig on Valentine’s Day
The event inspired squals from the pig, students and staff alike.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Students organize first career fair
KENESAW — What started as just another classroom assignment turned into full-day event Thursday for two students at Kenesaw High School. Click here to read more of the story>>>

LRNRD pooling wins OK; directors urge caution

ALMA – The Lower Republican Natural Resources District has changed its rules to give farmers more flexibility in abiding by irrigation water rations and pumping caps.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Then & Now: Strand and Rivoli theaters

Then: “Don’t just woo her ... WOW her (or him)!” an advertisement for The Rivoli Theater’s weekend films exclaimed just before Valentine’s Day in 1953.Click here to read more of the story>>>
An operation in education at Mary Lanning
She wore a hospital gown. The wrist bracelet had her name and birth date. A blood pressure cuff clung to her arm. A clip on her finger monitored her oxygen intake. Another monitor measured her heart rate.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Deshler gym makeover a matter pride

DESHLER — Members of the Deshler Sports Boosters took a challenge from the Deshler Board of Education and ran with it.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Quiz bowl a celebration of academics
Despite the fast-paced, competitive nature of the ESU 9 elementary Quiz Bowl tournament Tuesday, the attitude among the competitors was a friendly friction.Click here to read more of the story>>>

LBNRD calls for well-drilling timeout in some areas

After several months of board deliberations, the Little Blue Natural Resources District is ready to move ahead with a public hearing on a package of proposed changes to its groundwater management rules and regulations.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Faces of Tribland: Barb Shriver
S-e-p-a-r-a-t-e. Separate.

“That’s a tricky word to spell,” said Barb Shriver, noting that many writers replace the first “a” with an “e,” trying to align the word’s spelling with its phonetic pronunciation.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Adams Central bumps enrollment cap
Adams Central Public Schools has room for more students starting this fall. Click here to read more of the story>>>

Couple co-directs latest HCT comedy

It seems Berice Rosenberg has once again found herself smack dab in the middle of things. Click here to read more of the story>>>
HHS wins emotional state bowling championship
The Hastings High boys bowling team captured its second straight state championship and third in four years, defeating Aurora in the Class B finals Sunday afternoon in Lincoln.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Bulls on Main Street draws crowd
They weren't running, but bulls on Main Street in Red Cloud was a popular draw for area farmers and ranchers Saturday.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Camp a science project
"Put on your goggles on and get ready." Click here to read more of the story>>>
If it feels colder, it's because it is
The chill that has been in the air lately is out of the ordinary. It's supposed to be cold in late January and February, but not this cold.Click here to read more of the story>>>

Duncan Field swings for the fences with renovations

Fluctuating temperatures have not been the friend of construction workers from Carmichael Construction during the Duncan Field renovation project. Click here to read more of the story>>>

Basketball official likes being close to the action

He was supposed to be watching his little brother play basketball, but Dave Hemberger found himself studying the referees more than the game. Click here to read more of the story>>>
College to improve quality of life in dorms
As soon as students turn in their keys and walk out for the last time this spring, construction crews will be moving into three of the residence halls at Hastings College. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Then & Now: Debus Baking Co.
Then: The smell of fresh-baked bread first began wafting through Hastings on a grand scale in 1926 with the arrival of a $50,000 baking factory built by Debus Bakery of Exeter at First Street and Colorado Avenue.Click here to read more of the story>>>
‘Piazza’ and ‘Intractable’ determine spelling bee champion
JUNIATA — She couldn’t help giggling as she stepped up to the mic. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Many area schools close after storm
The combination of drifting snow and tempertures well below 0 degrees led just about every school district in Tribland to either cancel classes today or have a delayed start.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Minden planning triathlon
MINDEN — Plans are in the works for a triathlon here, although details about the route still are not finalized.
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Blustery conditions create snow removal issues
Although Hastings and the surrounding area didn't see shocking snowfall levels Tuesday, cold temperatures and strong, gusty winds left residents and street crews donning boots and fighting drifts well into this morning.
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Spelling Bee to be live on HTmedia
The Adams County Spelling Bee will be shown live on HTmedia Wednesday afternoon.
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Hastings guitarist plays for smiles
As a 13-year-old youngster growing up in Hawaii near Pearl Harbor in the early 1970s, Richard Brunson had a dream.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Spelling Bee to be live on HTmedia
The Adams County Spelling Bee will be shown live on HTmedia Wednesday afternoon.
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Hastings Kiwanis win team gold
It wasn't until the final event Saturday that Hastings Kiwanis sealed its team victory in the 2014 Service Club Olympics at the Hastings Family YMCA.Click here to read more of the story>>>
Winter weather advisory in effect for Tuesday
Residents of Hastings and surrounding areas are likely to see the biggest snowfall of this winter season in the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings.
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Spelling Bee to be live on HTmedia
The Adams County Spelling Bee will be shown live on HTmedia Wednesday afternoon.
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Village thirsty for solution
PROSSER — The time for action is now in Prosser, where nitrate levels in the village's well water have surpassed the legal limit for the state of Nebraska. Click here to read more of the story>>>
Gown sales will benefit local non-profits
If you're looking for a beautiful dress at a great price, two local non-profit agencies are looking for your business.
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Branding effort key to relevancy
According to several city leaders, the community of Hastings has to put at least some stock in appearances.
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