AP-Nebraska stories for May 16-17. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, May 16, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION

GRAND ISLAND — Five days a week, the priests and nuns of St. Mary’s Cathedral lead a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Grand Island to bring healing and peace to people during a time of fear and illness. Five people take part in the walk, which begins at 4:30 p.m. each weekday. One of the priests carries a consecrated host, which Catholics believe is the body of Christ. The host is exhibited in a vessel called a monstrance. Another member of the group carries burning incense. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,075 words.

EXCHANGE-WISHING TREE

LINCOLN — The big oak tree on 31st Street waves in the wind like a giant feather duster. Its trunk is solid and bare of branches halfway to the sky. It seemed like the perfect tree. And so last week, Kerri and Nate Denell and their four kids wrapped rope around that wide oak’s trunk, twining it in circles like a string of Christmas lights. They set Lysol and hand sanitizer at its base, along with a small box filled with ribbons and marking pens. By Cindy Lange-Kubick, the Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 925 words.

For use Sunday, May 17, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ACCORDION ON MENU

PRAGUE — Business isn’t so brisk these days at the Kolac Korner Cafe in Prague, Nebraska. Mark Nemec still cooks pork and duck dinners with all the fixings on Sunday, burgers on Tuesday and fried fish on Friday, but it has all been takeout since the coronavirus swept across the country. Shutdowns and social distancing are affecting many in the village an hour west of Omaha — just like in the rest of America. But a few days ago a local family stopped by for some beverages to go for a birthday celebration and asked Nemec if he would step outside with his accordion and entertain them with a song. By Marjie Ducey, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words.

EXCHANGE-MEALS FOR NEEDY

SCOTTSBLUFF — The vehicles started lining up on the street next to Gering’s United Methodist Church on May 6 at around 4:30 p.m., but this was not unusual. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, those in the vehicles would park and come inside. Since so many places were closed and social distancing became necessary, the line now forms every Wednesday. “There is a place to eat every night,” volunteer Shirley Potter said as she organized the team of volunteers preparing the meal for the soup kitchen. By Brad Staman, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 540 words.

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