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  • Weekend fire destroys Palisade home

    By Dave Vrbas The Wauneta Breeze   A Palisade couple is homeless following a Saturday afternoon fire that claimed their home of 35 years. Fire crews from Palisade and Hayes Center battled flames and smoke, as well as severe heat and humidity, for...
  • Weekend fire destroys Palisade home

    By Dave Vrbas The Wauneta Breeze   A Palisade couple is homeless following a Saturday afternoon fire that claimed their home of 35 years. Fire crews from Palisade and Hayes Center battled flames and smoke, as well as severe heat and humidity, for f...
  • Excitement builds for Wauneta’s newest Harvest Festival event

    By Tina Kitt The Wauneta Breeze   Two weeks and counting down until Wauneta’s big summer celebration. This year’s Harvest Festival is slated for July 23-26, with a terrific offering of events in store. One of the most anticipated new events is ...
  • Dave Ja Vu: The world's worst infomercials

    Beneath the Michael Jackson drama lies the fact that we’ve lost an icon.  Thanks to Billy Mays — may he, and his beard, finally rest in peace — the world has been introduced boldly and loudly to a veritable treasury of outstanding products via th...
  • HINI virus confirmed in southwest Nebraska

    By Carolyn Lee The Imperial Republican   A total of 111 cases of H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, have been confirmed in Nebraska as of June 24. That includes a case in Hitchcock County last week involving a person age 5-19. In addition, Chase ...
  • Crop acreage certification deadlines at hand

    The Nebraska Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger reminds producers of the annual requirement of reporting all crops.   The acreage reporting deadlines for Nebraska was June 30 for small grains and July 15 for feed grains...
  • More rabies seen in S.W. Nebraska

    Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has investigated eight rabies incidents since March 2009. The cases have involved skunks, cats, dogs, and puppies. Cases investigated have been in Frontier, Hayes, Red Willow, Hitchcock and Chase cou...
  • Community tree planting grant funds available

    The 2009 Trees for Nebraska Towns grant program, part of the ReTree Nebraska initiative, provides nearly $300,000 in grant funding to help with tree planting and associated landscaping in communities across Nebraska.  Trees for Nebraska Towns and ReTre...
  • State Patrol Begins New Safety Saturdays Initiative

     In an effort to reduce the potential for traffic fatalities the Nebraska State Patrol will begin a new initiative called “Safety Saturdays” designed to increase trooper presence on selected Saturday nights. Once a month, for the next six months, e...
  • Any day now...

    Wheat growers across southwest Nebraska anxiously await pushing their combines through the ripening fields … any day now. The advent of harvest has been delayed by a cool, damp spring and early summer. In those fields that have evaded hail stones, high ...
  • Nebraska gets favorable ruling from arbitrator

    By Russ Pankonin The Imperial Republican   Nebraska won several key rulings in the findings of arbitration with Kansas over Republican River water use and compliance with a 2002 settlement between the two states.  Arbitrator Karl Dreher released h...
  • Hold elected officials accountable

    The latest scandal in the Obama Administration is “Health Czar” DeParle and “…the millions of dollars she made as a director of (health care) corporations that faced scores of federal investigation, whistleblower lawsuits, and regulatory actions....
  • Strong farm economy essential for national security

    The United States of America was founded on the premise that control of one’s own destiny is essential to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but as a sixth-generation farmer I am concerned this is no longer the case for today’s food pr...
  • Heineman’s peculiar stimulus advice

    Only a couple of times a year do we hear from a reader who suggests, or even insists, that we ought to write a column about a specific event in the news. Since we have heard from three readers concerning Gov. Dave Heineman’s letter urging teachers to...
  • Hay harvesting permit reminders

    In its second year, the program that enables Nebraska landowners to receive hay harvesting permits is in effect. These permits are for the harvesting of hay from the right-of-way of state maintained highways. Interstate highways and freeways are excluded...
  • Promoting Local Food the Goal of Local Foods Network Conference

    The production, marketing and distribution of local food will be the focus of the Nebraska Local Foods Network conference July 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The conference will highlight various speakers who will discuss the promotion of loc...
  • Corn, dry bean producers should watch for cutworms

     Corn and dry bean producers should monitor their crops for western bean cutworms, said University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Educator, Ron Seymour. “Western bean cutworm can be a really devastating pest in either corn or dry bean production,”...
  • Federal conservation programs available for wetlands

    With the persistent and heavy rains this spring, many wetlands in southwestern Nebraska are once again full of water.  Wetlands have many functional values such as being significant sources of groundwater recharge and serving as important wildlife hab...
  • Husker gridiron team to commemorate 300th consecutive sellout with 1962 throwback uniforms

    When Nebraska hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 26, 2009, a wonderful moment in Husker football history will be celebrated.   Memorial Stadium, home to the Cornhuskers since 1923, will celebrate an unprecedented and NCAA-record 300 consecutive sellou...
  • Husker volleyball recruiting class rated second nationally

    Prepvolleyball.com has ranked Nebraska’s incoming recruiting class second nationally in its most recent rankings this week. The class of outside hitters Gina Mancuso (Omaha, Neb./Papillion-LaVista HS) and Hannah Werth (Springfield, Ill./ Glenwood HS)...