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Who Wins the Race for Patients—the ER or…

By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Co., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question...

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Water Management Progress

By Governor Dave Heineman We are blessed to live in a state with abundant water resources. However, there are times when the state experiences flooding or drought conditions. When our water...

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EPA’s Murky Water Rule

By Senator Mike Johanns A far-reaching water proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would open the floodgates to expensive permits and compliance costs for a variety of industries and individual...

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Opposition Forming to Ballot Question on…

By J.L. Schmidt, Statehouse Correspondent, The Nebraska Press AssociationNebraska voters will have an opportunity in November to weigh in on raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016...

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American Leadership Needed in the World

By Rep. Adrian Smith President Ronald Reagan is known for ending the Cold War without armed conflict with the Soviet Union through a policy of Peace through Strength.  The Reagan Administration...

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Unrest Overseas


By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer As Nebraskans continue to monitor ongoing conflicts overseas, I’d like to offer some thoughts on just a few of the troubling events occurring around the world...

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Beef Council Announces Directors For 201…

Kearney, (July 28, 2014) – Results are in for the Nebraska Beef Council Board of Director elections. Four directors were elected uncontested and will begin their second four-year term January...

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Health Alert Issued for Swan Creek Lake …

A health alert for toxic blue-green algae has been issued for Swan Creek Lake 5A in Saline County. Samples taken earlier this week indicated Swan Creek Lake was above the state’s...

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New Pavement In Fairmont

VanKirk Bros. Contracting of Sutton workers have recently poured two lanes of concrete paving from U.S. Highway 6 south three blocks in Fairmont along 6th Avenue (main street).  The work...

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Fillmore County East Open House

Fillmore County Zoning administrator Jennifer Kitchen stands beside the office directory sign located outside the Fillmore County East office building at 1320 G Street in Geneva.  Kitchen also serves as...

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Send your county fair photos in

The 2014 Fillmore County Fair Special Section is being tentatively scheduled for publication on August 6.  Parents or family members who may have taken a photo of a champion or...

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Veterans Designation on Driver’s License

By Governor Dave Heineman July 1st of this year marked another milestone for veterans in Nebraska. It was the first day they could apply to have a “veteran” designation added to...

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Let’s Rally Around the Little Free Libra…

By J.L. Schmidt, Statehouse Correspondent, The Nebraska Press Association Little Free Library is getting a lot of ink these days. It has grown from a Wisconsin man’s tribute to his mother...

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Crisis at the Border

By Rep. Adrian Smith In recent weeks, I have heard from many Nebraskans concerned by the growing crisis at our southern border.  The problem of illegal immigration is nothing new, but...

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Strong Communities


By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer Previously I have discussed in this weekly column my efforts to strengthen our communities by offering commonsense policies that help working families. I am leading a...

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Fischer Announces Staff Local Office Hou…

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today that her staff will be holding local office hours in Thayer and Fillmore counties on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. These office hours serve as...

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Geneva Rec Center Opening Soon

City of Geneva employee Brent Kassik finishes lettering the window of the Geneva Rec Center earlier this month.  At least one use for the new center, which is located in...

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Relay for Life will be July 26

Have you marked your calendars for July 26?  Why?  Because that day Fillmore County will be going wild.  Why?  It is time for Relay For Life—Fillmore County-style!  The local relay...

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Mountain Lion Killed Near Chadron

A five-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19.  A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards...

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Geneva Open Champions...

Rachel Hannigan (left) and James Weaver (right) were the 2014 Geneva Open champions at the Hidden Hills Country Club in rural Geneva earlier this month.  A total of 37 teams...

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Exeter Takes League Championship

The 10 and Under Exeter team traveled to Dorchester to compete in the Fun 4 All League tournament. The girls, age 7-10, had 10 players all season. Five area teams played...

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Final Summer Mid-America Basketball Camp

Mike Trader’s Annual Mid-America Basketball Camp will conduct their final camp of the summer at Grand Island Central Catholic on July 27-30. This day camp will be held for both...

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NCA All-stars

Exeter-Milligan All-Stater Nolan White will be participating in the 2014 Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) Boys’ All-star Basketball Game, which will be played Monday, July 22, at Lincoln North Star High...

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Fillies League 12 And Under Champions

The 2014 SLS Silver 12 and Under League Tournament was held in Geneva on June 21-22. Seven teams showed up to battle for the League Crown. The hometown Fillmore Fillies began...

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Disney All-Star Duals...

Trevor Adams and Jarrod Hinrichs competed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports 2014 AAU Disney All-Stars Wrestling Duals Tournament, in Orlando, Fla., June 26-July 1. Several individual and community...

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Loontjer Signs Letter of Intent...

Fillmore Central graduate Tyler Loontjer recently signed a Letter of Intent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to participate in track and field for the Huskers. Pictured with Tyler are (L-R)...

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All-Star baseball contest in Hastings

Three local American Legion baseball players have been selected to compete in the Central Plains League All-Star Game, which will be played on Monday, July 14, at Duncan Field in...

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Legion baseball

The seasons for the Geneva American Legion Juniors and Seniors are quickly winding down.  The Juniors have one more home contest scheduled on Sunday, July 7, against Malcolm.  The Seniors...

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Mid America Basketball Summer Camp

Mike Trader’s Annual Mid-America Basketball Camp will conduct three more individual sessions this summer. The overnight and commuter camps for boys will be held on July 6-9 at Hastings College...

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Geneva Jr./Sr. Legion Baseball

The Geneva American Legion Junior and Senior  baseball teams will begin action this week on Tuesday, June 17, with games at home against Doniphan.  On Thursday, June 19, the Seniors...

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All Star VB, BB Games

Several area athletes will be competing in the annual Southeast Nebraska All-Star Basketball and Volleyball games on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, at the Truman Center on the...

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Geneva Legion Teams

The Geneva Junior and Senior Legion baseball teams will host Sutton on Friday, June 6, at Legion Field in Geneva.  Game time for the Juniors is 5:30 p.m. with the...

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Loontjer Rewrites Record Books

By GREG SCELLIN, Signal Editor Sometimes, a plan and a dream do come true. Waiting in the infield Saturday afternoon at Omaha's Burke Stadium, Fillmore Central's Tyler Loontjer said he still hadn't...

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FC Golfers Win Districts, State Next

Home cooking is just what the Panthers needed, as Fillmore Central captured the team championship at the C-4 District Meet in Geneva by four strokes over Hastings St. Cecilia.  The...

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BDS Girls Score 60.5 In Omaha; Runners-u…

A total of 13 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley athletes competed at the 2014 NSAA State Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.A total of seven girls helped lead the Eagles to 60.5...

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State Runners-up...

For the third season in the past five years, the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley girls were the Class D State Champion team runners-up at the 2014 NSAA Track & Field Championships this past...

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