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  • Eye Candy: Field of Gold

    Sara Hadenfeldt was driving just north of Dannebrog, Neb., and saw this farmer planting against the setting sun with the farm in the background. She immediately knew she had to stop and capture it.
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  • Eye Candy: Nebraska Brew

    Something was brewing that spring evening that Karisa Troester of Clay Center stepped outside with her camera.
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  • Eye Candy: Franklin County Fence

    Jeff Barnes of Omaha took this photo of fencing between the Republican River and Lookout Mountain south of Franklin, Neb.
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  • Eye Candy: Lake Hastings Park by Paul Julian

  • Eye Candy: DespicHayBale Me!

    Motorists between Lincoln and Beatrice on Highway 77 have been getting a kick out of these roadside sculptures near the intersection at Highland Center. They'll be up until planting season, no doubt. This photo was sent in by Donna Karnatz Hunter. The sculptures have been dubbed "DespicHayBaleMe" by Justin Clay.View Image
  • Eye Candy: Photos of Nebraska

    Cat Razo of Alliance has driven by this old, abandoned church for years, wondering about its circumstances. She took its picture, and wishes walls could talk. It‘s on Route 26 between Minatare and Angora, about two miles west of "the Angora hill."View Image
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News Bites

  • They’re Off! Racing to Fonner Park by Saturday

    Horse racing fans had been race down the homestretch to Fonner Park in Grand Island. Live thoroughbred racing is still going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check www.fonnerpark.com.

  • Former McCook Attorney Held on New Charges in Colorado

    A former McCook attorney who was sentenced to prison time in Nebraska in 1998 for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars now faces felony theft and embezzlement charges in Colorado Springs. Terry Malcom is accused of stealing more than $1 million from two water districts there over the past 10 years.

  • The Beef State Moooves Into First Place

    Nebraska has the biggest inventory of cattle on feed of any state in the nation, according to a March report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nebraska edged out Texas for the distinction. Nebraska had more than 4,500 feeding operations, with 2.49 million in feedlots of 1,000 or more. According to the Nebraska Beef Council, the state sells $6.5 billion worth of cattle each year.

  • Lake Mac Hosts Catfish Classic

    This weekend, catch the Catfish Classic at Lake McConaughy. The Ogallala event runs on Friday and Saturday. Call (308) 778-5879 for the details.

  • Kearney Architecture Firm Gets Students Helping Vets

    Veterans who will live in the 225-bed, $121 million Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home planned in Kearney will benefit from the ideas and work of University of Nebraska-Kearney students who are building model suites for the project. The construction management and interior design students were invited to build and furnish the rooms using blueprints from Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects.

  • Sprinkles Moves From Scottsbluff to Colorado

    A 8-year-old alligator named Sprinkles was being illegally kept as a pet in a kiddie pool in Scottsbluff. But police and animal rescue officials working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission “arrested” her with the owner’s OK. They quarantined her at the Scottsbluff zoo, Riverside Discovery Center. Last week they took her to the Colorado Gators Rescue Park in Mosca, Colo. Many exotic animals are illegal as pets in Nebraska. April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.

  • Visit Nebraska; Visit VERY Nice Authors

    What a cool idea: Humanities Nebraska intern Tim Lundy made a free mobile app for GooglePlay and iPhone, the Nebraska Literary Tour. You can “tour” by author or by geographical location, perhaps in tandem with an in-person visit to the memorials, if any, of the famous authors. It is loaded with biographical information, photos, excerpts and much more. There’s a map app, too. The eight authors currently featured are: Bess Streeter Aldrich, Hartley Burr Alexander, Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Weldon Kees, Wright Morris, John G. Neihardt, and Mari Sandoz. The goal is to add two to four authors each year. The six geographic regions are west, central, northeast, southeast, Omaha and Lincoln.

  • Only in Nebraska: Prom Invite on Town Sign

    Courtney Eaton photographed this original way to ask a girl to Prom. The request was posted on the town sign welcoming people to Rising City. It has been determined that “Laura” said “yes.” Here’s wishing them a fun and SAFE time.

  • Nebraska Wine Passport: A Bubbly Idea

    A fun idea from NebraskaWines.com: now you can get a Nebraska Wine Passport, have it stamped at wineries around the state, and win prizes and goodies! See: NWGGA Passport Print PDF.

  • Fort Calhoun Nuke Plant Returns to Routine Operation

    For more than three years, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station was the only nuclear energy plant in the country that was in a special federal oversight program for reactors with performance problems. But last month, it was released to routine oversight status to join the 98 other U.S. nuclear power plants. The Fort Calhoun plant was offline for eight months in 2011 when the Missouri River flood, a switchgear fire, and the discovery of hundreds of minor safety irregularities caused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to put it on “probation.” The process has cost Omaha Public Power District customers $58 million. The plant restarted in December 2013.

  • Louie Anderson Returning To Norfolk Comedy Fest in June

    Comedian, author and actor Louie Anderson is returning to Norfolk June 18-19 to headline the opening session of the annual comedy festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre. He was there in 2011. Host will be Brian Kiley, the 2014 pro stand-up competition winner last year and a writer for Conan O’Brien. Comedian Brian Regan will be the Saturday night headliner.

  • State Poet Shares Great Plains Inspiration

    Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen read from her work and discussed how the Great Plains have inspired her at a special event in Hastings Thursday night. “Poetry of the Plains” was held at The Lark. For more: http://humanitiesnebraska.org

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