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Wed
20
Mar

Four candidates apply to fill District 4 seat

Four candidates have applied to fill the District 4 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
County Treasurer Jody Griffith reported that the applicants include Myles Berthelsen, Tom Dibbern, Nancy Salmon and Robert Wert. The four names were announced after being reviewed Thursday in open public session.
Griffith will be joined by County Clerk Jill DeMers and County Attorney Mike Powell to decide which of the four candidates will be appointed to fill the seat left vacant after the recall of former commissioner Gregg Kremer.

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Wed
20
Mar

Ag land values drop fourth straight year

The selling price for Hamilton County ag land has dropped for a fourth consecutive year.
Hamilton County Assessor Pat Sandberg reported this week that ag land valuations have been leveling off since spiking by more than 30 percent in 2015, though she said the impact on area farmers won’t be known until budgets are set in July and August.

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Wed
20
Mar

County board reviews cost of recall election

Hamilton County Clerk Jill DeMers provided commissioners with an update on special election costs Monday after the completion of the special recall election involving the District 4 commissioner seat.
“It’s good for us to have some idea of cost associated with various things,” said Chairman Rich Nelson.
“I had a total of about $3,400 (additional),” DeMers stated. “We had costs with ESNS with the layout of the election. I had sent out postcards. I had the News-Register print those up for me and had postage with that. Just to let everyone know that it was going to be an all-polling site instead of some mail, some polling.”

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Wed
20
Mar

City delays issuing bonds on 1st Street paving until project is done

The Aurora City Council postponed a vote to authorize the issuance approximately $995,000 worth of general purpose bonds to fund the 1st Street paving project last week, reacting to citizen requests to hold off until the project is complete.
A public hearing was planned on the issue March 12, during which time it was announced that the decision to issue bonds will be reconsidered in mid-summer.
“We just need to finish some grading and seed in some grass, which was delayed because of weather,” City Administrator Rick Melcher explained.

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Wed
20
Mar

Adopt-a-pet in need of more helping hands

The Aurora Adopt-a-pet is an all-volunteer operated shelter that works to help local animals find their forever homes.
The mission, “to provide humane care and treatment for all animals in the area we serve” is the chief goal listed on the organization’s website. A mission that has grown harder and harder to carry out as the shelter faces a shortage of volunteers.
“The animals need care two or three times a day,” explained Roger Holling, vice president of the shelter.

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Wed
20
Mar

City to host public EMS hearings Tuesday

City officials are inviting the public to weigh in with questions about the proposed fire-based ambulance service during public hearings scheduled for Tuesday, March 26.
City Administrator Rick Melcher explained previously that there are several steps to be taken in order for the ambulance service to shift from the county to the city’s responsibility. The two public hearings represent a significant step in that direction.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 at City Hall.

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Wed
20
Mar

Pawling updates county on local post-flood roads

The status of county roads after recent weather events was the topic of conversation during Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting, with Highway Supt. K.C. Pawling describing current conditions and outlining a plan of action moving forward.
“We were really fortunate,” Pawling began. “Most of our problem areas, we had some water across roads due to ditches being full of dirt. They hadn’t been cleaned in quite some time.”

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Wed
20
Mar

New Edgerton exhibit lets people explore brain power, fun

The Edgerton Explorit Center welcomes two new permanent exhibits to its hands-on experience.
Both staff and the board of directors are always on the lookout for exhibits that feature science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics or STEM activities.
These two newest exhibits, Mindball and Mindball Play, were both created in Sweden and to the museum’s knowledge are the only ones like it in Nebraska.

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Tue
19
Mar

FEMA, vice president coming to flood-ravaged state

“We have not had a disaster that has been this widespread in the state, I don’t think, ever,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday while visiting Wood River. “We’ve had disasters where we’ve had a greater loss of life. But as far as how many places have been touched by this, I don’t think there’s ever been a disaster this widespread in Nebraska.”
As people are able to return to their homes, the reality of the devastation becomes clear. Overnight, more cities made emergency declarations bringing the total to 75. There are now 65 counties under emergency declarations, as well. That’s nearly 70 percent of the state’s 93 counties.

Thu
14
Mar

Four candidates apply for District 4 county board seat

Four candidates have applied to fill the District 4 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
County Treasurer Jody Griffith reported that the applicants include Myles Berthelsen, Tom Dibbern, Nancy Salmon and Robert Wert. The four names were announced after being reviewed Thursday in open public session.
Griffith will be joined by County Clerk Jill DeMers and County Attorney Mike Powell to decide which of the four candidates will be appointed to fill the seat left vacant after the recall of former commissioner Gregg Kremer.
Interviews have been scheduled with the four candidates on March 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Those interviews will be conducted in open public session, with each expected to take approximately 20 minutes. The candidates will appear in alphabetical order.

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