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Thu
23
Jan

Fire crews respond to Aurora Mall

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Aurora fire crews responded at approximately 3:50 p.m. to the Aurora Mall after a suspected fire had broken out in the produce department. A worker on scene reported seeing smoke, but no flames. The building was evacuated while the problems was sorted out, before people were allowed back inside and out of the cold. Shopping has since resumed and there is little visible damage to the structure or product. More information can be found in this week's ANR.

Thu
23
Jan

Future land use planning

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The Aurora Planning Commission reviewed a preliminary future land map Wednesday after gathering input from local residents during an open house at City Hall. Learn more about the early stage progress on the city's comprehensive plan in next week's ANR. Mayor Marlin Seeman, right, is shown here discussing the map color-coded map with Ron Elge.

Wed
22
Jan

Sen. Sasse staff to be in Aurora Jan. 20

Constituent services representatives from Sen. Ben Sasse’s office have announced plans to be in Aurora Thursday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Alice Farr Library.
A representative will offer guidance and aid to Nebraskans who require help navigating Washington’s federal bureaucracy. The office’s casework staff has helped Nebraskans with international adoptions, Medicaid reimbursements, and more.

 

Wed
22
Jan

Plainsman Museum board reviews activities, financials for 2019

The Plainsman Museum board reviewed a busy year of special events, facility improvement projects and a major staffing transition during its annual meeting Thursday night.
Board president Paula Johnson thanked the board members and volunteers for attending, as well as for stepping up to help as needed during a staffing transition last fall. She introduced Barret Russell, who was named interim director in November after former director Tina Larson resigned.

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Wed
22
Jan

MoonCents serving up coffee, and so much more

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Hampton students have begun serving up hot chocolate and coffee as a way to inspire conversation while also learning life lessons about how to run a business.
MoonCents -- a creative name said to be the opposite of the famous Starbucks coffee company -- was the brainchild of first-semester students in Carson Klute’s Career Pathways class.
“Our mission is to inspire conversation and better relationships and to create a unique brand all while serving a quality cup of coffee,” Clayton Wendt explained last week during a presentation to the Hampton School Board.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
22
Jan

Innovation Showcase to be bigger than ever

Community members, visitors and technology fans alike can gear up once again for the Aurora Open and Innovation Showcase, featuring Aurora’s own YETIbotics team, which is set to take over the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Feb. 1.
This free event is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. and continue to around 5:30 p.m. on that day in all buildings on the grounds.
In what could be called the biggest technology showcase in Central Nebraska, the day will welcome approximately 60 robots and their accompanying teams, along with a handful of businesses -- local and afar -- and innovation teams that include students of all ages.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
22
Jan

City raises legal age to buy cigarettes

The Aurora City Council passed an ordinance last week raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 19, though some local retail outlets have already chosen not to sell to anyone under the age of 21.
City Attorney Ross Luzum explained the rationale for revising three city ordinances, reporting on an annual update of the city’s municipal code to make sure all language is compliant with changes passed last year by the Nebraska Legislature.
“We do an annual review of actions the Unicameral took in 2019,” Luzum explained. “We changed the language to make sure everything is consistent with state law. That’s what these are all about.”

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Wed
22
Jan

Smoking age change leaves businesses unsure

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A provision added to a large government funding bill has caused a discrepancy between Nebraska stores that sell tobacco and the federal government’s new age to buy those products.
On Jan. 1, the revised statute 28-1418 raised the smoking age in Nebraska from 18 to 19. This ran in conflict to legislation that was signed in on Dec. 20, 2019.
“...raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years,” explained the FDA website. “It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21.”

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Wed
22
Jan

Boom year in agriculture voted top local story of the decade

In a decade marked by a wide range of news and headlines, local readers in an ag-based community picked the boom year on the farm in 2011 as the top story of the past decade.
Based on a small sampling of feedback, readers weighed in suggesting that the ag roller-coaster hit a high early in the decade, leaving a lasting impression and having a dramatic impact on local families, businesses and the Hamilton County economy as a whole.

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Wed
22
Jan

Wanek earns placement in semi-finals at FFA nationals

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Ellie Wanek, a sophomore at Aurora High School, is no stranger to public speaking and has taken her skills to competition with the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
Her journey began last year as a freshmen where she competed in junior public speaking. She explained that it’s a popular competition for freshmen and sophomores in Nebraska.
“I actually ended up winning at the state contest after winning the district contest too,” she said. “As a sophomore I couldn’t go back and compete in that again so I competed in senior public speaking.”

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