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Mon
13
Jan

What would you rank as the top local story of the decade?

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Two weeks into the 2020s the News-Register is looking back over the past 10 years and asking readers to help decide what stands out as the biggest story of the decade.
So much has happened in that span it’s hard to remember all the headlines. We’ve simplified the research process by compiling a list of the top stories of the individual years, which was determined by local readers.
As you may recall, the list includes local debates about ambulance service, building a new swimming pool and tearing down the Hamilton Manor. Agriculture made the list as well with the boom years early in the decade and construction of the largest single economic development project in the county’s history -- a $250 million ethanol plant which stalled mid-way through construction.
Mother Nature also made the list, thankfully not due to storm damage, but instead by turning day into night during a rare total eclipse.

Mon
13
Jan

Mars Petcare expands capacity to handle Pedigree products

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Business is booming at the Mars Petcare facility west of Aurora, where the addition of another nationally-known product line has impacted operations on several fronts.
Known historically since its 1985 opening as one of the main producers of Iams pet food, the large plant on Highway 34 now makes Pedigree products as well.
“The Aurora facility is part of Mars Petcare’s North American network and specifically produces dry pet food,” reported Katie Evans, external affairs manager for Mars Pet Nutrition. “The team produces several iconic pet food brands, including Iams and Pedigree.”
The Aurora site produces approximately 200,000 tons of pet food per year, a number that continues to grow with the global demand for high quality pet food. In order to fill that demand, several truckloads of corn are delivered on site each day, all sourced from local suppliers.

Thu
09
Jan

Heuermann lecture to focus on ecosystem services

Elena M. Bennett, professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science at McGill University, will deliver the next Heuermann Lecture on Jan. 14. Bennett’s research focuses on ecosystem services — or benefits that humans freely gain from the natural environment and properly functioning ecosystems.

The free public talk, "From Planetary Boundaries to Ecosystem Services: Guiding Development on a Changing Planet,” is 7 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive.

Wed
08
Jan

Small bus collision near Aurora school

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The intersection of 4th and K in Aurora is temporarily blocked after a truck hit a school bus at approximately 2:25 p.m. Wednesday. More information can be found in this week's ANR.

Wed
08
Jan

Planning consultant completes detailed inventory review

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A planning consultant’s preliminary review of local housing inventory concluded that Aurora is “a very well-kept community,” though there is a shortage of single-family dwellings.
That was just one piece of information included in a preliminary report to city planners from Bobbi Pettit, owner of Five Rule Rural Planning in Kearney. After being hired in late September to update the city’s comprehensive plan, Pettit and her staff drove every street in the city during the month of October, giving houses, commercial buildings, streets and sidewalks an assessment rating of between 3 and 0.

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

 

Wed
08
Jan

Mysterious drones spotted in night sky

What started as a phenomenon spotted mostly in Colorado (as far west as Denver) has now made its way across the flats on Nebraska to be most recently spotted in Hamilton and other surrounding counties. Drones have taken over the (mostly) night sky and people aren’t sure what to think about them.

Wed
08
Jan

Supt. McDonald resigns, planning move to Deshler

Aurora 4R Supt. Damon McDonald announced his decision to accept a similar position at Deshler Public Schools Monday, informing Aurora staff and board members of his plans to end his nine-year tenure here at the end of June.
“Aurora Public Schools will always have a special place in my heart,” McDonald said Monday after sharing the news with faculty and staff.
Pat Shaw, president of the Aurora School Board, thanked McDonald for his years of service, noting that the full board was scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to formally accept his resignation.

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

 

Wed
08
Jan

County retains surveyor as elected position

Back from the holidays, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners breezed through a few housekeeping items Monday, like the reorganizational part of its first January meeting, before moving on to hear from two different county officials.
Noxious Weed Supt. Jeremy Brandt presented his annual report before commissioners moved on to opening a public hearing to discuss Resolution No. 1081, to retain the county surveyor as an elected position.

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

 

Wed
08
Jan

Travel helps broaden Bergens’ perspective on life, family fun

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Coming from a big city, traveling all over the world, then settling in rural Nebraska. It sounds like the reversed story of any small-town Nebraska kid, but this is the story of Craig and Esther Bergen. It’s a story of love, faith and family, combined with a strong sense of wanderlust.
 The Bergens own Bergen Service & Repair and have lived in Aurora for 12 years. But before settling down, they traveled to a collective 49 states — Esther has been to 49, Craig has been to 48. Still on their list is Alaska, and for Craig, South Dakota.

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

 

Wed
08
Jan

Friesen hopeful on property tax relief

As Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen prepares to begin his sixth year in office he reports an optimistic outlook for making progress on an issue that has been his top priority since he was first elected -- property tax relief.
An unexpected surge in state revenues, estimated at $130 million or more, could be a difference maker Friesen predicts in the 60-day session scheduled to start Wednesday.
“The biggest thing going forward is that we finally have some revenue that came in above projections,” Friesen said in a Friday interview previewing this year’s session.

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

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