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Wed
24
Jan

Triple B Feed sets new attendance record

The town of Phillips was filled with hundreds of residents and visitors Thursday night all celebrating the 31st Annual Triple B Feed and raising money for various community causes.
“It looked like 533 people went through the line,” said Fran McDonald, vice president of the Phillips Community Foundation.

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Wed
24
Jan

Watson calling for change in U.S. Senate

Lincoln businessman Todd Watson said he believes it is time for radical change in the United States Senate, urging conservative Nebraskans to support his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Deb Fischer in the May primary. Watson stopped in Aurora Friday en route home after a campaign swing through western Nebraska.
“You ask most Nebraskans if their representatives in Washington D.C. really resemble people in Nebraska and they say ‘No,”’ Watson said. “That needs to change.

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Wed
24
Jan

County board approves extension of snow removal interlocal in time for blizzard

County commissioners voted Jan. 16 to extend the interlocal agreement between the City of Aurora and Hamilton County for snow removal, which expired on Dec. 31, 2017, until June 30.
According to board chairman Rich Nelson, the expired agreement has the county removing the snow around the square at no cost to the city, after the city pushes the snow to the center of the streets.

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Wed
24
Jan

Friesen upbeat on legislature

Three weeks into this year’s legislative session Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen reviewed what he called a relatively smooth start in Lincoln.
“I think it’s going to be an interesting year,” Friesen reported Friday from Lincoln. “It’s an election year coming up so a lot of people are running for higher office, plus the governor is running.

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Wed
24
Jan

Unicameral off to strong start in 2018

The Nebraska Legislature convened on Jan. 3 with 48 returning Senators and one new member. Theresa Thibodeau was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts to replace Sen. Joni Craighead who resigned in September. Sen. Thibodeau will represent Omaha’s 6th District.  
I am happy to report we are off to a good start. Unlike last year when the body was bogged down for weeks trying to iron out rules and procedural differences, we were quickly able to dispense with administrative matters and begin debating bills left over from last year.

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Sun
21
Jan

City declares snow emergency

Aurora Mayor Dave Long has declared a snow emergency in the city of Aurora beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, and ending at 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. The city has declared this snow emergency based on the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Wed
17
Jan

MCHI focused on improved antibiotic use

Memorial Community Health, Inc. has recently committed to an Antibiotic Stewardship Program focused on a coordinated effort to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.
This program is in line with the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.
“The creation of MCHI’s antibiotic stewardship program is extremely important in helping to mitigate the risks associated with broad spectrum antibiotic use in our community,” said Nicole Dvorak, pharmacist at Memorial Hospital and chairman of MCHI’s antibiotic stewardship program committee.

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Wed
17
Jan

Penner poised to ramp up campaign for Congress

Nine months after throwing his hat in the ring as a candidate for Nebraska’s 3rd District congressional seat, Kirk Penner is enthused by the positive, grassroots response he is getting and looks forward to hitting the campaign trail hard before the May 15 primary.
“My traction has been very good,” said Penner, a native of Aurora running as a Republican candidate on what he calls a middle class, small business platform.

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Wed
17
Jan

Council hears EMS concerns

The city council chambers were full Jan. 9 as council members and community members alike gathered to hear about the fire-based EMS study. The city-initiated study comes after the Hamilton County board of commissioners Jan. 2 vote to cease ownership of the county’s EMS services as of Oct. 1.
Three individuals requested to speak to the council, and each person had their own personal and professional reasons to address the group.

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Wed
17
Jan

City initiates study of fire-based EMS

After a decision was made by Hamilton County commissioners Jan. 2 to discontinue ownership and management of the county’s emergency medical services as of Oct. 1, city leaders voted last week to pursue their own study of a fire-based ambulance service.
City Administrator Rick Melcher and Mayor Dave Long explained the initial intentions of the study, which will be focused on how Aurora might merge the ambulance service into the city’s volunteer fire department.

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