Child Welfare System Reform

By Governor Dave Heineman
July 6, 2012
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
The state of our state’s child welfare system is an important issue for many reasons. Anytime you are dealing with a situation where a child is removed from their family and home, it is a difficult situation. As a result, the child welfare system will not be a perfect system; however we are looking for ways to improve the lives of these children every day.


As The Farm Bill Goes So Goes Nebraska

By Senator Ben Nelson

Nebraska is an agriculture state. Our economy and thousands and thousands of jobs depend on how well agriculture is doing and much of agriculture’s health depends on what’s in the Farm Bill, which is why it was so important that the Senate passed a new one before the current bill expires on September 30, 2012.

How important is agriculture to Nebraska? Let me count just a few of the ways. According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska ranks first in the nation


Local Farmers’ Markets Offer Fresh, Healthy Options, Says TOPS

MILWAUKEE, WI – Searching for fresh, nutritious food?  Want alternatives to everyday ingredients?  To find healthy foods and unique products, you don’t have to look much farther than your “backyard.”  Local farmers’ markets provide less-processed, flavorful produce and other farm-fresh products that can add variety to your diet and keep you on track with healthy choices.  TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, explains the benefits of


Supreme Court Decision Means Little Change for Nebraskans—For Now

OMAHA (June 28, 2012) – Nebraska health care consumers will undergo minimal changes between now and 2014, but the state’s largest health insurance company will continue on its current path of preparing for the implementation of health insurance exchanges, after the Supreme Court announced Thursday that it narrowly upheld a provision in health care legislation that requires every person to purchase health insurance.


Hay Springs couple convicted of filing $48 million in false tax returns

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A Nebraska couple that claimed more than $48 million in federal tax refunds has been convicted of conspiracy and false-claim charges. Online court records show 61-year-old David L. Kleensang and 59-year-old Bernita M. Kleensang of Hay Springs were found guilty Thursday after a nearly three-day jury trial in U.S. District Court of Nebraska.


Cleanup of Darringer property to start later this week

Sheriff Robbins joined the County Commissioners for a brief telephone conference with Jocelyn Nickerson, Nebraska State Director for the Humane Society. Ms. Nickerson stated that the society would help provide board, feed and veterinary care for livestock seized by the County in the course of animal abuse cases. Lois Swanson and Hudd Darringer appeared before the board to discuss the cleanup of a property on the east edge of Gordon where horses were being boarded and some dead horses were


Gordon skate park pending funding

By Ang Gilchrist

Area businesses are being asked to help make a dream come true.

The future location and construction of the skate park was discussed at the Gordon City Council meeting held last week. Despite diligent efforts led by Trina Janis, only $22,000 of the $50,000 needed to complete the skate park has been raised.


Two fires break out in Whiteclay Monday

In a very strange situation, two unrelated fires broke out at the same location on Monday afternoon south of Whiteclay. The first fire at Charlie Colwell’s residence burned some old farm equipment, a small building, about eight tons of hay and some grass. The fire is thought to have originated from a spark near the highway, as the trail of burned grass leads from the road.

A house also caught fire late Monday morning, and has been determined to be completely unrelated to the grass fire on the

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