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BNSF crews fixing track near Table Rock

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad crews work at the edge of Table Rock repairing track this week.

The recent rains washed away the bank of one of the tracks leading past the town. They call it the subgrade and it was damaged and noted by a train inspector at 3 a.m. several days ago. He saw that the train on the track at the time leaned to one side.

 

 

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Pawnee County roads battered by recent rains

The transition from winter storms to spring storms wreaked havoc with Pawnee County roads.

Just when he thought he was getting over the snows, Highway Superintendent Chris Rauner found a new headache, the rains of spring. It happens every year, of course, but this year the storms were much fiercer and their damage much more prevalent.

 

 

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Cornerstone process works toward bidding

The bids for the Cornerstone Community Building repair could go out in as little as six weeks.

That was the word from John Deacy of the architectural firm for the project. Right now, they are working on the design.

 

 

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Wildlife habitat help

LINCOLN, Neb., June 7, 2019 – Farmers and ranchers interested in improving wildlife habitat on their operations are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Those interested in receiving funding should apply by July 5, 2019.

Craig Derickson, state conservationist for NRCS in Nebraska said, “Nebraska ag producers care not only about growing a crop, they also enjoy caring for the wildlife that share their land.

 

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Nebraskans get more access to higher education

Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante announced the signing of Nebraska Legislative Bill 610, promoting Nebraskans’ access to higher education through innovative college savings incentives.

The legislation establishes the following programs:

 

 

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Much lived-in house now gone

Another old house in the countryside gone. On Thursday, May 30, the old Emmett Wenzl place burned. It was on Highway 50 about five miles north of Pawnee City, just shy of where it intersects with Highway 4. The cause of the fire is unknown. Don Borcher noted that the weather service said a lightning strike five miles north of Pawnee City prior to discovery of the fire. No one lived there. However, many have, including Delores McCourtney Penkava, Mary Craig Wenzbauer, Marge Wenzl, and more.

 

 

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American White Pelicans congregate at Burchard Lake

If you ever visit Burchard Lake you could see a flock of pelicans.

They flew in a couple of weeks ago and have stayed for now. They are in huge numbers, at least 50 or so.

According to Joel Jorgensen, Nongame Bird Program Manager for the Game and Parks Commission, pelicans come to Burchard Lake because it is habitat. They use lakes, marshes and wetlands and feed on fish and also amphibians like tadpoles and frogs, etc.

He said pelicans are common for abundant migrations in Nebraska. He said it is not inconceivable to suspect hundreds of pelicans stop at Burchard Lake each year.

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Remembering D-Day on the 75th anniversary

(This is a column by the famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle, written at the time of the D-Day Invasion in World War II. June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of that invasion.)

By Ernie Pyle

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

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Mayor breaks tie vote on salary first reading

Mayor Deb Klein voted in the affirmative to break a 2-2 on the first reading of the new salary ordinance at the Wednesday, May 29, meeting. They were meeting then because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Councilmen Ric Helms and John Dahlgren voted against the measure while Councilwoman Sandi Corbitt-Sears and Councilman Charlie Hatfield voted for the measure.

The ordinance would give the employees a $1 an hour raise, rather than a percentage raise. The ordinance has to pass three readings before being approved.

One of the first items of business was to go into executive session to discuss strategy for a possible legal action being aimed at the city. There was no action taken when they came back into open session and details of the litigation threat are not known.

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Tax relief blues

State Sen. Julie Slama said though there was no comprehensive property tax relief program passed, there were some positive first steps and that they set “ourselves up to make greater progress in 2020.”

All major tax reform proposals came up short this year. Slama said property taxpayers did not walk away empty-handed.

“$550 million in property tax relief was designated in the state’s budget for the biennium. This money is designated for the ‘Property Tax Credit Fund’ and represents a record designation in the state’s budget for property tax relief,” she said.

She said LB 103 has passed, which reduces levies of local taxing entities as valuations increase.

 

 

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