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Update/State Fire Marshal - Wood River Home Explosion

Update/State Fire Marshal - Wood River Home Explosion

Mar 3, 2024 / Hall County Emergency Management

(Wood River, NE)  – At approximately 9:16 AM CST, Saturday, March 2, 2024, Wood River Fire Department responded to the report of a resid...
National-Weather-Service

Red Flag Warning Again

Mar 3, 2024 / NWS

Hello from the National Weather Service in Hastings, Dry conditions in conjunction with gusty winds will allow for rapid spread of fires today. W...
Nebraska Department of Transportation

NDOT Announces the Good Life, Great Journey Scholarship Program

Mar 1, 2024 / NDOT

March 1, 2024 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Today, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced the Good Life, Great Journey Scholarsh...
Strimple, Laura's profile photo Strimple, Laura unread, 2:54 PM (8 minutes ago)  to      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 1, 2024     CONTACT:  Laura Strimple, (402) 580-9495     Gov. Jim Pillen & University Leaders Announce Food Animal Veterinary Scholarship Program     LINCOLN, NE. – Governor Jim Pillen has announced a new scholarship program for Nebraska students aimed at growing the number of veterinarians serving livestock producers across the state.  The Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program provides financial support to Nebraska students pursuing degrees in animal science or veterinary science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Today, is the first day that applications are being accepted for the first cohort of students.     “The need for production animal veterinarians is undeniable. It’s an issue for Nebraska and other state’s as well,” said Gov. Pillen. “Through this collaboration with UNL, Nebraska will be a leader in boosting the number of graduates in this field.”     UNL Chancellor Rodney Bennett voiced strong support for the program, which he said will help the university meet two key goals.     “The Nebraska Elite 11 Veterinarian Program aligns with two key aims of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- first, to attract, retain, and graduate Nebraska’s best and brightest students; and second, to contribute to resolving pressing issues within the state of Nebraska,” said Bennett. “The University appreciates Gov. Pillen’s leadership and the state’s support of this program that will impact not only UNL but all Nebraskans who benefit from veterinary services.”     Nebraska’s livestock industry contributes more than $6 billion annually to the state’s economy – an impact that is especially significant in rural counties and communities. Veterinarians play a critical role in keeping livestock healthy, improving herd health, and responding to disease and public health issues, among many other services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Access to high-quality veterinary care improves profitability for livestock producers and contributes to peace of mind for producers when their animals need care.     But Nebraska and other states across the country are facing a steep shortage of food animal veterinarians. One reason for this is the cost of veterinary training, according to the USDA. The Elite 11 Program removes the barrier of cost for Nebraska students interested in food animal veterinary medicine.     Dr. Larry Marshall has been a vet in Bertrand for nearly 40 years. He says students tend to return to their home communities to practice, which is both a benefit and a hindrance when it comes to recruiting food animal veterinarians, especially if that hometown is in another state.      “The point is that my plight in trying to find an associate is shared up and down areas of rural Nebraska with other veterinarians. This is a plan that I think is going to get to the root of the problem and it’s going to help solve that problem,” shared Marshall. “Our goal is to find, cultivate, educate, mentor and lead these students down a path that will let them be successful food animal veterinarians in rural Nebraska.”     Up to 25 first-time freshmen will receive the Nebraska Aspiring Animal Production Veterinarians Program Scholarship, which covers 50% of their tuition for the first two years of their study in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.     After the second year, up to 13 of the original 25 scholarship recipients will be awarded a continuation scholarship, which covers 100% of tuition for their third and fourth years of study at UNL. Ultimately, 11 students will be selected as part of the Elite 11. Those students will receive 100% of tuition and fees for UNL’s professional program in veterinary medicine, in which students complete the first two years of veterinary school at UNL, followed by two more years of schooling at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. Students selected into the program will also receive mentoring and professional development throughout their studies.     “This program presents an incredible opportunity for Nebraska high school students who are passionate about agriculture and animal care to pursue careers in veterinary medicine without the burden of student loan debt,” said Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “This is an important program that will have a big impact on our state, our agriculture industry, and on the students who take part in it. I’m grateful to Gov. Pillen and the state of Nebraska for making this possible.”     “Based on my own experience, I know how academically demanding it is to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. It’s becoming even harder to find students who are interested in large animal care,” said Gov. Pillen. “This program aims to close that gap and produce experts in the field who can ably work with farmers and ranchers and continue to ensure Nebraska’s place in providing quality food products across the globe.”     Graduates of the Elite 11 Program are required to stay in Nebraska and practice as a production-animal veterinarian for eight years. Application instructions for the first cohort of the program are now available at casnr.unl.edu/elite11. Applications will be accepted through April 12. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late May.     “The Elite 11 Program brings together two of the things we are most passionate about at UNL – supporting Nebraska students and fulfilling our land-grant mission,” said Mike Boehm, NU Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor for UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “It’s truly a win-win.”     “As a rural senator representing District 44, as well as a cattle producer, I introduced LB1062 to address and support the demand for more rural veterinarians,” said State Senator Teresa Ibach. “Iowa, Kansas and Missouri all offer incentive programs that work to attract students, and their practicing veterinarian numbers well exceed ours. I am pleased that the Governor, the university and the legislature recognize the urgency to meet the needs of our ever-growing agriculture industry. This venture champions and supports students across our state who will serve this vital industry into the future.”

Gov. Jim Pillen & University Leaders Announce Food Animal Veterinary Scholarship Program

Mar 1, 2024 / Press Release

LINCOLN, NE. – Governor Jim Pillen has announced a new scholarship program for Nebraska students aimed at growing the number of veterinarians...
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Countering Communist China

Mar 1, 2024 / By Rep. Adrian Smith

In December 2023, the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) released a bi...
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Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions February Index Slumped Below Growth Neutral

Mar 1, 2024 / Creighton University

Mid-America Manufacturing Slumped. Region Lost Manufacturing Jobs First Two Months of 2024 February 2024 Survey Highlights:-For the third stra...
The 2024 Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour will take place on March 23rd.

The 2024 Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour will take place on March 23rd.

Mar 1, 2024 / GI Tourism

The 2024 Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour will take place on March 23rd. Like previous years, these rides will be free, self-supported rides consisting...
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GI Children's Museum Makes EPIC AnnouncementAudio Icon, this article contains audio

Mar 1, 2024 / KRGI News

The Grand Island Children’s museum officially took possession of the former National Guard Armory Friday. As part of that, Executive Director...
Robert Dyer, CEO of Cozad Community Health System, meets with health science students Tuesday during the Hospital Partners Networking Event at UNK. (Photo by Erika Pritchard, UNK Communications)

UNK Program Creates Connections With Rural Hospitals

Mar 1, 2024 / By TYLER ELLYSON UNK Communications

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney health science students are a hot commodity. With a statewide workforce shortage, health care fa...
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UNK accepts 72 students into Kearney Health Opportunities Program – the largest class ever

Feb 29, 2024 / UNK

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney is once again welcoming a record-breaking group of students into its signature health science...
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Alcohol Compliance Checks Held in Adams, Dawson Counties

Feb 29, 2024 / NSP

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 (LEXINGTON, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have conducted alcohol compliance checks in multiple...
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GI Honors Officer Mark StegmanAudio Icon, this article contains audio

Feb 29, 2024 / KRGI News

Grand Island Police Officer Mark Stegman was honored for his 25 years of service at Tuesday's City Council Meeting. Hear the audio from the present...
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Resources Available for Producers Affected by West Central Nebraska Wildfires

Feb 29, 2024 / by Maria Tibbetts UNL Beef communications specialist

Cattle producers in central Nebraska affected by recent wildfires are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about resources available...
Grand Central Cafe Opens at CCC-GI

Grand Central Cafe Opens at CCC-GIAudio Icon, this article contains audio

Feb 29, 2024 / KRGI News

Central Community College-Grand Island hosted the grand opening of the Grand Central Café from 7-9 a.m.  The Grand Central Café ...
Nebraska State News

Senate Passes Ricketts Bill to Rename North Platte Federal Building After Representative Virginia Smith

Feb 29, 2024 / Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) welcomed Senate passage of his legislation to name the Federal Building in North ...
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Aspiring high school Christian leaders encouraged to apply to Open Call

Feb 29, 2024 / Michael Howie Hastings College

(Hastings, Nebraska) – Hastings College is accepting applications for Open Call, a residential experience for current high school freshman, s...
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Platte Institute Celebrates the Historic Passage of LB 16, Setting a New Standard for Workforce Development in Nebraska

Feb 29, 2024 / Platte Institute

OMAHA, NE — In a landmark victory for workforce development and economic growth, the Platte Institute announces the final legislative approva...
Nebraska State News

Nebraska Delegation Members Introduce Bill to Honor Late Congressman Bill Barrett

Feb 29, 2024 / Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) and Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) introduced legislation to designate the Postal Service bu...
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NSP Seeks Recruits

Feb 29, 2024 / NSP

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Applications to join the next class of Nebraska State Troopers are now open. Apply today at Nebrask...
GI Girl Wins State Award

GI Girl Wins State Award

Feb 29, 2024 / AG

Lincoln – Each year, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office invites fifth graders from across the state to participate in the Nebraska ...
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GI Man Arrested After Shooting

Feb 29, 2024 / GIPD

News media report for: 02/29/24All crimes reported in this news media report are felonies for the past 24 hours. For more information on repor...
Hastings College

High School Juniors Invited to Apply to Open Space

Feb 28, 2024 / Hastings College

(Hastings, Nebraska) – Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts immersion experience for current high school juniors is set for Tuesday,...
National-Weather-Service

Red Flag Warning Thursday

Feb 28, 2024 / NWS

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 10 AM to 8 PM Thursday. Relative humidity values below 20% combined with wind gusts of 35 - 40 MPH will lead t...
Team members (Nebraska hometowns, unless otherwise listed L – R): Delany Salm (1st year), Kendall, WI; Jay Mintling (1st year), Hayes Center; Wyatt Myers (1st year), McCook, Sean Lucas (1st year), Bailey, CO; Owen Harb (1st year), Grand Island; Tyler Keener (2nd year), Mitchell; Chase Glover (2nd year), Grand Island; and Leah Schutz (1st year), Elwood.

Crops Team Places First

Feb 28, 2024 / NCTA

The NCTA Crops Judging Team opened their season on a high note by placing first in the 2-year college division. The competition was held on Saturda...
Back Row: Jason Jackson, Melissa Mayo, DeMoine Adams, Gov. Pillen, Jerry Newth, Tammie Holley, Seth McDougall  Front Row: Danielle Bailey, Karen Barrett, Karla Koehler, First Lady Suzanne Pillen, Joy Loschen, Sally Mertens

Gov. Pillen Recognizes Top Public Servant Mentors for 2023

Feb 28, 2024 / Press Release

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen joined Jason Jackson, director for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in recognizing to...