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Daily record for Thursday, Jan. 17

Anyone with information about any crime in the state may call the Grand Island-Hall County Crime Stoppers, (308) 381-8822. Callers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 will be paid after law enforcement agencies have determined the seriousness of the crime and the usefulness of the inform


Snow and cold in the forecast through next week

Snow and cold weather is in the forecast for Grand Island through next week, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings. As of Wednesday morning, the NWS in Hastings said a winter storm was approaching the area, but most of the impact was expected in north central Kansas, where they were


Nebraska farmer spends 75 percent of income on property taxes; considers leaving family farm

Ken Pralle, a Wymore, Nebraska farmer, never expected farming to be easy. "It takes dedication, takes somebody that wants to do it,” Pralle said. But it was never supposed to be this hard.


Harlem Globetrotters offer free tickets to furloughed workers

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — As the partial federal government shutdown continues, the Harlem Globetrotters are offering up entertainment to workers on furlough. The team announced they are offering complimentary game tickets to any furloughed U.S. government employee for their 2019 Fan Powered North Americ


Grand Island Shopko not on list of imminent store closures

Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection as it makes plans to close more stores. The company says excessive debt and ongoing competitive pressure are forcing it to seek protection from creditors. Shopko is reporting assets of less than $1 billion and liabilities


Most common drugs found in central Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Local law enforcement are faced with various drugs entering Nebraska on a daily basis. The number one drug that is found by law enforcement is marijuana. The Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force seized over 365 lbs of weed in 2018. The task force covers all o


Statewide group seeks to build mentoring

Outstate Nebraska has gotten another resource to promote mentoring for its young people with the formation of MENTOR Nebraska. Formerly the Midlands Mentoring Partnership in Omaha, the group changed its name as it expanded to meet the need for mentor training and support across the state.


Backpack dropped in parking lot contains 11-inch shank

Grand Island police received a call Monday evening about a man who dropped a backpack in the parking lot of Menards and ran away. The backpack turned out to contain a homemade shank. The alleged owner of the backpack, Keenath Turner, was arrested because, as a convicted felon, he is prohibited from


Blood donors urgently needed, Red Cross says. Here's where and when you can donate:

GRAND ISLAND — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and d


Historic Veterans' Home move underway

GRAND ISLAND & KEARNEY, Neb. — Residents of the Grand Island Veterans' Home began loading into vehicles shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, starting a move that would leave the facility empty for the first time inmore than 130 years.


Counterfeit $20 bills look realistic

Since December, Grand Island police have received reports of four counterfeit $20 bills that appear very authentic. The only quick way to tell they’re fake is they bear the word “Copy” on the front of each bill. One use of “Copy” is near the upper left hand corner, after the Federal Reserve indicato


Veterans excited about bigger bathrooms, life without roommates

The veterans moving to Kearney Wednesday were looking forward to life without elevators, having no roommates and bigger bathrooms. Several people interviewed before they left Grand Island said they were looking forward to their new accommodations.


Nebraska attorney general wants to inform public on marijuana risk as state senators push legalization

LINCOLN, NE – Medical marijuana continues to be a key issue facing the Nebraska Legislature this session. In December, Nebraska senators Adam Morfeld and Anna Wishart created the Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana laws committee. This group is aiming to put a proposed constitutional amendment before


Girls hoops roundup, 1/15

Tri County--Freese 19, Connelly 4, Gerlach 2, Niemeyer 16, Schmidt 7, Kowalski 8, Strein 6. College View--Lopez 3, Dovald 2, Boulais 2, Martindale 2. Auburn--Teten 16, Reeves 6, Gyhra 3, Bohling 1, Goering 8.


Snowbirds or ‘Winter Texans,’ all receive a warm welcome

Kenny and Anita Schultz are Winter Texans — not snowbirds. Permanent Texans, they say, welcome them with open arms. The rest of the year they are happily retired in Grand Island.


Food pantry feeling strain of government shutdown

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As the government shutdown continues, some local agencies are starting to feel its effects. The Salvation Army in Grand Island said they have seen an increase of people coming to their food pantry in recent weeks. They said the line has even stretched down the hallway. Wh


Gov. Pete Ricketts comes round to Grand island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Gov. Pete Ricketts stopped in Grand Island Tuesday afternoon for State of the State Fly Around tour. He greeted people at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport before presenting his plans and budget for the next legislative session.


Child killed in northwestern Nebraska crash

ALLIANCE — A 6-year-old girl has died in a two-vehicle crash in northwestern Nebraska crash. The crash happened Monday evening on Nebraska 385. Investigators say 6-year-old Alyssa Mazanec of Hemingford died after the vehicle her mother was driving attempted to turn left and was hit by a semitrailer


Veterans say goodbye to Grand Island

By 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the last of the vehicles departed the Grand Island Veterans Home for Kearney, truly bringing an era to a close. The 92 residents of the Grand Island Veterans Home made the move to the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in three waves.


Home-made weapon leads to Iowa man's arrest

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) A man abandoning a backpack in a Grand Island business parking lot has been arrested after a weapon was found in the bag and he did not cooperate with police.