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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

April 1, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for April 6 and April 7. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, April 6, and thereafter.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Omaha residents have said goodbye to a roller skating rink. Scott Cernik and his family closed SkateDaze last month after holding the rink’s final adult night, private parties and toddler skate. On Feb. 1, the Cerniks sold the building and land to Midwest Laboratories. The Cernik family has been involved in skating for 73 years, ever since Frank Cernik, Scott’s father, began with a portable roller rink in 1946. By Betsie Freeman, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1068 words.


OMAHA, Neb. _ A 22-year-old Nebraska state senator is breaking stereotypes. Julie Slama may not be exactly what you expect. While serving long days in the Legislature, she is also going to law school. She’s a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in political science with an emphasis on international relations. Slama, who was press secretary in Gov. Pete Ricketts’ 2018 re-election campaign, was appointed to the Legislature following a former senator’s election to the state Public Service Commission. By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 982 words.

For use Sunday, April 7, and thereafter.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ Bowling centers in Nebraska are drawing good crowds on the weekends with cosmic bowling. Super Bowl and Westside Lanes are among the businesses offering cosmic bowling, which is louder, darker and more colorful than regular bowling. The presence of black light makes some things glow, such as colors on the carpet or apparel. Sometimes, the bowling balls, lanes and bowling pins become luminous. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1034 words.


JUNIATA, Neb. _ Three Nebraska women have seen growing success as they work to corner the insect protein market. Cheryl Powers of Lincoln, Kris Vrooman of Juniata and Amber Klassen of Lindsay joined forces in 2018 after Powers applied for, and was accepted into, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s NMotion business startup accelerator for the mealworm production business. The team formalized a partnership with Powers’ existing business structure, Jord Producers. By Tony Herrman, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1490 words.