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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

February 6, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. The stories have moved in advance and will move again on the appropriate days. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact News Editor Scott McFetridge at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-LIVESTOCK EXPANSION

OSMOND, Neb. —Agriculture groups are pushing to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry as the farm economy struggles. Melissa and Justin Doerrs’ hog business is part of a new wave of expansion in Nebraska’s livestock industry. Melissa, 31, and Justin, 36, are among a growing number of Nebraska farmers looking into raising livestock at a time when low crop prices have made it harder to turn a profit through raising corn and soybeans alone. By Barbara Soderlin, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,492 words.

EXCHANGE-TIPI ART PROJECT

LINCOLN, Neb. —Lincoln’s latest public art project will honor Nebraska’s Native American population — with a village of painted tipis rising in the city next year. The United Nebraska Tipi Art Project calls for the creation of 25 to 50 scale-model tipis, their canvases painted to honor the state’s many cultures, but with an emphasis on the tribes that were here first. By Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 595 words.

For use Sunday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

SUPERIOR, Neb. —Elementary students at Superior Public Schools have been able to access a new learning tool this academic year, and in turn are experiencing the sights and sounds of “field trips” they would otherwise never be able to take. Students in Tricia Kuhlmann’s fifth-grade class recently took an internet “trip” to Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska via the Zoom video conferencing system, viewing scenes they would not have been able to access by any means other than the internet. By Donna Christensen, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 586 words.

EXCHANGE-PROBLEM-SOLVING COURT

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. —The problem-solving court of Hamilton and Merrick counties held its first graduation ceremony at the Merrick County Courthouse in Central City. Five people between the ages of 21 and 39 had criminal charges dismissed at the ceremony on Jan. 31, presided over by District Court Judge Rachel Daugherty of District 5. The Fifth Judicial District was the last Nebraska district to implement a problem-solving court or drug court. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,032 words.

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