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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

January 7, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for Jan. 12 and Jan. 13. 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, Jan. 12, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ALPACA RANCHER

ALMA, Neb. _ Being an alpaca rancher is an unorthodox life for a woman from Chicago, but Tashia Butterfield couldn’t be happier. She’s so happy that she named her first alpaca Joy. Since then, she’s added 12 “girls,” as she calls her females, and eight “boys.” Her business is growing steadily since she moved to Nebraska. In June, she opened Butterfield Alpaca Ranch Yarn Shop & Alpaca Store in Alma. There, she teaches fiber arts classes and sells alpaca products, yarn, and soil additives for gardens. By Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 850 words.

EXCHANGE-PRISON MINISTRY

FREMONT, Neb. _ Ken Grosse is part of a Kairos program which has started in Nebraska. Thus far, two Kairos weekends have taken place at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. The Kairos program, which is ecumenical, involves retreats inside prisons that start on a Thursday night and continue until Sunday afternoon. During that time, participants listen to 10 talks and have table discussions. By Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1049 words.

For use Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HAT MAKER

SPRINGFIELD, Neb. _ A little art shop on Main Street in Springfield, Nebraska, features creative, charming and whimsical hats handmade by Omaha milliner Margie Trembley. For a few more weeks, a gallery at the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is featuring a singular version of the exact same thing. Trembley’s inclusion in the Milliners Guild show at the 146-year-old museum is her latest accomplishment in an artistic genre she embraced about seven years ago. By Betsie Freeman, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1047 words.

EXCHANGE-HIGHWAY LEADER

LINCOLN, Neb. _ When Fred Zwonechek began his career leading Nebraska’s Office of Highway Safety in 1981, about one in every 10 drivers wore a seat belt. Now 86 percent of Nebraska drivers wear them. But Zwonechek, who retired as administrator Dec. 31 after 37 years, said the data collected by his office in that time has left him frustrated with those drivers still in the 14 percent. This public policy issue among others became a passion for Zwonechek, who plans to continue advocating to make state roads safer in retirement. By Riley Johnson, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 582 words.

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