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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

August 29, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. 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:


ST. HELENA, Neb. — Lawrence Zavadil started on a search for good, quality water for his family in Iowa, which lasted 40 years. The Village of St. Helena came to the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (NRD) in 1978 when Lawrence was a board member. Feasibility studies in 1980 were positive and the project would serve 200 individuals who had indicated they would sign up for service. Zavadil has fond memories of the workings of the water plant because he has served as the manager and record-keeper. By Linda Wuebben, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 778 words.


HASTINGS, Neb. — Hastings College is hoping to fight a retention issue by creating new and innovative ways to make the school truly feel like home for its students. With the start of the 2018-19 school year, the new Department of Student Engagement has already been hard at work finding and creating ways to engage students both in and out of the academic world. One major focus of the new student engagement department is Studio 200, the revised and updated learning center program. By Shay Burk, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1158 words.


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PALMYRA, Neb. —The school district in Palmyra has been unable to convince voters to fund a bond issue for new athletic facilities, but it turns out that doesn’t matter — thanks to the kindness a high school principal and mayor showed a young man 80-some years ago. That young man grew up and started a foundation. The Olson Foundation has given the Palmyra and the district $5.4 million for a new football field, a running track, new baseball facility, a renovated softball field, a playground and a walking track.By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 863 words.


OMAHA, Neb. — People from all over Omaha on Aug. 25 were experiencing the transformation of 23 acres that once were home to Pleasantview Homes, a low-income housing project that was at times plagued by violence. The project has been seven years in the making. People wandered around sleek new apartments and townhomes, lounged on a green space, walked through an event venue and sipped drinks in a trendy new coffee shop. Organizers hope that the neighborhood will attract investment to an area that has declined. By Hailey Konnath, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 477 words.

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