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Late Daily News publisher to be inducted into state business hall of fame

January 6, 2019

LINCOLN — The late Jerry Huse, longtime publisher of the Norfolk Daily News and civic leader — will be among five Nebraskans inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame next month.

The induction ceremony will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, as part of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual meeting and legislative caucus in Lincoln. It serves as one of Nebraska’s largest business gatherings of the year.

The evening banquet will feature a distinguished group of business leaders and entrepreneurs who will be inducted into the state chamber’s hall of fame.

Established in 1992 by the state chamber and the University of Nebraska College of Business, the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame pays tribute to Nebraska’s most accomplished business leaders and their contributions to the free enterprise system. Candidates are nominated by individuals from the business community, business associations and academia.

Huse, who died last year, will be inducted posthumously. Receiving the honor on his behalf will be his son, Bill, who has served as the publisher of the Daily News since 2013.

In 1871, Jerry Huse’s great-grandfather founded The Northern Nebraska Journal in Ponca, one of the earliest newspapers in Nebraska. He purchased the Norfolk News in 1888 and Huse’s grandfather and father ran it until he took over as publisher in 1956 at age 29. At the time, he was the youngest publisher of a daily newspaper in Nebraska.

He continued in the role of publisher for the following 56 years. Jerry Huse also is in the Nebraska Newspaper Hall of Fame and has received the Nebraska Press Association’s Master Editor/Publisher Award.

The other 2019 hall of fame inductees are:

— The late Talton “Tal” Anderson of Baxter Auto Group of Omaha.

— Barry Kennedy of Lincoln, who retired last year after serving as the longtime president of the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

— Phillip Mullin, CEO and owner of Garner Industries in Lincoln, a diverse manufacturing company.

— Lou Rotella Jr., the CEO and president of Rotella’s Italian Bakery of Omaha.

The state chamber is Nebraska’s largest statewide business association and has served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.

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