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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

May 8, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for May 11 and May 12. 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, May 11, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SAND-COVERED FARMS

OMAHA, Neb. _ Nebraska landowners are seeking new solutions for a millions-year-old phenomenon. Tons of sand, sediment and silt — some in dunes as high as 10 feet — have been scattered across the eastern half to two-thirds of the state by the March flooding. Sediment from Nebraska’s rivers and streams has been deposited on nearby flooded land for millions of years. Now U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and extension educators are trying to figure out what to do with it. By Marjie Ducey, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 951 words.

EXCHANGE-CANDLE COMPANY

LINCOLN, Neb. _ It started out as a way for Jill Henn to spend more time with her friend. On Wednesday nights, after their kids went to bed, she would go to Alicia Reisinger’s house and help her make candles. She happily volunteered the time, sometimes getting paid with candles she had helped make. Then about two years ago, Henn needed to raise money to pay for a volunteer trip she and her husband were taking to Africa. Reisinger offered to start paying her for her candle-making time, telling her she could use the money for her trip. By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 844 words.

For use Sunday, May 12, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SIBLINGS CONNECT

HASTINGS, Neb. _ A Hastings woman placed for adoption by her mother in war-torn Germany after World War II has overcame astronomical odds to connect with siblings she never knew existed after 66 years. It was the end of a very long search for her late mother, Hildegard (Schoene) Bishop, when Mary Ruge of Hastings first spoke to her sister, Judy Bishop, in Elliot-Lake, Ontario, Canada, by telephone on Aug. 13, 2018. That the conversation was very nearly disconnected before it happened is but one example of how many different puzzle pieces had to come together to make this implausible unification possible. By John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 863 words.

EXCHANGE-ROOFTOP CAMPING

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. _ Westmoor Elementary students arrived to school recently to see principal Bert Wright and assistant principal Lukas Benzel camping in tents on the roof. Ahead of the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) test, Wright came up with the idea that he and Benzel would camp overnight if 90% of the students in third, fourth and fifth grades took 40 minutes on each test. The teachers reported their students met their end of the deal, so the two principals recently climbed a ladder and hoisted up two tents, air mattresses, pillows, chairs and food. They set up their sleeping quarters on the southwest corner of the school’s roof, overlooking the playground. By Lauren Brant, Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 677 words.