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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

January 23, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. 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. 26, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SCRAP SCULPTOR

LOOMIS, Neb. _ A giant spider, large enough for a grown man to walk beneath, looms near Martin Freed’s home. Spiders, a praying mantis and other bugs are scattered along a half-mile stretch of road in Loomis. They’re Freed’s creations, made of scrap metal he’s collected over the years. The sculptures are scattered across Freed’s family farm. By Ashley Bebensee, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 814 words.

EXCHANGE-ZOO WASTE

OMAHA, Neb. _ At the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, managing animal waste is a nonstop battle. It’s one that requires heavy lifting, long hours and a smart plan, one that took decades to evolve. The zoo has stored its animal waste in a gigantic pile down a southern hillside for decades. It’s a pain to get to, but at least it’s out of the way. The zoo experimented with on-site composting techniques, but longtime zoo employee Dan Cassidy said none of the ideas worked out very well. Recently, the zoo built a concrete pad on the same hillside and hired a compost farm to haul away its animal waste every month. By Chris Peters, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 736 words.

For use Sunday, Jan. 27, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-GRESHAM GAZEBO

GRESHAM, Neb. _ It’s a stately structure _ black metal with interior benches, red stained-glass diamonds circling around the top _ yet Gresham’s memory gazebo came straight from the heart. The idea to build a gazebo percolated for some time, said committee member Cindy Buss. Even when the plan to beautify a spot on main street was in its formative stages, the committee members knew the project should be special. By Jessica Votipka, York News-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 512 words.

EXCHANGE-EMPTY SPACES

LINCOLN, Neb. _ As Sears and Shopko close up shop over the next three months, it will flood the Lincoln market with about half a million square feet of empty big-box space. Shopko recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hoping to reorganize and improve its financial footing. As part of that reorganization, the Wisconsin-based chain announced the closing of all of its stores in Lincoln. They will join the 120,000-square-foot Sears store at Gateway Mall, which is likely to close sometime in March. By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 720 words.

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