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Niobrara Council Hosting September Events

 

The Niobrara Council will be hosting a couple fall projects beginning this month. Coming up this Saturday September 13th, the Nebraska Pioneer Day kicks off at 9am Saturday, and goes until noon at the Valentine City Park near the Girl Scout cabin. Volunteers will give demonstrations on candle-making, bison history, pioneer games, dutch oven cooking and more. No preregistration is required for this event, folks are just encouraged to stop by this Saturday at the park.

 

The Niobrara Nature Fall Club for this fall is a free afterschool program for kids from kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will be each Monday from 3:45 – 5pm starting September 29th through December 15th at the Zion Lutheran School Outdoor Classroom at 224 North Government Street in Valentine. Preregistration for this program is due by September 15th.

Registration forms are available at the Niobrara Council Office at 280 North Main in Valentine, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also call the Niobrara Council Office with any questions about these or other upcoming events at 376-2793.

 

Nebraska storms cause flooding, power outages

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and power outages in Omaha, with the storms bringing down tree limbs and high waters stranding some motorists.

Omaha firefighters tell the World-Herald a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan, which was trapped under a bridge. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers. More than 1,300 residents were without electricity Tuesday night.

For about half an hour, the Douglas County 911 system also wasn't working properly. Mark Conrey, director of the 911 call center, says he'll be working to find out what happened.

The rains also led to the cancellation of Wednesday events at a Grand Island farm show. A Nebraska trooper says muddy conditions have made parking near the Husker Harvest Days inaccessible.

 

 

 

Gov. Heineman Reminds Nebraskans to Fly Flags at Half-Staff for Patriot Day

In anticipation of an expected Presidential Proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman is directing that flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 in observance of Patriot Day.

“I hope all Nebraskans join me in remembering those we lost on September 11, 2001 and in honoring their sacrifices. As Americans, we are the envy of many throughout the world. We must always appreciate our freedoms,” Heineman commented.

The Patriot Day remembrance honors the victims lost in the 2001 terrorist strikes in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Nebraska residents are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of Patriot Day.

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South Dakota's governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff Thursday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that the flags remain at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Thursday. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks. Sept. 11 has been designated as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

   

Nebraska and Iowa Storms Flood Some Roadways

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and power outages in parts of Nebraska and Iowa, with winds bringing down tree limbs and stormwater stranding motorists.

Omaha firefighters say a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan that became trapped under an overpass on Tuesday, September 9th. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers.

More than 1,300 Omaha Public Power District customers were without electricity for a time on Tuesday night. For about half an hour, the Douglas County 911 system didn’t work properly.

Water covered roadways in both states, including Iowa Highway 92 near Beacon.

County emergency management coordinator Jo Anne Duckworth says up to 4 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes in the southern side of Iowa’s Union County.

 

Tuesday Rains Cancel Wednesday Husker Harvest Days

Untimely rains hammered the Husker Harvest Days site after the end of Day 1 giving the show staff no choice but to cancel for Wednesday, Sept. 10. The show will be open Thursday, regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Extremely muddy conditions have made parking areas impassable. All access gates to the site will be closed on Wednesday. Visitors who had planned on attending the vent should revise their travel plans accordingly.

"It is unfortunate that the weather hasn't cooperated", said Captain Chris Kolb, Commander Troop C-Grand Island.  "We are hoping to help get the word out on the cancellation for Wednesday, to avoid any unnecessary congestion on roads leading to and from the event site".

 

 

   

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