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Middle school honor band performs in North Platte

George Lauby - Feb. 1, 2023

Middle school band students from 15 schools in central and western Nebraska gathered Saturday to practice and perform for an appreciative audience. The band consisted of nearly 80 honor students from schools across the area, from Superior on the east to Gering on the west. It included 12 students from Adams Middle School in North […]

Middle school honor band performs in North Platte

George Lauby -

Middle school band students from 15 schools in central and western Nebraska gathered Saturday to practice and perform for an appreciative audience. The band consisted of nearly 80 honor students from schools across the area, from Superior on the east to Gering on the west. It included 12 students from Adams Middle School in North […]

On hold: Ground-based freight train conductors

George Lauby - Jan. 23, 2023

Union Pacific’s pilot plan is on hold that is aimed at taking conductors off freight trains, leaving only a locomotive engineer aboard. The plan is grounded by objections from the union that represents conductors. In a video released in late December, Union Pacific presented the plan. It started with a pilot program, comparing conductors aboard […]

On hold: Ground-based freight train conductors

George Lauby -

Union Pacific’s pilot plan is on hold that is aimed at taking conductors off freight trains, leaving only a locomotive engineer aboard. The plan is grounded by objections from the union that represents conductors. In a video released in late December, Union Pacific presented the plan. It started with a pilot program, comparing conductors aboard […]

Ice rink: Popular opening weekend

George Lauby - Jan. 17, 2023

North Platte’s new ice rink opened over the weekend to more than 200 skaters who showed their stuff, tested their ability, or started to get the hang of it. The opening capped a month of extended efforts to create ice in the rink, which is located near the center of Centennial Park. The effort was […]

Ice rink: Popular opening weekend

George Lauby -

North Platte’s new ice rink opened over the weekend to more than 200 skaters who showed their stuff, tested their ability, or started to get the hang of it. The opening capped a month of extended efforts to create ice in the rink, which is located near the center of Centennial Park. The effort was […]

Ice rink progress

George Lauby - Jan. 10, 2023

Workers on North Platte’s new ice rink are dealing with the challenge of distributing the necessary amount of coolant on the bottom level. The coolant is glycol, a substance commonly found in anti-freeze. The glycol is chilled to below zero in a large, above-ground refrigerator unit – a chiller — and piped into the lowest […]

Ice rink progress

George Lauby -

Workers on North Platte’s new ice rink are dealing with the challenge of distributing the necessary amount of coolant on the bottom level. The coolant is glycol, a substance commonly found in anti-freeze. The glycol is chilled to below zero in a large, above-ground refrigerator unit – a chiller — and piped into the lowest […]

Coin toss decides deadlocked vote for school board president

George Lauby - Jan. 9, 2023

Right away, two new members of the North Platte school board let it be known Monday they were not going to rubber-stamp decisions. After the required swearing in, the first item of business before the board was to elect a president for the year. It was far from an open-and-shut process. The board voted 10 […]

Coin toss decides deadlocked vote for school board president

George Lauby -

Right away, two new members of the North Platte school board let it be known Monday they were not going to rubber-stamp decisions. After the required swearing in, the first item of business before the board was to elect a president for the year. It was far from an open-and-shut process. The board voted 10 […]

North Platte to hire six new teachers from other countries

George Lauby -

The North Platte school board was poised Monday to routinely approve the hiring of six teachers from other countries, but new school board member Emily Garrick wanted to talk about it. Garrick asked to withhold approval from the “consent agenda,” which contains a series of items that are approved by one vote. Rarely if ever […]

North Platte to hire six new teachers from other countries

George Lauby -

The North Platte school board was poised Monday to routinely approve the hiring of six teachers from other countries, but new school board member Emily Garrick wanted to talk about it. Garrick asked to withhold approval from the “consent agenda,” which contains a series of items that are approved by one vote. Rarely if ever […]

Jacobson introduces bill for two-person train crews

George Lauby - Jan. 5, 2023

As he promised, Sen. Mike Jacobson introduced a bill on the first day of the Legislature to require a two-person crew on freight trains. As the legislative bill number indicates, LB 31 was one of the first to be introduced Thursday, the first day of bill introductions. Jacobson said he is a business-person who believes […]

Jacobson introduces bill for two-person train crews

George Lauby -

As he promised, Sen. Mike Jacobson introduced a bill on the first day of the Legislature to require a two-person crew on freight trains. As the legislative bill number indicates, LB 31 was one of the first to be introduced Thursday, the first day of bill introductions. Jacobson said he is a business-person who believes […]

Jack Bunger to perform at Sandhills Convention Center

George Lauby - Jan. 2, 2023

Jack Bunger will perform with his band the Pros on Friday night at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte. Bunger, an extraordinary guitarist, is home from college and eager to perform. He is playing two nights, as the featured act on Friday night, and on Saturday, accompanying country music performer Drew Phillips. Phillips will […]

Jack Bunger to perform at Sandhills Convention Center

George Lauby -

Jack Bunger will perform with his band the Pros on Friday night at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte. Bunger, an extraordinary guitarist, is home from college and eager to perform. He is playing two nights, as the featured act on Friday night, and on Saturday, accompanying country music performer Drew Phillips. Phillips will […]

Single mom reaches top level in quality childcare

George Lauby - Dec. 30, 2022

Angela Blaesi’s Childcare in North Platte is the first and, so far, the only provider in North Platte to have stepped all the way to the top level in childcare under a set of national performance standards. Blaesi cares for 10 children in her home. All but two of them are preschoolers. She has completed […]

Single mom reaches top level in quality childcare

George Lauby -

Angela Blaesi’s Childcare in North Platte is the first and, so far, the only provider in North Platte to have stepped all the way to the top level in childcare under a set of national performance standards. Blaesi cares for 10 children in her home. All but two of them are preschoolers. She has completed […]