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Coming up at next Tuesday’s Grand Island City Council meeting Mayor Roger Steele is expected to name a replacement for the vacant Ward 5 seat.

Councilwoman Michelle Fitzke announced her resignation in August after her and her husband purchased a home outside Ward 5.

Four candidates have applied for the position and have been interviewed by Mayor Steele and council members


The Merrick County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible police impersonation.

According to the Merrick County Sheriff's office facebook page The reporting party advised that while traveling North on Archer Road near I Road when they observed a vehicle approach his vehicle very quickly.

The individual operating this vehicle activated a red and blue flashing lights in the grill of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then started to honk his horn at the reporting party.

The reporting party was worried about the legitimacy of the attempted traffic stop so they just slowed down but did not stop. The suspect vehicle then came beside the reporting party vehicle for a very short time before turning on a gravel road and proceeded westbound.

The vehicle was described as a Chevy Camaro gray in color, with no license plates.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, a well groomed beard, wearing a dark colored shirt.

An active investigation is being conducted in an attempt to identify the vehicle and subject operating the vehicle.




Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) were able to bring a low-speed pursuit to a safe conclusion this afternoon near Gothenburg on Interstate 80.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound at about 30 miles per hour near mile marker 190 on I-80. The trooper attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped momentarily, but then continued driving at around 30 to 35 miles per hour.

Troopers pursued the vehicle, attempting to get the driver to stop or exit I-80. As the vehicle continued eastbound, troopers successfully deployed spike strips near mile marker 207. A trooper was then able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the Suburban to a stop in the median.

Troopers were then able to take the driver into custody and discovered that the driver was possibly experiencing a mental episode. The driver was placed in emergency protective custody.

Interstate 80 was closed for both eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately 45 minutes while troopers responded to the scene. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control during this incident.

Congressman talks protections, ports of entry, and construction about our border on Texas and Mexico.

Adrian Smith

Nebraska's Third District Congressman Adrian Smith recently joined other Members of Congress in visiting McAllen, Texas, on the United States-Mexico border. 
There he witnessed first-hand the work of Customs and Border Protection and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials. 
Smith also toured the ports of entry and the border wall construction, which included the latest technology used for border security. 
The Congressman spoke about his visit to the border with KRGI News Director Tyson Havranek Wednesday morning.

Congressman Adrian Smith Interview

Authorities say a driver died after his pickup truck crashed on the west side of North Platte.

Deputies say the pickup left the roadway Sunday and burst into flames after slamming into a tree.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the driver was taken to a North Platte hospital, where he died. He's been identified as 44-year-old Cosmo Contreras Jr., who lived in North Platte.

The crash is being investigated.

The new Grand Island Community Foundation.


 Two-year degree programs such as those offered by the University of Nebraska’s campus in Curtis, at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, have strong appeal for students seeking academics in smaller class sizes and learning environments.

 That was one of several messages shared Sunday at a public forum in Curtis by University of Nebraska priority presidential candidate Walter “Ted” Carter.

 “Our focus is on the future of Nebraska colleges, coupled with the importance of agriculture,” the retired Navy vice admiral said before an audience of about 50 attendees.

 “This is one of the primary campuses that is part of the makeup of the University of Nebraska,” Carter added. “I am excited to see it. To see where the roughly 300 students that are here, almost all get jobs after they learn their skill sets. I think that this is an incredibly relevant place.”

 The national pool of students “ready” to enter a four-year university experience is shrinking, Carter said.

 “A community college or two-year degree program is viable route for many students,” Carter said in answering questions about student preparedness.

 If selected to lead the University system of campuses in Curtis, Kearney, Lincoln and two in Omaha, Carter said properly equipping campuses with resources and technology is one of his priorities.

 The current generation values education and technology, financial aid and the ease of entering college, he said.

 Carter was a unanimous choice in paper balloting submitted by the 23-member search committee, and also by the University Board of Regents. Now, he is in a 30-day public vetting period.

 “He is very impressive and I am glad I could attend this opportunity to learn more about our potential university president,” said Stephen Herman, Curtis resident and local attorney.

 Ann Rasmussen, who moved to Curtis in August, applauded University leaders for holding a public forum at the NCTA campus. She represented her employer, BSB Construction, Inc., where she is office administrator.

 University Regent Bob Phares of North Platte hosted the Sunday visit, joined by Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus who chaired the 23-member search committee.

 Carter says the University is “One Nebraska- stitching together all five campuses, a benefit of being a part of this college system, all are different (skillset, mission, personality) but work well together as the larger mission is to develop young people to go onto other, higher levels of education, and to encourage them to stay in the state of Nebraska.  College campuses can be "bigger and better as a sum of their parts."

A retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, Carter is immediate past superintendent of his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy; a former president of the U.S. Naval War College; and a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star recipient.

 The Rhode Island native and resident of Suffolk, Virginia, was joined by his wife, Lynda, for the NCTA visit, which first included a brief tour of the NCTA Veterinary Technology complex and Walter Long Teaching Clinic.

“The people that I have met, so genuine, so real. That was a big part of what attracted Lynda and I to be here in your home state,” he told attendees.

 “I just want everybody to know how excited I am to potentially be the next president. It’s an honor to be here. I’ve been thrilled and so warmly welcome by Nebraskans everywhere I’ve gone.”

 University Vice President Mike Boehm and NCTA Interim Dean Kelly Bruns also hosted attendees and a Monday forum at the West Central Research & Extension Center in North Platte.

 Following the 30-day comment period, if deemed appropriate, Carter’s appointment will be considered by a vote of the Board of Regents.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been cleared of a murder charge, but found guilty of conspiring to commit robbery in Hastings.
Daniel Harden was convicted Monday on the robbery charge, but a jury found him not guilty of murder and weapons charges. He was accused of shooting to death Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017.
Prosecutors had said that Harden and another man, 21-year-old Deante Mullen, of Lincoln, tried to rob Hansen, and Hansen was shot in the back during the robbery.
Mullen is awaiting trial on murder and firearms charges.
Harden is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21.


The Aurora basketball teams dropped a double header at Kearney Catholic. The Stars won the girls game 42-32. After trailing by 16 at the half, the Huskies got to within 8 in the second half.  Cassidy Knust and Kassidy Hudson each scored 10 for the 2-10 Huskies. 

The Aurora boys rallied from 13 down in the second half to tie, but lost 47-43. Nate Boerkircher put in 18. Tate Nachtigal added 12 for the 4-10 Huskies. Assistant Rick Bell talked on the post game on 97.3 the Wolf.

Rick Bell

1/23 Girls Semi Final Scores 
Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35 
Chase County 53, North Platte St Pats 51 (Overtime) 




Ainsworth 47, North Central 36

Allen 55, Wausa 29

Amherst 55, Gibbon 53

Ansley-Litchfield 56, South Loup 54

Bertrand 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 29

Bloomfield 52, Plainview 36

Cambridge 71, Dundy County-Stratton 64

College View Academy 61, Nebraska Lutheran 58

Columbus Scotus 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 41

Cross County 55, Giltner 32

East Butler 62, Meridian 27

Elkhorn South 71, Omaha North 48

Exeter/Milligan 52, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50

Freeman 33, Wilber-Clatonia 28

Gothenburg 65, Broken Bow 51

Hi-Line 85, Medicine Valley 72

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 87, Madison 56

Hyannis 50, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Kearney Catholic 47, Aurora 43

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Battle Creek 43

Lexington 65, Cozad 24

Lincoln Christian 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Lincoln Northeast 68, Lincoln Southwest 53

Loomis 58, Alma 37

McCool Junction 73, Osceola 48

Mullen 61, Cody-Kilgore 24

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 48, Weeping Water 35

Omaha Burke 54, Millard South 42

Omaha Nation 90, Homer 44

Osmond 85, Emerson-Hubbard 27

Paxton 52, Wauneta-Palisade 44

Sandhills Valley 64, Arthur County 53

Shelby/Rising City 72, Dorchester 26

Southern Valley 70, Arapahoe 28

Sutton 55, Fairbury 42

Twin River 58, Clarkson/Leigh 50

West Holt 45, Boyd County 42

Wisner-Pilger 64, Pender 18

Wood River 46, Shelton 44

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 64, Leyton 28

South Platte 65, Garden County 58

River Cities Conference Tournament=


South Sioux City 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 54


Omaha Roncalli 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Beatrice 52


Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.


Adams Central 80, Central City 49

Arthur County 30, Sandhills Valley 29

Battle Creek 47, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 37

Boone Central/Newman Grove 45, Columbus Scotus 33

Boyd County 39, West Holt 29

Boys Town 41, Omaha Christian Academy 36

Broken Bow 51, Gothenburg 45

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 49, Exeter/Milligan 25

Cambridge 53, Dundy County-Stratton 43

Clarkson/Leigh 58, Twin River 25

Cozad 34, Lexington 32, OT

Cross County 54, Giltner 31

Elkhorn South 61, Omaha North 31

Fort Calhoun 46, Tekamah-Herman 38

Freeman 41, Wilber-Clatonia 22

Gibbon 54, Amherst 41

Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Centura 26

Hi-Line 59, Medicine Valley 37

Homer 52, Omaha Nation 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 60, Madison 40

Kearney Catholic 42, Aurora 32

Lincoln Christian 67, Omaha Concordia 36

Loomis 56, Alma 35

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Bertrand 31

McCool Junction 36, Osceola 32

Meridian 43, East Butler 31

Millard South 77, Omaha Burke 45

Millard West 55, Omaha Marian 37

Mullen 54, Cody-Kilgore 30

Nebraska Lutheran 39, College View Academy 34

North Central 53, Ainsworth 24

Pender 50, Wisner-Pilger 39

Sandhills/Thedford 42, Hyannis 27

Shelby/Rising City 36, Dorchester 24

South Loup 52, Ansley-Litchfield 11

South Platte 55, Garden County 31

Southern Valley 43, Arapahoe 21

Stuart 40, Valentine 37

Sutton 31, Fairbury 23

Wauneta-Palisade 53, Paxton 40

Weeping Water 56, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47

Wood River 46, Shelton 32

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=


Fullerton 54, Palmer 35

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Burwell 22

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 58, Leyton 48

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Consolation Semifinal=

Omaha Mercy 40, Omaha Duchesne Academy 33

Omaha Roncalli 46, Ralston 34


Beatrice 62, South Sioux City 42

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Omaha Gross Catholic 63, OT

SPVA Conference Tournament=


Perkins County 38, Sutherland 30


Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35

Chase County 55, North Platte St. Patrick's 53, OT


Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Walthill vs. Ponca, ppd.

Wynot vs. Pierce, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff has pulled off a big upset at the Australian Open by eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the third round. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff's career but already her second time reaching the fourth round. Osaka is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion. Gauff already beat another former No. 1 in the first round this week when she got past Venus Williams.

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers made a season-high 19 3-pointers to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113. James closed within 17 points of Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list. He can pass Bryant on Saturday at Philadelphia. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. Beltran departed without managing a game last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Rojas, who had been the Mets’ quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York's fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years — and third in four months.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in at a Florida jail on charges related to accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown arrived at Broward County Jail Thursday night. His lawyer says Brown is innocent of the charges, which include burglary with battery. The wide receiver played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders last year. He was released by the Raiders and subsequently signed and released by the New England Patriots.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-par 69 at Torrey North to start the new year in contention at the Farmers Open. Woods is coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan. Sebastian Cappelen (KAP’-lihn) and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round.

Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that Nebraska home men’s basketball game against Michigan next Tuesday, Jan. 28 will be on ESPNU. 

Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m. with the broadcast team of Dave Feldman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call. The TV network had been listed as TBA until today announcement. In addition, the game will also be available via streaming on (authentication required).

A limited number of tickets for the matchup are available on or calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG Red during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

The game will also be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on available on and the Huskers app.

SPVA Girls & Boys Bracket 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will formally announce his retirement tomorrow after a 16-year career played entirely with the New York Giants. The 39-year-old quarterback owns virtually every team passing record, but his future had been in doubt since the end of 4-12 season that saw him lose the starting job to rookie Daniel Jones. Team president and CEO John Mara called Manning one of the best players in franchise history and says the organization looks forward to inducting him in the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen (WAG’-eh-nen) says the team is finalizing a multiyear contract that would make Luis Rojas their new manager, replacing Carlos Beltrán. The son of former big league manager Felipe Alou spent last year as the Mets’ quality control coach and has already received raves from first baseman Pete Alonso and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on social media. Beltrán left the Mets last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 has suspended four players for their roles in a brawl in the waning moments of Tuesday’s Kansas-Kansas State game at Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks forward Silvio DeSouza received a 12-game ban after being suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Self. Kansas forward David McCormack got a two-game suspension, Kansas State forward James Love received an eight-game ban and Wildcats forward Antonio Gordon was ordered to sit out three games.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The 28-year-old Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. The six-year NBA veteran started 39 of his 40 games this season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has beaten British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Halep ended 2019 ranked fourth, her sixth consecutive year-end top five finish. She will next play either Danielle Collins or Yulia Putintseva. Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) broke local wild-card entry Alex Boult's serve in the third game of the fifth set and advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 win. Seventh-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced about the same time with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Egor Gerasimov.

Lincoln - Nebraska fell behind by 21 points in the first half, but swung the lead 25 points to take a four-point lead over visiting Purdue with 4:30 left at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night. However, the Boilermakers executed down the stretch and escaped with a 76-68 women's basketball win over the Huskers.

With its first Big Ten home loss of the season, Nebraska slipped to 4-4 in the league and 14-5 overall, while Purdue matched the Huskers in the Big Ten standings at 4-4 and moved to 13-7 overall.

Senior Nicea Eliely led four Huskers in double figures with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while sophomore forward Ashtyn Veerbeek added 13 points and two steals of her own. Sophomores Sam Haiby and Leigha Brown each contributed 10 points for Nebraska, while Isabelle Bourne pitched in seven points and four boards off the bench.

Senior forward Ae'Rianna Harris led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She added nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists, including a key kickout on a three-pointer by Cassidy Hardin late in the fourth quarter for the Boilermakers that essentially sealed the win. Hardin finished with six points on two throws after starting in place of Kayana Traylor for Purdue.

Purdue senior Dominique Oden added 14 points - almost entirely on mid-range jumpshots - seven rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Karissa McLaughlin scored 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and six straight free throws in the final 1:15 to secure the win.

For the game, Purdue hit 47.5 percent (28-59) of its shots from the field, including 40 percent (8-20) of its three-pointers, and 85.7 percent (12-14) of its free throws. Purdue also won the rebounding battle, 40-31.

Nebraska hit 40 percent (24-60) of its shots, including 6-of-20 threes (.300), and 14-of-20 free throws (.700). The Huskers won the turnover battle, 16-14.

In a game that featured big runs and huge momentum swings, Purdue delivered the first blow with a 31-12 eruption in just over 10 minutes from the halfway point in the first quarter through midway through the second period.

Nebraska exchanged baskets early in the game, trailing Purdue 8-6 three minutes into the contest before Harris asserted herself. Harris, who came off the bench for the first time this season, scored six straight points on three shots inside in a 1:10 span to extend Purdue's lead to 14-6, before Oden hit a pair of jumpshots to push the margin to 10 points for the first time at 18-8 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

The Boilermakers extended the margin to 26-13 at the end of the first quarter after three-pointers by McLaughlin and Lyndsey Whilby to end the period. It was Nebraska's most lopsided deficit in the first quarter this season, as Purdue hit 11-of-14 shots from the field, including all seven of its two-point attempts. The Boilers also went 4-for-7 from three-point range in the quarter.

Nebraska opened the second quarter with a three-point play from sophomore Leigha Brown to cut the margin to 10 and bring brief life to the Husker crowd, but Harris and the Boilermakers answered with a 13-2 surge over the next four-plus minutes to take a 39-18 lead with 5:21 left in the half. By that point, Harris was 6-for-6 from the floor and had 12 points.

The Huskers refused to quit and finally dug in on defense, holding the Boilermakers scoreless for the final 5:20 of the first half. Nebraska closed the half on an 11-0 run, including back-to-back three-pointers by Hannah Whitish and Kayla Mershon to cut the Purdue margin to 39-29 at the half.

Veerbeek helped the Huskers claw closer in the third quarter, scoring seven of NU's first 10 points of the period to cut the Purdue margin to 47-39 with 4:45 left.  The Boilers pushed their edge back to 13 after a Hardin three-pointer made it 54-41, but the Huskers again surged down the stretch in the period.

Brown hit a free throw before a three-point play by Eliely that included the third foul of the game on Harris, who reached out from behind and grabbed Eliely's leg while she was in mid-air going to the rim for a layup in transition with no one in front of her. Eliely converted the free throw to trim Purdue lead back to single digits at 54-49. Veerbeek hit two more free throws and Brown added one before a Bourne putback just before the buzzer sent Nebraska to the fourth trailing just 54-50.

Brown scored four more points early in the fourth, including a basket to give Nebraska its first lead of the game at 58-56 with 5:42 left, capping a massive 17-2 surge over a seven-minute span in which the Huskers held the Boilermakers without a field goal. At that point, NU had outscored Purdue 40-17 in a 20-minute stretch.

After a Purdue timeout, McLaughlin hit a three-pointer to give the Boilers the lead again, before Eliely hit back-to-back buckets, including a three-pointer to give Nebraska its biggest lead at 63-59 with 4:28 left.

Then Nebraska hit a wall. Purdue executed offensively on five consecutive possessions, including a pair of jumpers by Oden and a pair of pick-and-roll scores in the paint for Harris, before Hardin delivered a knockout blow with a three-pointer with 1:35 left to extend Purdue's lead to 70-63 with 1:35 left.

McLaughlin sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Saturday by traveling to Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers and Badgers is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live television coverage by the Big Ten Network.

The Aurora Girls struggled shooting in a 37-28 loss at Holdrege the Huskies didn't hit a field goal in the first half, but battled from 14 down to within four in the second half.

We heard from Coach Cole Carraher after the game on 97.3 the Wolf

Coach Cole Carraher

(Kansas City/Ap) - The Royals have signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny. The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move. The 35-year-old Gordon, a three-time All-Star, won his seventh Gold Glove last season to move within one of Frank White for the most in franchise history.

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