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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.


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".




Upcoming Mid-Plains Community College Classes

Mid-Plains Community College has many upcoming courses offered through the Mid-Plains Extended Campus in Valentine. The Learn to See 3-D drawing class starts on Monday the 15th. Desktop Publishing will start Wednesday, September 17th. Arc and Gas Welding at the Cody-Kilgore HS begins on Thursday the 18th. Additional classes offered include EMT training, Spanish for First Responders, Insurance Agent Continuing Education, along with several other art classes including Color Theory Made Simple, Party Decoration Class and Paint in the Fall Pastels. If you'd like more information, want to register, or if you have suggestions for upcoming classes, call Mid-Plains Valentine at 402-376-8033.


Mission Man Convicted of Post Office Burglary


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, man convicted of Burglary of a Post Office was sentenced on August 28, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Jesse Robinson, age 27, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release to include 6 months of home confinement.

Robinson was indicted for Burglary of a Post Office and Theft of Mail by a federal grand jury on August 21, 2013.  He pled guilty to Burglary of a Post Office on May 27, 2014.

The conviction arose from an incident that occurred in June 2013 when Robinson used a crowbar to pry open a window on the front of the U.S. Post Office in Mission.  Once he was inside, Robinson took four first class COD envelopes addressed to other individuals that contained mail-ordered prescription medication.

Robinson will report to the U.S. Marshals Service on September 2, 2014, to begin serving his sentence.


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