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Information Wanted for Poached Bull Elk

Conservation officers are seeking information in the investigation of the illegal killing and abandonment of a bull elk in northwestern Nebraska during the opening weekend of firearm deer season.

The elk was found dead west of Crawford on the Peterson Wildlife Management Area, a 2,460-acre property managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for public hunting. Firearm deer season began Saturday, Nov. 15. Elk are currently out of season.

Anyone with information that leads to the prosecution of the violators may be eligible for a reward. All tips may remain anonymous.

Conservation Officer Dan Kling said any information, regardless of how small, may be significant to the case. He may be reached at 308-430-0572. People with information also may contact the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers hotline at 800-742-7627.


GOP promises to resurrect Keystone

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline legislation that was killed by Democrats on Tuesday, November 18.

The bill failed by one vote, and McConnell says the legislation will be on top of the agenda next year.

Last week, A Native American tribe's president says if the Keystone XL pipeline is authorized, it would amount to an act of war.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott says he'll move to block the pipeline's path through the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation authorizing the pipeline Tuesday. But the Senate could vote against next year.

Scott said he has resolutions from the tribal council allowing him to do anything necessary to stop the pipeline from crossing the reservation. Scott said he would stop pipeline supplies from entering the reservation.

Scott said elders in the tribe gathered earlier this year to bury sacred medicine in the ground where the pipeline would run. Scott said he would "spill (his) blood" there if necessary.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson could have been the vote to pass the Keystone XL pipeline through the upper chamber but opted to oppose the project. The Senate vote Tuesday was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, teeing up another vote once Republicans take over the chamber next year.


Crews battle fire at Mitchell grain elevator area

Residents of Mitchell are being advised to avoid being downwind of a fire at a grain elevator complex.

The Daily Republic reports that the blaze broke out just before 3 a.m. Wednesday in a large building owned by CHS Farmers Alliance. The building is just to the south of the main elevator area and contains farm chemicals.

Crews from the Mitchell, Ethan and Mount Vernon fire departments responded to the scene. KELO-TV reports that firefighters are battling the blaze from outside to prevent exposure to the chemicals inside.

People are being told to avoid being downwind of the fire until the smoke clears.

No injuries have been reported.


Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

Supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find one last vote with the clock ticking.

With 59 Senators publicly voicing support, the hunt's on for the 60th vote to advance the measure before a critical vote Tuesday. Maine independent Sen. Angus King left the possibility open, but he's telling reporters he's a "probable no."

The issue has taken center stage in the waning days of this Congress in hopes it will boost the prospects of Louisiana's Senate candidates.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed for the Senate vote. Her rival, GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, sponsored the bill the House passed late last week.

All 45 Senate Republicans support it, along with 14 Democrats.

The White House has issued veto threats of similar bills.


Volunteers to decorate SD Capitol Christmas display

More than 90 Christmas trees are expected to be decorated at the South Dakota Capitol as part of the annual holiday display.

Volunteers will decorate the trees over the weekend in preparation for a lighting ceremony next Tuesday evening. The theme of this year's decorations is "125 Years of Christmas in South Dakota."

This year's specially featured tree is a 37-foot blue spruce donated by Brandon residents Gus and Joan Rysavy.

The tree can be viewed from Nov. 25 through Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



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