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 By Caitlin Sievers    News    July 21, 2014

Group says that bill gambles with the good life

The grassroots group, Gambling with the Good Life is up in arms against an amendment on the Nebraska ballot this fall which it says would allow slot machines at horse tracks in the state. LR41CA would allow those visiting Nebraska horse tracks to...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    July 11, 2014

Cabela's announces plans for Calgary store

Cabela’s is expanding its footprint in Canada. The company plans to begin construction on its third store in Alberta, Canada later this year. Cabela’s hopes to open this 70,000 square foot store located in Calgary in fall 2015. The store is... Full story

 By Dave Ostdiek    News    July 8, 2014

Area wheat producers hear update on UNL research

Damage from the wheat streak mosaic virus costs wheat growers a lot of money in western Nebraska and other wheat-growing regions of the High Plains. How do environmental conditions affect the spread...

 By For The Sun-Telegraph    News    July 8, 2014

Summer celebration means extra enforcement

The Nebraska State Patrol Troop E- Scottsbluff with assistance from local law enforcement will continue its efforts to “Drive to Save Lives” by holding special enforcement activities during an upcoming summer celebration. High visibility patrols... Full story

 By Leslie Reed    News    June 13, 2014

Nebraska businesses expect stability and sales growth in coming months

Continuing the trend of the previous three months, most Nebraska businesses report a positive outlook for the next six months, according to the latest survey conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of Business Research....

 By Dave Faries    News    June 3, 2014

Historic B-17 roars over Front Range

Frank LaBlotier remembers his first mission as a B-17 waist gunner. He was five miles over the submarine pens at St. Nazarre on the French coast, huffing oxygen from a bottle, wrapped badly against...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    April 29, 2014

McGill hopes to continue Foley's efforts to eliminate government waste

Nebraska state Sen. Amanda McGill-term limited at 34-is ready to bring energy and enthusiasm to the state auditor's office. At the time McGill took office to represent northeast Lincoln eight years...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    April 23, 2014

New company hopes to soothe gravel pit disputes

A gravel pit in Cheyenne County that has been the source of frustration for nearby homeowners will soon have a new owner, one promising to be a conscientious neighbor. Sidney’s planning commission approved a conditional use permit to Croell Redi Mi...

 By For The Sun-Telegraph    News    April 8, 2014

Final trees planted in 25-year project at Fort Robinson

All the roots have been planted for a northwestern Nebraska reforestation program. Now, the project has been turned over to Mother Nature. About 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of the Longs Peak...

 By Dave Faries    News    April 3, 2014

Making a point

Nick Colgrove of the University of Nebraska's educational media department points out some benefits of broadband technology during a Power of Business presentation at WNCC on Wednesday. The event was... Full story

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    April 2, 2014

Research firm ranks Sidney as one of top spots in state

Sidney is among the top ten places to live in Nebraska, according to a blog by Movoto, a real estate research website. Movoto conducted a study of the 31 biggest cities in Nebraska to determine which were the best places to reside. The rankings were...

 By Dave Faries    News    March 31, 2014

Nebraska's LEAD program making a difference

When western Nebraska rancher Deb Fischer graduated from the LEAD program almost 15 years ago, she put the experience to use by becoming involved with the school board. Two years ago Fischer was elected to the senate. Yet LEAD director Terry Hejny...

 By For The Sun-Telegraph    News    March 26, 2014

Nebraska veterans visit DC

Congressman Adrian Smith greets one of more than 400 Korean War Veterans from the state participating in the Heartland Honor Flight recently. Smith noted that "During a snow storm which kept many... Full story

 By For The Sun-Telegraph    News    March 19, 2014

New mule deer survey improves population data

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees used a bird's-eye view of the rugged high country of the Pine Ridge last month to obtain more accurate deer population data for northwestern Nebraska....

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    March 17, 2014

Summer projects to bring temporary labor, potential problems to city

Hundreds of workers will travel to Sidney this summer to labor on the many construction projects soon to be underway. Both Chief of Police B.J. Wilkinson and City Manager Gary Person acknowledge that the presence of so many additional people in the...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    March 17, 2014

Bruning brings campaign message to Sidney

Nebraska's current attorney general, Jon Bruning, believes he can make a seamless transition into the role of governor next year, if elected to that position. "I think this has been a very well run...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    March 13, 2014

City, state differ on sales tax refund rules, despite recent changes

As of this month, the city of Sidney will finally receive one year of advanced notification before the state takes refunds out of the city’s local sales taxes. In the past, if companies qualified for sales tax refunds on projects, they would file a...

 By For The Sun-Telegraph    News    March 11, 2014

Impaired Drivers Focus of St. Patrick's Day Enforcement

The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in an effort to crack down on impaired driving and reduce the potential for alcohol related crashes. Troopers and communication... Full story

 News    March 7, 2014

Nebraska Panhandle flooding spurs travel warnings

KIMBALL, Neb. (AP) - Local flooding and washed-out roads have prompted travel warnings from officials in Kimball County and other parts of the Nebraska Panhandle. Kimble County highway superintendent... Full story

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    March 5, 2014

Gravel company ordered to cease operations west of Sidney

Last week Cheyenne County District court ordered Pine Bluffs Gravel & Excavation to cease all gravel mining operations at property owned by Raymond and Teresa Kuehn on County Rd. 99 about seven miles west of Sidney. The gravel firm and the county hav...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    March 4, 2014

Slone brings campaign message to Sidney

Gubernatorial candidate Bryan Slone thinks his experience with tax reform and passion for small town Nebraska make him stand out from the crowd of Republican candidates hoping to succeed current Gov....

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    February 26, 2014

Bill hopes to attract lawyers to state's rural communities

Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad introduced a bill to the Nebraska legislature that would lower student loan repayment obligations for attorneys who serve low earning clients in rural parts of the state. LB808 could provide public service attorneys...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    February 25, 2014

Brewer brings military experience to campaign for third district seat

After living through six gunshot wounds and a rocket propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan, Col. Tom Brewer, a 36-year veteran of the armed services, plans to take on Congress. Brewer hopes to...

 By Don Summerside - For The Sun-Telegraph    News    February 25, 2014

Sidney graduate honored in Omaha

Not too spicy, not too sweet-just Knicely Done. It was a warmhearted roast, fitting for Omaha television's Mr. Nice Guy, John Knicely. And nice guys finish first in friendships. A sellout...

 By Caitlin Sievers    News    February 19, 2014

Dick Cabela changed the business world and the panhandle

The city of Sidney would not be what it is today without the contributions of Dick Cabela, co-founder of Cabela's, who died at his home on Monday morning. The company has undoubtedly been a major...


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