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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Storm Responders Commended For April 13 Reaction


Forrest Hershberger

First responders, volunteers, Cheyenne County and Nebraska State Patrol dispatchers were honored May 10 for their response to a snow storm that crippled much of the Panhandle area April 13. "Your actions no doubt saved lives," said Gov. Pete Ricketts.

It started like most weekends. People joked about the luck of a Friday the 13th. Some watched the sky a little more cautiously when weather services predicted precipitation in the Nebraska Panhandle. When the skies turned gray, then to rain they watched a little closer, and as the wind drove the increasing snow the risk of "a real storm" increased until it became a reality with icy roads, drifting snow, closing businesses and stranding motorists.

For some, it was reminiscent of a time when hotels cared less about revenue and more about caring for people, when residents opened their homes to...

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