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The oldest piece of St. Paul Lutheran School’s layout remains in heavy use by students every single day. It’s the gym and locker room area.

The City of West Point last week received approval from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the plans and specifications for the city’s water filter system, piping and backwash discharge at the water treatment plant.

If all goes as planned, construction of the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s $119.6 million US-275 West Point to Scribner expressway project could begin in the spring of 2021, about two years later than NDOT officials promised in 2018.

West Point-Beemer Elementary School students are using a Super Bowl challenge to collect food. Students are tasked to make their Super Bowl picks by donating food to the box for the Kansas City Chiefs or the one labeled San Francisco 49’ers.

After 25 years of searching for her birth mother, it was a home DNA test kit that proved to be the turning point for Teena Andersen. Andersen’s search was met with obstacles on more than one occasion, but her persistence eventually led to a phone call that was met with apologies, enthusiasm,…

Even if a new plan to reduce local property taxes gets its legs in this year’s Nebraska Legislature, District 16 Senator Ben Hansen says it’s still time to consider tax reform, not just property tax reduction.

A public meeting and open house will be held Wednesday,  Jan. 15, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium in Scribner to update area residents on the U.S. highway 275 expressway project.

Even though it wasn’t on the agenda, West Point’s ongoing issue with high manganese levels in the city water was the main topic of discussion at last night’s (Tuesday) City Council meeting.

The land market in 2019 continued the plateau trend of the past several years during which the supply of agricultural land for sale on the market remained lower than average and prices for good quality cropland held mostly steady. 

Feeding more protein than cattle need can get expensive.  According to Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist, alfalfa can be a less expensive protein source, especially if you feed just enough alfalfa to provide the protein your animals need.


Todd Hugo stands on a platform several feet off the stage at West Point Community Theatre as a steel beam is raised into place. Beams were recently put in place to help shore up the back stage, curtains and motorized riggings that are replacing the counterweight riggings.

 As 2020 approaches, many farmers across the state are breathing a collective sigh of relief as one of the most challenging years in recent memory is drawing to a close. Extreme weather throughout 2019, stagnant farm incomes, EPA’s waivers to oil refiners and trade disputes have led to a yea…

Health care as an issue landed with a thud in late December as members of Congress packed up and went home for the holidays. Two important pieces of legislation for patients didn’t make it to the finish line. 

Cuming County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that Cassandra Guenther of Bancroft was elected to represent her local administrative area (LAA) during the recent county committee election. 

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Starting next fall, Cuming County may have a truancy officer to help address truancy and absenteeism by students that attend schools in the county. The Board of Supervisors on Friday took no action, but generally agreed to the position provided it is funded by a grant.

Health care as an issue landed with a thud in late December as members of Congress packed up and went home for the holidays. Two important pieces of legislation for patients didn’t make it to the finish line. Passage of either measure next year is a crapshoot since it’s an election year.

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.48 million cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 5 percent from last year. 


West Point-Beemer Jr.-Sr. High School held a spirit week the last week of the first semester, which ended Friday. During the week students could bring food items or money that they could exchange for baked goods provided by staff and others. The money and food items brought to school will be…

Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow’s energy requirements. Cows in an optimal body condition score (BCS 5 to 6) are better able to withstand adverse environmental conditions. 

One possible change in the Cuming County Planning Commission’s proposed update of the rural zoning regulations will have an impact on the number of animal units that can be part of a livestock feeding operation (LFO) in the Transitional Agriculture (TA-1) areas.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Omaha District, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the proposed US-275) West Point to Scribner Expressway Project proposed by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT).