Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has tested 115 individuals in the district’s four county area, with 96 negative, 2 positive and 17 still waiting on results, according to director Gina Uhing. The district includes Cuming, Stanton, Madison and Burt Counties.

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On Saturday Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) learned of a positive COVID-19 case, deemed to be community spread, in Norfolk. A man in his 70s, a resident of St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center, has contracted COVID-19.

Russ Kind supervised the stocking of Wisner’s kids’ fishing pond on Tuesday, but said this will be the last time he will be helping with the local fishing hole due to health issues.

The Coronavirus continues to impact the way people are able to interact with each other. Social distancing and a federal ban on gatherings larger than 10 people have changed the way people socialize, worship and go about day-to-day business.

The latest Coronavirus guidance from Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health (ELVPH) sets a limit of 10 on gathering sizes for churches, restaurants, bars and for daycare providers. All of ELVPH’s announcements were based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Wisner-Pilger Schools will be closed until the end of the school year, according to a letter to students and parents on Facebook by W-P Schools Superintendent Chad Boyer.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact day-to-day life across the United States and locally with the closure of schools, senior citizen centers, nursing homes, as well as a change in how other public entities conduct business. The Wisner-Pilger School District and Bancroft-Rosalie Sc…

Voters do not need to give personal information to a third party to request a mail-in ballot. The Secretary of State’s website has an easy access link for voters who wish to request a mail-in ballot application for the upcoming May 12, primary election. Using the website avoids the need to p…

Faith Regional Health Services has established an off-site clinic to perform scheduled ordered COVID-19 tests for area medical providers and the public health department.

Area hospitals and clinics have developed and are implementing Coronavirus preparedness plans. Information from Faith Regional Health Services, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and Providence Medical Center indicate all are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and are…

Wisnerites are keeping a close eye on the Blarney Stone these days as Saturday’s St. Pat’s Celebration approaches.The beefed up stone is about twice the size of the stone that originally graced the corner of 10th St. and Highway 275. It appears that the stepped-up guard and hefty size may pr…

The Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, was under discussion at Monday night’s Wisner-Pilger School Board meeting. Wisner-Pilger Schools does have a specific policy in place for dealing with communicable diseases and it is being followed.

Life is different now for a local family than it was last week. A Beemer mother and her son were among those attending the Nebraska Special Olympics at the Fremont YMCA on Feb. 29. They received a phone call this Saturday and were told another person at the event tested positive for the Coro…

A former Pilger man escaped from the Thurston County Jail in Pender on Sunday and should be considered “extremely dangerous”, according to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger.

The Wisner City Council meeting Monday night was brief, with the trail project being the most heavily discussed agenda item. The trail connecting tenth street to the park will have a connection to the east side of the City Auditorium, it was decided.

It didn’t take long for the Cuming County Board of Supervisors to give its stamp of approval to the county’s updated rural zoning regulations. Less than thirty minutes even.

David Branch is named Cuming County’s Economic Development’s Executive Director. He will begin his new job April 1. County supervisor Judy Mutzenberger told the board during its monthly meeting that Branch scored the highest of the three final candidates that were interviewed.

The Wisner City Council met Tuesday, Feb. 18 for their regular city council meeting, with government transparency a highlight of the evening’s discussion. Discussion centered on the implementation of what Mayor Chad Dixon called a ‘layover’ between the introduction of policy and the final vo…

Little changed with candidate filings for the upcoming primary election within the last week, except on the Bancroft-Rosalie School District #20 listing. With the passing of the incumbent filing deadline last Tuesday, just two of three will be up for re-election. Two non-incumbents also plac…

On Feb. 11 at about 10 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office and Wisner Police arrested Leland Heinhold, 57, of Wisner on a felony arrest warrant from Stanton County District Court for Failure to Appear on an earlier arrest following a vehicle pursuit in northwestern Stanton County.

Wisner and Cuming County voters may see a ballot minus some incumbents if things didn’t change between 11 a.m. and the end of the day on Tuesday. As of press time, Wisner Ward 1 Councilman Chris Liermann, Sr. had not filed for re-election, nor had W-P School Board member Jacki Kalkowski.

The Aksarben Foundation has announced the opening of their Aksarben Community Grant Program for 2020. Started in the 1990’s, this grant program has been overseen and funded by the Aksarben Friends membership group and has touched nearly every county in Nebraska.

Two members of Beemer American Legion Post 159 will soon be doing a bit of conditioning. If they haven’t started already.Daryl Harrison and Ken Hanel have agreed to walk the 432 miles of Nebraska’s Highway 20 in May to raise awareness that US-20 has been designated the “Nebraska Medal of Hon…

The only person to file for election to the Wisner-Pilger School District #30 Board of Education is Harlan P. Sateren, according to the website maintained by the Cuming County Clerk. Sateren filed Jan. 31 for one of the three open seats on the board.

The Wisner City Council meeting last night was brief, with the trail project being the most heavily discussed agenda item.

Doug Salmen, Wisner’s new police chief, officially assumed his duties on Jan. 3. Prior to moving to Wisner, Salmen had been the police chief in Niobrara for the last 15 years.

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.

Andrew Soll, Bancroft, was honored as the 2019 Cuming County Mutual Aid Firefighter of the Year. The award was presented at the Jan. 8 Cuming County Mutual Aid meeting by Cuming County Mutual Aid President Kory Koehlmoos.

The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame will recognize Dwight Doffin, Wisner, with the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 4. The national award will be presented at the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to meet the new president of Northeast Community College during an event later this month in West Point.

Two community organizations have announced they are seeking applicants for positions. The positions are TeamMates coordinator and Wisner Community Development executive assistant.

Those who wish to get an early jump on the 2020 primary are now able to request an early ballot by mail. The first day to submit applications for an early ballot at county offices was on Monday.

A brief meeting was held in Wisner Monday night, with little for the city council to discuss going into the new year. The item at the top of the agenda were three orders attached to the auditorium project, numbered 12 through 14, all of which were approved with a 4-0 vote.

Stress caused by last spring’s catastrophic flooding is still a part of many northeast Nebraskans’ lives, according to a representative of the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project who stopped at several government offices and news outlets in Cuming County last week.

Negotiations between the Wisner-Pilger School Board and the Wisner-Pilger Education Association, the bargaining agent for the teachers, resulted in a 3.86 percent bump for teachers’ total salary and benefits for the 2020-2021 school year.

Construction of the new Wisner-Pilger School AG-ITE Addition moved along at a good clip last week with the structural steel set into place and installation of the cement block walls completed.

Doug Salmen, a 27-year veteran of rural police forces, Monday became Wisner’s new police chief. His selection was approved by a 4-0 vote, ending a search process that involved interviews with several candidates over the last few months.