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City council members, left, and county commissioners, seated far right, listen as representatives from the League of Municipalities and Nebraska Association of County Officials, seated front right, provide answers to a variety of questions posed before and during the meeting. More than 20 Imperial and county residents were present at the joint meeting.  (Johnson Publications photo)

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Laura Rice displays the two quilts she showed at the Nebraska State Fair this year along with their corresponding awards. The quilt on the left, a Majestic Mosaic pattern, won the Best of County contest at the Chase County Fair last year. The quilt on the right is a pattern titled “Brilliant Beauties of Joy.” (Johnson Publications photo)

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County workers Greg Harms, right, and “Boomer” (in cab) remove a downed branch from the courthouse lawn last Thursday after the hailstorm. (Johnson Publications photo)

Imperial and surrounding areas were hammered with large hail on Sept. 11.

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This injured white-tailed kite, left, was a little skiddish after being found injured in Imperial following last week’s hailstorm. With his severely broken wing tucked behind its head, this great horned owl, right, found in Dundy County didn’t survive his injury. (Johnson Publications photos)

    A juvenile white-tailed kite is on the road to recovery after sustaining injuries in the Sept. 11 hailstorm that pummeled Imperial, its rural areas and parts of other counties.

    As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures someday may cool down, the city of Imperial is sponsoring a new artistic contest with autumn in mind.


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Tax reform in Nebraska. Has the improbable become impossible?

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Blizzards on one end of the state, floods on the other. Nebraska, now more than ever, it’s not for everyone!

As the world struggles to sort out fake news and understand the not-so-civil discourse, I turn to the Nebraska Legislature.


James Wood—better known as “Jay”—competed at the Las Vegas International Open International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Jiu-Jitsu Championship on Aug. 22-23.

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Caelyn Long is just steps ahead of teammate Madison Brown, and eventually finished ninth, while Brown was the runner-up medalist. (Johnson Publications photo)

    Cross country runners experienced a fast course at last Thursday’s Chase County Invitational, which drew 12 boys’ teams and six on the girls side.

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Ashlie Benge arrives at second base safely at the Scottsbluff tournament last weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Last week was packed with games for the Lady Longhorn softball team.
Chase County traveled to Wray, Colorado Sept. 10 for a varsity double header.

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