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Bridge Students on MCC Campus

A Group Of 13 McCook Community College incoming freshmen arrived on campus last week and are getting a head start on the fall semester through the Bridge To Success program. In its second year, the Bridge program allows students to come to MCC early, complete a foundational preparation course, build relationships, and familiarize themselves with the campus and the community. Students met the MCC bookstore staff Friday and continued touring campus today.The Bridge program started Aug. 3 and continues through Aug. 17. New student orientation is set for Aug. 18. Fall classes begin Aug. 21.

Grain Bin Collapse in Edison

Officials estimate a grain bin collapse in southern Nebraska left between $4 million and $5 million worth of corn on the ground. Reports say that the collapse happened Sunday night in Edison at the Ag Valley grain elevator site. Nearly 1.1 million bushels of corn formed a mountainous pile noticeable from about a half mile away on Highway 136. Company officials say no one was injured, noting that an employee who checked the bin around 8:30 p.m. Sunday said all was fine. A half-hour later, a passerby noticed the damage. Officials say cause of the collapse won't be known until some of the corn and debris is removed.


Red Willow County Crash

On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at approximately 4:16 pm, Vehicle #1 operated by Ariel Knosp was traveling eastbound on County Road 714. As Knosp attempted to negotiate a curve in the roadway she lost control of vehicle #1 and crossed the center of the roadway striking vehicle #2 operated by Billy Thornbrugh which was traveling westbound. Knosp vehicle collided with Thornbrugh vehicle causing both vehicle to enter the north ditch where the Knosp vehicle overturned and came to rest on the left side of the vehicle. Knosp was transported to Community Hospital in McCook by McCook Fire and Rescue and later transported to Great Plains Hospital in North Platte for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Knosp had a two week old infant in the vehicle who was properly restrained in the middle of the backseat in an infant carseat that sustained no injuries from the crash. The Nebraska State Patrol assisted by the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Red Willow Western Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.



The City of McCook Water Department is issuing the following MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS. Customers with odd number street addresses are allowed to water on odd number calendar days. Customers with even number street addresses are allowed to water on even number calendar days. All residential customers are still asked not to water between the hours of Noon and 6 p.m. each day. Large commercial customers will still be watering during the hours of Noon and 6 p.m. ALL WATER CUSTOMERS are being asked to reduce outside watering as much as possible.
This MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTION is being issued due to high temperatures, lack of rain and mechanical issues with a processing valve at the water treatment plant. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The public’s assistance is greatly appreciated during this time.
Utility Director, Jesse Dutcher
City Manager, Nate Schneide

Gov. Ricketts Relieves State Patrol Colonel of Duty

LINCOLN – At a news conference this morning, Governor Pete Ricketts announced he had relieved the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Colonel Brad Rice of his duties following a review into how use of force investigations are conducted by NSP.


“Today, I have relieved State Patrol Colonel Brad Rice of his duties,” said Governor Ricketts. “My decision was based on the initial findings of the review being conducted by my Chief Human Resources Officer. My team will commence a search immediately for the next Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol to lead this agency which is vital to protecting Nebraska’s public safety.”


“Over the past week, my review has focused on how recent use of force investigations have been conducted,” said the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson. “This review found interference into the internal investigation process of the State Patrol and violations of internal policies among other concerning issues at the highest levels of the agency’s leadership.”


The Governor has named Administrative Services Major Russ Stanczyk, the senior member of the command staff, as Interim Superintendent of the State Patrol effective immediately.


At the news conference, Jackson said that in addition to the Governor’s dismissal of the Colonel that two other command staff had been placed on paid administrative leave. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Schwarten is among those being placed on leave.


A total of six personnel are being placed on paid administrative leave, including the command staff named above.


Jackson has turned over initial findings from his review to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Jackson’s review continues into other matters.


Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Case in Southwest Nebraska

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have been confirmed in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department district which includes: Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. It is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, but especially in warmer months when ticks are most active.

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Water Watch Remains in Effect

Due to the continuation of extreme heat and high water usage, the City of McCook is requesting that residential customers and small business customers refrain from using outside water between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Large commercial users such as the City of McCook, McCook Community Hospital, McCook Public Schools, McCook Community College, etc. are asked to water their properties between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to evenly distribute the usage load on the Water Treatment Facility and wells and to allow pumps to fill the water towers.

High water usage causes strains on booster pumps and wells. The high flow in water mains can also result in discolored water and occasionally main breaks.

We appreciate the public’s assistance and apologize if this causes any inconvenience.

Maintenance Work on N-61, Benkelman North

Weather permitting a fog seal project will begin June 22 on N-61 north of Benkelman, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads. Fog seal is an application of emulsified oil to the pavement surface to aid in sealing the surface. State maintenance forces will be performing the work, beginning at the junction of US-34/N-61 and extending north approximately 7 miles. The work is anticipated to be completed by July 5. One-lane traffic will occur with use of a pilot car and flaggers, with delays expected to be minimal. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones.

Maintenance Work on US-6 Arapahoe to Cambridge

Weather permitting, a chip seal/fog seal project will begin June 26 on US‑6, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads. Chip seal is an application of emulsified oil to the roadway surface followed by an application of aggregate. State maintenance forces will be doing the chip seal on US-6 from Arapahoe to Cambridge. The work is anticipated to take approximately 10 days. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should expect to see delays and are reminded to drive cautiously through highway work zones.


Maintenance Work on N-18, East of Stockville

Weather permitting, asphalt resurfacing work is scheduled to begin June 26 on N-18, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

State maintenance crews will be resurfacing 1.5 miles of roadway on N-18, east of Stockville. This project is anticipated to be completed in five days.

The Nebraska Department of Roads’ contact is Kerry Scott of McCook. Motorists are asked to drive cautiously through construction zones.

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