Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Steve Bellar, James Dooley, Dan Harrison, Marvin May, Dennis Pieper, Rich Pospisil, Dawnn Tucker
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, becoming mostly sunny, high 6.  Tonight, mostly clear, -8.  Thursday, mostly sunny early, then increasing clouds, high 23.
 The Mid States Conference Basketball Tournament was postponed again yesterday.  Both Girls & Boys will play today.  In girls games, at Battle Creek, 4-9 Pierce plays 14-3 West Point Central Catholic at 6:15 and 10-5 Norfolk Catholic faces 12-7 Wayne at 7:45.  In games at Pierce, 12-2 Hartington Cedar Catholic meets 0-16 Madison at 6:15 and 14-3 Boone Central plays 6-10 Battle Creek at 7:45.  In the boys bracket, in games at Northeast Community College, 16-0 Norfolk Catholic faces 1-15 Madison at 6:15 and 8-5 Hartington Cedar Catholic tangles with 10-4 Pierce at 7:45.  In games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 12-4 West Point Central Catholic faces 3-13 Battle Creek at 6:15 and 13-4 Wayne meets 6-10 Boone Central at 7:45.
Nicole Brungardt of Wayne State College was selected yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following her performance in Saturday’s Minnesota State Open in Mankato, Minnesota.  Brungardt is the first Wayne State women’s track and field athlete to receive NSIC Athlete of the Week honors this season.  The former Norfolk Catholic standout, recorded two NCAA provisional marks at the Minnesota State Open last weekend.  Her first came in the long jump with a mark of 18’ 3 ¼” to place second in the event and she later helped the WSC 4 x 400 meter relay team to an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a new school record time of 3:56.55 to win the event, edging Minnesota State and the University of Sioux Falls in an exciting finish.
Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Kansas St. At Manhattan, KS (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Missouri at Columbia, MO (WBB-7:00).
Friday Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Fremont.  The girls game starts at 5:45 with the boys contest at approximately 7:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com from 9:05-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Local Scores:  Columbus Scotus at LHNE (G&B BB-Ppd. To Sat, Feb. 5); NECC & Mt. Marty JV (WBB-Ppd. To Feb. 14 at 7:00 at Yankton, SD).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week::
 Tanner Hart of the Clearwater/Orchard boys basketball team.
 The 1st Hummer manufactured for civilian use was bought by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992.
News Briefs:
 A wind chill advisory was issued until 11 a.m. for northeast Nebraska. The National Weather Service reported northwest winds averaged 15-to-30 miles per hour through the morning hours with wind chill values ranging from 20-to-30 below zero. Dangerous cold wind chills can lead to frostbite in a matter of minutes to exposed skin. Precautions should be taken this morning to protect yourself from the bitterly cold temperatures. 
The Nebraska State Patrol reports roads in the Norfolk, Neligh, Columbus, Hartington, Dakota City, and in the  West Point areas are snowpacked in many locations with blowing and drifting snow on the highways. There was some one lane travel.
Several area schools started classes late or are closed today because of the snow and cold. In Norfolk, Norfolk Public, Norfolk Catholic and Sacred Heart Elementary, Lutheran High Northeast, Christ Lutheran, Keystone Christian Academy and Park Avenue Christian School all had 10 a.m. starts. St. Paul's Lutheran is closed.
State Senator Bill Avery wants to keep toys out of fast-food children's meals that have more than 500 calories for most meals, or 400 calories for breakfast meals. He says the purpose of his bill is to fight against childhood obesity in the state and force restaurants to help in that endeavor.
A measure that would allow military personnel to avoid paying annual auto registration fees while they're deployed is being considered by lawmakers. State Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln says his bill would give Nebraska's soldiers deployed overseas some extra flexibility.
People who park illegally in a handicapped parking space would pay a much bigger fine under a bill Nebraska lawmakers are considering. Current law caps the fine at $150 but the bill says even a first offense could result in a fine of up $1,000.
Winter-weary folks from the nation's midsection to New England are probably hoping the rodent is right. The world's most famous groundhog did not see his shadow today. So a prediction of early spring is the 125th annual weather forecast from Punxsutawney Phil. This year's proclamation also declared the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the Super Bowl. They're already in. They face the Green Bay Packers Sunday.
Today's Tickler:
 The problem with family trees is some relative is always trying to prune off the deadwood.

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