Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Mary Carlson, Margaret Feddern, Bev Ferguson, Jason Herrick, Jim Hoskinson, Patrick Roche II, Jack Thomas, Claude Trimble
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, becoming mostly sunny, high 62.  Tonight, becoming partly cloudy, low 26.  Friday, mostly sunny, high 44.
 The State Wrestling Meet gets underway today at Qwest Center Omaha.  Norfolk High is represented by Blake Andersen (135), Mitch Lienemann (145), Colby Lind (152), Cody Merchant (160), Cole VonDerOhe (171), and Keith Fowler (215).  Class “A” Competition starts at 9:30 AM.  Participating from Norfolk Catholic will be Dylan Field (125) & Brian Ramaekers (160).  Class “C” Competition gets underway at 4:30.  135 Wrestlers from northeast Nebraska will be in competition.
Officials in the athletic department at Northeast Community College in Norfolk learned yesterday that Northeast will host the Region IX Men’s Basketball Tournament March 4-8.  The 16 participating teams are from Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.  There will be four games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, two games on Monday and the championship game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8.  The Hawks earned the right by clinching the East Sub-Region of the Region IX Conference.  They currently have a 20-6 record and have won 14 games in a row.
Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Hartington CC at Wayne (GBB C-2-8 Sub-Dist. Final-7:00); Nfk High at Lincoln SE (GBB-7:30); Indiana St. At Creighton (WBB-7:05); WSC at Nebraska/Kearney (Bsbl DH-1:00).
Today-Saturday:  We’ll have State Wrestling reports with Mike Carnes throughout the day from Qwest Center Omaha.   The reports can be heard on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97-5, & Newstalk WJAG.

Tonight:  The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team faces Boone Central in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final at 7:00 from Norfolk High School.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Friday Night:  The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team is on the road at West Point Central Catholic at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.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.
Saturday Night:  The Norfolk Panther boys basketball squad visits Lincoln Southeast at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores:  Nebraska 59 Oklahoma 58 (MBB); Creighton 75 Illinois St. 59 (MBB).
 Players of basketball cover about 4½ miles a game on average.
News Briefs:

 In a lawsuit decision that could raise prices, a judge has decided Nebraska erred in taxing so-called "alcopops" as beer rather than as hard liquor. The tax difference is more than $3 a gallon, which could drive up the cost of flavored malt beverages such as Mike's Hard Lemonade and Bacardi Breezers. A mother and three Nebraska groups that fight underage drinking filed the lawsuit in 2009. It challenged the state Liquor Control Commission's decision to let alcopops be classified as beer instead of hard liquor.
Madison County Commissioners say the county is in sound financial shape, but if state aid to counties is eliminated this year, it may impact the county's road plan. At this week's meeting, commissioners discussed having bridgework take precedence over road surfaces, depending on available funding.
Education and law enforcement groups are opposing a Nebraska bill that would allow teachers and other school officials to carry guns. The measure from Senator Mark Christensen follows last month's fatal shooting at an Omaha high school. The Legislature's Judiciary Committee did not act on the bill after Wednesday's hearing.
An emergency management coordinator in east central Nebraska is urging people in low-lying areas to be prepared for flooding caused by ice jams. Officials are keeping watch over the Platte and Loup rivers, where ice has been melting due to warmer weather. But they say it's hard to predict the trouble spots.
The Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce and the local SCORE chapter will host a six-week workshop on starting and growing a business. The first class will be Tuesday evening from 7 until 9:30. To register, call Northeast Community College at 402-844-7000.
The Norfolk High School Orchestra played a composition of one of its own members at a concert earlier this week. Dustin Wood has earned a Nebraska Young Artist Award. He is a junior at Norfolk Senior High and wants to pursue music arrangement or music ministry after he graduates.
The Nebraska Beef Council wants to know which restaurant has the best burger in Nebraska, so it's asking consumers. The Nebraska's Best Burger contest began Tuesday and runs through March 31. People are invited to vote for their favorite restaurants and burgers by filling out online nomination forms at www.nebeef.org. Nebraska restaurants of all sizes are eligible.
Today's Tickler:
 If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then love makes the world grow round.

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