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The Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was emphatic about keeping Adrian Peterson at the NFL owners' meetings Wednesday. The running back's agent has told the Associated Press that it's in Peterson's best interest to move on.  Zimmer points out that Peterson is still under contract to Minnesota and expects him to go into the Hall of Fame as a Viking.  Peterson was forced to sit out last season by the NFL when he was charged with disciplining his 4-year old son with a wooden switch. The 2012 league MVP has balked at returning to the team, questioning the Minnesota organization's support of him after his suspension. 

The Nebraska baseball team saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday afternoon at Hawks Field when it dropped its first home game of the season, a 4-3 defeat to the Cal State Fullerton.  The Huskers hit in the bottom of the ninth at home for the first time all year and had the tying run on base, but Nebraska native Tyler Peitzmeier closed out the game for the Titans with his eighth save of the season. The Huskers outhit the Titans, 9-8, on the afternoon and lost their second game of the year when outing their opponent. NU’s pitching staff racked up 10 strikeouts on the day, but also issued a season-high tying six walks, including three from freshman starter Zack Engelken.  The Titans notched five strikeouts, including four from Peitzmeier, and only issued one free pass. 

After not allowing a first inning run over their first 11 home games of the year, the Huskers found themselves in a 2-0 deficit after the Titans scored a pair of runs on a two-RBI single by Scott Hurst in the first inning with two outs and the bases loaded.  Nebraska mustered just two base runners over the final four innings and was never able to get the tying run in scoring position. The Huskers continue their 16-game homestand on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. when they welcome the Texas Longhorns to Hawks Field for the first game of a three-game series. 

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Columbus (G&B Socc.-5:00); Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk High at Lincoln High Inv. At Highlands GC (BG-10:00). 


Ronald Reagan began the tradition of introducing special guests in the State of the Union audience. 

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A 66-year-old Verdigre man has taken a plea deal and been convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife.  Prosecutors had lowered the charge against Phillip Privett from first-degree murder.   He's scheduled to be sentenced on May 26. Prosecutors say Privett shot to death his wife, 66-year-old Linda Privett, at their home in Verdigre on Oct. 20. Privett's attorneys had been checking into having him plead insanity, but prosecutors say an evaluation of Privett earlier this month showed that he did not fulfill the criteria necessary for such a plea and that he would have been mentally competent to stand trial. 

A Nebraska senator facing criticism for comparing police to a terrorist group is defending his comments, despite calls for an apology. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said Wednesday he would not apologize for the statements during a gun bill hearing last week. Chambers said at the time that "my ISIS is the police" because they are licensed to kill and pose a threat to his Omaha neighborhood. He said if he carried a gun, he would use it as protection against police and would want to shoot first. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha called on Chambers to apologize to police. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer deemed them "reprehensible." Chambers points to an Omaha police officer who resigned this week for fatally shooting a robbery suspect.

Getting or renewing a driver’s license in Madison County will be a little easier within about six weeks, when the Department of Motor Vehicles office begins operating five-days-a-week. At this time, the Driver’s Examiner’s Office is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday. But Janie Johannes, assistant district supervisor for DMV, says the office will soon go to a 40-hour week with three examiners.  Johannes says the additional examiner, coupled with the plan to have a course for CDL testing near the Madison County Courthouse, will also allow DMV to administer CDL tests on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in mid-May. 

A Norfolk man has been elected to the board of the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities. Kent Warneke, editor of the Norfolk Daily News, is one of five individuals elected to the Foundation Board. Humanities Nebraska includes the Nebraska Humanities Council, which conducts programs and awards grants, and the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities, which works with the Council to secure private funding for programs and to advocate for public funding at the state and federal levels. 

The spring wild turkey-hunting season begins Saturday, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is sponsoring a workshop to help both new and experienced turkey hunters. Three area men - Brad Glaser, Mark Eggers and Roy Swoboda - will instruct the seminar. Together, they combine for more than 100 years of turkey-hunting experience. It’s set for the Norfolk Public Library Saturday from 1 to 3. It’s free but registration is required and you can do so by calling 402-471-6144. The archery season gets underway Saturday, with the shotgun season beginning April 18th. Both seasons end May 31st. A spring turkey permit is required and can be purchased at 

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Easter Bunny quotes:  “Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.”


Posted on Mar 26th, 2015 at 7:45 am

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