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Today, mainly sunny, high 74. Tonight, mostly clear, low 49. Tuesday, mostly sunny, high 78.
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Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota. He has agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million. Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.
The Nebraska football team remains unranked in the Associated Press rankings after beating Illinois 39-19 last Saturday. The USA Today coaches poll had a different opinion with 4-1 NU jumping from 25th to 24th. Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford are the top five in the AP poll. Nebraska will be in action next on Saturday when they visit West Lafayette, Indiana to play Purdue at 11:00.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today. The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after enjoying a bye last week. The 4-1 Knights will visit 2-2 West Point-Beemer on Friday. Lutheran High Northeast has moved up in both polls from third to second in Class 'C-2'. The 5-0 Eagles whipped Hartington Cedar Catholic 34-12 on the road last Friday. Lutheran High Northeast will host Omaha World Herald sixth ranked 4-1 Crofton on Friday night. The game can be heard on 106 KIX.
Local Schedule: West Point-Beemer at LHNE (SB-6:30); NECC at Eagle Classic at Eagle Ridge GC, Marion, IA (MG).
NFL Scoreboard: Baltimore 26 Miami 23; Green Bay 22 Detroit 9; St. Louis 34 Jacksonville 20; Kansas City 26 Tennessee 17; Cincinnati 13 New England 6; New Orleans 26 Chicago 18; Philadelphia 36 N.Y. Giants 21; Indianapolis 34 Seattle 28; Arizona 22 Carolina 6; Denver 51 Dallas 48; San Francisco 34 Houston 3; Oakland 27 San Diego 17.
Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs: Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 3 (2-1); Los Angeles 13 Atlanta 6 (2-1).
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The mayor of Wayne says the clean up is progressing amazingly fast in his city, hit about 5:30 Friday night by a tornado rated as an EF4 by the National Weather Service. Ken Chamberlain told reporters at a briefing Sunday night he has no doubt the cleanup and rebuilding process will move ahead smoothly. Volunteers are needed to help manage the debris, both in Wayne and in the agricultural land nearby. The Red Cross is handling the volunteers, and people can go to the Red Cross center at the National Guard Armory in Wayne or use the 211 system to register. That can be accessed by either dialing 211 from you phone or using the website 211.org. The 211 system also works for those who need assistance.
A decision on downtown stoplights is on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Norfolk City Council. In the spring, stoplights at the intersections of Norfolk Avenue with 2nd and 3rd streets were covered and replaced with stop signs for north-south traffic. The idea was to see if the stoplights could be removed from those two intersections, or if $12,000 should be spent on each of the lights for updates. A hearing was held at the last city council meeting, and most of those testifying favored restoring the lights for pedestrian safety and for the convenience of those trying to back out from downtown parking spaces. City councilmen will weigh in on the issue tonight. The City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 in the Council Chambers at 309 North 5th Street.
A new outpatient therapy area designed just for kids is now open at Faith Regional Health Services, and the public is invited to visit the area Tuesday evening. TheraPlay is located on the third floor of the Faith Regional East Campus, and the open house will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. tomorrow. TheraPlay provides children and their families with a playful, kid-friendly environment to receive physical, occupational and speech therapy from experts trained to treat kids with developmental physical, functional or communicative issues. Therapy rooms at TheraPlay are equipped with state of the art equipment and toys, including a rock climbing wall and swimming pool and slide.
The Northeast Nebraska area has received significant rain in the last few days - but that doesn't mean the fire danger is past. Norfolk City Fire Marshal Terry Zwiebel reminds producers that fire - especially in an open area - will double in size every 30 seconds. Zwiebel urges producers to keep all screens on equipment clean and to make sure they have two fire extinguishers - one in the cab and one at ground level. And when fighting a field fire, be sure to leave a route of escape.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday for the owner of a Norfolk restaurant. 49-year-old Alan Franklin died Saturday at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He and his wife, Donna, owned and operated Franklin's Bistro on Riverside Boulevard. Services for Al Franklin will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, at Grace Community Church in downtown Norfolk. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk.
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