Kolache class at local library

COLUMBUS -- Mary Hruska will conduct a kolache class at 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbus Public Library in the auditorium.

Pre-made kolaches and coffee will be provided, and participants will leave with recipes. There is no registration and participation is free.

Annual cookie walk in Genoa

GENOA -- The United Methodist Church in Genoa will host its annual Cookie Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.

It will continue until the cookies are gone. There will also be collectibles and other items for sale with proceeds going to the youth camping fund.

Troopers seize drug products

NORTH PLATTE (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers seized 47 pounds of marijuana products — including 38 pounds of edible marijuana products — in a traffic stop near North Platte.

The patrol says troopers stopped an eastbound car Monday afternoon on Interstate 80.

After speaking with occupants, troopers reported a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. Troopers say a search of the car turned up the edibles, 3 pounds of hash oil butter and 31 grams of marijuana.

The car's three occupants, all from Connecticut, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute. The three, ranging in age from 21 to 24, were booked into the Lincoln County Jail.

Settlement reach on odors

SOUTH SIOUX CITY (AP) — Federal officials say a company whose northeast Nebraska renewable energy plant was the main contributor to toxic odors that drove some people out of their homes has agreed to a $50,000 settlement.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says in a news release Tuesday that Big Ox Energy also agreed to work with the EPA and Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to prevent future chemical releases like those that occurred at the company's South Sioux City plant last year.

EPA investigators found in January that Big Ox discharges at its South Sioux City plant contributed to the creation of toxic gases that sickened a plant worker.

Sewer odor issues blamed on the plant displaced 26 households at their height in 2016.

State warning of payday lender

LINCOLN (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning residents against doing business with a payday lender that is not licensed to do business in the state.

The department announced the warning Tuesday and says it has issued a cease-and-desist order to an entity calling itself Steve's Payday Loans.

The department says Steve's claims to be located at an address in Lincoln, but an investigation found there is no such company at the address it lists on its website.

The state says online loan forms on the business' website are not secure or encrypted, which could put the information entered there at risk of theft.

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