City closures for Christmas

COLUMBUS -- Some city of Columbus departments will be closed at various times in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Animal control and all departments located in City Hall will be closed Dec. 25. Columbus Public Library and Columbus Area Transit will be closed Dec. 24-25.

Columbus Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 24-25, but will have extended open swim hours during school winter break. For more information, contact the aquatic center at 402-563-3222.

Columbus Community Center will be closed Dec. 25-26.

Columbus Transfer Station will be open for regular business on Dec. 23, and will be closed Dec. 24-25.

Radio station collecting clothing

COLUMBUS -- Spirit 99.3-FM is collecting new coats, boots, hats, gloves, mittens and socks for adults and children.

Items can be brought to the Columbus Community Center, 3020 18th St., on Dec. 28. This is the second annual Warm Up Winter campaign. All items collected will be donated to local organizations for distribution in the Columbus area.

Open house at museum

CLARKSON -- The Clarkson Museum, 221 Pine St., will hold a Christmas open house from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 14.

There will be 24 rooms filled with 20 decorated Christmas trees, along with other museum items such as military, mortuary, school, farm and photo displays.

For more information, call 402-892-3863 or 402-892-3100 or visit

Council Bluffs sues over casino plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs is suing the federal government to stop a Native American tribe from building a casino just 7 miles away in Carter Lake.

City Attorney Richard Wade says in U.S. District Court documents that a Ponca Tribe of Nebraska casino would compete with state-licensed casinos in Council Bluffs and cut into millions of dollars in fees, taxes and charitable contributions that benefit the city's residents.

The National Indian Gaming Commission and U.S. Interior Department cleared the way for the tribe's casino plan in November.

Wade claims in documents filed Wednesday that federal laws prohibit a casino on the tribe's Carter Lake land.

The casino, to include 2,000 slot machines and a 150-room hotel, would create about 1,500 jobs.

A Ponca tribe spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message.

Suit challenges Gretna annexation

PAPILLION (AP) — Sarpy County has filed a second lawsuit challenging an annexation by Gretna that doubles the city's land area.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the county on Thursday filed the lawsuit, which claims the annexation is illegal because it includes agricultural land. That would violate a state law allowing cities to annex only suburban or urban land.

The suit also notes that if the annexation of agricultural land isn't allowed, that would mean Gretna violated a requirement that annexed land by contiguous or adjacent to the incorporated boundaries.


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