Lift station work impacts traffic

COLUMBUS -- Lane restrictions will occur over the next four to six weeks at the intersection of Third Avenue and South Fifth Street because of work associated with the adjacent sanitary sewer lift station renovation project.

Access to Quail Run Golf Course will be affected at times during the project. Vehicles and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution around the project area.

Open house at Albion museum

ALBION -- The Boone County Historical Society will hold an open house from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Boone County Museum, located at the entrance to the fairgrounds.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be live music from 3-4 p.m. This event is part of the 2017 Boone County Big Give.

For more information, call Pat at 402-741-0006 or Paul at 402-395-6727.

Basse performing at music festival

COLUMBUS -- Award-winning vocalist and drummer David Basse, along with a quartet of musicians from Kansas City, will be part of the third annual River’s Edge Music Festival set for Nov. 25.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. at Platte County Agricultural Park, with Basee and his quartet playing at 8 p.m. Basse has deep family ties to Nebraska, where he started his professional career at age 14 and graduated from Columbus High School.

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Hydrogen leak at power plant

OMAHA (AP) — Workers are repairing a hydrogen leak at Cooper Nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska after the problem was discovered in one of the turbines during maintenance.

Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker says the small hydrogen leak isn't in the power plant's nuclear systems, and it doesn't represent a safety threat.

The plant near Brownville continued operating after the leak was found Tuesday morning.

Becker said the utility was working to repair the leak by the end of Tuesday. Hydrogen is used to help cool the turbine.

The utility notified regulators about the problem, and issued what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission calls a notice of unusual event.

NRC spokesman Joey Leford said the agency's inspectors are monitoring the repairs.

Tribe may take over hospital

WINNEBAGO (AP) — The Winnebago Tribal Council has taken steps to take over management of a hospital on a Native American reservation in northeast Nebraska.

The Sioux City Journal reports the council voted last week to initiate the process of taking control of the Omaha Winnebago Hospital.

The tribe hopes to assume operation of the hospital by July 1.

Self-governance allows Native American tribes to assume administration of federal programs.

The move comes more than two years after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated the hospital's Medicare contract after the Indian Health Service and hospital officials failed to correct serious quality-of-care deficiencies the agency found.


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