Storms produce brief tornado

ST. EDWARD — A line of strong thunderstorms triggered by a cold front that swept across eastern Nebraska on Monday spawned a brief tornado in Boone County.

The National Weather Service in Valley reports the weak tornado formed shortly before midnight about 4 miles northwest of St. Edward.

The EF0 twister, with estimated peak winds of 85 mph, was about 20 yards wide and stayed on the ground for 0.4 miles, damaging grain bins, a farm outbuilding and crops, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms also produced heavy rain and hail up to pingpong ball-sized.

Habitat accepting house applications

COLUMBUS -- Habitat for Humanity of Columbus is beginning the annual application process for its next home to be constructed beginning next spring.

Applicants for this home ownership program must attend one of two orientation sessions scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Pinnacle Bank East, 210 E. 23rd St. Families must meet income guidelines, work alongside volunteers as the home is constructed, and have a need for improving their housing situation. If approved as a partner, a family will hold a mortgage for the home with Habitat at zero percent with affordable monthly payments.

For more information, call 402-554-4663 or email

CCC presenting 'Elephant Man'

COLUMBUS -- Central Community College-Columbus will present Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Fine Arts Theater.

The play, which premiered in London in 1977 and had off-Broadway and Broadway runs, is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, referred to in the script as John Merrick. He lived in the Victorian era and was known for the extreme deformity of his body. The actor playing the lead role will not wear prosthetic makeup, but will portray the deformity through physicality, leaving the audience to imagine Merrick's appearance.

Tickets are $7 for general admission.

Tractor Supply farmers market

COLUMBUS -- Tractor Supply is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its farmers market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening to sign up. To register, vendors can visit or sign up at the Columbus store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register. Participants will be able to sell their goods and services free of charge in tented areas near the storefront.


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