Residents asked to take survey

COLUMBUS -- Officials from the city of Columbus and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to measure how well Nebraska communities measure up in nine categories known to be important to individuals seeking new communities.

Columbus residents and visitors are asked to complete the survey online at thecolumbuspage.com/resources/community-links/. Survey takers can click on the “Community Strengths Survey” link to start the survey.

Columbus is one of 26 participating Nebraska communities. Responses will be compared to aggregate data from all participating communities across the state. The survey requires less than 10 minutes to complete, and does not collect personally identifiable information.

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.

Co-op closes soy protein plant

SOUTH SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Minnesota-based co-op closed a soy protein plant in northeast Nebraska.

The Sioux City Journal reports CHS Inc. says nearly 65 people lost their jobs with the closing of the former Solbar Industries plant in South Sioux City. CHS said Monday the closure was part of its plan to help restore financial flexibility by "reviewing all company assets to determine which are a strategic fit for CHS now and into the future."

Eligible CHS employees will receive severance and separation benefits.

CHS, which acquired the plant for $133 million in 2012, says it is negotiating the sale of the facility to a Fortune 500 food company.

CHS is based in Inver Grover Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.

Skateboarder killed on interstate

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old man was killed while riding a skateboard on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred around 2:10 a.m. Saturday in Mills County, near Pacific Junction. The patrol says Tyler Ryan Givens-Dunn was riding the skateboard in the interstate's northbound left lane when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by 37-year-old Sarah Perry.

The patrol says Givens-Dunn died at the scene. Authorities say he lived in Omaha.

The incident is being investigated.

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