Hy-Vee is asking its 91,000 employees, including several thousand in Nebraska, to provide the company a copy of their vaccination card so that it can prepare for how many tests it may need to have on hand to comply with the federal rule.

      Halloween has always been a fun time around our house. Some of my most cherished memories regarding my children center around All Hallows' Eve. I recall when my son, Brennan, attended my parents’ annual Halloween party. Brennan was dressed in a clown suit and wanted to participate in bobbing…

        The beginning of October really signifies that fall is here. We start to hope for cooler weather where we can sit on the couch, drink some apple cider, and cozy up reading a few horror stories to get into the Halloween spirit. I am going to talk to you all about some of the horror books that…

          We began the growing season with some evergreen trees and shrubs turning brown and now appear to be ending the season with a little more evergreen browning.

            Have you ever heard the song, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine”? It is an oldie! The song’s lyrics were thought to be written by Jimmy Long, Gene Autry’s brother-in-law and business manager. On Oct. 29, 1931, Long and Autry recorded the song and it was played at RCA Studios in New York City…

              When a tree has an open wound or is pruned, I’m asked what needs to be done to the wound or cavity and the answer is usually nothing. This is true even if the wood within the wound is moist, dark and soft.

                Fall armyworm munching lawns, large cedar beetles crawling on ash trees and minute pirate bugs biting us. These are a few things that can make us thankful for the first hard freeze.

                  Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Columbus Public Library offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource in our Digital Library collection that helps readers match up with the books that are right for them.

                    Jordan M. Williams is a commercial lender with Great Plains State Bank in the Columbus market. He has four years of commercial banking experience within the local community. He currently is a committee member with Habitat for Heroes, a local program within Habitat for Humanity aimed at helpi…

                      Ash trees that have or will soon be removed need replacement and what to plant is becoming a common question. Trees are a long term investment. It is worth selecting a quality tree that is less likely to turn into a problem.

                        Part of the human experience is being inspired by the achievements of individual and team efforts. The Summer Olympic events enthralled millions of viewers with the courage and commitment of competing athletes from around the world. Several media commentators referenced this year’s athletes …

                          Pursue your passions and dreams through Columbus Public Library’s resources and programs. With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing audiobooks to streaming movies to taking virtual Do It Yourself classes, there is so much you can access with a library card.…

                            Mary Sterk, CFP, owner of Sterk Financial Services, Dakota Dunes, SD, is pleased to announce the addition of Allison Malcolm - CFP®, CRPC® to the Sterk Financial team.

                              A lawn pest to be on the lookout for is fall armyworm. This is not a frequent pest but once in a while we see large numbers damage lawns. This insect has been causing damage in southern states and moths and egg masses have been found in the Lincoln and Omaha area.

                                The Columbus Public Library (CPL) hosts an exciting summer reading program for area families every year, and 2021 was no exception. “Tails & Tales @ Your Library” attracted 346 participants (this number does not reflect the 86 students from the teen program, nor does it take into account…

                                  When trees have branch dieback, it is referred to as decline and can be due to a number of factors from age to mechanical and herbicide damage, disease or insect issues, and environmental stress like drought. Usually it is a combination of these impacting trees over the years.

                                    The Teen Space houses a wide variety of books within its walls. There are many different genres, from romance to science fiction. The space also has manga and graphic novels, as well as a great assortment of anime shows. The materials in our nonfiction area also cover a wide range of topics.…

                                      With the recent confirmation of Emerald Ash borer (EAB) in Columbus by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, some ash tree owners might consider treating their trees now.

                                        Vegetable garden harvest is well underway. This is when I hear questions that remind me there are still a lot of myths out there in need of debunking.

                                          The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce has been releasing its "Business Briefs" update to its members since the mid-2000s. The Business Briefs were meant to provide a more regular update of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and events in the Columbus Community. The Chamber's monthly newsl…

                                            Cucumbers are susceptible to a number of diseases. One of the most serious is bacterial wilt that leads to sudden wilting and death of vines.

                                              “The library is the heart of a community.” I have heard it said, but didn’t truly believe it until moving to Columbus. Being a new family to the region two years ago, it was challenging to get to know the area and people, but the library served as a foundation of support for my family and me…

                                                Age spots, leathery texture, sags and wrinkles — they're all telltale signs that you are neglecting your skin, the human body's largest organ. Skin is a complex cover of protective cells that people should never take for granted. 

                                                  Lee Enterprises, the parent company of The Columbus Telegram, recently announced the company will work with Amazon Advertising to offer “Over The Top,” or OTT, services to its more than 35,000 local business advertisers across the country. OTT streams video directly to viewers using various …

                                                    Canker diseases of trees cause die back of branches and can lead to tree death. Cankers are most often found on spruce, pine, poplar, willow, crabapple and honeylocust.

                                                      The Columbus Public Library has been serving the community of Columbus for over 120 years. The people, the place, and the services have changed quite a bit over the years! At the library you can use a computer, read a newspaper, and print, scan, and copy documents. Educational and entertaini…

                                                        Our journey through life is full of transitions and changes that can affect our physical health, emotional well-being and social relationships. For most women, menopause, or the cessation of menstruation, is preceded by a three- to 10-year transition known as perimenopause.

                                                          With the 2021-22 school year beginning in just a few short weeks (even less for dedicated educators), area families will soon be preparing for what this next school year has in store. They will be purchasing needed school supplies, searching for the perfect dress shirt for back-to-school pic…

                                                            Pinnacle Bank is proud to announce the recent promotion of Gustavo Coria to Mortgage Loan Officer. Gustavo joined Pinnacle Bank in 2015 and has been with the mortgage department since 2017. Gustavo has lived in Nebraska since 2000, attended Columbus High School and graduated from the Univers…

                                                              Insects are abundant in landscapes if it is a healthy and diverse ecosystem. Most are harmless, even if they are munching plant leaves. Many are beneficial as prey of harmful insects, pollinators, or food for songbirds. Here are a few insects I’ve been asked about lately.

                                                                This summer has gone by in the blink of an eye! July 30 is the final day for the Teen Summer Reading program. Make sure to log your reading and submit tickets into our prize drawing before the end of the day. This year we are giving away several amazing prizes, which include a Fitbit Versa 2…

                                                                  Tom and Suzanne Vanous have decided to sell the popular restaurant to another husband-and-wife team, Renee and Bryan Jantz, who will take over this fall. They didn’t have to look far for the buyers.

                                                                    During hot, dry weather communities often ask homeowners to reduce lawn irrigation. This is usually a good thing that leads to water conservation and healthier turfgrass.

                                                                      We are in for an amazing afternoon at 2 p.m. on July 10 when the lovely and talented professional storyteller, Pippa White, reenacts the history of the Orphan Train. She is often asked how many orphans were riders on the trains. Through her research she figures at least 200,000, but maybe as…