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Free Christmas tree disposal

COLUMBUS — The Christmas tree drop-off site for residents of Columbus will be Platte County Agricultural Park.

This is only for live Christmas trees, which must be left south of the south entrance to Ag Park. Wreaths and garland won't be accepted.

All ornaments, lights, wires and bags must be removed from trees before they're dropped off.

Trees will be accepted from Tuesday through Jan. 22.

For more information, contact the city of Columbus.

City reminder on snow policy

Columbus city code states that all ice and snow must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours following a storm or snowfall.

City code also prohibits residents from moving snow or ice onto any public property, street or alley — except for sidewalks in the downtown area.

Ricketts visits Guard members

LINCOLN (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts made an unannounced holiday trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to visit Nebraska National Guard members who are stationed on the island.

The governor's office says Ricketts visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Station on Thursday and returned later that evening. The Nebraska National Guard has had more than 50 soldiers stationed at the base since April for a nearly year-long deployment to support detainee operations.

Ricketts delivered gifts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including a volleyball signed by volleyball head coach John Cook and football signed by new Nebraska coach Scott Frost.

He was accompanied by Maj. Gen. Dayrl Bohac and Command Sgt. Maj. Marty Baker.

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