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Sudbeck elected chair of Neb. NRD Managers Committee

LINCOLN — Natural Resource District Managers elected Annette Sudbeck, general manager of the Lewis & Clark NRD, as chair of the Managers Committee at their March 4 meeting in Lincon.

The Managers Committee includes managers from all 23 Natural Resources Districts. The committee meets five times a year to coordinate NRD activities with state and federal agencies, conservation partners and other parties to protect Nebraska’s natural resources.

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, the trade association for Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts, works with individual districts to protect lives, property and the future of Nebraska’s natural resources.

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Northeast moves all credit classes online

NORFOLK — Northeast Community College is moving all credit classes to an online format as the institution deals with the impact the COVID-19 virus continues to have on society. Online classes begin March 23. On-campus housing in Norfolk will be impacted as well.

Leah Barrett, president, said in order to mitigate the spread of the virus, it is imperative to change the operation of the college for the foreseeable future.

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Experts explain why ‘flattening the curve’ is important

LINCOLN – For many Nebraskans, COVID-19 will be like a cold. But for some of our parents and grandparents, it could be very severe, and could result in death. Recent data shows that the virus is also affecting younger people. 

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said 20% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. were 20-44 years old. Even if you are healthy, you can pass COVID-19 on to others who can be severely affected. Help protect those you love by avoiding crowds, distancing yourself from other people and isolating yourself even if you think you just have the “sniffles.” We all have a responsibility to protect our loved ones, and others’ loved ones.

Flattening the curve – The phrase “flattening the curve” refers to the same potential number of cases appearing over a greater period of time. When a spike in cases occurs, health care resources can be overwhelmed. 

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Governor extends deadline for filing taxes

LINCOLN – Nebraskans will have until July 15, 2020 to pay state income taxes, Govl Pete Ricketts announced Monday.

For Nebraskans impacted by COVID-19, this change will give them additional flexibility.  Nebraskans who are not impacted by the virus should consider filing by the traditional April 15 date.

Jason Jackson, Director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services, joined the Governor to provide an update on the State’s continuity plans.  When possible, the State is allowing teammates greater flexibility to work remotely during the pandemic, while ensuring that Nebraskans continue to receive excellent service from all agencies. 

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LCNRD / CKRWP building closed to general public

Hartington – The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District and Cedar Knox Rural Water Project are closing their office to the public until further notice, to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for their employees and the public in response to the COVID-19 situation.  Appointments can be made to meet in person on an as needed basis.  LCNRD and CKRWP staff is available at 402-254-6758.

“The health of our employees and the public is of utmost importance,” said Annette Sudbeck, general manager of the Lewis and Clark NRD (LCNRD). “During this time, the LCNRD and CKRWP staff will be available by phone and email to serve the people of the district.”   Information about payment options is available at lcnrd.nebraska.gov.  There is also a drop box located on the east side of the LCNRD parking lot to drop payments and paperwork.

“I encourage the public to stay up-to-date during this time by using news media resources and social media platforms such as, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” said Sudbeck.

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Closed means closed, but student learning will not stop

Megan Helberg

Nebraska 2020 Teacher of the Year

Burwell, Nebraska Public School Teacher

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Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.

The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus. Read more about the warning letters.

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SBA offers disaster assistance to Neb. small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Nebraska small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 17, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Nebraska.

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