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Employee organizing rally at 3M plant over federal vaccine mandate

VALLEY, Neb. — When given the option to get the vaccine or quit, some workers at the 3M plant in Valley, said they'd rather go with the latter. One man is organizing a rally outside the plant to make their voices heard that they want the vaccine to be their choice, not a requirement.
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This Is the City Hit Hardest by Extreme Poverty in Nebraska

There are an estimated 39.5 million Americans living below the poverty line, which, in the lower 48 states, is an annual income threshold of $12,880 for an individual and $26,500 for a family of four (Alaska and Hawaii have a slightly higher threshold). Living in poverty can have serious consequences and impacts nearly every aspect of life -- and those problems can be compounded for those who are facing poverty while also living in very poor neighborhoods.
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Women invited to event

Area women are invited to “Connect — Beyond Your Definition of Intimacy.”. The event is set from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Full Life Church, 2380 Seaton Ave., Fremont. Admission is free. During the two-day event, women can learn how to connect and...
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KETV NewsWatch 7 Chronicle: Driving Hope: A Vehicle for Change

OMAHA, Neb. — Owning a car means freedom, the ability to work, and the opportunity to go to school. But so many people can't afford a set of wheels because of challenging circumstances. That's why an Omaha non-profit, Chariots 4 Hope, partners with more than 100 community organizations to identify people who can benefit from a clean, working, used car, and they "bless" those folks with a vehicle. The vetting process ensures that potential owners can afford the upkeep of a car and they have the responsibility to care for it. But the partnership between Chariots and recipients goes way beyond a car. They work to build community. KETV goes inside this inspiring organization to see "blessings" in motion and understand the reason for the mission. To learn more about donating a car to this organization or to inquire about vehicle ownership go

Pedersen Awarded PEO Chapter CZ Scholarship

A local non-profit organization recently gave financial support to a Jefferson woman to help finish her career pursuits. The PEO Chapter CZ gave an $800 scholarship to Mary Pedersen as she recently completed her masters degree in nursing and advanced registered nurse practitioner degree at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska. Chapter CZ awards annual scholarships to local women who are returning to college to pursue a degree after they had a pause in their studies. Funds for the scholarships come primarily through the PEO’s spring salad luncheon. Pedersen passed her state licensing board exams and will start her new job at Greene County Family Medicine Clinic in October.
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Ex-Omaha Archdiocese Chancellor Accused of Stealing $275K

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor for the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Omaha is under criminal investigation after being accused of stealing a total of $275,000 from a former priest accused of sexual abuse and from a Springfield parish. The Rev. Michael Gutgsell, 72, is accused of stealing...
Fremont Tribune

Shelter team takes part in training

The call came at 1:38 a.m. It was March 15, 2019, and the Fremont area was being affected by flooding. Evacuations had been ordered and Lon and Carol Bohling were called to open an emergency shelter at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. Due to flood-caused road closures, the two church...

Thousands gather in Stinson Park to raise awareness and prevent suicide

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Each year over 47,500 Americans die by suicide. The CDC says it’s the 10th leading cause of death nationwide. Right here in the heartland, thousands of families impacted by it are working hard to make a difference and change those numbers. “This past May, we lost...

Immigrant Legal Center to host Food Truck World Tour

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Immigrant Legal Center is hosting the Food Truck World Tour at Stinson Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Juana Paramo, the Communications Coordinator, explained the importance of this fundraiser for the work that the Immigrant Legal Center does. “At its core, Immigrant Legal...

Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies (1971-2021) Exhibit Opens to the Public

Archives and Special Collections, First Floor Criss Library – Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies (1971-2021) is now open to the public on the first floor of Criss Library. The exhibit shares the history of one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the nation, highlighting debates over curriculum, attempts to downgrade the department to a program, and the mutual engagement between campus and community. The exhibit is composed of archival materials such as newspaper clippings, department documents, photos, and ephemera, chronicling events from the 1969 Omaha 54 campus sit-in to the celebration of those student activists 50 years later. The history of the Department of Black Studies had been characterized by constant struggle for survival, but also by the enduring engagement and support of the Omaha Black community. Learn about the civil rights origins of the department, battles for legitimacy in the eyes of the university, the role of the Omaha chapter of NAACP in the department’s survival, and much more.

Omaha German American Society honors 13 service members during Oktoberfest

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - During the weekend of Oktoberfest, the Omaha German American Society paid tribute to the 13 service members who died in Kabul, Afghanistan in August. There was a reserved table for all 13 service members with a folded American flag at the center, a drink with each service member’s name, military branch, and hometown.