Area Breaking News

Thank You to Everyone

Submitted by Benkelman Fire Chief Relgene Zimbelman      “I want to shout out a big thank you to all the volunteer fire fighters that were here and helped us put out the fire on Friday, January 15, to all the EMS personnel who came, to the Sheriff’s Office and the dispatchers for their help, to Helena…

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Firefighters Save Benkelman

Longtime Benkelman Fire Chief Relegene Zimbelman says the wildfire that forced the evacuation of the community early Friday ranks #1 as the most intense and scariest call he’s been on. Zimbelman has served on the Benkelman Rural Fire Department for 49-years and 30-years as Fire Chief. “People don’t really know how close we came to…

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Phases for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is following the rollout plan for COVID vaccinations as directed by Nebraska’s governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).      The rollout plan is divided into phases, and the first phase has 3 sections called 1A, 1B, and 1C. Within each of the phases, the categories are…

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Late Night Fire Results in Evacuation Order for Benkelman

     Benkelman residents didn’t get much sleep Thursday night after a wind driven wildfire reached city limits in the middle of the night.  The fire resulted in Emergency Management issuing an evacuation order for the city shortly after 3AM.  The Haigler American Legion was made available for people to stay in if needed.   …

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