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County Votes Down Permit for Proposed Feed Lot

     The development of the proposed 100,000 head cattle feedlot and its 85 new jobs for the area took a big hit and could be dead following a decision by the Dundy County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon.      County Commissioners voted down approval of Blackshirt Feeder’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application for the  feedlot at a special…

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Date Set for County Board’s Hearing on Feedlot Conditional Use Permit

The Dundy County Commissioners will have the final say in the county permitting process involved in  the proposed 100,000 head feedlot in northern Dundy County.  The Dundy County Planning Commission recommended the passage of the required Conditional Use Permit for the Blackshirt Feeders LP feedlot last Tuesday.  The Conditional Use Permit now is in the…

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Proposed Blackshirt Feeders Feedlot Includes 85 New Jobs

     The coffee shop talk about a new, large feedlot in Dundy County has gone on for several years. That talk was made reality with the Dundy County Planning Commission’s Public Hearing last Tuesday and subsequent recommendation that the County Commissoners approve Blackshirt Feeders’ Conditional Use Permit application.      Here is a little more information about the…

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Semi Load of Piglets Rescued after Accident

         The only casualties in a semi-truck trailer and car accident near Benkelman late Tuesday afternoon, were some baby pigs.  But, a large rescue effort with the help of Dundy County Stratton High School students, emergency responders, some local ag producers with livestock trailers, and staff from the Twin Forks Vet clinic,…

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Big Changes for the Food Pantry

The Dundy County Commissioners met last week for a walk through of the new County building on the corner of Chief Street. County employees along with Dale Shilke from Engineering International as well as representatives from the Ministerial Alliance and food pantry enjoyed a nice tour. The building will serve several purposes for the county.…

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COVID-19 Cases and Vaccinations Increasing in Southwest Nebraska

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) and their partners are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases and in the number of people wanting to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccination rates across the health district have reached 40%.  This number includes fully vaccinated as well as partially vaccinated individuals.  A partially vaccinated person is someone who…

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School Meals at No Charge for All Students

Effective for School Year 2021-22, Hitchcock County Schools will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.  The new…

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Benkelman Bricks Begins Next Phase of Project

Maybe you remember the big brick building on the corner of Main Street as Irelands, or Atens or the Napa building, the building has come under lots of scrutiny in recent years and sitting on the city’s nuisance list right now, is greatly in need of repairs. Last year, a group of community citizens came…

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Weather Doesn’t Dampen Spirit at Big Timber Gathering

     With a chuckwagon, campfire, and beautiful scenery right out of the Old West, you could almost see and hear the history of “The Big Timber” property located about halfway between Benkelman and Bird City last weekend. Tana and Darren Dale purchased the historical Cheyenne County land about a year ago. You drive about 10-miles south…

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