Good News and Views… Monday 7-6-20

RECENT UPDATES . . .

NEW:  Art in the Park will be happening in Kearney – only 40 artists, spaced farther apart, and a new two-day schedule to help with crowd control.  The dates are Saturday July 11th 10-6pm and Sunday July 12th 9-5pm.

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NEW:  The Hall County fair is still on this year with protocols set in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  The fair will be happening July 22nd – July 26th.  There will be no open class, music concerts or entertainment in large gatherings.  The main goal is to let the 4-H exhibitors of Hall county to show their exhibits.

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NEW:  A new deadline has been made for residents who need to renew their driver license or complete vehicle titling and registration requirements.  The new deadline is August 31st

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More key partners of the Nebraska State Fair are discussing their plans for 2020.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has not made any final decisions its presence at the 2020 State Fair.  They will evaluate what will be available and will provide updates as able. 

The University of Nebraska says its Raising Nebraska will be open.  The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit plans to be open, with modified operations to meet health requirements.

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The Nebraska Beef Council is doing their part to ensure all families have the opportunity to enjoy beef this summer.  The need for food has shot up quickly, according to local food pantries.  The Nebraska Beef Council is selling shirts, all proceeds will go to Foodbank for the Heartland and the Lincoln Food Bank to distribute Nebraskan beef to over 600 pantries in all 93 counties across the state.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 235,000 Nebraskans were considered food insecure.  That number jumped to an estimated 330,000 people.  For this reason, both the food banks and the Beef Council hope Nebraskan’s continue to rally around the grill and this promotion. Now through July 12th, go here to order both children and adult shirts.  

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“Dear Stranger,” a new letter-exchange program, organized by Humanities Nebraska (HN) will allow Nebraskans to write a letter to a stranger and receive a letter in return and make a new connection.  Humanities Nebraska will match each letter received with a counterpart from a different part of the state for the first letter.  After the first anonymous exchange, each pair of letter writers is free to share contact information to continue the conversation.  Go here for further details about the project

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