NE Strong Update

NE Strong Update

UPDATE:  Governor Pete Ricketts announced that new directed health measures (DHMs) will take effect on June 1st.  “Phase I” reopening DHMs will apply to the Central District Health Department (Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties) and Dakota County.  “Phase II” reopening DHMs, which are less restrictive, will apply to the rest of Nebraska.  Go here for more.  

UPDATE: At his daily COVID-19 news conference Thursday, Gov. Pete Ricketts listed volleyball along with tennis, golf and rodeo will be allowed to resume with practices beginning June 1 and games on June 18. This possibly opens the door for summer leagues and team camps for the state’s high school volleyball programs. 

The Kearney Public Schools CLASS Act Board of Directors has announced that they will not be holding our traditional CLASS Act fundraising event on June 20. There will now be an online auction June 15-20. You can register for the event to place bids for auction items and receive information and announcements during the event.  To register go to,


UPDATE: Third City Christian Church in Grand Island will be distributing free picnic meals on May 23th at Fonner Park from 10-2 or until the meals run out. One bag of food will be given per car, which feeds 4 to 5 people. The church hopes to hand out 1,000 bags as part of the church’s Project Hunger & Super Saver.  Enter Fonner Park entrance off of south locus st and stay in vehicle as volunteers direct traffic and load the food.

UPDATE: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. The Zoo has been planning for its reopening for about a month and will share its reopening details, which include significant restrictions, on Tuesday, May 26.

UPDATE: Doane University will resume its course offerings on campus this fall. The university formed a Fall Planning Task Force that has been developing plans to reopen Doane’s campuses in Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island this fall. The University said it will continue to operate in accordance with all local, state, and federal government guidelines and restrictions.

UPDATE: The Kearney Area Farmers Market is back with locally grown foods. This Saturday, the farmers market will open in its usual location at the Hilltop Mall, but with safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To promote social distancing, customers are encouraged to “shop with their eyes” and not touch the produce. Starting this weekend, the farmers market will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays. The event will operate according to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ health regulations for farmers markets until its last day on Oct. 31.

UPDATE: The book drop will reopen Tuesday at Kearney Public Library. Patrons are invited to begin returning library materials at that time.. Curbside service at the library will resume June 2. Patrons may place items on hold via phone, website and the mykpl app.

Three former Huskers will participate in NBC’s Titan Games. Former track athlete Chantae McMillan, Former softball player Jamie Seeman, and former Pole vaulter Jessie Graff,  will appear on the TV show which will air on Monday night at 7:00.   

As many thrift stores have closed, the Kearney Jubilee Center said they are staying open for their customers and for community members in need. For over 30 years Kearney Jubilee has been supporting community members in need of extra assistance but they say during the pandemic they’re seeing new faces. Kearney Jubilee offers more than just their resale shop. They also host a food pantry while providing financial assistance for rent, utilities and medications. This is why they feel its critical to keep their doors open.

While Stuhr Museum is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, listeners can learn more about the museum thanks to a new podcast titled “Stuhr Crazy”. Episodes are available on YouTube, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Apple Podcasts, the Stuhr Museum website and on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The podcast is free to download.

The Grand Island Public Library announces it will be restoring services on a phased and limited basis. The first phase starts Wednesday, May 27 with the reopening of its book drop on the north side of the building. The next phase kicks off on Wednesday, June 3 as a new curbside pickup service for reserved library materials begins on the west side of the building. Find out more on their facebook page.

 Two Tri-City museums want to hear your coronavirus stories to document how the pandemic is impacting our communities. The Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney is looking for written stories from essential workers in Buffalo County, all the way from first responders and healthcare workers to truck drivers and grocery store employees. The Hastings Museum is calling for any COVID-19 related stories from anyone with ties to the Hastings area. 

 The Hastings College football team still plans to host its Annual Bronco Football Gridiron Classic on June 19 at Southern Hills Golf Course.The four man scramble is a fundraiser for the Bronco football team. For more go to 

Mobile food pantries providing free food are offered in the area every two weeks by the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in cooperation with the Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha.

Drivers should remain in their vehicles while masked volunteers load groceries.

Food pickups, by appointment only, begin at 9:30 a.m. Call Kyla Martin at 308-440-0153 to set up a time.

The pantries rotate to serve Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Hall, Kearney and Phelps counties.

Future dates include:

– June 12, Phelps County Fairgrounds, Holdrege;

– June 26, Community Action Partnership Food Bank, Kearney.

 You can keep yourself safe in these times, show your Husker spirit, AND help Nebraska Food Banks. Husker Face Masks are on sale right now at the shop at NRG sister property The masks are handmade, available in four styles, and will ship in late May.  GO HERE: