NE Strong Update

NE Strong Update

Hastings College has announced its event and venue guidelines for the fall sports season. Up to 75 percent capacity will be allowed at outdoor venues and 50 percent capacity at indoor venues. Fans will be required to wear masks at games.  The Bronco football team opens the season at home on September 12th against Dakota Wesleyan.

A member of Horizon Middle School football team in Kearney has a confirmed case of  COVID-19.Due to the periods of unmasked contact during football practice, the Horizon football team will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  Health protocols require a person in close contact without a mask to quarantine. Students will continue their education online  until they can return to school.

For some vendors, The Nebraska State Fair is the first event they have been able to go to the entire year.  With fairs being cancelled around the country, retailers like ‘Gone Country’ have been stuck waiting since March. They have made some sales on street corners to make ends meet but are grateful for the Nebraska State Fair for staying open in some capacity. 

 After starting 11 years ago as a way to include kids who were not members of 4-H or FFA to still have a way to compete at the Nebraska State Fair, the education exhibits will be on display again this year. Submitted by K- 12 students across the state to the State Fair’s Education Department, you will find up to 30 different categories including a new one this year focusing on what they learned during COVID. Nebraska State Fair kicks off today in Grand Island. 

Mid-Plains Community College reminds free tuition is available for individuals who have become unemployed or underemployed from the pandemic until October 16th. The opportunity gives individuals training for high-wage, high-demand careers and industries. Find out more at