Nebraska

Hearing to Focus on Preventing More Missouri River Flooding

OMAHA, Neb. – This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage. The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ actions will be the focus of a U.S. Senate hearing in western Iowa on Wednesday and critics will…

Take These Safety Precautions in Flood-Stricken Areas

Avera Health is among the organizations offering assistance in many communities struggling to recover

While it may not appear an emergency to many throughout the Sioux empire because they just haven’t been affected, there are thousands impacted by the ongoing spring flooding. Avera’s Director of Community Partnerships, Micki Lundin, joined Carleen Wild on KDLT News Today Tuesday to talk about the safety precautions people throughout the Midwest might take as they approach flood recovery…

Partial Dam, Bridge Wash Out in Northern Nebraska

The State Patrol, County officials and Game & Parks are working to rescue residents stranded in flooding

The Nebraska State Patrol is advising emergency travel only in a north central section of the state after a partial dam collapse and bridge washout. Part of the Spencer Dam, which is about 100 miles southwest of Yankton, washed out earlier today after being compromised by high waters along the Niobrara River. Highway 281 is now closed until further notice…

South Dakota Man Gets Jail, Probation in Nebraska ATV Crash

HARTINGTON, Neb. – A South Dakota man accused of drinking alcohol before the fatal Nebraska crash of an all-terrain vehicle has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years of probation. Cedar County District Court records say 27-year-old Derrik Nelson was sentenced Monday. He’d pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide and false reporting. Prosecutors dropped manslaughter and other…

Body of South Dakota Man Found in Cornfield

WAYNE, Neb. – Authorities say the body of a South Dakota man was found in a northeast Nebraska cornfield after his vehicle crashed. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says a motorist discovered the accident Thursday evening along Nebraska Highway 35, about 3½ miles east of Wayne. The sheriff’s office says Parker Mitchell was driving west when his vehicle left the…

Trial set for South Dakota men in fatal Nebraska ATV crash

A September 11th trial start has been scheduled for a South Dakota man and his father on charges stemming from the death of a 21-year-old woman after an all-terrain vehicle crash in northeast Nebraska. Cedar County District Court records say 26-year-old Derrik Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges. The June 29 crash last year…

New Teletype Machines Coming Online for Deaf and Blind Veterans

OMAHA, Neb. – The health care system for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans has ordered teletype machines so deaf or blind veterans can contact the Veterans Affairs Department. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System said last week that it’s ordered some of the machines. One will go in the lobby of the VA hospital…

Iowa Farmers Catching Up on Spring Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa – Although spring storms initially slowed spring planting progress in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers have nearly caught up to five-year averages in the past week. Iowa farmers have 40 percent of the corn crop planted, about three days behind the average at this point in the season. Three percent of corn…

What Happened to Saturday’s Snow?

Waking Up... You May Have Noticed A Lack of Snow...

Waking up Saturday, you might have noticed that there wasn’t a lot of heavy snow falling across the Sioux Empire. Even though a Colorado Low was moving through the KDLT forecast area, and the KDLT meteorologists had been forecasting heavy snow, it wasn’t there. That might have you asking why? The answer laid to our southeast. Wednesday AM Futurecast Showing…

Nebraska Man Arrested In Iowa Charged With Kidnapping

RENWICK, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have arrested a Nebraska man accused of kidnapping a woman. Court records say 36-year-old Valentin Velez, of La Vista, Nebraska, is charged with kidnapping in Humboldt County. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says…

Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Sen. Joni Ernst Of Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to threatening Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. Court records say Robert Simet, of Omaha, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Council Bluffs. The charge: violent threats to a federal official. His sentencing is scheduled for May 23. An arrest affidavit says employees of a…

Omaha Slayings Suspect Won’t Fight Return To Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A man arrested in Tennessee in the fatal shootings of his parents and a niece in Omaha has agreed to be returned to Nebraska to face murder charges. 46-year-old John Dalton Jr. waived his right to an extradition hearing Thursday in Jackson, Tennessee, where he was captured Wednesday. Dalton is charged with first-degree murder in the…

Nebraska Judge Tosses Out Evidence Against Iowa Defendants

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A judge has tossed out drugs found in a vehicle as evidence in a pending trial because the Lincoln police officer who pulled over the vehicle on Interstate 80 didn’t have probable cause for the traffic stop. Court records say 42-year-old Andrea Plummer and 35-year-old Phillip Plummer, both of Sioux City, Iowa, are charged with possession…

Nebraska Panel Denies Request To Amend Keystone XL Ruling

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska commission that approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state is declining requests to amend its decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission on Tuesday denied motions by pipeline developer TransCanada and leading opponents of the project. The decision to approve a route through the state is expected to be appealed in…

Co-Op Closes South Sioux City Soy Protein Plant

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) – A Minnesota-based co-op says it’s closed a soy protein plant in northeast Nebraska. The Sioux City Journal reports that CHS Inc. says nearly 65 people lost their jobs with the closing of the former Solbar Industries plant in South Sioux City. CHS said Monday the closure was part in line with its plan to…

SDSU To Offer In-State Undergraduate Tuition To Incoming Nebraska Students

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has made it easier for Nebraska student to choose a University in South Dakota. Action by the South Dakota Board Regents on Wednesday allows students from Nebraska who are new first-time freshmen or new transfer students to qualify for undergraduate resident tuition at South Dakota State University beginning in summer 2018….

Nebraska Officers Find Body Believed To Be That Of Missing Woman

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a body believed to be that of a missing 24-year-old Lincoln woman has been found in southeast Nebraska’s Clay County. The FBI’s Randy Thysse said at a Lincoln news conference Tuesday that investigators strongly believe the female body was that of Sydney Loofe, who was reported missing Nov. 16. Thysee says positive identification awaits…