News from Neighbors

Missing Nebraska woman’s body found in vehicle at info center

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE, May 30 — A Nebraska woman was found dead in her vehicle at the Sterling Tourist Information Center Friday morning, although foul play is not believed to be involved.

In a written statement released Friday afternoon, Sterling Police Chief Tyson Kerr said 38-year-old Catherine Schutz of Broken Bow, Nebraska, had been reported missing when she failed to arrive at her destination in southwestern Colorado. Early Friday, Kerr said, Sterling Police received information that Schutz was believed to be in the Sterling area.

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Chase County no longer free of coronavirus cases

IMPERIAL REPUBLICAN, May 28 — While it’s a number some counties in Nebraska would love to have, Chase County, Nebraska’s first confirmed coronavirus case has caused a lot of discussion here.

Myra Stoney, director of the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, confirmed the first case in Chase County over the weekend. In a news release dated Sunday, she stated a man in his 70s is Chase County’s first case. He is hospitalized.

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Salsman, 92, recovering from 21-foot fall; his Apple Watch makes 911 call

GRANT TRIBUNE-SENTINEL, May 27 — Retired Grant, Nebraska, farmer Jim Salsman, 92, can likely thank the Apple Watch he was wearing for saving his life when he fell 21 feet off a ladder at his farm May 19.

Salsman had put a ladder up against a grain bin to fix it so that birds couldn’t get in.

Son Rick Salsman of Grant said his dad told him that he thinks a gust of wind caused the ladder to fall. Rick said emergency personnel measured the height of the bin at 21 feet.

Jim told Rick that he was trying to come down on one of his feet to absorb the shock of the fall. He was successful, with his left foot bearing the brunt of the impact, shattering his femur bone just below the hip.

He said Jim tried to roll to his pickup where his phone was, which was several 100 feet away, but the pain was too much.

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Co-op stations likely won’t reopen

WAUNETA BREEZE, May 28 — It appears unlikely that Cenex Co-Op stations in Wauneta, Nebraska, and Palisade, Nebraska, will reopen.

“It’s probably not a viable option,” Board President Joe Barger said. “We’ll probably sell the assets and pay the creditors.”

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NCHD list helps first responders identify where COVID-19 ‘lives’

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE, May 28 — Local first responders have an added layer of protection during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it isn’t anything they put on or breathe through.

The Journal-Advocate learned this week that the Northeast Colorado Health Department provides local first responder dispatchers with a confidential list of addresses where residents have tested positive for the respiratory disease COVID-19. Trish McClain, health director for the six-county department, said the list contains only addresses and is provided only to the dispatch centers.

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