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Enjoy Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP Aug. 6-7

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LINCOLN – Volunteers will portray life at an 1820s military post Aug. 6-7 during Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s Living History Weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, reenactors will gather to portray the fort’s military history and to demonstrate various period trades and crafts, such as blacksmithing and weaving. Living history interpreters will read the Monroe Doctrine aloud each day. Visitors may also visit a Lewis and Clark encampment near the visitor center. Fort Atkinson, the first …

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Seven Reasons to Tackle Bluegill

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Maybe it’s the kid in me, I don’t know. But, at 53 years of age (approaching 54), I still enjoy catching bluegill from the bank in summer, how about you? I know, I know, the lowly bluegill, a sunfish family member with more nicknames than a popular sports figure, is a prey species that doesn’t get very big. Why would I waste my time along the shoreline or on a pier catching and releasing THIS FISH? Let me tell you. In my view, bluegill …

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Enjoy Movie Under Stars July 22 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

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LINCOLN – Enjoy a movie under the stars at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on July 22 with the screening of “The Trial of Standing Bear.” The movie, which begins at 9:30 p.m., tells the story of Ponca chief Standing Bear’s 1879 trial, in which he successfully argued that a Native American was a “person” under the law. A large portion of this 1988 television movie was filmed on location at Fort Hartsuff. The movie will be screened outdoors, between …

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Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan Public Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 4

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a public meeting on Aug. 4 regarding the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan. The meeting will include a review of the June public meeting, a presentation regarding development and management of the lakes, and a public input session. The Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, which is still in development, is overseen by an advisory committee made up of commission staff, lake concessionaires; friends group members, land owners and economic development …

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Summer of the Pie Iron

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It’s that wonderful time of year when many of us adore cooking OUTSIDE of our kitchens.  Let’s face it, staring at those same, boring kitchen walls all the time can get a bit mind-numbing, not to mention heating up the house . Luckily, backyard barbecues and family camping trips are calling your name. An open-air, change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. Whether it is over a sizzling grill, a flaming fire-pit, or a crackling campfire, the outdoor …

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Family Fun Planned at Steel Plate Challenge Fun Shoot on July 16

LINCOLN – Shooters of all ages and experience levels are invited to learn, have fun and try out their skills at Platte River State Park’s (SP) Steel Plate Challenge Fun Shoot on July 16. The event will include expert instruction for shooters and friendly competition. Participants will be timed as they take aim at steel plates set at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards. Families and those new to shooting are encouraged to participate. All equipment will be provided. …

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Tonight’s Presentation at Chadron State Park Postponed

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This week’s installment of the summer speaker series at northwestern Nebraska’s two state parks has been postponed because of illness. The “Creatures of the Night” presentation at Chadron State Park, which was planned for the night of Friday, July 8, will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. The series will resume Friday, July 15, at Fort Robinson State Park with the same “Creatures of the Night” presentation by Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educator.

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City of Fremont Water System Advisory Includes Fremont SRA

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LINCOLN – As a precautionary measure, visitors to Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA) are advised to boil their cooking and drinking water for at least the next 24 hours. This recommendation is in place because the water system for the city of Fremont was without pressure for approximately 30 minutes. Fremont SRA is served by the city’s water system, therefore this recommendation should be followed by visitors to the SRA, too. Because the city’s water is chlorinated, it is unlikely …

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Activities for All Ages July 9-10 at Ponca SP

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LINCOLN – A full weekend of fun and educational activities for all ages is scheduled July 9-10 at Ponca State Park. On July 9, park visitors may participate in an introduction to shooting archery, shotguns and .22 rifles, learn about wildlife species found along the Missouri River, discover the difference between native and invasive species, and learn how to identify wildlife by tracks and scat. In addition, backwater kayaking and hayrack park tours are scheduled throughout the day. July 10’s …

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Fremont SRA’s Lake No. 20 Open During Races July 9-10

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LINCOLN – Lake No. 20 at Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA) will remain open to the public while personal watercraft races take place there on July 9-10. The races are part of John C. Fremont Days festivities. The races will take place on a portion of the lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All boating and park regulations will remain in effect. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the SRA.

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