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State health officials have reported Nebraska's first human case this year of West Nile virus. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday that a county health department officials in northeastern Nebraska reported a person there had tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness. The Elkhorn-Logan Valley Health Department, which covers Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties, says the infected person was not hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people with West Nile virus don’t have symptoms.

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A former longtime Nebraska state lawmaker has died at the age of 79. Dwite Pedersen of Omaha served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1993 to 2009. Pedersen was a leading advocate for alcohol and drug rehabilitation and worked with troubled youth and prison inmates. Pedersen represented the Elkhorn area of Omaha and ran unsuccessfully for Omaha City Council in 2017. He worked as a counselor focused on youth and was a recovered alcoholic who had been sober for 40 years. He also was known to help prison inmates, including those who rarely got visits from others. 

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A township board member in Dodge County has agreed to repay $22,000 to his township plus a $2,000 fine to the state for violations of Nebraska accountability laws during the 2019 floods. The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission released the settlement agreement with Jeremy Moss, a member of the Elkhorn Township Board. The commission alleged that Moss’ company billed the township for nearly $139,000 in repairs to flood-damaged roads.

State health officials reported six additional deaths from COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 113 total deaths from the virus in the state, and nine-thousand-416 confirmed cases. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 47-percent of hospital beds and 75-percent of ventilators are available. A nursing home in Elkhorn says two-thirds of its residents are COVID-19 positive. Officials with the Life Care Center of Elkhorn say 51 of 77 residents have tested positive for the virus, along with 17 staff members.

The number of coronavirus cases in Nebraska is continuing to increase. Through yesterday, there had been 86-hundred-92 cases and 103 deaths reported in Nebraska during the pandemic. Douglas County leads the state with 16-hundred-68 cases while Hall and Dakota counties have each reported more than 13-hundred cases.

Those looking to tube or paddle on the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska are out of luck until next years.

 The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District has announced that all Elkhorn River access sites closed Friday for the season. The access points are scheduled to reopen April 1. Spring flooding and high water levels through stretches of the summer curtailed much of water recreationalists' access to the Elkhorn River this year.

Flood Damage Roads Causing Traffic Problems

May 7, 2019
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  Flood-damaged roads are leading to traffic problems in Elkhorn.  Closures have been in effect on portions of Dodge, Q and Center streets since the March floods.  As a result, congestion has been reported on West Maple Road and other streets.  West Dodge is expected to reopen to traffic next month, and West Center is scheduled to reopen in July.

Fire district reaches service agreement with Omaha

Sep 7, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A suburban fire district and the city of Omaha have agreed on a plan for the city to provide fire protection rather than have it provided by a new fire department.

The tentative, 10-year agreement was announced Wednesday by Mayor Jean Stothert and Elkhorn Suburban Fire District officials.

The district's board and the city ended negotiations on a new contract after the fire district raised concerns about how much Omaha's services cost. District officials said they'd be moving ahead instead with plans for a new fire department.