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This past December GI Family Radio filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Fair for violating Nebraska's Open Meetings Act as well as public records requests. Last month the board filed a response saying that because the board is a private corporation, both the open meetings rules and public records request compliance doesn't apply.The State Fair Board meets Friday February 14th in Lincoln. GI Family Radio CEO Alan Usher joined KRGI News.

View audio interview with Alan Usher below.

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A Hastings man initially charged with murder has been given 38 to 40 years in prison. Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony after prosecutors dropped the murder charge. Prosecutors have said Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery conspiracy. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 44 years. 

The Northwest school board held their monthly meeting last night that drew special attention to many with the item agenda posted to close Chapman school. Last Monday the board held a special meeting hearing public comments. After public comment last night, each board member spoke  on their own behalf on how they felt about the matter if the district needed to go forward eliminating the Chapman as one of the feeder schools. 

Chapman currently has 68 total students. 42 of which are resident students, with 26 being option students. With the closure of Chapman, Northwest will now have three feeder schools including 1-R, Cedar Hollow, and St Libory.

KRGI News - Chapman School Closes Report

Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.    


January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.



The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.


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Lincoln – Dachon Burke Jr. had 18 of his 21 points in the first half, but Nebraska was unable to slow down Michigan State, falling 86-65 on Thursday night.

Nebraska was within 39-36 at the break, but shot just 28 percent in the second half, while the Spartans shot 61 percent after the break to pull away in the final 20 minutes.

Burke finished the night with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Joining Burke in double figures were Haanif Cheatam (14 points and five steals) and Yvan Ouedrago (10 points and seven rebounds). 

Nebraska made a couple early runs in the second half, and was within 48-46 before Aaron Henry keyed a 11-1 Spartan surge, scoring six of his 13 points to help MSU take a 59-47 lead. The Huskers chipped away and got within 61-54 after a Jervay Green 3-pointer with 8:54 left, but could get no closer as Michigan State ran off nine straight points, including 3-poitners from Gabe Brown and Kyle Ahrens to push the lead back to 16.

In all, the Spartans committed 22 turnovers, but went 13-of-27 from 3-point range and enjoyed a commanding 51-26 rebounding advantage for the contest. Nebraska was unable to find similar long-range success, converting only 8-of-32 3-pointers, including just 3-of-18 after halftime.

Cassius Winston led all scorers with 23 points and six assists, while Gabe Brown finished with 17 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Kyle Ahrens came off the bench to score 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and also recorded seven rebounds, while Henry (13) and Xavier Tillman (10) also finished in double figures.

The first half featured runs by both teams as Michigan State took a 39-36 lead into the locker room. Nebraska trailed 7-2 early, but the Huskers ran off nine straight points, including a 3-point play from Thorir Thorbjarnarson to take an early 11-7 lead. Nebraska eventually stretched the margin to 17-12 after a pair of Burke free throws with 11:31 left in the half, but Michigan State would come back.

The Spartans hit three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run to build a 23-17 lead after a Rocket Watts basket. The Huskers trailed 30-23 after a Xavier Tillman basket, but

NU would battle back behind the play of Burke, who finished with 18 first-half points.

Burke hit a trio of 3-pointers in an 80-second span, the last of which tied the score at 36 with 46 seconds left in the half. Aaron Henry came back on MSU's next possession and hit a trey of his own to give the Spartans the lead heading into the locker room. 

The Huskers return to action on Monday, Feb. 24, as the Huskers travel to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

BASEBALL: Because of the snow and field conditions in Colorado, the weekend baseball series between McCook Community College and Lamar Community College has been moved to McCook.

Lamar (2-5) and MCC (5-4) will open the Empire League Schedule at the Jaycees Sports Complex today with a nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

WOMEN’s BASKETBALL: Tonight the MCC women’s basketball team will honor six sophomores before the 5 p.m. game against Lamar Community College.

Sophomores include Kali Kelly (Windsor, Colo.), Paula Roselo Mateu (Barcelona, Spain), Sydney Sandford (Missouri City Texas), Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia), Jessika Espinoza (El Paso, Texas) and Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs).

That ceremony will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Lady Indians are 21-7 and wrap up the regular season this week with two final home games – tonight’s Final Region IX south game Friday against Lamar (8-21) and the final home game Saturday against the Iowa Western Reivers (17-10) at 4 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: The MCC men (12-15, 3-7 in Region IX south) play tonight at 8 p.m. against Lamar (16-13, 5-6) and wrap up the regular season Tuesday at home against North Platte Community College (7-17, 3-8).

MCC will honor four sophomores in ceremonies prior to the 7 p.m. game. Those sophomores include: Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario), Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.), Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) and Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School.)

To stay up-to-date on all the latest MCC Athletics news including, scheduling changes, live-streaming links, rosters, game photo galleries and more visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:

North Platte - Class A - 
126lb Jaylan Ruffin 
132lb Darian Diaz 
145lb Raymen Riley 
152lb Luke Rathjen 
182lb Gavyn Brauer 

Ogallala - Class B -
145lb Gage Stokey 
152lb Cameron Zink 
170lb Brock Skinner 

Hershey - Class C -
113lb Gage Musser 
120lb Matt Bruns 

Perkins County - Class C -
160lb Jace Wid 
220lb Brandon Knoles 

Chase County - Class C -
182lb Trevor Peterson 

North Platte St. Pats - Class D -
132lb Hunter Deeds 
170lb Talan McGill 
182lb Justin Schroll 
195lb Landon Nichols 

Maxwell - Class D -
106lb Wyatt Heessel 
106lb Ethan Norton 
126lb Jacob Gholson 
160lb Derek Gibson 
195lb Kayden Stubbs
220lb Luke Howitt 

Brady - Class D -
132lb Jeremy Larson 
220lb Kaden Dady 

Sutherland - Class D -
126lb Samuel Foster 
132lb Jon Peterka 
170lb Gavin White 

Mullen - Class D -
106lb Tristin Grooms 
113lb Eli Paxton 
120lb Teven Marshall 
126lb Kyle Durfee 
145lb Spencer DeNaeyer 
160lb Kendal Neal 
182lb Riley Kessler 
195lb Ty Kvanvig 
220lb Clayton Hassett 

Sandhills Valley - Class D -
195lb Tyler Wolfe 

Sandhills/Thedford - Class D -
160lb Reece Zutavern 
182lb Bryan Zutavern 
195lb Reed McFadden 
285lb Brayton Branic 

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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up an undefeated conference mark downing North Platte Wednesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, 66-44.

The wins give the Lady Indians a 6-0 record in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference for the second straight season as the team has also clinched a first-round home game in the Region IX tournament that will be played Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. against either Lamar Community College or Trinidad State.

On Wednesday in NCCAC action, MCC got off to a fast start, survived a second-quarter lull but picked up the defensive pressure in a decisive third quarter to give the Lady Indians their 21st win of the year. MCC zipped out to a 7-0 lead 2:21 into the game and pushed the lead to 13 points at the 4:26 mark of the first period.

“I thought we really came out and played hard those first six minutes and put the pressure on them and made shots early, and then went into a lull,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

MCC led 17-9 after 10 minutes but the Knights out-scored MCC 15-14 in the second quarter and trailed just 31-24 at the half.

“We turned up the pressure in the second half, we changed up our press and that really helped change the game for us, we pushed the tempo and that helped us make a few more shots in the second half,” Prtichett said.

After shooting 33.3 percent from the field in the first half, MCC stepped it up with tempo points making 48.8 percent of its second-half shots to finish at 40.3 percent from the game, but it was the shooting from the 3-point line and the free-throw line that has the coach concerned.

MCC made seven of 31 3-pointers (22.6 percent) and made just five of 13 from the foul line (38.5 percent).

“Those number are just going to be a killer in the Region IX tournament,” Pritchett said. “We need to get that fixed now.”

Yet, defensively and rebounding have been improving

“The one thing we can hang our hat on these past several weeks is we really lock down defensively for the most part,” Pritchett said. He cited the fact that North Platte averages 13 offensive rebounds per game but the Lady Indians limited them to just seven.

“That’s what we wanted to focus on tonight. We played really good defense, even going back to the Western Nebraska game (Feb. 7) we’ve locked in defensively and if we can continue to do that and get our offense going I really think this team can do something special.”

MCC won the rebound battle 49-33 and held North Platte to 24.5 shooting for the game, and forced 23 turnovers.

Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) sophomore topped MCC offensively with 16 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field. Sophomore Transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Miles Community College/Barcelona, Spain) scored 13 points, including three of six from the 3-point line.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with 11 points and eight rebounds (seven offensive) and Carla Torrubia Cano (freshman, Melilla, Spain) had another double-double for the Lady Indians scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds.

Ashley Hassett paced North Platte with 23 points.

North Platte falls to 9-20 and 0-5 in the NCCAC. The Knights will close out the NCCAC season Saturday at Southeast Community College and will play in the Region IX Division II tournament.

MCC improves to 21-7 and wrap up the regular season this week with two final home games – the Final Region IX south game Friday against Lamar Community College (8-21 under former MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti)  Friday at 5 p.m. which will be Sophomore Night, and the final home game is Saturday against Iowa Western at 4 p.m.

MCC and Northeastern Junior College are tied for third in Region IX Division I, south (4-5) with one south region game left for each team: MCC Friday with Lamar (1-8) and NJC plays at Trinidad State (1-8) Friday. Western Nebraska (9-0) and Otero Junior College (8-1) have secured first-round byes and automatically advance to the second round where teams from the south division will play teams from the north division according to seeding.

Here are the updated NCCAC conference information.

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


McCook         6-0

Central           4-2

Southeast      1-4

North Platte   0-5



Dec. 3: McCook CC 89, Central CC 55 (at Columbus)

Jan. 11: Southeast CC 56, North Platte 32 (at North Platte)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 72, Southeast CC 67 (at McCook)

   Central CC 62, North Platte CC 57 (at Columbus)

Jan. 21: McCook CC 58, North Platte CC 43 (at North Platte)

Jan. 31: Central CC 62, Southeast CC 56 (at Columbus)

Feb. 7 – Central CC 68, North Platte 64 (at North Platte)

Feb. 8 – McCook CC 64, Central CC 44 (at McCook)

Feb. 11 – McCook CC 69, Southeast CC 54 (at Beatrice)

Feb. 15 – Central CC 63, Southeast CC 46 (at Beatrice)

Feb. 19 – McCook 66, North Platte 44 (at McCook)


Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 2 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

If you can’t make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:

McCook - Class B - 
152lb Landon Towne 
160lb Alex Anthony 
195lb Alec Langan 
285lb Reid Steinbeck 
Arapahoe - Class D - 
120lb Tristian White 
285lb Levi Kerner 
Cambridge - Class D -
132lb John Tenbensel
160lb Josh Paisley
182lb Bobby Evans 
Southwest - Class D -
132lb Garrett Latimer 
145lb Matt VanPelt 
152lb Brett Tryon 
285lb Bryson Shoemaker 
Dundy County-Stratton - Class D -
120lb Blake Webb 
145lb Serbando Diaz 
220lb Delton Haines 
Hitchcock County - Class D -
106lb Blake Devitt 
113lb Kaleb Christofferson 
120lb Gavin Losey 
220lb Remington Hodges 
Medicine Valley - Class D -
145lb Jaden Henderson 

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Box Score Columbus, Ohio - Nebraska opened the game 0-for-16 from three-point range on the road and was unable to recover in a 65-52 women's basketball loss at Ohio State on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 16-11 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State notched its sixth straight win to improve to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in the conference.

Kate Cain led the Huskers with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Sam Haiby added 12 points. Leigha Brown contributed nine points, including NU's first three of the game to open the fourth quarter. Trailing 53-33 at the end of three quarters, Brown helped spark a 12-3 Nebraska surge that included a three-pointer from Haiby that cut OSU's lead to 56-45 with six minutes left. The Huskers had multiple possessions to trim the Buckeye lead to single digits by holding Ohio State scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth period.

But led by 16 points and 16 rebounds from Dorka Juhasz for the game, the Buckeyes maintained a double-digit lead for the second half. Braxtin Miller added 13 points for the Buckeyes, while Aaliyah Patty pitched in 11 points and seven boards.

Nebraska hit just 34.4 percent (21-61) from the field, including 2-for-20 from three-point range, while hitting 8-of-9 free throws. Ohio State connected on 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots, including 8-of-21 threes. OSU out-rebounded NU 44-38 and won the turnover battle 16-14.

In a possession game early, the two defenses dominated to send the teams to the second quarter tied at 12. The Huskers got back-to-back buckets from Haiby and Cain to take a 16-14 lead with 8:14 left, before Juhasz took over on offense and the Ohio State defense silenced Nebraska for five minutes. The Buckeyes took full advantage with a 14-0 run fueled by by nine points from Juhasz during the surge.

Trailing 28-16, Nebraska stopped the run with a jumper from the elbow by Hannah Whitish as the shot clock expired. The Huskers then cut the margin to 28-20 after a jumper by Haiby, but the Buckeyes scored the final five points of the half to take their biggest lead at 33-20.

Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 12 points, all in the second quarter, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half. Rebeka Mikulasikova and Kierstan Bell each had five points off the bench in the half to help OSU, which hit 38.9 percent (14-36) of its first-half shots including 60 percent (9-15) in the second quarter. Ohio State out-rebounded Nebraska 26-23 in the half and won the turnover battle, 7-5, in the first 20 minutes.

Nebraska shot hit just 28.6 percent (10-35) of its first-half shots, including 0-of-13 three-pointers. The Huskers also did not shoot a free throw. Cain led Nebraska with four points, six rebounds and a block in the half, while Brown and Haiby each contributed four points.

The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off against Illinois is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now at 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was awake and speaking with family and doctors yesterday, less than 24 hours after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver, whose car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames. Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Drew Brees (breez) says he intends to play for the New Orleans Saints again next season. The 41-year-old Brees used a social media post to announce his intention to “make another run at it” in what would be his 20th NFL season. Brees is the NFL's all-time leader with 6,867 completions, 77,416 yards passing and 547 touchdown throws.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after nine seasons with the team amid a rebuilding process under first-year coach Matt Rhule (rool). Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns during a 13-season NFL career that began with a four-year run with the Chicago Bears.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week. Bouwmeester issued a statement saying he’s “on the road to recovery” after going into cardiac arrest in the first period versus the Ducks. He had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted into his chest at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California, where he had been hospitalized until returning to St. Louis on Sunday.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 17 to lead No. 15 Creighton to a 73-65 victory over No. 19 Marquette. Creighton won for the eighth time in nine games, including road victories over three ranked teams, and moved within a half-game of first-place Seton Hall in the Big East standings. Sacar Anim had 18 points for Marquette. Markus Howard, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game, added 13 — all in the second half.

The McCook Community College baseball team fought off Colby Tuesday to win the 2020 home opener at the Jaycees Sports Complex, 8-6.

“I felt like we made strides for the first eight innings, played a really nice game, we had a good practice yesterday and got a few things addressed,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “We carried ourselves a lot better on the field and it carried over for us to play a little cleaner on defense.”

The Indians overcame a 3-1 deficit and scored five runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the seventh and held off a late three-run rally by the Trojans in the ninth.

“I wasn’t extremely pleased with the ninth inning, we really need to learn how to close out games, it’s been a little bit of an issue, but it’s also the hardest inning in baseball to close out,” Olsen said. “We will keep working on getting it done, if we can put a complete game together we have a chance to be pretty tough.”

Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI-groundout to support starting pitcher Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) who went three innings allowing one run and three hits while striking out two.

Austin Mathews (sophomore Alvin, Texas) came on in the fourth when Colby scored twice on a Zach Olson home run to take a 3-1 lead. Mathews allowed two hits, a walk and a strikeout in his inning of work.

The Indians were able to regain the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth scoring five runs on three singles, a walk, a hit batter, a Colby error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) delivered a two-run pinch hit single to tie the game at 3-3. MCC added runs on the wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Pedro Perez (Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy).

Connor McGonigal (sophomore, Omaha Burke High School) came on to pitch in the Colby fifth and held the Trojans off the scoreboard in his four innings of work, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) put the Indians up 8-3 with a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) pitched the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of the inning with the tying runs on base. He gave up two hits and two earned runs while walking three.

Colby out-hit MCC 10-5, but the Indians made their hits count. Pacheco had two hits for the Indians. The other three came on the RBI pinch-hit single by Zhang, and a single by Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte) in front of the RBI double by Eiguren in the seventh inning.

MCC improves to 5-4 on the season. The Indians hit the road for the Empire League (Region IX) opener in Lamar, Colo. taking on the Runnin’ Lopes (2-5) in a three-game series with a single game Saturday and two games Sunday.

After that, the Indians are home for six straight games starting Feb. 26 against Garden City (3 p.m.), continuing with a three-game weekend series with Otero Feb. 29 and March 1, a mid-week game against Northeast Community College March 4 (2 p.m.) and a three-game weekend series with Lamar March 6-7.

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B7 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved McCook

C2-10 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Cambridge

C2-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Hitchcock County, DCS

D1-9 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Arapahoe

D1-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Maywood-Hayes Center

D1-12 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Wauneta-Palisade 

D2-9 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Southwest

D2-10 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Medicine Valley

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