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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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My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Out-Hits Competition, Yet Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Takes The Win

 Even though My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts collected four hits to Sports Shoppe Iron Birds's three, they still fell 11-2 on Wednesday.  The My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Sports Shoppe Iron Birds, giving up 11 runs.  Sports Shoppe Iron Birds scored seven runs in the third inning. The big inning for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds came thanks to walks by Krayten Ureste, Blake Husted, Tripp Raile, and Trevan Rundle and by Cale Graham.  Ureste got the start for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He lasted one inning, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out three.  Wyatt Benes toed the rubber for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He lasted one inning, allowing two hits and four runs while striking out three. Kooper Rakes threw one and one-third innings out of the bullpen.  Rakes went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts in hits.


Late Score Costs Mac's Drive In Marauders Against Boutique Air Hot Rods

 Wednesday's game against Boutique Air Hot Rods was a heartbreaker for Mac's Drive In Marauders, as they lost the lead late in an 11-7 defeat. The game was tied at five with Boutique Air Hot Rods batting in the top of the fourth when Boutique Air Hot Rods scored on a stolen base during James Henning's at bat. Then Henning singled.  Despite the loss, Mac's Drive In Marauders did collect eight hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Boutique Air Hot Rods had seven hits on the way to victory.  Mac's Drive In Marauders opened up an early lead in the first inning when Bo Schlegel singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.  In the bottom of the third inning, Mac's Drive In Marauders tied things up at five when Elijah Smith was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.  Mac's Drive In Marauders scored three runs in the third inning. Joshua Lee Hit and Smith all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.  Henning got the start for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He went two innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out five.  Schlegel was on the mound for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He surrendered eight runs on six hits over three and a third innings, striking out seven. Cruz McCarty threw one-third of an inning in relief.  Mac's Drive In Marauders tallied eight hits in the game. Tad Puckett, Jr, Hit, and Schlegel all had multiple hits for Mac's Drive In Marauders. Schlegel, Hit, and Puckett each collected two hits to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders. Puckett led Mac's Drive In Marauders with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.  Brody Anthony went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods in hits. Boutique Air Hot Rods tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Anthony led the way with four.



The NSAA Boys State High School Golf Championships was converted to a 1 Day 18 Hole competition rather then the traditional two day event.  Due to rainy weather on Day 1.  The NSAA made the decision to turn it into a one day event.  View the final Team and Individual results below.


Class B Team Results


Class C Team Results


Class D Team Results


Nebraska produced a pair of second-team All-Big Ten selections as the conference announced its postseason honors and award winners on Tuesday. Sophomore outfielder Aaron Palensky received recognition from the Big Ten after leading the Huskers with a .339 batting average in the regular season and a team-high .323 batting average in conference play. Palensky, in his first year at Nebraska, leads the Huskers in hits (65), doubles (11), triples (2), home runs (5) and runs scored (36). He has 20 multi-hit efforts this season, the most on the team, to go along with six multi-RBI performances, tied for second-most on the squad. Freshman Cam Chick earned the designated hitter spot on the second team and the All-Freshman Team. During Big Ten play, Chick hit .316, second-best average on the team in conference play behind only Palensky. For the regular season, Chick compiled 35 hits, two doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He has recorded 10 multi-hit efforts and six multi-RBI showings. Junior outfielder Joe Acker earned Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award for 2019. Acker ranks third on a team with a .286 batting average. He has amassed 40 hits, seven doubles and one triple. Acker’s 13 multi-hit games are tied for the second-most on the team. His eight stolen bases are a team high. Nebraska continues its season on Wednesday when the Huskers open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 4 seed Minnesota at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game, scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the Big Ten Tournament are on sale at

Nebraska’s 2019 All-Big Ten Selections

 Second Team: Aaron Palensky (OF)
Second Team: Cam Chick (DH)
All-Freshman Team: Cam Chick (DH)
Sportsmanship Award: Joe Acker


The McCook Bison Golf Team is ready for the State Tournament at Elks Country Club in Columbus.  The Tournament is a two day event on May 21st and 22nd.  Hometown Family Radio talks with the McCook Bison Boys Golf Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky about the Tournament. The Bison Qualified as a team, that team consists of Brady Esch, Payton Craw, Logan Barenberg, Joel Gray, and Brandan Eckhardt.

Joe Vetrovsky


My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Takes A Tough Blow From Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps

Friday was a long day for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts, falling to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps 16-0.  One bright spot for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts was a single by Tate Moser in the first inning.  Caleb Sughroue led things off on the mound for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He went two innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out six.  Wyatt Benes started the game for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He allowed one hit and zero runs over one inning, striking out three and walking zero. Parker Brittain and Beckett Moser entered the game from the bullpen, throwing two-thirds of an inning and one-third of an inning respectively.  Moser and Benes each collected one hit to lead My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. Eli Graff led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.  Lee Davidson led Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps with two hits in three at bats. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Tripp Floyd led the way with three. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Rylee Eaton had the most chances in the field with six.


The Nebraska baseball team earned the No. 5 seed for the Big Ten Tournament this upcoming week at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. In Wednesday's first round, the Huskers will face No. 4 seed Minnesota at 9 p.m. (CT).

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-20, 15-9 Big Ten) dropped the regular-season finale to Michigan, 10-8, during the second game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday night.

The Huskers led 5-3 after five innings, but the Wolverines scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Nebraska saw its chance to win the Big Ten regular-season title come to an end, but the Huskers will be among the eight teams at next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Michigan (38-16, 16-7 Big Ten) and Indiana (16-7 Big Ten with one game remaining) will finish ahead of the Huskers, who are currently in third place. The remainder of the Big Ten regular-season finales will take place on Saturday.

On Friday night, Michigan struck first with one run in the top of the opening frame. The two teams were each held scoreless in the second and third before the Wolverines added two runs in the top of the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. NU responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

Mojo Hagge hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second when Cam Chick drew a walk. After a flyout, Angelo Altavilla doubled to drive in both baserunners. Altavilla made it to third base on Joe Acker’s base hit. Gunner Hellstrom singled through the right side to drive in one run. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a walk to load the bases before Alex Henwood’s sacrifice fly brought in Acker.

NU extended its lead to 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the fifth as Cam Chick smashed a solo home run. Michigan bounced back with five runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 8-5. All five Wolverine runs were scored on two home runs.

Michigan added a run on a solo homer in the top of the seventh, but Colby Gomes matched it with his first career home run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Wolverines scratched out one run in the top of the eighth to take a 10-6 advantage before the Huskers’ rally attempt in the bottom half of the frame. Altavilla hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth and advanced to second when Hellstrom drew a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Henwood singled to load the bases. Gomes drove in two runs with a single to right field. He advanced to second when Jaxon Hallmark drew a walk. Trailing by two with the bases loaded, Chick lined out to second base.

Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (5.0 innings), Shay Schanaman (1.0), Mike Waldron (2.0) and Chad Luensmann (1.0).

The Big Ten Tournament bracket will be released on Saturday after all of the scheduled games have ended. The eight-team tournament, to be played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.


Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-19, 15-8 Big Ten) held Michigan to two hits in a 7-0 win over the Wolverines during the first game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday afternoon.

Leading 1-0, Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control of the game. Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 13th start of the season on the mound, threw 6.0 shutout innings and recorded seven strikeouts. For the second consecutive game, Robbie Palkert came out of the bullpen, this time throwing 2.0 perfect innings and notched three strikeouts. Max Schreiber tossed the final 1.0 inning for the Big Red.

The Huskers compiled 12 hits as a team, with multi-hit efforts from Spencer Schwellenbach (3), Jaxon Hallmark (2), Aaron Palensky (2), Gunner Hellstrom (2) and Alex Henwood (2).

After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska plated one run in the bottom of the third. Cam Chick hit a leadoff single before advancing to third on Palensky’s base hit. After a wild pitch advanced Palensky to second base, Joe Acker’s groundout drove in Chick for the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Hellstrom laced a leadoff single before Schwellenbach’s base hit to put two runners on. Keegan Watson pinch ran for Hellstrom. Henwood reached on a bunt single and an errant throw by the Wolverine third baseman allowed Watson to score.

Following a strikeout, Hallmark smashed a three-run home run to left field, driving in Henwood and Schwellenbach. After a flyout, Palensky blistered a solo home run.

NU added one run in the bottom of the eighth. Henwood singled in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.

The second game of the doubleheader, set for 8:02 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network.


VIERO, Fla. – The McCook Community College golf team shot their second best score of the National Junior College Athletic Association golf tournament Friday with a 305 to finish with rounds of 301, 309, 317, and 305. The four day score of 1,232 put MCC in 22nd place in the tournament played at Duran Golf Club.

“This was a great experience for these guys on a very challenging course,” said MCC Coach Tyler Loop.

Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) shot the low score of the day for MCC with a 73. He finished with a four-day total of 309. Sophomore Ronnie Quick shot his third straight 77 Friday to finish the lowest on the team with a 305. Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.) shot a 77 to bring his four-day total to 307.

Freshman Chesney Tatman (North Platte) shot a 78 to finish at 317 and freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot an 84 Friday and finishes with a 330.

“We had some real good golf going today but 17 and 18 – the two hardest holes on the course -- really cost us today and all week,” Loop said.

The Indians finished play Thursday in a tie for 21st with Region IX foe Central Wyoming but the Indians shot 16 strokes better that the Rustlers. Another Region IX foe, Eastern Wyoming Community College, finished with a 302 Friday to finished in 13th place with a four-day score of 1,183.

“No matter, this was a great group of guys that accomplished so much here and I'm really going to miss them,” Loop said.

Central Alabama Community College was one of only three teams to shoot under par Friday and their eight-under 280 helped vault them to a first-place finish with a four-day total of 1,116. Trojans posted three of the top five individual scores. Indian Hills Community College Thursday was 13 shots back in second place. Midland Community College finished in third place, 14 shots back. New Mexico Junior College was fourth 18 shots back.

Individually, Midland CC’s Callum Bruce claimed the individual title with a 17-under par 271.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:


1. Central Alabama CC 282-281-273-280—1,166 (-36)

2. Indian Hills CC 281-270-284-294—1,129 (-23)

3. Midland CC 281-281-280-288—1,130 (-22)

4. New Mexico JC 277-278-285-294—1,134 (-18)

5. Calhoun CC 286-293-284-289—1,152 (E)

6. Ranger College 293-291-291-286—1,154 (+2)

T7. Iowa Western CC 287-290-295-286—1,158 (+6)

T7. Eastern Florida State 285-286-293-293—1,158 (+6)

T9. Wallace State CC 287-299-286-290—1,162 (+10)

T9. Odessa College 285-291-287-299—1,162 (+10)

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13. Eastern Wyoming 289-298-294-302—1,183 (+31)

22. McCook CC 301-309-317-305—1,232 (+80)

24. Central Wyoming CC 309-314-304-321—1,248 (+96)



T81. (tie) Ronnie Quick……..…… 74-77-77-77--305

T85. (tie) Cameron Lampe…….... 74-75-81-77--307

T89 (tie) Graham Gaspard…....… 74-82-80-73--309

103 Chesney Tatman……...……. 84-75-80-78--317

117. KC Carlson…………..……… 79-87-80-84--330


McCook Community College sophomore Ricardo Jimenez has signed on to play baseball at Division I Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The Lancers play in the Big South Conference.

“Ricky was only here a semester but made a good impact for us,” said MCC baseball coach Jon Olsen. “He did a really nice job for us at shortstop, he is a very good defender that can really hit.”

Jimenez from, Hialeah Fla., transferred to MCC from Central Florida Community College. This year for the Indians, he played in 48 games, batting .319 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He was third in Region IX with 17 doubles, eighth in total bases with 88 and eighth in slugging percent, .550. He had 15 multi-hit games including a five-for-five game April 20 against Otero Junior College. With the team pushing toward a berth in the Region IX tournament, Jiminez hit .375 over the final 15 games and slugged .750 including three home runs in the final series against Northeastern Junior College. Those numbers helped land him on the all-Region IX first team. “I am really happy for Ricky, he had a goal when he came here to go Division I and he was able to make that happen so we are excited for him,” Olsen said.