What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
City of Omaha may appeal decision on police pension
December 26, 1942: The city would appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse the ruling handed down by District Judge Frank Dineen “splitting” the police pension plan, city officials indicated. City Attorney Harold Linahan said he thought the Omaha City Council undoubtedly would authorize an appeal. Linahan said the new pension plan, designed to save the city money, would save “a very few dollars” if it operated under Judge Dineen’s ruling.
1967: A $715,000 federal grant to help finance a collector sewer system to handle packing house waste was awarded to the City of Omaha. Its approval came five days before construction bids received by the city were due to expire. “Now we can set contracts,” said Robert Kutak of Omaha, attorney for the Omaha Pollution Control Corporation, who was in Washington. “Now we can utilize the highly favorable bids,” he said.
1990: The State Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating a fire at a large hog-confinement operation that destroyed two buildings and left more than 1,200 sows and piglets dead. Five fire departments responded to the fire at National Farms. The farm is situated northeast of O’Neill. Firefighters from Page, Inman, Ewing, O’Neill and Chambers battled the blaze until the fire burned itself out. O’Neill firefighter Ron Ludemann said a pig barn and sow farrowing house were lost in the blaze, along with about 1,200 sows and an undetermined number of piglets. Assuming about eight piglets per sow, the loss could be up to about 10,800 pigs.
2004: The Lancaster County Board said in a lawsuit that a resident was operating a motocross track in violation of zoning regulations. The lawsuit filed in District Court said Dr. David Samani, a Lincoln orthopedic surgeon, had violated regulations by using land zoned for agricultural use near Denton for a practice track. The lawsuit sought a permanent injunction against Samani and the Husker Off-Road Riding Club, a group that Samani helped start to promote motocross, which involves racing motorcycles around dirt tracks with hills and jumps.