What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Gov. Morrison puts ban on politics
January 17, 1962: Gov. Frank Morrison imposed a ban on political activities by officials of state institutions and by welfare employees. He decreed that they should not “contribute to any candidate or attempt to influence any voter in the upcoming or any other election campaign.” He said the ban also applied to members of the State Institutions and Welfare Advisory Committee, to whom he outlined the policy at a meeting in his office.
1947: Omaha schools should not “try to back into our agreement with the Metropolitan Utilities District,” Mayor Charles Leeman said. He said the city would “definitely” oppose any school action to split with the city a proposed annual payment from MUD. A bill, backed by the city and MUD, was introduced into the State Legislature last week. This week another bill, similar except for the Omaha schools share, was introduced. “The city owns the MUD plant,” the mayor said, “and has a right to expect a reasonable return. The schools have no such right.”
1988: ConAgra’s decision to invest $50 million in Central Park East led Douglas County to dust off plans for a 28-acre park along the riverfront. It would be the final link in a redevelopment plan first envisioned more than 15 years ago: creation of a park and waterway that would lead downtown to the riverfront. “This is probably unprecedented in the modern history of this country — that a park of this magnitude has been cut into the urban fabric of a city,” said Omaha architect Gary Bowen.
1999: University of Nebraska President L. Dennis Smith enlisted some outside help in NU’s effort to cut administrative costs and improve efficiency. Smith announced to the NU Board of Regents that he had created a task force to help identify ways to streamline the university’s nonacademic operations without harming NU’s commitment to teaching, research and service. Ron Burns, chairman of Burns Capital Partners of Omaha and a former president of Union Pacific Railroad, would lead the group.