Author: Julie Klug

Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture!

Written by Sherry Vinton, Director, Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture  Agriculture is more than the state’s number one industry. Agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska and worth celebrating every day, especially during National Ag Week, March 19-25. I started working for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) in January and consider it a privilege… Read more »

President Carter elected to ACE Board of Directors

University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. Carter was one of about a dozen higher education leaders elected to the ACE board on Friday. His term will run through September 2026…. Read more »

Jerry Adams to be inducted into Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame

For more than 50 years a central Nebraska cattleman has been making strides in the feeding industry with technology, innovation, and data. Jerry Adams of Adams Land & Cattle (ALCC) is being recognized for his commitment to the industry and will be inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. The Cattle Feeders Hall of… Read more »

Pinnacle Bank announces new CEO

Pinnacle Bank announced the selection of its new CEO this week. Lincoln’s Mark Hesser, who has been the bank’s president since 2014, will be the third CEO in the bank’s 85-year history. Hesser said his focus will be on “continuing the community bank model.” Former CEO Sid Dinsdale will remain as chairman of the board… Read more »

2023 Aksarben Ball Leadership Announced

New leadership for the 2023 Aksarben Ball will be helmed by two people with longtime Aksarben ties. Kathryn Anderson has been named Chair of the Women’s Ball Committee.  She is a former Queen of Aksarben and wants to focus on recognizing families across the state for their contributions and continuing to find opportunities for our… Read more »

Aksarben announces new Executive Director for its Nebraska Tech Collaborative

The Aksarben Foundation, a network of business and community leaders focused on the most critical issues facing the heartland, announces Shonna Dorsey as the new Executive Director of its Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC). “Dorsey will lead the collective efforts to advance talent and entrepreneurial ecosystem development in Nebraska,” says Executive Committee Chair of the NTC,… Read more »

Pillen rides conservative path to governorship

Lincoln Journal Star Article Jim Pillen, a conservative Republican who has proposed education funding reform along with an aggressive workforce development policy designed to keep young Nebraskans in the state, was elected Tuesday as Nebraska’s 41st governor. The University of Nebraska regent sailed to victory over Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the underfunded Democratic nominee,… Read more »

Ignite Nebraska program trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Omaha World Herald Article It started off as a 3 a.m. idea. That’s how Joni Wheeler describes the creation of Ignite Nebraska. Launched in February in Omaha, the workforce development apprenticeship program is the culmination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska executives’ desire to solve a multifaceted problem: a shortage of technology employees. Their… Read more »

Congratulations to Dawn and Sid Dinsdale, Aksarben’s Most Honored Citizens!

Nearly 1,750 people of all ages gathered together at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha Saturday night for the annual Aksarben Ball celebration. This year, Aksarben cast it’s Spotlight on the Heartland honoring Nebraska families and individuals for their volunteerism, community service, and philanthropy; a tradition 127-years strong. The spotlight also shone brightly on… Read more »