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City of Norfolk Receives $1.125 Million Grant

The City of Norfolk announced the receipt of a $1.125 million Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) to support the further enhancement of Norfolk’s downtown and riverfront areas. This grant, in conjunction with matching funds, will fuel a series of projects aimed at improving pedestrian… Read more »

Groundbreaking makes way for $7 million iHub makerspace facility

A group of roughly 100 people gathered on a windy Thursday morning in downtown Norfolk to officially break ground on Northeast Community College’s newest facility. iHub, when it opens in August 2025 near South Seventh Street and West Norfolk Avenue, will contain a fabrication lab, collaboration spaces and office space in downtown Norfolk. It’s intended… Read more »

A Tribute to Bruce Lauritzen

From Aksarben Board Chair, Leslie Andersen, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce Lauritzen. A generous and beloved figure in Nebraska business and philanthropy. Nebraska is a better place because of Bruce Lauritzen’s commitment to helping others.” Aksarben is proud to have had Bruce Lauritzen serve as a Governor from 1988 to… Read more »

Sidney one of five schools statewide entered in High School Tech Ambassador Kick Off

SIDNEY — Nelnet announced a partnership with Nebraska Tech Collaborative February 12. The announcement was made at the Sidney School District Board of Education meeting February 12. The announcement was made by Cory Keen, Software Development Manager overseeing the Nelnet office in Sidney. “Nelnet, and Sidney Public Schools, Sidney High School specifically, partnered together. We’re… Read more »

New scholarship to support Nebraska students with top ACT scores

As part of a plan to compete more effectively for top talent, Gov. Jim Pillen, interim University of Nebraska President Chris Kabourek and Board of Regents representatives announced a new scholarship for the state’s top ACT scores. The program will cover the total cost of undergraduate attendance, plus stipends, at any University of Nebraska campus. “By aligning… Read more »

“Fundamentally Unique”

By Kim Carpenter – Omaha Magazine Read through the Board of Governors for the Aksarben Foundation, and the names speak to an encyclopedia of some of Nebraska’s most successful and storied businesses: CQuence Health Group, NP Dodge Company, Security National Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, SilverStone Group, Noddle Companies, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company—the list… Read more »

Aksarben Foundation Announces Women’s Ball Committee Chair and Aksarben Ball Committee Chair for 2024

Pictured: Chaley Chandler, 2024 Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee Chair and Terry Kroeger, 2024 Aksarben Ball Committee Chair The Aksarben Foundation has announced leadership for the 2024 Aksarben Ball, which will be held Saturday, October 19th, 2024, at CHI Health Center Omaha. Chaley Chandler has been selected as Chair of the Women’s Ball Committee for 2024…. Read more »

HDR Appoints John Henderson as New CEO

HDR, a global employee-owned architecture and engineering firm, has named its new chief executive officer. President and Chief Operating Officer John Henderson succeeds Chairman and CEO Eric Keen, who will continue as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Replacing Henderson as president and COO is Neil Graff, who previously served as the firm’s director… Read more »

Belle of the Ball

Thus ran the description of Omaha’s main society event of the mid 1950s, according to Arvid E. Nelson Jr. in his 1967 clothbound tome, “The Ak-Sar-Ben Story: A Seventy-Year History of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben.” There was a time, not all that long ago, when attending the annual Aksarben Ball was the highlight of Omaha’s… Read more »