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Ickey Nickel Campground Gets Approval From Local Board, 12:06


071019 Noon News 

Patrols of the Ickey Nickel should be allowed to legally camp on the bar and grill's property, that’s the verdict from yesterday’s meeting of The Sioux City Planning and Zoning Commission Board of Adjustment.  The Sioux City Journal reports that the board voted yesterday to rezone the property.

The Ickey Nickel recently had to suspend camping on their property at 4700 41st St. after a complaint was filed. According to the Ickey Nickel’s general manager, the complaint came as a surprise. The bar and grill had allowed camping for years. 

The issue will go in front of the City Council on July 22. The final decision to rezone the property from business park to zoning commercial to legalize camping will be made there. 

Runoff from heavy rains in south-central Nebraska is moving down several rivers, posing new flood threats.

Warnings were issued after up to 9 inches of rain fell in some spots during storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Frontier, Gosper, Kearney and Phelps counties overnight Monday. Floodwater entered several communities, including Kearney, where several people were stranded in their homes or vehicles.

The nearly two dozen members of a search committee for the next president of the University of Nebraska system generally agree he or she must be someone for everyone. University President Hank Bounds announced in March that he was leaving the post he'd held for less than five years.

Among other things, the committee is calling for an appreciation of the value of intercollegiate athletics, especially Husker athletics at the Lincoln campus. That raised a question from former Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood, who wondered why the committee would suggest that only one campus "has sports that you're really going to pay attention to."

He says the campus chancellors — not the system president — should oversee their sports programs

South Dakota regulators have approved a permit for construction of a wind farm in the northeastern part of the state. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a permit to build the Crowned Ridge Wind Farm.

The proposed wind farm will cover more than 53,000 acres in Grant and Codington counties. The project will be capable of producing as much as 300 megawatts of energy from up to 130 wind turbines.

Conditions on the permit include addressing sound levels and shadow flicker experienced by nearby residents, detecting ice on turbine blades, and monitoring grouse mating areas within the wind farm area once construction is complete.

An Iowa State University study finds playing certain types of video games may increase creativity.

The study divided a group of 352 ISU students into four groups. The first two groups were assigned to play 40 minutes of Minecraft, Of the two groups playing Minecraft, one was given instructions about the game and turned loose, while the other group was told to be as creative as possible. The study found the students who were given the freedom to play Minecraft without being told to be creative ended up being the most creative.

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