Cornhusker State


Nebraska Blizzard of 1949.  When you complain about the long winter, think of this.  The final two pictures are of 150 head of cattle that wandered out onto the ice, could not stand up, and froze to death…and some unlucky hunters.

By Nancy Gaarder / World-Herald staff writer

Among these storms was one of the worst blizzards on record: on Jan. 2 and 3, 1949.  All of Nebraska was suffering, except for the southeast corner of the state. Then-Gov. Val Peterson declared it the worst disaster in the state’s history.  And after a late January blizzard made it clear that livestock by the millions were at risk, President Harry Truman declared the region a disaster.

On Jan. 29 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched Operation Snowbound, a massive disaster response. Crews opened roads, cleared farmyards and carved paths to haystacks.

Twelve states were affected by the storms, but four — Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota — were the focus of Operation Snowbound. Sixty-five years ago this week, the effort was declared a success.

Corps records indicate about 240,000 trapped people were rescued, 115,000 miles of roads were reopened and more than 4 million head of livestock were fed. But despite the effort, dozens of people and more than 158,000 cattle and sheep died.  Roy V. Alleman, a Nebraska editor, farmer and rancher of that era, wrote in his book “Blizzard 1949” that 76 people died.


The Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed route is a diagonal line, starting in the Alberta tar sands in Canada and running down through Nebraska. The project has been tied up for years in a polarizing argument about energy, jobs and the environment — and has run into trouble in the Cornhusker State.

Pipeline opponents challenged the legality of the proposed route through Nebraska, and the state’s Supreme Court could rule as early as this Friday. President Obama, who has final approval of the pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canada border, has been waiting on the Nebraska ruling before issuing his decision.

And as loud as the Keystone debate has been in Washington, D.C., and in the courts, Jenni Harrington says it’s talked about in hushed tones in Nebraska’s blustery York County, about an hour from the capital, Lincoln.

On Nebraska’s Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

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2016 Top Games of the Week (Week 7)

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2016 Top Games of the Week Recap (Week 7)

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