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While most states rely heavily on three sources of taxes, many of the lowest-tax states for residents generate tax reven...
01/10/2021
The states with the largest (and smallest) tax burden

While most states rely heavily on three sources of taxes, many of the lowest-tax states for residents generate tax revenue in ways that do not financially burden those residents in a direct way.

While most states rely heavily on three sources of taxes, many of the lowest-tax states for residents generate tax revenue in ways that do not financially burden those residents in

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The sheer amount of solid competition gives consumers excellent options to choose from at a range of prices. Here are so...
01/10/2021
The best phones available on the market right now

The sheer amount of solid competition gives consumers excellent options to choose from at a range of prices. Here are some of the best.

The sheer amount of solid competition gives consumers excellent options to choose from at a range of prices. Here are some of the best.

As U.S. health officials try to get COVID-19 vaccines to people more quickly, it’s already time for some to get their se...
01/10/2021
How do I know when to get my 2nd vaccine shot? And other coronavirus questions answered

As U.S. health officials try to get COVID-19 vaccines to people more quickly, it’s already time for some to get their second shots. So who's keeping track to make sure you get the correct dose, and on time?

As U.S. health officials try to get COVID-19 vaccines to people more quickly, it’s already time for some to get their second shots. So who's keeping track to make sure

If you’re looking to shed holiday debt, boost your savings or simply manage your money better, a spending freeze can get...
01/09/2021
How to nail a no-spend month

If you’re looking to shed holiday debt, boost your savings or simply manage your money better, a spending freeze can get you on track. Here’s how to embark on (and stick to) a no-spend month.

If you’re looking to shed holiday debt, boost your savings or simply manage your money better, a spending freeze can get you on track. Here’s how to embark on (and

It's not just your imagination — studies have documented that many people's food intake increases by about 90 to 200 cal...
01/09/2021
Craving carbohydrates? 5 reasons people turn to rich, sugary foods in winter

It's not just your imagination — studies have documented that many people's food intake increases by about 90 to 200 calories per day during winter months. Here's why.

It's not just your imagination — studies have documented that many people's food intake increases by about 90 to 200 calories per day during winter months. Here's why.

Find out which states have administered the most vaccines, plus the pandemic's toll on health care workers, and more tre...
01/09/2021
The states leading the vaccination race, and more trends in this week's data

Find out which states have administered the most vaccines, plus the pandemic's toll on health care workers, and more trends from this week's data with these nine charts.

Find out which states have administered the most vaccines, plus the pandemic's toll on health care workers, and more trends from this week's data with these nine charts.

It's been said that anything worth doing is worth doing badly — and comedy is no exception. Here's a look at the worst c...
01/09/2021
The 100 worst comedies of all time

It's been said that anything worth doing is worth doing badly — and comedy is no exception. Here's a look at the worst comedies of all time, according to IMDb and Metacritic.

It's been said that anything worth doing is worth doing badly — and comedy is no exception. Here's a look at the worst comedies of all time, according to IMDb

Watch the adorable video as a lion meets his cubs for the first time, see how speed golf is a more fast-paced and exciti...
01/09/2021
Watch Now: Popular videos from the past week you may have missed

Watch the adorable video as a lion meets his cubs for the first time, see how speed golf is a more fast-paced and exciting version of the original game, how one college campus is giving out COVID tests using vending…

Watch the adorable video as a lion meets his cubs for the first time, see how speed golf is a more fast-paced and exciting version of the original game, how

Dozens have already been arrested and prosecutors across the U.S. have vowed to bring to justice those who stormed the U...
01/09/2021
Who has been arrested or charged in the deadly Capitol riot?

Dozens have already been arrested and prosecutors across the U.S. have vowed to bring to justice those who stormed the U.S. Capitol, including several from the most prominent images of the siege.

Dozens have already been arrested and prosecutors across the U.S. have vowed to bring to justice those who stormed the U.S. Capitol, including several from the most prominent images of

Despite its challenges, 2020 proved how essential cars, our escape machines, have become. Here are 10 vehicles worth tak...
01/09/2021
10 vehicles worth taking for a spin in 2021

Despite its challenges, 2020 proved how essential cars, our escape machines, have become. Here are 10 vehicles worth taking for a drive in 2021.

Despite its challenges, 2020 proved how essential cars, our escape machines, have become. Here are 10 vehicles worth taking for a drive in 2021.

Colonel Sanders is entering 2021 ready to rumble in the seemingly never-ending chicken sandwich wars.
01/09/2021
KFC is finally upgrading its chicken sandwich

Colonel Sanders is entering 2021 ready to rumble in the seemingly never-ending chicken sandwich wars.

Colonel Sanders is entering 2021 ready to rumble in the seemingly never-ending chicken sandwich wars.

As home jobs go, painting is one of the better ones to approach as a DIY job, but take care with the planning and execut...
01/09/2021
Paint your house like a pro with these tips — and save some money

As home jobs go, painting is one of the better ones to approach as a DIY job, but take care with the planning and execution. Here are some tips.

As home jobs go, painting is one of the better ones to approach as a DIY job, but take care with the planning and execution. Here are some tips.

Our s​econd Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Grand Island Physical Therapy, this week is Grand Island Central Catholic'...
01/09/2021
WATCH NOW: Athlete of the Week: Rylie Rice

Our s​econd Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Grand Island Physical Therapy, this week is Grand Island Central Catholic's Rylie Rice.

Our s​econd Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Grand Island Physical Therapy, this week is Grand Island Central Catholic's Rylie Rice. Rice scored eight 3-pointers in one game last week.

The Central District Health Department said Friday that 137 new COVID-19 cases were reported between Sunday and Wednesda...
01/09/2021
137 new COVID-19 cases reported this week in 3-county area

The Central District Health Department said Friday that 137 new COVID-19 cases were reported between Sunday and Wednesday in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties.

The Central District Health Department said Friday that 137 new COVID-19 cases were reported between Sunday and Wednesday in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties.

Grand Island police said they believe they had arrested the man who hopped into a running vehicle at El Tucanazo Auto Sa...
01/09/2021
Suspect in theft of Jeep arrested

Grand Island police said they believe they had arrested the man who hopped into a running vehicle at El Tucanazo Auto Sales on Wednesday and sped away.

Grand Island police said they believe they had arrested the man who hopped into a running vehicle at El Tucanazo Auto Sales on Wednesday and sped away.

Let’s dig into some more comments and recommendations about the central Nebraska food scene.
01/09/2021
Everyone has a place for that special food

Let’s dig into some more comments and recommendations about the central Nebraska food scene.

Let’s dig into some more comments and recommendations about the central Nebraska food scene.

LINCOLN — Wendy Johnson, an Elba native, was promoted Tuesday to the rank of major general at the Nebraska National Guar...
01/09/2021
Guard promotes Elba native to major general

LINCOLN — Wendy Johnson, an Elba native, was promoted Tuesday to the rank of major general at the Nebraska National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Lincoln. She becomes the first female general officer in the Nebraska National Guard to pin…

LINCOLN — Wendy Johnson, an Elba native, was promoted Tuesday to the rank of major general at the Nebraska National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Lincoln. She becomes the first

During World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Lu...
01/09/2021
Today in history: Jan. 9

During World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Luzon got underway, and more events that happened on this day in history.

During World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Luzon got underway, and more events that happened on

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Dave Matthews, Deon Cole, Imelda Staunton, J....
01/09/2021
Celebrity Birthdays: Jan. 9

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Dave Matthews, Deon Cole, Imelda Staunton, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy Page, Joan Baez, Omari Hardwick and more.

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Dave Matthews, Deon Cole, Imelda Staunton, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy Page, Joan Baez, Omari Hardwick and more.

If someone is clipping along in a motorized vehicle on Grand Island’s hike and bike trails, he’s breaking the law.
01/09/2021
Motorized vehicles not permitted on city trails

If someone is clipping along in a motorized vehicle on Grand Island’s hike and bike trails, he’s breaking the law.

If someone is clipping along in a motorized vehicle on Grand Island’s hike and bike trails, he’s breaking the law.

After playing on the road for the first nine games of the season, the Northwest boys basketball team looked more than ha...
01/09/2021
Northwest wins home opener over Lakeview

After playing on the road for the first nine games of the season, the Northwest boys basketball team looked more than happy to be at home on Friday.

After playing on the road for the first nine games of the season, the Northwest boys basketball team looked more than happy to be at home on Friday.

After losing three of its previous four games, Northwest gave itself a much-needed confidence boost Friday.
01/09/2021
Vikings win big over Lakeview

After losing three of its previous four games, Northwest gave itself a much-needed confidence boost Friday.

After losing three of its previous four games, Northwest gave itself a much-needed confidence boost Friday.

KEARNEY — For 13 minutes, Kearney Catholic did the unbelievable: shut out unbeaten and Class C2 No. 1-ranked Grand Islan...
01/09/2021
Kearney Catholic hands GICC first loss of season

KEARNEY — For 13 minutes, Kearney Catholic did the unbelievable: shut out unbeaten and Class C2 No. 1-ranked Grand Island Central Catholic.

KEARNEY — For 13 minutes, Kearney Catholic did the unbelievable: shut out unbeaten and Class C2 No. 1-ranked Grand Island Central Catholic.

KEARNEY - Grand Island Central Catholic’s girls survived two layup attempts by Kearney Catholic’s Ashley Keck in the las...
01/09/2021
GICC holds off Kearney Catholic to stay unbeaten

KEARNEY - Grand Island Central Catholic’s girls survived two layup attempts by Kearney Catholic’s Ashley Keck in the last 11 seconds to get away with a 38-36 victory Friday night to stay unbeaten.

KEARNEY - Grand Island Central Catholic’s girls survived two layup attempts by Kearney Catholic’s Ashley Keck in the last 11 seconds to get away with a 38-36 victory Friday night

State Surveyor Casey Sherlock, an Alliance native, spent his COVID-19 summer of 2020 scanning a complete set of statewid...
01/09/2021
Peering into the past: Hand-drawn maps made in the 1800s now available online

State Surveyor Casey Sherlock, an Alliance native, spent his COVID-19 summer of 2020 scanning a complete set of statewide “patent plat maps” created for and used by Nebraska’s former U.S. General Land Office.

State Surveyor Casey Sherlock, an Alliance native, spent his COVID-19 summer of 2020 scanning a complete set of statewide “patent plat maps” created for and used by Nebraska’s former U.S.

Increasing global temperatures will bring changes to our environment, economy, and society, but one of the most pronounc...
01/09/2021
The cities most impacted by sea level rise

Increasing global temperatures will bring changes to our environment, economy, and society, but one of the most pronounced effects will be the impact on sea level rise.

Increasing global temperatures will bring changes to our environment, economy, and society, but one of the most pronounced effects will be the impact on sea level rise.

There is no truth to the alleged "evidence" that Capitol rioters were antifa activists, nor is there any proof COVID-19 ...
01/09/2021
Not real news roundup: Debunking myths about Capitol rioters, COVID-19 vaccines and more

There is no truth to the alleged "evidence" that Capitol rioters were antifa activists, nor is there any proof COVID-19 vaccines lead to autoimmune disease. Here are the facts.

There is no truth to the alleged "evidence" that Capitol rioters were antifa activists, nor is there any proof COVID-19 vaccines lead to autoimmune disease. Here are the facts.

Here's a look back at all of the well-known actors, actresses, athletes, musicians, and more who have died in 2020.
01/09/2021
Stars we've lost in 2020

Here's a look back at all of the well-known actors, actresses, athletes, musicians, and more who have died in 2020.

Here's a look back at all of the well-known actors, actresses, athletes, musicians, and more who have died in 2020.

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One of Grand Island's oldest businesses didn't actually get its start in Grand Island.

What is now The Grand Island Independent began as The Platte Valley Independent in 1869.

Publisher Seth P. Mobley moved the paper to Grand Island after an angry mob gathered in front of the newspaper's North Platte office. The group was upset over columns that had been written about the Union Pacific Railroad.

As part of a peace agreement between the railroaders and Mobley, he and his editor, Maggie Eberhart, had to leave town. Around the same time, a group of Grand Island businessmen were looking for a newspaper proprietor and welcomed The Independent to town.

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