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Davis and Boys State delegates June 6 near the top of the building.

The weather seems to be the biggest topic of conversation across Nebraska as I write this. Hail blanketed the state from Alliance to Blair, strong winds took out large trees across the state and torrential rainfall  caused unusual flooding conditions everywhere.

Too much rain isn't a typical Nebraska problem, and in a few months we'll all be wishing we could get “a good shower.”

Pete Ricketts won the race for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska and has selected Lavon Heidemann as his lieutenant governor. 

Heidemann is a farmer from southeastern Nebraska, was chair of the Appropriations committee in the Nebraska Legislature for several years, served as a regent for the University of Nebraska and has served as Gov. Heinemann's lieutenant governor for the past year. 

Heidemann is an intelligent dedicated individual with practical experience in governing and is an excellent choice as a running mate for Mr. Ricketts. We don't yet know who Chuck Hassebrook will select as his running mate, but I anticipate a spirited campaign this fall. Ricketts and Hassebrook are both intelligent well-spoken men, so the fall debates will be worth following. 

I have had several calls from concerned individuals about the upcoming meeting in Hay Springs which will address the future of Walgren Lake State Park. Walgren Lake was one of five state parks temporarily closed in Legislative District 43 last fall, and there has been anxiety about the future of the park ever since despite assurances from Game and Parks that no change would be made without input from the public. 

The June 16 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at 125 N. Main Street in Hay Springs, and I encourage everyone to attend, listen to the discussion and give your own opinion about what should be done with the Park. It is important to state that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was asked to consider converting the Park to a Waterfowl Refuge site by private individuals in the area — the idea was not theirs to begin with.

Conversion to a Waterfowl Refuge would limit hunting and fishing opportunities at the lake, which I feel are quite important to individuals within 60 miles of the lake, so it is important that you attend and participate in the discussion. If you cannot attend the meeting, I would suggest you contact the Game and Parks Office in Lincoln at 402-471-5424 or submit written testimony. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the meeting due to conflicts in Lincoln. 

I addressed about 100 people in a Memorial Day Service at the Veteran's Cemetery in Alliance. It was a real honor to be asked to participate and to give tribute to those brave men and women who support our Constitution and our Democracy through their service.

I am writing this on June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the landing in Normandy which was the beginning of the end of World War II. I am privileged to know at least one individual who was on the beaches that day. Bernie Neider was a young private, who was scared to death but who jumped out of his landing craft and pushed up the beach. As one of the first landing crafts on the beach that day, Bernie's group took tremendous causalities and only Bernie and one other individual survived the war. The World War II generation is rapidly passing from our lives, but we owe them, and all veterans, a tremendous debt of gratitude for their sacrifices. 

I hope to have town hall meetings in the district this summer to learn about your concerns and answer questions you may have. You can always contact me through my Lincoln office via telephone at (402) 471-2628 or through email at adavis@leg.ne.gov.                 

Sen. Al Davis, State Capitol, PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509.






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