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2008-07-24 03:00:35

By David Hendee, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 24--RED CLOUD, Neb. -- The old tree-choked, shrub-infested, island- jammed ditch south of town has a new function this summer. A river runs through it. For the first time in at least 10 years, the Republican River is reclaiming its channel, flowing faster and virtually unhindered from the Harlan County Dam to Kansas, thanks to a new program to remove invasive vegetation. "We've got a good thing started here," said Mike Clements, general...

2008-07-23 09:00:39

By Karen Sloan, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 23--Neighborhood associations in midtown aren't waiting around for nature to run its course on trees damaged by recent storms. They aren't waiting for the city to take the lead in replacing them, either. The Midtown Neighborhood Alliance has kicked off an initiative to assess tree damage caused by the storms and to seek money to help replace them. Midtown was one of the areas hardest hit by the June 27 storm that blew into town with...

2008-07-18 06:00:44

By Chip Olsen, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 18--Officials with the Elkhorn Public Schools picture a time when the district's enrollment could rival that of Millard. The district has laid out no timetable of when it expects to be fully built out -- possibly with four high schools, six middle schools and 18 elementary schools -- but officials have mapped out areas where schools in the fast-growing district might be situated. "It sneaks up on you 300 or 400 students at a time," said...

2008-07-16 06:00:31

By Tom Shaw, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 16--Travelers who book plane tickets through airline Web sites often also print boarding passes at home. Now many of those boarding passes will contain more than just flight information, courtesy of an Omaha company. Sojern Inc. has partnered with American Airlines, Delta, Continental, Northwest, U.S. Airways and United to provide Web site links, telephone numbers and advertisements for attractions in travelers' destination cities. The...

2008-07-14 18:00:35

By Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 14--Natural gas payments of 340,000 Nebraska and Iowa customers soon will go to the Black Hills, but the new owner of their local gas systems says no one will see a difference in rates or service. Also part of a three-way deal involving Aquila Corp., Omaha has gained 50 professional services jobs at 1815 Capitol Ave., including regulatory services, gas supply and engineering, information technology and support functions. Lincoln has added 30...

2008-07-14 18:00:28

By Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 14--LINCOLN -- Gov. Dave Heineman said today that he 's been invited to speak to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Union Parliament this fall -- making him apparently the first U.S. governor to receive such an invitation. The invitation is among several opportunities to showcase Nebraska beef and other agricultural products on three continents during the coming months. Heineman said the activities, which...

2008-07-10 15:00:26

By Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 10--LINCOLN -- State Department of Labor officials want Nebraskans to know that some things in life really are free -- and applying for unemployment insurance benefits is one of them. Commissioner Fernando "Butch" Lecuona put out an alert this week about private, for-profit Internet sites that charge people to file for unemployment benefits. Lecuona said the state provides those services for free. He warned that Nebraskans should use...

2008-07-01 15:00:54

A photo of Warren Buffett who stops by his favorite local Dairy Queen(R) to enjoy the debut of the Dairy Queen Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard(R) with Omaha Girl Scout Molly Maloy, 10 is Available On Business Wire's Web Site and AP PhotoExpress. The Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard(R) is available nationwide at Dairy Queens throughout July. This is the first time that Dairy Queen has merged its iconic Blizzard Flavor Treat with the best-selling Girl Scouts cookie ever, Thin Mint.

2008-06-30 06:02:50

By Judith Nygren, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 30--The United Way of the Midlands has divvied up more than $12 million in donations among 35 partner agencies, with the biggest share going to support health-related services. Maternal and infant care and community clinics are among the programs receiving 36 percent of donor dollars for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Education- and income-related programs each received 32 percent of contributions. Education programs include tutoring and...

2008-06-29 06:02:41

By Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 29--WASHINGTON -- Millions of dollars in federal funds would flow to health and education projects in Nebraska and Iowa under a spending bill approved last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The so-called earmarked projects were released by Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, both members of the committee. The largest of the $2.8 million in Nebraska earmarks would provide $800,000 to Tabitha Health Care Services...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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