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NET News: Big Touch-Up For Massive Omaha Mural

A huge mural that covers the entire side of a downtown Omaha building is getting a facelift eight years after it was completed. A faulty sealant was causing the massive outdoor painting to develop a cloudy white film that dulled its bright colors. A team of artists is now hard at work, getting what...

NET News: Big Touch-Up For Massive Omaha Mural

NET News: Inmates Talking Their Way To Better Futures

There are more than a thousand inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln and about 20 of them are trying to talk their way out of prison. It's not quite that simple, but a program that's been around for almost four decades is helping prisoners learn how to use words to help themselves. T...

NET News: Inmates Talking Their Way To Better Futures

NET News: Growing Inspiration On Art Farm In Central Nebraska

In the middle of a cornfield in central Nebraska, an oasis of art is growing. Art Farm, situated off a long dirt road outside the small town of Marquette, started back in 1993 as an artist residency program. Since then, it's become a one-of-a-kind experience many artists can't resist.

NET News: Growing Inspiration On Art Farm In Central Nebraska

NET News: Public Art Gets New Life in Grand Island

It's known mostly as a farming community, but Grand Island is hoping a new push for public art will add a metropolitan flavor to the central Nebraska city. The civic art effort is part of a plan to make it more attractive to a new generation of residents.

NET News: Public Art Gets New Life in Grand Island

NET News: Peru State College Ready to Celebrate 150 Years in Southeast Neb

Tucked into rolling hills in the southeast corner a Nebraska, a college campus is celebrating an impressive anniversary. Peru State College was deeded into existence as the first state-supported college 150 years ago this Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The school has had its ups and downs, but has survived...

NET News: Peru State College Ready to Celebrate 150 Years in Southeast Neb

NET News: New Willa Cather Center Will Continue Legacy of Prolific Nebrask

It's been a decade-long process, but tomorrow, the National Willa Cather Center will officially open in Red Cloud in south central Nebraska. The facility is a testament to the enduring popularity of a writer who died 70 years ago and to the dedication of some of her biggest fans.

NET News: New Willa Cather Center Will Continue Legacy of Prolific Nebrask

NET News: Nebraska Tradition Continues with Start of Chautauqua

A Nebraska tradition continues tomorrow, an event that was an important part of the state's social fabric more than 100 years ago and then made a comeback in the 1980's. Chautauqua begins in Seward, and the subject is a war the United States entered exactly a century ago.

NET News: Nebraska Tradition Continues with Start of Chautauqua

NET News: Lincoln Art Students Sculpting Excellence and Inspiration

A group of Lincoln High School students and their teacher hope a new sculpture that combines photography, writing and some basic engineering will do more than just fill up an empty space. They're hoping the piece also helps bring a very diverse campus together in an unusual way.

NET News: Lincoln Art Students Sculpting Excellence and Inspiration

NET News: Nebraska Ponca Tribe Retracing the Steps of Their Ancestors

It happened 140 years ago this year. The Ponca Tribe was forcibly removed from its ancestral land in northeastern Nebraska and marched south at gunpoint. More than 800 men, women and children made the journey, encountering snow, rough terrain and sickness along the way. Tomorrow, their Ponca ancesto...

NET News: Nebraska Ponca Tribe Retracing the Steps of Their Ancestors

NET News: 145 Years Later, Arbor Day Celebrates Nebraska Roots

145 years ago this month, a Nebraska City newspaper editor and politician made his love for trees official. He founded Arbor Day, a time to plant trees and recognize their importance. Today is National Arbor Day and it wouldn't have happened without J. Sterling Morton's vision for future generations...

NET News: 145 Years Later, Arbor Day Celebrates Nebraska Roots

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