Nebraska Humane Society goes the distance to connect people and pets | Local News

While the animals are listed online, Wiese said, the humane society wanted to give people a more personal connection with the animals they might adopt. 

“It’s hard to get a feel for a dog with a photo,” she said. 

Greg Sims, president and CEO of FIDO Friendly, said the magazine decided to make an extra stop this year in Omaha on their way back west from Chicago. Although the magazine originally planned 11 stops, all but a handful of shelters cancelled their events. 



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Omaha residents visit the Nebraska Humane Society’s adoption event held Sunday to meet potential new pets. 




“This year is just different,” he said, “everything is more challenging.” 

Those challenges haven’t stopped the tour, Sims said, and they continue to work for the welfare of animals. He said over the years, the magazine has helped to place over 15,000 animals in permanent homes. 

Laurie Zagurski,

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Government accused of treating the North ‘like a petri dish’ for local lockdowns as tougher restrictions are considered

Watch: Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in the north of England





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The government is treating the North “like a petri dish” for local lockdown experiments as harsher restrictions are considered, the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has said.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the North of England and current local lockdown measures failing to stop the increase, the government is considering tightening measures only weeks after introducing new ones.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham told GMB: “What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken.

“Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.”

Politicians across the North have criticised the Government over plans to close pubs and restaurants next week to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

The proposals, which have not been confirmed, appeared on the front pages of The Times,

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Manitowoc Historical Society plans fall stroll for mid-October, plus more local news

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Manitowoc County Historical Society to host Fall Stroll in mid-October



a tree in front of a house: Manitowoc County's Pinecrest Historical Village, shown here in fall.


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Manitowoc County’s Pinecrest Historical Village, shown here in fall.

Manitowoc County Historical Society, 924 Pinecrest Road in Manitowoc, is offering a fall site stroll for guests to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic Pinecrest Village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16-17.

The village is open for strolling amid the coronavirus pandemic, but all historic buildings are closed to the public. The McAllister House Welcome Center will be open for restrooms and the Museum Store. When people are indoors, masks are required. Restrooms are also available on the back of the General Store/Meat Market.

Pick-up will also be held during these times for those who have reserved an All Hallow’s Eve STEAM Pack. Packs will be available for pick-up

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North being treated like ‘petri dish’ for local lockdowns

Watch: Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in the north of England

The government is treating the North “like a petri dish” for local lockdown experiments as harsher restrictions are considered, the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has said.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the North of England and current local lockdown measures failing to stop the increase, the government is considering tightening measures only weeks after introducing new ones.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham told GMB: “What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken.

“Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.”

Politicians across the North have criticised the Government over plans to close pubs and restaurants next week to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

The proposals, which have not been confirmed, appeared on the front pages of The Times, Telegraph and Sun newspapers,

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Utah Huntington’s Disease Society to hold virtual Team Hope Walk | Local News

The Utah chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will be hosting its annual Team Hope Walk with a twist this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the organization is transitioning into a virtual format, welcoming people to walk wherever they would prefer for the fundraising event on Oct. 17.

According to the HDSA website, Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder causing the breakdown of cells in the brain as well as the deterioration of a person’s physical and mental abilities. There are currently 41,000 symptomatic Americans with more than 200,000 at risk of inheriting the disease.

For Morgan Pratt, the Utah chapter president, Huntington’s disease is something she has been dealing with throughout her life. Pratt’s mother passed away due to complications from the disease and Pratt was then diagnosed with it about two years ago at the age of 23.

“We are on the cusp of

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Virtual meetings of local government bodies in jeopardy after Supreme Court ruling

Local governments across Michigan are in limbo following a state Supreme Court ruling, uncertain whether they’ll be able to keep holding public meetings virtually.

The court last Friday, Oct. 2, struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority to continue Michigan’s state of emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s the state of emergency that has empowered Whitmer to unilaterally issue orders like allowing public bodies to hold electronic meetings since March.

After several months of livestreaming meetings using platforms like Zoom, elected officials around the state are now wondering if they’re going to be forced to return to in-person meetings.

“Things got even more interesting in this incredibly strange year,” said Ann Arbor City Council Member Ali Ramlawi as the issue came up during a virtual council meeting Monday night.

While the governor said Friday her orders remain in effect for 21 more days and the Michigan Municipal League has advised

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China’s ‘three red lines’ strike delicate balance between curbing real estate debt and local government finances

As China moves to tackle excessive borrowing in the real estate sector, it is walking a tightrope between providing cash-strapped local governments with revenues from land sales and keeping a lid on rising house prices.

Chinese regulators in August tightened funding conditions for 12 major property developers, setting caps on the amount of debt they could hold in relation to cash on hand, the value of their assets and as a proportion of equity in their businesses – dubbed “the three red lines”.

Last week, mainland financial newspaper the 21st Century Business Herald reported authorities had asked large banks to keep the proportion of property loans below 30 per cent of all new loans, citing unidentified sources.

Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.

Property sales growth has surged this year, helping the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Humane Society adjusts to the pandemic | Local News

BURLINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought plenty of changes — and more than enough challenges — to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, but the organization is continuing to place cats, dogs and other small animals to those who want a furry friend.

The organization, which was founded in 1974 to provide shelter for abandoned, abused or unwanted animals, has been going through a challenging time, said Executive Director Janine Ceja.

“Like everyone, we too have been hit with this pandemic in all aspects,” she said.

The organization has limited its hours, and made its shelter available to the public on an appointment-only basis, she said. Despite the changes, adoptions have been robust, especially with the organization’s partnership with PetSmart in Burlington.

In May, of the 123 dogs and cats to come in, 76 were adopted, and many of the remaining 47 remained only because they were too young

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‘Danger sign’: State, local government job losses grow as Congress stalls on relief

The new data undercut a Republican argument that state and local governments have gotten enough help from Washington, with some citing an uptick in revenue for many states this summer that outpaced initial projections. But the job losses suggest that economic relief that Congress approved in the CARES Act in late March gave a temporary boost to local economies that’s now drying up.

Not all Republicans have rejected more state aid outright. In an interview, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) cited three Republican cosponsors — Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and Susan Collins of Maine — for his bill to provide $500 billion in flexible grants to help state and local governments.

“One of the lessons we should take from the Great Recession was that massive layoffs and tax increases at the state and local level acted as an anchor and weighed down our economic recovery for

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Local husband-wife photography team helps lower the save rate for Forsyth Humane Society. | Twin City Talk

The love of dogs has taken on a new meaning for Lauren and Dave Clark, owners of DesiLu Photography.

Not only is the company named after the couple’s dogs, Desi and Lucy, but the pair have partnered with Forsyth Humane Society (FHS) to photograph dogs that are up for adoption after their experience fostering a senior pet.

“Our relationship with Forsyth Humane Society started with us becoming fosters about two years ago,” says Lauren. “We brought home this gorgeous dog that looked a lot like our dog, Desi. Knowing that black dogs are harder to photograph and get adopted, we decided to take her over to our studio to take some pictures of her and sent them over to FHS.”

From there the partnership was born.

Lauren and Dave photograph the pets once or twice a month, helping FHS work toward their goal of increasing the save rate in the

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