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Omaha Station Gathers 38,000 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 6/10/2022

The Stuff the Bus food drive from Omaha, Neb.s 6 News, a Gray Television station, gathered 38,000 pounds of food, a 15% increase over last years event. Donations benefited the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Even before COVID the need was always there, there are people hungry in Omaha and there are people who are very willing to help feed those people, St. Vincent de Paul officials said.

Nebraska Doctors Answer Questions About Omicron on Omahas WOWT-TV

Date Posted: 1/10/2022

Dedicated to keeping viewers informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, WOWT-TV in Omaha hosted a Facebook Live question and answer session with two local doctors in January. Viewers tuned in, submitting questions for Dr. Mark Rupp and Dr. Armando de Alba. As the omicron variant surges through the community and beyond, Drs. Rupp and de Alba answered questions, urged preventive measures and vaccinations, discussed testing challenges and more. See the whole Facebook Live session here.

KETV Raises $118,000 for Food Bank for the Heartland

Date Posted: 4/7/2020

Hearsts ABC affiliate KETV Omaha, Neb., raised $118,000 for Food Bank of the Heartland on April 1 as a part of their virtual fundraising campaign, Giving Wednesday. Viewers were encouraged to donate by phone, through the non-profits website or by a Facebook fundraiser.

When we find ways to give and connect with those in need, it not only lifts our spirits, it brings us back to our center, reminding us of who we are. As a local broadcaster were committed to connecting our community change-makers with those in need, said KETV President and General Manager Anel Roblin. Future Giving Wednesdays will focus on volunteering and other ways people can make donations.

KFGE-FM Raises $93,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 2/15/2020

NRG Medias KFGE-FM Lincoln, Neb., raised a record $93,000 during the 17th annual St. Jude Country Cares for Kids Radiothon, held February 5 6. Station staff and volunteers took donations and encouraged listeners to become monthly donors during the two-day broadcast event.

KQKQ-FM Collects More Than 100 Miles of Toilet Paper

Date Posted: 2/15/2020

NRG Medias KQKQ-FM Omaha collected over 2,000 rolls of toilet paper on February 7 for Omahas Open Door Mission, a resource center for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. On-air personalities Nikki Oswald and Laura Blenkush sat on closed toilets outside the station in snow and 20-degree temperatures. They stayed outside until the goal of collecting 98.5 miles, approximately 1,700 rolls, was surpassed.

SummitMedia Omaha Raised a Record $96,000 for Kids

Date Posted: 12/13/2019

SummitMedias KSRZ-FM and KKCD-FM Omaha, Neb., provided holiday gifts and meals for local families and raised $96,000 for children with life-threatening illnesses during two annual fundraisers. Listeners adopted a record-breaking 2,000 families for KSRZs 20th annual Adopt-A-Family radiothon on December 5 and 6, in partnership with the Salvation Army. KKCDS Make-A-Wish radiothon raised $96,000 on December 6, a station record for the event.

SummitMedia Omahas Operations Manager Matt Derrick said, Both of these events are true testaments to the passion and community spirit our team has and the love and support our listeners pour out during the holiday season.

NRG Omaha Collects 10,000 Toys

Date Posted: 12/6/2019

NRG Medias Omaha, Neb., cluster - KQKQ-FM, KOPW-FM, KOOO-FM, KOZN-AM, KMMQ-AM and KOIL-AM collected more than 10,000 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign on December 6 and 7. Stations also collected more than $1,000 in cash during the two-day event.

KZKX Lincoln Raises over $60,000 for American Red Cross Flood Relief

Date Posted: 5/7/2019

Alpha Medias KZKX-FM Lincoln, NE along with the Starlite Event Center, raised over $60,000 for American Red Cross Nebraska Flood Relief Campaign during a one-night benefit concert event near Wahoo, NE on March 29. The evening included a meal donated by Frontier Coop, a silent and live auction of donated items held by Sanderson Auctioneers, and entertainment from local bands Dylan Bloom, Bucka Ruse, and Sack of Lions. All funds raised were donated to the American Red Cross Nebraska Flood Relief Campaign. As the record severe flooding began to impact the state on March 14, KZKX air talent Coryelle Thomas suggested the Starlite Event Center would be an ideal location for a fundraising event. From there, the community stepped up and the result was an amazing evening of fun and outpouring of support

KRNY-FM Raises $301,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 5/6/2019

NRG Medias KRNY-FM Kearney, NE raised $301,528 through their radiothon for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, held March 28 and 29. This marks the third consecutive year that over $300,000 has been raised in a radio metro market with only 120,000 people 12+.

Nebraska Broadcasters Support Flood Relief

Date Posted: 4/1/2019

Broadcasters across Nebraska raised $442,000 during the #NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief, held March 22 to support American Red Cross relief efforts following flooding that killed two and caused billions of dollars in damage. The Nebraska Broadcasters Association donated $20,000 to kick off the drive. Hearsts ABC affiliate KETV Omaha and Gray Television donated $10,000 each, and Scripps CBS affiliate KMTV Omaha and Citadels KLKN Lincoln contributed $5,000 each. Governor Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse fielded donor phone calls during the event.

We tell stories that connect us and provide a pathway to help those in need throughout our viewer and listening areas, from all across Nebraska and into western Iowa, said Chairperson of the NBA Board of Directors and KETV President / GM Ariel Roblin. From lifesaving storm coverage to fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars for relief and recovery, we come together for a stronger Nebraska.

Susanne and I also want to thank the Nebraska Broadcasters who have led this effort and done an incredible job of helping keep people safe throughout the flooding, said Governor Ricketts.

NRG Cluster Aids Flood Victims

Date Posted: 3/31/2019

NRG Medias Omaha cluster in partnership with the Salvation Army collected more than 160,000 bottles of water in a drive held March 15 16 to support victims of the recent extreme flooding.

Nebraskans were in need, and our team knew we had to do something, said Market Manager Mark Shecterle. We committed our entire staff and resources to make this happen.

KFGE-FM Lincoln Supports St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/1/2019

NRG Medias KFGE-FM Lincoln, Neb., raised $91,000 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital during its 17th annual radiothon held February 7 8. The record-breaking event featured inspiring stories from families who never have to pay to receive pediatric cancer treatment.

KFOR-AM Awarded 2018 NAB Crystal Radio Award

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb. was awarded the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. One of KFOR-AMs many initiatives is Operation Santa Claus, which provided over 1,700 children with Christmas gifts in 2017.

Nebraska Broadcasters Association Donates $5,000 to Hurricane Relief

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

The Nebraska Broadcasters Association Foundation (NBAF) donated $5,000 to the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFA) to support of broadcasters impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael. The lifesaving coverage that our colleagues provide in emergency situations is an integral part of broadcasters shared mission to always serve our communities, said NBA Board Chair and GM of Hearsts ABC affiliate KETV Omaha Ariel Roblin. We are proud that this donation will provide needed resources for our fellow broadcasters who put themselves on the front line.

KOLN / KGIN Collects 265,000 Lbs. of Food

Date Posted: 7/1/2018

Gray Televisions CBS affiliate KOLN / KGIN Lincoln, NE, collected 265,000 pounds of food in its 31st annual 10/11 Can Care-a-Van, June 1-8. During the week-long food drive, the station travels around the viewing area to collect donations for local food pantries. In 31 years, the station has collected total over 4.9 million pounds of food.

The best part of this is that it truly is a local effort, said Community Services Director Sara Blann. The communities plan their own events, getting community groups involved and coming up with creative ways to boost donations. We assist with promotional efforts. ALL their donations stay local.

Nebraska Stations Promote First Amendment

Date Posted: 7/1/2018

The foundations of the Nebraska Association of Broadcasters and the Nebraska Press Association split the cost of the campaign creative and social media elements for the Think F1rst campaign, which will run July 4 September 30 on radio and television stations throughout the state. The Think F1rst campaign is designed to encourage all Nebraskans to think about the First Amendment and will help educate citizens about the five freedoms it guarantees.

KETV Helps Omaha Gives Raise $7.8 Million

Date Posted: 7/5/2017

Hearsts ABC affiliate KETV-TV Omaha partnered with The Omaha Community Foundation for the fifth annual Omaha Gives, a 24-hour on-line charity event on May 24. This year, nearly 53,000 made donations, totaling $7.8 million for 923 local organizations. In five years, Omaha Gives has become the seventh largest day of giving in the United States, raising more than $27 million.

KETV-TV also hosted the 19th annual "D.J. Hero Award Luncheon, which highlights eight local students who have overcome incredible odds to succeed in life and are dedicated to helping others. Each student receives a college scholarship. This years luncheon raised $500,000 for local Salvation Army projects and featured a speech from recording artist Jewel.

KETVs Backpack Program Helps Record Number of Local Children

Date Posted: 8/25/2016

Hearst Televisions KETV, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, partnered with the Salvation Army for the 19th 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program. This year they distributed 15,640 backpacks filled with school supplies to help a record number of local children this year. For the past several years the Backpack program has helped around 13,000 local children each year. More than 185,000 backpacks have been distributed since this program started in 1998. View stories here and here.

Viewer Thanks KLKN for Life-Saving Coverage

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Citadels ABC affiliate KLKN Lincoln, NE received the below note from a viewer, congratulating the station on its 20th anniversary and thanking the news and weather crew for life-saving tornado coverage.

I watched the news and weather tonight as I always do early morning and evening. Congratulations on 20 years! I remember 1996 when you started out as my job at that time was close to your location. I also want to Thank You for your weather coverage at the time of the Hallam tornado. I lived in Hallam at the time of the tornado and our home was destroyed. We have rebuilt and live there now. I believe I survived because of your weather coverage. I know many Hallam folk say the same thing, that they watched channel 8 and knew to take cover. My daughter called me and told me to go to the basement and turn the TV to channel 8. I did what she said. I watched your weather broadcast and at the time I was even annoyed thinking I could not believe how you were making me so afraid of what was coming! I knew it was not normal and could not believe a tornado was coming. But, so glad you were telling us to do what you said and take cover! You did it right! People do not take the weather reports seriously!

Thank you so much for providing that serious weather broadcast and please continue to do that! Weather is not always warm and fuzzy! Thank God and Channel 8 that I am alive! You will always be my choice for my news and weather. I love Luke Dorris and his weather reports. He does a great job and I love it when he explains and teaches about the weather. Keep doing the great job you do. Keep us safe!

Thank you!

KRNY-FM Raises $287,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/8/2016

NRG Medias KRNY-FM Kearney, NE raised a record $287,000 in this years radiothon for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, held March 31 April 1. "The fact that we keep going up in numbers is amazing, is incredible, is heart-wrenching and is beyond words," said KRNYs Lisa Williams. "But the success for us and the goal for us, to spread the word about St. Jude and to get people to be a part of it."

Third Annual Team Jack Radiothon Raises $75,000

Date Posted: 10/14/2015

On September 3, radio stations across Nebraska participated in the Team Jack Radiothon, which raises funds for pediatric brain cancer research for the Team Jack Foundation. This year, the radiothon raised $75,000. More information on the Team Jack Foundation is available here.

KFOR-AM Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

Date Posted: 4/20/2015

Congratulations to Digity LLC KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

"For 90 years, the legendary KFOR-AM has stood for integrity, unparalleled community service and live, local programming. In 2014, almost 1,700 less fortunate children received specifically requested Christmas gifts from KFORs Operation Santa Claus thanks to the generosity of KFOR listeners. KFOR-AM selflessly focuses on the needs and interests of the community to help with projects to feed hungry families in need through the Food Bank of Lincoln, raises awareness for those battling blood cancers through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, supports the families of loved ones struggling with Alzheimers, honors our local veterans and helps provide books to area first- and second-graders. KFOR-AM employees donated over 1,200 hours of volunteer time in community outreach, from reading in schools to emceeing charity events. More than 15,042 PSA minutes of free airtime were given to community programs and nonprofit organizations. Through our on-air community service programs, Lincoln Live and Problems and Solutions, KFOR-AM interviewed over 400 people in 2014. Other public service interviews numbered more than 500. Our morning team has a combined total of 113 years at KFOR-AM. The station is the consistent leader in our community of 265,000 perfectly exemplifying everything the NAB Crystal Radio Award represents."

KLIN-AM Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

Date Posted: 4/20/2015

Congratulations to NRG Media Limited Liability Company KLIN- AM Lincoln, Neb. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

"For any News/Talk station, the first responsibility is to the local community. Here at KLIN-AM, we regard our commitment to public service as a privilege as well as a responsibility because of the bonds forged over generations between this station and our listeners. Everyone on the KLIN team is emotionally vested in the stories we cover, the people we interview and the information we provide 24/7. The traditions, values, struggles and triumphs of everyday life one hears about on KLIN-AM arent just news about people they are about our neighbors and friends. Its with this appreciation for those around us that KLIN-AM works every day to demonstrate its ability to help make a positive impact in our community. In 2014, KLIN-AMs staff and its supportive family of listeners rose to the occasion time after time, raising $766,000 for charities. In addition, KLIN-AM furnished 20,000 minutes of public service airtime, and staff contributed 1,500 volunteer hours to causes in the Greater Lincoln area, but our work is never done. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves in 2015 even more for the good of our listeners as we reaffirm our pledge to helping make Lincoln a better place to live."

KOIL-AM Omaha Raises $73,000 for Children

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

NRG Medias KOIL-AM Omaha, Neb. raised $73,000 for the Child Saving Institute during a radiothon on Dec. 12. The Child Saving Institute serves children and teens facing difficult situations by providing emergency shelter, adoption, foster care, therapy and day care assistance. KOIL-AM beat its goal of $60,000 by nearly 25 percent.

KXKT-FM Omaha Raises Nearly $1 Million for School Lunches

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

iHeartMedias KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. raised $900,000 during The Woodhouse Challenge 2014. The Woodhouse Auto Family challenged morning personality Gina to not eat for 24 hours to better appreciate the daily plight of children who do not have enough food. The Woodhouse Auto Family contributed $400,000 and challenged listeners to match this amount. KXKT-FM listeners stepped up, more than doubling the contribution. The money KXKT-FM raised will provide meals to 5,600 local children through the Food Bank for the Heartlands school lunch program.

KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

In 2013, Clear Channels KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. made it the stations mission to help feed hungry kids with a backpack program through the Food Bank for the Heartland. In November 2013, KXKT-FM listeners donated $800,000 to feed hungry kids. KXKT-FM was committed to providing clean, family entertainment and meaningful, impactful community projects. In 2013, the station helped raise $1.8 million for 15 charitable causes. KXKT-FM was most proud of the nine signature events it held to address pressing community needs. These included a motorcycle run for the troops, a grade school book tour and a Healthy Kids Carnival. Since 2007, the stations advisory board of 15 community leaders has helped identify critical needs in the area, such as violence in North Omaha, senior scams and more. KXKT-FM highlighted several of these issues on-air in 2013. These efforts throughout 2013 made KXKT-FM the recipient of a 2014 Crystal Radio Award.

KOIL-AM Host Takes the Plunge to Fight Cancer

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Three NRG Media radio stations in Omaha KQKQ-FM, KOPW-FM, and KMMQ-AM raised more than $94,000 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital during a two-day radiothon in early April. The three stations broadcast extensive live, local coverage from 7 am to 7 p.m. each day. This years total exceeded last years by more than $7,000.

KOIL-AM Host Takes the Plunge to Fight Cancer

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

NRG Media-owned KOIL-AM Omahas Talk Host Tom Becka took the "plunge" in mid-April as part of a fundraiser for Landon Shaw, a Missouri boy with cancer who has inspired several fundraising challenges. In addition to Becka, NRG Radio Hosts Crash Davis (KOOO-FM), Jenny Olive (KQKQ-FM) and local politicians also took the dive into 50 degree water to fight cancer.

Radio Broadcast in Lincoln Helps an Abducted Child

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Three Eagles Communications Groups KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb., helped return an abducted child to safety. After a woman heard KFOR-AMs broadcast about a childs abduction, she saw a car matching the veichles description and called the police. Officers found the kidnapper inside a department store, and brought the child home safely. Lincoln News Director Dale Johnson said this shows how much we do make a difference.

KXKT-FM Raises $303,000 During Childrens Miracle Radiothon

Date Posted: 9/10/2013

Clear Channels KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb., raised more than $303,000 for Omahas Childrens Hospital and Medical Center during the stations 11th annual Childrens Miracle Network Radiothon. Over the past 11 years KXKT-FM has raised nearly $3 million for the local childrens hospital. All proceeds go directly to the medical center.

KBBK-FM Listeners Take a Dip in Icy Omaha Waters for Special Olympics

NRG Medias KBBK-FM, Omaha, Neb., will sponsor the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics on February 26, 2011. The "bone-chilling" event invites participants to collect pledges from their families and friends for plunging into the icy waters in Omaha. All the event proceeds support more than 4,000 athletes who are involved in the Special Olympics Nebraska.

KFOR-AM Organizes "Teacher Recognition Day"

Shining light on the significant role of teachers in childrens lives, KFOR-AM in Lincoln, Neb., has been the organizer of "Teacher Recognition Day" each March for the past 26 years. Students are encouraged to nominate teachers who have greatly influenced their lives through live and recorded announcements, which start playing four weeks before "Teacher Recognition Day." The winning teachers and those who nominated them are invited to a celebratory breakfast emceed by KFORs Mark Taylor at the Governors Mansion. The station airs live call-ins from the breakfast, where each child speaks about his or her teacher. A year-round supporter of education, the station also airs a weekly segment featuring a representative of the Lincoln Public Schools about its "Fund-a-Need" program, where donations from community members are used to make great classroom ideas a reality. "KFOR has simply been invaluable in letting us get word out about our Fund-a-Need program," said Lorie Safford from the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. "This school year we have broken all records in the number of teacher proposals we have been able to provide resources for in large part due to KFOR." KFOR was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award in 2008.

KZEN-FM Spearheads Drives After Fire Destroys Homes

When fire claimed the homes and all of the belongings of two local families, KZEN-FM in Columbus, Neb., spearheaded drives to help the families get back on their feet. The stations "Community Comes Together" event first helped a family in May by teaming up with the local American Red Cross and local churches to encourage donations. Announcements asking listeners to help the family aired several times a day. In addition, a six-hour broadcast event, which required 40 staff hours, successfully raised $7,500 in goods and immediate financial support. In December, the community came together again right before the Christmas holiday, when another family was devastated by a house fire. Similar to the previous effort, KZEN broadcast daily messages asking Nebraskans to help, and then held two three-hour on-air drives. This time the station partnered with American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Listener contributions added up to $6,000 in funds and merchandise, and with this help, the family was able to still have Christmas. KZEN was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

KOGA-AM Sponsors Fundraiser for Local Family

Being icy cold normally doesnt help anyone, but dozens of people helped save a life when they jumped into a lake in the middle of winter as part of a fundraiser put on by KOGA-AM of Ogallala, Neb. The event benefited Allison Jones, a local 16-year-old in need of a heart transplant. For the operation, Jones would have to move to Denver for eight months, but her family didnt have the funds needed. Along with the teenagers high school, the station sponsored the "Allison Jones Lake Jump Benefit," which raised $14,500 for the Jones family. After the local dive and rescue squad cut through a layer of ice more than one foot thick, hundreds of warmly-dressed spectators cheered on 50 brave souls as each jumped into the frigid lake. The station capitalized on the novelty of the event by dedicating a Web page, discussing the event regularly on air, conducting interviews with other high school students and airing a live broadcast from the event with local celebrities. Sixty-five hours were contributed by KOGA staff members. "We are truly blessed by everyones efforts," said Allisons mother. KOGA was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

KUSO-FM Raises $143,000 for St. Judes

KUSO-FM in Norfolk, Neb., broadcasts to a small town with a big heart. The community of 25,000 raised $143,000 during the two-day local St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Radiothon in 2007. As the sponsor of this event for the past eight years, the station always dedicates the fundraiser to Makayla, a local toddler who lost her battle to cancer but whose life was extended by treatment at St. Judes. In addition to the radiothon, the stations idea to compile and sell a local-edition cookbook has become an annual event in support of St. Judes. Listeners submit their favorite recipes and the best of the best appear in "Cooking for Kids." Every year, the publication sells out. At St. Judes request, the station has presented to other media and organizations about "Cooking for Kids," which is now being duplicated as a fundraiser in other parts of the country.

KKAR-AM Hosts the "Monthly Governors Call-In Show"

For nearly a decade, KKAR-AM in Omaha, Neb., and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association have connected the people and their governor through the airwaves. The "Monthly Governors Call-In Show," a live broadcast from the KKAR studio that is fed onto a network of 35 stations, allows Nebraskans to directly ask their top state official questions. The station aggressively promotes the one-hour show and the opportunity it brings. "The show gives the community access to their governor and the governor access to the community," said KKARs Program Director Neil Nelkin. Discussions have ranged from Social Security to agricultural issues to immigration. Using a parallel format, KKAR also produces a quarterly "Senators Call-In Show," which has been broadcast for the past three years.

KETV-TV Partners with Susan G. Komen Foundation

Breast cancer is the number two killer of women in Nebraska, which is why KETV-TV in Omaha, Neb., partnered with the Susan. G. Komen Foundation to raise money for cancer research and get messages about early detection to its viewers. In its inaugural year as media sponsor for the local Race for the Cure, KETV provided more than $114,000 worth of on-air and online promotion. The 2007 race had record participation and raised $525,000, a 20 percent increase from the year before. Stories about the many ways breast cancer has touched the lives of Nebraska women ran during news casts. Public service announcements featured the stations anchors and reporters, several of which participated in the race along with other station employees. Live shots from the race were aired on the weekend First News broadcast, and main anchor Julie Cornell served as emcee for the post-race award ceremony. "It has been an amazing opportunity for us to work with KETV," said Lynette Farhart, executive director of the Nebraska affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "They helped us reach so many more people for both our fundraising and our education efforts on early detection."

KCSR-AM Helps Erect Monument to Firefighter

Recently, KCSR-AM in Chadron, Neb., gave the proceeds raised from the "Dawes/ Sioux County Fire Video" they created to erect a monument to the fireman who helped keep their community safe in August 2006. The video involved a seven-month campaign, with heavy mentions during morning talk shows, press releases, anniversary news coverage, fire prevention broadcasts, online promotions and in-person talks about the stations fire coverage. Back in 2006, when temperatures reached 108 degrees with humidity in the teens, fire broke out in Kings Canyon. As evacuations began, the radio station became a lifeline for the small community that only has a weekly newspaper. "All 12 employees at our station became news people," recalled station owner Dennis Brown. "We came to work Friday morning and didnt leave until Monday night." The employees slept at the station, providing information around the clock. They went to each part of town to find out what people needed, then made on-air announcements and coordinated getting supplies to all areas. Photos posted on the station Web site helped the forest service get the equipment they needed sent in from another state. Although three houses were lost, there were no fatalities. "We did our job," said Brown. "And Im not afraid to brag."

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