KEARNEY — Before Vicki Conn moved to Kearney from Columbia, Mo., last September, she did what she called “online cruising” to learn about the city. That’s how she found out about the Kearney Newcomers Club.

AMHERST — The countryside of northwest Buffalo County stretches in every direction from the sidewalk in front of Shirley May’s quilting cottage. A gentle Nebraska wind is beginning to dry the flood-soaked roads in the rural neighborhood, where barricades warn local drivers that water has ove…

GIBBON — Last week, volunteer John Wupper of Elkhorn stood out in the frigid darkness at 5:15 a.m. to guide cars into the Rowe Sanctuary parking lot near Gibbon. The pre-dawn visitors were headed out to the riverside blinds to watch thousands of cranes lift off from the Platte River at sunrise.