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Forever Family

West Omaha families share how their lives were changed through adoption Jen Bartelt watches 8-month old Ava erupt into a huge belly laugh when older brother Carson, 3, enters the room. Ever since Ava came home, the children have been in love with each other, Bartelt said. Their family of […]

Shepherding the Endangered

In Gretna, John F. Carroll strives to save the rare San Clemente Island goat On an acreage in Gretna, John F. Carroll shepherds perhaps the largest herd of San Clemente Island goats left in the world. The herd is nearly 150 strong. But if Carroll has his way, his work will pave […]

The Real Estate Rush

Commercial activity in west Omaha flourishes Commercial real estate activity in Omaha is on the rise, led in part by businesses clamoring to occupy space along the city’s western edge. New commercial developments are going up along the West Dodge Road corridor, such as the new development at 168th and […]

True Olympians

Special Olympics Nebraska offers athletes of all abilities the chance to compete   For 8-year-old Nick Wright, it was a chance to be like his older siblings. For 32-year-old Melissa Giersch, it was a chance to be a vocal advocate. For 18-year-old Skylar Simmonds, it was the chance to feel […]

Veterans Among Us

In Nebraska, nearly 150,000 men and women claim the honor of serving their country. Whether as friends, neighbors, employers or employees, veterans enrich our communities with the integrity they cultivated through their service. The three service members profiled here offer examples of how Nebraska heroes serve their countries and communities […]

Strong Spirit

CrossFit athlete Libby DiBiase exudes inner and outer strength Libby DiBiase makes working out look good. She does handstand walks — uphill. She deadlifts 315 pounds. A sponsored athlete, her image is beamed around the world on banners and in ads as the epitome of a healthy, fit woman. DiBiase, a […]

Shoppers’ Paradise

After 10 years, Village Pointe stays fresh with new merchants, engaging events Back in 2004, when Scheels All Sports selected its future site at 168th and Dodge, the western edge of Omaha was still desolate. “When we looked at the location, it was basically a cornfield,” said Dale Merkel, manager. […]

Elkhorn On The Rise

Demand for new housing swells Elkhorn’s population Where fields of crops used to grow, Tom Falcone planted the seeds of Omaha’s most desirable neighborhoods. He looked for perfect sites; places land could be transformed into subdivisions and feed Omaha’s growing population. Now, after a prolonged downturn, Falcone’s vision is becoming […]

Writing History

Omaha author Timothy Schaffert delivers again with his new novel, The Swan Gondola.   Nebraska has produced many literary heavyweights: Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, Wright Morris, John Neihardt, Tillie Olsen, Loren Eiseley, Ron Hansen, Richard Dooling, Terese Svoboda, Kurt Andersen, Ted Kooser. Add the name Timothy Schaffert to this roster of gifted […]

A Heart To Live

Group fitness instructor found the strength to heal Each day is a gift.  No one is a bigger believer in this motto than Angie Jorgensen of Elkhorn.  Grateful for her husband, her children, her family, and her community, she is thankful to be alive. As an active runner and group […]