Nebraska Parks Enjoying Unseasonably Warm Weather

Nebraskans got a little taste of summer this past weekend. Parts of Nebraska saw unseasonably warm weather with temperatures of up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit this February.

With families wanting to come enjoy the nice weather, Nebraska State Parks definitely saw the impact as their parks quickly filled with visitors.Superintendent of Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Jake Rodiek, says the campgrounds were the most popular activity.

“Camping has been a big hit this last weekend with the nice weather. We’ve had a lot of campers come out and enjoy it as well.”

The camping isn’t the only popular activity this weekend. The park’s activities center at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park was packed with children and families The hiking trails saw several groups of visitors and picnic pavilions hosted family potlucks and kickball games nearby. The ice rink, on the contrary was a lonely pool of water.  

Rodiek says with this weather, park staff is really looking forward to start their new Summer season.

“In our peak season, a lot of our other activities, or amenities, starts on Memorial Day. As always, we do enjoy having people come out to utilize the park.”

While State Parks have no plans to start their seasonal hours early, it looks like Nebraska might be up for an early Spring this year.

 

News Story Clip : Radon Advisory

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Nebraska residents’ health may be at risk from radon exposure, especially children. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been recorded in high levels in Nebraska. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and claims over 20,000 lives annually.

NDHHS provides free testing kits and recommends that families are regularly testing their radon levels. Homes with radon levels above NDHHS guidelines (4 pCi/L) should be mitigated immediately to reduce health risks.

MILLARD SOUTH CHEER: WINNING BACK TO BACK NE STATE TITLES 2013 AND 2014

Millard South Cheer was a huge part of my life during my high school career. It taught me so much about teamwork, dedication and, most importantly, about myself.

The most rewarding moments by far were hearing Millard South called up for Class A Non- Tumbling State Champions for both of my years on Varsity. Having all of our hard work as a team validated by scoring the highest in the state was the best feeling in the world. I cheered at Millard South all four years of high school on Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.

DESIGN SAMPLE: “CALIFORNIA POPPY” BAND ALBUM COVER

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This album cover design is a piece that I created as a part of my Graphic Design Foundations course at UNO. For this assignment, we got to create our own original band name and make a self-titled album design for that band.

For this design, my goal was to integrate a feminine style into a grunge-esque aesthetic that appeals to a larger audience and resemble a more alternative band’s music. In the band’s title typeface, I chose a script style that was girly but that also resembles elements of a neon sign.

 

For the flower design, I used an image of traditional floral wallpaper, edited its coloring, value, contrast and shadowing as well as creating a bright white outline to make it resemble a neon sign and really mesh the two styles together. I chose the dark color scheme to make the flower design and name the visual focal points.

Overall I feel that this is a really successful piece that accomplishing the mixing of styles in a harmonious visual way. I had a lot of fun creating this project and hope to do more like it in the future.

Photography Background

Photography is one of my most-loved hobbies. As a visual- oriented person I have always loved how a photo can really capture a moment forever.

My mom, Cindy Conrad, really got me into photography at a young age after using an old digital camera to photograph family events and document my childhood. Today, her and I are “amateur photographer” with a side “business”(much more of a hobby) but have shot photos are several events such as weddings and senior portraits. Check out our Facebook Page: Conrad Photography

I am still very much a amateur but I am constantly improving as I go. I love any opportunity I can get to learn more about photography. Someday I hope to shoot portraits for magazines and online social media.