Portions of the Cowboy Trail have reopened to public use following historic flooding that washed away surfacing and damaged bridges along the trail in March.

The trail is now open from Valentine to O’Neill, with the exception of a small area near Long Pine. Additionally, several short stretches of the trail are open between O’Neill and Norfolk.

Those who wish to use the trail can view specific information about open and closed portions at https://maps.outdoornebraska.gov/Trails/.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds Cowboy Trail users to stay off closed bridges and other areas for their own safety. Trail users should also be mindful that rough surfaces may exist even along open portions of the trail.

In other news

The Nucor Detailing Center received the Outstanding Business Partnership Award as an Excellence in Career Education Award recipient at the annual Nebraska Excellence in Career and Technical Education Awards earlier this month in Kearney.

A grand jury will be convened next week in Madison County to investigate the circumstances surrounding the June 9 death of Cory Dittman of Norfolk.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation will host four meetings yet this month — three of them in Northeast and North Central Nebraska — to update the public on its recovery efforts.