The Norfolk Fire Division was recently nominated and selected as the recipient of the Pro Patria Award.

The Pro Patria award is presented annually by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee to one public sector employer in the state. Recipients are selected based on their support to National Guard and Army Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.

The award presentation will be made to the fire division on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. at the fire station. The presentation will be made by the adjutant general for Nebraska.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s embattled plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first major hurdle Friday as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to endorse extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adrian Smith recently met with the Third District high school students who will serve on his Youth Advisory Council for the 2021-22 school year. He chose 16 students to serve on the council, with four being from Northeast Nebraska. Members who are area students are: