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Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).
Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).

Nebraska (/nəˈbræskə/ (listen)) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. It is the only triply landlocked U.S. state.

Indigenous peoples, including Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, and various branches of the Lakota (Sioux) tribes, lived in the region for thousands of years before European exploration. The state is crossed by many historic trails, including that of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Nebraska's area is just over 77,220 square miles (200,000 km2) with a population of over 1.9 million. Its capital is Lincoln, and its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. Nebraska was admitted into the United States in 1867, two years after the end of the American Civil War. The Nebraska Legislature is unlike any other American legislature in that it is unicameral, and its members are elected without any official reference to political party affiliation. (Full article...)

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The Union Pacific Corporation (Union Pacific) is a publicly traded railroad holding company. It was incorporated in Utah in 1969 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It is the parent company of the current, Delaware-registered, form of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Union Pacific was located in New York City from the company's re-founding in 1969 until Drew Lewis became CEO in the mid-1980s. He relocated the corporate headquarters to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Later the headquarters was shifted to Dallas, Texas, before relocating the corporate headquarters to Omaha to join the Union Pacific Railroad headquarters. Lance M. Fritz is the current chairman, president and chief executive officer. (Full article...)
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Doris Stevens (born Dora Caroline Stevens, October 26, 1888 – March 22, 1963) was an American suffragist, woman's legal rights advocate and author. She was the first female member of the American Institute of International Law and first chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women.

Born in 1888 in Omaha, Nebraska, Stevens became involved in the fight for suffrage while a college student at Oberlin College. After graduating with a degree in sociology in 1911, she taught briefly before becoming a paid regional organizer for the National American Woman Suffrage Association's Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CUWS). When the CUWS broke from the parent organization in 1914, Stevens became the national strategist. She was in charge of coordinating the women's congress, held at the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915. When the CUWS became the National Woman's Party (NWP) in 1916, Stevens organized party delegates for each of the 435 Congressional Districts in an effort to attain national women's enfranchisement and defeat candidates who were opposed to women's rights. Between 1917 and 1919, Stevens was a prominent participant in the Silent Sentinels vigil at Woodrow Wilson's White House to urge the passage of a constitutional amendment for women's voting rights and was arrested several times for her involvement. After the 19th Amendment secured women's right to vote, she wrote a book, titled Jailed for Freedom (1920), which recounted the sentinel's ordeals. (Full article...)

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2014 Rank City 2016 Estimate[1] 2010 Census[2] Change County
1 Omaha 446,970 408,958 +9.29% Douglas
2 Lincoln 280,364 258,379 +8.51% Lancaster
3 Bellevue 53,505 50,137 +6.72% Sarpy
4 Grand Island 51,517 48,520 +6.18% Hall
5 Kearney 33,520 30,787 +8.88% Buffalo
6 Fremont 26,519 26,397 +0.46% Dodge
7 Hastings 24,991 24,907 +0.34% Adams
8 North Platte 24,110 24,733 −2.52% Lincoln
9 Norfolk 24,348 24,210 +0.57% Madison
10 Columbus 22,851 22,111 +3.35% Platte
11 Papillion 19,597 18,894 +3.72% Sarpy
12 La Vista 17,143 15,758 +8.79% Sarpy
13 Scottsbluff 14,883 15,039 −1.04% Scotts Bluff
14 South Sioux City 13,120 13,353 −1.74% Dakota
15 Beatrice 12,362 12,459 −0.78% Gage
See List of cities in Nebraska for a full list.


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      1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
      2. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 9 June 2015.[dead link]