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Governor Ricketts makes a stop in Sidney for 150th celebration

SIDNEY, Neb. - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and several others set out from Omaha on Friday, August 4, to begin the NE 150 Express Whistle Stop Tour to celebrate the Sesquicentennial year for the state, and also highlight Union Pacific.

Ricketts along with First Lady Susanne Shore, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz, former Huskers football coach Tom Osborne, and others embarked on the statewide rail tour which went through Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, and Gering over the weekend. The Union Pacific locomotive cruised into Sidney on Saturday around 11:45.

Upon arrival, Ricketts addressed the crowd in Hickory Square discussing the importance of the Sesquicentennial celebration, and also the importance of Union Pacific to the state of Nebraska.

“Our histories just about go hand-in-hand,” Ricketts said. “Especially here in the town of Sidney, which was known as the ‘Toughest Town on the Tracks’.”

Shore also addressed the crowd, as did Fritz, thanking the members of the community for coming out for the event while also presenting Sidney Mayor Joe Arterburn with two commemorative tokens for the 150th. University of Nebraska Chancellor, Ronnie Green, spoke to the crowd as well.

Those in attendance enjoyed a free lunch along with live entertainment from the band Afterlife prior to the NE 150 Express presentation. A mini car show was on display as well, and information about the upcoming Sesquicentennial celebration and solar eclipse was also available during the event.



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