Senator Joni Albrecht Commented About Northeast Community College, New County Judge

WAYNE – In-person encounters have been minimal this year. Over the holidays, Senator Albrecht encourages people to call or video-call someone who may be alone. Everyone can benefit from these interactions. Albrecht hopes this year’s holidays are filled with joy.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are declining in Nebraska. Additionally, the vaccine has been used by some frontline medical personnel. It may be several months before the vaccine is available to the public, therefore people should continue to use social distancing measures.

The following are the COVID-19 numbers for the period of December 11 until December 18. Dakota County had 71 new cases for this period. Thurston County reported 50 new cases, while Wayne County saw 34 new positives.

Northeast Community College received $15 million from MacKenzie Scott that will likely be used for its Student Scholarships and Success Initiative. Enrollment was roughly the same at the college when comparing fall 2019 to fall 2020. Fall 2019 enrollment was the third highest in the college’s history.

Two-thirds of students were enrolled in online courses at Northeast. In-person courses were conducted for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students and paramedics. Albrecht noted that the people of Northeast Nebraska should be proud of the education and job training available in the area.

Albrecht congratulated Edward Matney of Hartington for being appointed by the Governor to the position of County Court Judge. He will serve Dakota, Thurston, Burt, Cedar, Dixon, Dodge, and Washington Counties.

The senator encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts and questions with her by email at, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.