Weekly Update From District 17 Senator Joni Albrecht

LINCOLN – The 2020 Bells Across America Tribute to Fallen Firefighters was last weekend. Flags were at half-mast around Nebraska. The District 17 tribute was in Dakota City where they honored Andrew Zalme, 42; Eric C. Speck, 38; and Lowell R. Satterwhite Sr, 67. Those were three firefighters in the area that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people.

October 4 – 10 is Fire Prevention Week. It is important to never leave food items unattended in the kitchen. Practicing fire drills, checking fire alarms, and checking fire extinguishers are encouraged at this time. Wind, dry grass, and other factors make grass fires possible in the fall. Being vigilant when operating farm equipment can help prevent grass fires.

There have been some rural accidents involving fast-moving cars and slow-moving farm equipment, lately. When driving on gravel roads, coming over large hills slowly is the best way to ensure that drivers slow down in time to avoid accidents with farm equipment.

Senator Albrecht reported new positive COVID-19 cases from September 24 to October 2, 2020. Dakota County had 112 new cases. Wayne County saw 64 reported cases over the given period. Thurston County had 20 cases.

Governor Pete Ricketts and Secretary of State Bob Evnen addressed the media about some important issues. The Governor said that the May primaries went smoothly in terms of security. They will continually monitor the legitimacy of the upcoming election.

Visit www.governor.nebraska.gov and click on the Press Releases tab to find details about the Governor’s press briefings.

Senator Joni Albrecht encouraged people in District 17 to share their thoughts with her by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.