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Sen. Mark Kolterman

Sen. Mark Kolterman

District 24

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Weekly Column – September 7th
September 10th, 2018

Last Saturday, I joined 90,000 Nebraska football fans who were looking forward to ushering in the Scott Frost era for the Huskers. It has been too long since we had so much excitement surrounding Nebraska football. The energy in Memorial Stadium was off the charts leading up to the tunnel walk and kickoff. Every corner of the stadium was rocking especially the student section. Unfortunately, lightning in the area forced NCAA officials to halt the game after the kickoff. Only in Memorial Stadium could we be entertained by one of the largest group sing-a-longs during the two hour delay. It proves once again that there really is no place like Nebraska.

Many of us remember first hearing about Scott during the early 90s while he was playing high school football out in Wood River. His football career – as a player and coach – is truly inspiring for so many young people. Fortunately for Scott, he will get a second chance to make a good impression on Husker fans this Saturday.

I joined Governor Pete Ricketts during his town hall meeting at the Holthus Convention Center in York on Wednesday. Forums like this are important for elected officials to meet with their constituents to talk about issues and hear their concerns. There were a handful of topics discussed, including economic development, public education, infrastructure and taxes. It was a lively event and I very much appreciate Governor Ricketts holding one of his town hall meetings in York.

The Nebraska Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, of which I am a member, held a Heritage Heath Quarterly Briefing on Friday. These briefings allow us an opportunity to periodically review the implementation of new health care delivery system for Nebraska’s Medicaid and CHIP clients. It is important that we closely oversee Heritage Health since it administers almost $1.2 billion in physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy services.

This weekend I am excited to be a part of Yorkfest. The festival caps off a summer full of community events – most of which I have been able to attend throughout District #24. It’s been fun to crisscross the district with my family, celebrating the Swedish Festival in Stromsburg, Utica Heritage Days, Henderson Community Day, Milford Fun Days, The Polk County Fair in Osceola, the York County Fair in York, the Seward County Fair in Seward, and of course our own local Festival, the 4th of July in Seward. We are proud of the communities across the district that work so hard to highlight the many wonderful people and attributes of their communities, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in these types of events!

Sen. Mark Kolterman

District 24
Room #2004
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2756
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