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(Neb)-Happy Labor Day

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/04/2017 12:43 AM
CHADRON -Today is Labor Day, a national holiday. There is no mail delivery, and government offices, financial institutions, and schools. - including Chadron State College - are all closed today.

     The SWANN - Solid Waste Agency of Northwest Nebraska - transfer and community sites are closed today as is
the Nelson Physical Activity Center at Chadron State College.
      The Chadron City Council meeting normally held the first Monday of the month will tomorrow night, instead.

         Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will take part in two Labor Day parades, one at Omaha's SeptemberFest and the other in Schuyler...just as he did last year.

      In his Labor Day message, Ricketts praised the attitude of Nebraskans...calling the state "the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family because of its people"...which he described as "neighborly, kind, and hardworking," qualities he said "make both home and work life in our communities a joy. "

      The governor gave a thank you to "the thousands of Nebraskans who are dedicated to protecting public safety, particularly those men and women in our law enforcement agencies keeping our roads safe over the long weekend.

       Ricketts also said he and his family would also like to wish everyone a safe holiday weekend, and remind everyone to drive safely and buckle up.

     Law enforcement agencies around the country remain out in force today as the latest installment of the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" anti-drunk driving campaign comes to an end. So far, there have been no traffic deaths reported in the Panhandle over the holiday weekend.

       The Chadron Police Department was one of 44 law enforcement agencies across the state to receive a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to cover overtime costs of putting more offices on the road for the 18 days of You Drink & Drive You Lose.

       The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City by the local Central Labor Union on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Two years later, the "workingmen's holiday" was moved to the first Monday in September, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

     Oregon was the first state to make it a legal holiday in 1887...followed later that year by New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Massachussets.

      Nebraska, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania had followed by 1890 and 23 other states had acted by 1894 when Congress made it a legal holiday in the territories and the District of Columbia.

      Despite its historical ties to the labor movement, Labor Day is now best known as marking the unofficial end of summer and the start of fall.

     The Nebraska and South Dakota State Fairs end today, most tourist activities at Nebraska state parks wrap up their seasons today, and most tourist attractions - including national parks- switch to fall or off-season hours tomorrow.


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