What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Slot machine campaign to come later, Chief, mayor says
February 10, 1946: “Yeah, but what about slot machines?” That was the question that greeted the announcement by Mayor Charles Leeman and Police Commissioner Harry Knudsen that bookies, tips, dice games and other gambling must go. Leeman and Knudsen’s answer, in essence: “The handwriting is on the wall for slot machines. But their turn will come later. We want to get this part of the job done first.”
1965: A bill affecting nearly every family in Nebraska by exempting their household goods from taxation won a solid 33-to-14 first-round victory in the Legislature. To replace the lost tax revenue at the state and local levels from the exemption of household goods, the bill increased the head tax from $3.50 to $10 a person. The head tax currently was paid by those from 21 to 60, except for certain exemptions such as volunteer firemen.
1993: A retired University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty member and his wife pledged almost $5.4 million to establish a center for women’s health at the medical center. Dr. Leland and Dorothy Olson of Omaha have promised an initial $375,000. During the next five years, the gift would be matched by both the N.U. Foundation and the medical center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, which would oversee the center. After the Olsons’ deaths, $5 million would be distributed from their estate for the benefit of the Olson Center for Women’s Health.
2008: Proponents say an outdoor ice skating rink would enrich the downtown Omaha experience for residents and visitors. ConAgra’s temporary ice skating rink at its downtown headquarters this past Christmas season fueled excitement for a permanent one. Omaha By Design, a nonprofit organization that facilitates privately funded projects, had proposed an ice skating rink at Gene Leahy Mall as part of an effort already under way to make the mall more accessible, usable, safe, attractive and connected. The city already had removed some of the mall’s concrete walls and trimmed and removed some trees. The next phase was fundraising, which the group hoped to start this year, said director Connie Spellman.