What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

January 13, 1966: A sudden move by the Omaha City Council to establish the southeast corner of 16th and Howard Streets as its choice for the site of a proposed civic center was termed “premature” by County Board Chairman Daniel C. Lynch. “This won’t affect our willingness to cooperate, but it does put things on a peculiar foundation,” Lynch said after the Council informally agreed to pick a site, then attempt to determine whether the county would join in the civic center construction.

1944: Reports that a large “black market” in cash corn had developed throughout the west were under investigation by Office of Price Administration officials in Omaha. Particular emphasis would be placed on activities of traders and dealers. Cooperating with other OPA enforcement groups throughout the nation, seven investigators of the Omaha office would interview elevators, producers and processors of corn and mixed feeds in the 43 Nebraska and Iowa counties making up the Omaha OPA district.

1990: The barriers between academic and vocational education must be lowered and instruction improved, the State Board of Education was told. The state first must set priorities and concrete goals for every level of education, said Ray Mueller, executive director of the Nebraska Council on Vocational Education. He reported on the conclusions reached at a recent conference of 65 representatives of government, the University of Nebraska, community colleges, teacher groups, agriculture leaders, service agencies, state departments and associations. Participants in the initial conference were outspoken about the need for change, coordination and planning in education, Mueller said.

2003: Prospects for light-rail transit in Omaha and Sioux City, Iowa, will head the agenda for a meeting of the passenger train advocacy group ProRail Nebraska. Hal Daub was scheduled to speak about a possible trolley for Omaha. While Omaha mayor, he had proposed a light-rail transit system connecting north Omaha through downtown to Rosenblatt Stadium and the Henry Doorly Zoo. The concept helped secure a federal grant for a nearly $1 million transit study in Omaha.

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