What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
G.I. TO OFFER FROZEN MEAL
June 11, 1971: The hot lunch program in at least one Nebraska school system would be frozen, a State Department of Education official said. Allen Elliot of the department’s school lunch division said the Grand Island School District had decided to offer frozen school lunches at 11 locations. He said the district tried them in the spring for two months and liked them well enough to decide to offer them in nine other schools. They were called “prepackaged frozen plate lunches,” Elliot said, and two companies were soliciting business from Nebraska’s schools. “They come in 20 different menus and one company even has a sandwich in one,” Elliot said.
1937: Postmaster Harley G. Moorhead emphatically denied a statement printed in the Omaha Bee-News that he had agreed with Mace Brown, president of the Central Labor union, and Leonard Johnson, president of the local truck drivers’ union, that pickets in the local truck strike might stop contract mail trucks carrying other freight and compel them to unload the freight. “That statement,” said Moorhead, “is completely false. I have had no conference whatever, much less any agreement, with these men. The first I knew of such a matter was when I read the statement in the paper.” Both Brown and Johnson said they had had no conference with the postmaster.
1996: Ralston School Board members approved a $6-per-day increase for some substitute teachers for the 1996-97 school year, making the district pay scale more comparable to other metropolitan districts. “It is becoming much more difficult to find substitute teachers,” Superintendent Ken Rippe said. “Fewer people are seeking teaching positions than five years ago.” Rippe said that he received more complaints than ever about the substitute-pay rate. The board voted 5-0 to increase the scale for substitute teachers who worked up to 30 days.
2006: Firefighters from four departments battled a blaze at the Sarpy County landfill’s transfer station. Springfield Fire Chief Bob Roseland said the fire destroyed a building on South 156th Street where metal was separated from trash. The fire was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. Firefighters from Gretna, Louisville and Papillion were called in to assist, and the fire was under control in 45 minutes. Roseland said wind caused several small grass fires around the building fire.