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      Hastings Pledges $1.25 Million for Vets Home

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      The city of Hastings has announced their plans to pledge $1.25 million in city funds for the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home facility.

      The city council voted unanimously on the amount Tuesday at a special meeting. Hastings Mayor Vern Powers says they won't need to do any fundraising, saying the city has the cash.

      The city has kept their discussions quiet throughout the proposal process. Powers said that's because a majority of the discussions were among community members, including hospitals and the city's colleges.

      "We really had no reason to discuss our bid," shared Powers. "When you go after a sealed bid you play your cards tight, because all these cities are competitive. They're wonderful cities -- Kearney, North Platte, Grand Island, Hastings -- but the governor wanted a competitive bid and that's what we think we gave."

      The state will use a point system scale to choose the new veterans home location, and Powers says he is confident Hastings will fit it.

      It's now in the state's hands to make the decision. They will visit the proposed sites on June 13 and 14 and expect to make a decision by August 1.

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