What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
STUD BAN TRY SKIDS TO HALT
Feb. 16, 1974: Preparations for State Sen. David Stahmer's arguments for a bill that would ban studded snow tires skidded to a halt when a legislative committee refused him permission to show films about bad effects of the studs. Stahmer, of Omaha, sponsor of LB 650, told the Miscellaneous Subjects Committee that other committees would be willing to see the films. He left the meeting after declining to discuss the bill with the committee. Omaha's Public Works director had been an outspoken critic of studded tires, but he did not appear.
1945: No traces of discoloration or mold had been found yet in wet corn piled on the ground in Douglas County, Extension Agent W.R. Wicks, reported. However, the discovery of first traces of spoilage of wet corn in Merrick and Howard Counties should serve as a timely warning to Douglas County farmers with corn on the ground, the agent said.
1988: The Joslyn Art Museum formally informed the Enron Art Foundation that the museum will purchase a collection of 113 Western art works by Alfred Jacob Miller for $4.4 million, Walter Scott Jr., chairman of Joslyn's board of governors, said. The Joslyn would pay for the collection in equal payments of $880,000 over the next five years with no interest charges. The collection originally was offered to Joslyn in May 1987 — with a collection of 87 works by 37 Western artists — for $10.8 million. In October, Joslyn's board decided to focus on purchasing the collection of works by Miller, who lived from 1810 to 1874.
2006: A fire killed about 30 animals in a barn northwest of Omaha near 72nd Street and Rainwood Road. Brad Sloup, an investigator for the Nebraska Fire Marshal's Office, said the fire was accidental. Crews from the Irvington and Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the blaze about 2:30 a.m. and brought it under control in about 20 minutes. Sloup said the fire was contained to the barn, which was destroyed. The animals inside were being groomed for 4-H programs, he said.