What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
West Dodge hearing set
March 27, 1945: The County Board decided to hold a public hearing relative to the proposed West Dodge Drainage District, a petition for which had been presented to the board. Twenty persons were on hand at the Board meeting, most of them to protest about the proposal, which would have created a District roughly from Dodge Street to about a quarter of a mile north of Maple Street and from 72nd to 90th Street. The board emphasized that it had no power to permit or disallow the creation of the district. The board's function was to determine, after consultation with the County Surveyor and interested parties, whether the boundaries, as asked for by petition, are correct.
1977: Nebraska proved it could mount a major cooperative effort in its drive to win a solar research laboratory, the chief coordinator said. Donald Edwards, associate dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the effort was worthwhile even though he was disappointed the federal government did not select the Nebraska site at Mead. "We were holding our breath until the last minute," he said. Edwards also said Nebraska now had a tested "grassroots organization."
1989: An Omaha organization may have a chance to decide whether it wants to repurchase St. Joseph Hospital if its parent corporation, American Medical International, accepts a leverage buyout offer, an Omaha attorney said. American Medical International was considering two proposals — one a restructuring and the other a buyout that would make the company private. C.E. Heaney, attorney for the corporation that formerly owned St. Joseph Hospital, said the proposed buyout "fairly clearly" would trigger the buy-back option that was written into the 1984 contract when the hospital was sold to American Medical International. The contract provided that specified local entities would have the first chance to buy St. Joseph Hospital if American Medical International were to sell.
2001: Omaha police officers and the City of Omaha soon would return to the negotiating table after an impasse that has lasted for months, both sides said. The Omaha Police Union and city officials had talked informally and agreed on salary increases, said Tom Marfisi, Omaha's director of labor relations. The police contract expired in late December. Marfisi said that other issues will be back on the table as the two sides again begin formal negotiations. "We've got a lot of work to do yet, but I'm very confident we're going to have it resolved in a month or so," he said.