Dispatch:OMAHA Each day airplanes sketch new lines over Nebraska, creating perfect diagrams of what it means to be a flyover state.
Dispatch:OMAHA According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, nearly 50% of all agriculture receipts are from livestock sales, making livestock the state’s largest agricultural industry.
Canada, Korea, Japan and Mexico are the state’s top four export markets, and, drawing conclusions from this sign in South Omaha, sometimes accidents happen before the livestock reaches its final destination.
We’re pretty sure that in relation to this sign the name M Street is just a coincidence.
Dispatch:OMAHA Despite the anomaly of Hawaiian license plates in Omaha, it is a much more common sight than outsiders may think. Omaha’s medical schools attract students from around the world.
Dispatch:OMAHA Across an overgrown parking lot in North Omaha, the tell-tale signs of a losing battle between this disused silo structure and harsh mid-Western elements are clear.
Dispatch:OMAHA There is no better sound to match the summer sun’s intensity than that of the Cicada. Despite its short life above ground — only a matter of weeks — it is built like a tank and, when its song reaches 120 decibals, is about as loud as one too. Here, a male Cicada tries to woo a mate on downtown’s 10th avenue bridge.
Dispatch:OMAHA On this hot, humid summer evening a baby praying mantis clings to a brick wall. Those of us at the Dispatch hope it isn’t searching for its dad.
Dispatch:OMAHA Straight-line winds during a severe thunderstorm uprooted trees in many parts of Omaha at about 10:15am on June 24, 2013. The severe weather lasted only a matter of minutes, but the force was too much for even the largest trees, including this one on the Fort Omaha Campus. Only 3 months prior, Fort Omaha was named as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and boasted of having over 800 trees, many over 90 years old.
Dispatch:OMAHA The Mounted Patrol Unit has been a mainstay of the Omaha police department since 1989. Morgan, one of the older horses in the unit, regularly patrols the Old Market neighborhood of downtown. With his commanding presence, “he’ll clear a path through a bunch of rowdy drunks quicker than a patrol car,” says Nikki, who is in charge of caring for all seven patrol horses. Morgan loves to work, though because of his age he now only works part-time hours. The horses share their spacious facility with Larry, a very affectionate cat.
A break dancer poses in front of a piece by artist Reggie LeFlore during the Vinton Street Creativity Festival in South Omaha.