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Our cover features Bill Moos, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s new athletic director – the cowboy hero who rode in and saved the day with perhaps the most popular coaching hire in UNL history. In an interview with this rancher/athletic director from eastern Washington who was hired to return the Huskers’ athletics program to glory, John Mabry came up with three takeaways on Moos: he’s a take-charge guy, a history buff and a people person. See our cover story on pages 18-19 to learn more about Moos.

Francis Gardler, Lincoln Journal Star photographer, shot this month’s cover photo of Moos in Memorial Stadium at the Nov. 4 Northwestern game.

Chief Standing Bear news

Ponca Chief Standing Bear may have died nearly 110 years ago, but his legend lives on here in Lincoln and the region. You may recall the Oct. 15 unveiling of the 10-foot Standing Bear sculpture on Centennial Mall. The man who funded that sculpture, Don Campbell, will receive the Benefactor of the Arts award May 1 at the 40th Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony. More on page 5.

The Standing Bear sculpture’s installation was one of many improvements made to Centennial Mall, for which the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission also will be honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards event with the Enersen Urban Design Award.

If you’ve been around town much lately, chances are you’ve seen 2- and 3-foot bronze maquettes – miniature likenesses of the 10-foot Standing Bear sculpture created by renowned sculptor Benjamin Victor. Those maquettes were duplicated from Victor’s preliminary clay models, which he created to help finalize his design for the larger permanent fixture at Centennial Mall.

If you would like to own a maquette, you’re in luck! Forty limited-edition (numbered) maquettes are being sold. About 25 percent of the sale proceeds will go to the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs’ Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Endowment Fund for Native American students. Part of those proceeds will also pay for ongoing maintenance of the 10-foot Standing Bear sculpture. See more on pages 20-21.

In other news about Standing Bear, Ross Greathouse and Lynn Lightner received national recognition Feb. 8 at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, where they received Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2017 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion awards. Both men noted the recently completed 22.9-mile Chief Standing Bear Trail, which now spans from Beatrice to the Nebraska-Kansas border, as their greatest accomplishment in building public trails over nearly four decades. More on pages 22-23.

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