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Gov. Ricketts’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Statement

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which is celebrated on January 16, 2017.

“This day is set part not only to honor Dr. King, but also to rededicate ourselves to protecting the freedoms for which he fought.  Working together, we can ensure the Good Life continues to provide great opportunities for the next generation for years to come.

“In light of the ongoing ice storm, I urge Nebraskans to be cautious.  Do not travel unless absolutely necessary, and make sure to watch weather conditions closely.  I urge Nebraskans to follow social media for regular updates on weather and road conditions from my office and state agencies.”

Nebraskans can follow @GovRicketts, @NDOR, and @NEStatePatrol on Twitter for updates on weather and road conditions.  Additionally, Nebraskans can utilize the Nebraska 511 Traveler Information service by dialing “511” on their phone or by visiting

Recently, Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Nebraska.  On Monday, the Governor was originally slated to speak at a luncheon honoring Dr. King, however, the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.