Ann Ringlein and More

Stories featured in this episode include Lincoln runner Ann Ringlein, the South Omaha Stockyards, volunteer firefighters in the Wildcat Hills, and a 19th century effort to fight horse thievery in Kearney.

Air Date: 02/16/2022

Ann Ringlein On the Run As an accomplished runner, coach, and manager of Lincoln Running Company, Ann Ringlein lives a life in perpetual motion, or so it seems. She’s a common fixture in Nebraska’s running community but her impact extends well beyond. We try to keep up with Ann on her daybreak run, at her fast-paced job, and in the evenings, when she teaches classes designed to help everyone from elite athletes to couch potatoes how to up their fitness game and be more active.

Nebraska’s Ellis Island During its earliest days, cattlemen drove their longhorns to Omaha where they loaded their livestock onto Union Pacific train cars bound for markets in the east. Within thirty years, four major meat packing plants were operating at the South Omaha Stockyards and eventually overtook Chicago as the nation’s largest livestock market.

Indie Voices Low Intensity A crew of over 200 volunteer and career firefighters from Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota came together for a wildfire suppression training exercise in the Wildcat Hills. The training exercise was created by the Gering fire department to train firefighters in wildfire suppression tactics, while also prescribing fire to the land.

Anti-Horse Thief Society Late in the 19th century, a group of frustrated Kearney citizens formed a unique organization to protect themselves from horse thieves.