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Melanie Wilkinson hails from northeast Nebraska, growing up on a farm near Clearwater, graduating from Elgin High School and going on to pursue a career in journalism, starting at the Neligh News and Leader in her 20s.

She and her husband, Jerry, moved to York, Nebraska in 1997, with Melanie starting her work with the York News-Times in 1998.

During her 25 years in the daily newspaper realm, she earned dozens of Morris Communication, Associated Press, Nebraska Press Women Association and Nebraska Press Association Awards, including first place awards for breaking news, news writing, in-depth writing and personal column.

Her commitment to LOCAL news continues as she strives to bring readers government and court news, community happenings and issues . . . as well as her personal column that has been called “Just Melanie” for decades. Another feature on this website is “Questions of the Week,” where readers can email in questions about anything they wonder about . . . and she will go to the sources to find the answers.

News coverage will continue to be posted as it happens, in real time, with new pieces of “Just Melanie” going up each Thursday. Saturdays will feature “The Questions of the Week.

Readers are encouraged to browse about the site and check in regularly to see what’s new as she continues to bring fresh, exciting and informative work to public.