June 30, 1936: The city council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance designed to halt indiscriminate sale of firearms. Drafted by City Attorney Smith at request of Police Commissioner Jepsen and Chief Samardick, it would give the police department what might be the first gun “fingerprint” bureau in the nation. Within 30 days after it became law, all owners of guns in the city would be required to register them with the police. There, a test bullet would be fired and kept in police files together with the number of the gun from which it was fired.
1990: La Pen Inc., a sewing factory based at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, would return to production with 25 to 30 workers, said its president, Harvey Martin of Nebraska City. The sewing factory closed in March after a contract to manufacture jackets was canceled because of declining sales. Martin was unable to obtain additional financing to meet his cash flow needs. Martin said he was on the brink of bankruptcy when he finally obtained a private loan nearly a month ago.
2007: A Ralston nightspot fighting to keep its liquor license failed a police compliance check when it sold alcohol to a minor. A bartender at Mixxers, 72nd and Harrison Streets, sold to a 19-year-old woman who was working with police, according to Project Extra Mile, a statewide organization working to prevent underage drinking. The sale took place during a “ladies night” promotion, just two days after the Ralston City Council voted 4-2 to cancel the establishment's liquor license.