What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

new life proposed for immanuel site

January 28, 1975: The old Immanuel Medical Center in north Omaha would get new life under a new proposal. The plan was to convert the hospital and associated buildings into a community services center offering everything from hot lunches and recreation to health clinics and church services, a spokesman said. The effort was being directed by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, along with committees representing the three major Lutheran synods, health-related agencies and citizens, said the Rev. Vic Schoonover.

1946: County Welfare Administrator Philip Vogt told the County Board that “our financial headache in 1946 may be severe.” Vogt said he had finished the year with nothing to spare on the County institutions budget and only a nominal balance in the relief department. “Operating costs continued upward during the year, and December expenditures were considerably in excess of a proportionate share of the budget,” Vogt said.

1994: La Vista Police Chief John Packett was the unanimous choice of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners to become the new county sheriff. Packett, 45, was selected from a group of three finalists for the job left vacant by Tom Casady, who earlier this year became Lincoln police chief. Commissioner Steve Svoboda said Packett’s administrative experience was the overriding factor that led the board to select him over the other two finalists: Lincoln businessman John R. Winkler and Clay County Sheriff Richard Marsh. “He’s a very articulate, take-charge kind of individual who has the administrative experience the others didn’t have,” Svoboda said.

2002: A vandalism spree caused more than $10,000 in damage to cars and several buildings, including four high schools, before police took three people into custody on felony vandalism counts. A newspaper carrier tipped police to suspicious activity. Responding officers arrested three people carrying BB guns. Officers said their investigation found that as many as 100 windows in southeast and northeast Lincoln had been shot.

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