LINCOLN — “Nebraska Stories” returns with a new season at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, on NET.

The episode will feature the unveiling of a brand new statue of Chief Standing Bear in the U.S. Capitol, the harrowing story of a World War II Navy veteran lost at sea and the journey of a Lincoln boy with a rare condition who finds a new path to his future.

Enjoyed by viewers across the state for its stories about hidden places, interesting people and forgotten history, “Nebraska Stories” explores the art, nature, food, science, history and people that make Nebraska special.

Other new story highlights in January include:

“Costume Play” explores the nerdy coolness of cosplay at the annual Omaha ComicCon Festival.

“Hope in Bloom” features a Humboldt woman who cultivates a garden of hope and remembrance.

“Vintage Winery” includes a visit with the James Arthur Vineyards family in Raymond, considered pioneers of Nebraska winemaking.

“Volleyball – A State Treasure” takes a look at how women’s volleyball became a powerhouse sport in Nebraska.

“Racin’ Wiener Dogs” makes a visit to the Syracuse GermanFest wiener dog races.

“Nebraska Stories,” funded in part by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation, airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays. The 13-episode 11th season repeats at 11 a.m. Sundays and 9 p.m. Mondays in January.

The series can be watched on Facebook, the NET Nebraska App or at netNebraska.org/nebraskastories.

Creative writing contest for students

Nebraska students are invited to tell their stories using creative writing skills and illustrations in the 2020 NET PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

The contest, sponsored by NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations, is open to all Nebraska students in kindergarten through third grade. First-, second- and thirdplace winners will be selected from each grade level.

Submitted stories can be fact, fiction, prose or poetry and must include at least five original color illustrations.

Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31, and mailed to NET in Lincoln, or emailed to kids@netNebraska.org.

For more contest rules, details on how to enter and helpful writing resources, visit netnebraska.org/write.

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