Horse-Drawn Carriages Fetch Luxury-Car Prices

Mr. Hansen’s clients also include businessman Joe Ricketts, who founded online brokerage TD Ameritrade. AMTD 0.99 % Mr. Ricketts asked Mr. Hansen to build him a purple “show wagon,” similar to a traditional stagecoach. Mr. Ricketts sent over a twill button-down shirt in a purple he was sure would make his wagon stand out at the Calgary Stampede, an annual Canadian rodeo.

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Pulling North America’s Loons Back from the Brink

Restore the Loon launched in October 2013. The five-year project aims to make the Common Loon even more common by mapping the bird’s distribution, digging deeper into what’s causing declines, finding and protecting good habitat that lacks loons today, and trying to translocate chicks.

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Joe Ricketts Envisions Sarpy County Religious Retreat Open to All

Ricketts, the father of Gov. Pete Ricketts, said last week that the Sarpy County retreat will be in the tradition of Jesuits founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, but will be open to other faiths and denominations. The nearly 1,000-acre retreat will be larger than Mahoney State Park, its future neighbor across the Platte.

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First Lady of Tanzania Visits Omaha Offices of Opportunity Education Foundation

Taking a break from her official duties at the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, the First Lady of Tanzania, Her Excellency Salma Kikwete, flew to Nebraska on Sept. 27 to visit the Omaha offices of Opportunity Education Foundation to express her appreciation for the organization’s work benefiting students and schools in her country.

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Rancher-philanthropist steps in to study loons

The Ricketts Conservation Foundation has stepped in with a $6.5 million grant to study why loons seem to be disappearing. Funds will go toward conducting a common loon census as well as restoring populations of the iconic, fish-eating bird.

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Ameritrade founder embraces educational opportunity with LC

Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts believes strongly in two solid pillars for a successful society – free enterprise and education. He is using his success in the first, which includes his family’s ownership of the Chicago Cubs, as a way to promote success in the other in countries such as Africa, and he is calling upon Louisiana College to help him get that done.

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The Lure of the Common Loon

On Wednesday, the Ricketts Conservation Foundation awarded a $6.5 million grant to the Maine-based Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for research projects aimed at saving the loon.

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African Gala Celebrates Global Education, Leadership

In a collaborative effort, the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln along with the Malaika Foundation, hosted an art gala and auction to raise scholarship money for students to study abroad and celebrate J. Joe Ricketts’ efforts with the 2013 Global Educator Award.

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African Gala Celebrates Global Education, Leadership

Through his work promoting education in Africa, Ricketts—the founder benefactor and CEO of the Opportunity Education Foundation and founder of TD Ameritrade—helped a half a million children in 11 African countries, including Tanzania, over the years.

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