Leaving Sacramento Wednesday, Pony Express riders will again carry the mail with a re-ride to St. Joe, arriving June 30th.

The route will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail, a component of the National Trails System. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary for the National Trail System, and the event will also celebrate its anniversary and accomplishments. Around 600 riders will take part in the ten-day re-ride, carrying commemorative letters.

The route will pass into southeast Nebraska next Friday, June 29th, crossing the Nebraska/Kansas state line around 11 p.m. and will change riders at the Hollenberg Station near Hanover and the Home station at Marysville after midnight.

More information is available on the organization website, nationalponyexpress.org.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.