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Wed
18
Oct
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History of life filled with love

By Ashley D. Swanson

Sometimes when I remember the past, it brings happy tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Sometimes when I remember the past, it brings laughter and head shaking at the craziness.

I love the history that is my life thus far. Like everyone else, it’s had several moments of sadness, of happiness, of sheer excitement, of struggles, and of success.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Gettin’ to the meat of the fall sports season

By Tory Duncan

After Saturday night’s debacle in Lincoln, and with the addition of our the new athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I had originally planned on sharing some thoughts about Saturday’s game and Sunday’s news with the hiring of Bill Moos... but then I thought late Sunday night, who would really care for ANOTHER opinion about THAT loss, or another opinion about Mr. Moos’ selection? Probably not many care about my thoughts with this, after all, we’ve been force fed so many opinions that I’ll just move on and stick with what seems to be a little closer to home.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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I’m always learning something, good or bad

By Tory Duncan

I had the opportunity to leave the state this past week for a few days, destination: Tulsa, OK. It was the annual “pilgrimage” to the National Newspaper Association’s yearly convention. Before I get into some of the details that I brought home, the story really begins about 60 miles west of Tulsa, on Oklahoma state highway 214.

Rain, as everyone had around here while I was away, as torrential, like I’ve never seen in my life. After 340 of the 400 miles were behind myself and passenger, Willis Mahahhana, the editor of the West Point News, we hit a wall of moisture...Literally right after the first of two toll booths for the highway.

You’ve all heard the term, “white knuckling it.” Well that is exactly what it was as my hands firmly gripped the steering wheel for the final 60 miles (or so). 

 

Wed
11
Oct
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When the world stopped turning

By Ashley D. Swanson

Where were you when the world stopped turning? When the entire nation was glued to their televisions and radios. When all of a sudden, seconds seemed like a lifetime.

I was 9, and for a reason I’ve forgotten, my brother and I weren’t in school that day. We were staying at my grandma’s house in La Platte watching cartoons and playing with toys in the living room.

I remember our cartoons were suddenly taken over by news reports blasting huge headlines across the screen. Every channel was like this. I remember my grandma switching through the channels, and every channel held the same footage—smoke bellowing out of one of the Twin Towers.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Letters speak louder than texts

By Ashley Swanson

I love receiving letters in the mail...not bills (because who enjoys those), but actual letters.

Throughout college, as I was a good eight hours from home, I received a number of letters and cards from family (mostly grandparents) just to say hello.

Even now, I love opening my mailbox and seeing a card from my Grama Mimi in West Point, or seeing a short letter from my dad and step-mom, or seeing a small package arrived from my mom and step-dad. 

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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National Newspaper week...The days of old

By Tory Duncan

This is National Newspaper Week in the United States. In some cases this might not mean one bit of difference to most readers, but when you’ve spent most of the past 53 years associated with the industry, as I have, it definitely means something to me.

The days of hard work, long hours, and I don’t just mean hard work, I mean laborious work, physical work.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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More Husker stuff, Wiseman shines

By Tory Duncan

Husker fans took another big breath this past Saturday when the Big Red “got by” the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

Tweets were blowing up my phone from those inside Memorial Stadium and from people far far away from the stadium during what we’ll just call a “sluggish first half.”

 

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Wed
20
Sep
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Times have changed in 3 years

By Ashley Swanson

It’s interesting when I think about the fact that I’ve been here almost three years...just three months shy of that anniversary.

It’s interesting because it just flew by; where did the time go?

Does anyone else remember when I first arrived in December 2014? I sure do. I was scared out of my mind and so incredibly nervous to start my new job and officially call myself an adult.

 

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Wed
20
Sep
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The sun came up on Sunday

By Tory Duncan

Husker fans of all ages, shapes, sizes, and mindsets closed out an early Saturday afternoon in total disbelief...21-17, not a “W” but an “L” in a very big way! 

Has this become the norm now with Big Red football? Are we belittled to the fact that we are a sub par football team that just can’t win the big game let alone the little game?

As I write this some, seven and a half hours after an extremely disappointing four point loss to the Huskies of Northern Illinois, a team that sadly is getting no recognition for their huge win but instead wreaking havoc on the state of Nebraska after the Huskers loss.

 

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Wed
13
Sep
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A fine line of perspective

By Tory Duncan

You know, I have truly found over this past almost two weeks now with all of the natural disasters that have gone on in North America and Mexico with the massive earthquake, that there truly is a fine line on the perspective I have on journalism, newspaper reporting!

It’s obvious we all know about Hurricane Harvey and with what has been taking place with Hurricane Irma, these natural disasters are just that terrible and unimaginable!

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