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Wed
16
Aug

RAMBLES

By Ashley Swanson

It’s been a busy summer, and now summer is coming to an end and the busy school year is about to begin. I’m pretty sure it was just May a few weeks ago, but alas, summer has come and gone faster than I could blink.

I would appreciate it if the clock would stop or at least slow down just a little bit.

Monday, Deshler started school, which meant my twin cousins, Hannah and Michael, were officially seniors.

My other cousins, Loetta and Cammy, were officially in high school.

Where did the time go?

Growing up, my cousins, brother, and I were incredibly close—we still are, we just live further apart than our usual distance.

 

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Wed
16
Aug

STRUGGLE IS REAL

By Jordyn Hulinsky

Man, the struggle is real… Sometimes meeting new people is a struggle.

I have been working in Clay County for 16 days now and have had nothing but good experiences thus far. My coworkers are entertaining and fun, and everyone else I have met has been extra kind to me.

All kinds of people have stopped me in various places around the county to ask me who I am, where I am from and what I am doing, in a good type of way.

But, meeting new people is not always easy. I have met so many people in these first 16 days in Clay County, but I could maybe only tell you about 10 of those people’s names, and it should probably be noted that I work with four people that are included in that 10.

And that is tough, because I truly do want to get to know the people of this county and I want to find my place in this county. But, sometimes it takes a while before you remember people’s names and before you find your spot in a new place.

 

Wed
09
Aug

Growing trade with Canada

By Ricketts

This week, I am leading a trade mission to Canada. The importance of Canada as a trading partner that is helping grow Nebraska cannot be overstated. Canada is Nebraska’s largest export market and fourth largest agriculture export market. In 2016, total agricultural exports from Nebraska to Canada equaled an estimated $468 million out of a total agriculture export value of $5.4 billion. In addition to our important trade relationship, Nebraska and Canada are both celebrating our 150th birthdays this year, a special occasion which we will be highlighting along the way!

Wed
09
Aug

Nebraska uses baseline budget process

By Kuehn

In July, the Nebraska Department of Revenue released a final report on General Fund tax receipts for the end of the fiscal year. Despite the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board reducing revenue projections at its April meeting, the state still ended the fiscal year on June 30 collecting $34 million less than predicted. In the event that revenues continue to fall under projections in coming months, the biennial budget passed in May will need to be adjusted. This may require a special legislative session this fall or adoption of adjustments in the next legislative session, depending on the magnitude of any shortfall in the next few months.

Wed
02
Aug

Thoughts while on the road

By Tory Duncan

O ne can certainly appreciate a super long drive. It might be a long drive locally, catching the rural areas of where you live, it certainly might be a long drive in the hidden roads of Nebraska.

A person can never appreciate hitting the road in the Sandhills, the northern stretches of Nebraska, or just life in the Sandhills.

This past weekend, while it was a trip to attend a funeral of the father of one of my best newspaper friends, someone who I have admired since being a “young buck” at the Wisner News Chronicle, Willis Mahannah, who was and still is the managing editor at the West Point News, somebody who truly did give me guidance and great leadership during my early years in the newspaper business, I headed north trekking through Aurora, Central City, Fullerton, Albion, Petersburg, Elgin, Neligh, Clearwater, Ewing, Inman (yes, Inman) and finally making my way into O’Neill. The funeral took place this past Saturday morning.

 

Wed
02
Aug

Appreciating skills taught, learned

By Ashley Swanson

When I was younger, all I wanted to be was a nurse like my mom. I wanted to care for people, I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to be there when people needed you the most.

When I reached 16 years old, I was finally old enough to take the Certified Nursing Assistant classes at the Blue Valley Lutheran Homes in Hebron.

Over the summer, my classmates and I read the enormous books given to us, we practiced techniques and protocols, and we studied until our eyes saw double.

 

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Wed
26
Jul

Remembering a number

ByTory Duncan

Some of you might think, after the last couple of weeks, that I’m losing my mind a little bit. Last week, I wrote about Oscar Madison, comparing myself to him in regards to my cleanliness. This week, actually last Tuesday night after we put the county fair issue to bed, I found my mind drifting off to the old days way before cell phones, smartphones, flip phones, maybe even dumb phones, to the days when all of us had so many phone numbers locked up in our head.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Keeping patience even when tested

By Ashley Swanson

This past weekend I served as host for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. I had the most people at my house that I’ve had in a long time, but it was a welcomed full house.

Along with two of my brothers, my sister-in-law, my other brother’s girlfriend, and my three-year-old niece, there was also a 10-year-old, a high school friend, my parents, and my 11-month-old sister.

Needless to say, in certain instances, my patience was tested this weekend, mostly on account of my niece, who can be super sweet at times, and make you go insane in the next instance.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

I feel kinda like Oscar Madison

By Tory Duncan

To omany times in my term as managing editor at the Clay County News, I’ve found it hard to keep up in my own personal life, like keeping up with house work, keeping a clean office and even a clean car.

It hit me Sunday night, while watching television, which is a luxury at times too, that I live like Oscar Madison, the New York sports writing “hack” on the old, old television show, the Odd Couple.

I hadn’t seen that show in so many years, it really caught my eye. Oscar is a slob at home, clothes laying all over his room, and only his room.

His always neat, uptight and tidy roommate, Felix Ungar, would never let Madison “bleed” his slobby style into the rest of their high rise NYC apartment.

 

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Wed
12
Jul

A grand champion fair experience

by Brandy VanDeWalle 

As I write this, the Clay County Fair is in full-swing and the Fillmore County Fair is about to begin, so this article highlights some interesting findings about what youth enjoy the most during a county fair experience.

Every county fair provides 4-H youth across the state with an opportunity to showcase the project work that they have completed throughout the year and to receive recognition for their efforts.

Model rockets that have been assembled from basic materials, cookies that will make your mouth water, sheep that are sheared for the big show, and many other exhibits can most likely be seen at your local county fair.

 

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