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Prepping for flu season, staying safe

Prepping for flu season, staying safe

This week the CDC released a notice that with the upcoming normal flu season, which each year draws on our communities, COVID-19 will add to the complications of an aggressive flu season.

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Wed
19
Aug
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Working through property tax relief delays, challenges

Working through property tax relief delays, challenges

Hello neighbors,

This was supposed to be a session of hope for those wanting property tax relief. Instead, we got delays, fighting, and a last minute “grand” compromise that does not do nearly enough for property taxpayers, especially farmers.

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Wed
12
Aug
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And we’re off and running...soon anyway

And we’re off and running...soon anyway

Opinions of what went down this past Monday with the cancellation/ postponement, or whatever you want to call it regarding the Big Ten football season, were at many times hot, even very hot, because of the vice that we all have...social media.

I guess you can say that I have a printed version of social media each week, and instead of sharing my thoughts on the Nebraska/Big 10 season, I’m going to stay close to home this week.

Schools open next week, and I’m here to tell you it feels like an eternity since school activities have taken place, perhaps because it has been an eternity. Boys state basketball in Lincoln, the second weekend of March was the last school-related activity that took place.

 

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Wed
12
Aug
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Take care of you

Take care of you

Mental health is something I’m pretty passionate about. The stigma around mental health has gotten better, I believe, and people are opening up more about their mental health than in years past.

During my time here, “de-stressing” and taking care of you have been the topic of several columns, and this one is just another reminder to remember to take care of you.

Whether you’re a single person going to your 8-5 job each day, parents of one or more kids—or even a single parent, or an elderly person in retirement, it’s important to remember that you cannot take care of others unless you take care of yourelf first. When you’re stressed or

 

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Wed
29
Jul
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Keep a curious mind

Keep a curious mind

Having a curious mind makes life more interesting. For example, on Saturday I was walking around the Harvard Veterans Car Show and had been there for maybe an hour or so and decided to head for home.

But on the way toward home something told me I should look at this, let’s be honest, not great looking vehicle.

From afar its paint looked worn and faded. The structure of the vehicle honestly reminded me of one of my favorite horror movies.

 

 

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Wed
29
Jul
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At the corner of Heath and Elm, Arthur, NE

At the corner of Heath and Elm, Arthur, NE
At the corner of Heath and Elm, Arthur, NE

One can argue that your roots are planted in so many places that it’s hard to know where those roots started.

This past week I’ve had the luxury of getting lost in what many people call no man’s land, Northwest Nebraska, the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Highways that are called “Bridges to Buttes,” “The Gold Rush Highway,” and the “Sandhills Journey.”

 

 

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Wed
22
Jul
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Ricketts: back to business

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This week, state senators return to Lincoln to finish the remaining days of the 2020 legislative session. As they get back to business, there are a handful of key issues that will command much of the Legislature’s attention in the limited time remaining.

As I wrote about last week, Nebraska’s top priority for this session is property tax relief. The property tax issue along with a few others will dominate the waning days of the session, which are sure to move at a fast pace. Here’s a short overview of what’s to come.

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Wed
22
Jul
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A letter to ESU-9, parochial schools from medical community in South Heartland District Health Department

A letter to ESU-9, parochial schools from medical community in South Heartland District Health Department

Dear ESU-9 and parochial superintendents, principals, faculty, staff, and school boards:

As your local medical professionals, who care deeply about protecting the health of students and their teachers in our schools, we would like to express our united support for your efforts to open our schools safely to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Wed
15
Jul
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Another week spent at the Clay County Fair

Another week spent at the Clay County Fair

I hope you are all doing well and are healthy and happy.

Stepping onto the fairgrounds July 8 brought back a familiar feeling, one that has happened every July since I’ve been here.

To repeat what so many have said the past week, this year’s fair was different, and I knew that going in to start my portion of the coverage with the horse show.

In the same instance of knowing and feeling the difference in this year’s fair, it also felt the same.

 

 

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Wed
15
Jul
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COVID-19...It’s far from over folks

COVID-19...It’s far from over folks
COVID-19...It’s far from over folks

Coronavirus worries seem to be getting far more worrisome, and that is kind of putting things mildly. Is school going to get started on time? Will fall activities move forth? I’m far from an expert on this, but it’s pretty safe to say that if we have school, and if fall activities are going to happen, we’ll all have to do much better with our current practices.

As much as I love Husker football, that will be the last place I’ll be this fall, again, if this all happens.

As I stood on the sidelines at the 62nd annual Shrine Bowl in Kearney Saturday afternoon, I thought a lot about what this fall could look like, with, or without, school activities, with or without the likes of Old Trusty and other events.

 

 

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