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Wed
06
Sep
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My cup runneth over

By Ashley Swanson

There are not enough words in the world to describe how amazing Thursday evening through Monday afternoon was.

One of my best friends was set to marry the love of her life this Saturday, and I was honored to be called her maid of honor at their wedding.

I got to Norfolk Thursday evening just in time to see Teri (bride) and Adi (bridesmaid) arrive. After Teri had a makeup run-through, we got all fancy and set out on the town for Teri’s bachelorette party.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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Concerning trends for small-town Nebraska

By Tory Duncan

Many of you understand that often times we get information in the form of “press releases.” Information that is “fed” to Nebraska newspapers that once in a great while, really stands out when I receive them.

I received an emailed release from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) on Aug. 22, related to a rural poll that talked about the decline of support for our small-town grocery stores.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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Keeping the future in mind

By Keuhn

The “Mindset List” has been published every fall since 1998. Compiled by faculty of Beloit College in Wisconsin, the list details notable cultural, historical, and technological events from the year that college freshmen were born.

Students entering college this fall were born in 1999, representing the last class to be born in the 20th century. They have never known a world without emojis or Amazon.com.

Humorous and written to convey the perspective of young adults entering college, the “Mindset List” provides a poignant reminder of how quickly American society, culture, and technology changes.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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Celebrating Nebraska at the State Fair

By Ricketts

It’s fair season in Nebraska, which means it’s time to highlight the best the Good Life has to offer in agriculture, 4-H and FFA competitions, tasty foods, interesting exhibits, thrilling rides, and exciting entertainment. The county fairs held around Nebraska have already brought communities together at the local level, and now it’s time for the premiere event: the Nebraska State Fair!

In 1868, a year after Nebraska was granted statehood, the Nebraska State Fair became the place where farmers and ranchers came together annually to show off prized produce and animals, delicious pies or canned goods, and beautiful homemade handiwork.

Thu
24
Aug
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The amazing darkness of Monday

By Tory Duncan

I can honestly say that prior to the “Great American Eclipse,” that took place Monday afternoon, that I was one that was a bit pessimistic about the entire thing! No, I wasn’t negative, but I had questions, I just had a hard time wrapping my arms around what was to take place.

But as Monday unfolded, at around 12:30 I felt an “evening breeze” pickup as I stood atop the grandstands at Sutton’s football field, shooting pictures of the students and visitors gazing up at the sky to soak in this once in a lifetime event.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

 

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