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02
Aug
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wed
12
Jul
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Head, Heart, Hands & Health...the 4-H way

by Tory Duncan 

To whom it may concern: After nine years of covering the Clay County Fair, it remains one of my most favorite events each year! End of statement!

In all seriousness, what other event, as I have clearly shared over these past eight full years, do you bring the entire county together as one, with one common theme?

As the 4-H Pledge reads: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

 

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Wed
05
Jul
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Capturing moments through the lens

By Tory Duncan

I have always enjoyed the means of capturing life’s moments with a camera. Sometimes I get just that moment, other times, especially in the case of sports or action photography, a millisecond can make or break a photo.

I guess it is safe to say that photography is both a hobby and a career of sorts for me.

With the upcoming Clay County Fair this week, as well as the Area-5 Junior Legion District baseball tournament, there will be many moments presented to me to hopefully capture that moment to share with our readers.

Over the past several weeks, one of the leading photographers in the world has been capturing moments in the life of a family with many local ties. Bill Frakes, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, caught on to a once in a lifetime story about Lucille Kester, the mother of Sutton educator Jennifer Johnson, and grandmother to Rachel Roemmich.

 

Wed
05
Jul
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Keeping a creative mind

By Ashley Swanson

For some people, doing crafts is a way to calm down, relax and have fun. The other night, I got this grand idea to make curtains for my office, and let me tell you how that turned out. Some nice white, grey, and yellow stripped fabric was chosen, and I picked up some needles and thread, mostly because I wasn’t sure where mine were at home.

Well, long story short, it took me 45 minutes to make one set, and I’m talking about a small set of curtains. I ended up making the opening for the curtain rod much too small, and then I didn’t make the fabric even on the front and back....it’s been a while since I’ve sewn anything.

 

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Wed
28
Jun
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Soaking in festival season in Clay Co.

By Tory Duncan

Idon’t know for sure, but after this past weekend’s Dugout Days and EdgarFest celebrations, I’m not sure if it could get much better regarding the weather, or the slate of activities in both communities, but I do know this...It’s the traditional kick-off, if you will, for the summer activity and celebration season.

Sutton’s two and a half day run, along with Edgar’s day long slate of fun in the sun on Saturday, really started the community celebration season with a bang. Edgar’s fireworks display capped a full day of events that brought great fun for all, while Sutton’s main day of action, Saturday, was capped off with perhaps the biggest and best parade of the nine years I’ve lived in Clay County.

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Wed
28
Jun
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Busy weekened means fun for all

By Ashley Swanson

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe this past weekend, but it sure was fun. With Dugout Days and EdgarFest filling up the weekend, there was no reason for anyone to be bored.

Dugout Days festivities started Thursday evening with the Chloe Burns Benefit. Friday kicked-off with the swimming activities, followed by the annual fishing contest.

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