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07
Jun
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Effective government to grow Nebraska

You’ll often hear me say that the vision for my administration is to grow Nebraska. While private sector job creators are the economic engine of Nebraska, state government helps provide the framework and infrastructure that can either support or hinder growth.

Over the past two years, my team has worked to make state government more effective, more efficient and more customer-focused to help grow Nebraska. Whether it’s launching our first-in-the-nation reemployment program, or putting more services online, our team is making state government work for the taxpayers of Nebraska.

Our first-in-the-nation reemployment program has been producing real results in the year and a half since it’s been launched.

 

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Wed
07
Jun
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A look back at the 2017 legislative session

At the conclusion of the recent legislative session a reporter asked senators to describe the session in a single word. I chose “misinformed”. The Legislature addressed a number of extremely complex policy topics, including a major tax reform package, developing a new budget in light of slowed revenue growth, several programs that made changes to existing property tax authorities and deductions, as well as education issues. A shocking amount of misinformation was disseminated to voters through email, social media and even inaccurate content in some mainstream media.

Wed
31
May
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Continuing the fight against cancer

By Ashley Swanson

My first bout with cancer, when I really understood what the disease entailed, was when my Grandma Jan was diagnosed with bone cancer.

I don’t remember when she was diagnosed, I just remember the disease took hold of her and she went downhill very quickly. In earlier years, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and eventually had a mastectomy.

 

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Wed
31
May
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Memorial Day/Weekend amazements

By Tory Duncan

Each year with our annual race around the county to cover Memorial Day services, I always pick up some pretty lasting and heartfelt impressions...this year was no different.

Thanks to the help of Ashley, Melissa and Jenna Nuss, we were all able to soak in a little bit more of the county services, with each of us taking two services to cover, thus enabling us to capture more moments at each service.

 

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Wed
24
May
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Muckin’ around in the mud...gettin’ old

By Tory Duncan

State track, 2017, proved to be a true test of might, fight and figuring out ways to walk through the slick, grayish colored mud at Burke Stadium in Omaha.

Now, none of this is to be pinned on anyone but Mother Nature, it’s not like the Nebraska School Activities Association ordered the weather that thousands of athletes and fans alike had to muck through last Friday and Saturday...and did I forget...newspaper people, as well.

 

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Wed
17
May
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The might and drive of student-athletes

By Tory Duncan

Thursday, May 11, marked a day in high school athletics that I’ll not soon forget. The C-4 District meet, hosted by Thayer Central High School in Hebron, left a great deal of thought in my mind as I drove home at around 9 p.m. that night.

Nope, my thoughts weren’t around winners, champions or the many “almosts” that took place. What stood out to me the very most wasn’t the color of medal that hung around the necks of our student athletes in Sutton, Harvard and at Sandy Creek....It was all about the drive, the mental toughness, and the drive to succeed. That will to excel and put it all out there.

I think of the 3,200-meter relay, in which the Sutton boys, despite getting second, gutted out one amazing battle with state leader Thayer Central.

 

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Wed
17
May
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Saying goodbye is tough, but necessary

By Ashley Swanson

Graduation. It’s a time of smiles, laughs, tears, flowers and joy. Okay, so mostly tears and smiles, but the rest find their way in there somehow.

As of Sunday, officially all of the seniors in Clay County have graduated. Harvard seniors took their last steps into the gym as students on May 6, while Sutton and Sandy Creek did the same thing this past Saturday and Sunday.

Saying goodbye can be difficult, but there can be no new beginnings without some goodbyes. These seniors reached the first big step into the “adult” world.

 

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Wed
10
May
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Driving down back road memories

By Ashley Swanson

For the longest time, my grandparents lived out on a farm just north of Chester. It’s where a lot of my childhood memories were made.

Their house wasn’t too far into the country—a mile west of HWY 81—but with nothing but cornfields, cattle and trees surrounding you, it felt like you were in your own little world.

Their house was a two-story white frame, that came with the consistent smells of cookies, pies and coffee, and the occasional tune from an old vinyl record.

 

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Wed
10
May
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I supported with amazement Sunday

By Tory Duncan

Sunday morning, before the sun rose, with the stars glowing, I awoke to a new adventure, one that I had always been curious about and to see, but just had never taken the time to attend.

I headed out my front door at around 5:15 in the morning... destination...Lincoln, to take in for the first time the Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon. First and foremost, to support a few friends that took on the challenge within themselves to hit the streets of Lincoln during the half marathon and marathon.

I witnessed many locals, including the always amazing Nate Jarosik, who I watched blow past me like a spring windstorm, en route to his amazing finish in the marathon, placing 28th out of 1,051 total runners and third in his age group, the 40-year-old group. His time was a blistering two hours, 57.26 minutes! WOW!

 

Wed
03
May
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Education is the foundation of a productive civilization

Education equalizes social disparities, expands options and stabilizes communities. The Nebraska Constitution reinforces the value our state places on education, stating in Article VII, “the Legislature shall provide for the free instruction in the common schools of the state all persons between the ages of five and twenty-one years.” Proficiency in basic skills, including reading and math, is the primary function of public education.

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