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Wed
21
Jun
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Wedding adventures in southern Nebraska

By:Ashley Swanson

This past weekend, it seemed like a lot was going on. There were weddings in town, birthday parties, and, of course, garage sales up the ying-yang.

However, on Saturday, my cousin, Hannah, and I went out of county for a different wedding near Lawrence.

 

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Wed
21
Jun
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Learning from the passion of giving

By: Tory Duncan

Monday afternoon, something just truly clicked with in my mind, my heart and my soul!

I had the luxury of going out to watch, observe and soak in some great people giving back to perhaps some of the most amazing people that reside at the Sutton Community Home.

 

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Wed
14
Jun
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Sandhills retreat is always welcome

By Tory Duncan

Nebraska’s Sandhills region has always been an ultimate favorite of mine since I was a youngster, so many years ago that I refuse to count.

This past week I had the luxury of “getting lost” in the hills for a few days.

In all, during my four day tour of Western Nebraska, I passed through some 50 towns of all sizes, from Mason City, Berwyn, Dunning to Mullen. From Hyannis to Arthur, Keystone to Roscoe and Ogallala. From Paxton to Sutherland and Wallace, along with Hayes Center to Culbertson, McCook and Indianola, Atlanta and Funk, you name it. My almost 1,000-mile trip over the last four days of the week, was truly a getway, along the untraveled roads of the Nebraska Sandhills and Southwest Nebraska.

Wed
14
Jun
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Letting the paint wars commence

By Ashley Swanson

Have you ever had a paint war? If you haven’t, then it’s probably something you should add to the list of awesome things to do in your lifetime. If you have, then you already know about the awesomeness I’m talking about.

A paint war is exactly how it sounds—you have a war, but with paint. Jenna had never experienced a paint war, so we traveled the whole six blocks to DG and picked up 12 tiny things of paint. We had every color from red to purple, and sparkly blue and green.

Paint can be difficult to pick up, so you have to choose a good designated war zone. We chose out in the country on a gravel road, which didn’t affect any lawn, plant or crop...or sidewalk, for that matter.

 

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Wed
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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