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Wed
06
Jun
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Detox changes would force police to jail more intoxicated people

Nebraska decriminalized public intoxication in 1979, one of 12 states to do so. That means law enforcement relies on civil protective custody as an alternative to jail.

In 22 states, people are still charged with public intoxication and go to a drunk tank in a jail, said a Lancaster County Commissioner, who is concerned that state funding for Lincoln’s main detox facility – The Bridge Behavioral Health – may come to an end. Not only is $150,000 in jeopardy, but state licensure is in question. Without the license, The Bridge’s civil protective custody unit would have to close. Similar programs statewide could be subject to state licensure scrutiny.

 

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Wed
06
Jun
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A week of the Good Life

These past few weeks in Washington have been very productive, but I always look forward to spending time on the road in Nebraska. Recently, I began a week-long state work period traveling our state with stops in Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Stanton, Bellevue and Hebron. I cherish the opportunity to visit local communities around our state and listen to Nebraskans. Being able to identify the needs of families and communities is an essential part of my job as your senator.

One highlight of my week in The Good Life was welcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr to Northeast Nebraska.

We visited Northeast Community College where we learned about their fascinating precision agriculture curriculum, which focuses on familiarizing students with new farming technologies.

 

Wed
30
May
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The loss of a friend, second mother

By Tory Duncan

When life throws me curveballs, I have a tendency to openly write my feelings down in a book. No, I won’t call it a diary by any means, but writing is just my way to get some thoughts out, versus “talking to myself.”

This week, as I write my column on Memorial Day, I reflect on the life of a woman that has been a part of my life for the better part of 44 years.

 

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Wed
30
May
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Avoiding the summer demon

By Ashley D. Swanson

It all began Thursday night when I was putting lights on Loetta’s bike.

It came out of nowhere and without warning began attacking.

The “it” I’m referring to is the dreaded demon that is a junebug.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Be careful this summer

By Ashley D. Swanson

Finally! The sun is shining (well, not lately, but for the most part), the temperature has gone up, and let me tell you how happy I am that I can sleep with my bedroom window open!

But here’s the thing about summer, while it’s all smiles and ice cream cones and warmer weather, it’s also a dangerous part of the year.

Now, I’m not going to go all mom on people (although my mom-voice has come out a lot more over the past six months, or so), but I am going to give everyone a kind reminder.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Economic impact of a loss could be harmful

By Tory Duncan

As most of you read the headline you may be wondering if I’ve lost my mind, because of course a loss of a business in any community can and is harmful to smalltown life and the lifestyle of a community.

Many of you are aware that I do sit on the Sutton Community Home Board of Directors, as well as the Sutton Community Home Foundation Board. Equally, for sometime now, nearly three and a half years, the Foundation and SCH Board has been trying to launch a campaign to build a new skilled nursing center, not just for Sutton, but for Clay County as a whole to utilize in a time of need for their loved ones.

 

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Wed
16
May
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‘Home....or Away,’ a big step for graduates

By Tory Duncan

Over the past 35 years since I have graduated high school, as I mentioned last week, I’ve covered 20 some odd graduation ceremonies in my newspaper career. I have had the luxury of listening in on several salutatory and valedictory speeches that have really hit home! I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard a snoozer speech, because students, within their own way and personality, always deliver strong final speeches to their classmates and those attending.

This year, of the four speeches that I was able to hear, two in Sutton on Saturday and two at Sandy Creek, I once again stood amazed at the level of what Casey Van Kirk and Nathan Hohensee spoke on Saturday and how relaxed and meaningful Sandy Creek’s speakers Maggie Rieckman and Charlotte Okraska were while having fun closing out their high school careers.

 

Wed
16
May
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Benefiting from early mornings

By Ashley D. Swanson

There’s something wonderful about the early morning. Something almost calming.

I’m not a morning person; I’ll be the first to admit it. However, on those days when I pull myself out of bed before 7 a.m., I love what the morning brings.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Sappy graduation column continues

By Ashley D. Swanson

Sorry, but I’m going to talk about graduation again, mainly because there are two people in my life that need to be recognized.

My twin cousins, Michael and Hannah, will be graduating from Deshler High School Saturday, May 12. They will be the second/third people in two generations to graduate from high school.

 

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Wed
09
May
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35 years ago this month...it goes so fast

By Tory Duncan

You know it’s pretty amazing how fast 35 years can blow past you! This month 35 years ago, as a spry young 6 foot, 6 inch 185-pound senior in high school, I had the luxury of walking across the stage, saying my goodbyes to Shelton High School and, in many ways, Shelton the community, as I had no idea at the time what path my life would take.

I knew I wanted to be in the newspaper business, that’s what I grew up with, that’s what I knew, and yes, I knew quite a lot about the printing business, as well, just because of the upbringing that I had with my parents.

 

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