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06
Jul
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Fireworks...

by Ashley Swanson
 
Fireworks are easily in my top five things to take photos of—especially now that I was told an easier way to capture them. Fireworks, it seems, have always had the ability to quiet people, to keep a gaze that is otherwise often found in front of a screen, and they always seem to amaze.

 

Wed
29
Jun
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Busy Fun...

by Ashley Swanson 
 
Wake up, take photos here and there, laugh, have fun, eat delicious food, sleep, repeat. That’s kind of the schedule myself and those staying with me had this past weekend. Friday afternoon kicked-off Dugout Days events with swimming pool activities. I love this event because the kids look so ready to compete in the games set up for them, but it’s fun competition. They’re ready to jump head first into the water and just have fun.

 

Wed
29
Jun
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Stepping Up...

by Tory Duncan 
 
I have to admit, as much as I try to assist and sup - port each community in Clay County, both through our paper or just me personally, from time to time, I find it truly amazing how people can complain that something is wrong, when in fact sometimes they don’t know how much work goes into setting up a community festival, a county fair, a sports tournament, or events that bring people home or to our communities. Have we really come to the point in the world where the only comments to share are of a negative nature?

 

Wed
22
Jun
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As If You Didn’t Know...

By Tory Duncan

I don’t think that one can ever say that the summer thus far has been slow, especially those of you chasing baseball or softball games all over the place, or those that have hit the road for family reunions or even vacations. Yes, even vacations it seems, can be a “rat race” at times. 

 

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Wed
22
Jun
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An Incredible Feat

By Ashley Swanson

When someone puts their mind to something, it usually means they are goal-oriented and will stop at nothing until their goal has been reached. Their minds can’t be swayed, and although the journey may be difficult at times, they push on, unwilling to be brought down by the hills. Over the last few weeks, it seems, we’ve had several people traveling through the county, either on a bike, vehicles/ motorcycle or their feet. This past Thursday, however, when another runner and her crew came through the county, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I knew them. 

 

Wed
15
Jun
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RAMBLES

By Ashley Swanson
 
Sunday afternoon marked the first 4-H show in Clay County for the year; it was the Regional Dairy Goat Show. Despite the heat, kids, their parents and goats traveled from Polk, Lancaster, Webster, Harlan and other counties for the show, toting their equipment and sporting their 4-H shirts.
 

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Wed
15
Jun
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BULL

By Tory Duncan
 
It was extremely fitting this past Friday night that Terry and Kelley Owens of Harvard were both honored by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association’s 35th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in Grand Island. Why extremely fitting, you might ask? Here’s the best way to answer that question. When in Harvard, ask someone about the Owens and their family.

 

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Wed
08
Jun
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Memorial Day Is Over, Must Be Summer

By J.L. Schmidt

Memorial Day has come and gone, so it must officially be summer in Nebraska. School is out, the public swimming pools are open and travelers are hitting the road buoyed by low gasoline prices and frustration with the TSA and airlines. This holiday, which became an official federal holiday in 1971, started out as Decoration Day after the Civil War, back in 1868. Give credit to the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, IL, for designating it as a time to decorate graves of the war dead with flowers. 

Wed
08
Jun
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Obamacare’s Continued Co-Op Failures

By Rep. Adrian Smith

Tens of thousands of Nebraskans lost their health insurance at the end of 2014, when CoOportunity Health, the Obamacare Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (co-op) in Nebraska and Iowa, announced it was facing liquidation. On May 26, Ohio’s InHealth Mutual became the latest co-op failure, leaving 22,000 Ohioans suddenly without coverage. CoOportunity Health was the first of Obamacare’s co-ops to collapse, forcing 120,000 Nebraskans and Iowans to search for new insurance. Many had found their way to CoOportunity Health after their original health care plans were cancelled due to Obamacare’s implementation, only to lose coverage a second time due to the law’s own failures. 

Wed
01
Jun
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Term Limits, Partisan Governor Changing the Face of Nebraska Legislature

By J.L. Schmidt

There was a time when the prospects of at least 12 new faces in the Nebraska Legislature wasn’t a bad thing. There were still enough seasoned veterans in the body to explain the art and nuance of lawmaking to the greenest of freshmen. That has changed because of term limits and a partisan governor who is calling out the names of Republican (his party) senators in the officially non-partisan legislature for failing to support his legislative agenda.

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