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Wed
14
Sep
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Stumbling upon lost arts at Old Trusty

By Ashley Swanson
 
While wandering around the Clay County Fairgrounds Saturday, I found myself immersed in the past. Other than the usual take-photos-of-everything, I was on a mission to find at least two stories for this week’s paper. South of the activities building, I stumbled upon a blacksmith named Dave Zahm. I watched him for a few moments, snapped some photos, and then looked to my left and noticed a sign that said “Apple Butter.”
 
Wed
07
Sep
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Strategic Decisions About Education Funding of the Utmost Importance

By Senator John Kuehn
 
Balancing education spending with learning outcomes is a difficult task, as any member of a local school board can attest. The needs and wants are almost endless, while the resources available from local, state and federal taxes are finite. Evidence based discussions happen far too infrequently in exchange for generalizations and platitudes.
 
 
Wed
07
Sep
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It’s That Awkward Time of Year

By J.L. Schmidt
 
The county fairs are over. The State Fair is done. High school football is well under way and Husker football has started. It’s that awkward time of the year. The presidential election is still a couple months away. If you ignore the constant palaver coming from that direction, it would appear that a news shortage has gripped the nation. But wait, there’s hope. The Nebraska Legislature continues interim studies season.
 
 
Wed
31
Aug
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Cultivating Blue Courage

By Tory Duncan
 
The thin blue line. It’s the men and women who put on their uniforms each and every day in our communities to serve and protect. They are the officers who put their lives in danger to keep our families, homes and schools safe. They are the agencies that help uphold the rule of law. They are the leaders who recruit, train and employ the officers who are ready to sacrifice everything to protect public safety.
 
 
Wed
31
Aug
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Tax Policy Needs Public Education

By Senator John Kuehn
 
At the center of the discussion of tax policy in Nebraska is public education. The public investment in K-12 education is one of the most critical functions of government, a responsibility mandated by the Nebraska Constitution. The national average of $11,500 invested per pupil makes the United States a global leader in education spending. That has not translated into success in performance of U.S. students compared to other nations. In Nebraska, our statewide per pupil cost of just under $12,000 places us in the top half of every ranking of overall education spending. This fall, I begin my 17th academic year as a member of the biology faculty at Hastings College. The proficiency of Nebraska graduates is an important issue to me. Over the next several weeks I will discuss a number of topics related to the educational success of Nebraska students.
 
 
Wed
24
Aug
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Something New...

by Tory Duncan
 
This week, the Clay County News introduces the 2016 Fall Sports teams to our readers near and far. After making several trips to all three county schools, hopes are high that it will be a successful year for our student-athletes, both on and off the field.

 

Wed
24
Aug
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Special Moments...

by Ashley Swanson
 
Part One: The Birth Nine months is a long time to wait for anything, but I swear, in the 24 hours of Aug. 16 and Aug. 17, those seemed longer than the nine months combined. I joined my stepmom, Christina, dad, and grandma Betty in the early afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior; we were all somewhat patiently waiting for the arrival of their daughter, granddaughter, and my sister.
 
Wed
17
Aug
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Teachers...

by Tory Duncan
 
As I sit down each Monday or Tuesday to pen the Bull column, my hope is that I highlight something or someone, or even a bunch of things or people that stand out in my mind throughout the past week. This week, my thoughts turn to back-to-school, specifically our teachers in the county.

 

Wed
17
Aug
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Who Made A Difference?

by Ashley Swanson
 
Impact. Making a difference. Being an inspiration. Someone, maybe it was only one person or several, but someone made an impact on our lives at one point or another. During a pre-open conference at Harvard Public School Monday, Dr. Doug Christensen brought up this very topic. He asked the many teachers, staff, board members and administration who made a difference in their lives?
 
Wed
10
Aug
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The Old (est) Player...

by Tory Duncan

The 14th annual Travis Carpenter Memorial Tournament has come and gone, the usual aches and pains certainly follow, but not as bad, mostly because at a month and a half short of my 52nd birthday, it’s not “full steam ahead” for me anymore. I would liken it to more like a tractor in field gear, notice I didn’t say road gear, yes, field gear.   

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