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03
Feb
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Young Leaders in Nebraska Agriculture

by U.S. Senator Adrian Smith
 
Speaking with nearly 200 young farmers and ranchers from across our state recently reinforced to me how bright the future looks for Nebraska agriculture. At the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers conference in North Platte, future producers shared their ideas for how to keep the industry thriving in the coming years.
 

 

Wed
03
Feb
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Pig Ownership May Be a Defining Moment in Urban-Rural Relationships

by J.L. Schmidt
 
This little piggy went to market … this little piggy stayed home. It’s not the destination that has caused one of the biggest urban-rural disputes in the Nebraska Legislature since Initiative 300 was offered as a solution to the farm crisis in 1982. This year’s debate is about LB176, a bill that would allow corporations to own hogs being prepped for market.
 

 

Wed
27
Jan
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Paint Your World Purple

by Ashley Swanson

How are you going to paint your world purple? This was the first question asked to Dawn Piper, our wonderful driver, Tina Nelson, Rachael Mitchell, myself, and everyone else who walked through the Holiday Inn doors in Kearney for the annual Relay For Life Workday. 

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Wed
27
Jan
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Are You Ready???

by Tory Duncan 

This being my seventh year of coverage of events and activities throughout Clay County, I still always find it hard to believe how fast time flies. I’ve touched on this very subject, countless times throughout the years I’ve been with the Clay County News. 

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Wed
20
Jan
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Being A Mentor

by Ashley Swanson
 
My school, any of them, really, never had the Team Mates program such as those in the county. Because of this, I had never heard of it. A morning tour around the county with Tory would bring a conversation about Team- Mates and what people did while being involved with it. He told me how people signed up to meet with a student an hour once a week. During that hour, you could help your mentee with their homework, go play on the playground, and have lunch with them at the school. It sounded like a fun program to be involved with, so as soon as I could, I signed up to become a mentor.
 
 
Wed
20
Jan
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Voluntold...

by Tory Duncan
 
For sometime now, a new word has been a strong part of language around these parts...That word, used several times during Monday night’s annual Sutton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting is...“Voluntold.” According to the creator, Doug Douglas of Sutton, Voluntold simply means this....“It’s when you are volunteered for duty, and later told that you have been volunteered to do such task...AND, you’re thankful for that person that voluntold ya.”
 
 
Wed
13
Jan
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Changing the World

by Ashley Swanson

We always ask kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most of the time, it’s a firefighter, police officer, and sometimes a race car driver. What if, instead, we asked kids, “What do you want to change in the world?” This question got me thinking once I had read it. 

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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The 3-Point Shot...UGH

by Tory Duncan

It’s been quite a while since I have ranted a bit about sports stuff, but for sometime now, I have have really found myself thinking, “Why in the world is there a three-point shot in the game of basketball?” 

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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Legislative Session Opens This Week in Lincoln

by Senator John Kuehn, District 38

The Second Session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature will convene on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Known as the “short session”, the second session consists of 60 legislative days and is currently scheduled to adjourn on April 20. Legislation introduced last session remains on the worksheet for consideration this session, as well as new bills introduced during the first ten legislative days.

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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They’re Back, Look What They Brought With Them

by J.L. Schmidt

Lawmakers are back in session today (Jan. 6) and they hit the ground running. It’s a short session, so while they still have time to introduce new bills for discussion, carry-over items are ready for debate by the 49 officially non-partisan senators. In addition to the specific carryover bills, there are carry-over ideas, recurring themes if you will. Chief among them is the governor’s continuing promise of property tax relief. And with that promise comes the quote which shows up in Governor Pete Ricketts’ news releases often (most recently on Dec. 15, 2015): “As I travel the state, property tax relief is the number one priority on the minds of Nebraskans,” said Governor Ricketts.

 

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