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It’s Newspaper in Education Week

By Tory Duncan

This marks a week, that to any newspaper involved with students at the high school and college levels, even in the elementary classrooms that, I truly cherish.

Since moving to Clay County to take over this newspaper, our team at the Clay County News has been involved in some way shape or form in working with all three Clay County High Schools’ journalism students.

What I have found, as well as many of my collegues in Nebraska, that working with students, is not only just as rewarding as an editor of a newpaper, but it has also become a way in which to reach out to students that show an interest in community journalism and to bring home those students that have received formal education in college, or at the community college level.

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Fighting back when Mother Nature hits

By Ashley Swanson
Monday started out like any other Monday. People got up and dressed and then grabbed their stuff and went to work.

But for those who fight back when Mother Nature comes knocking, their regular day became long, tiring, and a rush to keep people’s property safe.

According to the National Weather Service in Hastings, the wind speed reached 51 mph, while wind gusts reached 60 mph. Driving in it was slightly terrifying and keeping attention to the road and your surroundings was of immense importance.

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Learning the Appropriations Committee budgeting process

By Keuhn

There are multiple steps in the Appropriations Committee budgeting process. First, agencies submitted budget requests through the budget office last fall. Next, Governor Ricketts introduced his recommended budget when he addressed the Legislature in his State of the State address. Then, the Appropriations Committee worked with legislative fiscal analysts to comb through agency requests and developed a preliminary budget. This past week, we began the next step of the process, which is four weeks of public hearings, where we will hear from state agencies, stakeholders and citizens about proposed funding.

 

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Celebrating Nebraska’s 150th

By Ricketts

Broken Bow is nestled in the foothills of Nebraska’s picturesque Sandhills in the middle of everything our state and our country. In many ways, it’s a community that represents a cross section of the Cornhusker State. It’s a rural town where Main Street is thriving thanks to the state’s largest industries: agriculture and manufacturing. Employers, ranging from feedlots to a major medical supplier, provide good-paying jobs for families in Broken Bow and the surrounding area.

 

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Wed
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Feb
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Balancing Nebraska’s budget

By Ricketts

Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget. Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have. This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII. This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the nation for fiscal health, according to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Lagging tax revenues caused in part by lagging commodity prices have put the budget front and center during this legislative session.

 

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22
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Legislative slow down–don’t blame Ernie

By Schmidt

Attention Nebraskans: While you are busy complaining about the new President of the United States and his Cabinet or gridlock in Congress, the wheels have been coming off the wagon right here at home. Spinning wheels, zero progress. This is what causes Nebraskans to complain about the Legislature wasting time– maybe even blaming Ernie Chambers. But they are willing to let the rest of the body and ultimately the very nature of the non-partisan Legislature succumb to the bullying of the Gang of 27.

 

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The emotions in wrestling run high

By Tory Duncan

This past weekend was the start of the end of the 2016-17 high school wrestling season, and like any year in the sport, the district meet proves to be the most emotional weekend of all, regardless of what sport is being played.

We’re all familiar with the term: “heartbreak round,” which is the consolation semifinals. You win, and you’ve made it to state, a loss, the season is over...it’s just that abrubt and so final if you come up on the short end of the stick.

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When energy levels hit empty

By Ashley Swanson

This week’s column won’t have any fun puns or some great message or feature some wonderful people from the county, like I try to do in other weeks.

Sorry, to inform you on such short notice

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Wed
08
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The final run for winter sports season

By Tory Duncan

 

This past week, with the Southern Nebraska and Twin Valley Conferences holding their basketball and wrestling tournament marks (at least for me) the final long push to the end of the winter sports season.

Four Clay County wrestlers were crowned champions, including a pair of seniors and a sophomore.

Kale Fishler earned gold in the newly-formed Twin Valley Conference/Fort Kearny Conference wrestling meet last Thursday in Kearney, winning the 132-pound class for the Cardinals.

Tanner Ives, who at one time was a teammate of Fishler’s at Harvard, now wrestles for the South Central Red Raider and claimed gold in the SNC meet held at Sutton Friday night, also winning the 132-pound class

 

 

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Don’t underestimate Tai Chi

By Ashley Swanson

 

Thursday morning, I made my way down to Fairfield to do a story on a group of seniors doing Tai Chi. Tai Chi, for those who do not know what it is, is a method of exercising that incorporates versions of Chinese martial arts. It makes the person focus on balance and breathing.

So there I was, sitting at a table with 10 other ladies, all of whom had been doing this for a couple of weeks. Once they got started, it was easy to see that they put some time into their moves.

While taking photos and some mental notes, I decided that it didn’t look too difficult—maybe a little confusing at times, but not too difficult. Fast forward about a half an hour and they told me I should join in, so I did. Well, I was wrong—it’s harder than it looks.

 

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