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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.

 

Wed
30
Dec
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Life in Rowen’s Eyes...

by Tory Duncan

So, when you spend a few days with an eight-year-old little boy, especially at Christmas time, it certainly changes your focus a bit...or should I say A LOT! It is really kind of cool when you share that time with him and really focus on how little of importance he puts on the life around him. He focuses on how his days are impacted by the hour, I swear.

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Wed
30
Dec
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New Year’s Resolutions

by Ashley Swanson

Every year, I make up some long list of New Year’s resolutions, and do you know how many I actually finish? That’s right, none. I usually choose resolutions that have high expectations. This year, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. To start my list, I’m going to say the one everyone says every year: I’m going to exercise more and lose weight. I have said I am going to do this every single year, and every single year I’ve failed. This year is going to be different because there’s an actual challenge going on that will, hopefully, keep me with my resolution and reach my goal.

Wed
23
Dec
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The State of Nebraska Agriculture

by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

Over the past few weeks, I have joined Nebraska Cattlemen and Farm Bureau members at their annual conferences. These events are always great opportunities to reflect on the year’s successes and challenges, while also sharing ideas on how we can work together to continue to grow agriculture, which accounts for one in four jobs in Nebraska. While our state’s farmers and ranchers have faced challenges ranging from lower commodity prices to avian influenza this year, Nebraska agriculture continues to find new ways to grow. Let’s review some of the events of the past year that positively impacted our state’s number one industry.

 

Wed
23
Dec
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Where’s the Peace, Joy in Border Closings, Gun-Free Zones?

by J.L. Schmidt

Whatever happened to peace on earth, good will to men? Is it just me, or has the world gone crazy? Are we really talking about closing the borders to keep folks from other countries out? Stop, consider your ancestry. If the border had been closed in 1902, I wouldn’t be living in America right now. We all came from immigrant stock.

 

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