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Wed
21
Nov
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Being thankful, what’s it mean to you?

By Tory Duncan

Monday night as I was penning the Bull, I thought throughout the day Monday and the entire month of November, what/ who am I thankful for.

You see, it all began with a “challenge” from the heart I received in October. Select a person or people that you are thankful for and reach out to them. As the “rules” were laid out to me, reach out to people that maybe you haven’t seen or heard from in a long while. Maybe it’s someone you see everyday, but make an impact on their heart, as well as your own heart. Go see someone that you haven’t for the longest time. Send a card to someone that has impacted you in some way or another.

Being thankful, what does it mean to you? As you sit down at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, send a prayer from your heart to someone that needs a little extra pick me up; for that matter, simply let someone you know that you care!

 

 

Wed
21
Nov
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Thankful for family time

By Ashley D. Swanson

At this time of the year, families are bustling with activity, whether it’s school concerts, sports games, or simply preparing for the upcoming holidays.

I was thankful for a break on Sunday from the constant go that is life.

Loetta turned 16 years old! So naturally we had to celebrate her; turning 16 is a big deal.

Due to the recent births of two more cousins, our family has grown quite a bit, so although Sunday served as a break for everyone, it was busy with two new babies, as well as five other kids.

It’s rare that all of my cousins can get together, and although we were missing my brother and youngest sister, it was nice to see all of them together for once.

My family is pretty amazing. No matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, when we all finally have a chance to get together it’s as if we only saw one another the day before.

Wed
14
Nov
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The feel of what the armistice meant

By Tory Duncan

Sunday was a day in which a great deal of emotions were being shared both personally and through social media (for me directly...Twitter). It was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I. Obviously never having been through war and conflict, I found a “share” on Twitter that really hit home...it put me back in time...1918, Nov. 11, 1918 to be exact.

THE OBSERVATION

The following is a reflection from Eddie Rickenbacker, an American air ace, describing the moment of armistice from 500 feet above “noman’s land” in his plane. “I glanced at my watch. One minute to 11, thirty seconds, fifteen. And then it was 11 a.m., the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I was the only audience for the greatest show ever presented.

 

 

Wed
14
Nov
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Taking a chance for a better future

By Ashley D. Swanson

The village of Byron has a population of 81, according to the 2016 census. It has one grocery store, a barber shop, a bar, bank, volunteer fire department, post office, community center, an auto repair shop, a small fabric shop and an elevator.

Why am I telling you about this small speck on a map? Simply because it’s small and yet, despite a massive drop in population between 2009 and 2010, and a continual decrease since then, the village hasn’t died yet.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Time for a change in Nebraska’s playoff system?

By Tory Duncan

Nebraska in many ways, regarding high school football, is very unique in some aspects...in other ways, we’re just like most other state’s playoff systems, but something really made me think after the first week of the NSAA playoffs for all six classes.

First off, the D-1 and D-2 playoffs with still having 32 teams advance to the playoffs is far too many teams. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this, especially after the C-1 and C-2 playoffs backed off from 32 teams to 16.

Class C-2 was the only class this year that didn’t have a team with a losing record advance.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Halloween is a haunting time

By Ashley D. Swanson

Loetta and I spent Saturday in Clay Center preparing for the community club’s second annual haunted house.

This year our mission was to scare people worse than last year, which sounds mean, but it was all in good spirit.

A majority of the day was spent setting the 4-H building up—with the amazing help of the Piper family. Then 5:30 p.m. rolled around, which meant it was time for makeup.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Them: a call to community

By Schmidt

Nebraska’s thoughtful and well-spoken U.S. Senator Ben Sasse has released a new book with an important theme and an alarming title: “Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How To Heal.”

I’ve not read the book yet, so this isn’t a book review. From what I’ve heard, this is a book that explores the lonely isolation of the growing tribalism and alienation that separates us as individuals and neighbors and denies us a shared sense of truth. That sounds like the us versus them mentality with which we have become all too familiar.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Medicare enrollment is open now

By Smith

During Medicare open enrollment, current and prospective beneficiaries are able to update or initiate Part D coverage as needed. This year’s open enrollment will take place from October 15 to December 7, allowing seniors to make decisions regarding their 2019 Medicare coverage.

While no action is required if current beneficiaries are happy with their coverage, formularies can change from year to year and it is highly recommended every beneficiary review their coverage annually. In order to guide Nebraska’s seniors through this sometimes difficult process, my office will conduct our annual Senior Services Fairs in Scottsbluff and Grand Island.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Holding close to family

By Ashley D. Swanson

I n the past almost-four years, I’ve talked about my family quite a bit, because, well, I kinda like them and enjoy sharing stories about them.

My family is far from normal, yet we all understand how the other works, even if the outside world doesn’t.

In previous columns I’ve also talked about the number of things my family has taught me, mainly handson items such as car maintenance, cooking, sewing and caring for others.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Huskers issues have me wanting more

By Tory Duncan

Once a Husker....Always a Husker! But as we all know, the bottom, as I see it hit Saturday afternoon at Northwestern.

If I look back at Saturday’s meltdown loss, though, it was the first time in at least two, maybe three years I was mad, that I let that loss effect my day, at least for a little while!

After cooling my jets, I finally figured out why I was so mad, it wasn’t because of the way we lost, well okay, it was, that is what caused my disgust. But in reality, after two to three years of just not carring that much, I figured out that even at 0-6 now, I care as much as I did about Husker football as I did when Bo Pelini was here.

 

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