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Wed
08
Nov
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Cardinal Nation goes for gold

By Tory Duncan

Bobbie McKenzie, my college adviser/ mentor while going through college at the then-Kearney State College, always stressed to us in class, whenever possible, lead in with good news and then touch on “the other stuff.”

Well this week, that’s exactly what I’ll do, follow her advice!

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

By Ashley D. Swanson

Alzheimer’s. While I personally have not faced this disease, nor have I ever had a family member go through the diagnosis, I’ve met many people who have.

When I was a CNA at the Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, you either worked the north and east sides or the south side—meaning you were assigned to help residents on those halls.

Sometimes, you were assigned to help in the far east wing, which was where the Alzheimer’s patients resided.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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The signs that you’re getting old? Nah!!

By Tory Duncan

Age is a funny thing, as you go through life each day comes and goes. You work hard, find some down time and try to catch a breather at the end of each day.

Last week, my “baby sister” Tonya surfaced a relic from the past, nearly 35 years ago, and shared it on Facebook.

My father, in the summer of 1983, the summer after I graduated high school in Shelton, kept getting calls from CBS News (yes, the national office) trying to schedule a time for Charles Kuralt to come out and do a story on Doug Duncan, Publisher of the Shelton Clipper.

 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Halloween is the best time of year

By Ashley D. Swanson

Do you realize what next Tuesday is?? It’s HALLOWEEN! Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.

I love being able to dress up in costumes and look like someone (or something) else for a while.

I love the scary stories, the apple cider, the pumpkins, the decorations, the makeup ideas, the candy corn (yes, I love candy corn)....just everything, I love everything about it!

 

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Wed
25
Oct
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It’s time for a change in 8-man football playoffs

By Tory Duncan

Like many fans of Nebraska high school sports, namely in this case, high school football, when I was patiently waiting for official pairings to be released for the 2017 Nebraska state football playoffs, I was baffled upon seeing what I witnessed in Classes D-1 and D-2, the eight-man state pairings.

Yes, it happens every year when you have a field of 32 teams make the post-season. In both eight-man classes there were four teams that made the playoffs with losing records.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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History of life filled with love

By Ashley D. Swanson

Sometimes when I remember the past, it brings happy tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Sometimes when I remember the past, it brings laughter and head shaking at the craziness.

I love the history that is my life thus far. Like everyone else, it’s had several moments of sadness, of happiness, of sheer excitement, of struggles, and of success.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Gettin’ to the meat of the fall sports season

By Tory Duncan

After Saturday night’s debacle in Lincoln, and with the addition of our the new athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I had originally planned on sharing some thoughts about Saturday’s game and Sunday’s news with the hiring of Bill Moos... but then I thought late Sunday night, who would really care for ANOTHER opinion about THAT loss, or another opinion about Mr. Moos’ selection? Probably not many care about my thoughts with this, after all, we’ve been force fed so many opinions that I’ll just move on and stick with what seems to be a little closer to home.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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I’m always learning something, good or bad

By Tory Duncan

I had the opportunity to leave the state this past week for a few days, destination: Tulsa, OK. It was the annual “pilgrimage” to the National Newspaper Association’s yearly convention. Before I get into some of the details that I brought home, the story really begins about 60 miles west of Tulsa, on Oklahoma state highway 214.

Rain, as everyone had around here while I was away, as torrential, like I’ve never seen in my life. After 340 of the 400 miles were behind myself and passenger, Willis Mahahhana, the editor of the West Point News, we hit a wall of moisture...Literally right after the first of two toll booths for the highway.

You’ve all heard the term, “white knuckling it.” Well that is exactly what it was as my hands firmly gripped the steering wheel for the final 60 miles (or so). 

 

Wed
11
Oct
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When the world stopped turning

By Ashley D. Swanson

Where were you when the world stopped turning? When the entire nation was glued to their televisions and radios. When all of a sudden, seconds seemed like a lifetime.

I was 9, and for a reason I’ve forgotten, my brother and I weren’t in school that day. We were staying at my grandma’s house in La Platte watching cartoons and playing with toys in the living room.

I remember our cartoons were suddenly taken over by news reports blasting huge headlines across the screen. Every channel was like this. I remember my grandma switching through the channels, and every channel held the same footage—smoke bellowing out of one of the Twin Towers.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Letters speak louder than texts

By Ashley Swanson

I love receiving letters in the mail...not bills (because who enjoys those), but actual letters.

Throughout college, as I was a good eight hours from home, I received a number of letters and cards from family (mostly grandparents) just to say hello.

Even now, I love opening my mailbox and seeing a card from my Grama Mimi in West Point, or seeing a short letter from my dad and step-mom, or seeing a small package arrived from my mom and step-dad. 

 

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