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With Veterans Day coming up, I can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride to be an American. Seeing the beautiful flag hanging in the gym and listening to the brave men and women of the armed services talk at our annual Veterans Day program has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. 

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As harvest winds down in our rural areas, the need for caution becomes more important than ever. Be aware.  Farmers are tired after weeks of long hours getting their crops out of the field.  Adding to the stress is the start of hearing “snow” talked about by the meteorologists.  My point is,…

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Highschool carries many negative stigmas. One certain stigma, in particular, is that everyone is just parading around the halls, bullying and harassing the less popular. While this is definitely blown out of proportion in the media, certain forms of bullying and harassment still happen withi…

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I am always looking for new recipes, especially this time of year.  I am already thinking of Thanksgiving.  Not everybody in our family likes pumpkin pie, so we have a non-traditional dessert for them.  Something a little lighter than pie is a nice option.  There are never ending recipes on …

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I have been very fortunate to grow up in a big family. I am the oldest of six kids, five boys and one girl. Living in a big family, you learn some very important lessons that you might not learn otherwise. 

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When we moved into our home in Decatur, we did some updates much like everyone would when moving into an older home.   One of the updates was to replace an aging water heater.  It obviously had been providing hot water for a lot of years, so to be on the safe side, we replaced it.   That was…

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Just when you think that California’s government could not get any more foolishly progressive, Governor Gavin Newsom passed what has become known as the Fair Pay to Play Act.  This allows college athletes to get paid.  That compensation comes through the opportunity to profit from their name…

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A couple of years ago our youngest son said one of those funny things that parents just don’t forget.  I believe he was fighting with his brother.  He stopped and said, “You want to talk about it?”  You have to understand it was in the same tone a person would say, “You want to fight about it?”  

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Pastor Hineline's September 12th remembrances of Christmas gifts received as a child, reminded me of one Christmas long ago – When I received a Bible and a deluxe monopoly board game.  Gifts I cherish (and still use) to this day!  

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You probably have all watched the TV series “Dirty Jobs”.   If you haven't then consider yourself lucky.  There are some really nasty jobs that include strange, disgusting and messy occupational expectations employees perform as part of their job duties. The show was a regular series that ra…

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As some of you may already know, this issue marks my last with the Lyons Mirror-Sun.  I will be leaving the paper for a new job in a different field.  While I am excited about new opportunities, I am also sad to be leaving.

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Thanks to the area newspapers for publishing the news articles about the 4-H Pies Days for the 2019 Burt County Fair.  It’s a great reminder!

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Three major mass shootings took place across the country last week. Unfortunately, it is not really even news anymore.  Sadly, these events have become campaign opportunities.

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Remember the days of the old farm truck?  The ones that only the owner could drive because of all its quirks?  Gone are the days of the “Farm” license plates being held on with bailing wire.  Cadillac Escalades, Expeditions and Super Duty trucks now wear that badge of honor. Power everything…

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It all began when my father purchased on old air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle when I was a child.  I have great memories of that freshly painted forest green bubble with white interior.  Playing in the park while dad waxed the car and riding down the highway with the sea air pouring through the …

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Without following my own wisdom, what little there is, I find myself jumping from one section of the Joslyn Museum to the next.  The art museum is full of beautiful, historical works of art.  I have always believed that to fully appreciate the experience one should spend a couple hours looki…

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“I had dreamed about that moment, walking across the stage and putting on the hat. So I got a little anxious when I got up there.” Lebron James said that after the 2003 NBA draft. Lebron James is one of the few NBA players who had the chance to come straight out of high school, St. Vincent-S…

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Admittedly, I am kind of a news junkie.  The reference to “junkie” should be understood the same way one might think of someone strung out on drugs.  For some reason I find myself drawn to read the national and international news almost continually. I know why I do this, but that is a discus…

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The ACT  was made by a guy named Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor for the SAT, which had been around for about 20 years as a mainstream admissions test. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data…

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Imagine that you are browsing the internet and you click on a website created by a small business and you wait for the website to load.  And you wait.  And you wait. And because you are tired of waiting you move to a big name brand and the website loads instantly. How is that fair for a smal…

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Some people work out in the morning, some people work out in the afternoon, also some people don’t work out at all. I used to work out in the afternoon now I feel like I wouldn’t get anything out of it. Now I workout in the morning, and I get so many more benefits than working out in the aft…

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I was born in a world where there was no vaping.  Now I live in a world where I can’t imagine what is going through teenagers’ heads when they decide to do drugs, smoke, or, vape.  I am disgusted by vaping.  I am more disgusted by the fact that E-Cigarette companies are purposely creating ne…

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When I was younger both my grandpa and grandma passed away from a disease that at the time could not be cured or treated well. After reading articles today, I have began to read more about new ways to treat diseases and cancers. This has made me think. Could this be the future to fixing peop…

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Not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with the concept of truth, I find myself more and more frustrated with that obsession as the years pass.  I so desperately want things to be black and white. After all, the light switch is either on or it is off.  How can it be both?

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As the time for graduation gets closer and closer, so does the time for preparing your graduation party. Graduating high school is one of the best times of your life but can also be a very stressful time in your life. 

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I remember when I was a little kid going to McDonald’s, looking at that menu dreaming of what I was going to get, and then being told “no”.  I thought I had the worst life ever, and I was wrong. Most of us think that we have a bad life, but compared to some we have a good life. Some children…

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Do you think that health is important in our society? What about to you personally? I sure think that it is. As a student, I know that health is important to the public school system because of the provided public school lunch. In the past 10 years, laws have been passed to make public schoo…

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Do you ever think of the worst case scenarios? I definitely do. One day I was at Jamie Johnson’s house and my sister was supposed to pick me up. I am not very good with telling directions but I feel like I did a pretty good job at explaining where Jamie's house was located. 

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The deadline is fast approaching for the Department of Health and Human Services to complete the next step of implementation of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska. A state plan amendment is due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by April 1, 2019, as was set forth in ballot Initiat…

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When I was 10 years old, I had to take the Nebraska State test for a whole day with little to no breaks. When I was 13 years old, we had to take the semester tests, which are four tests a day, and we only had a five minute break between each test to refresh our minds and prepare for the next…

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As a child, having the teacher assign project partners made me very uncomfortable. Like many, I had my partner in mind and hoped to be paired with them. There was also the outside chance I would get paired with the girl that caught my eye at the time. Nine times out of ten though, I was pair…

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The AFC and NFC championship games were crazy this year. Both games went into overtime and both brought up plenty of controversies. We will start off with the glaring issue, which was the blatant missed call during the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams game: the pass interference t…

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What an exciting week is was for BRLD fans! I confess that, while I am not much of a sports fan (though if BRLD had hockey, I'd be all over that), I did listen to the Centennial game on the radio, and watched the final game against Yutan on television. Those games were so much fun, I'm plann…

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They say the value of a dollar is dependent on the demand for it. That value is continually decreasing. According to thebalance.com, in 1913, a person with $100 could buy the same amount of food, clothing, and other necessities as $2,529 would buy today. Even though the value continues to de…

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It has always been difficult to articulate just what it is about Oakland-Craig Public Schools that makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest. As a single pastor in ministry I could have chose to settle in any community. I firmly believe it was the Lord, for reasons yet unknown at the …

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What a ride it has been the last four years in the boys basketball team. From a losing record freshman year to bouncing back and making the state tournament the next year, to playing alongside one of the greatest basketball players in OC history, and to finally senior season. 

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As a pastor I have been close to more individuals than I care to remember during the loss of a loved one. Everything from holding the hand of a mother who held the hand of her comatose little boy as they took him off of the ventilator, to talking with an elderly woman who wondered why Jesus …

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Lillian Mueller would to thank all those friends and family who sent birthday greetings for her recent card shower.

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Our mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Vernie Marie (Von Essen) Jensen, passed away at 91 on February 6, 2019 at the Hooper Care Center. Vernie had spent the week before in the Oakland Mercy Hospital and had not responded to treatment. Vernie had celebrated her 90thbirthday a year or so…

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I am very excited about college. It will be my first time truly being independent. This is exciting, but also scary. As excited as I am to go to college, the process to get there has been very stressful and annoying for many reasons.

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William Blaze Stivison is my brother. He would hate me if he knew I said his full name. He goes by Blaze. He works at Taco Bell in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is going to be 18 years young 2 days after me on April 3rd. Blaze is very good at making friends and one of them is Nick. Little d…