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This past week I got back in the mood of sorting through things that have been in storage tubs, moved around from shelf to shelf, needing to be gone through.  Before long I found a shoebox of some things of my mom’s.  Among other things was a wooden recipe box.  So, my enthusiasm for organiz…

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Americans generally accept ‘bigger is better’, but has the success of the few come at the expense of the rural economies for the many? 

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This past Father’s Day weekend was spent by my family and I like most people. We went camping. We didn’t go far. We just took the camper to a lake by my hometown of Columbus. It was a great weekend. The few storms that we had come by were at the right times and it was sunny enough the rest o…

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Over a recent weekend, our grandsons in Iowa finally started the 2020 baseball season.   Brandon plays 14-and-under and Tyler plays on the sophomore high school team.  We lucked out and were able to watch three days of games and were scheduled so we got to see all their games.   The weather …

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Last week my article was about a possible way to cut down the mosquito problem in your yard.  Plus, I promised to do some research about keeping gnats from taking over any time you try to be outdoors.  Like mosquitoes, a gnat’s favorite targets are humans and pets.  Wonder how many times I h…

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Being very involved in area development of renewable energy resources for many years, I was shocked when Burt County Public Power (BCPPD) informed me that they were no longer accepting net metering applications for customer generation applications. They claimed that they exceeded the 1% obli…

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I always think it’s important to stop and recognize excellence when you see it. Too many times the moment passes and I for one, think back and wished I had voiced my acknowledgement.  

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Like the entertainer spinning plates balanced on top of sticks rushing back and forth to keep each moving, it was only a matter of time before the precariously balanced issues of today came crashing down.  Although there is always the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back, there usual…

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As May gives way to June, Washington County and the state of Nebraska are one step closer to returning to a “normal” way of life, though it may be a new normal as people continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Like the entertainer spinning plates balanced on top of sticks rushing back and forth to keep each moving, it was only a matter of time before the precariously balanced issues of today came crashing down.  Although there is always the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back, there usual…

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I choose bloom.  Turning on TV seldom has anything but bad news.  We went from numbers of deaths and new cases of Covid19, to now hearing about out-of-control rioting, looting and conflict.  After about 15 minutes of watching that destruction of property, I escape to the yard and pull weeds.…

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Shopping at Nelson’s Food Pride the other day, the Beach Boys came on the radio.  If anyone saw me in the store, they might have thought something was wrong as I stared at the soups on the shelf.  As the song Surfer Girl filled the store my mind immediately went back to my childhood.

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It was not the weather we would hope for as we consider the activities of Memorial Day.  On the other hand, the drizzle on Monday morning was reflective of the dreary days we have been experiencing.  Sadly, Memorial Day thoughts had to be found instead of delivered by our veterans due to dir…

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Graduation for the 2020 Senior Class was unlike anything ever experienced.  Our grandson was among the many students who were deprived of the grand finale of being honored with the normal “pomp and circumstance” and the festivities after his High School Graduation ceremony.

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I would like to take a moment to commend the administration and the school board for Oakland-Craig.  I had a concern relating to a school issue and I met with two administrators and contacted by phone five school board members.  Everyone involved was very professional and understanding of my…

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There has been a focus on preaching health and wealth among some churches over the last 50 or so years.  It stems from what I feel is an improper belief about God’s relationship with man.  It states that God wants us to be rich and healthy and if we do certain or believe certain things, he w…

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Every week I hear and see acts of kindness going on around our communities.  A good friend’s husband had open heart surgery and her son-in-law built a ramp to make their life easier when he gets home from the hospital.

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I remember in second grade I was sitting at my desk in Mrs.Hagedorn’s classroom. I started thinking about how I was to graduate in 2020. As I sat there, I thought, “ten more grades, I’ll never get there!” Now, I am finishing my last week of high school and most definitely not in the way I th…

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Sometimes it feels like there is a vulture circling as the Covid-19 virus comes in from every direction of our communities.  The things we have been hearing on TV and other news sources are now being diagnosed for friends and family members in our small towns.

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Many of you are sure to share in my frustrations concerning all of the uncertainty and ever-changing information being shared about the COVID-19 Pandemic.  From day 1, the world has been scrambling to get a grasp on what is happening in order to know how to deal with it while not climbing un…

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Five weeks. That’s how long we’ve been out of school, and for many, how long we’ve been out of a job. I can’t even stand to hear the word coronavirus anymore, and I’m sure most agree that this needs to end. 

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We need to get through this time and tighten our belts, just as we have through two World Wars, terrorist attacks and other epidemics

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This past week has been a busy one.   I have been wanting to get rid of the carpet in the living room and the upstairs bedrooms that was in the house when we moved here nine years ago.  Being stuck at home for the past few weeks got me looking around and picturing a change.  Having a son-in-…

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I think it is really important to try and analyze the true purpose of a person’s intentions. I feel like so many people are caught up in making sure that they always preach peace and kindness when they themselves are lacking in these qualities. 

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However you celebrated Easter, I am guessing you made the best of it the same as everyone else.   I hope you were able to find a way to be in contact with your family by phone or sending messages.  I tried to make our Easter Dinner for two a little bit festive by making deviled eggs and Crea…

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Not many of us would have ever imagined a virus in this day and age that would force us to stay home.  Governor Ricketts just announced Monday afternoon that although not a mandate, he urges folks to stay home and stay healthy.  He encourages us to consider more productive/less frequent shop…

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I can’t believe it’s been as long as it has but I’m afraid it has been that long since we last spoke.  Life, as I know it is for you as well, has been crazy busy so I appreciate your forgiveness of not writing to you sooner.  A lot has happened in the last few weeks so let’s get started with…

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Do you ever feel like you don’t know what day it is?  I heard on a morning news show that I am not the only person who has to think twice what day of the week it is.  The news person commented these days are like the movie “Ground Hog Day”.  Wake up to another day just like the day before.  

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What is depression? Depression is a very scary mental health disorder, characterized by persistently sad moods or loss of interest in activities that the patient once enjoyed, causing significant impairment in daily life. Depression can cause irritability or anger, social withdrawal, increas…

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Another week of social distancing, and WOW, I have gotten so much done.  All those “I will get around to doing that someday” things I never got done are slowly getting checked off the “to do” list.

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If my hands are in my pocket when we are visiting with each other on the street or in the office, it’s to remind myself not to reach out and shake your hand or worse yet, give you a hug.  With the notorious COVID 19 going around, social distancing seems to be the best vaccine against the pot…

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I never know what Charlie is going to find at the farmhouse that has been packed away and forgotten about.  Last week he brought home a box of VCR tapes and a VCR player.  Charlie was like a kid who found an old toy in the bottom of the toy box.  I wasn’t as thrilled and my first thoughts we…

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It seems that a common mindset of people today is “putting yourself before others is selfish.” I think that idea can sometimes be a very toxic mindset. While being selfless and giving are usually good things, stretching yourself to uncomfortable limits for other people is dangerous. 

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