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In 2000 we purchased a little piece of land along the Missouri River just outside of Decatur.   Not being familiar with barge activity, we enjoyed the experience of watching barges maneuver the waters.  I have a lot of pictures of the barges as they pushed their way along, hauling cargo to S…

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Finally, the heat filled days have given way to cooler temperatures.  Overnight the weather switched from Summer to Fall-like.   It seems early, but recently there was a huge flock of Pelicans on Lewis and Clark Lake.  They were gone when I went back a few hours later to get a picture.  Evid…

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This last weekend my husband and I had the chance to get away for a bit. It wasn’t long, just 24 hours. We didn’t go far, we just went to the cabin. We had no kids or dogs with us to worry about.

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My daily routine, just like clockwork, is to take the dogs out for a morning walk.   Our path seldom changes, but the people I see often do.   It’s not uncommon to see our neighborhood friends daily, but the faces at the campground are always new.  It seems most campers have a dog of their o…

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As some have commented, for an early end to in-class education last spring, the summer sure did pass quickly.  The school year always seems to sneak up on us and this year is no exception for the Hinelines.

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This year, if nothing else does well in the garden, zucchini never fails to produce.  Our son plants a fairly big garden and often shares what he grows.  Last week he sent us home with a bucket full of it.  Although zucchini is considered a vegetable, I prefer using it in cakes and breads.  

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For whatever it’s worth, I’m a third-generation farmer/rancher in Holt County, Nebraska. I own and operate the farm I grew up on northeast of O’Neill, in the middle of the Grande Prairie Wind Energy Project. Grande Prairie is a 400 megawatt, 200 turbine project, currently the largest in the …

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Although I try hard to avoid negativity, it is a given it will show up sometime, particularly on Social Media.  The best part about that is, it can easily be deleted, and no one will ever know the difference.  It’s a lot healthier to just concentrate on positive.

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This past week has been rather quiet in Decatur.   Not much news to report.  Same goes for things around our house.   This hot dry spell takes away any desire to do much of anything except stay inside where the air-conditioner runs constantly.   I’m not looking forward to the utility bill ne…

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Graduation ceremonies and receptions were put on hold this year, but on Saturday, July 11th our middle grandson, along with his fellow classmates, were able to officially receive their diplomas.  The single file procession of the Oakland-Craig graduates each had the added attire of a mask wi…

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When a holiday falls on a Saturday it makes it possible to extend it to a 3 day weekend- one where celebrations keep going and going.  On July 3rd we got the weekend rolling at our house in Decatur.

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To the Editor,

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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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