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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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Wind and solar power are great things and when properly integrated into the fabric of things. In Burt County, we have the potential to go from a few small turbines scattered around to being completely saturated by massive turbines that will dominate our county for decades.

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Oakland’s new dangerous dog ordinance singles out a few specific breeds, namely pit bulls, rottweilers, and Doberman pinscher or any mixed breed.  Is this fair or even necessary? It's an unfortunate necessity and keeps with the ordinances of similar communities. 

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A while ago Curt asked me to do a weekly Human-Interest story.  During the cold winter months, I haven’t done a very good job with what I thought I could do.  Coming up with weekly Human-Interest stories for the Oakland Independent and the Lyons Mirror Sun is harder than I anticipated.

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Visiting with friends, the topic of Daylight Savings Time came up and someone made the comment, “the sun shines the same number of hours a day and the hands of the clock aren’t going to change it.”  Looking through some different sources on the subject, it appears the majority of people agre…

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Being a city kid, I didn’t even know what a county fair was until I was 13.  At that time, it was all about the midway and the girls.  This city kid had no chance of hooking up with the cute boot-wearing farm girls.  So really, it was about enjoying the sights and the sounds of the midway.

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There are many activities that I have enjoyed throughout high school, but there is one that has had a major influence on my life for the past three years. When I was a freshman, I had no idea how wrestling worked. I could not tell you what an escape was or even that there are three periods i…

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Last week I attended a meeting with ten other Decatur residents on Wednesday, January 29th. By the end of discussion many good ideas were shared about what needs to be done to prepare for the Omaha Boats, Sports and Travel booth to promote tourism to Decatur. 

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Thank you, Siri, for the answer because I sure didn’t know.  Apple’s digital assistant said that there are approximately 4,224 steps in a mile.  Good to know. 

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“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

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Our little get away to watch our grandsons' basketball games ended up with some rescheduling of games because of the forecast of winter storms.  Even so, it worked out that we were able to at least see each of them play one game.  It is amazing to see so many 8th graders out for the sport.  

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Cold Winter days, along with snow falling most of the day sure can make for a long weekend.  All day long I have pondered what I could write about this week.  Nothing comes to mind.  I think I might just chalk it all up to Cabin Fever.

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These first couple weeks of 2020 have been pretty sparse as far as news around town. I looked back on previous articles to review what I wrote about since I started covering the Decatur news. By doing that, it occurred to me that without the volunteers in our community, there wouldn't ever b…

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There’s nothing quite like waking up early in the morning, before the sun has even crossed the horizon, and donning your hunting gear. You slip on your wool socks, long johns, and your camo gear, and you grab your trusty rifle or bow that you spent precious time zeroing in for this very morning. 

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No this is not the beginning of a joke.  “A mother had three sons, Oorah, Hooah, and Hooyah.”

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We may have rushed into “decoration take down mode” way before anybody else, but I couldn’t pass up an offer from our daughter and her family. When Keri asked, “Do you want us to help take down the tree and some decorations before we head home?” I was quick to respond with, “Sure, that would…

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You can infer a lot about someone’s personality based off of their shoes. You can tell if they even care about the shoes they bought based off of their condition, and how they wear them.

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For what it’s worth. Here is my humble opinion on the questions raised by the evangelical publication Christianity Today and their call for Trump’s impeachment. Please do not consider this as an attempt to share my political views on President Trump.  If you wish to open that can of worms, d…

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It is hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since the Y2K scare. It was the subject of daily news and was everyone's concern, fearing what would happen as December 31, 1999 turned over to January 1, 2000. Technology experts did a lot of planning for the Millennium-bug or the Year 2000 p…

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This past week has been filled with Open House activities, Christmas get-togethers and the neighborhoods have become brighter at night. Take a drive down Broadway and then follow the glow into the neighborhoods around town. You might even want to pop a CD or dial the radio into one of the ma…

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