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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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Being on a team is a feeling like no other. Living in a small town, the sense of community is astounding. You get to meet new people, learn life lessons, and be a part of once in a lifetime experience. 

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Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. It is about now I start making plans of how to avoid the previous year’s commotion of cooking a turkey and all the hubbub of getting dinner put together. This year I have a 21pound turkey! How is it possible to get that humongous bird done, and not take u…

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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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