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High school graduations are a memorable achievement, but this year's graduates have faced challenges and overcome the loss of so much of their senior year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching, I was looking forward to new opportunities. Like most retirees, I had a long list of things I was going to "get around to” after I retired. A good share of those things are still on th…

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Raise your hand if you need a vacation. We could all use a vacation from work, from the stress of everyday life and even this pandemic. 

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Alfie and I try to have a new hiking adventure each weekend. One of the weekend days is a “Doug day” for working around the house and yard, and the other a “dog day” for hiking with my four-legged companion.

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Dementia is an overall term for a series of diseases and conditions involving the brain. It is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and other thinking skills that affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities. It is a very scary condition since the funct…

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My go-tos for pop culture, entertainment and hobbies, as most who know me might say, are books, video games, writing, TV shows and concerts. But I've been known to dabble in the outdoors, specifically camping, so long as I have someone else there to make sure I don't get eaten by bears (is t…

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As we continue to adapt our daily lives dues to COVID-19, there’s almost no doubt that someday we will all be able to return to what we have come to know as “normal.” With that thought in mind, there are many things to look forward to. Once the pandemic has passed, what events or activities …

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Greetings to all in Legislative District 16 and the surrounding area. The Legislature will reconvene Monday after a break since mid-March due to COVID-19. When it does, the situation will have changed dramatically in some ways, and in some ways stayed the same.  Let’s review a bit where we are at.

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It had been months since I had seen my brother, AJ. The pandemic had kept us apart. I was here in Nebraska, while he was at his house — a group home for people with disabilities — in Davenport, Iowa.

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There's a lot to love about county fairs. Though many have been canceled by COVID-19, Washington County vows to host a trimmed-down, safe edition at the end of the month.

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One of the most famous science research ships in history was the British Royal Navy vessel the HMS Endeavor. It sailed under the famous Captain James Cook and made voyages to the South Pacific that resulted in huge advances in European scientific knowledge. This knowledge became an important…

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Divisive issues are probably always a part of any society, especially a democracy that we enjoy here in the United States. Lately, we’ve been a part of some pretty major situations that have many Americans on opposite sides of the fence. From virus talk to protestors to politics, there’s ple…

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As fall is quickly approaching, the decision whether to play college football this year or not will need to be made soon. Some think there’s no possible way universities can have seasons while we’re still without a COVID-19 vaccine. Others think that there’s adaptations that can be made to m…

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On Monday, the Blair Community Schools Board of Education met for the first time without one of its longtime, dedicated members.

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Whoever says salt is an absolutely necessary ingredient in cooking, hasn’t been using herbs and spices to their full potential.

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As we all know, we’re going through some truly unique times. Never in the history of the world, has there been a time like this. Sure, there have been pandemics, and yes, there have been protests. But never have we had both at the same time, while being fueled by social media.

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The wandering albatross, with an adult wingspan of 10 to 11 feet, is the largest and most spectacular of the world's approximately 360 kinds of flying seabirds.

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The breadfruit tree is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and jackfruit family. It is believed to be a domesticated descendent of a tree originating in New Guinea, the Maluku Islands and the Philippines. It was later spread throughout the vast Pacific by voyaging islanders.

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In today’s Hollywood, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find comedies that give you a belly laugh and also have a brain. Thank goodness for Judd Apatow. Apatow is behind the camera once again in “The King of Staten Island,” a semi-biographical story of the life of comedian and “Saturd…

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Stores sell swimsuits in winter and some spend months trying to get their bodies to be swimsuit ready. The coronavirus pandemic made the potential for outdoor swimming uncertain. However, both Arlington and Blair pools are open now.

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The plastic tiara I am wearing in a photo taken by my daughter announces that I am, “Officially Retired.”  And I am. Well sort of. The tiara was a gag gift from my kids when they unexpectedly showed up at my house to give me a surprise retirement party. 

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The secretion of sweat — perspiration — in humans serves as a mechanism for the excretion of some waste products and, more importantly, for regulating body temperature.

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“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Lion King,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws” and “Avengers: Endgame” all have what in common? The quick answer is they're incredibly popular. The next answer is they're huge financial successes, and the most specific answer for the movie buffs among us is that they wer…

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In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the phrase “Defund the police” is frequently heard and it's gaining political traction across the country.

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With movie theaters around the country closed due to coronavirus concerns, Hollywood film studios have skipped the theater and pushed their movies straight to streaming services like Amazon Prime, Disney+, Netflix and Hulu.

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Thank you for the uplifting report on the current status of Memorial Community Hospital and Health System (MCH&HS) under the management of Manny Wolf.  It made me very proud!

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Think of almost any consumer product in the world. Now, think of those items five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago. In virtually every area, products have evolved. But, it just hit me the other day that a few things haven’t. Since I can remember, potato chip bags are exactly as they wer…

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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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