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Within the last few of months, a number of accidents — one fatal — occurred on state Highway 133 between the Blair water tower and the entrance to Mutual of Omaha. The speed limit on the highway is 70 miles per hour, but only drops to 50 near Mutual of Omaha.

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Let’s talk about spinach. My love for this vegetable runs deep for so many reasons.

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Even though we are three weeks into the new year, welcome to 2020. I like the roundness and repetition in the sound of that date. It reminds me of the year 2002 — same numbers but in a different order. That was the year I retired from teaching. I always knew that I would retire at some point…

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It’s been 25 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence helped reinvent the buddy cop genre in the first “Bad Boys” film. All these years later, the duo have returned for the third installment in the series in “Bad Boys for Life.”

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There aren't many animals that are uglier than the hippopotamus. The common hippo is the largest freshwater mammal living today, and is a distant relative of the pig.

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The first full week of this year’s short legislative session brought with it the start of full days of debate and many more introduced bills. Unlike a long session where there is little to debate until newly introduced bills are able to go through the committee process and receive a public h…

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Pets are an important part of many people's lives. More and more, some stores and even bars or restaurants are allowing pets inside during normal business hours. Sometimes it’s just certain days, other establishments seem to be OK with it all the time. Should this be allowed or should pets b…

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Happy New Year to everyone in Legislative District 16!  I hope you and your families had a terrific 2019 and are looking forward to great things in 2020.  The 60-day legislative session kicked off Jan. 8 in Lincoln with big issues on the agenda for the short session including property taxes,…

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December was one of the busiest months of my career at the Blair Area Community Foundation. I literally printed out and mailed hundreds of thank-you letters and tax receipts to donors. Ran out of stationery, ran out of stamps ... but what great problems to have.

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I think I’m to the point where I’d prefer athletes to leave God out of their postgame speeches and interviews. Not that I’m against religion or what anyone believes, but I just think it really sends a weird message. When a player is asked how they made the big play to win the game, they ofte…

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Beetles are insects that belong to the largest order — taxonomic category — in the animal kingdom. This order contains a third of all known insects, and includes over 300,000 species worldwide and some 30,000 species in North America.

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Happy 2020! Can you believe it’s the start of a new decade? I say it every year, but where does the time go? And as I get older time seems to fly by even faster.

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Although Adam Sandler has been synonymous with oddball films like “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy,” he’s tried his hand at a few serious films as well. Sandler is testing those waters once again in the crime thriller “Uncut Gems.”

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In 2017, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sent audiences roaring with laughter and adventure based on the 1995 film starring Robin Williams. After the film grossed near $1 billion, an inevitable sequel makes its way back to the mayhem jungle in “Jumanji: Next Level.”

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When you think back on the last decade, it may not seem like all that long ago, but a lot can happen in 10 years.

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The presents are opened, but the holiday season is still going strong. In a few days, people will be donning party hats and popping champagne celebrating the coming of a new year. Some might also celebrate the previous 12 months worth of resolutions fulfilled, failed or ignored? That depends…

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It's been quite a year. From flooding to growth to new industry and celebrations — there was plenty of newsworthy happenings in Washington County in 2019.

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Hemoglobin is a large protein complex with iron containing heme groups attached. It gives red blood cells their color (why blood is red) and is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body. Each red blood cell contains around 270 million molecules of hemogl…

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Editor's note: This is the second column in a series of two. The first column will publish in the Dec. 20 Enterprise.

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Forty-two years in the making, the saga is now officially (or supposedly) coming to an end in “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.” After the release of “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” Episode IX concludes the thrilling and nostalgic new trilogy in the Skywalker saga.

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Holidays often bring stressful times to individuals and families. A great break from the stress can be your favorite Christmas movies — watched alone or as a family. While there are some great Christmas or holiday movies out there, which one is the best of all time?

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Editor's note: This is the first column in a series of two. The second column will publish in the Dec. 24 Pilot-Tribune.

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Our early ancestors lived in small groups and survived by hunting and gathering their food from the land and water sources they encountered. They were mostly nomadic moving from place to place in order to maintain adequate supplies of food and water.

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Having spent the last few weeks driving to Arlington, I can't help but notice differences from the other Arlington — Virginia — where I worked for the past three years.

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Sometimes, I have the most interesting conversations with myself when I’m in the process of writing a column for the newspaper.  Here is where I will insert the old joke that I talk to myself because sometimes I am the only person who will listen. My experience is that taking photos for the …

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Holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. From old family traditions to creating new family traditions and making memories, it doesn't get much better than that.

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Fruits such as apples, bananas, grapes and strawberries are characteristic of flowering plants. They come in various shapes and sizes. They are usually sweet or sour, and they are edible in the raw state.

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As I’ve discussed multiple times, I spend a good chunk of my life in basketball gymnasiums watching or coaching my kids. In addition to that, I also help organize and run a basketball tournament each year in Gretna. During all that time, I’ve seen some shocking things when it comes to behavi…

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