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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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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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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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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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In a human, the core body temperature is regulated by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus located at the base of the brain. Body temperature is a good indicator of one's health, and is usually part of any hospital or doctor visit as well as a tool for self evaluation at home.

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After entertaining generations of children and adults alike, everyone’s favorite mystery-solving Great Dane has returned in “Scoob!,” the latest film to skip theaters and head to your living room.

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With Memorial Day Weekend approaching and summer just around the corner, it makes sense that the month of May is home to National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Burger Day.

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Anyone celebrating Christmas, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, will probably be familiar with the substances frankincense and myrrh. According to the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12), the infant Jesus of Nazareth was visited in Bethlehem after his birth by Magi bearing gifts of gold, frank…

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I remember one of the first warnings to come from above when it was clear coronavirus was coming to the U.S. was NO SHAKING HANDS. I recall Gov. Pete Ricketts demonstrating the elbow bump technique as a new way to say, “Hello, nice to meet you” at one of his early press conferences. Since th…

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I am certain I’m not the only one who left 2019 behind with the hopes of a year filled with the perfect vision it has in its very name: 2020.

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As with many other industries, sports leagues are grappling with how and when to start back up in the midst of the pandemic. It seems that the idea of playing games in empty stadiums is currently the common plan regarding how to get leagues back in business the quickest.

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Screen-free week is here! Screen-free week always falls during the first week of May.

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I vow to make this my last column dedicated solely to the coronavirus pandemic. I’m also going to do something really crazy and talk about positive things (an audible gasp floods the room… because how dare someone be positive right now?!?!?).

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In last week’s Enterprise, Managing Editor Leenna Ellis wrote an interesting and timely article about how the 1918 Spanish flu affected Washington County. A primary source for Ellis’ article was the diary of Fort Calhoun resident Daisy Slader. Her 1918 journal includes entries related to Cle…

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Moles are small, destructive, burrowing mammals that are the bane of garden and lawn enthusiasts almost everywhere they are found. There are some 42 species of this insectivore found living all over North America, Asia, and Europe. Most species range in size from about five to eight inches i…

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I’ve never been the biggest “pop music” fan. I’m thinking here of N’Sync and Britney Spears when I was a wee 10 year old, or maybe the Harry Styles (Is that his name?) or Katy Perrys of today (is K.P. an old reference now?). But I have been interested in the songs that pop songs sample, ofte…

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Cleaning, disinfecting and food safety are a top priority for many people right now.

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Oysters are popular both as a special food and as a source of the gem called a pearl. It is the common name for a number of different species of salt-water bivalve mollusks that live in marine or brackish habitats attached to solid surfaces on the bottom of ocean shallows.

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For at least some 70 years, the Red Delicious apple has dominated the apple market in the United States. It is a bright red, medium sized apple with a tall conical shape that attracts the attention of consumers. This variety was first discovered in the 1870s by an Iowa farmer named Jesse Hia…

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The apple has long been a popular fruit for human consumption. The first apple tree originated in Central Asia where its wild ancestor can still be found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and were brought to North America by European colonists.

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I’ve been to the grocery store a couple of times since social distancing has been implemented and I have definitely noticed grocery carts packed to the brim.

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Movies, along with everything else in the world, have taken a back seat at the moment. With blockbuster film after blockbuster film continuing to be delayed and pushed back, there are a few films that have released their content on streaming platforms.

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I can’t tell you how much I wish I could bring myself to write about anything besides COVID-19. But, when something like this pandemic grasps the world as it has, it’s consumed all of us and our time. Instead of editorializing or give you my thoughts on how we have responded to this crisis, …

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

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The last few weeks of been surreal for all of us — more coronavirus outbreaks across the nation every day, and more and more restrictions put on the population almost by the hour. All of our lives have changed. For some, it’s simply working from home. For many, it’s juggling working at home,…

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The Asian arowana is a freshwater fish distributed geographically across Southwest Asia.

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Over the decades, TVs have changed. From tiny tubes in black and white to flat screen, wall mounted 60 inches or larger. Over the decades, what we've watched on TV has changed. From westerns, to MTV music videos to the most dramatic reality shows money can produce. And over the decades, the …

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The Russian thistle is a wiry, tough, sharp, pin prickly, and irritating plant of the genus Salsola that is more famous dead than alive. Today, it can be found growing in at least 45 U.S. states and Canada.

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Schools are closed. Businesses are closed. Just as the weather is warming up we are forced back indoors.

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Whaling is the killing of whales for subsistence and/or economic value. It has been an important activity in multiple regions around the world throughout human history. Researchers have unearthed early depictions of whaling at a site in Korea that may date back as far as 6000 BCE.

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On Sunday, I returned home from a five-day get away to central Nebraska to once again take in the sight and sounds of thousands of Sandhill cranes roosting along the Platte River. I have made a number of trips to the Ian Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon over the years an…

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Greetings to all in Legislative District 16 and the surrounding region.  Only six weeks are remaining in this 2020 legislative session, and although some substantial bill work was done this last week there remain many heavy lifts for the session.  Property taxes, business incentives, and a p…

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That thin, rectangular thing in our pockets is the most prominent example of our never-ending connection to information. I often wish it was the only example, but the phrase "most prominent" means we're nearly always near something that reminds us of the deluge of data and sound which surrou…

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