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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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Social and emotional learning helps to develop youth into contributing members of society, by teaching life skills needed to be successful. In 4-H, youth learn through the four essential elements, including; belonging, independence, generosity and mastery.

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With the NCAA Tournament, better known as March Madness, just around the corner, hoops fans everywhere are gearing up for the best time of the year. It’s timely then for the release of “The Way Back,” a sports drama revolved around the game of basketball.

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The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most critically endangered populations of large whales in the world.

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As a dietitian, I pride myself on being an expert on the topic of food and nutrition.

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How many debates do we need? It seems like there’s been debates going on for the Democratic Party presidential nominee for months, and now they seem to be occurring every week. My guess is that this is a standard procedure for both parties, but wow, how many times do we need these people on …

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Cannabis or marijuana plant — aka pot, weed, Mary Jane, Sticky-icky — is a type of annual herbaceous hemp originating in Asia that has psychoactive properties.

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Several major music artists have announced concerts for the area in 2020 and 2021.

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Last week was a big week in your Unicameral Legislature. A number of well-attended and highly-controversial committee hearings took place, and Feb. 21 was the final day for senators to choose a priority bill for this session. 

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Many of you readers who know me know that I grew up farming. My family runs a beef cattle operation with about 80 head in Washington County. When I was young, we also raised hogs and let me tell you, that will toughen you up so fast it'll make your head spin.

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Once every four years, special things happen. Not only the summer Olympics or presidential elections, but the 24-hour leap we take on Feb. 29. It's a day that helps keep our holidays, anniversaries and birthdays within the astronomical seasons we expect them.

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We were able to get a considerable amount of work done in the capitol last week by moving through quite a few bills that had remained on general file from the last session.  These are bills that have not been designated as senator priority bills but did not receive floor debate last year. We…

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There are a multitude of plants and animals that have lived in the past that we will never know anything about because they didn't leave any fossil record.

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January has come and gone and we’re already halfway through February, meaning we’ve all been working on our New Year’s resolutions for more than a month now.

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In 2019, the City of Blair, the Village of Arlington and Enterprise Media Group celebrated their 150th anniversaries. Diving into that history to produce stories about the early beginnings of all three was like a treasure hunt — you never knew what you were going to find.

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All it takes is a simple Google search to see the failed transition of video games made into film adaptations. Historically speaking, few films have been successful from the controller to silver screen, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood will stop trying. “Sonic the Hedgehog” gives it another s…

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As of adjournment Feb. 6, the 2020 legislative session is one-third of the way to completion. Each biennium in the Unicameral is made up of one 90-day session and one 60-day session. The first 20 days of this session have flown by and most senators have not yet chosen a priority bill. Some m…

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Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part column. The first column was published in Tuesday's Pilot-Tribune.

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Along with Valentine’s Day, February is also home to American Heart Month. Heart health deserves to be recognized for the sole fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States — resulting in about one in every four deaths. It’s important that …

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately with the recent announcement that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had sold off all of their newspaper interests to Lee Enterprises headquartered in Davenport, Iowa. I wasn’t too surprised to see that happen because Lee has actually had full management co…

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Cowbird is the common name for a group of birds found in North and South America. The best known species is the brown-headed cowbird, which lives from southern Canada to Mexico.

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Nebraska Extension is known for sharing research-based information with all Nebraskans. In 4-H Youth Development, one way we share that information is through youth development programming. 4-H School Enrichment is a common delivery method. Many local schools participate 4-H School Enrichmen…

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Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part column. Read the conclusion of this column in Friday's Enterprise.

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Mantises are large, slender insects that are generally known as praying mantises or mantids. The different species range in size from less than 1 inch to upwards of 6 inches in length. This includes the wings which extend beyond the end of the abdomen.

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I’ll argue until I’m blue in the face with anyone who wants to say that “sports don’t matter.” For reasons on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, this last week showed just how much sports really do matter, and the pure emotions it can cause.

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Another busy week in the Legislature ended along with the month of January this past Friday.  After a full week of hearings in the Agriculture, Business and Labor, and Health and Human Services Committees, extensive floor debate and many lunch or evening events, I capped off the week by spea…

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People all over the world struggle with so many things. There are poverty, hunger and health crises, to name a few.

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For a variety of reasons, such as food and climate, some animal species migrate on a regular basis.

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Greetings from the Capitol as we end the third week of the 2020 Legislative session.  Sixty new measures were introduced Thursday, the final day to introduce bills this session bringing the total number of new measures introduced this session to 496.  I’ve introduced six new bills this sessi…

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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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