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  • Nebraska volleyball pioneer helping bump game to its next level

    Leo Adam Biga, Flatwater Free Press|Jan 25, 2024

    Volleyball is set to start a new chapter in Nebraska and at the helm is a woman who quietly helped establish the game's stronghold in the state. Few own the imprint on Nebraska volleyball that Diane Mendenhall does. The Ogallala native has held just about every role – player, coach, analyst, administrator. When she was named president of the new Nebraska pro volleyball franchise, it gave the brand-new Omaha Supernovas instant credibility, said former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit. "She's...

  • Revisting Starkweather, Fugate was personal for true crime author

    Leo Adam Biga, Flatwater Free Press|Jan 18, 2024

    Best-selling true crime author and Nebraska native Harry Mac-Lean knew he'd one day examine the most infamous crime in Nebraska history, the 1958 Charles Starkweather murder spree. But MacLean's reluctance to revisit his own fraught upbringing in Lincoln, where most of the murders occurred, kept pushing that day further away. Until now. MacLean offers his own take on one of the nation's first mass media serial killings in his book "Starkweather: The Untold Story of the Killing Spree That...

  • Nebraska's Ron Hull typifies the very best of us

    Leo Adam Biga, Flatwater Free Press|Mar 16, 2023

    It came down to Ron Hull. In September, the seven members of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission met in Lincoln to decide whether to induct civil rights leader and Omaha native Malcolm X. Three members were in favor of his induction. Three were opposed. After years of debate and several failed attempts to get the slain civil rights leader into the hall, the long-controversial effort now would be decided by one man. It was up to Hull, a silver-haired 92-year-old, a longtime Nebraska Public...

  • War and cattle:

    Leo Adam Biga, Flatwater Free Press|Feb 2, 2023

    Garrett Dwyer runs about 500 head of Hereford and Angus cattle on his Bartlett ranch on the east edge of the Sandhills. The land he's on today has been in his family since 1894, when his great-great grandfather homesteaded it. Dwyer, who grew up there, is now the fifth generation in his family to ranch this land. But Dwyer didn't take over the family ranch until he did something far from home. For five years, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two combat tours in Iraq. Now he's...

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