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-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Where were you 50 years ago, on Thanksgiving, when two of the top college football programs battled it out in what is known as the game of the century? I was hoping for a repeat outcome Saturday,...

 

Redistricting efforts underway in legislature

The special session of the Nebraska Legislature began Monday, Sept. 13, for the sole purpose of redistricting, along with various confirmations of gubernatorial appointments. The nine-member redistric...

 

Respiratory season and lessons learned

It is September, fall is in the air and what we might call "respiratory season" is nearly upon us. Respiratory season refers to the colder months in which we spend much of our time indoors, maybe Octo...

 

-Isms: Views on life in Rural America

Words to live by: Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Easier said than done. My inner peace is on high alert, and honestly, if you live in Clearwater (or any place affected...

 

Out My Kitchen Window

It's 55 degrees this September morning and I'm greeting the day with a cup of hot cocoa. I'm a cocoa fan rather than a cup of hot coffee. Despite the cool temperature I have my kitchen window open as...

 

Smith listens, addresses constituents' concerns

Third District representative Adrian Smith met with area residents, Aug. 18, at the Neligh Public Library. He told constituents it is "refreshing to meet with folks faceto- face, rather than by...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

About 10 days ago, I started watching “One Day in America,” a National Geographic series about what I consider the darkest day in our nation’s history: the September 11 attacks. Watching the...

 

Kidney's don't get no respect

The kidneys may be called the Rodney Dangerfield of the body, as they often "don't get no respect." The National Kidney Foundation estimates that one in three adult Americans are at risk for kidney...

 

Bipartisan infrastructure bill includes funding for rural broadband

Representatives moved forward the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act, which includes investments in roads, bridges, other major public infrastructure projects and broadband. One of...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I'm not sure who deserves credit for this line, but I want it emblazoned on a T-shirt: "I just love seeing people live their best lie-f on social media." Much like tabloid journalism, you can spin a...

 

A shot in the arm for small business advertising would boost local economies

BRETT WESNER Chair of the National Newspaper Association, a community newspaper organization and president of Wesner Publications, Cordell, Oklahoma A little-noticed initiative by Sen. Maria...

 

Respect people's choices

This summer I attended the celebration of life service for Dr. Rick Holm, the original Prairie Doc who founded this newspaper column, a radio show and a television show now entering its 20th season....

 

Requesting a farm number: why they are important

Any farmer or rancher who is interested in conservation programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service is required to have a farm number for the application process. Farm numbers are...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

An interesting question posed in church a few weeks ago has been on my mind lately. What do you want? It’s a simple question, but the answer isn’t. At age 20, I wanted it all: law school, a job on...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

While I was reading Abby Ellin's New York Times piece, "I Was Powerless Over Diet Coke," I caught a glimpse of my life from nearly 20 years ago. Ellin outlines how she chugged three or four cans a day...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I'm in survival mode. I made it through fair week, personally and professionally, and am gearing up for week two of fair coverage. The Holt County Fair will be in full swing when this edition hits you...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    August 12, 2021

The emotions of flowers are right...

Did you realize that there are flowers that evoke different emotions? Looking out my kitchen window, I usually smile as I look at my flower bed. When walking in the garden, I smile too, unless a weed...

 
 By Sam Tulp    Opinion    August 12, 2021

What to consider before applying for a small business loan

Do you have a great idea for a business? Or already own a business and are looking for ways to take it to the next level? A loan could provide the extra boost your small business needs. However,...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Since the Advocate-Messenger's first edition hit your mailboxes on July 25, 2019, our newspaper has had a single mission: Bring community stories to the forefront. We've shared our region's success...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Madeline Tiger, a poet, wrote, "The instant of birth is exquisite. Pain and joy are one at this moment. Ever after, the dim recollection is so sweet that we speak to our children with a gratitude...

 

Rural business should be a focus of Washington

Small business development is important in rural areas of our nation, where access to employment opportunities are limited and where jobs pay less. Microbusinesses (businesses with 10 or fewer...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Volume three, number one. Man, woman and child: It felt good to type those numbers in the flag of this week's edition. Two years ago, Scott and I turned a vision into reality and founded the...

 

Learning to take time

Early on this summer, I was faced with one of the most difficult decisions of my young adult life thus far. For the past two years, while at college, I was employed by an organization that...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

One of my favorite summer events - popping up like a leap year - begins in just over 10 days. Watching the summer Olympics, the pure joy of viewing the best of the best, has been a mainstay since I...

 
 By Ron Roeber    Opinion    July 15, 2021

In the mail

Governor’s Misinformation Campaign on ‘30 x 30 Plan’ To the editor: Not long ago the secretary of agriculture announced a bold initiative that would cut the environmental footprint of US agriculture in half by the year 2050. The date was Feb....

 

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