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The other day, I was sorting through a pile of jewelry on my dresser - the catch-all for necklaces and bracelets. (Yes, I know. I should put them away immediately instead of letting everything pile...

 

Sen. Briese offers overview of legislative session

I first want to extend my wishes that everyone had a Merry Christmas, and a nice holiday season with family and friends, as well as to wish a healthy and prosperous New Year to everyone. The 2020...

 

Gragert prepared to tackle property tax relief in legislature

Wednesday, Jan. 8 marked the first day of the One Hundred Sixth Legislature, second session. This also marks the beginning of the second year that I am serving as the representative of the 40th...

 

Accurate data essential to improving rural broadband access

JOHNATHAN HLADIK Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs The Pew Research Center finds that only 63% of rural Americans have a broadband internet connection at home, and 24% of rural adults consider access to high speed internet a major problem in t...

 

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What will the world look like in 2030? The New York Times posed that question to a group of public figures, ranging from politicians to authors to academics. After reading most of the responses, the...

 

-Isms

It’s late Sunday evening, the wind sounds like a freight train racing through town, and when I glance out the front door, I cannot tell if it is still snowing or if it’s simply blowing what snow...

 

-Isms

For more than a year, I’ve been navigating the health care system for Dad. It’s been an eye-opening experience. I’m not sure you’re ever prepared to take over your parents’ finances and deal...

 

Alternative Assessment

To freely offer to do something. This short phrase-volunteer-describes the one action that many organizations, businesses and communities rely on to ensure the successful outcomes for their vested...

 

Connecting housing and economic development

BRIAN DEPEW, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs The Center for Rural Affairs has long focused on strategies to support economic vitality for small communities. Our work to assist small businesses, develop value-added agriculture and...

 

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Not that I’m in a Bah Humbug kind of mood, but Christmas has lost some of its luster. Wait! Hear me out, says the women who hasn’t - and probably won’t - deck the halls of the Schindler casa thi...

 

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I don’t get enough sleep. I’m guessing, neither do you. Daily, as I sync my FitBit, I’m reminded that a sleep score in the 70s isn’t good. “Catch more Zzzzzs,” the app taunts. When I look...

 

Out my kitchen window

Looking out the kitchen window, the landscape has changed the past couple of weeks. Snow caps the trees and decor, making a wonderful winter photo. Out our window, green swags with red berries and...

 

-Isms

How do we sustain rural America? The question was discussed Monday in Norfolk during a town hall meeting titled "Growing Together." The event, sponsored by the Aksarben Foundation, included speakers...

 

Alternative Assessments

Sitting down in your favorite chair next to a warm, crackling fire in the fireplace enjoying a good, intellectually stimulating book is a form of relaxation. Well, in today's world, that book is...

 

-Isms

A recent New York Times article, "Farm Country Feeds America. But Just Try Buying Groceries There," by Jack Healy, nailed what happens when a community loses its grocery store. The article shares the...

 

Shop local this holiday season

Rhea Landholm | Center for Rural Affairs Shopping at a locally-owned and operated business is truly a unique experience. The atmosphere surrounds you as soon as you step out of your car. Sometimes, holiday music flows through the main thoroughfares...

 

-Isms

A faded envelope sat tucked inside Dad's top dresser drawer. On it, a list of dollar amounts written in his precise penmanship. More than 10 columns crossed the expanse of that pouch, each line...

 

Holt County Attorney discusses concerns about proposed tarsands pipeline

As many of you are aware, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corporation), is renewing its efforts to build a tarsands oil pipeline through the United States, including here in Holt County. The project...

 

-Isms

It's funny when people on the coasts figure out Midwestern culture. For several months, I've read magazine articles about and website postings dedicated to what may be a true middle-of-the-country del...

 

-Isms

Success breeds success and fuels momentum. At the moment, momentum and success for Summerland activities and events are cause for excitement. In the co-operative's inaugural year, the cross country...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    November 7, 2019

November: Waiting for brighter days

The fall temperatures have turned cold and the skies are often gray as I look out my kitchen window. Bright bluejays and dark eyed juncos add activity to what is otherwise a dull landscape. I hope,...

 

-Isms

Most of us have one, that single being who keeps us grounded and offers support even when we don't deserve it. I'm talking about man's - and woman's - best friend that is not of the canine...

 

Alternative Assessment

When I submitted my column this past month, I presented the piece to one of my education professors to receive her input. As luck had it, the dissertation she spent three years researching and...

 

Letter to the Editor

I am a 78-year-old supporter of the school bond. We have an opportunity to unite three communities in one great school, keeping students close to home for all of us, while offeirng a better education. Please consider joining me and voting yes on the...

 

Letter to the Editor

I am a Page resident, grandparent of students, and landowner in the Orchard district. I think there were 103 kids in the Page school when my kids started there in 1993. A few years later, families started transferring out as classes got smaller....

 

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