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If I asked you to name four movies that define your teenage years, what would be your response? In the past two weeks, I’ve seen social media posts asking individuals to select four films they...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    Opinion    January 21, 2021 

Remarks from Mark

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. That's how I view the Kansas City Chiefs' 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, that sent my favorite pro football team on to the next round of...

 

Gragert outlines governor's budget recommendations

Governor Pete Ricketts delivered his State of the State address to the Legislature this past week. He highlighted 2021-23 state budget recommendations for senators. This will be his last biennial...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    January 21, 2021 

Out my kitchen window

I’m enjoying the now view of my flower garden out my kitchen window. If you are wondering what could be worth looking at out there, I’ll try to describe it. Despite being covered with white...

 

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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes ... including you.” Anne Lamott’s quote hits home this week. So, I’ll keep this short and sweet. I am taking a week off...

 

Briese re-elected as General Affairs chair

Last week, the Nebraska Unicameral convened the 107th Legislature. On the first day, we elected officers. Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln was unanimously elected speaker and I am very glad to have him...

 

Remarks from Mark

Good friends are difficult to find. That's why I'm thankful to have a friend in my life like Ty Rushing, a former co-worker of mine at Iowa Information Publishers and Printers. I started working in Ja...

 

State senators fill leadership positions

The 107th Legislature, first session, began Wednesday, Jan.6 under different circumstances from other years. Due to the pandemic, families of the newly-elected and re-elected senators were not allowed...

 

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One photo of my parents captures them in their zone. It’s their wedding anniversary and they’re waltzing. Both are looking directly at the camera, still smiling after 40 years of wedded bliss....

 

The picture of health in America is not so rosy

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of good and bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where...

 

Remarks from Mark

Hello, my name is Mark Mahoney, and I'm a stay-at-home dad. That is a sentence I never thought I would write, yet I'm happy to have been home nearly every day with Hazel, my one-year-old daughter,...

 
 By LU NELSEN    Opinion    January 7, 2021

Nebraska has the opportunity to be leader in renewable energy

Nebraskans are fortunate to have ample access to natural resources. These resources have long supported agriculture in our state, and fairly recently, have allowed for the expansion of our renewable energy industry. As our homegrown renewable energy...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

History buff LuAnn is geeking out this week, racing to beat the clock to New Year’s Eve, when AMC-produced “Hell on Wheels” will be withdrawn from the Netflix repertoire. I’d seen...

 

Briese prepares for 2021 legislative session

The legislative session will begin Wednesday, Jan 6. On that day, newly-elected members will be sworn in and the speaker, chair and vice chair of the Executive Committee and committee chairs will be...

 

Congress overlooks rural businesses during critical time

JOHNATHAN HLADIK Policy director Center for Rural Affairs As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

“I need a sign to let me know you’re here. All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere...” That song lyric, from “Calling All Angels,” by Train, kept replaying in my mind...

 

Rural communities must get serious about responding to COVID-19

SANDRA RENNER Farm and Community director Center for Rural Affairs We are nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic and cases in rural America are increasing at a rapid rate. The impacts vary greatly across rural states, yet per-capita infections are...

 

Alternative Assessment

A couple of months ago, I found a saying that spoke to me. I do not know if or where I found, saw or heard the saying, but it resonated with me. I quickly jotted it down in my phone, accompanied with...

 

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I am a woman on a mission. Or, at least I have an idea I hope Ewing community members will believe is viable and consider pursuing. During Monday’s Village Board of Trustees meeting, discussion...

 

The next Secretary of Agriculture has a lot on his plate

For almost 50 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force in standing up for the family farmer and rancher, small business owner and rural communities. We look forward to working with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack; President-Elect...

 

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If you know me well, you know that fall - primarily football season - is one of my favorite times of the year. My family has a long-standing relationship with Husker football. Before the ‘rents...

 

Small-town kids deserve to thrive, too: How one Nebraska town created a child care miracle

Kelsey Carlson calls me from the road, as she drives the quiet ribbon of highway connecting the hospital where she works to the small-town child care that has changed her life. Not long ago, when her...

 

Out my kitchen window

My house has a deep nutty aroma wafting from the kitchen. It’s pine cones in the oven. I’m getting ready for the holidays and that includes baking pine cones. I don’t have a family recipe for th...

 

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During my 25-year stint as a play production director, I faced several challenges: kids late to practice, costume malfunctions, broken props, ill students requiring a substitution from an understudy....

 

Let's keep trade rolling

Over the last four years, we have updated our trade relationships and trade agreements at a historic pace. We secured updated comprehensive trade agreements with Canada, Mexico and South Korea; entered into Phase One agreements with China and Japan...

 

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