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September harvest? ? ? Most years, the fall harvest didn’t start until the very end of September, most likely in October. However, 2022 may be remembered for how dry it was and how early the harvest began. For a couple weeks we have been watching c...

 

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People who teach other people to write usually preach that a person should write what he knows, or is most familiar with. Since I’m still learning to write, I’m going with that theory this week. I know I’ve written about some of our medical tri...

 

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Did you notice last week end? The Cornhuskers won a football game. We had to pay more than $500,000 to get a team into Lincoln that we thought we could beat. We did, but just not in the manner many hoped for. I think it’s time. A O Look how far...

 

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I can remember well during my years as an EMT for the Lawrence Ambulance Service trips to the emergency room on Friday nights with a boy injured in a football game. Last Friday night I was going to the emergency room when I recalled those trips....

 

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I’m not sure this first story should be printed, but I haven’t seen an event quite like this before, so please excuse me for passing this on. Nancy and I had a good laugh last week on our annual visit to the Veterans Clinic in Grand Island. No,... Full story

 

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I enjoy passing along little bits of information I find interesting and hope someone else does as well. Reading the Sunday paper of the Lincoln Journal-Star, I read a story about the city of Omaha using “goats” to clear an area near the Missouri... Full story

 

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Events of the past week have turned my thoughts to things medical. First of all, I ran across a card many folks would call a “Get Well Card.” I never cared for that title, but I understood the meaning and appreciate thoughts conveyed in most of...

 

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Don’t worry . . . Be happy . . . Don’t know why it took me so long to remember that song. I think it came about in the 1990s. I hope those of you who are of age can remember it. With the melody, it was popular and I think successful. The first...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 29, 2022

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A little trip down memory lane this week. Numbers . . . I may give up watching the national news on TV. It seems that nothing appears on TV news unless it involves many, many people. I guess I can understand that since they cover the world and want...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 21, 2022

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A couple of short items to start this week. I don’t know about the rest of the area, however, here in Lawrence the community lost electrical power late Saturday evening. As Nancy and I were talking about it later, we could not remember a time...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 14, 2022

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“Stupid, smart people . . .” I heard this phrase for the first time maybe a year or so ago. It took me a while to understand what was meant by it. A national radio commentator used it every so often and I had to listen closely to understand just...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 7, 2022

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Red Hair . . . To be specific, “Naturally Redheads” the headline read. I was perusing the Sunday newspaper yesterday when a headline caught my eye. It read: “Natural redheads may need more anesthesia.” A person may not guess that from what...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 30, 2022

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The week that was . . . People of different political beliefs have been busy since the end of last week trying to convince other people (or maybe just venting anger or joy) that last week was a week that will be remembered for a long time. I’m...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 23, 2022

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I keep getting reminders that I’m most likely included in that category of people that some call “old.” Others, kinder I suppose, might use the word “senior” rather than old. Whatever group I’m in, that’s OK, I’ll go with it. Maybe...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 9, 2022

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What a relief . . . . These past few months I was afraid the world was coming to an end. Considering the senseless carnage from all of the ‘shootings’, the confusion of letting men compete in college sports as women; watching one of the larger na...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 2, 2022

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There are times when we have appointments on both sides of the noon lunch time and we try to catch lunch somewhere in between. Last week was one such time with medical appointments in the a.m. and in the p.m. in Grand Island. As such we found a place...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    May 26, 2022

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Memories . . . I spent a considerable number of years volunteering as an EMT for the community of Lawrence and I like to recall memories from those years. They come up at the strangest times and places, and they are both good and bad. However, last...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    May 19, 2022

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OK folks, I know some of you getting closer to that retirement age of 62 or 67 or so, don’t like the jokes of joining AARP. Even some of you that have already reached that age, are not wild about AARP. So, last week I learned something new. I have...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    May 12, 2022

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May Day . . . The importance of the first day of May has seemed to have lost its importance in our current culture which seems to center on ones-self, rather than others . . . I can remember well when the Communist used the day to display its...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    May 5, 2022

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Wow . . . What a change . . . I remember many a morning in my past history waking up to rain hitting the window, and . . . not being too happy with that. However, that happened this week, and . . . I was happy. I not guessing the drought was broken,...

 

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Once in a while I get questioned about my inclination to support (in the political world) only those people who are “Pro-Life.” To me it is a very simple intention, but I’ll try to explain a little more. At one time, I was questioned: “What d...

 

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Weather Reports . . . For many years, I relied on the evening news for the weather forecast for the coming day. Occasionally, I’d get a report on the radio during the day. How things have changed . . . Thanks to “technology” Nancy now gets...

 

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A year, or two, ago I had a Lawrence High School alum ask how I came up with subject matter for writing ‘Puffs.” I told him that I seldom had a plan from week to week, but something always presented itself. This past week was no different....

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    News    April 7, 2022

Fire destroys Lawrence VFD's 8 month old fire truck, bridge

Prairie fires have been a major source of concern since the great plains were taken over by farmers and ranchers 150 years (+-) ago. Most farm families have stories of ancestors that plowed fire...

 

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“Women and children first.” We’ve heard that phrase so very often over the years we don’t pay much attention to it anymore. However with all the attention in the news focused on the war in Ukraine, we hear it often. Talking about all the...

 

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