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 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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Folks . . . I’m going to stop praying for Mr. Biden to do great, grand and glorious things he could do as president of the U. S. I’m going to start praying that he does the ‘little things’ correctly. My change in attitude came this week in...

 

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I’ll probably get back to politics later, but I wanted to give the American Bald Eagle a little publicity to start this week. This inclination came from two events last week. First: Nancy and I make our share of trips to Hastings every week for...

 

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OK folks, I know some of you are worrying that the world is going to hell in a handbasket . . . With the war in the Ukraine, and generally how the U. S. is being governed, I can see how that feeling...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    March 3, 2022

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I hope this doesn’t bore you, but as I’ve said before, the comic sections of the newspaper is one of my favorite parts. And, one of my favorite comic strips is “Shoe.” Many of the issues involve a newspaper reporter and his editor. In a...

 

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History . . . Does the Human Race really learn anything from history? I’ve always contended that we do. However, from the actions of Russia in the past few weeks, I’m beginning to change my mind. I’ve read much about the results of World War...

 

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Have you noticed . . . things don’t always turn out the way you hope? About a year or so ago, my trusty, old, $12.98 Timex watch quit. Just didn’t want to run any more. So I went looking for another. This time I had to pay a little more ($24.98),...

 

2 fires at Lawrence/ Nuckolls Co. Locomative-Gazette

Fire calls for many rural fire departments can be 'few and far between'. Or, they can 'come in bunches.' For the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Dept. this winter has been interesting. They had been making...

 

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The “Liberal Left” whom I often equate with the “Democratic Party” has been on quite a run for some time condemning state legislatures for making changes in voting laws. (I don’t know if it is fair to list only Democrats as equals to the...

 

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Let’s cover several topics of conversation this week and in no special order. CONVENTION: Let’s have a party. Nebraska made national news last week. Many, or even most, folks didn’t have knowledge of it. You see, Nebraska became the 17th state...

 

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This article was written by a college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who’s in grad school for her MBA. It’s a short article but definitely worth a read.  “My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!  I’m sitting in a...

 

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The weather . . . “Everyone likes to talk about it, but nobody can do anything about it.” For many years I was unhappy with the weather forecasters on television and the radio when the forecast they gave was wrong. Now . . . I just feel sorry...

 

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The Human race is really an amazing thing. Even though it was chosen by God to be the dominate species of life here on earth, it sure does a lot of stupid things. History is dominated with our efforts to kill each other off . . . for all sorts of rea...

 

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Happy New Year, folks. I hope everyone survived both the New Year starting and the snow storm that never quite got going in spite of a week’s worth of warnings. The cold and wind came, but not as much snow as predicted. We at the Ostdiek household...

 

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The following was written by an author unknown to me. I pass it along at the end of the year, just for something to think about. “Men, like nations, think they’re eternal. What man in his 20s or 30s doesn’t believe, at least subconsciously,...

 

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Christmas . . . Billions of words have already been written, and many more will come. I’ve noted before that to get into the “Christmas Spirit,” one thing that helps is to attend a Christmas program by the youngsters of your church or school....

 

December Storm an example of Nebraska weather

The 2021 Autumn weather in Nebraska has been very nice. No rain, but mild temperatures and not a lot of wind. However, that all came to a change last Wednesday, Dec. 15. "A storm to remember," is one...

 

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