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I’ve watched my share of basketball lately, most of it being high school and college action. Last week, as I was watching the Cornhuskers play, a thought came to mind after watching those “big” men bump into each other. Many years ago, I remem...

 

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It was quite the weekend, on many items of interest. First off, the weekend included the fund raising “Dueling Pianos” at the American Legion Hall. The small group of citizens on the Community Building Committee did a lot of work in bringing the ent...

 

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Legislators, both federal and state are often condemned for the way they vote. Some times they are praised, but it depends on the issue, the time and place. I’ve read and heard and at times have also made remarks less than flattering at the people i...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    March 11, 2024 

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• Gosh, a beautiful blue sky. What a wind we’re having today . . . We must be in Nebraska. • Gosh, those clouds sure look like a rain may be possible. What a wind we’re having today . . . We must be in Nebraska. • Gosh, look at the dust from the...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    March 7, 2024

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I’ve mentioned my questioning of the national media reporting practices in the past. Well, maybe I was wrong. The following little item appeared last week concerning the state of Oregon and a change in their laws: to wit: “DRUGS: The Oregon Leg...

 

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I’ve mentioned before that I like high school and some college basketball games, but I’m not thrilled by the National Basketball Association’s style of games. They just recently had the NBA ‘All-Star’ game. If that is what you want to call it. Did y...

 

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Alexei Navalny. Oswaldo Paya. Two names that many of us sheltered here in southcentral Nebraska may have never heard of, or just briefly on a national news broadcast. Maybe that’s not all bad, but it does limit our understanding of a conflict b...

 

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I have at times admitted to watching too much TV, but sometimes it’s the only alternative to doing nothing. It is good entertainment (at times), but it can also be an annoyance, especially the TV commercials. Years ago I read an article about TV c...

 

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“It’s tough to see into the future” someone once said. Right now, it’s tough to see a quarter mile ahead with all the fog we’ve had so far in 2024. Someone came up with the phrase: “Unintended Consequences” I understand in the 1700s. So, its been...

 

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I don’t have the records to check but I’m guessing January, 2024, has to be unique in some way. Our days of below zero temperatures and consecutive foggy days has to be some sort of record. That’s how I feel but every year is different and there...

 

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Every so often a person reads, or hears, or sees something that strikes him in a particular way. It may be humorous, serious, or just plain interesting. A couple of items caught my attention this past weekend which I’d like to pass on. You may t...

 

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Something to talk about . . . The weather . . . This was one of the major things that impressed my sister-in-law who was born and raised in Chicago. On one of her first trips to Nebraska, she was impressed with how people talked about the weather....

 

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As you know, I’ve used statements from books I’ve read that somehow relate to our current living conditions. I’m currently coming to the end of a good book called “The Universe Behind Barbed Wire.” The book is the memoirs of a Ukrainian Soviet dissid...

 

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I thought it fitting to start the New Year with a comment by Pope Francis. “My hope is to remind people that the ‘Christmas Spirit’ is not over.” The Christmas season extends far beyond the commercial season we’ve been taught to believe is the reaso...

 

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Gosh . . . maybe it was something in the air . . . but to see the Husker volleyball team lose in the manner they did, and . . . to see the L-N boys basketball team lose in the manner they did . . . it was a tough weekend for Nebraska sports. On the o...

 

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Seems we can no longer paint California with negative issues because of all of the earthquakes that occur in that state. The Webster-Nuckolls County areas in Nebraska have had three earthquakes in the last two years. And . . . they seem to be getting...

 

Quake felt in Webster and Nuckolls counties

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rattled south-central Nebraska on Sunday, with tremors felt in communities like Red Cloud, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS recorded the earthquake approximately 6 miles north-northeast of Guide Rock in...

 

L-N boys basketball team win 2 over weekend

Some of the boys on this year's boys' basketball team may not have been born the last time the L-N Raiders won their first four games of a season. You have to go back 14 years before you find a year w...

 

L-N girls basketball team earn first win of season

It took a trip out west for the L-N girls’ basketball team to find their first victory of this young season. But, find it they did with a team effort at Franklin. It was not a blow-out win, but one where the girls played well, with their defensive e...

 

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I’ve been spending some time within the medical establishment in the U. S. during the past two months and have learned some things about how the world operates. Two items stand out in the last few weeks: Insurance and 4 x 4’s. Insurance: Any rea...

 

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Did you ever get a song caught in your mind and it kept repeating itself over and over all day (or maybe more than a day) in your mind. Maybe it was a thought or phrase or whatever. Well, I recently heard a song and had to look up just when and...

 

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Memories . . . Some things we remember forever, others we forget as soon as possible. Sunday, a bad memory came rushing back because of driving to Sunday Mass on a gravel road soaked by about an inch or rain. I forgot what it’s like to drive on g...

 

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I sometimes wonder if he really knows just what kind of damage he has done. I’m talking about a recent ex-president who said, “We had to fundamentally remake America.” I look around today and at times I think he is making progress (even if I think...

 

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Well, folks . . . it happened. Snow . . . . It came Saturday night or Sunday morning. And, wasn’t it just 90 plus degrees a week ago? Reminds me of the old wives tale that forecasted the number of snow events an area gets because of the date of the f...

 

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Something borrowed: Saying “I don’t need newspapers, I get my news from the internet” is the same as saying “I don’t need farmers, cause I get my food at the supermarket.” A O If you are a ‘sports fan’ in Nebraska, you had a good weekend. The Ne...

 

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