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This newspaper is dated, Thursday, November 26, 2020 but I suspect many readers of this column will not do so until after the Thanksgiving holiday. However, because the health departments are discouraging family gatherings this Thanksgiving, I...

 

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A friend from my growing up years in Superior, Stan Copeland will be back in Superior on Sunday to speak at the First Presbyterian Church service. A combat veteran and former U.S. Army chaplain, he is now living near Quinter, Kansas and conducting...

 

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Since the arrival of the pandemic, area residents have been presented with a series of challenges. Rita and I are long-term Sunday school teachers but the classrooms at the church we have regularly attended are not large enough to allow for social...

 

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I have often been impressed by the intelligence shown by the animals we closely associate with. A current example is our neighborhood cat. I don’t know who the cat belongs to but he is a friendly animal who enjoys being petted and likes to be with...

 

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Several important days are included in the coming month of November. As a youngster, I thought there was only one important day in the entire month of November, that being Thanksgiving Day. I liked Thanksgiving Day for a number of reasons. It would...

 

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When it comes to making mistakes, few people are immune. What sets some of us apart is how we recover from our mistakes. When opening the Monday morning mail, I realized an envelope from a national printing company had been flipped in the printing...

 

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A private funeral will be held for Dale Adcock, one of the last of my old neighbors from the days when I lived on Blauvelt’s Hill. I want to emphasize the term (old) as opposed to those I classify as the “youngsters.” While I consider them to...

 

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If we were to assemble a list of all the specially designated days, weeks and months into a book, I suspect that book would be as big as an unabridged dictionary. Though there are only 365 days in a year, the National Day Calendar group now tracks...

 

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Monday evening a Superior resident appealed the denial of her request to build a chain-link dog run in the yard behind her home. She had paid the application fee and submitted the requested design plans which apparently comply with city regulations...

 

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This is National Small Business Week, a week designated to celebrate the resolve and ingenuity of American entrepreneurs. The week is usually observed the first week of May but this year the pandemic changed the date. While small businesses are...

 

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Lots of things going on in this world today that I don’t understand but thanks to a reader who saved the original clipping, I have this week reread a story the Hastings Tribune published in 1973 that is applicable to this country’s current...

 

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Like many people, because of the dangers associated with COVID-19, I’ve been staying close to home. Only go out when absolutely necessary, and so I miss meeting and talking with people. My grandparents taught me to people watch. On the Blauvelt sid...

 

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Tuesday was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the treaty which officially ended our war with Japan. A war that began with the bombing of our ships in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Elsewhere in this issue, we have published stories told by area...

 

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In the summer of 1970 people and businesses served by U. S. Highway 136 and Nebraska 14 were upset by a highway improvement plan being promoted by state roads department which they thought was shortchanging their highways and the southernmost...

 

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When many people were planting larger gardens this year, Rita and I decided we would attempt to raise more with less. Our plan was smaller but more carefully managed garden space than we have had some years. One of our goals was to use up seed left...

 

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It’s been hard to find subjects for this week’s notebook entries. Most weeks when it comes time to write the piece to fill this space, I review what I have done in the past week and conversations I’ve had. Before his death eight years ago, a...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 30, 2020

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The author of a newspaper column I regularly read often begins his column with “Things I know and things I think I know.” If I were to attach a title to this week’s column it would be “Things I don’t understand.” Saturday morning I...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 23, 2020

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When my family sold and raised watermelons, our customers had their own ways to determine which melon was best. Some picked the melons up and shook them. I assume they did so to determine the weight and suitability for their family size. Some...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 16, 2020

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A news release from the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, recently crossed the editor’s desk. The release was directed to the agricultural community and contained many safety tips with regard to the handling of hazardous...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 9, 2020

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A promise to help a friend who was out-of-town for the weekend with an early morning task got me out and about in Superior earlier than normal on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. My morning jaunts were so interesting I stretched them out a bit...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 2, 2020

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A few days ago a friend living out-of-state said "I love sand but I prefer it on the beach." I didn't understand the comment when it was made but I do now for it referred to the Saharan dust plume...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 26, 2020

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With the combination of the COVID stay-at-home recommendation and the National Weather Service category 3 severe storm forecast for Sunday afternoon, Rita and I stayed pretty close to home. Since the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 18, 2020

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This week I have been following stories out of Manhattan, Kansas, reporting on two alligators stolen from a pet store located in that community. I don’t know why anyone would want to steal an...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 11, 2020

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Richard Schmeling is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. The 1958 graduate of Superior High School and retired attorney now living in Lincoln, Neb., likes to recall what it was like to grow in...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 4, 2020

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For some people Monday was a special day but most people were unaware that it was special. Instead struggled with the new norm of social distancing, face masks and closed or at least changed businesses. Our city cousins added racial unrest concerns....

 

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