Articles written by Mary Sawyer

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2022 Nebraska Passport completed

For those who think they can not take a long vacation, they need to check out what Nebraska has to offer. When COVID hit and the quarantines started, I looked for alternative ways to vacation. I...

 By Mary Sawyer    News    September 9, 2021

Floating on air above the plains

At 5:45 a.m., Sunday, my daughter, Stefanie Gonzalez, and I headed to the Mitchell Airfield at Mitchell, Neb. We were scheduled for a hot air balloon ride with High Plains Hot Air Balloon Company...

 By Mary Sawyer    News    July 8, 2021

Calm waters and relaxing at Jewell County State Lake

By Mary Sawyer Sunday morning Mark and I ventured to the Jewell County Lake to see how crowded it was on a holiday weekend. A few people were there fishing in the morning. One family group was there...

 By Mary Sawyer    News    May 13, 2021

Jewell Co. native's book now on sale

The Republican Valley Arts Council recently held their spring brunch and meeting in Red Cloud at the renovated Scout House. The guest speaker was Scott Shute, who attended White Rock Schools before...

 By Mary Sawyer    News    May 7, 2020

Volunteers make more than 700 masks for their hospitals

When Mary Kahldahl heard her sister, Pat Kelly of Pender, was making masks for the Pender Hospital, she thought it was a great idea. Pat's daughter-in-law is the C.E.O. at the hospital in Pender so Ma...

 By Mary Sawyer    Features    April 2, 2020

Spring break during the COVID-19 outbreak

March. Spring break. College. What do most college students do during this time? Travel! But how has COVID-19 changed that? Some students left early in March before all of the warnings and shutdowns. Here are the stories of three students how the...

 By Mary Sawyer    Features    March 26, 2020

What some are thinking during the crisis of the virus

With the changes in the world caused by COVID-19, I challenged people to share their thoughts, reflections, comments or observations about the past two weeks using six words. Several people took up the challenge and most were able to answer in six...

 By Mary Sawyer    News    February 13, 2020

A 3.0 earthquake felt in northwest Jewell Co. Friday

Boom! It was 11:37 p.m. Friday and everything in the house rattled. It was as if something had run into the side of the house or lightning had hit right outside the house. But there weren’t any bright lights with the boom. Reno, our dog was...


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