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When I was growing up, I’m glad I didn’t know the health risks associated with mice. Unlike some of my playmates who were afraid of mice, I wanted to demonstrate my manliness. I liked to think of myself as a “big boy.” If I found a snake, I...

 

Apple Pie

My mother had gone to her mother’s for a month-long visit, leaving my father, brother and myself alone to fend for ourselves. I was in charge of the kitchen and all the meal preparation, well at least dinner. I had recently started dating the man...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions Q: How should I pray about my cancer as a Christian? A: Let’s start by asking what we want out of our prayer. Is there a specific outcome to your situation that you want (i.e. healing from cancer)? Are...

 

Puffs

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,...

 

Country Roads

We country folks don’t seem to have much trouble in locating our country destinations but for our urban guests, they often have problems. I understand why. The urban travelers are used to street signs and house numbers. It wasn’t until a few year...

 

Editor's Notebook

From our vantage point it appears efforts to control property taxes and hold down governmental subdivision taxing are having the opposite effect. In recent days this writer received multiple envelopes from Jewell County each containing at least two...

 

Love my crazy life

I’ve been having lots of “feelings” lately, and I don’t like it one bit! Feeling number one, sadness. Today I pulled the plug on summer. I don’t know why, but that’s how I feel every time I drain the pool. This year felt different,...

 

Puffs

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...

 

Country Roads

Piano playing is not for sissies! Knowing how to play the piano can be rewarding, a commitment, a challenge and comforting. Now taking piano lessons in order to learn now to play the piano can be time consuming with hours of practicing. It takes...

 

Editor's Notebook

One of the historical columns in this issue contains an item about a team of mules running away with a sickle bar mower. It apparently was a rough ride and the farmer operating the mower was thrown fr...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: Who chose and compiled the books of the Bible?  A: The simplest way to explain how we got the Bible is to say the 66 books that make up the Protestant Bible were inspired by God and then recognized by believers; first by Jewish believers in Old...

 

Puffs

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...

 

Love my crazy life

The two hottest days of the year are the Nuckolls County Horse Show and Oregon Trail Day. Saturday was no different, yet hundreds of people turned out to take the tour in Oak and enjoy a day of history. More than 200 carloads braved the heat and the...

 

Country Roads

As Elvis Presley sang in one of his hit songs, “I’m All Shook Up,” that is how many of us in northern Jewell County and southern Nuckols County felt a little over a week ago. A rare event happened on July 17, a peaceful Sunday, when an...

 

Editor's Notebook

I remember when a co-worker brought her pre-school age son with her to work. The youngster was struggling with the concept of time. When he wanted something, he wanted it now. It was hard for him to wait and I quickly tired of telling him repeatedly...

 

Puffs

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...

 

Love my crazy life

I have such great neighbors. I had a pile of tree limbs sitting out by the road. It seemed every chance we had to haul them off, it would rain, and we were unable to. One day, after work, I looked out, and the pile was gone. I asked Jacob if he had...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 29, 2022

Puffs

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 Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 29, 2022

Love my crazy life

The last couple of weeks are finally catching up to me, and I feel as if I could sleep for a month. I drove to Fort Riley with a friend yesterday to pick up Robert’s vehicle. He flew out on Sunday for another six-week training and wanted me to...

 

Country Roads

National Cousin's Day was observed Sunday. Though I don't often make note of all the National Observances, this time it tugged at my heart. It brought back a lot of cousin memories. A sharing on...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 28, 2022

Editor's Notebook

Monday’s rain was a welcome event. Seldom are there unwelcome July and August rains in these parts. We sometimes have a surplus of rain in the spring or fall but summertime is different. We are more likely to have summer rain shortage. Summer...

 

Country Roads

A while back one of our granddaughters asked if I ever had any pets. I suppose she wondered since we didn’t have a farm dog, and the cats we have are pretty wild because they are just farm cats, meant to hunt out mice and rats. After living on a...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 21, 2022

Editor's Notebook

I’ve long enjoyed community celebrations. Though I was only 4 years old when Superior staged a diamond jubilee celebration, I remember that celebration and the one and only 4-H fair held two years later in Superior. My favorite celebrations are...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    July 21, 2022

Love my crazy life

By Teraesa Bruce I am writingfrom the pump area of the Nelson swimming pool. It seems my office changes weekly, if not daily. I tried to sit in the office and type, but between the guards coming in and out and my pool rats, I couldn’t keep a...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 21, 2022

Puffs

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...

 

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