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Editor's Notebook

In the newspaper business, politicians have long been considered to be poor credit risks. Many candidates plan to pay for their campaign with the money obtained after winning an election. When they don’t win, donors don’t contribute to the...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: Where was Jesus during the time between his death and resurrection? A:  If this is a question about Jesus’ body between his death and resurrection, then it will be easy to answer. However, the question of what happened to Christ’s Spirit...

 

Pulling More Weeds

In addition to digging the dandelions out of the lawn at my parents’ home in Superior, there were other invaders to contend with. As I was digging the dandelions, I was also dealing with them. Another unwelcome visitor was bindweed. Bindweed had...

 

Canvas Mail Bags

Often while growing up in Superior I would go to the Burlington Depot and watch the motor car trains come through town. The eastbound arrived at 9:15 a.m. and the westbound was through about 5:30 p.m. The trains carried lots of express packages handl...

 

Puffs

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...

 

Country Roads

It’s time to start getting outside digging and clearing flower beds and preparing the garden for planting. Flower bulb catalogs are reviewed and visits to the local greenhouses and landscaping businesses are planned. But we need warmer...

 

Love my crazy life

Sometimes I get the desire to look more put together. Not often, but it happens. I recently purchased a couple of sundresses, thinking I might wear one to graduation. Last weekend I was shopping and found another dress, and so I showed George and...

 

Country Roads

Where will Easter Sunday find you? I’ve heard that Easter is the one Sunday where the church pews are filled more than any other Sunday of the year. I grew up hunting for Easter Eggs on Saturday and going to church on Easter Sunday, as well as atte...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: I read in Romans 5:12 that death and sin are a consequence of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. If sin is Adam’s fault, then why are we still punished for it? A:  Great question! In order to find the answer we’ll start with the...

 

Love my crazy life

The past week flew by. Hubby was home for most of it, which completely threw me off. He concussed himself, and the doctor thought it best he stayed home. I guess he is not as hard headed as I thought. Thankfully he is all better and back to work. The...

 

Puffs

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....

 

Legislative Update

As this update was prepared, the Nebraska Legislature will have completed 57 days of this year’s 60-day legislative session. Much of the focus and debate this week has been on taxes. The road to tax relief this year has been difficult and circuitou...

 

Editor's Notebook

Friday marks the middle of April and the time for Good Friday services. By now I expected there would be leaves on the trees, green grass and my winter clothes stowed away. Earlier I didn’t expect to wear my insulated coveralls to the Easter...

 

Country Roads

Again it was proven how our small town, rural communities come together when needed. A wildfire began northwest of my hometown of Burr Oak last week and quickly spread thanks to the lack of moisture and the strong winds. The hometown fire department...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 7, 2022

Editor's Notebook

After the wildfire last week and traffic accident, I’ve had trouble focusing. My mind keeps skipping from one topic to another. Consequently, I have a number of short topics for this week’s notebook entry. A few days ago I received notice of the...

 

Digging Those Dandelions

When I was growing up in Superior, just about everyone’s lawn had a bright yellow flowers which my mother told me were dandelions, a weed that didn’t belong in a lawn. My father, the practical banker, wanted our lawn to set a good example. At...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions Q: How could a loving God send anyone to hell? A:  I feel I need to answer this question in two stages: first to address it’s implications (i.e. how it is worded), then to address it’s essence...

 
 By Alayna Ham    Columns    April 7, 2022

Puffs

It seems like I’m reading a book about WWII when I hear the current news of the war Russia started with Ukraine. To me there are similarities, except, of course, in this past week Russia seems to be getting the worse of it. I bring this up because...

 

Love my crazy life

My sinuses have let me know spring is here! The past two mornings, I have awakened with a pounding head. I have year-round allergies, but they are worse when everything starts waking up. I should have purchased stock in Claritin and Sudafed when I...

 

Country Roads

Today, this columnist is giving everyone a “heads up” by warning to watch out for the pranksters and jokers and don’t be “fooled” tomorrow (Friday). It’s April Fool’s Day! It’s been an annual custom on this day to play practical...

 

Editor's Notebook

This newspaper office recently received a few copies of newspapers published in 1913. Apparently the contributors found the papers rolled into a bundle and stashed away in a house they were cleaning. I’m sorry I don’t know where the papers were...

 

Ask a Pastor

Q: I’m worried that one day I will lose my faith; how can I make sure that I don’t fall away? A: There is an ongoing theological debate on how and if the warnings against falling away relate to a believer’s salvation. I am not going to go into...

 

Puffs

“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...

 

Diminishing Chocolate Easter Bunnies

The Easter holiday as I was growing up in Superior included coloring Easter eggs and a time for those yummy chocolate Easter bunnies. As I have aged, I still look forward to the Easter bunny treat, but through the years the solid chocolate Easter...

 

Country Roads

Guys like to look back and reminisce about the hot fast cars of their past years, wishing they had kept them or could somehow get them back. I’ve heard over and over, “I sure wish I hadn’t sold that car.” If they could only turn back the...

 

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