Giving American history the bluff
June 30, 2011 Lisa Betz   

Bell Island, left, and Chris Work put a humorous spin on Lewis and Clark in The Complete History of America, Abridged. The show continues through Saturday at WNCC's Little Theatre

Comedy has an important role to play during difficult times. Throughout theatre history, comedic theatre has been a salve to the masses. While theatre has lost a great deal of its cultural influence, it preserves the power to alter one's perspective and attitude.

For this reason, Theatre West struck the perfect chord in its decision to produce The Complete History of America, Abridged. We could all use a good laugh about now.

Saturday night's performance of The Complete History of America, Abridged, had the audience laughing hysterically, stony-faced at times and occasionally wishing they'd chosen seats in the back row, but we'll get to that later.

One never knows what to expect from the script as the three performers, Chris Work, Justin J. Lane and Bell Island take the audience through 50 thousand years of American history in two hours, with a 15-minute intermission. That's right, 50 thousand years of American history. If that doesn't give a clue about the tone of this play, then this production is not for you.

If, however, you can take a few doses of truth, delivered gently and with sense of humor, some ribald jokes, hysterical pokes at your favorite and less-than-favorite (depending upon your persuasion) politicians, then this play is a great opportunity to unwind, relax and forget about the day's cares.

One of the early lines in the play, "History is written by the winners" is well-taken as an introduction to the presentation of "facts" throughout the play.

Some of the harder truths about America's past are there, but quickly glossed over by schtick that ensures the fog will once again settle over the truths we choose to ignore about our glorious beginnings as a country.

Chris Work's performance of a poem turned rap about the Jamestown Colony is one such moment, packed with regrettable truths but finishing with a joke and poke and on we go to happier historical tales.

Director, Parker Reed, along with the actors, has devised clever staging that jacks up the fun. This is especially true of their portrayal of "the shot heard 'round the world" and the re-enactment of the recruitment of "the Minute Men."

The play is full of silliness, peppered very lightly with truths that can either strike a chord or be ignored. Fortunately, most of the “history” in this play is treated irreverently so as to completely strip away the possibility of taking offense, and yet, this reviewer found it a challenge to listen to some the segments about Native Americans.

Nothing is sacred in this play. No one is immune from ridicule, except it seems, President Obama. Perhaps the reason for this is the date the script was printed, (January of 2007) or perhaps that topic is just too fresh for us to laugh about, since some jokes did include references to more recent personalities on America’s political stage.

Theatre has the power to make us squirm in our seats, laugh with abandon and walk away with a few ideas to consider. The Complete History of America, Abridged, did just that on Saturday. If you go, the best seats are further back in the house. If you like to be close, wear something …well, just plan for anything. One thing is guaranteed, you will enjoy a good laugh.

The Complete History of America, Abridged continues at Western Nebraska Community College's Little Theatre through this weekend. Show times are Wed-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17; with discounted tickets for seniors, $16 and students $7. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early if purchasing tickets at the door, to ensure that the play will begin on time. The final production of the Theatre West season is the musical “All Shook Up” which is scheduled to open on July 20.

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1465Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1439Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1414Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1390Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1380Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1360Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1326Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1306Completely Different: The Quest
1292Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1252Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1217Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1196Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1176Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1174Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1173Across the Fence: Building Barns
1147The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1141Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1140Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1136From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1132Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1130Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1116Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1114Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1100Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1098From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1096Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1093Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1082Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1082No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1079Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1078Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1071Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1068Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1064Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1063The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1062Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1061From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1054From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1051Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1048Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1046Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1040A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1039Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1034Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1030A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1029Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1025From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1011Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1009From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1008Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1007The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1007Assad’s endgame
1007Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1006Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1004Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1002Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1001Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
998Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
985Observations Only - Two ages of man
985Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
985Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
981Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
980Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
977Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
976Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
976Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
975The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
966A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
962Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
957Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
955Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
947From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
938From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
931Observations Only: Painting a picture
930Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
929Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
928Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
926A Small World: Savoring county fair days
922Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
914Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
912From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
912Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
908Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
902Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
900Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
900Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
899Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
899Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
899Teen Voice: Today’s television
896Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
894Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
892Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
892Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
890Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
887Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
885Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
883Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
882Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
882Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
881Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
879Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
874Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
871From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
870From the Superintendent’s Desk
869Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
868The zombie apocalypse and you
866From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
865Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
864From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
860Observations Only: A new direction
860From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
860Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
858From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
856A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
850Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
849Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
841Across The Fence: A day For thanks
840Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
838Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
835Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
833Observations Only: Giving up
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
832From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
831Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
830Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
830Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
825Trash cans
823Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
820 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
817Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
817Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
812The hills, part 1: Mustangs
810Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
809Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
809From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
809From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
806A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
804Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
804From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
804A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
804Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
802Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
802Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
801Observations Only: The joy of money
800Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
797The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
793Teen Voice: Catfished
792The Block
790Teen Voice: The more the merrier
790From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
789Observations Only: Saturday delight
789Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
789The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
787A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
787At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
785Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
785Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
784Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
781Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
777Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
777A Stray Moment: God Knows
776Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
771Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
770From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
769Life's curve balls
767A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
765 Taking a big risk
765Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
765Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
763Observations Only: Curious things
763Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
762A Stray Moment: Without a net
760Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
759A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
757Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
756The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
754The ghost of Ayn Rand
753A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
753A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
753Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
750Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
750Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
750Teen Voice: Not just another ride
750Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
750Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
748A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
746Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
744Across the Fence: The hand dug well
743Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
741Seeing the works of the master
738From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
738The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
737Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
735Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
734Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
733Timing makes perfect
733The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
733A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
733Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
733Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
731Observations Only: Scourge of violence
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
724View from the block
724SELL-OUT!
723Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723Observations Only: Going home
722A Stray Moment: The last time
717Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
717The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
715Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
715Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
714Welcome to Gering
713It's no surprise
713Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
713Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
706Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
706Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
702Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
702A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
702Teen Voice: Body image
702Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
701Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
701Observations Only: Uneventful flight
701A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
700Rural America and immigration reform
700The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
699Observations Only: Surprises
698Silence please
696Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
696Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
696Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
696Teen Voice: Living within our means
695Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
694Do You Tube?
694Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
694A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
694Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
694Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
693Observations Only: No thank you
692Observations Only: What's in a word?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
691Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
690Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
689Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
688Observations Only: A gift of serenity
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
686Economic development update
686LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
685Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
685Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
684Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
684The Good Life: The two different types of business people
684A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
683Observations Only: Journey's end
682Age of reason
681Teen Voice: Shadow art
680Observations Only: Together again
680Teen Voice: Serendipity
680Observations Only: The awful truth
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
678Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
678Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
678From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
678Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
676Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
676Observations Only: Critical thinking
674Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
674A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
674The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
673Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
671Observations Only: North Powder
667Observations Only: Sister odyssey
667Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
665Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
665Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
665A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
661Observations Only: Curious things, part II
661Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
660Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
660Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
658The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
657A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
656Guest Voices…
656Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
655Observations Only: Blue chip stock
654Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
652Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
652Totally Random: My journey, life after living
650Observations Only: Sister lost
649Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
648Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
646Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
645Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
644I'm falling for Tumblr?
643From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
639From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
637Permission to remember
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
632Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
631Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
630Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
628Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
628Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
627My Thanksgiving prayer
625Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
625Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
625The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
619Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
617Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
616Teen Voice: Being a girl
615Our View: The elephant in the room
615Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
615A real leaning tree Christmas
614Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
614The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
611Observations Only: The meeting
610Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
609Home of the Brave
609Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
608The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
607Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
606Social time has important benefits
605LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
605The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
605Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
604Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
604Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
603Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
602Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
602Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
600Practice safe barbecue basics
600Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
596Teen Voice: Happy news
595Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
595Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
593Remembering When
593A Small World: Special guest
592Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
592Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
591Observations Only : White water
590Observations Only: Expect the best
589Our View: Bravo OTD committee
589Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
587Observations Only: Good and evil
587Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
586The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
585The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
585The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
584Observations Only: A fine line
583Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
582Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
581Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
581A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
580Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
579The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
574The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
574Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
574Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
573Observations Only: The shadow of error
568Observations Only: Beginnings
566Observations Only: A matter of matter
565Teeing Off: Around the Green
555Observations Only: Indifferent love
554Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
554Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
553Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
549Teen Voice: Equality
548Observations Only: Choices
548Observations Only: Divine spirit
548Observations Only: A matter of paradox
548Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
543Completely Different - The magic of spring
541Observations Only: Divine prompts
541A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
541Anno Domini: We gather together
537Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
537Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
535Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
534Totally Random: Life’s ripples
532Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
532Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
531Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
530Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
530Teen Voice: Silence
530Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
520A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
519Observations Only: Willfulness
516Our View: Visionaries wanted
516Observations Only: Temptation
516Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
514Teen Voice: The need to get away
514Observations Only: The vision
514Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
513Observations Only: Off to the races
509Totally Random: October, the pink month
509Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
508Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
508Observations Only: A sad week
508Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
505Observations Only: The need to understand
503Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
503A Halloween Story: The scary dream
500Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
499Lyman Review: Devil calf
491Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
489Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
489Building Bridges: Love your enemies
488Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
487Teen Voice: Stress test
484Teeing Off: Mind Gym
481Teeing Off: Persistence
480Across the Fence: The Pony Express
478Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
478Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
476Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
475Observations Only: A good daughter
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
466Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
464Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
463Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
460Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
457Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
456Observations Only: Saint Marge
455Observations Only: Waiting time
452Teeing Off: The thing about state
451Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
450Teen Voice: Remember what you have
450Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
448Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
446Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
444Teen Voice: The Other Side
444Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
442Lyman Review: The love goat
440Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
439Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
438Observations Only: Reality check
438Teen Voice: Footprints
433Teen Voice: What is love?
429Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
426Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
425Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
422Totally Random: Happy Halloween
420Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
418Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
415Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
413Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
413Observations Only: Gone away
410Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
408Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
407Observations Only: Hog wash
406Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
403Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
402Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
402Teen Voice: My rebellion
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
401Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
398Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
398Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
397Lyman Review: One mean chicken
396Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
391 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
386Why you should visit the zoo in February
384Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
381Teen Voice: Cyber War
377From the Hill: More Work Ahead
376Observations Only: The visit
376Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
375Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
369Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
368
368Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
363Observations Only: A day in August
363Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
362Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
356SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
355Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
355At the Library: March into a good book
354Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
354Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
350Observations Only: The last goodbye
344Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
344No-Till Notes: Looking Back
343Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
340Observations Only: Final moment
339Teen Voice: The gift of caring
338Observations Only: One more time
337No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
337The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
336Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
335Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
332Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
331Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
330What’s really going on with our water?
327Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
323Across The Fence: Last Christmas
323Observations Only: The last toothpick
322Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
322Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
320Teen Voice: Where is the love?
319Our View: Community responsible for kids
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
319Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
309Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
302Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
300Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
299Observations Only: The vigil
297Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
295Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
293Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
288Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
288Totally Random: Where does it go?
285View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
285Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
280Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
280Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
279Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
279Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
279In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
275Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
269Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
268Religious freedom must be protected
267Their View: Goal post move unfair
266Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
264Lyman Review: Winter's dog
264At the Monument: Junior Rangers
263Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
261Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
256Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
256Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
255Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
255In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
252Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
252Linked Lives
250At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
245Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
239Across the Fence: Amanda
239Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
238Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
238Support emergency services personnel
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
232Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
230Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
230College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
230For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
229Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
229At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
226Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
224Teen Voice: Inspire me
223Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
222Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
220At the Monument: Where are the animals?
219Greetings from the State Capitol
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218No-till Notes: Moving forward
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
215From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
205No-Till Notes: Back in the field
204New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
200Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
198View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
196Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
193Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
190No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
188Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
187Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
183Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
181Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
177No-til Notes: Changing plans
172Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
169Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
161At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
157Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
153History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
149Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
147Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
144Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
138Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
131No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
128Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
116No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
115Synchronicity:What brings me back
93Be kind through communications
92Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
71Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
70Letters to the Editor
55Letter to the editor
47Fourth of July meetings
34Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
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