The Good Life: We have much to be grateful for
July 21, 2011 Lisa Betz   
Every year the Panhandle community comes together to celebrate our shared heritage at Oregon Trail Days. Now in its 90th year, Gering’s Oregon Trail Days is the oldest festival of its kind in the State of Nebraska. Now that is something to be proud of.
I wonder about those Old Settlers who have passed on from this earth. Do they join us each year and smile upon us as we honor our roots, the ones they planted here, that sprouted in their lifetime and thrived with the tending of generations that followed?
Every year on the Gering Citizen Facebook page, I put up photos of the OTD events. It is a big undertaking to do but each year many former residents thank us for making it possible for them to be at Oregon Trail Days in spirit, even though they couldn’t make it home this time.
What astounds me most about the interactions we see on our Facebook page are the complaints, the criticisms and the fault-finding. Somebody thought it was sad that Miss America received more applause than the National Guard. Somebody else was angry that the Color Guard presenting the American flag didn’t stop and fire their guns in salute.
What is it about people today that finding something good to say, something joyful and grateful and positive to say is so difficult? Why do we expect everything to be perfect?
I don’t have an answer but I will say that when Miss America Teresa Scanlan rode by on her float looking beautiful, I felt hopeful and grateful and a feeling of pride swelled in my heart. This young woman has done so much to represent our corner of the world in such a positive way. God bless her in the pursuit her dreams. She also holds ours.
When the flag went by and I saw the Scottsbluff Firefighters Local 1454 Honor Guard looking crisp in their Class A dress uniforms, I felt a lump in my throat. I felt pride and joy in our community.
When the Old Settlers president, Don Parmenter went by and waved to me, I thought of my dear grandfather, Cleo Gering, who loved this place with such a heart full of pride. I thought of my great-grandmother Pansy Gering, who was the loveliest soul I ever knew, who had once been honored as a vice president of the Old Settler’s Club.
These are the experiences that Oregon Trail Days is all about. It is a time for us to feel connections to our roots and those ancestors who built this community out of nothing, with very little to start with.
It doesn’t even matter when your ancestors landed here or even if you are the first of your line to join us in this great creative project that is the Valley. We are all building together.
We have so much to be thankful for and proud of here. While things are never perfect, life is so much better when we focus on the good things and honor the efforts made by everyone around us who contributes to our beloved Valley.
Thank you to the committee members of Oregon Trail Days: Chuck Cowan, Bill Schlaepfer, Vera Dulaney, Mike Minzey, Gail Ellison, Bill Peters, John Ewing, Jodi Ruzicka, Joan Fisher, Rebecca Shields and Lillis Grassmick. Having a hand in the Gering Arts Festival myself, which is just a one-day event in Legion Park; I understand what an incredible undertaking Oregon Trail Days must be. It boggles my mind that you good people, with the help of many more volunteers, do this year after year after year. I am thankful for each of you and grateful that you continue to help Gering and the entire Valley shine on this weekend.
Thank you for reminding me of my roots, for giving me a chance to honor today’s pioneers like Teresa Scanlan, who is trailblazing a positive path for young girls, like Old Settlers President Don Parmenter who has lived the good life in our Valley, and like our brave local armed forces. I think my ancestors and yours are looking down upon us, and their hearts are swelling with pride.

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1474From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1461Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1437Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1413Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1387Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1380Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1351Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1324Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1306Completely Different: The Quest
1292Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1249Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1215Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1193Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1173Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1172Across the Fence: Building Barns
1171Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1139The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1138Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1134Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1133From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1131From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1128Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1114Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1112Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1097From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1095Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1092Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1087Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1081No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1078Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1075Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1074Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1071Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1065Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1063Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1062Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1062The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1057From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1052From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1049Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1048Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1046Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1039A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1035Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1031Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1029Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1029A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1024From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1011Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1008From 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
1004Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1002Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1001Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1000Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
998Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
997Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
984Observations Only - Two ages of man
983Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
982Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
981Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
978Across 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
965A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
962Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
956Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
954Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
944From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
935From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
929Observations Only: Painting a picture
929Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
928Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
926A Small World: Savoring county fair days
922Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
918Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
914Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
911From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
910Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
904Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
902Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
899Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
898Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
898Teen Voice: Today’s television
896Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
896Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
892Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
892Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
890Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
889Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
886Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
884Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
882Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
882Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
881Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
880Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
879Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
876Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
873Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
869From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
869From the Superintendent’s Desk
869Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
868The zombie apocalypse and you
865Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
864From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
863From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
859From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
859Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
858From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
856Observations Only: A new direction
852A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
849Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
846Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
840Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
836Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
835Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
834Across The Fence: A day For thanks
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
831Observations Only: Giving up
831From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
830Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
830Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
828Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
825Trash cans
821Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
817Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
817 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
815Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
811The hills, part 1: Mustangs
811Teen Voice: The road of hatred
808From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
808From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
807Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
807Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
804A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
804Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
803From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
801Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
801Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
800Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
800A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
800Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
799Observations Only: The joy of money
795The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
792The Block
790Teen Voice: Catfished
789From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
788Observations Only: Saturday delight
788Teen Voice: The more the merrier
787A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
787The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
786Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
786A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
786At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
785Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
784Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
782Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
780Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
776Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
775A Stray Moment: God Knows
775Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
770Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
768From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
766Life's curve balls
765A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
763 Taking a big risk
763Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
763Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
762Observations Only: Curious things
762Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
762A Stray Moment: Without a net
760Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
758Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
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
753Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
750Teen Voice: Not just another ride
750A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
749Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
749Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
749Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
749Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
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
737From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
736The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
735Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
735Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
733Timing makes perfect
733Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
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
724SELL-OUT!
723Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723Observations Only: Going home
721View from the block
719A Stray Moment: The last time
717The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
716Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
715Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
714Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
714Welcome to Gering
713Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
712Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
711It's no surprise
706Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
705Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
702A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
701Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
701Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
701Teen Voice: Body image
701Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
700Observations Only: Uneventful flight
700A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
700Rural America and immigration reform
699Observations Only: Surprises
698Silence please
696Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
696The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
695Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
695Teen Voice: Living within our means
695Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
694Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
694Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
694Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
693Observations Only: No thank you
693A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
693Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
692Do You Tube?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
691Observations Only: What's in a word?
690Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
689Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
687Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
686From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
685Economic development update
685Observations Only: A gift of serenity
684LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
683Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
683Observations Only: Journey's end
683Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
682The Good Life: The two different types of business people
682Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
681Age of reason
681A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
680Observations Only: Together again
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
679Observations Only: The awful truth
678Teen Voice: Serendipity
677Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
677Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
676Observations Only: Critical thinking
676Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
676Teen Voice: Shadow art
675From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
675From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
674Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
674A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
673Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
673Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
670Observations Only: North Powder
668The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
666Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
665A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
664Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
664Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
663Observations Only: Sister odyssey
660Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
660Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
659Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
658The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
657Observations Only: Curious things, part II
656A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
654Observations Only: Blue chip stock
654Guest Voices…
654Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
654Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
652Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
651Totally Random: My journey, life after living
650Observations Only: Sister lost
648Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
647Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
645Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
643I'm falling for Tumblr?
641From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
640Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
637Permission to remember
637From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
633A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
632Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
628Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
627My Thanksgiving prayer
627Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
627Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
626Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
625Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
625Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
620The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
618Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
616Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
616Teen Voice: Being a girl
615Our View: The elephant in the room
614Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
613Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
613The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
612A real leaning tree Christmas
611Observations Only: The meeting
609Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
607The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
607Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
606Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
605Social time has important benefits
605LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
604Home of the Brave
604Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
604Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
604The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
603Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
602Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
600Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
600Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
600Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
599Practice safe barbecue basics
599Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
596Teen Voice: Happy news
595Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
593Remembering When
593Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
591Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
590Observations Only : White water
590A Small World: Special guest
589Observations Only: Expect the best
588Our View: Bravo OTD committee
588Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
587Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
586Observations Only: Good and evil
586Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
585The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
584The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
582Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
582Observations Only: A fine line
581The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
581A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
580Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
579Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
578Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
576The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
574The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
573Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
572Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
570Observations Only: The shadow of error
568Observations Only: Beginnings
566Observations Only: A matter of matter
562Teeing Off: Around the Green
554Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
550Observations Only: Indifferent love
550Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
550Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
549Teen Voice: Equality
548Observations Only: Choices
548Observations Only: Divine spirit
547Observations Only: A matter of paradox
544Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
543Completely Different - The magic of spring
541Observations Only: Divine prompts
540Anno Domini: We gather together
538A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
537Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
536Building 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
530Teen Voice: Silence
530Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
529Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
529Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
527Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
519Observations Only: Willfulness
516Our View: Visionaries wanted
516Observations Only: Temptation
515Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
514A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
513Teen Voice: The need to get away
511Observations Only: Off to the races
510Observations Only: The vision
510Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
509Totally Random: October, the pink month
508Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
508Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
506Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
504Observations Only: The need to understand
504Observations Only: A sad week
503Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
500A Halloween Story: The scary dream
499Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
493Lyman Review: Devil calf
490Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
488Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
488Building Bridges: Love your enemies
487Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
485Teen Voice: Stress test
484Teeing Off: Mind Gym
480Teeing Off: Persistence
479Across the Fence: The Pony Express
476Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
475Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
475Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
472Observations Only: A good daughter
463Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
462Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
460Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
458Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
456Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
455Observations Only: Waiting time
454Observations Only: Saint Marge
452Teeing Off: The thing about state
451Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
450Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
449Teen Voice: Remember what you have
447Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
443Teen Voice: The Other Side
443Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
443Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
442Lyman Review: The love goat
439Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
438Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
436Observations Only: Reality check
433Teen Voice: What is love?
430Teen Voice: Footprints
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
427Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
425Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
424Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
423Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
422Totally Random: Happy Halloween
420Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
418Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
417Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
413Observations Only: Gone away
412Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
412Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
408Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
406Observations Only: Hog wash
405Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
405Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
402Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
402Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
401Teen Voice: Self-expression
399Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
398Teen Voice: My rebellion
396Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
396Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
395Lyman Review: One mean chicken
395Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
390 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
384Why you should visit the zoo in February
382Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
380Teen Voice: Cyber War
377From the Hill: More Work Ahead
376Observations Only: The visit
374Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
374Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
368
367Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
367Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
362Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
361Observations Only: A day in August
360Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
356SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
353Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
353Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
353Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
351At the Library: March into a good book
349Observations Only: The last goodbye
343Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
342No-Till Notes: Looking Back
341Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
339Observations Only: Final moment
337Teen Voice: The gift of caring
337Teen Voice: To the future
336Observations Only: One more time
336No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
335Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
333Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
333The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
331Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
331Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
329What’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
322Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
321Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
319Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
318Our View: Community responsible for kids
317Teen Voice: Where is the love?
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
314Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
308Letter 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
296Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
294Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
294Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
288Totally Random: Where does it go?
286Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
285View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
280Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
280Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
279Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
278Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
277In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
276Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
275Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
268Religious freedom must be protected
268Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
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
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
255Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
255In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
252Linked Lives
251Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
250At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
244Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
244Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
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
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
237Support emergency services personnel
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
231Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
230Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
230College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
228Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
228At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
228For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
226Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
221Teen Voice: Inspire me
221Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
221Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218Greetings from the State Capitol
217No-till Notes: Moving forward
217At the Monument: Where are the animals?
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
215From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
207Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
204No-Till Notes: Back in the field
203New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
197No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
196View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
196Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
192Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
188Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
185Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
182Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
179Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
176No-til Notes: Changing plans
171Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
168Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
159At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
154Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
151History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
148Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
146Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
143Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
136Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
128Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
128No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
114Synchronicity:What brings me back
113No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
91Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
90Be kind through communications
69Letters to the Editor
68Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
55Letter to the editor
45Fourth of July meetings
32Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
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