Across the Fence: Connections
November 24, 2011 M. Timothy Nolting   
I am always intrigued by the connections I often find in the history of the places where I have lived. Of course I realize that all of history is interconnected and the events, as they unfold, become a part of the collective story of humankind. However, for someone like me, who is keenly interested in local history, those connections often present doorways for new discoveries and interesting stories.

One of these interesting pieces of history, that I most recently discovered, took place on November 20th, 1843. It was on this date that an important fur trading post on the banks of the Missouri River had a change of name. Prior to the name change, this early western trading post in the Platte Territory was known as The Blacksnake Hills Trading Post. The picturesque location in the hills above the Missouri river was a major gathering place for the surrounding native tribes of Ioway, Sac, Fox, Sioux, Kickapoo, Delaware, Pawnee and Winnebago.

Native legend tells the story of how this area gained its namesake. According to Indian stories, many thousands of moons ago, two enemy tribes, one being the ‘Black Snakes,’ engaged in a terrible bloody battle that continued for days. At the end of the battle the Black Snake tribe was driven to the top of a nearby hill called ‘Kings Hill’ where they were brutally exterminated.

From that time forward the place was known as Black Snake Hills and was regarded as sacred ground. It was near the Black Snake Hills on the river bluffs behind, known to the Indians as Council Hills, that the native people believed the souls of their ancestors came for their departure to the Great Spirit on the rays of the setting sun. They called the place La-No-Wah, the ‘sunbridge.’ The area surrounding Black Snake Hills and Council Hills was called ‘Wah-wah-lanawa,’ a holy place of peace, a refuge where weapons and bloodshed were forbidden. It was to them, ‘the holiest place on Earth.’

Seventeen years before the historic name change, in 1826, French-Canadian Joseph Robidoux III established the Black Snake Hills Trading Post. This was one of the earliest posts of the American Fur Trading Company and was shrewdly operated by Robidoux. After the decline of the fur trade, Joseph Robidoux continued living in Black Snake Hills and became a successful and prominent businessman. By 1836, the Indians in the area had been forced out by encroaching settlement and the former Platte Territory became the state of Missouri. In 1843, the fledgling post had become a growing and wealthy town and its citizens decided a more respectable name should be given. And so, Black Snake Hills became Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The thriving town became a gathering place for westbound immigrants where wagons, oxen and supplies could be gathered for the trip. In 1849 alone, more than 2,000 wagons crossed the Missouri River at St. Joe. Later, in 1860, St. Joe would become the eastern terminus of the famous Pony Express. It would become a major shipping point for Texas Longhorns driven north to the cow towns of Kansas, then by rail for slaughter in the packing plants of St. Joseph, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois.

I was born and raised a short 50 miles south of St. Joseph, Missouri, where my ancestors settled, a stones throw off The Old Santa Fe Trail. At various times I have immersed myself in the history of that area. From the romance of the Pony Express to the drama of the assassination of Jesse James, the happenings in St. Joe were a part of my own history. And the connections between family and the events of history continued.

Joseph Robidoux III had six sons. At least two of those sons were raised under the tutelage of their father in the business of trade. Both Joseph Robidoux IV and his brother Antoine Robidoux were active in the settlement of the west as traders along the Oregon Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Courthouse Rock, Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff and beyond.

It was either Antoine or Joseph Robidoux IV who founded and operated the trading post and blacksmith shop on the Oregon-California Trail in the Wildcat Hills near present day Gering, Nebraska. The pass, now known as Robidoux Pass, was first used by early fur trappers in the 1830s. It was there, in 1841 that the first transcontinental wagon train, the Bidwell-Bartleson Expedition, with 80 emigrants and Catholic missionary Father De Smet crossed over the pass to the western plains toward Oregon. Robidoux came to the area in the later 1840s and saw the heaviest use of the pass during the California gold rush. In 1851, Mitchell Pass became the more popular route through the Scotts Bluff area and Robidoux Pass and the trading post faded into history.
Today, my wife Deb and I live about 50 miles to the south of Robidoux Pass and I have begun to immerse myself in the local history of Nebraska. If you haven’t been up Robidoux Road, south of Gering, through the rugged canyon to the recreated trading post and on up through the pass, you owe it to yourself to make the short journey. At the old post and at the summit of the pass you can almost hear the rattle of wagon wheels and the plodding hooves of oxen teams. Listen to the ring of hammer and anvil as oxen shoes are made and wagon wheel rims are repaired. Listen to the wind galloping across the prairie and hear the excitement of adventure, the voices of the past and make your own connection with our history.


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32Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
28
Most Read News Stories of 2012
16438Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
4914We need a few good people
3126What's the deal with organic milk?
2796Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2416Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2246Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2202The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2174Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2159Completely Different: It's all in the family
2064Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2036Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2011Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1978Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1929Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1918Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1916Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1915Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1883The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1848A Small World: Time traveling
1842Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1811Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1809Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1794Time keeps flowing like a river
1783Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1767A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1758Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1756Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1755Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1748Letter to the Editor
1726Observations Only : The orphanage
1721My mini Pen and me
1704Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1699Teen Voice: March Madness
1687Our view . . .Sports Complex
1678Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1669From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1668Completely Different: Your local government and you
1660Observations only : Sisters of the world
1658Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1657Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1646Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1646Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1645Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1637Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1631Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1628Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1620Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1591It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1583Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1579Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1573Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1571Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1563Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1559From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1523Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1470Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1452Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1437Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1434Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1417Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1345Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1332Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1281Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1248Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1245Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1227Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1221The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1215Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1213Across the Fence: Building Barns
1208Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1205Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1193Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1193From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1190Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1178Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1175Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1175Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1166From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1165Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1160Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1158No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1156Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1139Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1137Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1127From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1125Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1118Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1116Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1115From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1105Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1104Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1104The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1102Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1098From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1093Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1091A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1086Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1084Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1079Across the Fence: On The road
1078Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1075Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1068Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1068A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1063Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1062From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1060Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1059From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1051The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1050Assad’s endgame
1049Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1047Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1045Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1045A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1044Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1030Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1029Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1025Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1025Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1017Observations Only - Two ages of man
1017Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1015A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1013From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1011Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1007Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1003The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
999Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
997From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
991Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
989Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
977Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
975A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
971Observations Only: Painting a picture
968Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
967Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
966Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
963Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
959Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
959From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
959Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
949A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
948Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
947Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
941Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
941Teen Voice: Today’s television
941Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
941Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
939Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
938Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
938Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
936Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
933Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
928Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
928Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
923Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
918Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
918Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
914Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
911Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
909From the Superintendent’s Desk
909From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
909 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
908Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
908Across The Fence: A day For thanks
906From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
905Observations Only: A new direction
904From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
903From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
895The zombie apocalypse and you
892From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
891Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
888Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
888Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
888Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
879Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
878Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
878Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
876Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
871From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
870Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
868Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
868Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
864A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
862Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
861Observations Only: Giving up
861Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
860Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
857Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
856Trash cans
854From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
854Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
850Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
850From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
847The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
844A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
844From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
843A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
842Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
841The hills, part 1: Mustangs
840A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
839Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
839Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
836Observations Only: The joy of money
836From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
825The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
825Teen Voice: Catfished
825Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
822Observations Only: Saturday delight
822Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
819Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
818The Block
818Across the Fence: The hand dug well
818Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
817A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
817Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
816Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
816Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
816At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
814Observations Only: Curious things
813Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
808Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
805Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
803Life's curve balls
803A Stray Moment: God Knows
798Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
796A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
795Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
794 Taking a big risk
794From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
794Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
793Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
787Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
787A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
787A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
785A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
784The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
783Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
781Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
780Teen Voice: Not just another ride
780A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
778The ghost of Ayn Rand
777Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
777Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
775Observations Only: Counting chickens
773Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
773Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
772Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
772From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
772Observations Only: Scourge of violence
771Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
770Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
770Observations Only: Extreme measures
769Timing makes perfect
768A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
767Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
766Seeing the works of the master
765The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
764Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
762Observations Only: Going home
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
759View from the block
757Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
757Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
755Observations Only: Just around the corner
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
754Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
754Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
752The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
752Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
750SELL-OUT!
748A Stray Moment: The last time
747Observations Only: Uneventful flight
746A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
744Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
744A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
743It's no surprise
743Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
742Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
742The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
739Teen Voice: Body image
737Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
737Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
737A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
736Welcome to Gering
735Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
732Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
732Rural America and immigration reform
732The Good Life: The two different types of business people
731Silence please
731Observations Only: Surprises
729Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
727Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
726Age of reason
726Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
726Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
726Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
724Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
723Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
722A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
721Observations Only: What's in a word?
721Observations Only: No thank you
721Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
721Observations Only: A gift of serenity
721Observations Only: The awful truth
720Do You Tube?
720Teen Voice: Living within our means
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
715From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
714Observations Only: Critical thinking
713Economic development update
713Teen Voice: Serendipity
713Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
713Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
713Teen Voice: Shadow art
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
712Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
709A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
709Totally Random: My journey, life after living
707Observations Only: Together again
706LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
706Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
704Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
704A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
704Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
703Observations Only: North Powder
703Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
700Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
700Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
699Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
696Observations Only: Sister odyssey
696Observations Only: Blue chip stock
696A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
695Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
693The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
691Observations Only: Spider adventure
690Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
690Observations Only: Curious things, part II
689Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
686Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
683Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
683Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
683Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
681Observations Only: Sister lost
680Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
677Guest Voices…
677Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
675Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
669Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
667Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
665Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
664From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
664I'm falling for Tumblr?
662Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
661A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
660From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
658A real leaning tree Christmas
657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
656Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
656The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
655Permission to remember
655Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
652Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
652Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
652Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
649The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
648The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
645My Thanksgiving prayer
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
645Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
644Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
643Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
642Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
640Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
640Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
638Social time has important benefits
638Observations Only : White water
637Observations Only: The meeting
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
633Our View: The elephant in the room
632Home of the Brave
632Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
631The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
631Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
629A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
628Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
626Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
624Practice safe barbecue basics
624Observations Only: Good and evil
624The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
623LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
623Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
622The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
620Teen Voice: Happy news
619Remembering When
618Observations Only: Expect the best
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
617Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
616Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
614Observations Only: A fine line
612Teeing Off: Around the Green
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
609Observations Only: A matter of matter
608Our View: Bravo OTD committee
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
606The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
604Observations Only: Beginnings
600Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
599Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
594Observations Only: Divine spirit
592Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
591Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
587Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
587Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
586Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
585Teen Voice: Equality
583Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
581Completely Different - The magic of spring
579A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Observations Only: Divine prompts
571Teen Voice: Silence
569Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
568Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
566Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
562Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
561Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
560Totally Random: Life’s ripples
558A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
557Observations Only: Temptation
557Observations Only: Off to the races
553Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
553Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
552Observations Only: A sad week
550Observations Only: The vision
548Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
547Lyman Review: Devil calf
547Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Observations Only: Willfulness
546Teen Voice: The need to get away
541Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
539Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
537Totally Random: October, the pink month
534Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
534Building Bridges: Love your enemies
533Observations Only: The need to understand
532Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
531Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
527Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
524A Halloween Story: The scary dream
522Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
517Teeing Off: Persistence
513Teen Voice: Stress test
511Observations Only: A good daughter
511The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
510Teeing Off: Mind Gym
507Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
506Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
506Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
505Across the Fence: The Pony Express
504Teen Voice: Footprints
502Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
501Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
498Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
491Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
491Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
490Teen Voice: Remember what you have
489Observations Only: Waiting time
488Observations Only: Saint Marge
485Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
475Teeing Off: The thing about state
475Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
474Teen Voice: The Other Side
473Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
469Lyman Review: The love goat
467Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
467Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
459Teen Voice: What is love?
457Observations Only: Reality check
457Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
457Anno Domini: On this remembering day
454Totally Random: Happy Halloween
454Observations Only: Gone away
453Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
453Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
453Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
451Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
449Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
449Teen Voice: My rebellion
446Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
444Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
443Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
439Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
438No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
436Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
435Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
430Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427Observations Only: Hog wash
424 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
423Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
422Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
421Why you should visit the zoo in February
414Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
413Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
411Lyman Review: One mean chicken
409Teen Voice: Cyber War
408Observations Only: The visit
404
404At the Library: March into a good book
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
393Observations Only: A day in August
392Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
392SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
388Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
386Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
386Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
385What’s really going on with our water?
383Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
378For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
376Observations Only: The last goodbye
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
372Observations Only: Final moment
372Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
369Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
366Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
365Observations Only: One more time
362Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
361Teen Voice: To the future
361Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
361Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
359No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
359Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
358Teen Voice: The gift of caring
356Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
353Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
353Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
353Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
351Lyman Review: Branding Time
350Across The Fence: Last Christmas
349View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
349Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
348Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
346Teen Voice: Where is the love?
346Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
345Our View: Community responsible for kids
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
343Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
342At the Monument: Junior Rangers
342Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
340Their View: Goal post move unfair
339Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
338Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
335Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Nature Notes: Love is in the air
331Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
329Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
329Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
327Totally Random: Trusting the fates
323Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
322In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
322In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
321Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
320Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
315Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
312Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
309Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
309Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
305Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
300Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
298Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
297Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
297Linked Lives
296Support emergency services personnel
294History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
293Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
292Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
290In the Hills: Explore the state parks
289Religious freedom must be protected
288At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
288Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
287Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
284Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
283Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
283Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
283At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
278Website Resources
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
274College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
273From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
272Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
271Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
271Across the Fence: Amanda
271Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
267Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
265Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
264Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
264No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
263Lyman Review: Dog fun
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
261Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
259At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
259Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
257Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
255Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
254Teen Voice: Inspire me
254New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
251At the Monument: Where are the animals?
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
248Greetings from the State Capitol
248Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
245No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
242Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
240Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
235Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
235Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
232No-til Notes: Changing plans
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
229Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
225No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
219Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
218Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
216At the Monument: Art in National Parks
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
211No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
201Synchronicity:What brings me back
201Be kind through communications
199Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
195Letter to the editor
193Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
189Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
178Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
169Letters to the Editor
166Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
161In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
159Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
152A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
144Fourth of July meetings
140Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
130Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
121Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
112A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
102Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
100Prairie Dogs
98Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
96Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
95A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
84Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
84Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
84 Across The Fence: County Fair
77Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
72No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
65In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
54Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
36At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
32Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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