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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159Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
159Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
156No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
155At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
154Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
152Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
152
148Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
146Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
143No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
142At the Monument: Night Sky
140A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
138Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
138No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
136Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
135No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
132In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
132Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
130A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
129No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
127Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
123
119Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
116Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
111At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
107
106Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
106At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
103Reach out for challenges
96Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
85Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
74At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
73In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
50Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
50No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
49Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
22Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
17Letters to the Editor
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17905Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5100We need a few good people
3249What's the deal with organic milk?
2874Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2670Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2669Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2316Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2265Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2263Completely Different: It's all in the family
2263The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2118Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2109Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2090Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2021Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1974Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1971Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1968Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1966Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1925The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1901Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1888A Small World: Time traveling
1877Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1868Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1862Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1858Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1837Time keeps flowing like a river
1810A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1793Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1789Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1788Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1782Letter to the Editor
1772Observations Only : The orphanage
1758My mini Pen and me
1744Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1734Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1729Teen Voice: March Madness
1729From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1725Our view . . .Sports Complex
1725Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1712Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1712Completely Different: Your local government and you
1711Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1705Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1703Remembering When
1696Observations only : Sisters of the world
1694Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1688Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1684Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1682Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1682Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1678Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1677Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1666Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1663Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1643From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1642Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1638It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1618Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1601Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1579Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1540Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1520Observations Only: Reality check
1496SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1489Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1480Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1470Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1469Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1460Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1374Completely Different: The Quest
1358Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1354Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1326Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1316Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1308Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1289Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1289Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1284Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1281Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1274From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1265Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1261The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1259Across the Fence: Building Barns
1256Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1250Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1246Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1245Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1242Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1234Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1222From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1222From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1219Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1219No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1216Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1208Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1206From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1200From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1196Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1191Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1184Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1179Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1173Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1172The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1170A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1163Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1160A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1158Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1156Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1155Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1146Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1146Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1143Across the Fence: On The road
1136Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1132From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1128Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1128Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1123Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1119Assad’s endgame
1118The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1118A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1113From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1108Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1098Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1097Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1097Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1096Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1094Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1093Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1089From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1086From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1082Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1081A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1075Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1073Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1073Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1065Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1062Observations Only - Two ages of man
1048Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1046A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1045Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1045The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1045Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1044Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1040Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1034From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1027Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1023Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1021Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1021A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1016 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1012Observations Only: Painting a picture
1007Teen Voice: Today’s television
1006Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
1001Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
999Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
997Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
996Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
996Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
994Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
993Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
988From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
987Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
987Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
986Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
982From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
982Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
980From the Superintendent’s Desk
977Across The Fence: A day For thanks
975From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
973From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
972From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
972Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
971Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
970Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
969Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
964Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
960Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
960Observations Only: A new direction
960Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
958Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
949Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
947From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
944Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
942Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
941The zombie apocalypse and you
941A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
933Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
932Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
925Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
924Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
924Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
923From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
920Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
919Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
915From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
915Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
915From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
910Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
909The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
903A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
901Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
900Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
900Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
899Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
898Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
897Trash cans
895Observations Only: Giving up
894Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
889A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
887The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
887The hills, part 1: Mustangs
884From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
884Observations Only: Curious things
884Across the Fence: The hand dug well
884Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
882A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
879Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
878Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
878Teen Voice: Catfished
878Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
877Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
874Teen Voice: The road of hatred
874Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
873At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
872Observations Only: The joy of money
869Teen Voice: The more the merrier
867Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
865The Block
863The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
859A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
859Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
858Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
856A Stray Moment: Without a net
854Observations Only: Saturday delight
854Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
853A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
850Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
847Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
846Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
845Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
842Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
839A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
838A Stray Moment: God Knows
838Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
837 Taking a big risk
837Life's curve balls
837Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
834A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
832The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
830From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
829Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
829A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
829Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
828Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
828Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
825Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
823A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
822Teen Voice: Not just another ride
822Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
821Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
819Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
818Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
818From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
818Observations Only: Scourge of violence
817The ghost of Ayn Rand
817The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
816Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
815Observations Only: Going home
814Seeing the works of the master
813Observations Only: Extreme measures
811A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
810A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
808Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
808Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
807The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
807Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
806Timing makes perfect
806The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
804Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
804A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
803Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
802Observations Only: Counting chickens
802The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
801Observations Only: Just around the corner
800View from the block
798Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
797Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
797A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
797Teen Voice: Body image
796Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
795The Good Life: The two different types of business people
792Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
792Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
791SELL-OUT!
791Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
790Totally Random: My journey, life after living
789Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
788Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
787A Stray Moment: The last time
787Observations Only: Uneventful flight
785It's no surprise
784The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
782A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
778Teen Voice: Living within our means
777Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
775Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
774Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
773Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
773Observations Only: Surprises
773Rural America and immigration reform
772Welcome to Gering
772Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
772Observations Only: A gift of serenity
772Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
770Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
769A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
769Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
768Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
768Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
768Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
767Age of reason
767Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
767Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
765Silence please
765Observations Only: Journey's end
763From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
763Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
762Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
761Observations Only: No thank you
761Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
761Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
761Observations Only: The awful truth
760Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
758Observations Only: Critical thinking
758Teen Voice: Shadow art
757Do You Tube?
755Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
754Observations Only: What's in a word?
754Teen Voice: Serendipity
752Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
752Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
752Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
750A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
750Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
749Observations Only: North Powder
748LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
748Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
746Economic development update
743Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
743A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
742Observations Only: Sister odyssey
741Observations Only: Together again
741Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
741Observations Only: Curious things, part II
740Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
739Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
738Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
735From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
733Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
733Observations Only: Blue chip stock
733Observations Only: Sister lost
733Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
731Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
730Observations Only: Spider adventure
730The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
730Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
730Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
727From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
722Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
719Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
718Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
717Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
716I'm falling for Tumblr?
716Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
716Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
714Guest Voices…
713Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
713A real leaning tree Christmas
712Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
709Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
709Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
706A Small World: Special guest
705From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
702From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
701Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
700Teen Voice: Being a girl
700Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
699Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
699Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
699The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
698Observations Only : White water
696Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
696The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
696The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
694Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
693A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
692Permission to remember
692Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
691Observations Only: The meeting
691Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
688My Thanksgiving prayer
687Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
687Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
686Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
686The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
686Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
681Our View: The elephant in the room
679Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
678Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
678Observations Only: A matter of matter
677Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
677A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
676Home of the Brave
675Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
673The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
672The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
672Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
671Social time has important benefits
668Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
668The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
666Observations Only: Good and evil
665Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
665Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
664Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
663Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
663Observations Only: The shadow of error
663Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
662Observations Only: Indifferent love
661Teen Voice: Happy news
661Teeing Off: Around the Green
659The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Practice safe barbecue basics
658Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
657Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
656Observations Only: Expect the best
654LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
651Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
651Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
648Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
647Observations Only: A fine line
647The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
646Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
644Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
644Observations Only: Beginnings
644The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
640Observations Only: Divine spirit
638Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
635Anno Domini: We gather together
630Our View: Bravo OTD committee
627Teen Voice: Equality
627Observations Only: A matter of paradox
627Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
624Observations Only: Divine prompts
623Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
622Observations Only: Choices
620Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
619Observations Only: A sad week
614Completely Different - The magic of spring
614A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
613Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
612A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
611Teen Voice: Silence
610Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
607Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
606A Halloween Story: The scary dream
605Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
604Building Bridges: Love your enemies
602Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
602Totally Random: Life’s ripples
601Observations Only: Temptation
600Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
599Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
599Totally Random: October, the pink month
598Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
597Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
596Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
594Lyman Review: Devil calf
593Observations Only: Off to the races
590Observations Only: The vision
583Observations Only: Willfulness
582Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
580Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
579Teen Voice: The need to get away
577Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
572Observations Only: A good daughter
571Observations Only: The need to understand
565Teen Voice: Stress test
565Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
564Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
563Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
560Our View: Visionaries wanted
557Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
557Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
555Teeing Off: Persistence
552Across the Fence: The Pony Express
551Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
550Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
547Teeing Off: Mind Gym
545Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
539Teen Voice: Remember what you have
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
537Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
536Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
535Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
534Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
533Teen Voice: Footprints
533Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
528Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
528Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
526Teen Voice: The rivalry
523Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
523Lyman Review: The love goat
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
523Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
521Observations Only: Saint Marge
520Teeing Off: The thing about state
519Observations Only: Waiting time
518Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
515Teen Voice: The Other Side
515Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
515Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
514Totally Random: Happy Halloween
513Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
509Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
508Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
505Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
505No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
505Teen Voice: My rebellion
503Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
497Observations Only: Gone away
495Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
490A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
489Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
486Teen Voice: What is love?
483Observations Only: Hog wash
482Teen Voice: Self-expression
482Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
479Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
472Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
472 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
470Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
468No Till Notes: Final Stop
467Why you should visit the zoo in February
465Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
462Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
458Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
455Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
453From the Hill: More Work Ahead
453Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
452Observations Only: The visit
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448For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
447Observations Only: A day in August
446Lyman Review: One mean chicken
443Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
442Teen Voice: Cyber War
440Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
440At the Library: March into a good book
429Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
429Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
425Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
424Observations Only: One more time
420In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
419Observations Only: The last goodbye
418What’s really going on with our water?
415Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
411Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
407Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
407No-Till Notes: Looking Back
406Teen Voice: The gift of caring
406Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
404Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
401Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
401Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
401Their View: Goal post move unfair
399Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
398Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
395Observations Only: Final moment
395Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
394At the Monument: Junior Rangers
392Teen Voice: To the future
391No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
391Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
391Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
391Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
388Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
384Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
381Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
381Lyman Review: Branding Time
379In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
378Across The Fence: Last Christmas
378View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
377Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
375Observations Only: The last toothpick
374Teen Voice: Where is the love?
374Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
372No-till Notes: Moving forward
371Nature Notes: Love is in the air
371Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
370Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
368Our View: Community responsible for kids
368Totally Random: Where does it go?
367Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
367Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
366Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
363Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
362Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
361Totally Random: Trusting the fates
361Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
360Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
359In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
355Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
350Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
350No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
349Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
349Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
348Observations Only: The vigil
347Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
347Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
347Linked Lives
346Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
346Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
344At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
342History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
339Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
338Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
334Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
332Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
332Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
332Support emergency services personnel
332Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
327Religious freedom must be protected
327At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
326Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
321Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
320Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
320College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
318Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
317Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
316Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
315In the Hills: Explore the state parks
313Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
313At the Monument: That old (historic) building
313Website Resources
311Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
311No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
310Lyman Review: Winter's dog
306Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
306Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
306Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
306From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
304Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
303Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
303No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
302Across the Fence: Amanda
301Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
300Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
299Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
299Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
298Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
298Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
296Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
291New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
290Lyman Review: Dog fun
285Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
284At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
284At the Monument: Where are the animals?
284Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
284Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
283No-til Notes: Changing plans
281Teen Voice: Inspire me
277Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
276Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
274Greetings from the State Capitol
272Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
270No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
264No-Till Notes: Back in the field
257Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
255Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
254Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
252Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
250Be kind through communications
249At the Monument: Art in National Parks
243Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
241Synchronicity:What brings me back
239View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
239Letter to the editor
233Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
232Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
230No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
229Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
225Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
224Letters to the Editor
215In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
214A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
213A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
211Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
203A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
196Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
196Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
188Fourth of July meetings
185A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
182Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
176Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
176Prairie Dogs
175Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
174No-Till Notes: The value of water
169Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
166Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
165Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
165Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
164 Across The Fence: County Fair
164Creatures of the Night
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159Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
159Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
156No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
155At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
154Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
152Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
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148Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
146Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
143No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
142At the Monument: Night Sky
140A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
138Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
138No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
136Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
135No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
132In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
132Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
130A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
129No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
127Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
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119Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
116Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
111At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
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106Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
106At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
103Reach out for challenges
96Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
85Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
74At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
73In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
50Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
50No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
49Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
22Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
17Letters to the Editor
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