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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22Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
22Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
22Religious freedom must be protected
22At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
22View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
22Lyman Review: Branding Time
22Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22Website Resources
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
22No Till Notes: Final Stop
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
21Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
21From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
21Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
21Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
21Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
21Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
21Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
21Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
21Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
21Greetings from the State Capitol
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21No-Till Notes: Back in the field
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
20Our View: The elephant in the room
20Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
20Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
20Rural America and immigration reform
20Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
20Lyman Review: One mean chicken
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
20Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
20No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
20Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Lyman Review: Winter's dog
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19At the Library: March into a good book
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
11Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Most Read News Stories of 2012
345All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
332Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
261Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
190Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
158Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
141Support letters requested for airport
134Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
134A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
132A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
131At the Monument: Museum collections
124Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
122A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
122Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
121At the Monument: Where are the animals?
116No Till Notes:
114In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
113Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
112No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
109At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
106Letters to the Editor
106Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
97No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
96Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
85Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
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77Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
74At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
71Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
67Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
67Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
63No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
62Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
59What's the deal with organic milk?
57Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
53Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
49Observations Only: A soul’s journey
49Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
48Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
47In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
46Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
46Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
46Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
45Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
45Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
45Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
45Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
44Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
44Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
44Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
44Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
44Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
43Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
43Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
43Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
43Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
42Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
42Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
42Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
41The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
40Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
40Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
40Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
40At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
39A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
39From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
39Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
39From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
39Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
39A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
39Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
39Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
38Completely Different: It's all in the family
38From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
38Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
38Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
38Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
38Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
37Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
37Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
37Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
37Totally Random: The Golden Rule
37Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
36Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
36Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
36Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
36Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
36A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
36Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
36Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
36Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
36Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
35Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
35Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
35From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
35Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
35The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
35The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
35Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
35Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
35In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
35Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
35Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
34Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
34Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
34The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
34Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
34From the Superintendent’s Desk
34Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
34Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
34Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
34Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
34Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
34Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
34Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
34Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
33Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
33Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
33Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
33Across the Fence: Building Barns
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
33Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
33Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
33Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
33A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
33Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
33Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
33Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
33Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
33Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
33Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
33No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
33 Across The Fence: County Fair
33A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
33Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
33Reach out for challenges
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32Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
32Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
32Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
32Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
32Observations Only : White water
32From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
32Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
32Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
32Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
32From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
32A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
32Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
32A Stray Moment: Without a net
32Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
32Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
32Anno Domini: We gather together
32Totally Random: My journey, life after living
32Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
32In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
32Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
32Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
32No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
32Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
32Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
31Completely Different: Your local government and you
31Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
31Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
31Across the Fence: On The road
31Assad’s endgame
31Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
31Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
31Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
31From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
31Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
31Observations Only: Temptation
31Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
31Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
31 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
31Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
31Teen Voice: Silence
31Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
31The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
31Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
31Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
31Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
31Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
31Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
31Creatures of the Night
31A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
30Across the fence: Something worth remembering
30Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
30A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
30Observations Only: Painting a picture
30Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
30Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
30From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
30Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
30From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
30Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
30Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
30Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
30Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
30Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
30Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
30Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
30Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
30Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
30Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
30Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
30Observations Only: Reality check
30Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
30Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
30Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
30At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
30Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
30Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
30Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
30Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
30Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
30Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
30Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
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30No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
30A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
29A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
29Teen Voice: Today’s television
29A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
29Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
29Observations Only: Curious things
29Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
29Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
29Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
29Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
29Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
29Across the Fence: The hand dug well
29A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
29Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
29Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
29Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
29The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
29A Small World: Savoring county fair days
29Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
29Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
29No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
29Observations Only: Gone away
29Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
29Across The Fence: Last Christmas
29Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
29Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
29At the Monument: Art in National Parks
29Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
29Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
29Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
29Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
29Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
29Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
29In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
28Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
28Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
28Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
28From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
28Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
28A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
28Observations Only: Critical thinking
28Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
28Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
28Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
28Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
28Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
28A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
28Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
28From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
28Observations Only: Divine spirit
28Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
28A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
28The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
28Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
28Lyman Review: Devil calf
28Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
28Observations Only: Saint Marge
28Observations Only: A sad week
28Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
28Across The Fence: A day For thanks
28Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
28Building Bridges: Love your enemies
28Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
28Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
28At the Monument: That old (historic) building
28Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
28Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
28Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
28Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
28At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
28History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
28Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
28A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
28Prairie Dogs
28Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
28At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
28Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
28At the Monument: Night Sky
28Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
27Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
27Observations Only : The orphanage
27Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
27Observations Only - Two ages of man
27Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
27Observations Only: Just around the corner
27Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
27Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
27Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
27Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
27A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
27Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
27Observations Only: Curious things, part II
27A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
27Observations Only: Journey's end
27Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
27Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
27Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
27Teen Voice: Being a girl
27Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
27Teen Voice: Shadow art
27Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
27Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
27Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
27Observations Only: Indifferent love
27The Good Life: The two different types of business people
27Teeing Off: Around the Green
27Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
27Totally Random: October, the pink month
27Teen Voice: Self-expression
27 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
27Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
27Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
27Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
27Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
27Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
27Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
27Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
27Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
27Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
27Their View: Goal post move unfair
27In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
27No-til Notes: Changing plans
27No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
27Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
27Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
27No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
27No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
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27No-Till Notes: The value of water
27Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
26Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
26The zombie apocalypse and you
26SELL-OUT!
26Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
26Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
26Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
26A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
26Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
26Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
26Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
26Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
26Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
26From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
26Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
26Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
26Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
26From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
26Teen Voice: Catfished
26A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
26Observations Only: Sister lost
26A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
26Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
26A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
26Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
26From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
26Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
26Teen Voice: The need to get away
26Observations Only: Choices
26Observations Only: A gift of serenity
26A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
26The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
26Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
26Teen Voice: Remember what you have
26Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
26Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
26Totally Random: Life’s ripples
26Observations Only: The visit
26Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
26Lyman Review: The love goat
26Teen Voice: Stress test
26Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
26Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
26Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
26Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
26Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
26Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
26No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
26Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
26In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
26Across the Fence: Amanda
26No-Till Notes: Looking Back
26Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
26Linked Lives
26Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
26Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
26Synchronicity:What brings me back
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25Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
25Being a Nebraskan – border to border
25Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
25Home of the Brave
25Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
25Observations Only: A new direction
25A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
25Observations Only: Extreme measures
25The ghost of Ayn Rand
25From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
25Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
25Observations Only: Sister odyssey
25Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
25Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
25Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
25Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
25Teen Voice: Happy news
25Observations Only: Uneventful flight
25Teen Voice: Living within our means
25Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
25Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
25Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
25Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
25Observations Only: Good and evil
25Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
25Observations Only: A fine line
25Observations Only: A matter of matter
25Teen Voice: Body image
25Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
25Teeing Off: Persistence
25The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
25Observations Only: The need to understand
25Teeing Off: The thing about state
25Observations Only: The vision
25The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
25Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
25Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
25Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
25Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
25A Halloween Story: The scary dream
25Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
25Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
25Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
25Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
25Teen Voice: My rebellion
25Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
25Observations Only: The last goodbye
25Teen Voice: What is love?
25Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
25Observations Only: The last toothpick
25A real leaning tree Christmas
25Teen Voice: The gift of caring
25Totally Random: Trusting the fates
25Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
25Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
25Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
25Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
25Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
25No-till Notes: Moving forward
25Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
25For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
25Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
25Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
25Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
25No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
24Observations only : Sisters of the world
24Completely Different: Tales from the mat
24Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
24Teen Voice: March Madness
24Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
24Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
24Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
24From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
24Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
24Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
24Do You Tube?
24Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
24Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
24It's no surprise
24Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
24Remembering When
24Observations Only: Giving up
24From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
24Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
24Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
24LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
24Observations Only: North Powder
24Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
24Observations Only: Blue chip stock
24From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
24Teen Voice: Serendipity
24Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
24Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
24Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
24The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
24Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
24Completely Different - The magic of spring
24Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
24Teeing Off: Mind Gym
24Observations Only: A good daughter
24Observations Only: Off to the races
24Observations Only: The awful truth
24Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
24Observations Only: Waiting time
24Teen Voice: The rivalry
24Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
24Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
24Observations Only: Final moment
24No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
24Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
24Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
24Why you should visit the zoo in February
24Teen Voice: Where is the love?
24Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
24Lyman Review: Dog fun
24Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
24Teen Voice: Footprints
24View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
24Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
24Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
24Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
24Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
24Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
24Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
24At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
24Be kind through communications
24Letter to the editor
24A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
24Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
23Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
23Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
23Completely Different: The Quest
23Trash cans
23Observations Only: The joy of money
23Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
23Life's curve balls
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
23Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
23Observations Only: What's in a word?
23Teen Voice: Not just another ride
23Silence please
23The hills, part 1: Mustangs
23A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
23Observations Only: Counting chickens
23From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
23Teen Voice: The road of hatred
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
23Observations Only: Spider adventure
23Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
23Observations Only: The meeting
23Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
23Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
23The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
23A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
23Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
23Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
23From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
23Teen Voice: Equality
23Observations Only: Expect the best
23Observations Only: Beginnings
23A Stray Moment: God Knows
23The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
23The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
23Observations Only: The shadow of error
23Observations Only: Divine prompts
23Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
23A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
23Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
23Observations Only: A matter of paradox
23Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
23Teen Voice: The Other Side
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
23Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
23The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
23Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
23Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
23A Small World: Special guest
23Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
23Observations Only: Hog wash
23Totally Random: Happy Halloween
23Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
23Observations Only: One more time
23Observations Only: A day in August
23Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
23The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
23Our View: Community responsible for kids
23Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
23Observations Only: The vigil
23Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
23Teen Voice: To the future
23Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
23SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
23Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
23Nature Notes: Love is in the air
23Teen Voice: Cyber War
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
23Teen Voice: Inspire me
23Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
23Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
23Support emergency services personnel
23In the Hills: Explore the state parks
23What’s really going on with our water?
23New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
23No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
23Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
23At the Monument: Junior Rangers
23Letters to the Editor
23Fourth of July meetings
22We need a few good people
22A last look at the Nebraska Zone
22Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
22Time keeps flowing like a river
22My mini Pen and me
22Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
22Practice safe barbecue basics
22Observations Only: Saturday delight
22Teen Voice: The more the merrier
22From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
22Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
22The Block
22Observations Only: No thank you
22A Stray Moment: The last time
22Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
22Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
22Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
22Observations Only: Scourge of violence
22Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
22Observations Only: Going home
22Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
22From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
22Across the Fence: The Pony Express
22Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
22Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
22Guest Voices…
22Observations Only: Willfulness
22A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
22The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
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22A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
22A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
22From the Hill: More Work Ahead
22Anno Domini: On this remembering day
22Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
22Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
22Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
22Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
22Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
22Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
22Religious freedom must be protected
22At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
22View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
22Lyman Review: Branding Time
22Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22Website Resources
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
22No Till Notes: Final Stop
21Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
21It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
21Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
21Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
21Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
21Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
21The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
21Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
21Permission to remember
21Economic development update
21 Taking a big risk
21Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
21Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
21Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
21Observations Only: Together again
21The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
21Observations Only: Surprises
21Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
21Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
21From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
21Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
21Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
21Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
21Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
21Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
21Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
21Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
21Greetings from the State Capitol
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21No-Till Notes: Back in the field
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
20Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
20Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
20Observations Only : Mission accomplished
20Our view . . .Sports Complex
20Letter to the Editor
20Social time has important benefits
20View from the block
20Age of reason
20Timing makes perfect
20The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
20The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
20The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
20Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
20Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
20Our View: The elephant in the room
20Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
20Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
20Rural America and immigration reform
20Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
20Lyman Review: One mean chicken
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
20Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
20No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
20Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
19A Small World: Time traveling
19Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
19Seeing the works of the master
19Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
19A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
19Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
19The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Lyman Review: Winter's dog
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19At the Library: March into a good book
18Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
18Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
18Our View: Visionaries wanted
18Welcome to Gering
18From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
18The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
17My Thanksgiving prayer
16Our View: Bravo OTD committee
11Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
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