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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23Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
23Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
23Teen Voice: To the future
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
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
23Religious freedom must be protected
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
23No-Till Notes: Back in the field
23No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
23Fourth of July meetings
22From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
22A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
22Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
22Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
22Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
22Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
22View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
22Greetings from the State Capitol
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
22Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
21I'm falling for Tumblr?
21Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
21Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
21Rural America and immigration reform
21Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
21Lyman Review: One mean chicken
21Lyman Review: Winter's dog
21Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
21At the Library: March into a good book
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
16Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
12A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
11Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
1To whom are we thankful?
1Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
Most Read News Stories of 2012
362All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
348Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
322Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
200Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
168Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
148Support letters requested for airport
144A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
143At the Monument: Museum collections
137A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
135Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
134A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
130Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
126Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
125Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
125In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
124No Till Notes:
123At the Monument: Where are the animals?
123Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
122No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
116At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
114Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
110Letters to the Editor
106No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
90Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
88Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
84Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
83At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
83No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
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78Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
73Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
67What's the deal with organic milk?
67Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
64Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
61Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
61In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
54Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
52Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
52Observations Only: A soul’s journey
51Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
50Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
50Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
49The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
49Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
48Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
47Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
47Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
46Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
46Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
46Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
46Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
46Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
46Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
46Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
46Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
45Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
45Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
45Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
44Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
43Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
43Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
43Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
42Completely Different: It's all in the family
42A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
42From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
42Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
42At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
41From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
41Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
41Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
41A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
40From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
40Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
40Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
40Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
40Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
40Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
39Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
39Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
39From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
39Totally Random: The Golden Rule
39Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
39Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
38Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
38Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
38Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
38Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
38Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
37Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
37Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
37Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
37Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
37The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
37Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
37Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
37A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
37Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
37The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
37Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
37Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
37Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
37Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
37Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
37Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
37Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
37Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
36Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
36From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
36Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
36Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
36 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
36Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
36Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
36Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
36No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
36Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
35Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
35The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
35Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
35From the Superintendent’s Desk
35Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
35Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
35A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
35Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
35Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
35Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
35Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
35Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
35In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
35In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
35 Across The Fence: County Fair
35Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
35Reach out for challenges
35
34Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
34Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
34Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
34Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
34Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
34Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
34From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
34Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
34Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
34Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
34Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
34Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
34The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
34Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
34Totally Random: My journey, life after living
34Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
34Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
34Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
34Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
34No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
34A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
34Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
34A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
33Completely Different: Your local government and you
33Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
33Across the Fence: On The road
33Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
33Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
33Across the Fence: Building Barns
33From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
33Observations Only : White water
33Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
33A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
33Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
33A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
33Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
33Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
33Teen Voice: Silence
33Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
33Anno Domini: We gather together
33Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
33Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
33Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
33Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
33Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
33Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
33No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
33Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
33Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
33Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
33Creatures of the Night
32A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
32Assad’s endgame
32Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
32From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
32Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
32Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
32Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
32Teen Voice: Today’s television
32Observations Only: Critical thinking
32Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
32Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
32From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
32Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
32Across the Fence: The hand dug well
32A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
32A Stray Moment: Without a net
32Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
32Lyman Review: Devil calf
32Across The Fence: A day For thanks
32Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
32Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
32A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
31Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
31Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
31Observations Only: Curious things
31Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
31Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
31Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
31Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
31Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
31Observations Only: Temptation
31Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
31Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
31Observations Only: Reality check
31Across The Fence: Last Christmas
31A real leaning tree Christmas
31Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
31Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
31Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
31At the Monument: Art in National Parks
31Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
31Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
31Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
31A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
31
31At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
31No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
30Across the fence: Something worth remembering
30Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
30Observations Only: Painting a picture
30From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
30A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
30Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
30Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
30Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
30A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
30Observations Only: Uneventful flight
30Observations Only: Curious things, part II
30Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
30Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
30A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
30Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
30Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
30Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
30From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
30Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
30Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
30Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
30Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
30The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
30Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
30The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
30The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
30A Small World: Savoring county fair days
30Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
30Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
30Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
30No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
30Observations Only: Gone away
30Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
30Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
30Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
30Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
30At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
30Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
30Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
30Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
30Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
30At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
30No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
30Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
30Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
30Prairie Dogs
30Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
30In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
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30No-Till Notes: The value of water
29Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
29A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
29Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
29Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
29Observations Only: Journey's end
29Teen Voice: Living within our means
29Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
29Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
29Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
29Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
29From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
29Teen Voice: Shadow art
29Observations Only: Divine spirit
29Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
29Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
29Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
29Observations Only: Saint Marge
29Teen Voice: The rivalry
29Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
29Totally Random: October, the pink month
29Observations Only: A sad week
29Teen Voice: Stress test
29Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
29Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
29Teen Voice: Self-expression
29 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
29Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
29Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
29Teen Voice: Footprints
29At the Monument: That old (historic) building
29Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
29Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
29Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
29Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
29Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
29No-til Notes: Changing plans
29History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
29At the Monument: Night Sky
29No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
29Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
28Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
28Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
28Observations Only - Two ages of man
28Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
28Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
28Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
28Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
28A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
28Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
28Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
28A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
28Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
28A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
28A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
28Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
28Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
28Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
28Observations Only: A matter of matter
28Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
28The Good Life: The two different types of business people
28A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
28Teeing Off: Around the Green
28Totally Random: Life’s ripples
28Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
28Lyman Review: The love goat
28Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
28Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
28Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
28Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
28Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
28Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
28Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
28Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
28Building Bridges: Love your enemies
28Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
28Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
28In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
28Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
28Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
28Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
28Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
28Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
28Synchronicity:What brings me back
28Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
28Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
28Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
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28Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
27Completely Different: Tales from the mat
27Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
27Observations Only : The orphanage
27The zombie apocalypse and you
27Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
27Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
27Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
27Observations Only: A new direction
27A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
27Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
27Observations Only: Just around the corner
27Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
27From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
27From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
27Teen Voice: Serendipity
27Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
27The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
27Teen Voice: Being a girl
27Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
27Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
27Observations Only: A gift of serenity
27Teen Voice: Remember what you have
27Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
27Observations Only: Indifferent love
27Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
27Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
27Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
27Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
27A Halloween Story: The scary dream
27Teen Voice: My rebellion
27Teen Voice: What is love?
27Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
27Teen Voice: Cyber War
27Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
27Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
27Linked Lives
27Their View: Goal post move unfair
27Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
27In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
27Be kind through communications
27No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
27Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
26Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
26Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
26Being a Nebraskan – border to border
26SELL-OUT!
26Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
26A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
26Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
26Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
26Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
26The ghost of Ayn Rand
26Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
26The hills, part 1: Mustangs
26Observations Only: Sister odyssey
26Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
26From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
26Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
26Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
26Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
26Teen Voice: Happy news
26Teen Voice: Catfished
26Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
26Observations Only: Sister lost
26Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
26Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
26Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
26Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
26Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
26Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
26A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
26Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
26Observations Only: Good and evil
26Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
26Observations Only: A fine line
26Teen Voice: The need to get away
26Observations Only: Choices
26The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
26Teen Voice: Body image
26Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
26Teeing Off: Persistence
26Observations Only: A good daughter
26Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
26Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
26The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
26Observations Only: The visit
26Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
26Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
26Observations Only: The last goodbye
26Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
26Observations Only: The last toothpick
26Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
26Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
26Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
26Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
26No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
26Teen Voice: Where is the love?
26Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
26Across the Fence: Amanda
26No-Till Notes: Looking Back
26Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
26No-till Notes: Moving forward
26In the Hills: Explore the state parks
26Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
26New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
26For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
26Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
26Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
26Letter to the editor
26Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
25Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
25Completely Different: The Quest
25From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
25Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
25Trash cans
25Do You Tube?
25Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
25Home of the Brave
25Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
25Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
25Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
25Observations Only: Extreme measures
25From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
25Remembering When
25From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
25A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
25LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
25Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
25Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
25Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
25Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
25The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
25The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
25Completely Different - The magic of spring
25Observations Only: The shadow of error
25Observations Only: The need to understand
25Teeing Off: The thing about state
25Observations Only: The vision
25A Small World: Special guest
25
25Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
25Observations Only: Hog wash
25Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
25Observations Only: One more time
25Observations Only: A day in August
25Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
25Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
25Our View: Community responsible for kids
25Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
25Observations Only: Final moment
25Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
25Teen Voice: The gift of caring
25No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
25Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
25Totally Random: Trusting the fates
25Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
25Why you should visit the zoo in February
25SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
25Lyman Review: Dog fun
25Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
25Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
25Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
25Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
25Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
25Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
25At the Monument: Junior Rangers
25A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
25Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
25No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
24Observations only : Sisters of the world
24Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
24Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
24Teen Voice: March Madness
24Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
24Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
24View from the block
24Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
24Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
24Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
24It's no surprise
24Observations Only: Giving up
24From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
24Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
24Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
24Observations Only: North Powder
24Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
24Observations Only: Blue chip stock
24Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
24Observations Only: Scourge of violence
24The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
24A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
24Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
24Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
24From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
24Teen Voice: Equality
24Observations Only: Expect the best
24Observations Only: Beginnings
24A Stray Moment: God Knows
24Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
24The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
24Observations Only: Divine prompts
24Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
24A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
24Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
24Observations Only: A matter of paradox
24Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
24Teeing Off: Mind Gym
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
24Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
24Observations Only: Off to the races
24Observations Only: The awful truth
24Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
24Observations Only: Waiting time
24A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
24From the Hill: More Work Ahead
24Totally Random: Happy Halloween
24Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
24Anno Domini: On this remembering day
24Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
24The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
24Observations Only: The vigil
24Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
24Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
24Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
24Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
24Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
24Nature Notes: Love is in the air
24Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
24Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
24View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
24Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
24At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
24Support emergency services personnel
24Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
24What’s really going on with our water?
24Lyman Review: Branding Time
24Website Resources
24Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
24At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
24Letters to the Editor
24No Till Notes: Final Stop
23We need a few good people
23A last look at the Nebraska Zone
23My mini Pen and me
23Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
23Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
23Observations Only: The joy of money
23Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
23Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
23Life's curve balls
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
23Practice safe barbecue basics
23Observations Only: Saturday delight
23Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
23Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
23Teen Voice: The more the merrier
23Observations Only: What's in a word?
23Teen Voice: Not just another ride
23Silence please
23Observations Only: Counting chickens
23Teen Voice: The road of hatred
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
23Observations Only: Spider adventure
23A Stray Moment: The last time
23Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
23Observations Only: The meeting
23Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
23Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
23Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
23Observations Only: Going home
23Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
23Our View: The elephant in the room
23Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
23From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
23Across the Fence: The Pony Express
23Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
23Guest Voices…
23Observations Only: Willfulness
23Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
23Teen Voice: The Other Side
23The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
23Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
23The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
23A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
23Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
23Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
23Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
23Teen Voice: To the future
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
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
23Religious freedom must be protected
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
23No-Till Notes: Back in the field
23No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
23Fourth of July meetings
22Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
22Time keeps flowing like a river
22Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
22 Taking a big risk
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
22Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
22Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
22Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
22From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
22A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
22Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
22Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
22Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
22Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
22View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
22Greetings from the State Capitol
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
22Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
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
21A Small World: Time traveling
21Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
21Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
21Our view . . .Sports Complex
21Letter to the Editor
21Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
21The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
21Permission to remember
21Economic development update
21The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
21Welcome to Gering
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
21Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
21I'm falling for Tumblr?
21Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
21Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
21Rural America and immigration reform
21Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
21Lyman Review: One mean chicken
21Lyman Review: Winter's dog
21Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
21At the Library: March into a good book
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
20Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
20Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
20Observations Only : Mission accomplished
20Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
20Social time has important benefits
20Age of reason
20Timing makes perfect
20A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
20The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
20From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
20The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
20The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
20Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
19Seeing the works of the master
19Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
19Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
18Our View: Visionaries wanted
18The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
17My Thanksgiving prayer
16Our View: Bravo OTD committee
16Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
12A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
11Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
1To whom are we thankful?
1Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
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