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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1828A Small World: Time traveling
1819Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1793Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1781Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1769Time keeps flowing like a river
1746A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1739Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1735Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1734Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1731Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1725Letter to the Editor
1704Observations Only : The orphanage
1699My mini Pen and me
1685Teen Voice: March Madness
1683Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1664Our view . . .Sports Complex
1653Completely Different: Your local government and you
1650Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1642Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1639Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1638Observations only : Sisters of the world
1633Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1631Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1628From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1623Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1621Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1621Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1604Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1595Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1589Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1578It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1570Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1552Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1552Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1526Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1512Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1499Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1498From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1476Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1430Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1420Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1397Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1397Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1344Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1312Completely Different: The Quest
1307Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1283Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1222Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1212Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1207Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1190Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1188Across the Fence: Building Barns
1182The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1154Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1153Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1146Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1144Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1142From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1142Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1141From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1133Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1125Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1119Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1109Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1107Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1106From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1103Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1099Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1097No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1085Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1080Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1079From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1074Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1072Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1070From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1070The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1064A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1061Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1061Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1059Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1055Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1045Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1044Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1038A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1036Across the Fence: On The road
1036Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1034From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1031Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1030Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1028From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1020Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1017Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1016Assad’s endgame
1015The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1014Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1010Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1009Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
996Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
995Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
994Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
993Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
990Observations Only - Two ages of man
987Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
987Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
987Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
982The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
978A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
969Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
969Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
967Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
965From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
962From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
956A Small World: Savoring county fair days
952A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
944Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
940Observations Only: Painting a picture
936Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
936Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
929Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
928From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
925Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
922Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
920Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
916Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
915Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
914Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
913Teen Voice: Today’s television
912Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
912Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
911Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
911Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
903Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
902Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
901Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
901Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
899Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
895Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
892Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
890Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
888Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
887Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
884Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
880From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
879From the Superintendent’s Desk
879Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
879A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
878From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
877Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
877From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
873The zombie apocalypse and you
873Across The Fence: A day For thanks
872From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
871From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
870Observations Only: A new direction
867Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
867Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
857Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
855Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
848Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
848 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
847Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
847Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
845Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
844Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
844From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
841Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
839Observations Only: Giving up
838Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
836Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
829Trash cans
824Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
822Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
822A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
821A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
821From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
820From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
818Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
818The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
818The hills, part 1: Mustangs
818A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
817From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
817Teen Voice: The road of hatred
817Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
816Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
815Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
813Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
810Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
809The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
806Observations Only: The joy of money
806Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
803Teen Voice: Catfished
803From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
801Teen Voice: The more the merrier
801The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
795Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
795The Block
795Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
794Observations Only: Saturday delight
794A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
794Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
793Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
792At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
791Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
788A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
787Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
786A Stray Moment: God Knows
784Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
779Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
775From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
775Observations Only: Curious things
774Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
773Life's curve balls
773A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
773Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
773Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
771A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
770Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
770A Stray Moment: Without a net
768 Taking a big risk
764Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
764A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
764Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
763Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
763The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
763Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
762Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
762A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
759Teen Voice: Not just another ride
757Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
757The ghost of Ayn Rand
757Across the Fence: The hand dug well
756A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
755Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
753Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
749Observations Only: Extreme measures
749Observations Only: Counting chickens
749Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
748Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
748The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
748A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
747Seeing the works of the master
747From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
744Observations Only: Scourge of violence
743Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
742Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
742Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
741Timing makes perfect
741Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
741Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
739The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
738View from the block
738Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
734SELL-OUT!
732Observations Only: Just around the corner
731Observations Only: Going home
731Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
727Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
726The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
725Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
724Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
724A Stray Moment: The last time
722Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
721Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
720It's no surprise
720Observations Only: Uneventful flight
719Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
718Welcome to Gering
718The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
716A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
713Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
712Rural America and immigration reform
710Teen Voice: Body image
709Observations Only: Surprises
709A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
708Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
707Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
707A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
706Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
705Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
705Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
705Teen Voice: Living within our means
704Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
704Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
703Silence please
703Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
703Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
703Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
702Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
702Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
701Do You Tube?
701Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
700A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
700Observations Only: A gift of serenity
697Observations Only: No thank you
697Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
697Observations Only: The awful truth
696Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
696The Good Life: The two different types of business people
695Observations Only: Critical thinking
695Observations Only: Journey's end
694Observations Only: What's in a word?
694The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
693Economic development update
692Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
691LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
690Age of reason
690From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
690Teen Voice: Shadow art
689Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
689Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
688From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
687Observations Only: Together again
687Teen Voice: Serendipity
686Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
685Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
683A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
682Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
682Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
681Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
679Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
677From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
677Observations Only: North Powder
677Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
676Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
674Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
672Observations Only: Sister odyssey
672Observations Only: Curious things, part II
672A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
669Observations Only: Spider adventure
668The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
667Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
667Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
666Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
666A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
664Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
663Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
662Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
662Guest Voices…
661Observations Only: Blue chip stock
660Observations Only: Sister lost
660Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
658Totally Random: My journey, life after living
657Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
652Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
650I'm falling for Tumblr?
649Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
647From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
643Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
643Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
643Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
643Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
642From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
640Permission to remember
638A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
638The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
636Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
636Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
635Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
634Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
633Teen Voice: Being a girl
631My Thanksgiving prayer
624Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
623Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
623Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
622Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
622The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
622Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
622A real leaning tree Christmas
621Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
620Our View: The elephant in the room
620Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
620The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
618Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
617Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
616Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
614Home of the Brave
613Observations Only: The meeting
613Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
612Social time has important benefits
612The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
612Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
612Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
610LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
610Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
608A Small World: Special guest
607Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
606Observations Only : White water
606Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
605Practice safe barbecue basics
605Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
603Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
602The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
602Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
601Teen Voice: Happy news
599Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
599Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
599Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
598Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
598The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
597The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
596Our View: Bravo OTD committee
596Observations Only: Expect the best
596Observations Only: Good and evil
594Remembering When
593Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
593The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
592Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
592Observations Only: A fine line
591A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
590Teeing Off: Around the Green
583Observations Only: The shadow of error
581Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
579Observations Only: Beginnings
579The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
574Observations Only: A matter of matter
574Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
567Observations Only: Indifferent love
566Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
566Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
564Teen Voice: Equality
563Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
561Observations Only: A matter of paradox
557Observations Only: Divine spirit
555Observations Only: Choices
554Completely Different - The magic of spring
554A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
553Anno Domini: We gather together
552Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
551Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
549Observations Only: Divine prompts
549Teen Voice: Silence
543Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
542Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
540Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
540Totally Random: Life’s ripples
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
539Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
539Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
533A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
532Observations Only: Temptation
531Observations Only: Off to the races
530Observations Only: The vision
530Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
529Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
528Teen Voice: The need to get away
526Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
525Observations Only: Willfulness
523Our View: Visionaries wanted
523Observations Only: A sad week
520Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
516Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
516Totally Random: October, the pink month
514Observations Only: The need to understand
514Lyman Review: Devil calf
511A Halloween Story: The scary dream
510Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
509Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
506Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
500Building Bridges: Love your enemies
498Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
496Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
495Teeing Off: Mind Gym
493Observations Only: A good daughter
493Teen Voice: Stress test
493Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
492Teeing Off: Persistence
492Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
489Across the Fence: The Pony Express
487Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
486Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
485Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
476Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
476Teen Voice: The rivalry
471Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
468Teen Voice: Footprints
468Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
467Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
466Teeing Off: The thing about state
465Observations Only: Waiting time
463Observations Only: Saint Marge
458Teen Voice: Remember what you have
458Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
457Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
457Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
456Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
453Teen Voice: The Other Side
451Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
449Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
446Lyman Review: The love goat
443Observations Only: Reality check
443Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
442Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
439Teen Voice: What is love?
438Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
435Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
435Anno Domini: On this remembering day
431Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
429Totally Random: Happy Halloween
429Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
425Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
425Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
425Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
424Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
423Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
421Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
419Observations Only: Gone away
414Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
413Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
409Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
409No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
408Observations Only: Hog wash
408Teen Voice: My rebellion
408Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
407Teen Voice: Self-expression
406Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
405Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
404Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
401Lyman Review: One mean chicken
397 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
394Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
391Why you should visit the zoo in February
389The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
386Observations Only: The visit
384Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
384Teen Voice: Cyber War
383From the Hill: More Work Ahead
381Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
380
376At the Library: March into a good book
375Observations Only: A day in August
373Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
371Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
368Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
365Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
364SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
359Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
359Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
357Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
354Observations Only: The last goodbye
350Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
347Observations Only: Final moment
347Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
346No-Till Notes: Looking Back
343Observations Only: One more time
343No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
342Teen Voice: The gift of caring
340Teen Voice: To the future
338Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
338Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
338Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
336Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
336What’s really going on with our water?
334Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
331Teen Voice: Where is the love?
330Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
329Across The Fence: Last Christmas
325Observations Only: The last toothpick
325Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
323Our View: Community responsible for kids
323Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
323Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
323Lyman Review: Branding Time
319Totally Random: Trusting the fates
317Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
313Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
313Nature Notes: Love is in the air
311Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
311View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
309Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
305Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
303Totally Random: Where does it go?
301Observations Only: The vigil
301Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
299Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
298In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
297Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
297Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
296Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
296Their View: Goal post move unfair
295Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
295Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292At the Monument: Junior Rangers
292In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
290Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
288Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
285Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
280Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
277Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
276Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
276Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
274For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
272Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
271Religious freedom must be protected
270Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
268Lyman Review: Winter's dog
267Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
267Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
266Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
259In the Hills: Explore the state parks
258At the Monument: That old (historic) building
258Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
258In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
257Linked Lives
256Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
255Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
254At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
248Support emergency services personnel
247Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
244Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
243Lyman Review: Dog fun
242Across the Fence: Amanda
241Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
238At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
238Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
238College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
237Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
235From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
235Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
234Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
231Teen Voice: Inspire me
231Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
228Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
228Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
227Greetings from the State Capitol
226At the Monument: Where are the animals?
225Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
224Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
223No-till Notes: Moving forward
223Website Resources
220Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
211New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
211Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
211History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
210No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
210Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
208Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
207No-Till Notes: Back in the field
207Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
201Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
201Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
196Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
195Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
195Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
195Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
193No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
192At the Monument: Art in National Parks
191Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
189Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
186At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
185No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
183No-til Notes: Changing plans
177Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
166Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
160Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
159Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
154Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
150Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
143Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
136Be kind through communications
134Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
133Synchronicity:What brings me back
128No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
108Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
102Letters to the Editor
96Letter to the editor
81Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
66Fourth of July meetings
63Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
59Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
53In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
47Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
33Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
30A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
18Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
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