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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262Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
262Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
262Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
261Observations Only: A soul’s journey
261Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
261No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
260No Till Notes:
259The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
259Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
258Observations Only: The last goodbye
258Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
256A mom’s thoughts on social media
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
255Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
254Observations Only: Expect the best
254Observations Only: The visit
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
254Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
252Observations Only: The vigil
252No-till Notes: Moving forward
252No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
252Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
251Teen Voice: Serendipity
251Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251Teen Voice: Self-expression
251At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
251No Till Notes: Moving Forward
250Lyman Review: The love goat
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249A Halloween Story: The scary dream
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
248Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
247Observations Only: Uneventful flight
247Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
247Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
247From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
246Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
246Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
246No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
246At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
246No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
246A new chapter for the U.S. House
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
245Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
244Observations Only: Going home
244Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
244No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244Practicing Fiscal Restraint
244Keeping Nebraska Safe
243In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
243Veterans Day
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
242Simply October
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241Teen Voice: Equality
241The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
241Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
240Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
240Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
239Teen Voice: Cyber War
239Lyman Review: Dog fun
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
239Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
239Transgender issues need to be addressed
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
238Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
237Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
237The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
237Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
237No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
236From the Hill: More Work Ahead
236Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
236Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235No-til Notes: Changing plans
235At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
235NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
233At the Monument: Living History
233We shall not give into fear
233Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
232Completely Different - The magic of spring
232New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
232No-Till Notes: Back in the field
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232Nebraska needs tax reform
232Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
231Observations Only: Curious things
231To whom are we thankful?
231Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Rural America and immigration reform
230Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
230Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
229Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
229Totally Random: Trusting the fates
229Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
229Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
229The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
228From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
228Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
228Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
227At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
226Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
226At the Library: March into a good book
226Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
225No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
225Committee reviews property tax proposals
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
224Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
224The Good Life: There is good everywhere
223Teen Voice: The Other Side
223Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
223Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
223Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
222Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
222Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
222Letters to the Editor
222No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
222Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
221No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220
220At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
220
220Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
220Working for you
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
219Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
219Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
219At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
218From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
218Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
218Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
217Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
217Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
216The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
216Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
216Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
216Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
216Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
216A national day of Thanksgiving
215Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
215From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
214Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
214Teen Voice: Inspire me
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
213Prairie Dogs
212Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
212Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
212Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
212Website Resources
212Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
211Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
211Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
211Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
211At the Monument: Night Sky
211Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
211I love Thanksgiving
210Nature Notes: Love is in the air
210Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
209Letter to the editor
208Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
208Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
208Lyman Review: Branding Time
208Linked Lives
208Honoring Our Veterans
208Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
207Observations Only: Choices
207Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
207Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
207Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206
206At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
206Serving You
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
205Easter
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204The State of Nebraska Agriculture
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202Across the Fence: The Pony Express
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202Fourth of July meetings
202
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
200Guest Voices…
200Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
200Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
199Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
199Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
199At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
199Tumbleweeds on the loose
198Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
198At the Monument: That old (historic) building
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198Giving Thanks
198This year in the Regulation Rewind
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
197Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
197A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
196Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
196View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
196Letters to the Editor
196PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
195Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194At the Monument: Art in National Parks
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Creatures of the Night
194
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
192Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
192Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
192Reach out for challenges
191From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
191Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
191Budgeting the Nebraska Way
190Support emergency services personnel
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
189No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
188Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
186From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
186Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
186Feeding a world in need
185Teen Voice: What is love?
184No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182I'm falling for Tumblr?
182Be kind through communications
182Our view: United we can build
181Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
181Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
181Greetings from the State Capitol
181Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180What’s really going on with our water?
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
180
180At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
179At the Monument: Where are the animals?
179
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
177College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
177Support letters requested for airport
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
173From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
170Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
170Unprovoked dangers
169Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
168A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
167News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
167Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
166Religious freedom must be protected
165Totally Random: Where does it go?
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
164No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
164Nebraska’s Heroes
163To The Editor
162
156Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
155Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
154Our View: A failure to communicate
153Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
152Protecting Our Local Communities
152From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
151
150Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
148Our View: The elephant in the room
146Letter to the Editor
146No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
146All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
145
144Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
143Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
138Letter to the Editor
137Hog bill vote was disappointing
133Packing bill is a bad idea
131Letter to the Editor
127The Year Ahead
117Spurring Innovation
111Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
109News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
104No-Till Notes: Water conservation
98Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
93Walkable, bikeable communities
92Defending life is essential to defending freedom
82Stand Up for Life
73Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
52Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
1Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1983Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
882Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
762Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
761Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
751Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
735Creativity dampened by standardized testing
708Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
658Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
652Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
633Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
623Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
622Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
610Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
608Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
606Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
591No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
569Reversing the President’s failed agenda
553Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
547A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
542Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
540Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
537What's the deal with organic milk?
537Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
537A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
536Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
530A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
526Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
525A Stray Moment: Without a net
515Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
510Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
508Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
508Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
504Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
502Completely Different: It's all in the family
500Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
499The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
497Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
491No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
485Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
482Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
482Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
481Infamy - by Richard Reeves
480Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
479Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
478A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
475A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
471The Good Life: All that remains is love
467Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
463Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
462Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
461At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
461All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
460All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
459At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
459Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
457Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
452Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
449A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
443Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
441Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
438Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
437No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
437A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
437All Points West: Never far from the trail
437No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
436Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
436Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
435Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
433Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
431Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
429No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
428All Points West: The only stupid question
428Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
427Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
426Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
425State Senators visit western Nebraska
424Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
424Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
423Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
422Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
421Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
421No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
417Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
416Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
408Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
408The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
406Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
402Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
402All Points West: A community on the move
402All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
402 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
399Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
398Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
398Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
396Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
396Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
395Across the Fence: The hand dug well
395No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
395Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
393Across The Fence: Van Tassell
392Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
392Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
389A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
389Observations Only: Gone away
389Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
388Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
388Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
388Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
387Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
387Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
387The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
386Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
385Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
385Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
384Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
383Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
383Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
382Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
382Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
381Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
380Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
380 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
380Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
378Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
378No Till Notes: Residue levels
375Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
374Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
374A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
374Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
374Power of legumes
374Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
373The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
373Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
372A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
372Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
372Teen Voice: He’s my dad
370Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
369From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
369A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
369Across The Fence: A day For thanks
369No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
368Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
368Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
368 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
367Observations Only: A new direction
367Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
367Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
366A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
366Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
366Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
366Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
365Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
364Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
364Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
363A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
363Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
362News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
361Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
361Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
359No Till Notes: Saying uncle
359Addressing Washington’s spending addiction
358Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
358Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
357No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
356Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
356Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
356Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
355Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
355Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
355Observations Only: Indifferent love
355SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
355Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
354It's no surprise
353No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
352Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
352Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
352Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
352Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
351Teen Voice: Being a girl
350Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
349Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
349A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
349Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
348Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
347Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
347Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
347Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
346Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
346Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
346Totally Random: My journey, life after living
345At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
344Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
344Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
342A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
342No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
342A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
341Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
340Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
340A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
338All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
337Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
337Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
337Achieving your dreams takes work
337Tourism can bolster economy
336Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
335A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
334A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
334Lyman Review: Devil calf
332The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
332Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
332Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
331Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
331Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
331Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
330Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
330The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
330Teen Voice: To the future
330Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
329Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
328Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
327Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
327Teeing Off: Around the Green
327Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
327Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
327Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
327No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
327Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
327Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
326Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
326Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
326Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
325From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
325A Stray Moment: God Knows
324Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
324Observations Only: Willfulness
324Anno Domini: On this remembering day
324Anno Domini: We gather together
324 Across The Fence: County Fair
324A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
324Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
323Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
323Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
322A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
322Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
321Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
321Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
321To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
320Observations Only: A matter of matter
320Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
320Observations Only: Final moment
320Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
320Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
320Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
319Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
319Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
319Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
319Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
319A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
319Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
318From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
318Observations Only: A gift of serenity
318The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
318Observations Only: A good daughter
318Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
318Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
318No-Till Notes: Observations
317Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
317Teen Voice: The need to get away
317Across the Fence: Amanda
317Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
317Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
316Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
316From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
316Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
315Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
315Teen Voice: The gift of caring
315Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
315Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
314Time keeps flowing like a river
314Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
314Teen Voice: Silence
314Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
314Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
313Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
313Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
313Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
313Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
313 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
312Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
312Building Bridges: Love your enemies
312Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
311Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
311Observations Only: A sad week
311Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
310It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
310Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
310Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
310The Good Life: The two different types of business people
310Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
309Completely Different: Tales from the mat
309Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
309Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
309Observations Only: The awful truth
309Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
309Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
309All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
309Property tax relief still in the works
308The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
308Totally Random: Life’s ripples
308Observations Only: Hog wash
307Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
307Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
307Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
307Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
306Observations Only: Saint Marge
306Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
306Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
305A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
305Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
305Observations Only: One more time
305A real leaning tree Christmas
304A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
304Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
304Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
304Enjoy the festivities
303Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
303Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
302The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
302Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
302Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
302Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
301Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
301A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
301History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
301No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
301Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
300Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
300Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
300Observations Only: Good and evil
300Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
300The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
300Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
299Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
299Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
299A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
298Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
298Observations only : Sisters of the world
298Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
298Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
298Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
298Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
298Jane’s Secret: The Telling
297A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
297Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
297The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
297Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
297Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
297No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
296Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
296A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
296Totally Random: October, the pink month
296Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
295A Small World: Time traveling
295From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
295Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
295Observations Only: Temptation
295Observations Only: A matter of paradox
295Observations Only: The vision
294Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
294Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
294Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
294No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
293The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
293Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
293A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
292The zombie apocalypse and you
292Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
292Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
292Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
292A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
292No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
292No-Till Notes: Potential
292Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
291Observations Only: Critical thinking
291Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
291The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
291Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
290Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
290Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
290Teen Voice: My rebellion
290Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
290Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
289Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
289Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
289Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
289Observations Only: The last toothpick
289Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
289Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
288Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
288Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
288Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
288Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
288No Till Notes: Final Stop
287Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
287Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
287Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
287Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
287Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
287Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
287Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
286Observations Only: The need to understand
286Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
286Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
286Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
285Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
285Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
285Observations Only: Beginnings
285Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
285Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
284Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
284Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
284Observations Only: The shadow of error
284Why you should visit the zoo in February
284No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
284Drowning in Regulation
283Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
283A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
283Observations Only: A fine line
283Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
283Observations Only: Off to the races
282Observations Only: Divine spirit
282A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
282Welcome home
281Teen Voice: The more the merrier
281Across the Fence: Building Barns
281Observations Only: Sister lost
281Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
281Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
281Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
281Observations Only: A day in August
281Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
280Observations Only: Just around the corner
280Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
280Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
279Observations Only : The orphanage
279Observations Only: Waiting time
279No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
279Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
279Back to Where it All Began
278Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
278Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
277Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
277Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
277Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
277The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
277Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
277Teen Voice: Remember what you have
277No-Till Notes: Looking Back
277The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
277A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
277A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
276Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
276Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
276The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
276The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
276Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
276Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
276Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
276‘Is there something I can do?’
275Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
275Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
275Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
275Why parents are important
274Completely Different: Your local government and you
274The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
274Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
274Observations Only: The joy of money
274Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
274Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
274Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
274Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
274Observations Only: Divine prompts
274Teen Voice: Stress test
274Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
274Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
274Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
274The Christmas Story
273A last look at the Nebraska Zone
273The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
273Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
273Across the Fence: On The road
273A Small World: Special guest
273Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
273Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
273A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
273Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
273Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
273No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
273No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
272Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
272The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
272A Small World: Savoring county fair days
272A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
272Our View: Community responsible for kids
272Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
272Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
272Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
272Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
271Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
271Observations Only: Reality check
271Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
271Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
270Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
270Observations Only : White water
270Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
270At the Monument: Find Your Park
269Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
269Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
269Observations Only: Curious things, part II
269A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
269Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
269Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
269A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
269A warm feeling on a big winter day
268Observations Only: Extreme measures
268Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
268Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
268Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
268A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
268No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
268‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
268No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
267From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
267Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
267Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
267Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
267No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
266Being a Nebraskan – border to border
266Observations Only: Journey's end
266Teen Voice: Out with homework
266A Highway Bill for Nebraska
265We need a few good people
265Completely Different: The Quest
265A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
265Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
265Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
265Teeing Off: Persistence
265Across The Fence: Last Christmas
265Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
264Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
264Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
264Teeing Off: The thing about state
264Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
264All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
263Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
263Across the fence: Something worth remembering
263Trash cans
263Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
263Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
263Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
263Totally Random: The Golden Rule
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
262Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
262Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
262No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
262Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
262Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
262Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
261Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
261Observations Only: A soul’s journey
261Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
261No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
260Our view . . .Sports Complex
260Do You Tube?
260Observations Only: Saturday delight
260Observations Only: What's in a word?
260No Till Notes:
259Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
259Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
259The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
259Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
258Observations Only: The last goodbye
258Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
257Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
257Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
256Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
256Observations Only - Two ages of man
256Life's curve balls
256Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
256A mom’s thoughts on social media
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
255Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
254Observations Only: Expect the best
254Observations Only: The visit
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
254Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
253Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
252Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
252From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
252Observations Only: The vigil
252No-till Notes: Moving forward
252No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
252Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
251Teen Voice: Serendipity
251Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251Teen Voice: Self-expression
251At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
251No Till Notes: Moving Forward
250Lyman Review: The love goat
249Observations Only: Blue chip stock
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249A Halloween Story: The scary dream
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
248Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
248Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
248Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
247Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
247Observations Only: Uneventful flight
247Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
247Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
247From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
246Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
246Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
246Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
246No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
246At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
246No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
246A new chapter for the U.S. House
245Permission to remember
245A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
245Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
244The ghost of Ayn Rand
244Observations Only: Surprises
244Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
244Observations Only: Going home
244Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
244No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244Practicing Fiscal Restraint
244Keeping Nebraska Safe
243Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
243Age of reason
243Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
243Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
243In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
243Veterans Day
242Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
242Simply October
241Observations Only : Mission accomplished
241Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241Teen Voice: Equality
241The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
241Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
240A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
240Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
240Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
239Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
239Teen Voice: Cyber War
239Lyman Review: Dog fun
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
239Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
239Transgender issues need to be addressed
238Seeing the works of the master
238Home of the Brave
238Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
238Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
237The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
237Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
237The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
237Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
237No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
236SELL-OUT!
236Observations Only: Painting a picture
236From the Hill: More Work Ahead
236Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
236Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
235Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235No-til Notes: Changing plans
235At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
235NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
234A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
234A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
233At the Monument: Living History
233We shall not give into fear
233Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
232Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
232A Stray Moment: The last time
232Completely Different - The magic of spring
232New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
232No-Till Notes: Back in the field
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232Nebraska needs tax reform
232Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
231Observations Only: Curious things
231To whom are we thankful?
231Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Rural America and immigration reform
230Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
230Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
229Economic development update
229Our View: Bravo OTD committee
229Observations Only: The meeting
229Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
229Totally Random: Trusting the fates
229Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
229Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
229The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
228Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
228From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
228Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
228Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
227At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
226Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
226Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
226At the Library: March into a good book
226Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225Assad’s endgame
225From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
225From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
225No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
225Committee reviews property tax proposals
224Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
224Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
224The Good Life: There is good everywhere
223Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
223Teen Voice: The Other Side
223Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
223Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
223Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
222Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
222Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
222Letters to the Editor
222No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
222Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
221Observations Only: North Powder
221Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
221No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
220Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220
220At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
220
220Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
220Working for you
219 Taking a big risk
219Observations Only: Counting chickens
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
219The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
219Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
219Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
219At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
218From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
218Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
218Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
217Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
217From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
217Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
217Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
216Observations Only: Scourge of violence
216The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
216Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
216Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
216Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
216Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
216A national day of Thanksgiving
215Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
215Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
215From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
214Observations Only: Together again
214Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
214Teen Voice: Inspire me
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
213From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
213Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
213Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
213Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
213Prairie Dogs
212Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
212Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
212Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
212Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
212Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
212Website Resources
212Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
211Welcome to Gering
211Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
211Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
211Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
211At the Monument: Night Sky
211Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
211I love Thanksgiving
210Nature Notes: Love is in the air
210Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
209Letter to the editor
208Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
208Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
208Lyman Review: Branding Time
208Linked Lives
208Honoring Our Veterans
208Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
207Timing makes perfect
207Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
207Observations Only: Choices
207Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
207Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
207Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
206Teen Voice: Not just another ride
206From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206
206At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
206Serving You
205Practice safe barbecue basics
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
205Easter
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204The State of Nebraska Agriculture
203Observations Only: Sister odyssey
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202Across the Fence: The Pony Express
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202Fourth of July meetings
202
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
200Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
200Guest Voices…
200Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
200Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
199Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
199Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
199At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
199Tumbleweeds on the loose
198The hills, part 1: Mustangs
198The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
198Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
198At the Monument: That old (historic) building
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198Giving Thanks
198This year in the Regulation Rewind
197The Block
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
197Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
197A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
196Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
196View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
196Letters to the Editor
196PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
195Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
195Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
195Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
195Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194At the Monument: Art in National Parks
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Creatures of the Night
194
193Letter to the Editor
193Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
192Social time has important benefits
192Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
192Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
192Reach out for challenges
191From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
191Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
191Budgeting the Nebraska Way
190Support emergency services personnel
189Observations Only: Giving up
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
189No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
188My mini Pen and me
188View from the block
188Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
187Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
186Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
186From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
186Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
186Feeding a world in need
185Teen Voice: What is love?
184Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
184No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
183A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
183From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
183Observations Only: Spider adventure
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
182I'm falling for Tumblr?
182Be kind through communications
182Our view: United we can build
181Teen Voice: March Madness
181Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
181Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
181Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
181Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
181Greetings from the State Capitol
181Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180What’s really going on with our water?
180In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
180
180At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
179At the Monument: Where are the animals?
179
178Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
177College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
177Support letters requested for airport
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
175In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
173Silence please
173Remembering When
173LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
173From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
171From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
170From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
170Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
170Unprovoked dangers
169The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
169Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
168A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
167News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
167Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
166Religious freedom must be protected
165Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
165Totally Random: Where does it go?
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
164From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
164From the Superintendent’s Desk
164Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
164No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
164Nebraska’s Heroes
163To The Editor
162
161Observations Only: No thank you
161From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
160LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
160Teen Voice: Today’s television
159Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
156Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
155Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
154Our View: A failure to communicate
153Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
152Protecting Our Local Communities
152From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
151
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
150Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
148Our View: Visionaries wanted
148Our View: The elephant in the room
146Letter to the Editor
146No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
146All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
145
144From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
144Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
143Teen Voice: The road of hatred
143Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
143Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
142Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
138Letter to the Editor
137Teen Voice: Happy news
137Hog bill vote was disappointing
133Packing bill is a bad idea
131Letter to the Editor
130Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
127The Year Ahead
124From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
124Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
122Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
117Spurring Innovation
111Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
109News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
104No-Till Notes: Water conservation
98Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
93Walkable, bikeable communities
92Defending life is essential to defending freedom
84My Thanksgiving prayer
82Stand Up for Life
73Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
52Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
1Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
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