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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39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Teen Voice: What is love?
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Teen Voice: To the future
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Fourth of July meetings
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
36Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
36At the Monument: Living History
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
33Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Greetings from the State Capitol
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
Most Read News Stories of 2012
462All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
457Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
406Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
354To whom are we thankful?
264Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
251A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
242At the Monument: Museum collections
238Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
229A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
228A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
210Support letters requested for airport
210Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
207Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
195No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
188No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
183Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
175In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
173Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
171Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
167No Till Notes:
163Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
161Letters to the Editor
156In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
155Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
155A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
154Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
153Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
153Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
152Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
152At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
149No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
136Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
133Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
131At the Monument: Where are the animals?
124Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
123Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
123Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
121
120What's the deal with organic milk?
116
112At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
109Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
106Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
97The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
97Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
93Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
93Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
90Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
89Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
88Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
87Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
86Completely Different: It's all in the family
86Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
86Observations Only: A soul’s journey
86Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
84Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
84Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
83Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
83Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
83A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
81 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
78Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
78Totally Random: The Golden Rule
78Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
77Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
77Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
77Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
76Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
75A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
75Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
75At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
74In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
73From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
73Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
73Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
73Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
73Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
73At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
73No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
72Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
71Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
71Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
70Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
70A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
70Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
70Creatures of the Night
70Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
69Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
69Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
69Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
69Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
68Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
68Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
68The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
68Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
68Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
68Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
68Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
68Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
68Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
68Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
68Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
68
67Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
67Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
67Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
66Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
66Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
65Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
65Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
65A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
65Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
65Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
65No-Till Notes: The value of water
64Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
64A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
64Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
64Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
64Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
64Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
63The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
63Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
63Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
63The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
63Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
63Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
62Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
62Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
62From the Superintendent’s Desk
62Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
62Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
62Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
62The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
62Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
62The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
62Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
62Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
62Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
62A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
61Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
61Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
61From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
61Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
61From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
61Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
61A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
61Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
61Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
61Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
61Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
61A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
61At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
61A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
60Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
60Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
60Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
60Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
60Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
60Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
60Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
60No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
59The ghost of Ayn Rand
59From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
59Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
59Across the Fence: The hand dug well
59Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
59Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
59Observations Only: A sad week
59Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
58Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
58Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
58Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
58A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
58A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
58Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
57Assad’s endgame
57From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
57Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
57 Across The Fence: County Fair
57Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
56Across the Fence: On The road
56Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
56A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
56Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
56Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
56Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
56Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
56Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
56Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
56Teen Voice: Silence
56Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
56Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
56Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
56
55Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
55Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
55A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
55Across the Fence: The Pony Express
55Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
55From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
55From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
55The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
55Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
55No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
54Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
54Observations Only: Curious things
54Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
54A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
54Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
54Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
54Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
54Teeing Off: Around the Green
54Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
54The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
54Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
54No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
54Anno Domini: We gather together
54At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
54Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
54Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
53Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
53Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
53A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
53A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
53Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
53Teen Voice: The need to get away
53A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
53Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
53The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
53Totally Random: My journey, life after living
53Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
53At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
53Be kind through communications
53Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
53A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
53Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
53
53Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
53
53Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
52Across the Fence: Building Barns
52Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
52Teen Voice: Remember what you have
52A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
52Observations Only: Reality check
52A Halloween Story: The scary dream
52Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
52Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
52Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
51The Block
51Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
51Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
51From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
51From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
51Observations Only: Beginnings
51Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
51Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
51Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
51Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
51The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
51Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
51A real leaning tree Christmas
51Building Bridges: Love your enemies
51Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
51Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
51Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
51Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
51Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
51Reach out for challenges
51Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
50Completely Different: Your local government and you
50Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
50Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
50From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
50Observations Only: The meeting
50Observations Only: Critical thinking
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
50Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
50Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
50Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
50Observations Only: Temptation
50Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
50Observations Only: The need to understand
50Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
50Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
50Across The Fence: A day For thanks
50Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
50Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
50In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
50Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
50No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
50
49Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
49A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
49A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
49Teen Voice: Today’s television
49Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
49Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
49Observations Only : White water
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
49A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
49Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
49Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
49Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
49Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
49The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
49Observations Only: Divine spirit
49Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
49The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
49Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
49Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
49Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
49Teen Voice: My rebellion
49Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
49Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
49Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
49Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
49Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
49Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
49No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
49History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
49
49Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
48Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
48From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
48Teen Voice: Catfished
48Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
48Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
48Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
48Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
48Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
48Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
48A Stray Moment: Without a net
48Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
48
48Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
48Teen Voice: Stress test
48Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
48Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
48Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
48Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
48New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
48Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
48Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
48No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
48Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
48Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
47Observations Only : The orphanage
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
47Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
47Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
47Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
47A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
47Observations Only: A gift of serenity
47Teen Voice: Body image
47Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
47A Small World: Special guest
47A Small World: Savoring county fair days
47Lyman Review: Devil calf
47Teen Voice: The rivalry
47Observations Only: The visit
47Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
47Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
47Teen Voice: Self-expression
47Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
47SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
47Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
47In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
47Across the Fence: Amanda
47View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
47In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
46Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
46Being a Nebraskan – border to border
46The zombie apocalypse and you
46Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
46The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
46Observations Only: Curious things, part II
46Observations Only: Journey's end
46Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
46Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
46Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
46Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
46The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
46A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
46Observations Only: Indifferent love
46Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
46Totally Random: Life’s ripples
46Lyman Review: One mean chicken
46Observations Only: Saint Marge
46Lyman Review: The love goat
46Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
46No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
46Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
46What’s really going on with our water?
46Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
46Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
46Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
46No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
46At the Monument: Night Sky
46Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
45Completely Different: Tales from the mat
45Observations Only: A new direction
45A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
45The hills, part 1: Mustangs
45A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
45Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
45Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
45Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
45Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
45Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
45Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
45Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
45Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
45Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
45Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
45Totally Random: October, the pink month
45Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
45Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
45Observations Only: Gone away
45Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
45Teen Voice: The gift of caring
45Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
45Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
45Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
45No-til Notes: Changing plans
45Prairie Dogs
45No Till Notes: Final Stop
45Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
44Observations only : Sisters of the world
44Time keeps flowing like a river
44Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
44The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
44Observations Only: Just around the corner
44Observations Only: North Powder
44From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
44I'm falling for Tumblr?
44Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
44Teen Voice: Being a girl
44Observations Only: The shadow of error
44Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
44The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
44Teeing Off: The thing about state
44Observations Only: The vision
44Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
44Anno Domini: On this remembering day
44Observations Only: One more time
44Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Across The Fence: Last Christmas
44Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
44Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
44Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
44Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
44Religious freedom must be protected
44Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
44Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
44No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
44Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
44Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
43It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
43A last look at the Nebraska Zone
43Completely Different: The Quest
43From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
43Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
43Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
43Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
43A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
43Observations Only: Painting a picture
43Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
43Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Observations Only: Expect the best
43Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
43Observations Only: A matter of paradox
43The Good Life: The two different types of business people
43Teen Voice: The Other Side
43A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
43Observations Only: Off to the races
43Observations Only: The awful truth
43Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
43Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
43 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
43Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
43Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
43Their View: Goal post move unfair
43Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
43Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
42Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
42Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
42Across the fence: Something worth remembering
42Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
42Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
42Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
42Teen Voice: The more the merrier
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42Remembering When
42A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
42Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
42Teen Voice: Happy news
42Teen Voice: Serendipity
42Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42Observations Only: Good and evil
42Guest Voices…
42Observations Only: Choices
42Teen Voice: Shadow art
42Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
42Totally Random: Happy Halloween
42Observations Only: The last goodbye
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Observations Only: Final moment
42Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Teen Voice: Footprints
42Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42At the Monument: Art in National Parks
42At the Monument: Junior Rangers
42Letters to the Editor
41Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
41Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
41Do You Tube?
41Home of the Brave
41Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
41Teen Voice: Not just another ride
41A Stray Moment: The last time
41Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
41Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
41Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
41Observations Only: A fine line
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
41A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
41Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
41Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
41Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
41Observations Only: The vigil
41Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41Support emergency services personnel
41Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
41Lyman Review: Branding Time
41No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
40Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
40Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
40Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
40Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
40Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
40Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
40Observations Only: Blue chip stock
40Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
40Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
40Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
40Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
40Observations Only: Uneventful flight
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40Observations Only: Going home
40Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
40A Stray Moment: God Knows
40Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
40The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
40Observations Only: Divine prompts
40Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
40Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
40Observations Only: A good daughter
40Totally Random: Trusting the fates
40Teen Voice: Cyber War
40Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Totally Random: Where does it go?
40At the Monument: That old (historic) building
40In the Hills: Explore the state parks
40Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
40Linked Lives
40Letter to the editor
39My mini Pen and me
39Age of reason
39Economic development update
39Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
39Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
39It's no surprise
39Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
39From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
39Teen Voice: The road of hatred
39LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
39Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
39Teen Voice: Equality
39The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
39Observations Only: A matter of matter
39Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38SELL-OUT!
38Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
38Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
38Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
38Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
38Observations Only: Scourge of violence
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Teen Voice: What is love?
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
37Our view . . .Sports Complex
37Observations Only - Two ages of man
37View from the block
37Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
37Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
37Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
37LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
37Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
37Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
37Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Teen Voice: To the future
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Fourth of July meetings
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
36Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
36We need a few good people
36Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
36Letter to the Editor
36Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
36Seeing the works of the master
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36Trash cans
36Observations Only: The joy of money
36The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
36Observations Only: What's in a word?
36From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
36Observations Only: No thank you
36Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
36From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
36From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
36Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
36At the Monument: Living History
35Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
35Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
35Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
35Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
35Timing makes perfect
35Permission to remember
35 Taking a big risk
35Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
35Practice safe barbecue basics
35Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
35Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35Observations Only: Giving up
35Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
35Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
34Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
34Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
34Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
34Life's curve balls
34The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
34Observations Only: Counting chickens
34Observations Only: Together again
34Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
34Observations Only: Surprises
34The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
34The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33A Small World: Time traveling
33Teen Voice: March Madness
33Observations Only: Saturday delight
33Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
33Observations Only: Extreme measures
33Silence please
33Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
33The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
33Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
32Observations Only : Mission accomplished
32Social time has important benefits
32Our View: Visionaries wanted
32Welcome to Gering
32Observations Only: Spider adventure
32Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
32Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Greetings from the State Capitol
31Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28My Thanksgiving prayer
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
27Our View: Bravo OTD committee
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