Completely Different : Tainted Youth
December 15, 2011 Elizabeth Gross   

Elizabeth Gross
Citizen Reporter


Do you realize that people in bigger cities would give anything to be you? There are people who are tired of living the fast-paced life of the big city. They want their own piece of “the good life.”

How do I know? Growing up, I was one of them. I grew up in Denver until we moved back when I started high school. Our family, who lives in the area, brought us back to the valley every Christmas, Thanksgiving and Oregon Trail Days.

How I wished to be like the other kids from around here. Until I lived here I had no idea what kind of stereotyping many young people have to deal with.

I find it very funny that our city, county and state governments continue to throw money at all of these revitalization projects. Their hope is to keep young people from moving away. Officials continue to scratch their heads wondering why all these young people leave and never come back.

The obvious answer is that a bright student can find better opportunity elsewhere. I think the hope that some people have is that their children will go to college and experience “the world,” then they will come back to raise a family.

But the fact of the matter is, why would they return to an area with no job prospects? If they did return, why would they come back to only make a quarter of what they do now? Instead of shouting the same rhetoric that we need to bring jobs to rural America, our government officials need to look at the core issue. Why are young people leaving?

First of all let me start by saying that if you are trying to find a solution as to why young people leave a rural community; perhaps you should actually have people who are young in a committee. Recently, I attended a pre-legislative breakfast hosted by the Scottsbluff/ Gering Chamber of Commerce. I was the youngest person in the room. What I learned from attending this presentation is they have no idea what it is like to be a young person in a community such as ours.

An individual made a comment that it was pointless to waste our money on the youth. Young people don’t have a good worth ethic in the first place. Bingo! Here is the problem – this skewed perception that if a small group of people acts a certain way, it is true about all people in that group. We can’t make the battle cry that “children are our future,” when we think so little of them.

Recently, I read an article saying that my generation (Generation Y) had the power to save our economy. It said that we are a generation of young people starting our own businesses. We have seen what happens when our parents lost their jobs and have decided to take control of our fates. As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a “traditional” job, these young entrepreneurs are finding a way around it. Many of these young people have created three or four business and will continue to create jobs. They love the thrill of a startup. These businesses are not failing, they are thriving.

What great potential! However, this forward thinking is not something I see in rural America. We come up with excuses for everything. Why did you leave? There is nothing for me to do. Why don’t we create a safe place for young people to hang out? There is no point; they will never take care of it anyway. Why don’t we create job training programs? What a waste of money! These no-good kids have a crummy work ethic.

We need to give young people more credit. There are many kids who are going to school, working full time and in some cases, raising a family. It is our job as a community to provide our children with a sense of belonging. They crave for a place to call their own. Not every child is going to jump into a career in agriculture. Not every child is going to want to become a nurse. Instead, the kids who think outside the box are working minimum wage jobs and become increasingly bitter about their hometowns.

Another idea that was also brought forth at the Chamber presentation was a new internship program. The bill would provide for-profit employers a grant to employ college students. An applicant must be attending a two or four year school and must have a permanent residence in the state of Nebraska. The idea is that after the internship is finished a student will stay in the State of Nebraska. Again, great idea in theory but who is this benefiting?

There is no guarantee that the student will even stay in the state after the internship is finished. This idea also benefits our neighbors to the east. They have a better chance of finding a better paying job. There are just more opportunities on the other end of the state. What about the kids whose families can’t afford to send them to college? Sure, we have programs like Upward Bound but it seems like every two years these great programs are on the chopping block.

What officials need to do in our neck of the woods is to start thinking about the youth. Stop with the excuses and actually take the time to think about them. We need them; otherwise western Nebraska is doomed to be a “ghost town.”

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839A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
832Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
832Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
822Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
822A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
821Observations Only: Painting a picture
820Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
820From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
820Observations Only: A soul’s journey
817Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
815Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
814Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
813Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
810Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
810Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
803Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
795Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
793Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
792Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
790Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
787Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
785The zombie apocalypse and you
784Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
783Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
781Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
776Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
775Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
774A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
768Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
766Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
763Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
763From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
762Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
759Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
756Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
752Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
747Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
746Teen Voice: Today’s television
745Observations Only: A new direction
735Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
734From the Superintendent’s Desk
733Observations Only: Giving up
733Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
733Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
732From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
731Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
730Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
729Trash cans
726Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
726Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
725Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
725Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
724Teen Voice: The road of hatred
724Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
724From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
722A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
722Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
721Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
720From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
720Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
720Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
718Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
718From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
715Observations Only: The joy of money
714Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
713Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
712From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
712Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
706Teen Voice: The more the merrier
706The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
706Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
705A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
701Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
698The Block
698Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
696Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
692 Taking a big risk
692From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
690A Small World: Savoring county fair days
686Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
684From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
682Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
679From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
678Observations Only: Saturday delight
678Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
678Teen Voice: Catfished
678Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
673The hills, part 1: Mustangs
672The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
671Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
670Seeing the works of the master
670Life's curve balls
669Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
668From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
667Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
666Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
666Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
666Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
663Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
662A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
661Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
661Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
660The ghost of Ayn Rand
659A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
659Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
658From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
657Observations Only: Extreme measures
655Teen Voice: Not just another ride
655Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
654Timing makes perfect
653Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
652Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
648Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
647Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
646Observations Only: Counting chickens
645Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
644Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
644Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
643From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
643A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
643Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
639SELL-OUT!
639A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
637A Stray Moment: God Knows
633Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
631Observations Only: Just around the corner
631A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
630It's no surprise
630Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
629A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
628Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
628A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
625The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
625Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
625Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
622Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
621Do You Tube?
619Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
618Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
617View from the block
617Welcome to Gering
617Observations Only: Scourge of violence
617Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
615From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
612The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
612From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
612The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
611A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
610A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
609Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
609At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
607Observations Only: What's in a word?
607Silence please
607Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
607The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
603A Stray Moment: The last time
602A Stray Moment: Without a net
599From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
599LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
599A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
598Observations Only: Together again
598Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
596Age of reason
596Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
594A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
594Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
593Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
592Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
591The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
590 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
589Economic development update
588Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
588Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
587Observations Only: No thank you
587Observations Only: Going home
586Observations Only: Curious things
586Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
585Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
585Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
585Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
584Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
583Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
582Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
581Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
578Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
575Observations Only: Surprises
575From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
572Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
572Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
572Guest Voices…
572Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
571From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
569Observations Only: Uneventful flight
568Teen Voice: Living within our means
568Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
568Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
567Observations Only: Spider adventure
567Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
565Observations Only: North Powder
565Rural America and immigration reform
564Observations Only: Sister odyssey
564Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
564Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
564A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
563Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
563Teen Voice: Body image
561Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
561Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
558Observations Only: Blue chip stock
558Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
558Teen Voice: Shadow art
558The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
557Observations Only: Critical thinking
556A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
556Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
555From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
555Across the Fence: The hand dug well
554The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
554Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
552Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
552A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
550Permission to remember
546Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
546A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
545Across The Fence: A day For thanks
544From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
544Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
543Observations Only: The awful truth
541Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
540Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
540The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
539Teen Voice: Serendipity
537Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
535Our View: The elephant in the room
534Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
532Social time has important benefits
531Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
530LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
530Observations Only: Journey's end
528Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
527Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
526Home of the Brave
526Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
525From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
525Observations Only: Curious things, part II
525Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
524Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
523Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
522Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
521Practice safe barbecue basics
519Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
519Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
518Observations Only: Sister lost
518Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
515The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
514Observations Only: The meeting
514My Thanksgiving prayer
514Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
514Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
512Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
508Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
508A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
507Our View: Bravo OTD committee
507Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
505The Good Life: The two different types of business people
503Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
502I'm falling for Tumblr?
502Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
502Totally Random: My journey, life after living
501The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
497Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
497A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
496Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
495Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
494Remembering When
493Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
493Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
493Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
493A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
492Teen Voice: Being a girl
490Observations Only: A gift of serenity
489Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
485Teen Voice: Happy news
485Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
484The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
482Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
482Observations Only : White water
482Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
475Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
475Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
471A Small World: Special guest
465Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
465Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
462Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
462Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
462Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
461Observations Only: Good and evil
461Observations Only: A fine line
461Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
459Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
459Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
459Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
457Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
454Teen Voice: Equality
454Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
452Our View: Visionaries wanted
450The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
449Observations Only: Expect the best
449A real leaning tree Christmas
449Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
445Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
444Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
443Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
442Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
435The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
432Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
432Observations Only: The shadow of error
432Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
431Observations Only: A matter of matter
430The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
429The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
429The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
429Observations Only: Indifferent love
428The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
427Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
425Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
424Observations Only: Beginnings
424Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
423Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
423Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
421Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
418Completely Different - The magic of spring
415Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
414Observations Only: Divine spirit
413Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
412Observations Only: Choices
412Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
410Observations Only: Temptation
404The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
404Totally Random: Life’s ripples
400Observations Only: Willfulness
397Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
395Teen Voice: The need to get away
394Observations Only: Divine prompts
392Teeing Off: Around the Green
390Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
389Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
388Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
387A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
387A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
384Observations Only: A matter of paradox
382Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
380Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
379Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
379A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
379Anno Domini: We gather together
376Observations Only: Off to the races
374Observations Only: The vision
373Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
372Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
370Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
370Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
369Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
368Across the Fence: The Pony Express
365Observations Only: The need to understand
364Totally Random: October, the pink month
364Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
362Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
360Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
358Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
355Observations Only: A good daughter
353Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
353Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
352Building Bridges: Love your enemies
350Teeing Off: Mind Gym
349A Halloween Story: The scary dream
346Teen Voice: Silence
345Teeing Off: Persistence
342Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
342Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
340Lyman Review: Devil calf
336Teen Voice: Stress test
336Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
333Teen Voice: Remember what you have
333Observations Only: A sad week
329Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
328Teen Voice: The Other Side
323Observations Only: Waiting time
322Teeing Off: The thing about state
321Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
319Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
319Teen Voice: What is love?
318Teen Voice: The rivalry
313Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
312Observations Only: Reality check
309Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
308Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
304Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
303Observations Only: Hog wash
302Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
300Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
299Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
296Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
296Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
295Lyman Review: The love goat
294Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
293Observations Only: Saint Marge
291Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
291Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
289Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
288Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
283Totally Random: Happy Halloween
282Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
279Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
278Lyman Review: One mean chicken
274Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
273Anno Domini: On this remembering day
271Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
269Observations Only: Gone away
268Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
267Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
266
264Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
259Teen Voice: Self-expression
257Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
257No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
254Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
253Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
252From the Hill: More Work Ahead
252Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
250Observations Only: The visit
246 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
239Teen Voice: My rebellion
239Teen Voice: Cyber War
237Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
234Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
234Why you should visit the zoo in February
232Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
228Observations Only: The last goodbye
228Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
227Observations Only: A day in August
227Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
226Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
221Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
219Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
214Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
214Teen Voice: The gift of caring
211Observations Only: The last toothpick
211No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
211Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
210Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
208Observations Only: One more time
208Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
207Observations Only: Final moment
206Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
203Totally Random: Trusting the fates
200Observations Only: The vigil
199Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
196Teen Voice: To the future
196Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
195Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
192Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
189Our View: Community responsible for kids
186Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
176Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
172Across The Fence: Last Christmas
171SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
170Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
168Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
165At the Library: March into a good book
165Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
162Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
162Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
160Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
160Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
158Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
157Teen Voice: Where is the love?
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
154Lyman Review: Winter's dog
152No-Till Notes: Looking Back
146Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
144Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
141Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
141In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
140Totally Random: Where does it go?
139Nature Notes: Love is in the air
129Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
122Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
120Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
118Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
117Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
116Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
116Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
109Lyman Review: Dog fun
107Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
106Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
103At the Monument: That old (historic) building
99Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
99Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
97Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
96Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
93Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
89Religious freedom must be protected
81Teen Voice: Inspire me
78Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
77At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
75Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
74Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
73View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
73Across the Fence: Amanda
69Teen Voice: Footprints
52In the Hills: Explore the state parks
51Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
48Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
47Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
44Support emergency services personnel
44No-till Notes: Moving forward
42Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
38At the Monument: Art in National Parks
37Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
32Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
28Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
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