Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
January 05, 2012 Elizabeth Gross   
Though the remake revolution continues in the movie industry, there were a few standouts that were a real joy to watch. Here are my picks for the 10 best films of 2011.

Tree of Life

This is hands down one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen. There is virtually no plot, yet the few scenes that do involve the actors craft a different story for different people. It contains elements of every situation we are faced with in life; the loss of innocence, the tragedy of death, and the glory of new life. The film poses different questions we have at one point or another asked ourselves. Why are we here? Why did this happen? And where were you? It is like watching a moving painting, so you let go of the fact there is no direct plot.

You have to watch this film with an open mind. While at times it does drag, if you are not paying attention, you miss something important. Make sure that you have the volume turned up. Many voice-overs are delivered in a whispered voice, so again, you risk missing something important. I highly recommend this film. If you don’t understand it the first time, watch it again. And if you don’t create a story, you can still appreciate the beautiful filmmaking.

Limitless

The film opens with Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) standing on the ledge of a high story building, ready to jump. Cue in a voice over that kind of explains what in the world he is doing on a ledge. The film tells the story about down and out writer Eddie. His girlfriend has dumped him; he has a serious case of writer’s block, and has accepted the fact that he’s a loser. Until he gets his hands on a new pharmaceutical drug that helps a person use 100 percent of their brain. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down while he moves his way up the corporate ladder.

The opening reminded me immediately of the movie ‘Fight Club.’ You are almost set up to think that this is going to be a twisted thriller. Every time Eddie takes a pill, you take it with him. The camera angles make you feel like you are on a drug trip. The whole time you start crafting in your mind about what this could really be about. Everything that happens to him is almost too good to be true. I will not say how it ends because you have to see the film for yourself.

30 Minutes or Less

30 minutes or less is the second film by director Ruben Fleischer. Fleischer, who burst onto the scene with the movie Zombieland, brings us a much darker comedy. The movie is about Dwayne and Travis, two guys who want to start a massage parlor. In order for them to get the money they get the brilliant idea of killing Dwayne’s father, The Major. (The Major is an ex-military man who hit it big when he won the lottery). Because they don’t have the guts to kill the Major themselves, they now must get 100, 000 dollars to hire an assassin.

They have no way to get that kind of money, so they decide to kidnap a pizza delivery boy named Nick. Dwayne and Travis strap a bomb to Nick and tell him he has 10 hours to rob a bank or he dies.
When you see a movie that stars Danny McBride and Nick Swandson you have some expectations. The film will have lots of drug references and naughty jokes. This film is no exception; however, it’s played up much nicer so the film doesn’t turn vulgar. It’s a black comedy, so a lot of the jokes fall flat if you are not into these kinds of films. The movie has a great balance of action and comedy which keeps the film moving at a good pace. In terms of storyline, this was probably the most original idea on my list. I look forward to more films from Ruben Fleischer. If you’re into something a little different this film is for you.

Bridesmaids

Hailed as the female version of the “Hangover,” Bridesmaids was one of the most risky comedies this year. It’s not very often we see a comedy with an all-female cast. If we do, it goes more along the lines of a chick flick; which if you’re like me, is an unfunny snore fest. Bridesmaids is about two best friends Lillian and Annie. When Lillian gets married she asks Annie to be her maid of honor. Annie is honored until she meets one of Lillian’s friends from college, Helen. Annie and Helen get into a battle royale to prove who the better friend is.

A lot of people said this was a female version of “The Hangover.” I would have to agree to a point but “The Hangover” was something you just sort of expected from men. Bridesmaids was a very brash and in your face look at how some women really do treat each other. To quote Lillian from the movie, “Why can’t you be happy for me and then go home and talk about me behind my back like a normal person?”
This is a great comedy for both men and women. It has a great balance of slapstick and tender moments. This is a movie you can watch with your significant other and not have him become embarrassed when they mention “female problems.” I hope we start to see more female leads in comedies.

Fast Five

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly come up with anymore squeals for this franchise, “Fast Five” proved that they could. Turning away from its street racing roots, this sequel’s style was more along the lines of a heist film. The movie picks up right where the last one left off. Brian and Mia plan a heist to break Dominic out of jail. Afterwards they end up in Rio Janeiro, Brazil where they need money fast. They hook up with one of their old partners, Vince. The deal goes south and the gang now has to face the drug lord of Rio. To settle the score they plan a heist to take all of his money.

This film was action-packed, the car scenes where phenomenal and it brought together all of your favorite characters from the franchise. If you are a fan of the Fast and the Furious films you will love this movie.

Take Me Home Tonight

Even though the film takes place the year I was born, this movie was very relatable. It tells the story of MIT graduate Matt. A guy that everyone feels has so much potential, yet has no idea what direction to take with his life. He works at Sun Coast Video in the mall, where he runs into his high school crush. She invites him to a party, where everything changes for Matt.

What was great about this movie is that it’s your typical coming of age story. Everyone goes through that feeling after high school or college wondering what to do with their life. You have that diploma or degree; now what? Even though the timeline of the story is during one day, the characters are so well developed that you feel like you know every one of them. If you don’t relate with Matt, you relate with his sister or his friend. This film has a John Hughes sort of magic to it that makes it so memorable.

Colombiana

What Bridesmaids did for women in comedy, Colombiana does for action films. After witnessing her parents’ murder, Catelyea (Zoe Saldana) dedicates her life to avenging her family. This is a story line we’ve heard before. What makes it unique is that a woman is the fighting lead and it works. They used the physical body type of the actress and put her in situations that were believable. However, in terms of fight scenes, this didn’t work and the actress was tossed around like a rag doll.

The pace of the movie was fast, which left no dead spots. While it could have used better character development, the film proved that there can be such a thing as a female action star. This is another genre I would love to see women have a bigger role in.

Thor

Comic book heroes are our modern mythology. As an avid Marvel comics fan, I wasn’t a big fan of the Thor comic books. It always seemed a little unoriginal to use a hero from mythology to create a comic book hero. The movie Thor however, made me second guess my original opinion.

The fact that they had Shakespearean actor Kenneth Barnagh directing the film was kind of a shocker for me. The movie was pretty basic in terms of story. This is Thor and this is why he’s stuck on earth now. The simple storytelling was what made this film easy to follow. The casting was great because quite frankly, Chris Hemsworth just looks like a god. The film had a nice blend of CGI effects, unlike other films where the CGI effects overtake the storyline.

Captain America: The First Avenger

This is another Marvel comic hero I knew nothing about. Captain America was before my time so when I heard they were making this into a movie I wasn’t really excited about it. Captain America was a hero from WWII that we found in a block of ice.

What kind of superhero gets trapped in a block of ice? Now if he was trapped in adamantium, that make more sense.

Just like Thor, I ate my words when I saw Captain America. This was another film with a nice blend of CGI effects to go into the WWII back story. It has a lot of heart and you find yourself wanting the hero Steve Rogers to win. Again this film was great for anybody, not just comic book fans.

X-Men: First Class

This comic book film is more for the fans instead of everyone. I love the X-Men but I was a little leery about this film. X-Men: First Class tells the back story of Charles Xavier and Erick Lensherr (Magneto).

When I first heard the premise of this story, I thought this was going to be completely boring. Again, I was surprised and this was a neat take on the X-Men universe. The story takes place during the Cuban missile crisis. Charles Xavier is enlisted by the military to get a team together to find out what the Russians are up to.

The combination of history and action makes this movie interesting. While it does drag at times, the filmmakers make it up to you by adding a great fight scene. There were a lot of strong actors that made this movie. It is a good film for anyone who enjoys the X-Men.

There you have it, my picks for the best films of 2011. Let’s hope 2012 will bring us some new and fresh ideas. Check these films out and you’re sure to find something for everybody.

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23Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
23Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
23Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
23Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
23Observations Only: The vigil
23Observations Only: Final moment
23Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
23No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
23Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
23Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Why you should visit the zoo in February
23Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
23Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
23Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
23Teen Voice: Footprints
23Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
23Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
23Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
23Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
23Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
23What’s really going on with our water?
23Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
23Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
23At the Monument: Junior Rangers
22The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
22Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
22Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
22Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
22Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
22From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
22Across the Fence: The Pony Express
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
22Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
22Observations Only: Willfulness
22The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
22Observations Only: Divine prompts
22Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
22A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
22Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
22Observations Only: A matter of paradox
22Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
22Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
22Teeing Off: The thing about state
22Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
22From the Hill: More Work Ahead
22Anno Domini: On this remembering day
22Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
22Observations Only: A day in August
22The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
22Our View: Community responsible for kids
22Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
22Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
22Teen Voice: To the future
22Teen Voice: Where is the love?
22Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
22Teen Voice: Cyber War
22Teen Voice: Inspire me
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
22Support emergency services personnel
22New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
22Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
22No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
22Letters to the Editor
22Fourth of July meetings
22A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
22No Till Notes: Final Stop
21Observations Only: Going home
21Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
21From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
21Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
21Guest Voices…
21The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
21
21A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
21A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
21Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
21Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
21Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
21Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
21Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
21Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
21Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
21Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
21Nature Notes: Love is in the air
21Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
21Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
21Religious freedom must be protected
21At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
21In the Hills: Explore the state parks
21No-Till Notes: Back in the field
21Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21Website Resources
21College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
20Our View: The elephant in the room
20A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
20Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
20Lyman Review: One mean chicken
20Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
20Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
20Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
20SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
20Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
20Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
20Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
20View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
20Greetings from the State Capitol
20Lyman Review: Branding Time
20From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
19Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Rural America and immigration reform
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
19Lyman Review: Winter's dog
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19At the Library: March into a good book
19No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
18Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
9Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Most Read News Stories of 2012
335All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
326Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
224Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
180Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
153Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
137Support letters requested for airport
132Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
132A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
126At the Monument: Museum collections
122Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
122A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
119A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
118At the Monument: Where are the animals?
116Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
112No Till Notes:
109In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
109No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
108Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
105Letters to the Editor
105At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
103Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
91Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
89No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
84Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
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74Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
69At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
69Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
67Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
62Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
58What's the deal with organic milk?
56Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
56Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
54No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
49Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
46Observations Only: A soul’s journey
45Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
45Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
45Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
44Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
44Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
44Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
44Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
43Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
43Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
43Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
42Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
42Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
42Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
42Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
42Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
42Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
41Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
41Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
41Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
41Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
41Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
41In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
40Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
39Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
39Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
39The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
38Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
38Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
38Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
38Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
37Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
37Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
37A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
37Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
37Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
37At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
36Completely Different: It's all in the family
36Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
36A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
35Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
35Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
35Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
35Totally Random: The Golden Rule
35Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
35The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
35Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
35Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
35Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
35Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
35Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
34Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
34Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
34Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
34Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
34The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
34A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
34Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
34Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
34Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
33Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
33Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
33The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
33Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
33Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
33From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
33Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
33Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
33From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
33Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
33Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
33Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
33Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
33Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
33Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
33Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
33Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
33Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
33In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
33Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
33Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
32Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
32Across the Fence: Building Barns
32From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
32A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
32Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
32Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
32Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
32Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
32Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
32A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
32Reach out for challenges
32
31Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
31Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
31Across the Fence: On The road
31Assad’s endgame
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
31Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
31Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
31From the Superintendent’s Desk
31Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
31Observations Only : White water
31From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
31Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
31Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
31From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
31A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
31Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
31Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
31Observations Only: Temptation
31Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
31Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
31Anno Domini: We gather together
31Totally Random: My journey, life after living
31Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
31Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
31Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
31Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
31No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
31Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
31 Across The Fence: County Fair
31Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
30Across the fence: Something worth remembering
30Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
30Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
30A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
30Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
30Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
30Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
30Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
30Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
30Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
30Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
30 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
30Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
30The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
30Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
30Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
30Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
30Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
30At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
30Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
30Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
30Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
30Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
30In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
30No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
30Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
30Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
29Completely Different: Your local government and you
29A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
29Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
29Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
29Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
29Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
29Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
29Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
29Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
29Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
29A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
29Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
29Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
29Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
29Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
29A Stray Moment: Without a net
29Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
29The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
29Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
29Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
29Observations Only: Reality check
29Teen Voice: Silence
29Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
29Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
29Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
29Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
29Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
29Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
29Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
29Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
29Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
29Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
29No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
29Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
29Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
29
29Creatures of the Night
29No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
29A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
29A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
28Observations Only: Painting a picture
28Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
28Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
28A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
28Teen Voice: Today’s television
28A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
28From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
28Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
28Observations Only: Curious things
28Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
28Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
28Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
28Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
28Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
28A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
28Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
28From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
28Across the Fence: The hand dug well
28Observations Only: Divine spirit
28Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
28A Small World: Savoring county fair days
28Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
28Observations Only: Saint Marge
28Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
28Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
28Observations Only: Gone away
28Across The Fence: Last Christmas
28Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
28Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
28Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
28Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
28Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
28Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
28Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
28Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
28A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
27Observations Only : The orphanage
27Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
27Observations Only: Just around the corner
27Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
27Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
27From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
27Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
27From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
27Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
27Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
27From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
27Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
27Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
27Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
27Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
27Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
27Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
27Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
27A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
27The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
27Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
27Lyman Review: Devil calf
27Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
27Across The Fence: A day For thanks
27Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
27Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
27Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
27Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
27In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
27Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
27At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
27Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
27Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
27In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
27Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
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27Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
27Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
26Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
26Observations Only - Two ages of man
26The zombie apocalypse and you
26Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
26Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
26Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
26Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
26Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
26Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
26Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
26Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
26From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
26Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
26Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
26Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
26A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
26Observations Only: Critical thinking
26Observations Only: Curious things, part II
26Observations Only: Journey's end
26Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
26Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
26Teen Voice: Being a girl
26Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
26Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
26Observations Only: A gift of serenity
26Teen Voice: Shadow art
26Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
26The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
26Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
26Teen Voice: Remember what you have
26Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
26Observations Only: Indifferent love
26The Good Life: The two different types of business people
26Teeing Off: Around the Green
26Totally Random: Life’s ripples
26Observations Only: The visit
26Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
26Totally Random: October, the pink month
26No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
26Teen Voice: Self-expression
26 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
26Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
26Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
26Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
26Building Bridges: Love your enemies
26In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
26Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
26Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
26Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
26Their View: Goal post move unfair
26Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
26Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
26History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
26Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
26Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
26Prairie Dogs
26No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
26At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
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25Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
25Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
25Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
25Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
25SELL-OUT!
25Home of the Brave
25A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
25Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
25Observations Only: A new direction
25A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
25Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
25Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
25Observations Only: Sister odyssey
25Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
25Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
25Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
25Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
25Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
25Teen Voice: Happy news
25From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
25Observations Only: Uneventful flight
25Teen Voice: Catfished
25A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
25A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
25Observations Only: Sister lost
25Teen Voice: Living within our means
25A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
25Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
25Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
25Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
25From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
25Teen Voice: The need to get away
25Observations Only: Choices
25A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
25Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
25Observations Only: The need to understand
25Observations Only: The vision
25Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
25The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
25Lyman Review: The love goat
25Observations Only: A sad week
25Teen Voice: Stress test
25Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
25Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
25Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
25A Halloween Story: The scary dream
25Teen Voice: My rebellion
25Teen Voice: What is love?
25Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
25Observations Only: The last toothpick
25Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
25Totally Random: Trusting the fates
25Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
25Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
25Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
25At the Monument: That old (historic) building
25Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
25Across the Fence: Amanda
25No-Till Notes: Looking Back
25At the Monument: Art in National Parks
25Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
25Linked Lives
25Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
25Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
25Synchronicity:What brings me back
25No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
25Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
25No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
24Completely Different: Tales from the mat
24Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
24Teen Voice: March Madness
24Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
24Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
24Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
24Do You Tube?
24Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
24Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
24Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
24It's no surprise
24Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
24Observations Only: Extreme measures
24The ghost of Ayn Rand
24Remembering When
24Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
24Observations Only: North Powder
24Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
24Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
24Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
24The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
24Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
24A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
24Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
24Observations Only: A fine line
24Observations Only: A matter of matter
24Teen Voice: Body image
24Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
24Teeing Off: Persistence
24The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
24Teeing Off: Mind Gym
24Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
24Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
24Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
24Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
24Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
24Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
24Observations Only: The last goodbye
24A real leaning tree Christmas
24Teen Voice: The gift of caring
24Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
24Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
24Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
24No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
24Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
24Lyman Review: Dog fun
24View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
24Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
24Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
24No-till Notes: Moving forward
24Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
24Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
24Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
24At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
24For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
24No-til Notes: Changing plans
24Be kind through communications
24Letter to the editor
24Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
24No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
24At the Monument: Night Sky
24Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
24No-Till Notes: The value of water
23Observations only : Sisters of the world
23Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
23Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
23Being a Nebraskan – border to border
23Completely Different: The Quest
23Trash cans
23Observations Only: The joy of money
23Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
23Life's curve balls
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
23Observations Only: What's in a word?
23Teen Voice: Not just another ride
23From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
23Silence please
23The hills, part 1: Mustangs
23Observations Only: Giving up
23A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
23Observations Only: Counting chickens
23Teen Voice: The road of hatred
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
23Observations Only: Spider adventure
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
23Observations Only: Blue chip stock
23Observations Only: The meeting
23Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
23Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
23From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
23A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
23Teen Voice: Serendipity
23Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
23Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
23From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
23Teen Voice: Equality
23Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
23Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
23Observations Only: Expect the best
23Observations Only: Beginnings
23Observations Only: Good and evil
23A Stray Moment: God Knows
23The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
23Completely Different - The magic of spring
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
23Observations Only: The shadow of error
23Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
23Teen Voice: The Other Side
23The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
23Observations Only: A good daughter
23Observations Only: Off to the races
23Observations Only: The awful truth
23Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
23A Small World: Special guest
23Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
23Observations Only: Waiting time
23Teen Voice: The rivalry
23Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
23Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
23Observations Only: Hog wash
23Totally Random: Happy Halloween
23Observations Only: One more time
23Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
23Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
23Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
23Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
23Observations Only: The vigil
23Observations Only: Final moment
23Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
23No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
23Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
23Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Why you should visit the zoo in February
23Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
23Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
23Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
23Teen Voice: Footprints
23Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
23Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
23Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
23Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
23Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
23What’s really going on with our water?
23Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
23Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
23At the Monument: Junior Rangers
22A last look at the Nebraska Zone
22Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
22Time keeps flowing like a river
22My mini Pen and me
22Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
22From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
22Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
22Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
22Practice safe barbecue basics
22Observations Only: Saturday delight
22Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
22Teen Voice: The more the merrier
22Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
22The Block
22From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
22Observations Only: No thank you
22A Stray Moment: The last time
22Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
22Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
22Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
22Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
22Observations Only: Scourge of violence
22The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
22Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
22Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
22Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
22Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
22From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
22Across the Fence: The Pony Express
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
22Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
22Observations Only: Willfulness
22The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
22Observations Only: Divine prompts
22Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
22A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
22Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
22Observations Only: A matter of paradox
22Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
22Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
22Teeing Off: The thing about state
22Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
22From the Hill: More Work Ahead
22Anno Domini: On this remembering day
22Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
22Observations Only: A day in August
22The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
22Our View: Community responsible for kids
22Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
22Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
22Teen Voice: To the future
22Teen Voice: Where is the love?
22Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
22Teen Voice: Cyber War
22Teen Voice: Inspire me
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
22Support emergency services personnel
22New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
22Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
22No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
22Letters to the Editor
22Fourth of July meetings
22A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
22No Till Notes: Final Stop
21Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
21It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
21Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
21We need a few good people
21Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
21Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
21Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
21The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
21Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
21Permission to remember
21Economic development update
21 Taking a big risk
21Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
21From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
21Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
21Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
21Observations Only: Together again
21The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
21Observations Only: Surprises
21Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
21Observations Only: Going home
21Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
21From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
21Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
21Guest Voices…
21The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
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21A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
21A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
21Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
21Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
21Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
21Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
21Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
21Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
21Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
21Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
21Nature Notes: Love is in the air
21Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
21Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
21Religious freedom must be protected
21At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
21In the Hills: Explore the state parks
21No-Till Notes: Back in the field
21Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21Website Resources
21College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
20Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
20Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
20Observations Only : Mission accomplished
20Social time has important benefits
20View from the block
20Age of reason
20Timing makes perfect
20The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
20Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
20From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
20The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
20The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
20Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
20Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
20Our View: The elephant in the room
20A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
20Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
20Lyman Review: One mean chicken
20Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
20Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
20Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
20SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
20Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
20Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
20Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
20View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
20Greetings from the State Capitol
20Lyman Review: Branding Time
20From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
19A Small World: Time traveling
19Our view . . .Sports Complex
19Letter to the Editor
19Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
19Seeing the works of the master
19Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
19A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
19Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
19The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
19Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Rural America and immigration reform
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
19Lyman Review: Winter's dog
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19At the Library: March into a good book
19No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
18Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
18Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
18Our View: Visionaries wanted
18Welcome to Gering
18From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
18The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
18Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
17My Thanksgiving prayer
16Our View: Bravo OTD committee
9Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
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