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Sanders: Foodie traditions

November 16, 2018 — As I put a roast into the oven this morning I knew I would later add potatoes and carrots. It caused me to wonder how we come up with our meal combinations. Most often it is because that is how we grew up, yet past

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Petersen: The price to vote

November 16, 2018 — At last! Midterm elections are over — mostly. And of course, everybody's happy. Hugs and kisses are flying back and forth twixt all politicians. Makes a person feel all warm and tingly. I did my civic duty and drove to town to vote. No one

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Hanks: The value of weapons

November 16, 2018 — If we are going to discuss weapons, what exactly is a weapon? Hmmmm, to my thinking, gentle readers, a weapon is anything you can harm someone or something with. A rock, your fist, a stick, a spear, knife or gun. Words can be a weapon

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Yield: Odds and ends

November 16, 2018 — Well, the midterm elections are over and we peons won't have to listen and see political ads for — actually, probably for at least three months. Then the drum beat for the 2020 election will begin. (Sigh) Sad but true. We face two years of

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Pitts: My house runneth over

November 16, 2018 — There are many benefits to being a syndicated columnist. Although you work for a pittance, the gifts you get more than make up for the paltry salary. For example, I wrote that I had a barb wire collection and Dan from South Dakota, a longtime

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Black: The first cowboy Thanksgiving

November 16, 2018 — In November 1621, a Thursday, I believe, the pilgrims were fixin' to set down to a meager meal of fish sticks and boiled beets. When out of the woods marched a jovial band of Indians packin' a bushel of roastin' ears and two wild turkeys.

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Nebraska’s success depends on agriculture, biotechnology and the University of Nebraska

November 16, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. — Contributing one in four jobs and $25 billion in annual cash receipts to the state's economy, it's hard to ignore the impact agriculture, and its related biotech industries, has on Nebraska. Thanks in large part to Nebraska's steadfast and innovative farmers, ranchers,

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Elderly territory

November 11, 2018 — The State of Elderly has no barriers, rules, regulations or gold cards. It's a territory that advocates no specific religious persuasion; it will not deny anyone on the basis of ethnic or racial background, whom one may know, whether one voted for the donkey, the

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Sanders: Training to serve

November 11, 2018 — Americans have big hearts and seem to find surprising ways to help others. Carol Drury of rural Sterling, Colo., has chosen puppy raising with Canine Companions for Independence as a way to give back. At the first mention of a service dog, most people think

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Minnow trapped

November 11, 2018 — Okay, here's a humorous story that happened to me last week. Put your mental home video on play as I tell this story and you'll enjoy it more vividly in your mind. I have a friend from Iowa, ol' Pegan Raye, who overwinters at Apache

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Hanks: What’s in your wallet?

November 11, 2018 — Gentle readers I would betcha' that most, if not all of you, have seen the TV commercial by a leading credit card company wanting to know "What's in your wallet?" And to that I would say, "well now pilgrim, that would be absolutely none of

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After the election: What happens now?

November 11, 2018 — "When all's said and done" is an old English saying that's appropriate today. After months of prognostications, punditry and predictions, campaign rallies, speeches, protests and endless advertisements, the voters have had their say and the elections are done. What we know right now is what

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Black: Grandpa Tommy saved the world

November 11, 2018 — We were watching The History Channel at Grandma's casita. It was a story about the USS Enterprise being attacked. It was 1945. They were describing acts of heroism that occurred. Stories of men risking their lives, staying with wounded comrades instead of swimming to safety.

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Radke: Dorothy Stover Hall

November 11, 2018 — Last week was one of those times where you have a lot of balls in the air and looking back you wonder how you juggled them all without dropping one. Okay, maybe I dropped a few — the house didn't get cleaned and the dishes

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Pitts: Soup strainers and flavor savers

November 11, 2018 — Have you ever noticed the obligatory five or six young men standing behind every Grand Champion steer or heifer at a major livestock show who were responsible for grooming the animal? While every hair is in place on the bovine the talented fellas responsible look

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Petersen: 3—7—77

November 5, 2018 — This story was written more than 20 years ago as a tribute to law officers everywhere. It bears repeating. Real heroes are people who do their duty with no particular fanfare. Such are the men and women of the Highway Patrol who travel thousands of

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Sanders: Cow cuddling

November 5, 2018 — In agricultural circles there is the term "value added," which means you can gain more income from the product, besides the end point financial gain. In other words, after you shear your sheep, you spin the wool and sell it in skeins or you use

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The all-new 1500 Silverado and Sierra

November 5, 2018 — My Chevy Silverado first drive was in Jackson Hole, Wyo., followed by a GMC Sierra first drive in Newfoundland, Canada. It was a big year for changes. Next year we'll see new heavy duty trucks, my guess is we'll see them first at the Detroit

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Yield: My first smart phone

November 5, 2018 — Here's a little tidbit that will make any youthful readers of my columns shake their heads and chuckle. After years of resistance, I got dragged kicking and screaming into purchasing a smart phone. And the reason for this change of heart has to do with

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Black: Pheasants hunting pheasants

November 5, 2018 — Each fall, the governor of the great state of South Dakota hosts his Invitational Pheasant Hunt. This is meant to be a way to show off South Dakota's state bird, their pride and joy, the wily pheasant. It's also a means of attracting some special

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