• T.J. Burnham

    Old Telephones And Antique Store Ponderings

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 24, 2014

    There was a time when we were going to start our own antique store. We had a giant storage space chocked full of great choice unusual furniture items, a vast array of collectible small pieces, and  what perhaps could have been valued at several thousand dollars in value. But after collecting over the years, we observed that everyone and their uncle were opening antique stores or renting space in consignment malls, so we gave up even before we started. As a result, we had what has gone…

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  • Curt Arens

    What Does It Mean to Be a Good Neighbor?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 22, 2014

    This past week, one of our neighbors who lived just a mile or so across the creek passed away rather suddenly. She had only been ill for a short time. Her passing helped me to recall her many virtues as a neighbor over the years. I remember when she and her husband were club leaders of our 4-H club. We often held monthly club meetings at someone’s home, and some of the most memorable meeting nights took place at her home. After the meeting and a wonderful lunch, the adults usually sat…

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  • T.J. Burnham

    Old Telephones And Antique Store Ponderings

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 22, 2014

    There was a time when we were going to start our own antique store. We had a giant storage space chocked full of great choice unusual furniture items, a vast array of collectible small pieces, and  what perhaps could have been valued at several thousand dollars in value. But after collecting over the years, we observed that everyone and their uncle were opening antique stores or renting space in consignment malls, so we gave up even before we started. As a result, we had what has gone…

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  • Tom Bechman

    Why I Believe in Leadership Contests for Youth

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 21, 2014

    My background is in working with youth, especially in FFA and 4-H. One of my favorite activities to coach or judge is parliamentary procedure. In simple terms, it's a contest which helps students learn how to run a meeting properly and efficiently. If you've suffered through ag meetings where you are a member and they ran on until midnight because the president just let things drag on, or decisions were made and you didn't feel you had adequate input, then you already know the…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Worldwide Support for Small-Town Missouri Family

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on April 18, 2014

    It never ceases to amaze me how small towns can pull together in times of need. Last week, while making several treks to interviews along the Missouri River, I passed through the town of Tarkio in Atchison County, Missouri – a prime example. One of the town's youngest residents, 5-month-old Landon Shaw, is battling a rare form of cancer. Members of the Tarkio community are rallying to support him – by plunging into frigid water, and making donations in his name. In the past few…

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  • Don McCabe

    Great American Wheat Harvest

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 17, 2014

    In my previous Nebraska Notebook blog, I reviewed Farmland, a film about six young producers facing the challenges of operating their own farms. I had the chance to preview it before its release May 1. A few days later, I received an invitation to preview another well-done agriculture documentary, The Great American Wheat Harvest. It is a compelling look into the custom wheat harvesting crews that start each year in Texas and work their way north to the Dakotas, Montana and even Canada to…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Cherry Blossom Peak Tops Off D.C. Visit

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 15, 2014

    I am happy to report that the cherry blossoms hit peak bloom last Friday – one of the rare occasions when the most beautiful days of the bloom actually match up with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. I was in D.C. for a whole week now with all eight grandkids and their parents. And no, we still haven’t seen everything this amazing city has to offer tourists, though we did add one amazing tour – D.C. Ducks. This tour proved to be a fantastic experience and…

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  • Tom Bechman

    Old Eyes Can't Watch Basketball on a 20-inch Screen!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 14, 2014

    My wife, Carla, and I took a journey to Georgia to see our oldest daughter, Allison, during the first week of April. She works for Coca-Cola and is based in Atlanta. It was the week of the NCAA Final Four, but I figured we could watch the Saturday evening semi-finals on her TV. Then we got to her apartment and I looked at her TV, or tried to look at it. Left from her days as a college student, the screen was 20 inches, being generous. Twenty years ago I could have sat in the comfortable…

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  • Mike and Sheilah Reskovac

    Savor The Crazy Spring Despite The Planter Dust

    Two Hearts, One Harvest

     by Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
     on April 14, 2014

    To us, spring is when the earth looks bright, new and fresh. The season has always reminded us of God’s love with the new beginning of a crop season. Mike: Some say spring is less stressful than harvesting. For us, planting season is way more hectic. It’s all about time – too little of it. It's the lead-off for the whole year. Our planting window is much narrower than the harvest window. Once all the equipment is ready to go and all the seed has been delivered in a…

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  • Don McCabe

    Documentary Captures Experiences of Young Producers

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 8, 2014

    I'm not much of a moviegoer, even though my wife prods me to attend one occasionally. So it was a bit unusual for me to catch two movies in a two-week span recently. I sat through two well-made documentaries about farmers and the challenges they face, the rewards earned for their work and the commitment they have to agriculture. The first was a premier screening of Farmland, a documentary film that gives an intimate look at the lives of six young producers, all in their 20s, who are…

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