• Don McCabe

    Can you hear me now?

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on June 27, 2014

    My 15 months on aircraft carriers, including one 7-month "cruise" working on the flight deck, was an adventure, and a noisy one at that. Before that, growing up on the farm and driving cabless tractors with the radio blaring on the fender didn't do my hearing any good, either. I've never had a hearing test, but I'm pretty sure there is some hearing loss. At least my wife says so. It's estimated that farming ranks as the second noisiest industry, resulting in…

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  • Don McCabe

    Nebraska Homestead Act Records Can be Searched Online

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on June 13, 2014

    Earlier this month, I found out more about my great grandfather and the settling of our family farm in northeast Nebraska. He homesteaded in 1873 in Dixon County. The farm earned a Pioneer Family Farm Award in 1973. I knew those facts. But I didn't realize his homesteading documents were 20 pages in total and that he had to bring two witnesses to the county court to vouch that he made the necessary improvements, like a home, outbuildings and the plow and planting of crops. I've been…

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    A pat on the back for Sen. Mike Johanns

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on June 3, 2014

    Nebraska agriculture will lose a dedicated defender of agriculture when Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., leaves office at the end of the year. Replacing him will be either Ben Sasse, Republican, or David Domina, a Democrat. I appreciate how Johanns has consistently pushed back against the overreach of federal agencies into agriculture. His efforts late last year forced the Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration to back off from overstepping its grain storage…

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