• Curt Arens

    Arbor Day - A Nebraska Tradition

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 28, 2011

    With Arbor Day, Nebraska really started something special. When J. Sterling Morton and his wife Caroline moved their family from Michigan to Nebraska, they found something missing. They loved the forests and orchards of their home state, so when they got to Nebraska, they missed the trees. Of course, they came to our region in 1854, when the only trees in the territory were growing along rivers and streams and the majority of the region was tall grass prairie. So the Mortons got busy…

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    The Only Thing We Have to Fear is...Public Speaking

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 19, 2011

    Feared more than death and taxes, adults are petrified of speaking in front of people.   I have to admit, my mind began to wander a bit during the county 4-H public speaking contest the other night. Listening intently to young 4-Hers talk about their latest projects, their hopes for the future, their thoughts on agriculture or caring for the land, I couldn’t help but admire these students who stood before total strangers and told their stories with ease. They could communicate…

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    Democracy is Messy Business

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 13, 2011

        The farmers who battled the British in the spring of 1775 fought for our freedom to disagree and to compromise.   It wasn’t all that well planned out, but the farmers and laborers in the countryside knew one thing. They wanted to be free. They had no idea, when they stood together on Lexington Green to face a well-trained British column on the morning of April 15, 1775, what the country they were about to risk life and limb for would turn out to become. Yet, when…

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    From the Farm Field to the School Cafeteria

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 6, 2011

    Joyce Rice has the energy and the attitude to do great things for Central City students.   Joyce Rice is a ball of energy. The food services director for Central City schools feeds 700 students each day, and she has enthusiasm to spare. She is a farmer at heart, and she thinks like farmers think. She was dissatisfied with the food students at Central City were being fed and she decided to start looking for locally raised, healthy food to place on the menu at school. Joyce contacted…

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