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On May 27, 2017, Omaha Westside graduate John Lang led a group of hundreds of volunteers in building a gigantic flag that broke a Guinness Book record.

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On May 27, 2017, Omaha Westside graduate John Lang led a group of hundreds of volunteers in building a gigantic flag that broke a Guinness Boo…

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STROMSBURG – The past weekend was chock full of all things Swedish in Stromsburg and why not? The Polk County community was declared the Swede…

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More stuff I don’t get (and there is a boatload more where this came from).

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YORK – The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District has the lights on and the computers humming at its brand-new facility in York.

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YORK – When asked Wednesday to comment on the Upper Big Blue’s construction project, General Manager John Turnbull answered, “Things are progr…

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Willa Cather wrote, “Where there is great love there are always great miracles.”

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With a lack of trees or stone on the prairie, homesteaders looked to the land for building materials. Sod, made from thickly rooted prairie grass cut in 2- by 1-foot  chunks, was piled like bricks to make walls for the “soddy.” A simple sod house could be built in about a week for a cost of less than $5. The thick walls provided insulation against the summer temperatures, strong winds and winter cold, but leaky roofs were a problem, and the dirt floors needed to be watered down regularly, making it quite damp. One Fillmore County pioneer in 1873 described the process in letters to his wife: “All we have to do is plow up some sod (which will hang together for a half mile without breaking), cut in lengths to suit and lay up a wall & cover it and you have a house. To one who never seen one of our houses built of Nebraska brick, it would seem as though they were a dirty house, but they are warmer & cleaner than our hosier log cabins ever were.”

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McCOOL JUNCTION – Camp Kateri will be seeing improvements, thanks to generous donors who helped organizers raise $21,000 for the children’s ca…

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