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By M. Timothy Nolting
For The Sun-Telegraph 

Across The Fence - Welcome to Van Tassell: Population 15


On a recent trip to Rushville, where Deb and I frequently travel to visit her mother, we decided to take a different course from the usual Scottsbluff to Alliance to Hay Springs route.

Heading west out of Bushnell to Pine Bluffs, we struck a course due north to Albin, then on to Lagrange and up Highway 85 to Torrington. At Torrington, we took Highway 159 north – where after several miles – the pavement ends and gravel roads took us through wide-open grasslands. The scarcity of any dwellings along the way got me to thinking of what a long walk it would be if the old truck decided to blow...

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