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 By Forrest Hershberger    News    May 25, 2022 

Life On The Edge

Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, 45,979 Americans died from suicide, from an estimated 1.2 million suicide attempts. The elusive questions are what leads...

 
 By Forrest Hershberger    News    May 25, 2022 

The Voice of Response

The room is deliberately dim. It's easier on the eyes. The duties from the outside appear to be simple, but can change at any give moment, or one phone call to the next. Responding to a moment of...

 
 By Forrest Hershberger    News    May 25, 2022 

15th Annual Pony Express Rides Through Sidney

The normal casual start of a Thursday morning was briefly interrupted last week when a group of motorcyclists entered Sidney from West Highway 30. The interruption of normal was not an invasion, but...

 

Sidney Library Announces New Adult Librarian, Bookmobile Driver

On May 17, the Sidney Public Library announced a new staff member who will lead the adult reading program and the book mobile program. Julie Stokes took on her duties as the new adult librarian and ov...

 

Widening the Disconnect

I wanted to tease or title this as “strange days,” but I already used that. Maybe it is “Strange Days2.” I recall early in the social media platform reading a sentence or so that really puts...

 

Speaking for the People

On May 9, downtown Sidney's typical traffic of workers busy in the duties, the lunch crowd hurrying to their favorite menu and people out for an afternoon walk were suddenly interrupted by the site...

 

County Appoints New Tourism Director

A few months ago, Kevin Howard announced his retirement as tourism director for Cheyenne County. After extending his exit date by more than a month, Cheyenne County has a candidate to step into his...

 

Wiegand Wins

Cheyenne County voters chose the next Clerk of the District Court. With all 10 precincts reporting, 696 voters cast votes in favor of Mindy Wiegand, and 662 votes were cast for Debra Hume. "I am...

 

Lessons from Our Grandparents

By some accounts, I’m one of the lucky ones. At different stages in life I knew all four of my grandparents. My memory of both sets of grandparents was after they retired. For my dad’s mom,...

 

Council OK's Land Deal

The Sidney City Council recently approved a land purchase by Table of Grace. The property is a 3.2 acre tract on east Elm Street at a cost of $21,440. The agreement calls for $1,000 to be deposited...

 

Approval, with Protest

The Cheyenne County Board of Commissioners faced a decision that resulted in a vote, then a move to rescind the vote and vote a second time. A regular meeting of the board of county commissioners beca...

 

Sidney Loses Veteran, Businessman, Community Leader

On April 30, Sidney businessman and inventor, former city councilman, and former newspaper owner Robert “Bob” Van Vleet died at the age of 87. Van Vleet was born in Redfield, S.D. After...

 

Keeping Enough Rubber On The Road

Today starts with another life lesson from cycling. Balance and performance are related, and, odd as it might sound, staying grounded. Over time, I’ve had my share of falls. I relaxed too much on a...

 

Five Names, Three Seats

Sidney voters will to choose between five candidates for three seats on the Sidney City Council. The ballot has Paul Strommen, Brad Sherman, Marva P. Ellwanger, Brandon Bondegard and Tony Jones as...

 

Council OKs Housing Grant Application

The city of Sidney is in a dilemma, a conundrum if you will. When Bass Pro purchased Cabela's, real estate became a buyer's market. In many instances there was a house or more on nearly every block...

 

Air Force Officials Discuss Missile Plans

The United States missile defense system that dots the rural terrain north to Montana and North Dakota, including western Nebraska, and Colorado has been in the ground and at the ready for several yea...

 

The Cost of Free Speech

Since the trend of buying bottled water, the phrase “I never had to pay for that when I was young” surfaces occasionally. That same can be said about free speech. Who would have thought “free...

 

Chamber President Resigns

Almost two years ago, the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce announced a new president and CEO. McKailie Carnahan-Kuhns was selected as the new President/CEO, replacing Hope Feeney. Feeney and her...

 

Thibodeau Visits Sidney

In late 2021, Theresa Thibodeau stepped away from the Charles W. Herbster campaign. On April 20, 2022, she stopped in Sidney to meet voters. Thibodeau is in a field of nine seeking the top office in...

 

Gravel Permit Approved

The Cheyenne County Commissioners approved on April 18 an agreement with Paul Reed Construction for a conditional use permit to stockpile soil, aggregate, concrete and asphalt. The conditional use...

 

Proof of 'Community'

I’ve heard on many occasions that tragedy proves the value of your friendships, relationships. A little more than 23 years ago an entire community had to quickly define itself when Columbine High Sc...

 

'Future Consumers' Break Ground on Park Project

 As the summer sun arrives, so will new opportunities. Children of all abilities will be welcomed in the same park and on the same equipment as the Legion Park playground will be updated with play...

 

City Council Approves Vendor Fee

What is the best, most equitable tax and accountability system for food vendors, specifically for those who don't anticipate significant presence or revenue in town? That is a question the Sidney city...

 

Sidney VA Clinic to Close?

In downtown Sidney, about a block from the Cheyenne County Courthouse and near the business district is a clinic designed to serve a specific population, the veterans who have served the United...

 

Military Vehicle Continues to 'Serve'

For much of its history, the Sidney community has had a some degree of military presence. Recently, a part of the past resurfaced in another part of the country to tell its story, and thank those who...

 

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