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  • Celebrating Service

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Jun 9, 2021

    Energy production today is focused on renewable options, leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible and meeting needs consistently. It is a time when decision-makers are seeking sources besides drilling for fossil fuels. That hasn't always been the case. Less than a century ago, energy was fuel-based. Pioneers in the area had gasoline-powered cars and trucks... as well as much of the home. Wheat Belt Public Power District is celebrating 75 years serving parts of Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden and...

  • Flag Day

    Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator|Jun 9, 2021

    Each year on June 14, Americans celebrate one of the most iconic symbols of freedom the world has ever known: the American flag. We didn’t pick this date by accident. On the same day in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act, which read, “Resolved: That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” George Washington described this design as takin... Full story

  • 2021 Firework Retail Stand Application Deadline

    Jun 9, 2021

    June 9, 2021 Lincoln, NE - The deadline to apply for a retail stand license from the State Fire Marshal Agency is 11:59 PM on June 10, 2021. After this time, the license application portal will close. There is no mechanism available to submit a request after this time. License information and Application Instructions can be found on the State Fire Marshal website at . The changes to fireworks sales because of LB 152, a bill introduced by Senator Slama, and signed by Governor Ricketts on May 5, 2021...

  • Kid's Fishing Day Saturday at Legion Park

    Jun 9, 2021

    The Kids Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 12, at Legion Park. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and fishing takes place until 11 a.m. Loaner rods and reels are available for children during Saturday's event as available. The pond is stocked with tagged fish that can be taken to Cabela's for prizes. The Kids Fishing Day is supported by several local businesses including Cabela's, Dairy Queen, Brand New Items and Coffee Shop, NexGen Outfitters. Cabela's will also have a catch and release pond...

  • Changing of the Guard

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Jun 9, 2021

    In 1980, Cindy Heilbrun developed a working relationship with the City of Sidney. Nearly 38 years of experience and 41 years of history later, she turning over her office keys to another. She started her career in public service as secretary to the city manager. After taking a leave of absence, she came back at the urging of Geri Anthony to serve as cashier. She was then promoted to deputy clerk. The position of Deputy City Clerk was designed under Anthony. At about the same time, the office of...

  • Potter Carbowl Set for June 25-26

    Jun 9, 2021

    The Village of Potter is rolling out the welcome mat for everything community June 25-26. There will be live music, a barbecue contest, of course a car show, and duck pin bowling. The event starts 5 p.m. Friday, June 25, with the opening of the beer garden and two live concerts back to back. Attendees can be entertained by the Juke Joint Cruisers of Colorado and the Stahla Ford Band of Kimball. Fireworks will be held downtown following the concerts. The weekend will also have a free bounce...

  • Carol Ann Christensen

    Jun 9, 2021

    Carol Ann Christensen, age 68, of Big Springs, NE passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. A graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Potter Cemetery in Potter, NE where she will be laid to rest. Following will be a Celebration of Life at 4:00 P.M. at the Dalton Hall in Dalton, NE. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Points West Bank for expenses. You may view Carol’s Book of Memories, leave...

  • Donald Jake Hart

    Jun 9, 2021

    May 30, 1930 to May 7, 2021 Donald Jake Hart, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Hart, was born on May 30, 1930, on the family farm near Briggsdale, Colorado. Don had two brothers, John and George and four sisters, Betty, Leona, Marian and Barbara. He attended School at Keota, Colorado. In September 1947, he met the love of his life, a blonde named Jennie Joan Larson. They dated until June 1949 when they were married in Greeley, Colorado. They moved into a small apartment in Sidney, Nebraska, and Don...

  • Delpha Kay Taylor

    Jun 9, 2021

    Delpha Kay Taylor, age 68, of Dalton, NE and long-time resident of Independence, MO passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Sidney. There are no services planned at this time. Cremation has been held. Delpha was born on December 13, 1952 to Melton Floyd and Sadie (Green) Basham in Kansas City, MO. She is survived by her children Nikki (Jeff) Rogers of the home. Jeremiah (J.J.) Taylor of Kansas City, KS and Julie Taylor of Independence, MO. Brothers: Kenneth (Dee) Floyd of Independence, MO. Herschel...

  • Writer Stands Against 'No Parking' Effort

    Jun 9, 2021

    In reference to the “No Parking” Approved article on June 2, 2021, I want to point out that truckers are a vital part of our local economy. Rather than make more rules to make their lives more difficult, it would seem a better approach would be to find ways to accommodate and help them. Everything we eat, every purchase we make is brought to our localities by a trucker. They are on serious time constraints and unfortunately don’t always have access to restrooms or places to take their breaks or easily dump their trash. I would suggest that the...

  • Personal Patriotism

    Mike Sunderland, Thoughts from a Grey-haired Point of View|Jun 9, 2021

    “An informed patriotism is what we want… So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important: Why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant… If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are.” Ronald Reagan, Farewell Address to the Nation, Oval Office, Jan. 11, 1989 Patriotism is frequently scorned and scoffed at as being out-of-date, the refuge of the ignorant and violent, and the cause of war. Nothing could b...

  • Monitoring or Censoring

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Jun 9, 2021

    President Trump’s criticism of news and commentary desks have quite possibly resulted in unintended results. Or did they? I try to be careful of rabbit trails, especially those that lead to dark holes with unknown personalities. This one can go either way, a long walk on a shadowy path, or a discussion in the daylight. Like him or not, Trump was known among things for calling out the press. “Fake news” is a label given to many reporters, stories and agencies. It became a First Amendment discu...

  • Financial Goals With Your Family

    Jun 9, 2021

    June is Effective Communication Month. And it’s a good idea to recognize the importance of good communications, because it plays a role in almost every aspect of living – including your finances. You’ll want to clearly communicate your financial goals to your loved ones – and you’ll want to hear theirs, too. Let’s look at some of the communications you might have with family members: • Your spouse – You and your spouse may have different thoughts about a range of financial topics – how much to save, how much to spend, the level of debt wit...

  • Love or Fear

    Jun 9, 2021

    When I was a little girl I went to Sunday School and sang “Jesus Love Me” and I knew he was always watching over me. However, I also knew that while watching over me, God also knew everything I did…good or bad! This made me fear Him. I often envisioned Him “making a list and checking it twice to see if I had been naughty or nice”. Sound familiar? I am sure many of you, as children, also had some of those same thoughts. Yes, there is a fear of God, meaning a reverence for His Person and authority, which is the heart of true Faith. However, we mi...

  • Spring Has Sprung: Vegetable Gardening 102

    Brandee Gillham, The Cowboys Wife|Jun 9, 2021

    After you have determined the placement and layout of your garden spot, the next thing to get ready is your soil. This is my favorite part of the whole season. There is something about digging in the dirt that is soothing for the soul. There are some amazingly cool resources to help determine if your soil is too acidic or too basic, but I keep my life much more simple than that… I add the same amendment every year and it has never sent me astray. Never! My beds remain uncovered in the off s...

  • Master Gardner Tips: Growing Dahlias

    Elaine Pile, NebraskaExtension Master Gardner|Jun 9, 2021

    Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle, relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains and consistent with research-based recommendations. Have you considered growing dahlias? The dahlia is a versatile flowering plant, providing a wide array of sizes, forms and colors. Ranging from half-inch pompons to giants, the flower forms vary from daisy-shaped singles to fully double types. Dahlias generally are purchased as tuberous roots which can go directly into the ground in the spring...

  • Cover crop discount available for federal crop insurance

    Jun 9, 2021

    LYONS — Cover crops are a conservation practice with wide ranging benefits, from improving soil health to protecting water quality. Many farmers who planted fall cover crops are now eligible for a discount on their crop insurance premium, thanks to a new program announced June 1. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, offers a discount of $5 per acre on a farmer’s 2021 crop insurance premium, but no more than the full...

  • Seniors End Week With Wins

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Jun 9, 2021

    Sidney’s American Legion Post 17 Senior team had a busy week, hosting Sheridan County on Tuesday, then traveling to Gering on Wednesday and then finishing the week with a series against Rapid City at home. The Seniors started on Tuesday by hosting the Sheridan County Regulators, and a Sidney error in the second inning gave the visitors a two run lead at the end of their half of the inning. Sidney fought back, with Ty Stettner scoring from third on a passed ball in the bottom of the second, a...

  • Juniors Fall to Sheridan County, Gering

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Jun 9, 2021

    Sidney’s American Legion Post 17 Junior team hosted the Sheridan County Regulators on Tuesday, June 1 at Legion Filed, and could not recover from a five run Sheridan first inning to fall by a final score of 10-to-3. Landon Riddle started on the mound for Sidney, and had a tough time getting outs in the first inning, hitting the first batter he faced then giving up two singles, a double and three walks to give Sheridan County a five run cushion to start the game. Micah Schneider singled and s...

  • Sidney Hosts Wood-Bat Tournament

    Jun 9, 2021

    — Sidney’s Legion Park baseball fields were busy over the weekend as teams from the panhandle area, Colorado and Wyoming came to Sidney for the annual Wood Bat Tournament. 9U, 10U and 12U teams had a full schedule of play over three days, and the turnout was great with all the fields jammed with spectators to watch the action....

  • Vanity

    David Bryan, Columnist|Jun 9, 2021

    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity! What is the profit to a man in all his labor which he labors under the sun? These were the words of a man named Solomon who was King of Israel from 965-926 B.C. Solomon had riches, power, fame and everything going for him but he didn’t have wisdom. So Solomon sought wisdom and understanding from God and although gifted with great wisdom from God, he struggled with the real purpose and meaning of life. Solomon was considered the wisest man who ever lived and h...

  • Straight Talk With Steve

    Steve Erdman, District 47 Senator|Jun 9, 2021

    The first session of the 107th Legislature has come to an end…well, almost. There remains one matter yet to be resolved by the Unicameral Legislature this year. It is the matter of redistricting. Once every ten years legislative district lines get redrawn in order to better comply with the changing demographics of our state. Legislative district lines are determined by population. Ten years ago, LB 703 determined that the ideal size of Nebraska’s legislative districts would be 37,272 people. So,...

  • Why I Oppose Abortion

    Dan Carlson, Prairie Ponderings|Jun 9, 2021

    You’ll be hard pressed to find someone more pro-life than I am. The wholesale slaughter of unborn children in our country is morally reprehensible and needs to stop. As a reader of my columns, you deserve an explanation for why I strongly advocate for abortion in America to end. First, the unborn life is human from the moment of conception. In an age when we’re demanded to follow the science, the science says the DNA of unborn children is human. That’s why fetal tissue is so sought after for res...

  • Equations

    Bill Benson, Columnist|Jun 9, 2021

    How does one recognize great writing in a novel, a work of history, or a scientific treatise? The typical answers include: if it sells 5,000 copies, if it makes the “New York Times Best Seller” list, if it wins a literary prize, if a literary critic gives his or her stamp of approval, or if it is printed for decades. Each generation of young people discover for themselves the wealth of ideas that they can dig out of Plato’s Dialogues, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays, or Shakespeare’s plays. Th...

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