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Fighting For the Little Guy

A Democrat who’s successful in Republican counties, Hassebrook has begun building his state-wide campaign for Governor in 2014.

“I’ve represented 15 counties in northeast Nebraska on the UNL Board of Regents,” he said. “It’s nonpartisan, but I am the only Democrat that has served in nearly 30 years.” His straightforward priorities of education and advancement, with an emphasis on rural...

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A Good Walk Spoiled

About 18 years ago I wrote a feature on golfer Tom Sieckmann for a local lifestyle magazine. I ran across the article recently while boxing up old press clippings during my move. There was Sieckmann on the magazine cover, leaning back in a cheap plastic lawn chair next to a bucket of golf balls, a driver leaning on his left shoulder like a lazy rifle.

Throughout the 2,000-word profile, I...

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The Project, Pt. 4: The Dream Home

This is the fourth and final part of a series that ran in the Dec. 20, Feb. 28 and April 18 issues of The Reader. Read Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Pt. 3.

They say going through a house remodel is the most stressful thing a couple can live through, more stressful apparently than surviving a life-threatening illness or financial ruin. Yet months into our project and we were having the time of our lives.

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Kids Eat Free: Pull Up A Seat

Only 10 percent of the children in the state of Nebraska who are eligible for the summer meals program actually take advantage of it.

Hunger Free Heartland is out to change that by spreading the word about its Summer Food Service Program.

Sue Arment, Director for Hunger Free Heartland, says the program is open to kids ages 1-18. There are no ID checks and no paperwork or documentation is...

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Dark Side of the Runway or There She Is, Miss American Idiot

A few notes from last week...

Nostalgia and my prurient curiosity were the reasons we switched channels between Game 5 of the NBA finals and the Miss USA beauty pageant Sunday night.

I remembered the pageant growing up, seeing a teary-eyed Bob Barker (Burt Parks hosted the Miss America pageant, a completely different animal) serenade a teary-eyed Miss Wherever as she strolled down the...

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Once upon a time an urban dead end became the Old Market

In a state with few destination attractions, Omaha's Old Market arts-entertainment district packs them in. The draw is not any one or two venues, but a collective of shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and creative spaces, along with the historic character of those places.

Designer Roger duRand opened one of the first businesses there, the head shop The Farthest Outpost, with Wade Wright in...

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But you can get what you need)

Maybe it was because of the rain, but no one was shopping at the Benson Farmers Market last Saturday morning, except for us. Then again, there was no one shopping at said farmers market two weeks ago when the weather was fine.

And I can’t blame them, because there ain’t much there to “shop.” Of the handful of tents that lined Military Avenue, one sold baked goods, another bedding plants, one...

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Getting straight

Compassion in Action's move to the former Wesley House campus at 2001 North 35th Street is symbolic for CIA founder-executive director Teela Mickles.

Her nonprofit serving men, women and children touched by the judicial and penal system will return community-based human services to a site that housed Nebraska's oldest social service agency.

The Wesley House Community Center was a United...

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