Looking for landmarks

Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska is the signature landmark on the Oregon Trail.  The stone column rises nearly 300 feet above the North Platte river valley.  The national historical site  and visitors center is maintained and operated by History Nebraska. The museum inside the center has been expanded and updated. The exhibits are interesting andContinue reading “Looking for landmarks”

In Search of the Oregon Trail

After reading “The Oregon Trail A New American Journey” I knew where my next road trip would take me. The book is the story of the author Rinker Buck’s,  “crazy ass passion” to make the first unassisted covered wagon crossing of the Oregon Trail in over 100 years. I was totally captivated by the personalitiesContinue reading “In Search of the Oregon Trail”

Blair Graduation Scrap book

Blair Class of 2020 graduates finally were able to savor success and gain a sense of closure during commencement exercises held at Krantz field on August 1.  Classroom learning and school sports, activities and events including graduation were all postponed or suspended during the final quarter of the school year. In his commencement address, PrincipalContinue reading “Blair Graduation Scrap book”

2020 Washington County Fair keeps it simple

While many summer activities and events have been canceled due to covid  pandemic concerns, the 2020 Washington County Fair was held pretty much as scheduled.  Featured events included a rodeo, 4H shows, mud volleyball, tractor pulls and a livestock auction. Fair Board President Jason Cloudt said the 2020 fair was successful considering the circumstances.  

Embarrassment of riches

This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching I was looking forward to new opportunities.  Like  most retirees I had a long list of things I was going to “get around to” after I retired.  A good share of those things are stillContinue reading “Embarrassment of riches”

Enterprise Media earns NPA awards

The Nebraska Press Association released the results of the 2019 annual Better Newspaper contest on June 30.  The Washington County Enterprise, Pilot-Tribune and Arlington Citizen earned 24 first-place awards. The Citizen and Pilot-Tribune were both awarded First Place General Excellence in their circulation divisions. Personally, I was pleased to earn the First Place Class DContinue reading “Enterprise Media earns NPA awards”

Thanks for the memories Don Johnson

Current and retired faculty and staff formed a caravan which included a fire truck and school bus and paraded past the entrance to Feet Calhoun Middle School and High School to honor Dr. Don Johnson on his final before retirement  on Tuesday, July 30, 2020. Johnson served as Fort Calhoun high school and middle schoolContinue reading “Thanks for the memories Don Johnson”

News Photographer recollects Dana Closing

Ten years ago this week on June 30, 2010 the Dana Board of Regents and Dana Corporation abruptly announced that the 126 year old Lutheran institution would permanently close. As photographer for the Enterprise newspaper I had regularly visited the campus to photograph the annual Sights and Sounds of Christmas, picturesque seasonal campus landscapes, and occasional sports,Continue reading “News Photographer recollects Dana Closing”