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A few years back, I used to do a two-hour radio call-in show in Cincinnati about home improvement. It was loads of fun to be on the spot on live radio, answering listeners' questions. I miss those mornings but now do the same thing via email at

The smallest of details have a story in the home of John and Connie Beck of Minden. There’s a tiny coin purse in a shadow box that John’s grandmother gave to him when he was 7 or 8 years old. Two hats rest on top of the kitchen cabinets that belonged to his parents in the 1940s or ’50s. 

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COLUMBUS — Marietta Loraine Rathjen, 79, of Osceola, formerly of Ravenna, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Community Hospital in Columbus.

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WASHINGTON - When Frederick Douglass got home on the evening of Feb. 20, 1895, he was energized. A voluble storyteller prone to imitating his characters, the great man walked through the double doors at Cedar Hill, his elegant hilltop home in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood, bristling to talk about what had just happened to him.

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BROKEN BOW — Winston Blanshan Loomer, 100, of Broken Bow, formerly of Lexington, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Quality Senior Villages in Broken Bow.

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Virtually no one, anywhere in the world, is unfamiliar with the iconic photos of a drop of milk above a white haloed crown just as the previous drop hits a flat surface, or a bullet as it exits a just-pierced apple. Few outside the state, however, realize that Harold Edgerton is a native son and graduate of the University of Nebraska.

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