Happy birthday Nebraska! Looking good for 150

Happy birthday Nebraska! The cute little state in the middle of the United States turns a youthful 150 years young. Nebraska became the 37th state March 1, 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War. I wondered how to write about the state’s sesquicentennial. Should I discuss the history of the state, dating […]

Nebraska at 150: Beatrice is site of first American homestead

Editor’s Note: Nebraska celebrates its 150th birthday as a state March 1. As the state observes its sesquicentennial during 2017, we wanted to take a look at Cornhusker state attractions leading up to the celebrations. Today, we take a look back at the first homestead in the United States, in Beatrice… Imagine getting the opportunity […]

Nebraska Passport 2016: Homestead National Monument in Beatrice

Imagine getting the opportunity to own 160 acres of land for free. All you had to do was a build a house and improve the land for five years. After that, the land was yours. The Homestead Act of 1862 did just that. President Abraham Lincoln signed the act into law that year. On Jan. […]

Trick-or-Treat: Nebraska’s hay minions are back to save the day

Be careful of things that go bump in the night. But, if you need help, call out for the super heroes…as in the Super Minons! The latest incarnation of the Beatrice-area based minions feature a trio of super heroes – Bat Minion, Super Minion and Capt. Ameriminion (as I call them). They’re assisted by Husker […]

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