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What is your Diabetes Grade?

When I was in elementary school, the teachers gave us a report card every quarter that we were supposed to show our parents. I dutifully handed this over to my parents, and they would make comments....

 
 By Jerome Kessler    News    June 6, 2012

Sidney KCs Hold A Successful Ultrasound Fund-Raising Campaign

On November 29th of 2011 our Knights of Columbus group (chapter 3002 of Sidney) was asked to help prevent abortions. The Sunrise Resource Pregnancy Center (SRPC) had been recently started in our...

 

Spring Lawn Care

In case you didn’t notice, Spring is here. Many lawns in town are already looking pretty good. Most of the others will green up with some moisture. Regardless of how your lawn looks, however, it...

 

Life Of O’Reilly

Whether you love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly is a celebrity that you probably know. His news show, “The Factor”, can be seen on the Fox news channel on weekdays at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 5...

 

Remember The Alamo

I recently visited the great state of Texas. The plan was to take the Amtrak to St. Paul, and then for my brother (Roger) and I to drive down to the San Antonio area. We hoped to see a few new...

 

Groundhog Day

In case you didn’t realize it, last Thursday was Groundhog Day. February 2nd is the day when a legendary groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) comes out of his winter lodging....

 

Photographs & Memories

It has been 40 years since singer and songwriter Jim Croce died in an airplane crash. His music inspired me in the 1970s; and some of his words have recently come back to haunt me. “Photographs and...

 

Food Stamp Controversy

Is President Obama, as Newt Gingrich claims, the biggest “food stamp president” of all time? You be the judge . . . There are now about 46 million people on food stamps. That compares to 29...

 

Reflections Of Sherry

The events of the past week point out a few things about our community. “Life in Sidney,” several people have told me, “will never be the same.” The worst possible thing has happened. One of...

 

Local Church Building Projects

Bible Baptist Church When you walk into Sidney’s Bible Baptist Church, you can’t help but notice that it is a hub of activity. The church runs the Liberty Christian School, and the school’s 25...

 

Winter Weather Preparedness

The Richland County Disaster & Emergency Services (DES) held a workshop this past Saturday at the St. Matthew’s Parish Center. The goal of the workshop was to help people get ready for the winter...

 

Who Is Santa Claus?

I recently learned that my son (Ian) made a Facebook posting saying that my wife and I should never have pretended that there was a Santa Claus. His Facebook note tells the world that we...

 

Occupy Wall Street

For the last two months the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has dominated the national spotlight. I find the goals of the movement to be somewhat nebulous, however. Some say they are hoping to make...

 

Puppy Love

Eight months ago my wife and I suffered through the death of our beloved dog, Oscar. Coupled with the fact that our kids are all in college, our house has become an awfully quiet place. “Why...

 

The Campbells

Hal and Jean Campbell moved to Sidney in 2008. Hal was a college professor at the California State University, and continues to teach via online courses. Jean is active in a variety of church and...

 

Flag Football

The name Rance Haralson is synonymous with Sidney Flag Football. And it should be. Rance and his wife, Colleen, have run Sidney’s Flag Football Program for the last 16 years. Wayne Swigart is the...

 

Mending Fences

We were out of town when Sidney experienced a terrible storm on April 30th of this year. Many trees were blown down. When we got home we discovered that seven of our fence posts were broken off at...

 

Petrik Eye Witness To Reno Air Race Disaster

Last Friday’s airplane crash at the Reno NV National Championship Air Races had a Sidney connection. Phil Petrik, a longtime local pilot, was about one thousand yards away from where the P-51...

 

Green Side Up

If you dial 701-744-5759 you will hear a pleasant voice informing you that “Green Acres Sod Farm” is able and willing to take care of your sod needs. That is the voice of Josie Riedel. She might...

 

Send Help!

There was an early morning fog on the day of our planned mountain bike expedition – an omen that I should have paid more attention to. Eight members of the family reunion said they would make the tr...

 

Fair Reflections

Another Richland County Fair has come and gone. This year’s Fair was greatly influenced by the weather. When it was storming (as it was on Friday) the traffic was slow and the vendors didn’t have...

 

Old Vs. New Earth

“Debate over the age of the universe and earth and the duration of the Genesis creation days have . . . deeply divided” the Christian community. So says Hugh Ross, astronomer, pastor, and author...

 

Everything Must Go

Is your house filled with too much stuff? Ours certainly is. Twenty-six years of “Conspicuous Consumerism” has taken its toll on our household. It’s a common problem. To paraphrase Thoreau,...

 

God & Country

Last weekend my wife (Shelley) decided to have a gathering. It was a belated “4th of July” celebration. It was also a chance for her to make a statement about where she thought our country has...

 

Fairview Festival

By Jerome Kessler Dennis Dahl hopes to be a “flag bearer” in this year’s Fairview Old Timers Reunion and Summer Festival. He is usually one of the horseback flag bearers for this event. He...

 

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