Rural Living – Heritage Day

Heritage Day took place at the Henderson (Neb.) Mennonite Heritage Park recently. The park is a museum of replica buildings from the region which were the habitats of 35 Russian families seeking religious freedom in the United States.

Kelvin Smith of St. Paul, Neb. left, and Ron Goertzen of Henderson, Neb. work together to make apple cider with the use of an apple press during Heritage Day at Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park on 720 Road B Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Henderson, Neb. On average about two and a half gallons of apple cider can be pressed out of one bushel of apples.

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Grand Slam

As soon as it started to rain Grand Island senior Mickayla Sheets stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Sheets hit a grand slam home run off Kearney pitcher Meagan Reyes at the Veterans Softball Complex. Grand Island won in four innings 12-2.

Teammates of Grand Island Senior High School senior Mickayla Sheets pat her on top of her batting helmet after hitting a Grand Slam home run off Kearney pitcher senior Meagan Reyes at Veterans Softball Complex.

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Friday Night Lights: Aurora vs. Northwest Football on Friday, September 14, 2018

Grand Island Northwest played host to number one ranked Aurora Friday night at Viking Field. The Vikings student body section tossed flour in the air upon the Vikings first touchdown score during homecoming week. Aurora won 42-27.

Grand Island Northwest students throw flour into the air to celebrate the Vikings first touchdown against Aurora on homecoming night at Viking Field.

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An Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration

Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Grand Island, Neb. held confirmation together in a rare occurrence in which two bishops were present. Twelve Grand Island youth in a progressive service were confirmed by Bishop Brian Mass of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop J. Scott Barker of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration.

The Rev. Robert M. Lewis lights candles in preparation of an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

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Game Day: Colorado vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, September 8, 2018

Going back in time 29 years ago was the last time I photographed these two rivals, in which No. 1 Nebraska was upset by No. 15 Colorado 27-21 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. The Buffaloes had dedicated their season to starting quarterback Sal Aunese who passed away from cancer in September 1989. Fans rushed the playing field tearing down both goalposts. Colorado gained a bid for the Orange Bowl and was beat by Notre Dame in the National Championship. At the end of this post is a photo I took before kickoff of head coaches Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Bill McCartney of Colorado shaking hands.

This day in Lincoln, Neb. Colorado would be the spoiler again beating Nebraska 33-28.

Colorado safety Kyle Trego salutes fans while celebrating the Buffaloes 33-28 victory over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

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Friday Night Lights: Aurora vs. Wahoo Football Friday, September 7, 2018

The number one ranked Aurora Huskies football team defeated the third place Wahoo Warriors 55-21 in Aurora, Neb.

Aurora senior wide receiver Cy Bullerman catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Baylor Scheierman against Wahoo Friday night in Aurora, Neb.

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Game Night: Hastings College vs. Doane Volleyball Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Hastings College Broncos volleyball team beat Doane University in three straight sets 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 to win their home opener at Lynn Farrell Arena.

Clare Hamburger (2) bumps the ball as her teammate Lucy Skoch (18) gets into place during the third set against Doane Wednesday night at Lynn Farrell Arena. Skoch had seven kills and two blocks in the Broncos home opener.

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition

One of my assignments during the 2018 Nebraska State Fair was to cover the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition for the Omaha World-Herald. I had never even heard of this event let alone cover it. Cowboys and cowgirls competed in this timed event shooting at balloon targets set up in a pattern with single action .45 caliber pistols while on horseback.

Smoke billows out of Will Kennedy’s single action .45 pistol as he shoots through his last balloon target in a pattern during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

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Feats of Strength

Mamma Lou, America’s Strong Woman, AKA Linsey Lindberg of San Antonio, Texas performs several feats of strength on the CHI Health Pavilion stage during the 2018 Nebraska State Fair.

One of her favorite feats of strength, Mamma Lou America’s Strong Woman, rips a phone directory in half as Christian Casper of Ann Arbor, Mich. attempted and failed while becoming part of Mamma Lou’s act at the Nebraska State Fair.

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An American Hero

In lieu of Sen. John McCain passing away I was reminded of what a courageous and patriotic individual he was with an undying love for his country and family. In 2008 I had an opportunity to photograph Sen. McCain at a campaign rally in Denver, Colo. as he ran against Barack Obama for president of the United States.

Sen. John McCain gives a double thumbs up with his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan standing behind him at a 2008 campaign rally in Denver, Colo.

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