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2018 Harvest of Harmony Parade

I photographed the 77th annual 2018 Harvest of Harmony Parade which was my third time at this spectacular event. The parade had 220 entries featuring 105 high school marching bands, 87 float entries and 28 pageant contestants. The parade lasted nearly four hours.

Makayla Stobbe, a Grand Island senior High School flag girl, performs while marching in the 2018 Harvest of Harmony Parade with her bandmates in downtown Grand Island.

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Game Night: Aurora vs. Grand Island Central Catholic Volleyball on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders beat the Aurora Huskies volleyball team in three straight sets 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 at Aurora High School.

Aurora freshman Rachel Hunter bumps the ball on a Grand Island Central Catholic serve during the first set Tuesday night at Aurora High School.

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Game Day: Purdue vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, September 29, 2018

Its been a frustrating season so far for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team as they lose their fourth straight game to Purdue 42-28 on a dreary day at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost yells at referees after a second personal foul call on the Huskers while playing Purdue at Memorial Stadium Saturday. Purdue beat Nebraska 42-28.

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Portraits and Personalities

These are 20 of my favorite portraits I’ve taken in my three years with The Grand Island Independent.

Blacksmith Randy Dack pours water onto a stocking holder he creates during Christmas Past and Present Saturday at the Stuhr Museum.

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Friday Night Lights: Grand Island vs. Lincoln North Star Football on Friday, September 21, 2018

No. three ranked Grand Island beat Lincoln North Star 57-14 at Memorial Stadium in Grand Island, Neb.

Andrew Sheard appears as a silhouette while conducting the Grand Island Senior High School marching band during the Grand Island Islanders vs. Lincoln North Star Navigators football game at Memorial Stadium.

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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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