30 Favorites from 2017

Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018. It seems like year after years are flying by. As with any New Year I anticipate it with excitement and uncertainness. It’s a good time to reflect on where you’re at and how far you’ve come. Thus taking steps to achieve a new set of goals over the next year and beyond.

 

A super moon rises above the steeple on the Hall County Courthouse late Saturday afternoon.

A super moon rises above the steeple on the Hall County Courthouse late Saturday afternoon.

A look over a banister under chandeliers are two tall trees decorated by Grand Island Women’s Club members inside the Hargis Mansion. The Andrew M. Hargis house built in 1898 is one of two stops on during the Holiday Tour of Homes.

A look over a banister under chandeliers are two tall trees decorated by Grand Island Women’s Club members inside the Hargis Mansion. The Andrew M. Hargis house built in 1898 is one of two stops on during the Holiday Tour of Homes.

Grand Island sophomore Kamryn Kier goes back to the dugout with a smile and a fist bump to her coach after hitting a homerun against Lincoln East Thursday at the Veterans Complex.

Grand Island sophomore Kamryn Kier goes back to the dugout with a smile and a fist bump to her coach after hitting a homerun against Lincoln East Thursday at the Veterans Complex.

Motorists drive through deep water on a second straight night of severe thunderstorms moving through the region creating flooding at the intersection of 3rd and Walnut Streets in downtown Grand Island.

Motorists drive through deep water on a second straight night of severe thunderstorms moving through the region creating flooding at the intersection of 3rd and Walnut Streets in downtown Grand Island.

Grand Island firefighters pull back on the cab of a Ford truck to remove an occupant involved in a motor vehicle accident on a rainy Friday morning at the intersection of 2nd and N. Eddy Streets.

Grand Island firefighters pull back on the cab of a Ford truck to remove an occupant involved in a motor vehicle accident on a rainy Friday morning at the intersection of 2nd and N. Eddy Streets.

Mary Ann Douglas, personal trainer and owner of Fit Marine at 719 W. Third St., teaches a turbo kick fitness class. Douglas was in the United States Marine Corp. from 1994 to 2004.

Mary Ann Douglas, personal trainer and owner of Fit Marine at 719 W. Third St., teaches a turbo kick fitness class. Douglas was in the United States Marine Corp. from 1994 to 2004.

Mike Fritz, a biologist through the Natural Heritage Program through Nebraska Game and Parks, answers questions while showing pictures of various bat species and the value they provide for agriculture in controlling insect populations. Fritz gave an educational experience for third thru sixth-graders in the Prairie Plains Resource Institute Summer Orientation about Rivers outing under what he considers a great “bat tree” with a hollowed out middle section of a tree at Gjerloff Prairie.

Mike Fritz, a biologist through the Natural Heritage Program through Nebraska Game and Parks, answers questions while showing pictures of various bat species and the value they provide for agriculture in controlling insect populations. Fritz gave an educational experience for third thru sixth-graders in the Prairie Plains Resource Institute Summer Orientation about Rivers outing under what he considers a great “bat tree” with a hollowed out middle section of a tree at Gjerloff Prairie.

Boxes of pork are strewn across railroad tracks after a tractor trailer of a semi driven by Anton Kristijanto of Dakota, Neb. was struck at a train crossing on Hwy. 30 and 5th Road west of Chapman Friday afternoon. Motorists were being diverted off Hwy. 30 onto 5th Rd. because of an accident blocking traffic.

Boxes of pork are strewn across railroad tracks after a tractor trailer of a semi driven by Anton Kristijanto of Dakota, Neb. was struck at a train crossing on Hwy. 30 and 5th Road west of Chapman Friday afternoon. Motorists were being diverted off Hwy. 30 onto 5th Rd. because of an accident blocking traffic.

Hastings College junior linebacker Nathan Howe comes face to face with Valley City State running back Louis Quinones during first half action Saturday.

Hastings College junior linebacker Nathan Howe comes face to face with Valley City State running back Louis Quinones during first half action Saturday.

George Pilsl takes down a pop-up dummy as the last part of a football agility drill during Junior Skills Camp Central for fourth through eighth-graders Friday at the Grand Island Central Catholic practice field.

George Pilsl takes down a pop-up dummy as the last part of a football agility drill during Junior Skills Camp Central for fourth through eighth-graders Friday at the Grand Island Central Catholic practice field.

Malachi Halte and Angelica Stienike use skate walkers to brace themselves while refining their skating skills at Skate Island.

Malachi Halte and Angelica Stienike use skate walkers to brace themselves while refining their skating skills at Skate Island.

Omaha Bryan head coach Jason Susnjar celebrates Ladamien Sturdivant’s victory over Brayden Smith of Kearney in a 106-pound match during the 2017 Nebraska State High School Wrestling Tournament in Omaha Thursday.

Omaha Bryan head coach Jason Susnjar celebrates Ladamien Sturdivant’s victory over Brayden Smith of Kearney in a 106-pound match during the 2017 Nebraska State High School Wrestling Tournament in Omaha Thursday.

A referee gets an earful from Hastings College head coach Jina Johansen during the GPAC Quarterfinal Women’s Tournament game at Lynn Farrell Arena Wednesday night.

A referee gets an earful from Hastings College head coach Jina Johansen during the GPAC Quarterfinal Women’s Tournament game at Lynn Farrell Arena Wednesday night.

Adyson Narber of Aurora looks wide eyed at Jonna Bart after she edged out Plattsmouth to win the Class B girl’s 3,200-meter relay during the second session of the 2017 Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium Friday.

Adyson Narber of Aurora looks wide eyed at Jonna Bart after she edged out Plattsmouth to win the Class B girl’s 3,200-meter relay during the second session of the 2017 Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium Friday.

RyeLee O’Brien with YWCA childcare learns to play drums with Sheltered Reality musical drum group during The Children’s Summer Reading Program Friday at the Grand Island Library.

RyeLee O’Brien with YWCA childcare learns to play drums with Sheltered Reality musical drum group during The Children’s Summer Reading Program Friday at the Grand Island Library.

Lightning strikes above Agricultural Services Inc. in Doniphan Tuesday night as a string of severe thunderstorm storm cells moved throughout the region.

Lightning strikes above Agricultural Services Inc. in Doniphan Tuesday night as a string of severe thunderstorm storm cells moved throughout the region.

Noah Teel of Stillwater, Okla. gives an emotional embrace to his mother Barbie after becoming a National Champion in the Yearling Percentage Boer Doe during the American Boer Goat Association National Show Wednesday at Five Points Bank Arena. Family friend Emma Rethans, left, holds Teel’s trophy.

Noah Teel of Stillwater, Okla. gives an emotional embrace to his mother Barbie after becoming a National Champion in the Yearling Percentage Boer Doe during the American Boer Goat Association National Show Wednesday at Five Points Bank Arena. Family friend Emma Rethans, left, holds Teel’s trophy.

Philip Ryan, right, slashes Ryan Carlson as the two have a sword fight during a Skjaldborg Vikings reenactment in the first of three performances during the 65th annual Swedish Midsommar Festival in Stromburg Saturday.

Philip Ryan, right, slashes Ryan Carlson as the two have a sword fight during a Skjaldborg Vikings reenactment in the first of three performances during the 65th annual Swedish Midsommar Festival in Stromburg Saturday.

Sho Aoyama, left, pumps water up from a water well as other ninth-graders watch as Senshu Academy students from Tokyo, Japan take a tour of the 1897 Railroad Town Wednesday at Stuhr Museum.

Sho Aoyama, left, pumps water up from a water well as other ninth-graders watch as Senshu Academy students from Tokyo, Japan take a tour of the 1897 Railroad Town Wednesday at Stuhr Museum.

Jim Parish, district executive with Boy Scouts Troop 316 in North Platte, fixes a jam on a BB gun shot by Daniel Kluska at the Camp Augustine Robert Freeman rifle range Saturday. A new Boy Scout troop for the developmentally disabled took part in outdoor activities. Parish’s son Zach, right, looks over his shoulder.

Jim Parish, district executive with Boy Scouts Troop 316 in North Platte, fixes a jam on a BB gun shot by Daniel Kluska at the Camp Augustine Robert Freeman rifle range Saturday. A new Boy Scout troop for the developmentally disabled took part in outdoor activities. Parish’s son Zach, right, looks over his shoulder.

Five Points Bank centerfielder Keyin Wentling charges up on a shallow pop up to make a sliding catch against Hastings Runza at Ryder Park Friday.

Five Points Bank centerfielder Keyin Wentling charges up on a shallow pop up to make a sliding catch against Hastings Runza at Ryder Park Friday.

Aric Hoagland of Hastings took off his boots after walking in a parade while sitting with his mother Amy in front of the travelers home during a July 4, 1897 Celebration in Railroad Town Tuesday at Stuhr Museum.

Aric Hoagland of Hastings took off his boots after walking in a parade while sitting with his mother Amy in front of the travelers home during a July 4, 1897 Celebration in Railroad Town Tuesday at Stuhr Museum.

4Sports: Hastings College senior Jill Bax serves against Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center.

4Sports: Hastings College senior Jill Bax serves against Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

4PP: Marysa Dominquez, a Sicanju Lakota Indian from Lincoln, dances on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

4PP: Marysa Dominquez, a Sicanju Lakota Indian from Lincoln, dances on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Paytra Tebrink of Denton, Neb. smiles as she turns her horse Smooth Sail’n Sassy on the last pole in the senior division of Pole Bending during the 90th annual Aksarben Horse Show Saturday at the Thompson Foods Open Air Arena. Tebrink received a purple ribbon in the event.

Paytra Tebrink of Denton, Neb. smiles as she turns her horse Smooth Sail’n Sassy on the last pole in the senior division of Pole Bending during the 90th annual Aksarben Horse Show Saturday at the Thompson Foods Open Air Arena. Tebrink received a purple ribbon in the event.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action in Hastings Saturday.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action in Hastings Saturday.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two officials on the spot at Viking Field. Earlier Schliep had intercepted an Aurora pass while playing defensive back.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two officials on the spot at Viking Field. Earlier Schliep had intercepted an Aurora pass while playing defensive back.

Johnson-Brock student Logan Edwards shields her classmate Hailee Sandfort from the cold wind as she takes photos of an 8-man playoff football game against Heartland Thursday night in Henderson.

Johnson-Brock student Logan Edwards shields her classmate Hailee Sandfort from the cold wind as she takes photos of an 8-man playoff football game against Heartland Thursday night in Henderson.

Grand Island Central Catholic make a dogpile while celebrating their victory over Lincoln Lutheran at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday.

Grand Island Central Catholic make a dogpile while celebrating their victory over Lincoln Lutheran at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday.

 

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