Women still calling the shots at the Omaha Star after 81 Years

Omaha Star – Photo Captions & Credits Native Omaha Days is a biennial, first-week-in-August nostalgia trip for current and former residents reliving the black-is-beautiful experience of their youth. Among the many touchstones of African-American life here is the newspaper serving that community, The Omaha Star. From its 1938 founding by Mildred Brown, the paper has […]

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Rocky Mountain High

We hadn’t been to Breckenridge since marijuana became legal in Colorado. Could that be right? According to Wikipedia, the state legalized pot in January 2014, more than five years ago. So, I guess it was. The last time we went to the mountains was an ill-fated trip to Estes Park, a switch from our usual […]

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New Office, Same Goal

More than 300 people packed into the new Council Bluffs campaign office of Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders July 20. Voters stood, shoulder to shoulder, on unfinished flooring and against unpainted walls waiting to hear Sanders speak. The noise from the crowd was amplified in the unfurnished room. A wish-list hung in […]

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Celebrating 4%

A cool, air-conditioned space at The Tap Room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, quickly warmed up as around 150 voters gathered to hear Julián Castro speak July 7. Seats at the event filled up well before start time, and 30 or more people stood for close to two hours to hear the former mayor of San […]

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Taking Dad Jokes On the Road

Volunteers carried stacks of chairs into The Tap Room in Council Bluffs when about 20 more voters than they had anticipated turned out to see New Jersey Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker. Around 100 people claimed their seats at the July 26 event to hear Booker’s early-morning pitch. Booker, who served as […]

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Crowd Stands for Biden

Hundreds packed into The Grass Wagon in Council Bluffs July 17 to see former vice president and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. Parking quickly filled up, and the surrounding streets were lined with cars, prompting some people to park in the grass to avoid walking several blocks in the afternoon heat. Inside the event, […]

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Making Work Human

Jason Lauritsen is an author, podcaster, speaker, and employment engagement expert who lives just outside Omaha. All of his ventures share a common goal: educating employers about how to keep employees productive and happy. He believes the best way to increase productivity is to make work human. In an interview he elaborated on making work […]

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One Hot Holiday

Hundreds of voters paused their Fourth of July festivities to stand in long lines for free barbeque and to hear from Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (Calif.). Decked out in red, white, blue, and “Kamala For the People” t-shirts, supporters gathered around 6:30 p.m. at Rivers Edge Pavilion in Council Bluffs, Iowa. […]

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Year of the Dog

Getting another dog was my idea. After years of jogging outdoors alone, I wanted a running partner. Our two dogs, Evie and Gilda, were in their double-digit years — it probably wasn’t a good idea to drag them along on my every-other-day 5k jog through Memorial and Elmwood parks. And it had been years since […]

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