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Prairie Fire Newspaper went on hiatus after the publication of the September 2015 issue. It may return one of these days but until then we will continue to host all of our archived content for your reading pleasure. Many of the articles have held up well over the years. Please contact us if you have any questions, thoughts, or an interest in helping return Prairie Fire to production. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you to all our readers, contributors, and supporters - the quality of Prairie Fire was a reflection of how many people it touched (touches).

A time to remember

By Don Hanway This year marked the 23rd Annual Reunion of Nebraska Vietnam Veterans, the first such reunion I have attended. As I walked into the display and registration area of the Quality Hotel in Hastings (the former Holiday Inn) on August 17, it seemed to me that most of the vets were older than I am. That couldn’t be true: I was 23 when I was “in country,” and a lot of these men were probably younger than that when they served.

A primer of college savings plans

By Dave Bomberger Benjamin Franklin once observed, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” There is as much truth in that statement today as there was in Franklin’s time. Education contributes to the success of individuals and to the productivity and competitiveness of the United States. The importance of education is especially significant as the American workplace evolves. During the past five years alone, job opportunities requiring a postsecondary education have increased almost nine times faster than jobs requiring a high school diploma or less.

Journey By Train

By Kandra Hahn This is my journal and travelogue of a trip on Amtrak from Lincoln to Chicago. I had urgent family business in Chicago. I’d had nothing but bad experiences recently on airlines, and I needed a break. I’d always liked trains but worried about the extra time it took and usually gave in and flew. I loved the spacious seats and the expansive hours reading, doing needlework, sleeping, sitting in the observation car or at leisurely meals in the dining car, chatting with perfect strangers I would never see again. These days I had to add in the sheer luxury of boarding with a six-ounce bottle of hand lotion and not having to stand barefoot, dumping my laptop computer into a plastic dishpan before sending it through an X-ray machine.

Plains and Planes

By Eli S. Chesen Something about living on the Plains really annoys me, which is being the occasional recipient of the condescending, geocentric attitude of some visitors to our tender land. They are the ones who view and relegate the Plains states to the status of "flyover states." Whether they visit us or we visit them, we inevitably find ourselves undeserving targets of abuse and humiliation from these myopics who hale from our nation’s certified cultural centers, east and west.

News with Whimsy

By David Holahan

Let me explain what’s wrong with newspapers, which are losing circulation faster than the Arctic is molting ice. I know something about newspapers. I was a paperboy. Later, but not by much, I owned one, which several friends and I started from scratch. Then we bought a second weekly to create the smallest media chain in the Western Hemisphere.

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