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Caption This Photo. . . .

Remember winter? While we might be enjoying a fairly mild winter this year in Nebraska, this photograph has me longing for the snowy fun of winters past.  The young woman in this 1920s snapshot is all smiles as she aims … Continue reading

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Skating Under Cover: Kearney’s Indoor Ice Rink

Ice skating enthusiasts in Nebraska braved winter weather and rough ice before the advent of the indoor rink made “skating under cover” a more comfortable experience. The Kearney Daily Hub on November 24, 1891, announced the opening of such a … Continue reading

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Blizzard of January 12, 1888

The early settlers of Nebraska faced many hardships, a great number of these weather and climate related. Among the most destructive of natural disasters were the sudden prairie blizzards. The blizzard of January 12, 1888 had an immense impact on … Continue reading

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An Ice Union of Two Cities

January 12, 1888, marked not only the famous blizzard but a happier event–what the Omaha Daily Bee on January 13 called “An Ice Union of Two Cities.” Despite the inclement weather, a sleighing carnival in Council Bluffs attracted many Omahans … Continue reading

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Pawnee Suffer in a Blizzard

Reports of the suffering of white settlers in winter snowstorms abound in the columns of early Nebraska newspapers. Less common are accounts of the experiences of Native Americans, who endured the same blizzards with fewer resources. One such account was … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Ice Industry

For many years the cutting of ice from rivers and lakes was an important winter industry in Nebraska, especially in the eastern part of the state. There was a large demand for ice for home use, the packing industry, and … Continue reading

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Winter Games

Although many of us may groan at the sight of winter’s first snowfall, when you’re a kid, it’s a whole different ballgame.  When those first flakes begin to fall, you hope for a snow day and begin to dream of … Continue reading

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Will Winter Never End?

Maybe it will warm up by the time you read this. Or maybe there will be a foot of new snow. But if you think this winter has been rough, ask someone who remembers the winter of 1948-49. A series … Continue reading

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