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Frosted Flakes: Memorial Day, Baseball Selection Show and Alien Autopsies

Today is the day where we all take a moment to bow our heads and thank those who have died in service to our country.

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I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.

We got to enjoy some family time and today will bring some overdue projects around the ranch.

I have several veterans in my ancestory, although most of my family has been farmers as far back as I can trace. Farmers were often exempted from military service (drafts) because their work was essential during war, but I do have quite a few relatives who served anyway. Most recently, my father was a maintenance officer in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

None of my relatives, as far as I know, was killed during their service. My father tells me of people he knew, including his first college roommate, who paid the ultimate price.

Despite barely being able to walk anymore and my brother doing most of the farm work (Dad is largely retired), you can bet he was out of bed early this morning with his American Legion jacket and hat on, ready to head into town. There are Memorial Day services in many (ok, most) small towns in our area. In those services, the names of those who gave their lives in service to our country will be remembered in some way. The high school band will play music - at least the kids who aren’t out camping or vacationing. Taps will be played. Speeches will be made.

Thank you to all who have served and especially to those who died in service.

We remember.

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Frosted Flakes

The Husker baseball team finds out their destination for regional play today at 11 am (central) during the selection show. The Huskers are projected as a #2 seed after a great haul of Big Ten awards.

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Nebraska’s faded deep into the pack. Will the Huskers eventually climb out of it? How soon might it happen?

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The first half of the NCAA track and field postseason began this week with the preliminary rounds in College Station, Texas.

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Wayne State rugby will compete in New Orleans for a national championship.

One of Ranchhand 2’s high school classmates is part of the women’s team. Good luck Wildcats!

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Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

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Helio Castroneves’ chase for a fourth Indianapolis 500 lasted over a decade.

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More Noise and Other Disturbances

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Another Week - Another Poop Article

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Citizen science can be dirty work.

Then There’s This

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Maybe the Aussies should try Chicago’s solution (below)

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And when the feral cats get out of control, we’ll release a pack of wild dogs. What could possibly go wrong?

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Even fake stuff is worth money it is famous enough?