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When Guatemala’s schools in closed mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand tricycle that he and his brother converted into a mobile classroom. Each day the 27-year-old set out pedaling among the cornfields of Santa Cruz del Quiché to bring socially distanced lessons to his sixth-graders' homes and yards.

For the past eight years, I’ve had the honor to serve Bellevue and the state of Nebraska in the State Legislature. As we move into the future,…

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There are numerous lessons to be learned today, Gates believes, from the 1918 flu pandemic — and many of them are in the pages of Barry's 2004 book. The author, Gates writes, "does a great job of showing just how profoundly that pandemic affected not just millions of families like mine (Gates' grandmother, then pregnant, survived the pandemic) but also the entire flow of history ... Writing roughly 16 years ago, Barry was clear and persuasive that 'another pandemic not only can happen ... It almost certainly will happen.'"

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“Gossip Girl” by Cecily von Ziegesar: Casual viewers of the show might not know that this teen drama about high school socialites began as a series of novels.“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snickett: Younger readers will enjoy the harrowing tale of the Baudelaire orphans as they thwart their evil relative Count Olaf. The vocabulary lessons are some of the funniest in literature.“The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith et al.: Teens love this story of a high school girl falling in love with two vampires that was adapted into a CW show.

On May 25th, 1930, the Saathoff family of Loretto, NE (and the world) were blessed by the arrival of a beautiful soul, Elsie Mary. Please help…

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