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Perfect Pops, for every occasion (04/29/16)
No matter what kind of events you have on your social calendar, you can pop up delicious treats that are sure to be a hit. Whether hosting a get-together for the guys and tuning into the game or having a night in with the girls, freshly popped popcorn, which is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, can help you please every palate...
MEDC helps local businesses with loans (04/18/16)
MCCOOK, Neb. -- Jeremy Bain first experienced McCook when he was part of a welding crew that came to town for a job. The Colorado native was impressed with the town, its recreational opportunities and the people. "I just really liked the area," he said. "Everybody waves. I thought I had a headlight out for three weeks."...
Nebraska entrepreneurs invited to pitch product ideas to Walmart (03/31/16)
LINCLN Neb. -- Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch their made in the USA products to the company's buyers in a daylong event at Walmart's global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 28, 2016. Registration has begun...
Elevate your Easter brunch (03/25/16)
If you'll be hosting friends and family to honor Easter this year, make your gathering as simple as it is scrumptious with a deca­dent brunch menu. If you're daunted by the diversity of dishes a brunch menu demands, remember that quality ingredients -- not complex preparation -- is what makes dishes truly stand out. Fresh produce and superior products instantly elevate a recipe from good to great...
Spring into Easter with reinvented family recipes (03/18/16)
Vegetable casseroles and carrot cake have been Easter menu mainstays for decades, but with the majority of millennials now hosting holiday family gatherings, retro dishes are getting a flavorful facelift with new ingredients and flavor twists. Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens offers these tips to put a new spin on Easter favorites:...
Winning flavor, a non-traditional ingredient to complement any meal (03/11/16)
When you're looking for smart snacks and dishes to complement the main course, non-traditional ingredients can provide a flavor combination sure to please the palate. Sorghum, which is naturally high in fiber, iron and protein, is a highly versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of pre­parations. ...
Add a healthy twist to your favorite foods (02/12/16)
If you are like most Americans, you might have lapsed a little on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier. Getting back on track is easy and guilt-free, and can be done with just a few steps. Celebrity chef and registered dietitian Diane Henderiks offers three simple ways to help you get back on the right track and make sure you are eating the right foods:...
Life lessons learned in McCook helped shape Ben Nelson's career (01/29/16)
More than half a century after leaving home to pursue a career in law and public service, former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Ben Nelson still cherishes the memories he made in the 1940s and 1950s as a student and Scout in his mid-American hometown of McCook, Nebraska...
An encounter with the police (01/29/16)
Ben Nelson is retiring. It has been a long, interesting journey for him, and a career that I'm sure has not always been easy, but one in which all of us in McCook can take great pride. I am reminded of that day so long ago when Ben applied for his first job -- at our bakery. ...
Community Foundation was born (01/29/16)
MARK GRAFF Chairman MNB Financial Group As a member of the McCook Community Foundation Fund and as a past board member of the Nebraska Community Foundation, I have a deep appreciation for Ben's public service. It was during Ben's term as Nebraska Governor that the Nebraska Community Foundation was born...
Ben never forgot his home town (01/29/16)
I had heard of Ben Nelson when I moved to McCook 30 years ago, but I had not met him. It was not until Ben upset Kay Orr in 1990 to become Nebraska's Governor that I came to know Ben and meet with him on a regular basis. His victory in the governor's race was dramatic, because -- at the time -- Kay Orr was the first and only female Republican governor in the nation...
Their paths crossed many times (01/29/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Through the years, the paths of Jerda Thompson Vickers and Ben Nelson crossed many times. In the paragraphs to follow, Jerda remembers the many encounters she and Ben had. The first memorable meeting occurred in the 1950s. Listed in chronological order, the many meetings are numbered (1) through (15)...
Champion for Essential Air Service (01/29/16)
PHILIP LYONS McCook Mayor (1990-93 and 1996-97) Governor Ben Nelson was very good to McCook. In his first month as Governor he listened to concerns of local officials about how small towns were doing. He listened and gave small towns a chance to land businesses with a helping hand from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development...
Right person for the right time (01/29/16)
KAY (RANDEL) ROBBEN Former MEDC Director The first time if met Ben Nelson was shortly after I had been named the Executive Director of the McCook Economic Development Corporation. I was at an event in eastern Nebraska with a lot of high profile people in attendance. ...
Willing to work with anyone to solve problems (01/29/16)
When Gene O. Morris let me know that the McCook Gazette would be publishing a Tribute to Ben Nelson edition, I knew that I had to be a part of it. I was excited for the opportunity to participate because it would give me a chance to thank Ben for all that he has accomplished during his tenure in Lincoln and Washington...
Never let partisan politics defeat progress (01/29/16)
J.L. SCHMIDT Capitol View Columnist I got to know Ben Nelson when he was Governor and reported on seven of the eight years he was in office. The last year I worked in the Department of Administrative Services in his administration. During those eight years I experienced a lot of firsts in my career. ...
An effective advocate for health care (01/29/16)
JIM ULRICH President and CEO Community Hospital This article is in tribute to Ben Nelson's 26-year public service career. In a rural town like McCook, access to healthcare services is certainly a precious thing. Ben understood this and over the course of his career in the U.S. ...
Tasty meals in minutes (01/29/16)
Busy weeknights can make for hectic meals, but these simple recipes prove you don't have to trim out flavor or precious moments spent with family when you're cutting minutes off your dinner prep time. The secret to making quick meals your family will love is quality ingredients. ...
Soldiers', survivors' spirits boosted by hand-crafted pens (01/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The good works of McCook residents reach around the world. Among examples of this is the finely crafted, lathe-shaping skill of Elmer Frick, who spends many hours on his days off making beautiful pens for his friends, cancer survivors and servicemen throughout the world...
Small plates for a big party (01/22/16)
This holiday season don't let a main dish hog all the glory. Instead let guests feast on a festive spread of small plates and sides. Snack-size portions of a wide range of deli­cious dishes are the perfect solution for entertaining. A large, heavy meal can leave guests feeling lethargic. ...
Winning back weeknight cooking (01/19/16)
Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here's the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don't have the ingredients on-hand to make dinner. It's time for a new strategy...
Great game day grub (01/08/16)
When game day arrives and friends and family are gathered around the big screen to cheer your team to victory, the only thing missing is some great grub to make the celebration complete. Putting together an all-star spread is actually easier than you may think. Simple recipes featuring high-quality ingredients make it possible to serve up big flavor without a lot of fuss. Follow these tips to score a game day menu that will let your guests enjoy themselves to the fullest...