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A red milkweed beetle.
AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER A red milkweed beetle.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:50 AM
I went outside to pick a few tomatoes and to bond with the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were terrible. It was ouch-and-go for a while. 
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    I went outside to pick a few tomatoes and to bond with the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were terrible. It was ouch-and-go for a while. 
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    I’ve worked on the sandhill crane migration along the Platte River near Kearney, Neb., in various capacities through the years. It’s a good gig. The migration is breathtaking as more than 500,000 sandhill cranes pass through that area. 
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    During the last weekend in August, I had another great weekend enjoying time with friends and family. It’s my favorite summer activity and I haven’t done enough of it this year.
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