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Little did I know what lay ahead as the late Dewaine Gahan came knocking on my door nearly 25 years ago.  As the co-publisher of the Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun, Dewaine was looking … more
Welcome to summer.  June 20th marked the first day of summer and the heat came right on time.  For someone who considers the mid-70s to be the ideal temperature, the 90s of this week are … more
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), May was a record-breaking month for storms in the mid-west, and June is looking to be just as stormy. Burt County has experienced a variety of … more
It was the calm after the storm that led Swedish editor and future politician Carl Boberg to pen a poem which would later become one of the most beloved Christian hymns. As the story goes, in … more
Often quoted to encourage unity, the phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” has been attributed to the ancient Greek storyteller Aesop though its use is found in countless quotes over … more
Newton’s First Law of Motion states that an object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced … more
Among the many things I learned growing up with a father in the United States Navy are how to shine a pair of dress shoes and equally shine a brass belt buckle.  Skills I seldom use now, but the … more
My name is Jason Redding-Geu and as of a month ago I have taken on the position of the Emergency Manager (EM) for Burt County. Every day that I have walked into my office in the Burt County … more
“He has ink in his veins.” This expression has been said about numerous people over the years spent in the newspaper industry. Never about me, mind you.  It is usually … more
    Help wanted : The Lyons Mirror-Sun is looking for a community minded individual to help produce this newspaper in a full-time position.  Challenges are likely, enjoyment … more
As you likely discovered on the front page of this edition, Jason Redding-Geu is no longer working for the Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun.  His departure is met with mixed … more
Who hasn’t wanted to have more time each day?  Unless you are staring at the clock hoping the work or school day would be over soon, you have likely found yourself wishing for a bit more … more
Quietly walking into the Baptist Church in Oakland shortly after services started, a young man sheepishly looked at the floor as he found his way to the back pew.  His attentiveness was obvious, … more
“I’ve got basketball practice and then musical rehearsal tonight.” Surely our home was not the only to hear these words shared at least once over the last couple of … more
Whether the title of this column recalls the soothing voice of Gene Autrey or the unique sound of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, it is likely that you can relate to finding yourself in a familiar … more
    March Madness is a highlight of the year for basketball fans every year.  Watching 68 college teams compete for a chance to be named NCAA Champions can be exciting.  … more
We tend to see what we want to see, and we see what the people that are close to us see. I didn’t realize how blinding perspective can be until I became an EMT with my volunteer department. It … more
    Happy end of March! I wish it was ending as nice as it began but I guess that’s not to be. Last week we served 138 meals and with Tuesday and Wednesday being the most … more
    I have some egg-citing news! Our Spring StoryWalks will start next week! StoryWalks will be held each week during the months of April & May and will be viewable along the … more
        Read: John 19:17-37 (for full context) “ When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one … more
Fall, winter, spring, and summer sports are all enjoyable, but I must admit that I am glad when each is over. Sometimes, it’s just a bit too much. Like a food item in which too much is … more
When Jesus started His public ministry, He was doing amazing miracles and teaching some profound truths, so many people started to follow Him. At times He had crowds over 10,000 listening, and He … more
Greetings from Golden Oaks! Our Caregivers Support group will meet on Monday, March 25th at 11:00 and this is open to the public. Dr. Wolken will be here for stretch therapy on Monday at 12:30, … more
The headline of this article is a thought that rattles through my head from time to time. I ponder it for a moment and get back to work as there are deadlines to be met. That thought actually comes … more
    Read: Exodus 20:1-17 (for full context) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery (Exodus 20:2) Today’s … more
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