Benson festival connects communities

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By Whitney Dawn Carlson Amber Barcel, a community outreach coordinator for AmeriCorps, was born in 1987 in Gumi, South Korea. When she was 3 months old, an American couple adopted her and brought her to the United States. Barcel returned to South Korea as an adult to live for a year, and during her visit, >

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PACE offers South Omaha youth soccer as alternative to gangs and violence

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By Whitney Dawn Carlson In the spring of 2005, Antonio Espejo, a gang officer with the Omaha Police Department, attended the National Youth Gang Symposium, a conference for people addressing gang and violence issues, in Orlando, Florida. While there, Espejo heard a talk by Bob Muzikowski, a businessman who began an inner-city baseball league in >

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Dinner brings Yazidis, Lincoln together

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By Elisabeth Arneson On a cool late spring evening, members of the Lincoln community welcomed Yazidi refugees with a dinner at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 2325 S. 24th St. About 110 people attended the May 20 event to benefit Yazidis International. Guests were greeted at the door and asked to wear a name tag.

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What’s ‘Good Life’ mean to new Nebraskans?

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Photographs & text by Veronica Vanderbeek When drivers cross into the Nebraskan countryside they see rolling hills dressed in wild grasses, perfect rows of corn as far as the eye can see, the giant dunes of the great Sandhills and the cherished green tourism sign welcoming them into “The Good Life.” As far back as

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Foreign-born students discuss pasts, futures

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By Kaylee Everly This is a story about what it means to be foreign-born. Ten Lincoln High School students give insights into why they came to the United States and what they hope to accomplish here.  

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Successfully settled, Yazidi now helps others

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By Emily Rust Below the Sinjar Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan lies the town of Sinjar. It was once the home of Christians and Yazidis, living harmoniously. Then, on Aug. 3, 2014, ISIS came. ISIS killed the men and took the women, who were given two choices: convert to Islam or die.  Families were displaced. The

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Work

Lincoln Literacy now has ‘whole world’

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By Brittany Schave Lincoln Literacy has worked for the past 40 years, teaching the people of Lincoln to read, write and speak English. The organization started with a small handful of volunteers back in 1972, after hearing Frank Laubach, a Christian missionary known to many as “the apostle to the illiterates,” stop to speak in Lincoln […]

May 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Community

Karen build on their self-sufficiency

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By Robert Vencil Burma lies an ocean and more than 8,000 miles away from Nebraska, but the Karen who have fled their old home for their new one are finding they feel right at home here. A civil war that has been raging in Burma for more than four decades has forced a large number […]

May 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Contributors

Family heritage times three

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By Whitney Dawn Carlson My family is very Norwegian and Swedish. My entire extended family is Lutheran and speaks loudly. We all eat kringle, kram and lefse. My dad tells cheesy “Ole and Lena” jokes. Everyone is tall, except me. I’m not Norwegian. I’m adopted. I’ve known about my adoption story my whole life. My […]

August 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

Our Stories

Museums preserve past immigrant cultures

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By Erika Kime Museums are a place to preserve history, and cultural museums are places to preserve the history of unfamiliar cultures. In Nebraska, a variety of unfamiliar cultures are being preserved by the museums in Omaha and Lincoln. The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum and Library in Lincoln and the Czech […]

May 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

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