We’re at the last slice of summer and on the cusp of a promising year of Husker football! For this week’s Fort Report, I’d like to divert from the latest policy debates out of Washington and go with a homegrown video. I invite you to view my conversation with Cody Sperl from Stanton, who has a fascinating and ambitious mission to visit and chronicle every incorporated community in Nebraska. Cody has visited 372 towns so far, with more to go. He has over 4000 likes on his Facebook page: Cody’s Adventurous Travels of Nebraska Towns.

Cody told me about off-the-beaten-track attractions like Charles Horn’s animal-themed sculpture garden on the southwestern side of Oconto as well as Nebraska’s Victorian capital of Superior. Cody is seeking those idiosyncratic Husker highlights you find after you’ve been to Carhenge in Alliance, Chimney Rock near Bayard, and the Thorpe Opera House in David City.

Here’s my conversation with intrepid Cornhusker state chronicler, Cody Sperl: bit.ly/33GNpYr

In other news

Something stirring happened in Washington this week. Chief Standing Bear, native Nebraskan, first American, leader of the Ponca Tribe, was welcomed to the United States Capitol in Statuary Hall.

Like many Nebraskans, I enjoy hunting and fishing, and these activities have instilled in me an enduring love for the outdoors.  There’s no better way to take in the beauty of Nebraska, whether it’s on a turkey hunt in the Pine Ridge or spending a quiet evening fishing at a community pond.  …

Many Nebraskans have heard of the Bronze Star Medal that is awarded to members of the military. But this week I want to highlight its history and the level of courage, character, and honor required to receive the award.

This week, I’m traveling to Washington, DC to celebrate the unveiling of a statue of Chief Standing Bear at the United States Capitol. The statue will be on display for years to come, and I encourage Nebraskans to look for it when they next visit the U.S. Capitol.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 2:00 pm (CT), the Dedication of Chief Standing Bear in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., will take place. I proudly joined Senator Tom Brewer and other fellow Senators in voting to place the statute of the landmark civil righ…

There was a little-known hearing this week in Congress. The major media did not cover it. But fundamental questions about science, reason, and ethics were considered.

Energy is essential in every American’s life. We use energy to do just about everything; drive to work, heat our homes, cook meals, and power our cell phones. As diverse as the uses for energy are, so too are the sources of this energy: oil, gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, wind, hydro, and sol…

In 1636, a small militia regiment banded together to better defend colonists who arrived in North America. We know this as the founding of the first regiment of the National Guard, the oldest component of our country’s armed forces. Since the Revolutionary War, our nation has depended on our…

In 1636, a small militia regiment banded together to better defend colonists who arrived in North America. We know this as the founding of the first regiment of the National Guard, the oldest component of our country’s armed forces. Since the Revolutionary War, our nation has depended on our…