The 1931 Hastings Bank Job and the Bloody Bandit Trail


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The 1931 Hastings Bank Job and the Bloody Bandit Trail, by Monty McCord
In February 1931, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hendricks and three others tied up fourteen employees at the Hastings National Bank and walked away with over $27,000 from the vault. They then returned home to plan a robbery of the First National Bank for the following day. Even though police quickly surrounded the house, the robbers managed to capture all eleven officers on the scene and make a getaway. Retired police lieutenant and historian Monty McCord recounts the crime and the grisly aftermath in the first account of the heist ever to be published. Read more

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From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism


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From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism, by Eileen Wirth

Eileen M. Wirth never set out to be a groundbreaker for women in journalism, but if she wanted to report on social issues instead of society news, she had no alternative. Her years as one of the first women reporters at the Omaha World-Herald, covering gender barriers even as she broke a few herself, give Wirth an especially apt perspective on the women profiled in this book: those Nebraskans who, over a hundred years, challenged traditional feminine roles in journalism and subtly but surely changed the world.

The book features remarkable women journalists who worked in every venue, from rural weeklies to TV. They fought for the vote, better working conditions for immigrants, and food safety at the turn of the century. They covered wars from the Russian Revolution to Vietnam. They were White House reporters and minority journalists who crusaded for civil rights. Though Willa Cather may be the only household name among them, all are memorable, their stories affording a firsthand look into the history of journalism and social change. Read more

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Promised Land


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My movie recommendation for today is Promised Land, starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, and Hal Holbrook. Directed by Gus Van Sant, it is a very well-made film with excellent writing, beautiful cinematography, and top-notch acting from the entire cast. What I found interesting is that the two lead actors, Damon and Krasinski, also wrote the screenplay. Perhaps for this reason they were more invested in perfecting their roles since they had written those very roles. Whatever the case, their performances were superb.

The plot revolves around the controversial issue of fracking. Matt Damon plays a corporate salesman who goes to the small fictional town of McKinley to convince the townspeople to let the corporation hydrofrack for natural gas that lies under the town and the outlying farms. He and his partner (played by Frances) meet intense resistance from the local high school science teacher (played by Hal Holbrook) and from a very charismatic environmentalist (played by John Krasinski). The ensuing interplay between Damon and Krasinski is what makes the movie so compelling. It takes the movie beyond the fracking controversy into profound insight into human behavior.

It's hard to talk about this movie without being a spoiler so I'll let you find out how the confrontations are resolved. No matter what side of the fence you are on in regard to the fracking controversy, this movie is for you because it clearly delineates the pros and cons of both sides and helps bring our understanding to a deeper level.

For me, one of the main elements of the film was the town and townspeople of McKinley. It was a small mostly farming community and I couldn't help thinking about McCook. Seeing how the people of McKinley reacted to controversy I couldn't help but wonder how the people of McCook would react in a similar situation. There was a strong message about community in this film and that is one reason I think everyone in McCook should see it. The town of McKinley was facing a lot of issues in addition to fracking and a lot of those issues we also face here in McCook.

I think most everyone will enjoy this movie and come away from it feeling good and with an optimism for the future and a deepened sense of community.

This movie is available to rent from Movie House, 220 West 1st in downtown McCook. 345-6000. Visit and like the Movie House Facebook Page

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The Crack in the Air


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The Crack in the Air, by Writers of the Prairie.

All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.-Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark. The crack ran wild in Red Cloud, Nebraska, at the Fifth Annual Prairie Writers’ Workshop. From the first poem read to the last one heard, the spirit of Willa Cather, as channeled through artist in residence Mary K. Stillwell, whispered encouragement to the participants to give voice to their poems. The poets who share their gifts of song between the covers of this book do so with gratitude toward the Willa Cather Foundation for making it all possible......

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