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Nebraska Noir: Legendary crime writer forgotten man in home state

Seventy years ago this month, a 25-cent paperback called “The Killer Inside Me” hit newsstands across the country. Featuring a shadowy montage of noir staples – a burning…

Farmer Jim Young gestures to a missile silo on his land near Harrisburg in Banner County. Young and other landowners are frustrated by the Air Force’s decision to ban windmills within two nautical miles of these missile silos – a decision that has paused and may end the biggest wind energy project in Nebraska history. Photo by Fletcher Halfaker for the Flatwater Free Press
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