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Arik Matson | An Officer Returns to Station

Even the steady walk up the pilot-side airstairs is a testament to Arik’s progress. In January, this was a man on the brink of survival, someone for whom things like taking confident steps, things like being a parent or husband again, were hazy and uncertain waypoints. More than ten months of rehabilitation have led to […]

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Debbie Wahlert | Progress Measured in Inches

In a year defined by change and uncertainty, Debbie Wahlert has faced more than most. When an unexpected complication during surgery damaged Debbie’s spinal cord, she was forced to confront a future beyond all sense of normality. In this story, republished here courtesy of The Iowan Magazine, see how Debbie set her focus on one […]

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Cole Davenport | Make Yourself

It isn’t ten minutes before a small crowd starts to mass around Cole Davenport, here in the high-ceilinged atrium of QLI’s Colladay Center, where he’s laid an off-white posterboard and spilled more than three dozen photos over the breadth of one of the lobby’s meeting tables. The posterboard is wider than a doorframe. And the […]

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QLI’s Distance Learning Academy | Creating Community-First Solutions for Remote Learning

At some point it’s impossible to chart the ways COVID-19 affects the community.  For Omaha-area school districts, the pandemic presented only difficulty. District administrators were pinned into walking the delicate balance between providing leading-edge education and protecting the well-being of students and families. In many cases, public school districts’ innovative, flexible answers—including providing comprehensive remote […]

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More Than Stew | Family Recipe Becomes Rehabilitation Pillar

Terri Camara has an affectionate name for the recipe she’s making. She calls it “Hobo Stew,” the same thing her grandmother and grandfather called it when they cooked for traveling workers hitching rides between California train cars. That was many decades ago. But the childhood memory still registers a pang of nostalgia. Today, between efforts […]

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