‘Marker geek’ shares tales in book on Nebraska monuments; lady rushes into burning barn in Iowa | Omaha State and Regional Information

Signed copies of Barnes’ book are available from the Bookworm bookstore in Omaha. The book is also available on Amazon.

In terms of monuments, attentive reader Gloria Austerberry of Omaha recently pointed out a group of four memorials that line a hiking trail in Fontenelle Park that describe the history of the Omaha Indian tribe.

Omaha got its name, of course, from the Umonhon tribe, whose ancestral home was in eastern Nebraska. And Fontenelle Park was named after an Omaha boss, Logan Fontenelle.

The monuments, created by Omaha artist Trudy Swanson, were installed in 2015 and describe the legacy of the tribe whose reservation is north of Omaha.

Would you rush into a burning building to rescue what’s inside?

Michelle Antunez, of Macedonia, Iowa, rushed to a burning barn on Friday the 13th to rescue some kittens, chickens, and pigs.


Michelle Antunez, 44, of Macedonia, Iowa, east of Council Bluffs, faced this dangerous dilemma on Friday the 13th while driving her daughter Lian, 15, home from Riverside Community High School.

They passed a restored barn, which was painted on the sides with huge sunflowers, and noticed dust rising around them. “Is that dust or smoke?” asked Antunez.

She turned a few yards down the street. Until then, her daughter could see flames shooting out of the barn.

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