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Below are links to more than 70 of my Greeley Tribune columns and stories from April 2018 to April 2019. Many of them also ran in papers around Colorado, including in The Denver Post, and around the country in Associated Press distribution. As you can see, the subject matter was very eclectic. Also, the list is not close to being all-inclusive of my work in that enjoyable year. I also wrote many additional dues-paying, local-angle stories as part of a small, energetic and talented writing staff, and my byline/column mug count for the 12-month period was roughly 348.  

 

Although it's a bit haphazard, I've tried to group these samples by similar subject matter. I believe if you even just scroll through the listings, you can tell I enjoyed myself. In fact, I wouldn't be including this on my site if I didn't believe it was some of the best work of my career and a reminder that discovering and telling the stories of "real" people can be every bit as -- or more -- rewarding than following around the famous in high-profile environments. -- TF  

 

 

 

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After Randy Bangert's death: A touching three-sided friendship

 among journalists, dating back to Arapahoe High and UNC 


 

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Leeann Krayenhagen's miraculous story of survival after

horrendous motorcyle crash and the heroes who saved her 

 

 

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Now I've seen it all: Former CSU professor Lee Maxwell's

astounding Washing Machine Museum in Eaton

This column was picked up by 18 other newspapers/sites, including The Denver Post

 

 

 

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Going to the movies with National

Federation of the Blind, Greeley chapter

 

 

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Wait ... Did our Greeley group's Fort Logan National Cemetery

tour guide just say he was a hostage in Iran?

 

 

 

Two columns on Northern Colorado women

who made huge contributions in uniform 

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PART ONE

Greeley's Edna Middlemas earned the Bronze Star ... 

but wouldn't talk about how

 

 

This column also ran in many other outlets. Some of them include: 
 
 
Stars and Stripes

 

US News and World Report

 

Denver Post 

 

Roanoke (Va.) Times

 

Bristol (Tenn.) Herald Courier

 

Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer

 

Bellingham (Wash.) Herald


Macon (Ga.) Telegraph

 

Trinidad Chronicle News

 

The Eagle, Brazos, Tex.

 

Dothan (Ala.) Eagle

 

Clay Center (Kan.) Dispatch

 

Myrtle Beach Online

 

Cortez Journal

 

Boulder Daily Cameria

 

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PART TWO

Eaton and UNC's Gen. Carol Mutter: First

3-star woman officer in the U.S. armed forces 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Evans, Dos Rios students toss in pennies -- and

more -- for Honduras sister schools 

 

 

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The Greeley-raised uncle Rockies owner

Dick Monfort was named after

 

 

 

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A lawsuit, cassette tape, subpoena and

the opening of a landmark CTE case 

 

 


 

Two columns on the death of Irv Brown

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 Read both columns here ... 

 

 

 

 

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Abusing Safe2Tell, at Roosevelt or anywhere else,

insults school shooting victims 

 

 

 

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On John McCain: Representing vets, in Greeley

and elsewhere, of an unpopular war

 

 

 

 

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A treasured communication with George H.W. Bush 

 

 

 

 

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Why is a Greeley woman in these pictures with the Supreme Court 

in the Rotunda as George H.W. Bush lies in state?

 

 

 

 

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MLK Day Tribute to a Colorado trailblazer, Lt. Col. John Mosley 

 

 

 

Four columns on the presentation of the French

Legion of Honor Medal to Colorado-connected

veterans of World War II   

 

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(Recommended: Click to read an omnibus one-story

version on the recipients, leading with nurse Leila Morrison: 

Also on Philip Daily, Bill Powell, Armand Sedgeley, Joe Graham,

Harry Maroncelli. 

(Leila Morrison drops the ceremonial first puck at the Sabres-Avalanche game on February 26, 2020)  

 

 

Individual stories below 

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France thanks Colorado veterans of World War II 

with Legion of Honor Medal 

 

 

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Greeley's H. Gordon Johnson flew "Over the Hump"

... and was just getting started 

 

 

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Greeley's LeRoy Kerns saw a lot (and a lot of action) in WWII

 

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 Amazing story of WWII-era missionary physician,

Coloradan Dorothy Kinney Chambers

Denver Post (right), Stars and Stripes, Washington Times, Miami Herald, The State, Fresno Bee,

Modesto Bee, Charlotte Observer, and Tri-City Herald were among the 30 other outlets that ran this

column. Per Muckrack.

 

 

 

 Two columns on Eaglecrest High and UNC grad

Andy Kelso, unlikely Broadway star

 

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1, He knows the neon lights are bright ...

after waiting tables

 

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 2, Back into the role of Charlie

in Kinky Boots, to close the show

 

 

  

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Lyndie Moe, "Rent" don't just get

standing "O" .. they earn it 

 

 

 

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Greg Carroll, vibraphone virtuoso

 

 

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Ex-Joffrey star comes out of retirement 

for Nutcracker in Greeley  

 

 

 

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UNC student by day, star of "Asher Lev"

in Denver by night 

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On Dr. Steve Bagley's "do-over" with donated heart

 

 

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Long-time Greeley football coach Mick Holmes is a

walking reminder in Heart Month 

 

 

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You don't beat multiple myeloma. You hold it off. 

 

 

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Stroke survivor Rhonda Spreng of Milliken battles on

 

 

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Brecca Gaffney blazing trail in post-doctoral research 

 

 

 

Two Columns on Honor Flight

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1, Honor Flight shuts down

 

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Keeping alive the memories of the 144 killed in Big Thompson Flood

 

 

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When the water kept rising in 2013 Greeley flood 

 

 

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Greeley's Jeff Davis, son of BTK Killer's

final victim, tackles the tough question  

 

 

A Woman's Place

 

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At 40th anniversary of A Woman's Place founding, a look back at the rocky early days 

 

Gail Monk Newton's story is a tribute to A Woman's Place 

 

From the Gala: Heather Holmes tells the audence why she is so grateful

 

 

 

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Eaton High and CSU's Trent Sieg snaps his way into the NFL 

 

 

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As Von Miller chased Simon Fletcher's record, the two became friends 


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Vance Joseph's firing 

 

 

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 The good news is, Vic Fangio is proving to be his own man ... 

and is being allowed to be 

 

 

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On the Broncos' acquisition of Joe Flacco 

 

 

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A year with Nick Saban ... before he was Nick Saban 

 

 

 

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Tough Sledding: Warrior Avs 

 

 

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From Greeley Stampede: Bull riders are crazy ... 

and damn proud of it 

 

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Meet cantankerous Willard Burbach of Greeley: 

Cowboy-turned-horseman, state's top thoroughbred breeder

 

 

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Teaching "Hard Knocks" kids through boxing:

Meet Greeley's veteran trainer

 

 

 

 

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On the frosty transition to full-strength beer at grocery stores 

 

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A remarkable man is mourned in tiny Roggen, Colorado 

 

 

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Retired Major Percy Wolf is bringing his troops to Greeley for reunion 

 

 

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A story I wish I didn't have to write: Death of Randy Bangert  

The Denver Post also ran this story in the paper and online

 

 

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Mary Margaret Cox was an Angel on Wheels

 

 

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Sir, yes, sir: Johnstown's Cameron Eldridge impressively settles in at Naval Academy 

 

 

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Pediatric cancer victim Alexandra "Alex" Scott's legacy lives on

 

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The iconic 48-year-old Mexican restaurants in LaSalle: Farmers Inn and Armadillo

 

 

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Two women, one darned disease

 

 

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The Carnival Life 

 

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Life on the road -- and as Toy Story's Jessie -- with Disney on Ice's Lea Nightwalker 

 

 

 

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A musty flag is folded and tucked in honor of WWI vet

 

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Author John A. Daly has readers turning the pages

 

 

 

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Chamber of Commerce CEO has a dog-show life on the side 

 

 

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Best in Show: Afghan Hound national specialty ... in, yes, Greeley

 

 

 

 

Greeley's Hope Warm Water Pool Controversy

(This was a big, big deal ...) 

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GCI board listens to emotional testimony opposing pool closing

 

Column on the controversy

 

 

Families of brain-injured Stephens Farm residents defend GCI

 

 

After reversal, Hope Cassidy's son and daughter praise the decision 

 

 

 

 

 

(As a supplement, here's a full archive of Terry Frei pieces in that year, ranging from

helping out with the minor and mundane, to the major.)