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Below are clickable links to some 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 year.  


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.

These links lead to the Tribune site. Depending on circumstances if perusing, non-subscribers might get a paywall notice after a few "free" stories, and/or a bargain offer for an all-digital subscription -- at last check, $1 for six months. You'd have the option of canceling before the cost increases. -- TF    





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

 among journalists, dating back to Arapahoe High and UNC



Leeann Krayenhagen's miraculous story of survival after

horrendous motorcyle crash and the heroes who saved her 




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




 Going to the movies with National  

Federation of the Blind, Greeley chapter






Catching up with Tad Boyle, 

about Greeley past and Boulder present 




  Did our Fort Logan tour guide just say he was a hostage in Iran? 


Two columns on Northern Colorado women

who made huge contributions in uniform 


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

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 Camera



 Eaton and UNC's Gen. Carol Mutter: First

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


 Greeley women surgeons making inroads


Two columns on Evans-based

Shoes Without Borders


 1, Working in devastated Guatemala  


2, After harrowing trip to South America

moving on to obtaining, distributing jackets




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

more -- for Honduras sister schools 




The Greeley-raised uncle Rockies owner 

Dick Monfort was named after





Two columns on the death of Irv Brown



Abusing Safe2Tell, at Roosevent or anywhere else,  

insults school shooting victims 




On John McCain: Representing vets, in Greeley,

and elsewhere, of an unpopular war




A treasured communication with George H.W. Bush 





Why is a Greeley nurse pictured with the Supreme Court as George H.W. Bush lies in state  




On the presentation of the French

Legion of Honor Medal to Colorado-connected

veterans of World War II   




Ceremony column: France thanks Colorado vets of WWII 

with Legion of Honor Medal 


Combined single story on the American medal winners

Because of better formattiing there than on the Tribune site, this

omnibus column is suggested reading rather than the individual columns below. 






Conversations with a B-17 tail-gunner, B-24 pilot.

They ended up POWs in Stalag Luft camps



French medal recipient Joe Graham, Jack's father, fought in tanks across Europe  



Greeley's H. Gordon Johnson flew "Over the Hump and was just getting started 





Turret gunner Ed Gormley of Greeley not only survived crash landing, he almost made it to 100




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


 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





 Two columns on Eaglecrest High and UNC grad

Andy Kelso, unlikely Broadway star



He knows the neon lights are bright, after waiting tables




 Back into the role of Charlie in Kinky Boots, to close the show





Lyndie Moe, "Rent" don't just get standing "O," they earn it 





Jeff Hanna and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band keeps plugging along

A Night Before Greeley: My review of the show in Denver




Greg Carroll, vibraphone virtuoso




 Ex-Joffrey star comes out of retirement for Nutcracker in Greeley





Former Greeley resident Jake Wells a hit on "The Voice" 




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





Mick Holmes is walking reminder in Health Month 





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



Stroke survivor Rhonda Spreng of Milliken battles on




Brecca Gaffney blazing trail in post-doctoral research



Two Columns on Honor Flight


Honor Flight shuts down  




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




When the water kept rising in 2013 Greeley flood 




Greeley's Jeff Davis, son of BTK Killer's final victim, tackles the tough question 



A Woman's Place




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 






For 21 summers, Broncos bonded on and off the field in Greeley





Pat Bowlen Hall of Fame finalist: 'Bout Time




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






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

(Greeley Tribune version) 




Like old times. Hockey columns:


Two 20-year-old Israelis playing for Greeley-based Eagles


Going to Eagles game? Which Eagles? 





Tough Sledding: Warrior Avs




From Greeley Stampede: Bull riders are crazy ... and damn proud of it 




 Teaching "Hard Knocks" through boxing: Greeley's veteran trainer 





Lee Sargent mourned in tiny Roggen, Colorado 



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




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 




 Mary Margaret Cox was an Angel on Wheels


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




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




 Two women, one darned disease



The Carvival life isn't all fun and games


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





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



Author and commentator John A. Daly has readers turning the pages




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




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