By Mike Dunn 

Ballards share secrets of 60-year marriage


Mike Dunn

the couple are days away from celebrating 60 years of marriage. Shorty said the secret to a long marriage is to say "Yes ma'am".

In the Sand Hills of Nebraska, a person can look for miles and find nothing but a flat and barren landscape.

However, 60 years ago, two local residents gazed across those Nebraska plains and found a lifetime of love and happiness.

Valentine's Day is already a special day for romantics everywhere. But for Shorty and Hazel Ballard of Encampment, this Friday will mark the 60th Valentine's Day they have spent together as a married couple.

In 1953, Shorty went to the Sand Hills to go visit Hazel's brother. While Shorty was there, he asked Hazel to go out on a date with him.

"I told him I didn't...

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