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About Ryan Ledendecker

Ryan is a biweekly columnist for the Republic-Times newspaper. When he's not working, he enjoys a good movie, bass fishing, and CrossFit.
  • Farewell | Planet Ryan

    What a strange, saddening month it has been. As you read a few weeks ago, I recently lost my younger brother in a tragic hit-and-run accident. Our family was still dealing with that tremendous grief when my...

    • Posted November 2, 2016
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  • Cody | Planet Ryan

    Two weeks ago, I received utterly devastating news about my younger brother, Cody, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in Florida where he lived. The pain and shock was instant and perhaps the worst part...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • The Kaepernick Effect | Planet Ryan

    I’d like to start off by reminding everyone that Colin Kaepernick, the average-at-best NFL quarterback who decided to hijack the NFL’s national platform to launch a protest by sitting during the National Anthem, was fined $11,000 in...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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  • For My Grandpa | Planet Ryan

    For the past decade or so, my brave grandfather has battled cancer more than once. Each time, he emerged victorious and life, though it got a little harder, went on. Unfortunately, once again he has to do...

    • Posted August 31, 2016
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  • Pokémon Mania | Planet Ryan

    Not more than a day or two after Niantic – the relatively unknown mobile game developer – launched what would instantly become the worldwide sensation known as Pokémon Go, I decided to download it like all the...

    • Posted August 3, 2016
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  • Out of Control | Planet Ryan

    Over the past week or so, all hell has broken loose across America. The worst part is that it doesn’t appear that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, I’m referencing the assassination...

    • Posted July 20, 2016
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  • Faith in Humanity Restored | Planet Ryan

    Just when I thought humans on this planet were past the point of redemption, a wonderful story came along that totally changed my outlook in less than five minutes. In case you haven’t heard of a tremendous...

    • Posted July 6, 2016
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  • It’s terror. Period. | Planet Ryan

    Like everyone else Sunday morning, I was shocked and saddened to learn that 49 American citizens were slaughtered and 50-plus more were wounded in Orlando, Fla., while simply trying to have a fun night out with friends....

    • Posted June 22, 2016
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  • Valmeyer High School Baseball | Team of the Week

    The Republic-Times Team of the Week is the Valmeyer High School baseball team coached by Greg Reinhardt. The Pirates defeated New Athens and Metro East Lutheran last week to win the Class 1A New Athens Regional championship....

    • Posted May 27, 2016
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  • Days of Old | Planet Ryan

    Last week was one of those weeks for me that tested my multitasking skills thanks to a long list of work and personal commitments that all sort of ran together – one of those times where you...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • The big leagues | Planet Ryan

    In my last column, I wrote about my love for smoked meats. Usually, I wouldn’t go back-to-back on the same subject, but I’m so excited about a recent development, I felt compelled to share it with you....

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • Adventures in meat | Planet Ryan

    At this point in my life, I’m a little more than convinced that my German heritage predisposes me to a love for sausages. It has to be genetic, right? As a matter of fact, it wasn’t long...

    • Posted April 27, 2016
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