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  • Donna Maria on wholesaling your products

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    26 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    http://smallbizsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Donna-Maria-talks-markets-and-wholesale-clip.mp3 Download file | Duration: 3:20| Size: 3.1M One of the most common questions I hear from small town businesses that make a product is about wholesaling. Should they sell at direct markets? Should they sell to retailers at a discount? If so, how do they ever afford it? So I asked Donna Maria from Indie Biz Network about wholesaling and selling your own product in markets. And I have 3 minutes of her answer for you, in audio. She explains why selling your own goods at a market (like a farmers…
  • Rural health workforce needs more changes

    rural - Bing News
    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    AFTER years of campaigning for the change to the incentives system, the Rural Doctors Association has backed the Abbott Government move, but says there is still much to be done to improve the rural health workforce. RDAA president Professor Dennis Pashen ...
  • On the Bayou: Front Lines of Climate Change

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    26 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    The ground is eroding under the feet of southern Louisiana’s indigenous people. These rural residents are dealing with the local consequences of a global problem. They may be the first to be displaced, but they won’t be the last. Photo by Jason Ferris Coastal erosion is forcing the indigenous community of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana to move its cultural home inland. A tribe of Biloxi-Chicamauga-Choctaw from the Isle de Jean Charles, in the bayous of coastal Louisiana, is soon to become the first community in the lower 48 states to relocate because of coastal erosion. They…
  • Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

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    John Crabtree
    27 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.   Water is life… for people, crops, livestock, and wildlife as well as farms, ranches, business and industry. The proposed Clean Water Rule is a crucial step in clearing the regulatory waters and protecting the quality of America’s surface waters, our most vital natural resource.   The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers did as promised. They…
  • Minnesota and North Dakota acting in tandem for broadband policies. Hmmm.

    Blandin on Broadband
    Ann Treacy
    25 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Nothing like a rainy, long weekend to help me catch up a little. It gave me a chance to read an interesting article on broadband in North Dakota. Interesting for two reasons. First – it’s good to know what the neighbors are doing. Second, it’s good to know when the neighbors are thinking about inviting you to plant a tree. According to the Grand Forks Herald, here’s what they’ve done… Recently signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, HB 1385 passed both legislative chambers with zero dissenting votes—a bold endorsement of a new policy approach that encourages technology. The act…
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  • Donna Maria on wholesaling your products

    Becky McCray
    26 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    http://smallbizsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Donna-Maria-talks-markets-and-wholesale-clip.mp3 Download file | Duration: 3:20| Size: 3.1M One of the most common questions I hear from small town businesses that make a product is about wholesaling. Should they sell at direct markets? Should they sell to retailers at a discount? If so, how do they ever afford it? So I asked Donna Maria from Indie Biz Network about wholesaling and selling your own product in markets. And I have 3 minutes of her answer for you, in audio. She explains why selling your own goods at a market (like a farmers…
  • The Brag Basket is for juicy bites of good news

    Small Biz Survival
    22 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    Juicy little bites of good news in the Brag Basket. Photo (CC) by Cristina on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 22-24, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an…
  • 9 tips for a small town to attract “snowbird” travelers

    Small Biz Survival
    19 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Snowbirds and RV travelers are a great fit for small towns. Here’s a gem from the Vintage Trailer and Camper Show. Photo by Leslie McLellan. Guest Post by Leslie McLellan I’m building a destination marketing program for an area in Southern California – www.visitsanjacintovalley.com – and one of our niches is the snowbird market.  The San Jacinto Valley is home to the largest RV park along the west coast –www.goldenvillagepalms.com – and they are the poster child for snowbird attraction.  Our program has been quite successful once we coupled destination marketing with Golden…
  • I love the Brag Basket!

    Small Biz Survival
    15 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    I love avocados, and I love the good news you share for your town in the Brag Basket. Photo by 305 seahill on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 15-17, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend.
  • Disrupt Your Small Business for Success

    Glenn Muske
    14 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Photo (CC) by Dennis Skley, on flickr The world we live in is not a static place. This is true in every aspect of life, including small business. For small-business owners, things are changing, and those changes are happening at an ever-increasing pace. Doing business tomorrow will be different than doing business today. And doing business next week might be something we can’t even imagine today. Disruption is another term people use when discussing the changing environment in which we live. When disruption occurs, you are forced to respond in some manner. No longer can you continue to do…
 
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  • Rural health workforce needs more changes

    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    AFTER years of campaigning for the change to the incentives system, the Rural Doctors Association has backed the Abbott Government move, but says there is still much to be done to improve the rural health workforce. RDAA president Professor Dennis Pashen ...
  • ABCs, 123s of historic rural schoolhouses

    27 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Montana is well known for its breathtaking mountain views, majestic lakes and vast expanses of open prairie, but one new study is honing in on a particular type of building often seen within those iconic viewsheds — the country schoolhouse. At one time ...
  • Is it time to rethink the possibilities for rural health?

    27 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    ‘Possibilities’ was the theme of the final day of #ruralhealthconf, and the ideas put forward by the keynote and concurrent session speakers challenged delegates to broaden their horizons and re-think narrow conceptions of rural health. From the ...
  • Arizona’s rural roads have fifth highest fatality rate in nation

    27 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s Heartland, which is a critical source of energy, food and fiber and home to an aging and increasingly diverse ...
  • With rural Japan shrinking and aging, a small town seeks to stem the trend

    27 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    KAMIYAMA, Japan — At first glance, Kamiyama looks like any other rural town in Japan: shuttered stores on the main street, a gas station unencumbered by customers, hunched-over old ladies tending rice fields. But on closer inspection, this mountain ...
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  • On the Bayou: Front Lines of Climate Change

    editor
    26 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    The ground is eroding under the feet of southern Louisiana’s indigenous people. These rural residents are dealing with the local consequences of a global problem. They may be the first to be displaced, but they won’t be the last. Photo by Jason Ferris Coastal erosion is forcing the indigenous community of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana to move its cultural home inland. A tribe of Biloxi-Chicamauga-Choctaw from the Isle de Jean Charles, in the bayous of coastal Louisiana, is soon to become the first community in the lower 48 states to relocate because of coastal erosion. They…
  • Letter from Langdon: Feudal Farming

    editor
    25 May 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The modern system of vertically integrated markets has turned America’s poultry and pork growers into serfs, working at the pleasure of their feudal overlords – corporations. A century-old antitrust law is supposed to protect the little guy, but the powerful meatpacking lobby appears to be lord of the manor. This trailer for a documentary project, "Under Contract: Farmers in the Fine Print," says chicken farmers are kept in a cycle of debt. "What you end up with at the end of a contract life are farmers who literally live on the edge of bankruptcy," says…
  • Percentage of Women Veterans Increases

    editor
    24 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    The percentage of rural veterans who are women has more than doubled since the First Gulf War, according to the Economic Research Service. As the male veteran population continues to age, most women veterans in rural America fall into younger age groups. USDA Economic Research Service Three quarters of female veterans who live in rural areas are aged 64 or younger. Less than half of male veterans who live in rural areas are aged 64 or younger.An increasing percentage of rural America’s veterans are women, reports the USDA’s Economic Research Service.From the end of the First Gulf…
  • Coming Back to Creeksong Farm

    editor
    22 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    A dream of settling down and becoming self-sufficient leads the Thomas family into a diverse farming business that deals with produce, beef, logging and other cash generation. Part of its success rests on including a second generation in farm operations and vision. Lou Murrey Photography Jeff Thomas and his dad, Will, on their farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, in the northwest corner of the state. EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeff and Bettie Thomas and their son, Will, are some of the western North Carolina farmers featured in the just released Blue Ridge Farm Book. The book, published by Blue…
  • Modern but Still Countryside

    editor
    21 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Robots, soil sensors, and drones. Technology offers a way for Dutch entrepreneurs to innovate beyond the city limits. Potato farmer Jacob Van Den Borne flying a drone he uses to gather information that helps production. In 1884 Van Gogh depicted the potato farmers of the southern Netherlands turning soil by hand.Today, things are different. Dutch farmers are still growing potatoes, and there is still open land. But the people in and around the small city of Eersel are creating a new kind of rural – the modern countryside.Taking me on a tour of this region last month was Kees Rovers, a…
 
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  • Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

    John Crabtree
    27 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.   Water is life… for people, crops, livestock, and wildlife as well as farms, ranches, business and industry. The proposed Clean Water Rule is a crucial step in clearing the regulatory waters and protecting the quality of America’s surface waters, our most vital natural resource.   The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers did as promised. They…
  • Montana Passes Compromise Medicaid Expansion Bill

    Steph Larsen
    27 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    In late April, lots more eyes than normal were on the Montana legislature. Legislators were debating the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, which expands Medicaid to everyone below 138% of the federal poverty line.  A coalition of legislators from both political parties passed the bill despite some procedural tricks designed to block legislators from bringing the bill to a vote. It passed both houses, and was signed by Governor Bullock.  This bill closes the “healthcare gap” in Montana, where an individual without children makes too much for the current…
  • Grant Seeking Projects Designed for Positive, Long-Term Impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming

    Casey Francis
    26 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Farm Credit Services of America (FCS America) is seeking grant applications for up to $2,000 each in grant funds for projects and organizations designed to make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of agricultural education, young and beginning producers, and hunger and nutrition. FCS America will also consider projects for essential services and disaster relief needs in rural communities. Grant requests and selections are made quarterly based on specific selection criteria. The current grant period runs to June 30, 2015.  Applications can…
  • Saving Families from the Financial Ledge: Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska

    Jon Bailey
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For modest-income families in Nebraska expanding Medicaid is a no-brainer. Not only does it provide access to needed health insurance and health care, it provides a host of positive economic benefits.   According to a recent report from Dr. Allan Jenkins and Dr. Ron Konecny of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would result in an increase of $1,100 in discretionary income per enrollee in an expanded Medicaid program, or a total of $88 million statewide.   Economic research has shown that people in lower income groups spend their discretionary income,…
  • USDA Farming Rule Creates New Loopholes

    John Crabtree
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule.   The draft rule, somewhat unabashedly, only applies to farms that are large enough to “require” quadruple the statutory limit. You can abuse the rules, as long as you only abuse them up to $500,000 ($1 million if you’re married) each year.   Moreover, as drafted, farms made up solely of family members are excluded from the requirement that…
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Minnesota and North Dakota acting in tandem for broadband policies. Hmmm.

    Ann Treacy
    25 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Nothing like a rainy, long weekend to help me catch up a little. It gave me a chance to read an interesting article on broadband in North Dakota. Interesting for two reasons. First – it’s good to know what the neighbors are doing. Second, it’s good to know when the neighbors are thinking about inviting you to plant a tree. According to the Grand Forks Herald, here’s what they’ve done… Recently signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, HB 1385 passed both legislative chambers with zero dissenting votes—a bold endorsement of a new policy approach that encourages technology. The act…
  • Will Annandale get $2 million from the state for broadband?

    Ann Treacy
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    CBS Minnesota reported a couple days ago… The central Minnesota city of Annandale would get one-fifth of the new money available statewide for broadband Internet build-outs in an earmark that passed the Legislature this week with no time to spare — and vaulted the city past a competitive bidding process that other rural towns must go through. Annandale was passed over for a grant in 2014, but a clause inserted in a budget bill Monday night sets aside $2 million this time. The earmark by House Republican negotiators would answer what one city official called the “helplessness of not…
  • USDA Announces Funding Opportunity for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

    Ann Treacy
    22 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Good luck. Would love to see Minnesota receive sme funding… WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas. “This program provides people who live and work in rural areas with better access to a variety of educational and health care services,” Vilsack said. “For example, because of the DLT program,…
  • Comcast announces 2-Gig access in the Twin Cities: Broadband begets broadband

    Ann Treacy
    22 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Just days after CenturyLink announces Gig access in the Twin Cities, Comcast announces 2-Gig service. Apparently broadband begets broadband. (US Internet was the first provider to announce 10 Gig access in the area.) There are some details that are unknown – like pricing. Although the Minneapolis Star Tribune has created a pricing table for high speed broadband in the Twin Cities… So that’s good news in the Twin Cities – but I know most of the readers are in rural areas. So what does that mean for rural areas? Well – there’s the rising tide raises all boats theory. Now that the…
  • USDA funds that could cover broadband adoption and/or infrastructure

    Ann Treacy
    21 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    The USDA recently announced a new focus on region and its impact on funding through the USDA. It seems like this is an example of policy imitating life – at least broadband related life. Over the last few years there’s been a move from cities focusing on broadband, to counties, to regions. So maybe the broadband folks are even better poised to take advantage of the funding they recently announced… USDA to Give Priority Funding for Regional Economic Development Projects MEMPHIS, TN, May 20, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s plan to implement a Farm…
 
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  • Supreme Court to hear rural-urban redistricting case from Texas, aimed at non-citizens

    27 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    "The U.S. Supreme Court will take up an appeal that could give rural voters more clout, agreeing to decide a long-simmering question about the rules governing state efforts to equalize the size of their voting districts," Greg Stohr reports for Bloomberg. "The justices will hear an appeal from two voters who say Texas unconstitutionally allocated its state Senate seats on the basis of total population rather than on the number of eligible voters."If the Supreme Court sides with the Texas voters, it "might shift legislative seats away from areas with large Hispanic populations," Stohr writes.
  • Rural Alabama hospital to re-open labor unit; says it can be a model of success for other hospitals

    27 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    A rural Alabama hospital has found a way to re-open a local labor and delivery unit and believes that success can be duplicated in other areas that lack such services, Anna Claire Vollers reports for The Huntsville Times. Only 17 of 54 rural Alabama counties have hospitals with labor and delivery wards. John Waits is the director of Cahaba Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center—meaning it's a primary source of medical care for those who are uninsured or who have Medicaid—that serves people primarily from rural Bibb and Perry Counties, Vollers writes. Nearly 100 percent of…
  • Most people return to rural areas because of parents, opportunities to raise children, study finds

    27 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    People most often return to rural areas because their parents live there and they want to raise their children in the same place they were raised, says a study by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Factors Affecting Former Residents' Returning to Rural Areas."Other factors for returning home are friends and family, familiar environments, increased opportunities for outdoor recreation, shorter drives to and from work and more chances for children to participate in school sports. Those who did not return to rural areas cited low wages and a lack of career…
  • EPA releases water rules; agency says rules do not add any new requirements for agriculture

    27 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The Obama administration today released water rules that attempt "to establish which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act," Darryl Fears reports for The Washington Post. Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency chief, "said tributaries such as streams that flow into larger water bodies will be covered, in addition to wetlands and smaller bodies that adjoin them."McCarthy told reporters, “The rule does not add any new requirements for agriculture . . . and does not interfere with private property rights. It will not get in the way of agriculture and recognizes the crucial…
  • Rural emergency services struggle during holiday weekends to provide care for vacationers

    27 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Holiday weekends can be a troublesome time for rural emergency services that are not equipped to handle an increase in calls due to an influx of tourists, reports Andrea Hay for WBAY-TV in Green Bay. Memorial Day weekend was a perfect example in Mountain, Wisc., (Wikipedia photo) a popular camping destination with a population of 860. Over the weekend Mountain Ambulance Service struggled to respond to an unusually high number of calls, Hay writes. Michael Rzepka of Mountain Ambulance Service told her, "We had our first unit out. We got a second call; our second unit went out, and we were…
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    Rural Intelligence

  • The School Celebrates Its First Anniversary With An El Anatsui Retrospective -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    18 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Amy Krzanik reports from Kinderhook. Local food trucks, cotton candy, curated cocktails, music, art world scholars and celebs, a photobooth — it sounds like a summertime music festival, and it practically was. As Jack Shainman Gallery: The School marked its first anniversary, guests from near and far flocked to Kinderhook to help the gallerist celebrate and to view the space’s newest exhibition, El Anatsui: Five Decades. A retrospective of the Ghanaian artist’s oeuvre — from small wooden sculptures to large-scale wall and floor pieces comprised of bottle caps, fabric, metal and wood…
  • The Good Life: Documentary Finds True Happiness In The Shire -- Arts Section -- Movies

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Nichole Dupont The longer we live, the more essential it is to continue to drink from the elusive goblet of happiness. But where does the elixir come from? Documentary filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll (executive producer of “Born into Brothels” and director of “Who Does She Think She Is?”) may have found the answer right in our own backyard. “A Small, Good Thing,” her most recent endeavor, chronicles the life of six very different folks living in the Berkshires who have ‘gone rogue’ from the American dream in order to live the best life possible. “I’m a slow filmmaker,”…
  • J. Seitz Celebrates 30 Years (And, Oh Yes, It’s Tent Sale Time) -- Style Section -- Shopping

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    18 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    By Lisa Green Just this week, Home Accents Today, a retail trade publication, announced its annual 50 Retail Stars list, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, J. Seitz & Company of New Preston was on that list. Again. The family-run mini mega store has thrived for decades, not only because of its continually fresh “cabinet of curiosities” approach to merchandise, but because it’s run by a family threesome (Joanna and Bill Seitz, and daughter Amanda), who get along like gangbusters. Now celebrating their 30th year in business, the Seitz’s first filled their store with southwestern…
  • Ready, Willing And Able: CATA Parties And Performs -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    18 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Community Access to the Arts (CATA), much like the world in general, doesn’t need you to be perfect, it just needs you to participate. Newcomers learn quickly that audiences who attend CATA’s annual performances aren’t shy about their participation, either. The crowd of supporters at Saturday evening’s gala at Shakespeare & Company openly shared the joy beaming off of the performers, and they were more than ready to clap along to the music, cheer for the “contestants” and shout out answers when asked to finish quotes from Shakespeare. Ready,…
  • The Horticultural Event Of The Season Celebrates Its 15th Year -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    16 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Rachel Louchen reports from Sharon. From the moment you pull onto Hosier Road in Sharon and join the hundreds of cars packing the field across from Lion Rock Farm, you know you’re in the right place at the right time. The reason for this large gathering? Trade Secrets. Now in its 15th year, the famous rare plants and antique show brings interior and exterior decorators, landscape designers, gardeners and those with a “good eye” from all over the east coast. Nearly 50 vendors spread out at generous host Elaine LaRoche’s farm for the two-day garden event that raises money for…
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  • Cheers and Jeers

    27 May 2015 | 4:16 am
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  • World War II Veterans

    20 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    month, it is the intention of the VFW and American Legion to focus attention on many of our members who have served in World War II.  We have determined that those with whom we have spoken are the only members who still survive from that time, and wish to thank them in advance for their c...
  • Walnut Grove Ambulance Recognition and Recruitment

    20 May 2015 | 4:27 am
        Walnut Grove — Want to give back to your community, and have some fun? Monday June 1, the Walnut Grove Ambulance Service will hold a gathering at the Plum Creek Park. ...
  • Two Retire From Westbrook Ambulance

    13 May 2015 | 3:47 am
        westbrook — Jan Johnson has 25 years with the Westbrook Ambulance, and Joan Jorgenson has 19 years of service. The two offered some insight to their tenure on the ambulance squad....
 
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  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

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    29 Jul 2025 | 9:29 am
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    13 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Being dead doesn't mean you can't be cute, just ask Maully. One of the "survivors" of the zombie apocalypse. $34.95 Maully is still a romantic at heart... she's no stranger to heartbreak but that's okay, she has experience in mending them. More color and size choices available at Zazzle.com. Keywords: zombie love, zombies, broken heart, zombie doll, heart, emo, goth, undead, crazy,
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    13 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Maully is no stranger to heartbreak but that's okay, she has some experience in mending them too. $26.95 Being dead doesn't mean you can't be cute, just ask Maully. One of the "survivors" of the zombie apocalypse, Maully is still a romantic at heart... More size and color options available at Zazzle.com. Keywords: zombie love, zombies, broken heart, zombie doll, heart, emo, goth, undead,
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    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Maully the Lil' Freaque grasps her heart in her hands, saving it for the special someone. "It's yours" $3.75 Maully, cute zombie dolly holds her heart in her hands. Need more flair? Express yourself with Zazzle custom buttons. Choose from thousands of cool and colorful designs, customize, or make your own. Five sizes from 1.25"-6" in diameter. Printed on 100% Recycled Paper.
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  • HB 1305 – Driving Slowly in the Left Lane

    Doug Masson
    27 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    A provision in HB 1305 concerning an obligation not to hang out in the left lanes has received some attention lately. I’m not sure how much coverage the actual text of the statute has received, so here it is: SECTION 69. IC 9-21-5-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Sec. 9. (a) A vehicle that travels at a speed less than the established maximum shall travel in the right lanes to provide for better flow of traffic on the interstate highways. (b) This subsection applies to the operation of a vehicle:      (1) on a roadway that has two (2) or…
  • Seventh Circuit Upholds Highland Park Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

    Doug Masson
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 7th Circuit upheld a ban on “assault weapons” by the City of Highland Park, Illinois. Judges Easterbrook and Williams upheld the ordinance. Judge Manion dissented and would have struck down the ordinance as violating the Second Amendment. The City of Highland Park has an ordinance (§136.005 of the City Code) that prohibits possession of assault weapons or large?capacity magazines (those that can accept more than ten rounds). The ordinance defines an assault weapon as any semi?automatic gun that can accept a large?capacity magazine and has one of…
  • Legislative Acquiescence

    Doug Masson
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The Indiana Law Blog has a post about a recent trial court decision determining that the Notre Dame police weren’t subject to the state public records law because they are part of the university and past legal decisions have held that the private university isn’t a public body subject to the public records law. I think the right way to go is to find that the police force, because they are exercising public police powers, are a public agency. The trial court, in my opinion, was overly legalistic in its analysis. My take on the decision was that the trial court regarded itself as…
  • Sesquicentennial of Surrender

    Doug Masson
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    As many of you know, upon the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, numerous citizens in the Southern States decided to commit treason in defense of slavery rather than abide by the democratic process. The citizens purported to have the Southern States secede – but large numbers of individuals in the Southern States (notably black people) were not consulted about whether those Southern states should remain part of the United States. In any event, despite their boastful assertions about the relative martial prowess as between northerners and southerners, the Southern rebels were to learn…
  • School Funding Debate Continues

    Doug Masson
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Kris Turner, writing for the Indy Star, has an article about this year’s school funding contained in the budget bill, HB 1001, which will be considered by the Senate appropriations committee. Two of the most important components of determining how much funding a school corporation gets from the state are the base / foundation amount and the complexity index amount. The base amount is what all schools get on a per pupil basis. The complexity index is tied to poverty in the district out of recognition of the additional challenges they face. An earlier article in the Indy Star describes it…
 
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  • Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

    John Crabtree
    27 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.   Water is life… for people, crops, livestock, and wildlife as well as farms, ranches, business and industry. The proposed Clean Water Rule is a crucial step in clearing the regulatory waters and protecting the quality of America’s surface waters, our most vital natural resource.   The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers did as promised. They…
  • Montana Passes Compromise Medicaid Expansion Bill

    Steph Larsen
    27 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    In late April, lots more eyes than normal were on the Montana legislature. Legislators were debating the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, which expands Medicaid to everyone below 138% of the federal poverty line.  A coalition of legislators from both political parties passed the bill despite some procedural tricks designed to block legislators from bringing the bill to a vote. It passed both houses, and was signed by Governor Bullock.  This bill closes the “healthcare gap” in Montana, where an individual without children makes too much for the current…
  • Grant Seeking Projects Designed for Positive, Long-Term Impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming

    Casey Francis
    26 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Farm Credit Services of America (FCS America) is seeking grant applications for up to $2,000 each in grant funds for projects and organizations designed to make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of agricultural education, young and beginning producers, and hunger and nutrition. FCS America will also consider projects for essential services and disaster relief needs in rural communities. Grant requests and selections are made quarterly based on specific selection criteria. The current grant period runs to June 30, 2015.  Applications can…
  • Saving Families from the Financial Ledge: Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska

    Jon Bailey
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For modest-income families in Nebraska expanding Medicaid is a no-brainer. Not only does it provide access to needed health insurance and health care, it provides a host of positive economic benefits.   According to a recent report from Dr. Allan Jenkins and Dr. Ron Konecny of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would result in an increase of $1,100 in discretionary income per enrollee in an expanded Medicaid program, or a total of $88 million statewide.   Economic research has shown that people in lower income groups spend their discretionary income,…
  • USDA Farming Rule Creates New Loopholes

    John Crabtree
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule.   The draft rule, somewhat unabashedly, only applies to farms that are large enough to “require” quadruple the statutory limit. You can abuse the rules, as long as you only abuse them up to $500,000 ($1 million if you’re married) each year.   Moreover, as drafted, farms made up solely of family members are excluded from the requirement that…
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • Fun Memorial Day Weekend Activities

    GreatPlainsComm
    21 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Memorial Day weekend is almost here. That might mean your bags are packed for a fun getaway, your menu is being planned for a family get together or your garden supplies are out and ready to be put to use making the house and yard look spring fresh. No matter what your plans might be this extended weekend, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with a few of our cable television channels to bring you some tips and ideas of how to make this Memorial Day weekend even better.   If you are planning a trip this weekend, check out Travel Channel’s video for some restaurants and summery…
  • Benefits of telehealth solutions for Rural Healthcare

    GreatPlainsComm
    19 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
      The adoption of telehealth solutions and the technology that drives them has had a highly positive impact on healthcare for the citizens and medical professionals of Rural America. Improved quality of care and quality of life, significant cost savings, and increased economic opportunities can all be achieved through the adoption of telehealth solutions powered by a reliable, high speed, fiber optic network. Improving quality of care and decreasing costs When seconds are critical, telehealth solutions allow medical professionals to share records, diagnose, devise treatment plans,…
  • Armed Forces Day – May 16, 2015

    GreatPlainsComm
    14 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    “On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day in replacement of the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.” The unified day stemmed from the creation of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. This Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2015, Great Plains Communications would like to say ‘Thank you’ to all who have served, are currently serving or have stood by in marriage to uphold and support the safety of our country. No matter what branch nor rank, we appreciate and honor all who have answered the call to…
  • Don’t Miss Out on the MLB Network

    GreatPlainsComm
    12 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Don’t miss a second of the action this baseball season. We are just about a month in and already exciting things are happening across the board. Will the Royals be able to finish on top again this year? How long will Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers remain at the top of the pitching strike-out leader board? Great Plains Communications wants to help make sure you don’t miss out on the excitement, by bringing you all the action on the MLB Network. Check out MLB Central, MLB Tonight and regular season baseball for all the updates, news stories and inside opinions. If you are not a Great…
  • Hurry and Enter the Mother’s Day Sweepstakes!

    GreatPlainsComm
    7 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Gifts are being bought and flowers are being selected. Let Great Plains Communications help make this year extra special by entering our 2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250. Time is running out! The contest ends tonight at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to honor your mom, and win a $250 Visa gift card! Simply enter below, telling us something special about your mom and all she has done for you. Concursos y sorteos en Facebook The post Hurry and Enter the Mother’s Day Sweepstakes! appeared first on Great Plains Communications Blog.
 
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    Homesteading Today

  • The In-Office and Work from Home Balance

    Alice Benny
    27 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    For many people, working from home is a dream come true. It means more flexibility in your schedule, fewer distractions while you power through projects, and less overall stress in life thanks to the peace and quiet of solitude. However, there are benefits to working in an office and being surrounded by coworkers, including the […] The post The In-Office and Work from Home Balance appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Westinghouse Portable Generator WH7500E Review

    ghead
    25 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    There are many good reasons why you may need a portable generator. They make a good backup for your home electricity especially in case of emergencies involving extreme weather. But you can also use them for a job site, for any outdoor party on your lawn, or when you want to go on a road […] The post Westinghouse Portable Generator WH7500E Review appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Family History of Urban Homesteaders

    Alice Benny
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Here at Rural Living Today, our main focus is encouraging people in their transition from urban or suburban life to the rural lifestyle. That transition begins when a person makes a decision to live that lifestyle, and they may be living in a downtown skyscraper, an inner city neighborhood, or a suburban community at the […] The post Family History of Urban Homesteaders appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Moving to the Country Start of the Journey

    Alice Benny
    15 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    It was a dark and stormy night…Really, it was! That night started my journey to move back to the country.  As I was coming home from work in early evening, snow was swirling everywhere.  I could barely see.  I had actually left work early, as I had heard that the snow was coming and I wanted to get […] The post Moving to the Country Start of the Journey appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • What to Expect When You Work From Home

    Alice Benny
    15 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Opportunities to work from home are rapidly expanding, and that’s good news for people who want to enjoy the perks of rural living without sacrificing their careers. A report by Global Workplace Analysis indicates telecommuting in the U.S. rose almost 80 percent from 2005 to 2012, and in a recent survey, 34 percent of business […] The post What to Expect When You Work From Home appeared first on Homesteading Today.
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Heirloom sweet potato in danger of extinction

    Steven Jones
    27 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    It’s time to start growing sweet potatoes.And if you’re a fan of heirloom varieties, Sow True seed has one that’s perfect for you. This variety is called The Nancy Hall Sweet Potato.Light skinned and yellow fleshed, in the 1930s and 40s it was originally called the Yellow Yam.It’s been nominated and accepted by the Ark of Taste. The Ark is a living catalog of distinctive foods facing extinction in the United States and the Yellow Yam/Nancy Hall is on the list.Slow Food Asheville worked with Sow True to get the potato on the ark.Since the 30s and 40s, Sow True said the…
  • Organic solutions to the pesky potato beetle

    Steven Jones
    26 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    If you grow potatoes, then you may have seen this little sucker. It’s the Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata).This little devil will strip the leaves and fruits off your potato plants, resulting in massive damage. If left untreated, the heathens can kill potato plants.There’s some argument over how much crop damage the beetle can do, since the part of the potato people partake of is underground, but they can eat a plant alive, thereby killing any tuber activity.In addition, the damage they cause can let nasty little bacteria and fugi grow and do even more damage to…
  • What’s the buzz? From Scratch magazine beekeeping issue coming soon!

    Steven Jones
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    photo from Amber Bradshaw from the Coastal HomesteadInterested in Beekeeping? Well, don’t miss the next issue of From Scratch magazine.We’ve got an entire issue devoted to apiarists (beekeepers for those not in the know) coming out in June.Make sure you don’t miss it! Subscribe below to have the issue delivered to your email inbox.The issue will include articles on Beekeeping for Kids, a guide to get started keeping bees, honey extraction without equipment and more.Don’t miss it! Subscribe now!The post What’s the buzz? From Scratch magazine beekeeping issue…
  • Win a $250 shopping spree from Thrive Market

    Steven Jones
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    We recently told you about Thrive Market here. Thrive Market is an online service devoted to providing you with all those all natural, vegan, gluten free, fair trade, organic, rainforest safe, paleo, GMO-free, raw, etc., etc. products you might not be able to get at a nearby big box store that shall not be named.It’s not just limited to tasty goodies. You can also purchase cleaning products, health and beauty items and pretty much anything non-perishable that’s made as naturally as possible. They carry 3,500 of the most popular natural, organic foods and products at 25-50% below…
  • 3 Tiered Planter – Container Planting Ideas

    Steven Jones
    17 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Do you have a spot in your garden that could use a dramatic focal point, or does your entryway need a bit of a pick-me-up? Or perhaps you’re short on space, and you need to plant “up” instead of “out.” No worries — whatever your garden needs or challenges, this project is for you. I’ve been creating these triple decker planters for both myself and my landscape clients for years now, and it never fails to pack a punch in a small footprint. And the best part? You’re likely to have everything you need, aside from the plants, right at your fingertips.Materials3 planters in…
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