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  • 10 Tips for Increasing Your Sales at Art and Craft Shows

    Small Biz Survival
    Glenn Muske
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Art show – Used with permission – Nate Welk Photography The bottom lime for survival of a business eventually comes down to making sales. You need to get money coming in the door. There are many ways that you, as a business owner, can make your product and services available. One way used successfully by many art and craft businesses is by participating in shows that highlight such products. For some businesses, this is where they test new ideas. Others use this venue as a place to start. Some use it as one avenue of reaching the consumer while others depend on it as their sole…
  • Alan Schlueter, 46, of rural Iroquois

    rural - Bing News
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    IROQUOIS — Alan Schlueter, 46, of rural Iroquois, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Esmond Methodist Church in Esmond, with burial in the Esmond Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
  • Rural Hospitals In Georgia Not Asking State For Help

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Months after Georgia changed its rules to help rural hospitals, not a single rural hospital has taken the state up on the offer.
  • Roundup: Technology Over Poverty?

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Giving rural students access to technology to fight poverty • Who should own farm data? • Alaska's Bristol Bay to be drilling exempt • Debunking broadband myths • Time's Instagram photog of the year • Cuomo bans fracking in New York Photo by Jackie Mader Piedmont, Alabama, gives a laptop computer to every student, has built a city-wide wireless network, and has added online classes.. The Atlantic reports on the efforts of a small Alabama town to climb out of poverty by giving their students access to technology.Piedmont had relatively strong academic…
  • Macy Christmas Bazaar: A Joyful Success for All

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    Veronica Erenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    By Veronica Erenberg on December 19, 2014 - 4:38pmOn Dec 13, the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College partnered with residents of Macy, Nebraska, and the surrounding area to present the 1st Macy Christmas Bazaar. Over 20 vendors and 150 customers from surrounding villages and the Greater Omaha area came to sell and shop locally.Walking into the Bazaar, your senses are immediately hit with colorful Native American patterns, smells of fresh made tamales, and festive holiday excitement. This was not only an opportunity to shop local, but also for family members and…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • 10 Tips for Increasing Your Sales at Art and Craft Shows

    Glenn Muske
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Art show – Used with permission – Nate Welk Photography The bottom lime for survival of a business eventually comes down to making sales. You need to get money coming in the door. There are many ways that you, as a business owner, can make your product and services available. One way used successfully by many art and craft businesses is by participating in shows that highlight such products. For some businesses, this is where they test new ideas. Others use this venue as a place to start. Some use it as one avenue of reaching the consumer while others depend on it as their sole…
  • Grow Your Business by Saying No

    Small Biz Survival
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Ever feel like you get so many requests for support that you want to put a “do not disturb” sign on your front door? Stephanie Ward has some suggestions on saying no. Photo by Becky McCray. As a business owner in a small town, I know it can feel like you’re constantly barraged with requests for donations, to serve on committees or groups and to volunteer for good causes. You cannot and should not say yes to them all. You have to learn to say no. Oklahoma native and now Netherlands resident Stephanie Ward has excellent advice on how to grow your business by saying no.
  • Our Brag Basket is for Your Good News

    Small Biz Survival
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Photo by InfoBunny on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for December 12-31, 2014. 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. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just…
  • Let the Holiday Season Propel Your Business All Year

    Glenn Muske
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo (CC) by Jocelyn Kinghorn, on Flickr The holiday season generates substantial revenues, as well as browsers, for most small businesses. That means the owner and all of the employees are very busy. So business owners are not looking to add more to the list of things to do during this time of year. Yet, small-business owners need to remember this may be the only time during the year that this customer enters the store. It’s great to have that one-time sale or shopper, but wouldn’t you like to make that person a regular patron? So the holiday season is a great time to build your…
  • Survey says: Shopping at small businesses makes people feel good

    Becky McCray
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Nearly all customers say that shopping at small businesses makes them feel good. What’s your plan to build on that overwhelming consumer sentiment? Photo: The Daisy Village clothing store in Alva, Oklahoma. Photo by Becky McCray.   Tidbits from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, and what they mean for small town retail businesses: Nearly all (94%) U.S. consumers say that shopping at small businesses makes them “feel good.” That’s good news for small town retail businesses. It’s up to us to reinforce the good feelings by making the shopping…
 
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  • Alan Schlueter, 46, of rural Iroquois

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    IROQUOIS — Alan Schlueter, 46, of rural Iroquois, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Esmond Methodist Church in Esmond, with burial in the Esmond Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
  • A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    I visited Winters High School in Winters, CA on a whiplash rainy day in early December. The so-called Pineapple Express, the intense rainstorm that drenched Northern California, was soaking the walnut and almond groves, filling dry creekbeds with raging ...
  • Sekyedomase Rural Bank increase 2014 revenue

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Sekyedomase Rural Bank is showing strong returns on its operation, announcing a third quarter profit of GH¢484,329 for the year. Compared with the previous year’s figure, this showed an increase of about 180 per cent. Mr. Kwame Antwi Frimpong, the ...
  • Rural Ala. counties slow to see same growth as metro areas

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 37,000 future industrial jobs from new and existing industries were announced in 2012 and 2013, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. About one-third of those were pledged to the state's four largest metro areas.
  • Rural Hospitals In Georgia Not Asking State For Help

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    Concerned by a spate of rural hospital closures, Gov. Nathan Deal's administration changed rules this spring so struggling hospitals could downsize and become stand-alone emergency rooms. Under the plan, those rural emergency departments could also offer ...
 
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • Roundup: Technology Over Poverty?

    editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Giving rural students access to technology to fight poverty • Who should own farm data? • Alaska's Bristol Bay to be drilling exempt • Debunking broadband myths • Time's Instagram photog of the year • Cuomo bans fracking in New York Photo by Jackie Mader Piedmont, Alabama, gives a laptop computer to every student, has built a city-wide wireless network, and has added online classes.. The Atlantic reports on the efforts of a small Alabama town to climb out of poverty by giving their students access to technology.Piedmont had relatively strong academic…
  • Letter from Langdon: Have a Nice Day

    editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    When it comes to addressing the concerns of farmers and consumers, Big Ag and Big Government are talking out of both sides of their full mouths.  As Russell got older, his health went downhill. That’s probably why he was a little grouchy. Since he lived just across the road, I was an easy listening post for all that ailed him.“I don’t think much of that new co-op manager -- Bill Whats-His-Name. I don’t even know why they hired him,” Russ said as I tightened a bolt on my planter.That didn’t make sense. Everyone liked Bill. Well, everyone but Russ. Bill…
  • Viewfinder: A Dance Hall Comes Full Circle

    editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jeremy Lange leaves early for his photo assignments so he can drive the back roads and stop to take pictures along the way. Drawn to open space and quiet, he also documented the transformation of his grandfather's Vermont wood-working shop back into a community dance hall. "It would have made my granddad really happy," Lange says. All photos by Jeremy Lange A square dance in the barn that had been Lange's grandfather's workshop for decades.  Daily Yonder: Tell us a little bit about yourself.Jeremy Lange: I grew up in Durham, North Carolina, about a mile or two from…
  • Spending Bill Ends Rural School Fund

    editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Since 2000 the federal government has helped counties that relied on the timber industry to make up some of their local education funding. But that program received no money in the end-of-year spending package Congress just approved. The map shows the estimated payments that counties received from the Secure Rural Schools program in FY 2013, according to USDA. Red counties received more in raw dollars than blue counties. The spending bill Congress just passed contains no funding for the program. Click on the map for an interactive version. The trillion dollar spending package that…
  • Speak Your Piece: Wall Street Fakes Local

    editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    In a cynical effort to exploit consumer interest in local foods, major corporations are claiming that their industrially produced items are grown by small farmers. Look beyond the label to see where your food is really coming from. Cornucopia InstituteA family-farm advocacy group claims that large-scale chicken farms like this one in Michigan are passing themselves as organic.In today’s unhealthy, unfair and broken corporate controlled industrial food system, more and more people want to know where their food comes from and how it’s produced. The biggest food companies on the…
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  • Macy Christmas Bazaar: A Joyful Success for All

    Veronica Erenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    By Veronica Erenberg on December 19, 2014 - 4:38pmOn Dec 13, the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College partnered with residents of Macy, Nebraska, and the surrounding area to present the 1st Macy Christmas Bazaar. Over 20 vendors and 150 customers from surrounding villages and the Greater Omaha area came to sell and shop locally.Walking into the Bazaar, your senses are immediately hit with colorful Native American patterns, smells of fresh made tamales, and festive holiday excitement. This was not only an opportunity to shop local, but also for family members and…
  • Center Submits Comments on a Proposed Transmission Project for the Sandhills

    Lucas Nelsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on December 18, 2014 - 3:56pmRenewable energy has been a welcome boost to rural economies across the country. But as new renewable energy projects sprout up across the Midwest and Great Plains, it's essential they are able to connect to the grid, making it possible for communities across the country to transition away from dirty and costly energy sources.Connecting those new energy sources has to be done in the right way, working with local communities and landowners to find the best techniques and route for the development of new lines. Our comments on the Nebraska Public…
  • Congress takes Family Farmers and Ranchers for a Ride

    John Crabtree
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By John Crabtree on December 18, 2014 - 12:00amWhat does Congress have against family farmers and ranchers? The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed last week included the full version of the so-called GIPSA rider passed earlier by the House of Representatives. A rider is a legislative provision attached to a larger spending bill.There are not enough ways to describe how bad this hidden policy package truly is. It limits USDA’s ability to protect farmers’ and ranchers’ basic rights, such as their freedom of speech and freedom of association. The Packers and Stockyards Act, passed in 1921,…
  • Merry CRomnibus Christmas

    John Crabtree
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    By John Crabtree on December 17, 2014 - 3:18pmOn Dec 13, a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill passed the Senate (the bill passed out of the House of Representatives on Dec 11), securing funding of the federal government through September 2015. The spending bill was something more than a Continuing Resolution (CR) and something less than a standard omnibus spending bill, evoking by some the label of CRomnibus.No spending bill of this magnitude can ever be deemed universally good or bad. On the other hand, scores of legislative riders attached to the final bill are a different story. In this…
  • Lost Medicaid Dollars top $700 Million in Montana Alone

    Steph Larsen
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Steph Larsen on December 15, 2014 - 12:00amStates that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents are leaving a lot of money on the table. Montana has forfeited about $2 million per day in federal funds since January 1, 2014 that could provide health insurance for around 69,000 low-income Montanans. We’ve forfeited over $700 million that could support Montana hospitals and strengthen the health and economies of our rural communities - http://www.cfra.org/mt-medicaid-dollars. The 69,000 working Montanans in the “coverage gap” earn too little to receive premium…
 
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Redefining broadband speeds – promoting a culture of consumers not producers

    Ann Treacy
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Late last week the FCC redefined broadband… The FCC will now require companies receiving Connect America funding for fixed broadband to serve consumers with speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads. That is an increase reflecting marketplace and technological changes that have occurred since the FCC set its previous requirement of 4 Mbps/1 Mbps speeds in 2011. According to recent data, 99% of Americans living in urban areas have access to fixed broadband speeds of 10/1, which can accommodate more modern applications and uses. Moreover, the vast majority of urban…
  • RS Fiber plans to serve 1600 customers by late 2015

    Ann Treacy
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    KEYC-TV out of Mankato recently ran a nice story on RS Fiber… The RS Fiber Board in collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Winona will provide affordable fiber-optic broadband service in ten communities and 17 townships in Renville, Nicollet and Sibley County. The service aims to provide faster and more reliable access to television, internet, and phone. With a heavy emphasis on agriculture, tele-medicine, and education. The groups financial planner, and local business man, Phil Keithahn says,  “That’s what this does. It levels the playing field for people…
  • Free Blandin Webinar Jan 7: Getting Started on Community Broadband

    Ann Treacy
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Two important trends are driving more communities to consider community engagement in broadband availability for the first time. First is the fact that broadband as a necessary element of everyday life is not a theoretical discussion anymore.  Almost everyone wants broadband so that they can participate fully in 21st Century life.  What might have been hyperbole ten years ago is now undeniably true.  Lack of broadband lowers property values and impacts quality of life.  No doubt about it.  Second, the availability of state and federal fund to address rural broadband issues seems to be…
  • How does US broadband rank? Depends what you measure.

    Ann Treacy
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I read an interesting report today. It’s a rebuttal to reports (such as Akamai) that show that the US is not a leader in broadband. It’s an interesting look at different ways to measure broadband expansion – or as they put it health. (The report is Internet traffic as a basic measure of broadband health by Bret Swenson.) I think Swenson’s report focuses on judging whether we’re deep enough; Akamai may be judging how wide we are. Both reports have merit. I’ll dive deeper into it but on a high level I think the report, especially compared with others, demonstrates that there are…
  • Get a Taste of Blandin Foundation’s 2015 webinar series: a Comprehensive Community Approach to Broadband

    Ann Treacy
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The Blandin Foundation is planning the 2015 webinar series to support communities that are looking at better broadband. In 2014, topics ranged from digital inclusion programming to market assessment tools. This year the plan is to start broadband and dive deep into the topics that are top priorities for the Blandin Broadband Communities. We wanted to whet your appetite by reposting one of the favorites from last year – Bill Coleman’s Pre-conference  on a Comprehensive Community Approach to Broadband. If you have a topic you’d like to see Blandin tackle via webinar in 2015,…
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    The Rural Blog

  • AP creates team of statehouse government specialists to provide 'extra reporting firepower'

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Associated Press announced on Thursday that it is creating a team of statehouse government specialists to enhance the work of AP reporters already working in all 50 statehouses, Erin Madigan White reports for AP. "The specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability and strong explanatory reporting. Their over-arching goal will be 'to show how state government is impacting the lives of people across the country,' said Brian Carovillano, managing editor for U.S. news." The team, which…
  • The decline in oil prices could be a major concern for some energy-dependent states

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    While many people are probably happy to see a steep drop in prices at the local gas station—the price of crude oil is just above $55 per barrel, down from $105 on July 1—falling oil prices are a concern for some energy-dependent states, Niraj Chokshi reports for The Washington Post. A decline in prices "has already forced officials to revise revenue predictions and, if the price remains low for long, could force lawmakers to make substantial budget changes as legislatures reconvene next year." Alaska, more than any other state, stands to lose as a result of the falling prices,…
  • Many Americans have trust issues when it comes to neighbors, media, government, public schools

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    A series of interactive maps show that many Americans—especially those in largely rural states—have little trust or confidence in their neighbors, elected officials, media outlets and schools, Emily Badger reports for The Washington Post. (The darker the color the higher the percentage) That's according to recent results from the Current Population Survey, which asked people "all kinds of quirky questions about how we relate to each other and the institutions in our lives—our neighbors, our elected officials, our media outlets, schools and even the products we buy," Badger writesMore…
  • Free seminar for journalists to explore local and national efforts to respond to climate change

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is hosting a free seminar from May 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis for journalists to explore local and national efforts to respond to and plan for climate change. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9, 2015. Space is limited. To register click here.During the seminar, journalists will have the "opportunity to explore new approaches to adaptation and discover fresh story ideas about climate change response and preparedness," says the Metcalf Institute. This will allow journalists "to meet adaptation experts from across the nation representing…
  • Electric utilities anxiously awaiting EPA coal ash disposal regulations; rules are due today

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    With Environmental Protection Agency coal ash disposal rules expected to be released today, "electric utilities are bracing on how they handle the millions of tons of waste ash produced by coal- fired power plants," Cassandra Sweet reports for The Wall Street Journal. "The regulations are aimed at coal ash stored as a slurry in about 700 earthen pits around the country" and could cost the power industry $587 million a year. EPA "said it wants to ensure that toxic chemicals contained in the ash, including mercury, cadmium and arsenic, won’t leak and contaminate underground drinking water,"…
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  • The Flammerie Brings Flammkuchen To Kinderhook -- Food Section -- News

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    By Katharine Millonzi Approaching The Flammerie, a new bistro in Kinderhook, NY, was a bit like peering into Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas party: a warm, illuminated scene that beckoned bright and welcoming against the dark, snowy evening outside. A jolly crowd filled the front bar area, some waiting to be seated, most enjoying both a view into the kitchen and a draft from the well-curated beer list, which includes a flight sampler of six local beers. The circa 1850 space, formerly the home of Blackwood & Brouwer Booksellers, is split between the bar and a simply furnished, 26-seater back…
  • 10 Unusual Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Find Only In Hudson -- Style Section -- Shopping

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    By Jamie Larson By now the secret is out on Hudson’s shopping district. There are beautiful antiques of course, galleries of the highest caliber, and shops of all variety up and down Warren Street. But there are still more secrets to be found and bought in Hudson. In the back of stores throughout the city there are unique items you can’t find anywhere but here. Hudson’s collectors and merchants have assembled a treasure trove of one-of- a-kind, sometimes downright strange items from the farthest corners of the globe as well as objects made only within the city limits. Here are 10 things…
  • Memorable Parties of 2014 -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    There’s nothing we at RI love more than covering the region’s galas; it’s the perfect opportunity to visit with wonderful old friends, meet interesting new ones, and taste the delicious food and drink produced right here in our region. That’s why picking only a handful of parties for our year-end wrap-up is always so difficult. We’d like to thank the residents of the RI region for being so generous with their time, talent and funding of organizations that improve the quality of life in our area and make residing here a joy. Below is a sampling of the galas, gallery openings, fetes…
  • Recipe: December Salad -- Food Section -- Recipes

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Twice a month, Berkshire County native Alana Chernila, mother of two, and author of the cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making (Clarkson Potter), contributes a thoughtful and heartfelt essay/recipe created exclusively for Rural Intelligence readers. Her first cookbook has achieved top-seller status, and Chernila has a new one in the works, titled “The Homemade Kitchen,” due out in 2015. This past weekend, at The Berkshire Grown Holiday market, I got to spend the morning with all the winter vegetables at the Indian Line Farm table. There were bags…
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  • Finding a wedding caterer that works well

    Shauna
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    Planning a wedding is one of the most complicated and stressful thing that many of us will go through but it is so important to us that we happily go through it all in order to have the perfect dream wedding. Thankfully when it comes to most of the decisions that need to be made for a wedding, the only two opinions that really matter are of the two people that are getting married. Sometimes the bride and groom are forced to face nosey friends or family members but when it comes down to it, the people getting married are the only people who really should be able to make the decision and the…
  • Floss and rinse to help prevent needing a dental implant.

    Beth
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    Did you know that in addition to brushing your teeth twice a day you should also be flossing and rinsing? Everyone knows how to brush their teeth and have been doing so twice or three times a day since they were young, especially if they were adamant about their dental hygiene. When people are negligent to their teeth and gums, they are forced to go see a periodontist to have extreme measures like dental implants done. Unfortunately there are some cases where no matter how well people cared for their teeth, they are genetically predisposed to needing dental implants. There are companies like…
  • Emergency plumbers are available for when you need them

    Dan
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time. Being able to have these problems taken care of quickly is very important to all of us. Many people find that finding a service is not always the easiest thing but being able to get a hold of the right emergency plumber will help you through a sticky situation. I’m emergencies going to rise for many different reasons. I’ve heard many plumbing stories and many plumbing nightmares occur for many people. But being able to have an emergency plumber come to help you out in your situation is what is most important. From anything from pipes…
  • Get the best graphics for your trade show booth.

    Beth
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Being a part of a trade show can be overwhelming. The goal is to make sure that your brand is elevated above the others so visitors will be drawn to your display. This way you are able to help people by educating them about your business and in turn you are helping yourself launch or nurture a successful business. To be a part of a trade show, you must have a trade show booth to display your products and information upon. You want to make sure that your booth is aesthetically appealing to draw people in and of course informative about your product too. This can seem like a steep hill to…
  • The history of diamond engagement rings

    Kelly Bateson
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Diamonds, being the strongest, most beautiful stones on the market, have signified strength and beauty for ages. They are the classic symbol. It’s not wonder then, that when  a man pops that eternal question, he also presents a gorgeous diamond engagement ring. Although it’s been customary for centuries for a man to present a woman with a ring to signify his promise of commitment, the ring he’s presented her with has not always been a diamond ring. Let’s look at the history though. Many anthropologists believe that the tradition of giving of rings started with a Roman…
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  • McKenzie High Sports Update

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week...
  • Tooth Taxi’s visit a success

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    FINN ROCK: The Tooth Taxi makes history every day. Last month the converted motor home’s trip to McKenzie Schools added to its lore. Those visits, on November 22nd and 23rd, amounted to over 8,000 screenings and 4.5 million dollars in donated services since the dental van’s inception in 2008....
  • Christmas Concert Series

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
        Westbrook — Area residents were treated to a wonderful Christmas Concert filled with traditional and some less traditional Yuletide music....
  • McKenzie High Sports

    7 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week...
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  • Changes at Aunt Ding’s

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    WALTERVILLE: Nine years ago a woman says a building in Walterville, “Just looked at me and said ‘Buy me.’” Apparently that’s happened again....
  • Five years of giving back to schools

    7 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    LEABURG: “Buy a tree and support your school” has been the phrase at Spring Creek Holly Farm since 2010. It continues in 2014 during the fifth year of the Give Back To Schools program....
 
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  • Quick! get Tim Chandler on the phone!

    coozledad
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Republican ethics in ACTION: http://gawker.com/the-gop-staffer-who-criticized-obamas-daughters-was-arr-1665208882 Are every one of these motherfuckers sleazeballs, or just the ones that have an actual connection to the party? One of those ECU Republicans. Perhaps even sorrier than the rest of that miserable subhuman lot.
  • White filth.

    coozledad
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do For most people, blowing a kid’s brains out would be hard. Not Darren Wilson. The hardest thing he’s ever had to do was quit his job as a shouty authoritarian hillbilly sumpmuffin and bank on the wingnut welfare checks floating him and his new mother/wife until Regnery finds a ghostwriter for his kampfroman. I’ll tell you the hardest thing you’ll have to do, Darren. Having all that money and no place to spend it. Not even to be able to walk into one of your favorite shitkicker cop bars and buy a round for the racists and perverts…
  • Cool will always kill you

    coozledad
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
  • Mark Walker’s brother Merle attends Hyco Lake bash

    coozledad
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Says Merle:”Mark was sorry he couldn’t be here, but he had to compose the musical program for this Sunday’s White Pride Thanksgiving. Let me just tell y’all how grateful I am fer the tailpipe!”
  • cunts win again.

    coozledad
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    It’s sort of the way of cunts. Having all of the money and the stupid. The fear and the racism. When they’re not sucking Mag Thatcher’s dead tits, they’re fucking workhouse boys and killing them. Bad people. Badly made.
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  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

    Ayngel Boshemia
    29 Jul 2025 | 9:29 am
    The positive manual for abuse survivors  by  Ayngel "Boshemia" Overson After Post Traumatic Stress, comes Post Traumatic Growth... $15.00 If you are a sexual assault survivor, or domestic violence survivor childhood survivor of abuse, it is easy to feel alone. You aren't, at least 1 in 5 people suffer from abuse at some point in their life. Sexual abuse, physical
  • EBOOK Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

    Ayngel Boshemia
    12 Aug 2024 | 7:14 am
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  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully tees

    Ayngel Boshemia
    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,
  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully sweatshirt

    Ayngel Boshemia
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
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    A Citizen's Guide to Indiana

  • Interim Committee on Commerce Focuses on Tax Breaks for Biomedical Device Industry

    Doug Masson
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    The Interim Committee on Commerce and Economic Development seems to have focused almost entirely on the biomedical device industry during their interim meetings. See, this draft final report of the committee. That was the task assigned to it by the Legislative Council. I’m not sure whether they have discretion to go beyond legislative council assignments. They produced this draft resolution urging tax breaks for the biomedical device manufacturers. Specifically, the resolution expresses grumpiness about the federal medical device excise tax. To counter this, the resolution suggests…
  • Shawshank and Privilege

    Doug Masson
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    With Ferguson over the last couple of months and the 2014 Isla Vista killings several months before that, white male privilege (as compared to the experiences of women and racial minorities) has been brought more under the microscope — at least over social media. I’m going to walk on eggshells here. As an upper middle-class white guy, there is mostly only downside if I offer opinions on questions of race and privilege. Where I see nuance in those questions, others might see me as offering self-serving qualifications that justify or blind me to my privilege. “Shut up and…
  • Woman Accused of Trafficking Cellphone to Inmate

    Doug Masson
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    I spent much of the last month taking depositions of inmates at various state correctional facilities, including the one at Wabash Valley, so this story about a woman accused of attempting to traffic a cell phone caught my eye. Prison officials said Elainey Michele Reynolds, 22, of Marion failed to clear a metal detector at the maximum-security facility shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday. Visitor processing custody staff became suspicious after Reynolds indicated that a body piercing was the cause. She then went to the restroom to remove the piercing. After claiming she threw the metal piercing…
  • Federal Separation of Powers – Revisited

    Doug Masson
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Back in 2011, I posted: I had a high school history teacher who, periodically, would draw three circles on the chalkboard representing the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. Depending on what era in history we were looking at, the respective circles would be bigger or smaller. Possibly there was a better visual representation to be had, but the basic notion was that, where one branch refused or declined to act, the other ones would expand into the vacuum. Speaking of three rings, Congress has largely looked like a circus for the past generation or so. And…
  • Pence & Zoeller Exchange on Immigration Challenge

    Doug Masson
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Maureen Groppe has a story on some interesting wrangling between Gov. Pence and Attorney General Zoeller regarding Gov. Pence’s desire to get Indiana involved in litigation over President Obama’s executive order on immigration. Instead of pursuing an action against the President over immigration as requested by Gov. Pence, Attorney General Zoeller has given consent to Gov. Pence to hire outside counsel. At issue seems to be IC 4-6-5-3 which I can’t quote because the General Assembly’s new online Indiana Code is terrible and only in PDF. But, it says that state agencies…
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    News

  • Macy Christmas Bazaar: A Joyful Success for All

    Veronica Erenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    By Veronica Erenberg on December 19, 2014 - 4:38pmOn Dec 13, the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College partnered with residents of Macy, Nebraska, and the surrounding area to present the 1st Macy Christmas Bazaar. Over 20 vendors and 150 customers from surrounding villages and the Greater Omaha area came to sell and shop locally.Walking into the Bazaar, your senses are immediately hit with colorful Native American patterns, smells of fresh made tamales, and festive holiday excitement. This was not only an opportunity to shop local, but also for family members and…
  • Center Submits Comments on a Proposed Transmission Project for the Sandhills

    Lucas Nelsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on December 18, 2014 - 3:56pmRenewable energy has been a welcome boost to rural economies across the country. But as new renewable energy projects sprout up across the Midwest and Great Plains, it's essential they are able to connect to the grid, making it possible for communities across the country to transition away from dirty and costly energy sources.Connecting those new energy sources has to be done in the right way, working with local communities and landowners to find the best techniques and route for the development of new lines. Our comments on the Nebraska Public…
  • Congress takes Family Farmers and Ranchers for a Ride

    John Crabtree
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By John Crabtree on December 18, 2014 - 12:00amWhat does Congress have against family farmers and ranchers? The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed last week included the full version of the so-called GIPSA rider passed earlier by the House of Representatives. A rider is a legislative provision attached to a larger spending bill.There are not enough ways to describe how bad this hidden policy package truly is. It limits USDA’s ability to protect farmers’ and ranchers’ basic rights, such as their freedom of speech and freedom of association. The Packers and Stockyards Act, passed in 1921,…
  • Merry CRomnibus Christmas

    John Crabtree
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    By John Crabtree on December 17, 2014 - 3:18pmOn Dec 13, a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill passed the Senate (the bill passed out of the House of Representatives on Dec 11), securing funding of the federal government through September 2015. The spending bill was something more than a Continuing Resolution (CR) and something less than a standard omnibus spending bill, evoking by some the label of CRomnibus.No spending bill of this magnitude can ever be deemed universally good or bad. On the other hand, scores of legislative riders attached to the final bill are a different story. In this…
  • Lost Medicaid Dollars top $700 Million in Montana Alone

    Steph Larsen
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Steph Larsen on December 15, 2014 - 12:00amStates that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents are leaving a lot of money on the table. Montana has forfeited about $2 million per day in federal funds since January 1, 2014 that could provide health insurance for around 69,000 low-income Montanans. We’ve forfeited over $700 million that could support Montana hospitals and strengthen the health and economies of our rural communities - http://www.cfra.org/mt-medicaid-dollars. The 69,000 working Montanans in the “coverage gap” earn too little to receive premium…
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    Wisconsin Office of Rural Health - Clinics

  • National Rural Health Day – Wisconsin Style

    mlradtke
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Content Type: AudioVideoWebinarCategory: Education/TrainingPublic HealthAuthor: mlradtkeAdditional Materials:  nrhd.pdf NRHD Proclamation.pdfAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesHospitalsMed ProvidersPublic HealthDescription: The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health celebrates NRHD by honoring and highlighting the good work in healthcare that is being done in rural Wisconsin. Presenters gave us a look into a "day in the life" in their community.     Presenter: Aaron Dunn, MD is a family medicine doctor in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and is affiliated with…
  • Wisconsin Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Webinar: Billing, Cost Reporting, Reimbursement

    mlradtke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.rhcBillingCost-reportingReimbursementRural-Health-ClinicContent Type: AudioWebinarWorkshop/TrainingCategory: Education/TrainingFinancesLegislative/PolicyRegulation/ReimbursementRural Health ClinicsAuthor: kmillerAdditional Materials:  RHC-Bramschreiber 11-18-14.pdfAudience: ClinicsDescription: The RHC Webinar Series includes three timely topics of interest to Wisconsin Rural Health Clinics.  The topic of this webinar is RHC Billing, Cost Reporting, Reimbursement.   Presenter: Jeff…
  • Wisconsin Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Webinar: National Legislative Update

    mlradtke
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.rhcRural-Health-ClinicLegislativeRegulationsAdvocacyContent Type: AudioWebinarWorkshop/TrainingCategory: Education/TrainingFinancesLegislative/PolicyRegulation/ReimbursementRural Health ClinicsAuthor: kmillerAdditional Materials:  RHC-Finerfrock 11-11-14.pdfAudience: ClinicsDescription: Post-midterm election analysis and update on current and upcoming legislation and judicial decisions and their impact on rural clinics.   Presenter: Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director, National Association of…
  • Rural Health Clinics 101 Educational Webinar

    mlradtke
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Content Type: VideoWebinarWorkshop/TrainingTo find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.rhcCategory: Education/TrainingFinancesPerformance ImprovementRegulation/ReimbursementRural Health ClinicsAuthor: kmillerAudience: ClinicsDescription: Rural Health Clinics 101 is designed to provide an overview of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Program including how to obtain certification, program requirements, Cost-Report submissions, and implications of RHC billing and payment.   Presenter: Wipfli LLP   YouTube Video:   Connect directly to YouTube…
  • Community Paramedic Stakeholder’s Symposium

    mlradtke
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.community paramedicEMSfrequent userchronic diseasereadmissionsContent Type: Workshop/TrainingCategory: AccessChronic DiseaseEMSFinancesLegislative/PolicyMental HealthPreventionPublic HealthQuality ImprovementRegulation/ReimbursementRural Provider AccessAuthor: kjacobsonAdditional Materials:  CP01-14 History of Contemporary Community Paramedicine.pdf CP01-14 Planning for Community Paramedicine.pdf CP01-14 Community Paramedicine Experience in WI.pdf CP01-14 Agenda.pdf CP01-14 Speaker…
 
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    The Appleton Blog

  • Summer in Appleton--Wishful Thinking as the Polar Vortex Nears

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the coldness of winter coming soon (yes, I'm bracing for my December return to the Valley!), I'd like to share a few summer memories of Appleton, one of the best places on earth to be in the summer. And still pretty great even in winter.First up is Appleton's downtown summer concerts and other public events. Lots of free entertainment comes to the streets and parks of Appleton in the warmer parts of the year. Here are two photos from a summer concert at Houdini Square.Summer also makes me think of the Fox River, known especially for its ability to flow in the summer, while its icy winter…
  • Aug. 15 Book Signing Party for Lee Mothes of Kaukauna, One of Wisconsin's Leading Artists

    Jeff Lindsay
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    If you were at Appleton's magnificent annual Art in the Park event a few days ago, you might have encountered Lee Mothes, one of Wisconsin's leading artists. His website is OceansAndDreams.com, where you can see many of his works, including some from his highly acclaimed creation of New Island, an imaginary 12,000-square-mile island that has been illustrated in detail by Lee.I'm happy to report that at Appleton's Art in the Park 2014, Lee Mothes was the winner of one of the top 3 prizes, the Best 2D Work for his paintings. You can read the news and see a photo of the happy winners at the…
  • Recent Suggestions for Eating Out

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Friends of mine wanted to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Where to eat in Appleton? I recommended Carmella's, one of my favorites. They tried it and were delighted. A great selection. I'm also impressed with the healthy and flavorful men at the new SAP restaurant, just a few yards away from Carmella's. It also has a fun outdoor section for casual dining. Lots of great local ingredients and healthy items there. Fun place.My biggest recent surprise was a place I had studiously avoided: Golden Corral. Now that it has been remodeled and greatly upgraded, it's a surprising wow in terms of…
  • Dynamic Insights Comes to the Newly Remodeled Equtiable Reserve Association Building

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    On July 16, I was fortunate to be able to attend an open house for the new high-powered consulting group, Dynamic Insights. This team of leading professionals in marketing, business development and consumer research are among the first clients in the newly remodeled Equitable Reserve Association building, a historic building in downtown Neenah, right next to the famous City Hall clock tower on Commercial Street.The developer of the building has a bold vision for preserving and enhancing downtown Neenah. It was a pleasure to meet him and learn of his passion for Neenah and his vision for the…
  • Crime Down in Appleton--And It Was Already Pretty Safe

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    There have been a few highly publicized episodes of criminal behavior in the Fox Valley in the past year, but in spite of the media frenzy, crime statistics show that Appleton crime is down. That's great news in a community that is already quite a safe place to live. See the April 23, 2014 story at the Post-Crescent, one of the best small-town newspapers in the country.  Some of the statistics showing possible increased criminal activity are due to changes in definitions that now add previously "neglected" crimes like spitting and pushing. From my temporary perch in Shanghai, China, I…
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    Fawnskin Flyer

  • Fawnskin Revisited

    GG (Gossip Girl)
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! So, have you missed me? Believe it or not, some Fawnskin Folks have and since I’ve been asked a number of times to post an update on my progress, I thought I’d oblige. Now and again I visit Fawnskin on the “down low.” A couple of neighbors made sure I have had a place to stay for medical appointments as well as for continued recovery because I am still in that process. My adventures in healing have taken me to a number of places, some good and some not. I’ve had people emerge to share vital healing information with me and have started work on…
  • Happy New Year from Fawnskin

    GG (Gossip Girl)
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:55 pm
    Happy New Year from Fawnskin! GG wanted to wish everyone the best of new beginnings. And speaking of new beginnings, I have decided that I will no longer be updating you with news from Fawnskin. At this time I am focusing on recovering my health after exposure to toxic mold in my former Fawnskin residence. At this time I am not in Fawnskin very often and am not certain just what I will be doing in the near future. You can bet I’ll be writing somewhere but just not here. I think over eight and a half years of posting online updates is enough and am choosing to focus my energies…
  • Happy Christmas from Fawnskin

    GG (Gossip Girl)
    24 Dec 2013 | 6:00 pm
    GG wants to wish you all a Happy Christmas, or Merry Christmas, which ever you prefer. During most holidays “Happy” is followed by the holiday but the phrase “Merry Christmas” is an exception. “Merry” derived from the Old English myrige, originally meant merely “pleasant” rather than joyous or jolly (as in the phrase “merry month of May”). According to Wikipedia, although Christmas has been celebrated since the 4th century AD, the first known usage of any Christmas time greeting, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” was…
  • ChrisMoose Caroling & Other Celebrations

    GG (Gossip Girl)
    17 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    ChrisMoose Caroling Join the fun and become a Christmas Caroler with Moose Lodge 2085 and Women of the Moose 359 on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 5:30pm until who knows when. The Moose will provide chili, corn bread, salad and dessert to participants but appetizers and other additions are welcomed. Donations for food are also happily accepted. Sweeten Things Up in Fawnskin Sign up to help sweeten things up by heading on down to the Fawnskin Post Office. As always you can feel free to bring down some goodies even if you don’t make it over to fill up the sign up sheet. Treat Days Fire…
  • Beyond Fawnskin

    GG (Gossip Girl)
    10 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    So GG is just getting back into the swing of things after the mold move. It was a grueling task and thanks to those who stepped forward to help. Once of the first things I’ve noticed is that when you get out of Fawnskin, it is much easier to get around and people tend to drop in or invite you to visit. The views are to be had outside of the neighborhood since GG is in a “normal” neighbor and surrounded by dwellings. In contrast to the party perch, I have to walk a little to see what is happening with both wildlife and weather. But in my neighborhood here on the North Shore,…
 
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • The Traditions of Christmas

    GreatPlainsComm
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas has become an iconic poem shared by many during the holiday season. It embodies the excitement and joy the season naturally emits and creates a picture of the traditional Christmas with the creative vision of a child. Since the poem’s 1823 publishing, you could say some of the Christmas traditions have evolved a bit. Stockings might still be hung, but on a banister or the edge of each bed. One present opened on Christmas Eve,…
  • Spreading Christmas Cheer at Great Plains Communications

    GreatPlainsComm
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    As 40 children shared in a failed attempt of holding in their enthusiasm, the sound of jingle bells rang through the atrium of the Great Plains Communications Blair office. The man of the hour had arrived, with his iconic red suit and joyful allure. The elevator opened and Santa Claus welcomed the crowd with a booming “Ho, Ho, Ho”. Great Plains Communications, has a few ways of celebrating the holiday season. As tradition, on December 12, Santa visited the office with a gift for each child in attendance. Cookies and punch were provided and employees were able to share a cheerful time with…
  • FREE Downloads & Uploads with Exede Late Night Free Zone

    GreatPlainsComm
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
      The holidays are in full swing, cookies being baked, presents being wrapped, and bows finding their way into every nook and cranny around the house. Though, as your college student arrives home for break, family time jumps to the top of your list. Sitting down for a classic holiday movie with the entire family makes all the stress and chaos worthwhile. Until you have to wait for the movie to download. Or your software needs to update. 15 minutes go by and the charming glow of the Christmas tree lights aren’t enough to calm the frustration rising in the room. What if we told you…
  • Fall Sports Contest Winners

    GreatPlainsComm
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    GPC-TV 2014 Fall Sports Contest – Grand Prize Winners, Arnold and Callaway High Schools (South Loup) Great Plains Communications would like to congratulate our 2014 Fall Sports Contest winners, Arnold and Callaway High Schools (South Loup) and Ponca High School. Schools participating in the contest sent in video replays from fall sporting events such as football and volleyball games, which were then aired on Channel 2. Local sporting events are a favorite among our Cable customers, and we take pride in being able to bring an abundance of local sports coverage to their TV’s. With 30…
  • Tribal Lifeline Awareness

    GreatPlainsComm
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Once again, Great Plains Communications is helping raise awareness about one of the Universal Service Funds’ varied programs to help provide affordable telecommunications services to Americans. This time it is the Tribal Lifeline Program, which provides discounted telephone services for those living on Tribal lands. Those who live on Tribal lands are eligible to receive many additional benefits through the FCC’s Lifeline Program. According to the FCC website, eligible telephone subscribers on Tribal lands may receive basic local phone service for as little as $1 a month. Link-Up provides…
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • The Five Dollar Christmas Tree

    Melissa
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    So, what happens when you move and find out that you don’t have a Christmas tree or any ornaments? When you are as thrifty as I am the first thing you DON’T do is run out and buy all new things. This year we put our tree together for $5.00. Follow these tips for a thrifty holiday: 1. Ask, beg or borrow –  It seems that everyone has accumulated a lot of stuff and they are looking for ways to get rid of it! That is how we got our Christmas tree and saved it from the landfill. Yes, it is true that not ALL the lights work on the pre-lit tree but that is an easy enough fix! And…
  • Free iPads for Famers and Farmers’ Markets

    Steven Jones
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The USDA, in conjunction with the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP), is giving farmers and farmers’s markets free iPad minis and iPhones, according to Don Wambles, President of NAFMNP. Yep. Free. For real. So here’s how the program works. A farmer or farmers’ market representative signs up with MarketLink. It can be done online or at one of the many events the two organizations are hosting all around the country (see a partial schedule below). MarketLink is a technology solution created to fill this need. The idea, according to those behind the product,…
  • Having a Homestead Hanukkah

    Steven Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    For our Jewish readers, Dec. 16 marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the festival of lights. For the next eight days, Jews all over the world will be lighting candles, enjoying wayyyy to much fried food and generally having a great time. The holiday commemorates the Miracle of the Oil and the triumph of the Maccabees. But it’s also just a great chance to get together with family and enjoy each other’s company. Here’s our list of the best way for homesteaders to celebrate the holiday: 1-Turn off the TV I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the Talmud about enjoying the…
  • Simple ways to celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank

    Steven Jones
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Editor’s note: This story, by Jennifer Cazzola, was originally published in the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 issue of From Scratch. Read that issue here. Read more from Jennifer at the Black Fox Homestead. The holidays are a timeto celebrate with our family and close friends but often times our schedule is so overloaded with holiday parties, shopping, and entertaining,that the season can pass by without spending quality time with our loved ones. Not to mention the fact that gift giving can be more of a financial burden than a blessing. With that in mind, here are a few ways that will give the…
  • Study: Organic farming methods fare better in droughts

    Steven Jones
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    A CNBC report cites a University of California, Berkley study that shows that organic farming methods appear to produce crops better than conventional methods during times of drought. In what is probably good news to California farmers, who are currently experiencing a drought of biblical proportions, the study shows soils farmed with organic methods use less water, according to the article. The piece states researchers at UC, Berkley combed through more than a hundred studies. In addition to the drought findings, the study also found that the differences in yield between conventional farming…
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