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  • Load up on good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
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    27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Basket of bagels. Photo by Vox Efx on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 27-29, 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 ad. I delete the ads that people stick in…
  • Hindtuva RSS active to spread wings across rural areas in Punjab

    rural - Bing News
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Jalandhar: Hindutva fountain-head Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has put Punjab on radar, as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is now camping at Doraha, near Ludhiana in a five-day training camp of the Sangh is being held. RSS claims that it had so far succeeded ...
  • Police tractor popular in rural areas

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Crime is under-reported in rural areas and police say a police-branded tractor is helping bridge relationships with communities.
  • Roundup: Coal in Decline

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Coal industry in trouble • Update on rural suicide report • Rural schools and counties funding bill approved • Farmers meeting the pope • Rural phone service quality bill introduced Photo by Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. From the “We Knew It Was Bad But Not This Bad” department, the coal industry in America may be entering a death spiral. A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative claims the U.S. coal industry has lost 76% of its value in the last five years (emphasis mine as my head exploded). Peabody Energy, whom we…
  • Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

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    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 27, 2015 - 2:49pmJerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who works closely with us to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.“It’s an honor to be chosen for the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award,” remarked Jerry. “Policy is really important. It’s what drives everything in agriculture. Being an advocate for…
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  • Load up on good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Basket of bagels. Photo by Vox Efx on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 27-29, 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 ad. I delete the ads that people stick in…
  • Think Process, Not Product, When Doing Small-business Planning

    Glenn Muske
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Photo (CC) by Robert Scoble, on Flickr Is 2015 the year you want to start your small business? If so, have you sat down to develop your business plan yet? Check out most how-to business guides and you will find a section on writing a business plan. Yet ask business owners and you often hear that they did a plan only because it was recommended by books and consultants or they wrote it to get money. Thus, the business plan has gotten to be something that is beginning to seem less and less valuable in the popular press and academic writings. Business plans are seen more and more as something…
  • 10 Ways to use an iPad or Android tablet in retail

    Becky McCray
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    iPads and Android tablets make great retail tools. And in a small town, high-tech touches can make a big impression on customers. Photo by Becky McCray.   I run a retail store in a small town, and I love technology. That’s why I came up with these ten ways you can put an Android tablet or iPad to work in your rural retail business. 1. Take payments at the Point of Sale Throw away your old cash register. A tablet makes a smart Point of Sale system, in place of your old register. Depending on the app and system you choose, you can track sales, take payments, weigh products, print…
  • Put any good news you find in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    What are your finds this week? Share your good news in the Brag Basket. Detail of a photo by Trevor King on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 20-22, 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…
  • Make Public Relations Part of Your Small-business Marketing

    Glenn Muske
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Photo (CC) by Nluton may, on Flickr When marketing your small business, you need to include all possible options in your tool kit. One such option is called public relations. Many business owners think of it as free advertising. This is a myth because it isn’t free and it isn’t advertising. Parts of public relations, or PR, such as announcements of new hires, training for staff, or an expansion or relocation of your business, can get you into the media. Yet those items represent only a small part of what public relations means. Most owners want more. They want everything they do to be…
 
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  • Hindtuva RSS active to spread wings across rural areas in Punjab

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Jalandhar: Hindutva fountain-head Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has put Punjab on radar, as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is now camping at Doraha, near Ludhiana in a five-day training camp of the Sangh is being held. RSS claims that it had so far succeeded ...
  • Even if Congress OKs ‘doc fix,’ rural hospitals face other challenges

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    WASHINGTON – House members repeatedly patted themselves on the back Thursday for passing a permanent fix to a broken Medicare funding formula, after years of “kicking the can down the road.” But even if the Senate votes to fix the funding formula by ...
  • GO on Difficult Rural Service for Medical PG Admissions Set Aside

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday set aside the government order restricting the benefit of government service to difficult rural service for the admission to Medical post-graduate courses. Justice P R Ramachandra Menon passed the order on a petition ...
  • Rural areas vulnerable to Internet disconnects

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. | When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation ...
  • TECD Commissioner Randy Boyd to ‘double down' on rural aid

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Tennessee's commissioner of economic and community development warned Tuesday that the spector of rural hospitals closing would significantly impact business recruiting in areas that need it most. The state's hospitals have warned that rural health care ...
 
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  • Roundup: Coal in Decline

    editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Coal industry in trouble • Update on rural suicide report • Rural schools and counties funding bill approved • Farmers meeting the pope • Rural phone service quality bill introduced Photo by Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. From the “We Knew It Was Bad But Not This Bad” department, the coal industry in America may be entering a death spiral. A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative claims the U.S. coal industry has lost 76% of its value in the last five years (emphasis mine as my head exploded). Peabody Energy, whom we…
  • Speak Your Piece: Everyone Plays

    editor
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    In rural America, we can’t afford to leave anyone on the bench. Everyone gets to play – even the old guy who misjudges the talent. Photo by Shawn Poynter Kids of all kinds play together on a Boys and Girls Club basketball court in Washington, North Carolina. EDITOR’S NOTE: As the NCAA men’s tournament continues this week, we’re dusting off an old column by Dee Davis, publisher of the Daily Yonder. This essay originally ran on the Center for Rural Strategies website in 2002, five years before we began publishing the Yonder. Unlike Dee’s knees, we think the…
  • Speak Your Piece: Time to Reform Payments

    editor
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    In 2015, counties received the smallest payments from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management since the 1940s. PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes), designed during the 1970s timber boom, no longer works for rural counties. What’s next? Headwaters Economics The chart traces the impact of various federal county-payment programs. As revenue sharing (shown in green) dropped, Congress created other programs designed to compensate counties for the decreased tax base created by public lands. Payment in Lieu of Taxes is shown in blue. Secure Rural Schools is shown in brown. Click to…
  • Viewfinder: The Spook Light

    editor
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    Antone Dolezal gives viewers a peek into the eerie side of Oklahoma. From abandoned homes to Ozark’s unexplained “spook lights” phenomenon, Dolezal uses photographs and found objects to explore his home state. All photos by Antone Dolezal. "False Lights" from the series "Devil’s Promenade." Daily Yonder: Where did you grow up? Tell us a little bit about your background.Antone Dolezal: I grew up on the northeastern region of Oklahoma, near where the plains and the Ozark hills meet. DY: Where do you live now?AD: Santa Fe, NM. DY: When did…
  • Roundup: Gas Station Pizza

    editor
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Making dough on rural pizza • The "death" of rural music • Fighting hunger • Band affected by rural roots • Des Moines sues counties over water quality • Decline in rural fishermen in Alaska Photo by Wade Payne A worker at a Hunt Brothers Pizza franchise in Andersonville, Tennessee, serves a pizza. Pizza joints are everywhere in a city. Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, and local places seem to be more plentiful than Starbucks. But get out into the country and your options are limited. Hunt Brothers Pizza’s business model is to fill these…
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  • Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 27, 2015 - 2:49pmJerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who works closely with us to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.“It’s an honor to be chosen for the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award,” remarked Jerry. “Policy is really important. It’s what drives everything in agriculture. Being an advocate for…
  • Fewer Shadows on the Land

    Guest Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    By Guest Writer on March 26, 2015 - 6:20pmThis excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.At the same time the shapes of the remaining shadows are changing. For instance, one shadow takes the form of a Delaware corporation employing over 100 persons…
  • NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 25, 2015 - 11:35amAffordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. Nebraska is at a pivotal moment, with crucial decisions to make about its energy future. According to research by the…
  • Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

    Jeff Reynolds
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on March 24, 2015 - 11:13amThe concept of microenterprise and microfinance has the power to empower people and transform their lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency. It’s the concept that informed the conception of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project of the Center for Rural Affairs.The fundamental principle behind the…
  • Medicaid Redesign Act - No-risk Solution for Nebraska

    Jon Bailey
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jon Bailey on March 23, 2015 - 12:00amLB 472 is a no risk way to provide health insurance to those in the Coverage Gap.One of the major arguments against LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, is that the federal government cannot be trusted to maintain the funding to states for an expanded Medicaid program. The argument goes that since the federal government cannot be trusted to maintain funding, LB 472 would cause the state to pick up the tab for this initiative.Distrust of the federal government to maintain the contribution to state initiatives to expand Medicaid has been a consistent theme…
 
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  • A big gap between urban, rural and tribal broadband access

    Ann Treacy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I’m catching up on non-Minnesota broadband reading today. The NTIA recently wrote about the last iteration of the National Broadband Map as it stands today. (The FCC will be picking up the job via 477data collection.) I’m going to paste in a bigger chunk for context but it’s really the last bullet point that caught my eye: The latest data finds that only 55 percent of those in rural communities, and 32 percent of tribal lands have access to broadband at 25 mbps compared with 94 percent of urban areas. Our job as broadband advocates really isn’t done until both of those gaps are…
  • President Obama’s next steps toward better broadband for all

    Ann Treacy
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Earlier this week, the White House issued a press release on “Next Steps in Delivering Fast, Affordable Broadband.” Here are a few key factors that I think will be of greatest interest to readers… Standing up the Broadband Opportunity Council.  Today the President signed a new Presidential Memorandum making good on his promise in Cedar Falls to stand up a new Council singularly focused on increasing broadband investment and adoption. The Council, co-chaired by the Secretaries of Commerce and Agriculture, includes over twenty-five different government agencies and components, all united…
  • Minnesota Broadband ranks 22 to 28 (depending on how you slice it) according to Akamai

    Ann Treacy
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The latest Akamai reports are in (for Q4 2015). As you may recall from the Q3 report, neither Minnesota nor the US ranked in the Top Ten in terms of broadband speeds. (The US does top the lists for IP addresses, but that’s sheer numbers and so less easy/valuable to compare.) In any case, neither Minnesota nor the US made the lists again. Thanks to the folks at Akamai, here is how Minnesota ranks… Average connection speed: #22 | MINNESOTA | 11.4 Mbps | -3.0% QoQ | +12% YoY Average Peak connection speed: #23 | MINNESOTA | 50.4 Mbps | +1.6 QoQ | +16% YoY High broadband (>10 Mbps): #27 |…
  • Lincoln County Broadband 2014 Update: Need the help they are getting from the MN Broadband Fund

    Ann Treacy
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Lincoln County stacked up: Household Density: 4.7 Number of Households: 2,574 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 40.90% Percentage serviced (with mobile): 40.90% Lincoln County could use some help. The good news is that they are getting some. I wrote about the project and will just borrow from what I said then… With 40 percent broadband coverage, Lincoln…
  • Attorney General wary about telecom deregulation in Minnesota

    Ann Treacy
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Minnesota Public Radio reports… A proposal that would change how local phone companies are regulated at the Minnesota State Capitol is facing opposition amidst concerns that it would lead to higher prices and less service in rural areas. The bill’s advocates say less regulation would allow them to stay competitive with newer technologies. Attorney General Lori Swanson said the proposal that’s being pushed by telecommunication companies would “eviscerate” 100 years of state law protecting consumers, including a requirement that phone companies provide access in…
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  • White House unveils plan to fight and prevent antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    The Obama Administration today announced the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, a proposal to fight drug resistant bacteria responsible for two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths per year in the U.S., says the White House. The plan requires $1.2 billion in funding from Congress in its first year, which is double the nation's current spending, Sarah Ferris reports for The Hill. The plan includes five main goals: Slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections; strengthen national "One-Health" surveillance efforts; advance…
  • House passes extension of Secure Rural Schools program to help struggling rural timber counties

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    On Thursday the House passed bipartisan legislation that involves extending the Secure Rural Schools program, reports Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter. The program, which expired in September 2014, "provides assistance for schools, law enforcement and infrastructure in rural forested communities that lack a tax base to adequately fund such activities." The program awarded about $270 million to 729 counties in 2014, but the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed in December did not include funds for the program."The extension was included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act…
  • Illegal workers accounted for 5.1% of all employees in 2012; number in white collar jobs on the rise

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Illegal immigrants are most likely to work in construction in the South and Southwest, manufacturing in the Great Plains states and leisure and hospitality in the West, says a study by the Pew Research Center, Philip Bump reports for The Washington Post. While only 4 percent of undocumented workers are in agriculture, the highest overall percent of illegal immigrants are in that industry, accounting for 16 percent of all employees.The study, which consists of data from 2012, found that 33 percent of undocumented workers are in the service industry; 15 percent in construction and extraction;…
  • Kentucky establishes initiative to award up to $38 million to help revive struggling coal communities

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    In an attempt to stimulate the economy of coal-depressed Kentucky counties, state officials today announced the formation of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative, "which will award up to $38 million in grants to coal communities to support economic and workforce development," says a release from the state.The release said the initiative is designed to use federal economic and workforce development resources to diversify economies; create jobs in new or existing industries; attract new sources of job-creating investments; and provide a…
  • Democratic senators pushing legislation to expand forthcoming crude oil train regulations

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Four Democratic senators on Wednesday made a push for legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation "to regulate the volatility of oil being moved in trains, a proposal that goes beyond plans to focus on the design of tank cars," Timothy Cama and Keith Laing report for The Hill. "The bill faces strong industry opposition, and oil, ethanol and freight rail interests have been meeting with White House officials in an effort to dial back the DOT’s upcoming regulations."More oil was spilled from trains in the U.S. in 2013 than in the previous 37 years, and 47 people in…
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  • BSO’s Free Chamber Concert Is A Tease To Tanglewood Season -- Arts Section -- Music

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    24 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Poring over the 2015 Tanglewood season brochure is a pretty delicious activity, but it also leads to jonesing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra to get here already. You’ll have to wait until June for the entire orchestra to arrive, but a healthy contingent will be giving a (free) concert this Sunday at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The BSO Community Chamber Concerts were created to provide relevant and engaging free chamber music concerts performed by BSO musicians in communities limited in access to the BSO. We’re lucky enough to have the BSO as our neighbor during the summer, so…
  • 10 Things To Love About Norfolk -- Community Section -- News

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    23 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    By Rachel Louchen The “icebox of Connecticut” has a lot more going for it than severe winters and not terribly hot summers. Norfolk happens to have many cultural destinations and historic sites, surrounded by beautiful state forests that offer hiking, camping and swimming, among other activities. While its proximity to the Berkshires is a perk, the sense of community is really what makes Norfolk so appealing. Townspeople throw their support behind institutions like the library and the curling club and new traditions like Saturdays at the farmers’ market and evenings at Infinity Hall.
  • Recipe: Broiled Grapefruit With Maple Sugar and Mint -- Food Section -- Recipes

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    23 Mar 2015 | 8:41 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 this year. I spent the entirety of last week tucked away in a little white room in the Catskills, watching the snow blow sideways as I worked on a few writing projects. It…
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  • A Saturday Evening for J.C. Leyendecker at The NRM -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

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    22 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Rachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge. The arrival of spring brings change and, at Norman Rockwell Museum, it means “fresh new work” said Director Laurie Norton Moffatt, as she addressed the crowd at the opening reception for J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post on Saturday, March 21. The exciting exhibit is a tribute to the innovative illustrator, who captivated the country with his magazine covers, an astounding 400 for numerous general interest publications and 322 for The Saturday Evening Post (beating Rockwell by just one). On display until June 14, the exhibition offers…
 
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  • Custom installation is central to a quality Denver home theater experience.

    lincoln Deffenbaugh
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    There are countless reasons why people decide it’s time to install a home theater.  For one, the price of going to the movies has gotten so extreme that simply passing up on one every now and then and setting that money aside could be enough for your down payment.  Other people simply don’t like the hassle of fighting the crowds at the movies, or camping out the night before a big release.  Other people simply love watching television and movies.  If a person is going to be spending a huge amount of their time doing something, why not do it in style?  Whatever the reason…
  • Choosing a trucking company

    Kelly Bateson
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    So, you’re looking for a trucking company, huh? No matter what the scale of your task, no matter the distance you need your goods to travel, there are a few basic factors you should consider along with a large number of finer points in order to make the best choice. The trucking company you choose can make your task successful just as it can make things difficult for you. You want your supply chain to run seamlessly without breakages in the line. Your trucking company can help create that seamless line. When choosing a trucking company, consider the following points: 1. Can the trucking…
  • Do women need affirmative action plans?

    Kelly Bateson
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:54 am
    Women are sorely underrepresented in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. For many reasons, at early ages, girls internalize messages like these: math class is hard, I am not good at math, boys are better at math than girls. These limiting messages become self-fulfilling prophecies for many girls. As a result, in companies like Facebook and LinkedIn, women make up only 5% and 17% respectively of the total employees working in tech jobs. Seeing the problem, these two companies are working together to encourage women’s interest in math and science fields through…
  • Why Hunter Douglas Shades are Beneficial

    Putez
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    The problem involving cash seems to be something that is continuously causing problems for people. Unfortunately, this is something that everyone will have to deal with nearly every day of their lives. There is always a need to save some money for every family. Most of all the one thing that you will want to make sure of is that you are finding the most affordable window treatments for your home. In the same way there are several current home owners that already know that window treatments can be expensive. There are some window coverings, known as the Hunter Douglas shades, which are very…
  • Possible Apple Wrist Bands That You Can Purchase

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    24 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Some people have claimed that the Apple Watch is the most personal device bearing the Apple name. This probably comes from the fact that the watch is available from a fairly affordable $349 and is highly customizable in terms of the choice of wrist band. The wrist band is the most noticeable feature of the watch and will be the first thing that most customers will desire to be customized to reflect their unique taste and preference. The choice of Apple watch bands include the more traditional leather, the classic steel alongside a of variety synthetic materials. Furthermore, the bands will…
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  • Council Sets City Wide Cleanup

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
        westbrook — Street supervisor Carl Conrad, said he is planning for the city wide cleanup and branch pickup in May. ...
  • Klasse Sells Mechanic Shop

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
        WESTBrook — Troy Klasse, current owner of Klasse Sales and Service, announced the sale of the original garage building to Scott and Mona Boadwine. The Boadwines, currently living in Wisconsin, will be moving to the Currie area where they will be building a home. Mona is orig...
 
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  • Chilly willie (A winter’s end rant)

    coozledad
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMoW37gI66s You know, fuck this blogging thing. Once you actually connect with people you might know, you can’t say what you mean. I never realized how many liberals are swapping spit with the people who’d eat their dumbass frat-friendly babies until I tailored my work to the locals. Well fuck the shit out of that. To think I dreamed that one day I’d be able to breathe that rarefied air where no one you hung out with was burrowing their head in someone’s ass for a better job, or selling their god-given soul for a muscle-fuck with a lake hog just makes…
  • You idiots thought pop was dead.

    coozledad
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
  • Bow down to NC Merseybeat.

    coozledad
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09G_KiPQkAM 12/12/2014 1:28 PM
  • 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…
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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

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

  • More on SB 101: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Doug Masson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    By popular demand, I’m following up on SB 101, dubbed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” I don’t know that I have a lot of value to add, but I’ll go ahead and supplement my earlier post with what I think might be relevant information. What does it do? The law subjects government action to “strict scrutiny” if the government “substantially burdens a person’s exercise of religion.” Strict scrutiny means that the burden is permitted only if the burden is the least restrictive means in furthering a compelling governmental interest.
  • The Naming of Indiana (as presented to the Wayne County Historical Society in 1898)

    Doug Masson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    I was searching for something completely unrelated and came across a publication called the Indianian in Google Books and, in particular, an article on “the naming of Indiana” which was presented to the Wayne County Historical Society by Cyrus W. Hodgin on February 19, 1898. The short version is that it does not actually tell us much about how our state got its name. However, it does go into some detail about a region that held the name for some years until about 1798 with the area which became our state taking the name in about 1800. As to the prior region with the name,…
  • The Continuing Saga of Troy “I’ll Never Vote for It” Woodruff

    Doug Masson
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Former Rep. Troy Woodruff gained my attention when he became the deciding vote for abandoning Hoosier Standard Time and imposing Daylight Saving Time on Indiana. (I can’t say for sure, but Richard Mourdock is probably the only state official at whom I’ve taken more shots over the years.) Mr. Woodruff cast his fateful DST vote after promising his constituents he would never vote for it. After that, Mr. Woodruff was the beneficiary of some RV-1 fundraising love during his next House campaign. After losing his election to Kreg Battles, Woodruff had a soft landing with the Indiana…
  • The General Assembly and Public Access

    Doug Masson
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Indiana Law Blog has been covering an ongoing effort to obtain records from the General Assembly through the Access to Public Records Act (APRA). The initial request was denied via the House Republican Caucus attorney on the general grounds that APRA does not apply to the Indiana General Assembly. They created APRA and can exclude themselves from APRA, the theory goes. The public access counselor found that the General Assembly did not, in fact, exclude itself from APRA but found that the initial public records request was not improperly denied because the request was not made with the…
  • Wealth and Work

    Doug Masson
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Dan Carlin’s Common Sense podcast from January 31, 2015, used the most recent State of the Union and subsequent political maneuvering as a launching point to discussing the nature of work and similar themes. Carlin notes that he hates the term “income inequality” because it frames the issue of wealth disparity in ways that are potentially unhelpful, but struggles for a better term. His stuff is always worth a listen. This particular podcast reminded me of some prior posts I had done, particularly this one entitled “Technology and the Future of Work.” One question…
 
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    high hopes gardens

  • March 22, 2015 – Close to Having to Turn in My Man Card

    highhopesgardens
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Had a couple of vehicle incidents that both almost required I turn in my man card, but eked out of both. First, I buried the CRV in the field. This is a bad photo taken with my phone as I walked away defeated. I USUALLY take a walk to make sure it is not to soft when I drive here, but since we’v had no precip in March and the pond and wet area in the pasture have been bone dry for a week or more, I thought things would be firm. Wrong – once the wheels break through the sod into the black gumbo, you are done. I tried propping boards under the tires to run up on. No luck. I then…
  • March 15, 2015 – Driftless Getaway

    highhopesgardens
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Linda and I snuck out for a couple of days to a nice AirBnB in SW Wisconsin. We found a nice place to stay. The view out the windows was a classic Driftless region valley. Complete with Amish farmers in the bottom of the valley. Wildcat State Park was nearby for hiking. For mid-March, temps in the 60’s was a great change of pace. A great outdoor amphitheater overlooking the valley. The approach to the ice cave. Sizing up the hunk o’ ice (actually more of a frozen waterfall). A look up the formation. I’m sure we could write a nice story about the ghost trapped inside the ice.
  • March 7, 2015 – There’s something happening here, What it is ain’t exactly clear

    highhopesgardens
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The basement door is open, the loader bucket is attached to a chain. What’s up on the farm today? When we moved in about 18 years ago, one of our first upgrades was to replace the aging fuel oil furnace. While the furnace is long gone, the three fuel oil storage tanks are not. We’ve been using the oil left in the tanks to persuade bonfires to start over the years and finally the tanks are empty. We tried manually moving the tanks up the basement stairs. No go. Wasn’t thrilled about cutting them in half in the basement. Enter a long chain, a tractor, and a three member team…
  • February 16, 2015 – Claire to Paris for Climate Talks

    highhopesgardens
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Claire rather casually dropped in a Facebook message this morning that she got her plane ticket to Paris and living accommodations finalized. She will be attending the U.N. global climate talks this upcoming December. One of the faculty at the University of Iceland is Iceland’s chief negotiator and invited Claire along as an observer to the two-week long talks. She will only be able to attend one week as finals are during the other week of the meeting. The main goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial…
  • February 1, 2015 – Winter Arrives

    highhopesgardens
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    Well, it first started out to be a 3-5 inch snowfall, then less than one inch, then back to 3-5, and when it finally arrived, 12-14 inches of snow. The house nestled in the new fallen snow. Along with the fresh snow, the moon was full, making for brilliant light-filled nights. Can you find the cat in this photo? The cat abides, and follows me in the night, hoping for a treat. Finally one more shot in the moonlight.
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  • Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 27, 2015 - 2:49pmJerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who works closely with us to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.“It’s an honor to be chosen for the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award,” remarked Jerry. “Policy is really important. It’s what drives everything in agriculture. Being an advocate for…
  • Fewer Shadows on the Land

    Guest Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    By Guest Writer on March 26, 2015 - 6:20pmThis excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.At the same time the shapes of the remaining shadows are changing. For instance, one shadow takes the form of a Delaware corporation employing over 100 persons…
  • NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 25, 2015 - 11:35amAffordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. Nebraska is at a pivotal moment, with crucial decisions to make about its energy future. According to research by the…
  • Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

    Jeff Reynolds
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on March 24, 2015 - 11:13amThe concept of microenterprise and microfinance has the power to empower people and transform their lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency. It’s the concept that informed the conception of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project of the Center for Rural Affairs.The fundamental principle behind the…
  • Medicaid Redesign Act - No-risk Solution for Nebraska

    Jon Bailey
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jon Bailey on March 23, 2015 - 12:00amLB 472 is a no risk way to provide health insurance to those in the Coverage Gap.One of the major arguments against LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, is that the federal government cannot be trusted to maintain the funding to states for an expanded Medicaid program. The argument goes that since the federal government cannot be trusted to maintain funding, LB 472 would cause the state to pick up the tab for this initiative.Distrust of the federal government to maintain the contribution to state initiatives to expand Medicaid has been a consistent theme…
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    Bringing Home the Bacon

  • The World's Stupidest Cat

    Holly Michael
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    In case we have never met, I need to tell you up front that I hate cats. I. Hate. Cats.So the fact that I took a photo of a cat and actually posted it on this blog is monumental. That I will eventually use this cat as a metaphor is even more surprising.I'd like to introduce you to the world's stupidest cat. His/her (I haven't bothered to look) qualifications for this designation are many and include:- Thinking that I will pet it.- Thinking that I will feed it.- Thinking that I will love it or have any affection for it at all.- Thinking that I will let it in my home (at least on purpose).Here…
  • Uptown Funk You Out

    Holly Michael, APR
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Do you know a man? I mean a MAN. The kind of guy who has rough hands and when they slide down your silk blouse, they feel so rugged and it it makes you feel like you just want to...  WAIT. Sorry. Where was I?Ok, so you have a man. And he smells. Bad. And his laundry is funky. Never fear, I am here to tell you about a great product called Funk-Out.I have written about Funk-Out before and when the good folks there asked me if I would like to try their new improved formula, I said FUNK YEAH! (Disclosure of product gratis.)We have a rug right inside the back door that captures Husband coming…
  • Spring pigs

    Holly Michael, APR
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    It's no secret that I am a fair weather farmer. So on this warm, sunny Sunday I was glad to get out of the house and check out our spring pigs.Husband needed to ear notch some piglets. To do this, he uses something similar to a single hole punch to add notches to their ears. This serves as their identification. The right ear tells their litter number and the left ear tells which pig they were in the litter, so the third pig in the 38th litter would be 38-3 in our record books and have the corresponding notches in his/her ear, like a secret farmer code.Morgan is holding a piglet that does NOT…
  • Guy Reads

    Holly Michael
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    It has been a long time since I did a "Guy Reads" post, but this story just cried out to be shared with you and with Husband. Guy (that's my nickname for my husband) doesn't bother with too many pages of the newspaper that don't contain box scores. I do what I can to keep him abreast of pressing agricultural issues, which means it's time for another installment of Guy Reads, the exciting segment where I share with you the news items I clip (or link) from the media for my husband.From our local TV and newspaper conglomerate Cox Media comes the story of a farmer from north of…
  • Snapshots on the Farm

    Holly Michael
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    With a corn cob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of pig poop.
 
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • 5 Social Media 101 Tips for Businesses

    GreatPlainsComm
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Networking is no longer just updating your business card and dispersing as needed. It has become more than just rubbing elbows with fellow business owners at the annual banquet and making calls to potential clients. Today’s definition of networking includes an array of virtual options that are becoming common-place in the communication mix, and we are left with social networking. Providing an abundance of options, opportunities and potential, social networking or social media, can become very overwhelming. Great Plains Communications would like to share just five basic tips to keep in mind…
  • Stay Informed with Severe Weather Awareness Week

    GreatPlainsComm
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week and Great Plains Communications wants to remind you of some important tips and procedures to help keep you and your loved ones safe during severe weather situations. We provide local Weather on Channel 2 through GPC-TV, bringing you 24/7 access to up-to-date weather information. Weather on Channel 2 tracks weather at the national and local level via advanced satellite imaging along with the five-day forecast. One of the most important factors to severe weather safety is understanding and receiving up-to-date warnings. Are you in a Watch or Warning, and…
  • Throwback Thursday: Great Plains Communications Comes to Blair

    GreatPlainsComm
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The year 1925, Main St. Blair, NE As a Throwback Thursday, Great Plains Communications (GPC) would like to look back on their beginning in Blair. As a four-generation company with 105 years of experience, GPC is proud to service 90 communities throughout Nebraska with nearly 200 employees. Not only do they provide residential services of broadband Internet, high-definition cable television and local and long distance calling, but they have greatly expanded their business services as well. The company has grown to providing business services into the neighboring states of Kansas, Minnesota,…
  • 5 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

    GreatPlainsComm
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    No matter if you are 100% Irish, 10% Irish, or just enjoy the land of Saints and Scholars, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday enriched with history and culture. Great Plains Communications wants to highlight five fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day and the origin of the holiday. St. Patrick, in which the holiday was named after, was not even Irish. He was in fact born in Britain around A.D. 390. At a young age, Patrick showed no desire for Christianity or religion. It wasn’t until he was kidnapped and forced to tend sheep as a slave in the countryside of Ireland, that his strong Christian…
  • Spring Cleaning your Computer

    GreatPlainsComm
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Has your documents folder become the junk drawer of your computer? You don’t notice until your once fleeting load time has become more of a bathroom break between tasks. Well, it’s that time of year. Open up the windows, let the fresh air in and clean out those pesky untouched programs, services and files. It’s time to spring clean your computer. Great Plains Communications has some specific steps and programs to consider when starting the process. -          Erase Unwanted Files Get rid of those research papers from college, memes you found funny a year ago and any pictures…
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs by Farmhouse 38

    Melissa
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
      I’ve been lusting after the gorgeous colors of naturally-dyed Easter eggs for quite some time now; there is something poetically lovely about the gentle colors that result from vegetables and spices.  I must admit, however, that I was overwhelmed when I first started studying recipes.  There are many, many different methods, so I decided to sample a little from here, a little from there.  Primarily, I relied on the recipes from Lakewinds.com, as well as those found at wholefoodsmarket.com.  But, I am a self-professed fiddler, so I did not leave well enough alone. Before we begin,…
  • 10 Reasons to Love Chickens

    Steven Jones
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Chickens. The gateway drug of farming. At least, that’s how it was for me. When my dreams of farming first took hold, what was the first thing I wanted? A few chickens. You know, just enough to get a few eggs. Nothing crazy. Not like twenty-something chickens. Well, whoops! I guess that’s where we ended up, huh? 1. Chickens are easy They require the basics: Food, water, and shelter — and these can be as simple or extravagant as you choose them to be. We used a mobile shelter, which covers all the bases for us: Open floor for dropping to fall out, shelter from the weather, and mobility…
  • Top Five Quilting Articles Online

    Steven Jones
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Saturday, March 21 was National Quilting Day. While we’ve never made a quilt at the From Scratch homestead, we love the fiber arts and think we might want to try putting together a quilt. So we poked around the tubes that make up the internet and found these sites offering how to’s and more on quilting. Here’s our top five quilting how-to articles on the internet. If you know of a better one, let us know in the comments. And don’t be afraid to try making your own quilt, too. Craftsy: Five Fast Quilts To Make in a Weekend This is a great article as it includes five free patterns, all…
  • More on potatoes

    Steven Jones
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Photo from Sow True Seeds We recently put together a really basic piece on planting and growing potatoes. Since then, we’ve scoured the net and found a little more on the subject. We found a great piece from Sow True Seeds on planting and growing potatoes. They produce several varieties of potatoes every year, so they know a bit about what they’re talking about. They’ve put together a piece outlining the basics of growing potatoes, including information on hilling potatoes, planting them in straw and building a potato tower. Check it out:   Hilling is the method of piling soil on…
  • Raising chickens: The basics

    Steven Jones
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
     March 19 is National Poultry Day. It’s a day set aside to honor the myriad of poultry that we benefit from: Chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, peafowl, pheasant — even pigeons! In honor of this great day, we give you a breakdown on how to raise chickens, the gateway drug of homesteading. Check it out and leave us your tips on raising fowl in the comments below! Raising chickens is fun and easy, but not for the faint of heart. Before starting out, you must know chickens prime egg laying years are in the first three of adulthood. So, if you want to raise them for eggs, then you’ll…
 
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