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  • Please use the Halloween Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Please, use the brag basket for your good news. Photo (CC) by Jay Cox on Flickr.  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 31-Nov 2, 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…
  • 4 groups in Dakotas get rural development grants

    rural - Bing News
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Four groups in the Dakotas are getting grants through the federal Agriculture Department's Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program. The program aims to help develop or expand rural businesses, especially co-ops and mutually owned ...
  • Manhattan football drops Rural, 45-23

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Much of the drama was sapped out of Washburn Rural's matchup with Manhattan before kickoff. Both squads were eliminated from playoff consideration, entering the contest at 0-2 in the district.
  • Roundup: Digital Divide Not Just Rural

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The digital divide • MVP pitcher, small town resident • Filming Beetlejuice • Nation's oldest Halloween parade • Brewing groundwater crisis • Shrimp fraud! • And more...  Blue areas have faster access. The Financial Times analysis shows the broadband divide isn't just urban-rural. There's vast differences in access within urban areas, as well. Rural areas have lower broadband subscription rates than metropolitan ones overall. But the digital divide – the gap between those with broadband access and those without – is stark in many…
  • Property Taxes and Renewable Energy

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    Guest Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    By Guest Writer on October 31, 2014 - 5:49amThis is the third installment in our series of articles from our friend and writer, Loren Flaugh, who lives in Central Iowa. We call his series the Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission. Loren is a born storyteller, as you’ll see in his look at county property taxes and wind farms.One benefit from the development of a wind farm is the huge property tax revenues that flow into county coffers. While observing how closely one Center Township landowner scrutinized a Court House map showing Highland Wind Energy Project wind turbine site…
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  • Please use the Halloween Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Please, use the brag basket for your good news. Photo (CC) by Jay Cox on Flickr.  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 31-Nov 2, 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…
  • Small Businesses Must Prepare for Change

    Glenn Muske
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Photo (CC) Sean MacEntee, on Flickr Maintaining status quo can have severe consequences for small business. This situation often arises when the “that is the way we have always done it” mentality is present. Not changing because of tradition or policy, or simply not taking the time to look forward, often can mean the slow, or sometimes rapid, decline of a business. Change is occurring all around us. It is occurring at the macro level with the aging of society. The last of the baby boomer generation hits 50 years of age in 2014. The median income has been slow to rise except in certain…
  • Any small town could do spooky storytelling

    Becky McCray
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    This idea comes from the Chickasaw Nation. Storytelling is an important part of Chickasaw culture, and who doesn’t love a good spooky story? Storytelling is an important part of many rural cultures, probably including yours. That makes this a great idea for any small town to adapt and use. In fact, why not start building your troop of local storytellers, so you can add storytelling elements to more of your local events? New here? Take the Guided Tour. Like what you see? Get our updates.  
  • Good news casts a long shadow in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Your good news casts a shadow that actually encourages others in the Brag Basket. Photo (CC) by marc falardeau on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 24-26, 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…
  • Customers are switching to small retailers

    Becky McCray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Consumers are changing their shopping behavior. It’s good news for small business. Photo by Becky McCray. Last week, we talked about how big box retailers are getting smaller. Why is the big box retail sector making this expensive and difficult change to smaller stores? Because consumers have already started changing. Humorist David Sedaris summed up this consumer feeling in an interview. “I’d rather go to an actual shop — preferably a small one — than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website,” Sedaris said. “I don’t want to buy my books and my…
 
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  • 4 groups in Dakotas get rural development grants

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Four groups in the Dakotas are getting grants through the federal Agriculture Department's Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program. The program aims to help develop or expand rural businesses, especially co-ops and mutually owned ...
  • Rural Internet Options For Rural Areas | Exede satellite internet

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Exede Internet leader in rural internet options for rural areas. Finally, high speed Internet service no matter where you live. Whether in the city, the subu... Bangalore, Oct 31 (IANS) Hundreds of socio-political activists and parents Friday staged a ...
  • Rural Retreat ruins Northwood’s shot at a share of Hogoheegee crown

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    SALTVILLE, Va. – It’s fitting for a team that runs the veer that Rural Retreat High School’s football season has resembled a roller coaster. The unpredictable Indians produced a surprising result once again – getting big plays from Stone Mullins ...
  • In rural Wisconsin, hunger comes with extra challenges

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    MOSINEE – Much like the clients her pantry serves, Mary Pat Campbell is trying to find places to cut an already shoestring budget to make sure the shelves are stocked with enough food at the Community Center of Hope pantry. "People who come in here are ...
  • Manhattan football drops Rural, 45-23

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Much of the drama was sapped out of Washburn Rural’s matchup with Manhattan before kickoff. Both squads were eliminated from playoff consideration, entering the contest at 0-2 in the district. Still, Manhattan had a share of the Centennial League title ...
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  • Manhattan football drops Rural, 45-23

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Much of the drama was sapped out of Washburn Rural's matchup with Manhattan before kickoff. Both squads were eliminated from playoff consideration, entering the contest at 0-2 in the district.
  • Washburn Rural volleyball advances to 6A semifinals

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    It seemed like old times for Washburn Rural's volleyball team Friday at Landon Arena.
  • Rural Reporter

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A knitting-led recovery helps the superfine wool industry; and a hungry caterpillar holds the key to weed control. The sport of kings is alive and well on King Island; and a hat making workshop is welcome drought relief for women in western Queensland.
  • Rural soccer blanks Wichita North in regional, 4-0

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    It took Washburn Rural just two minutes to claim a lead in its state regional battle with Wichita North. The Junior Blues never relinquished that advantage and avenged a disappointing exit from regionals a year ago.
  • Rural vote could be key in Kentucky Senate race

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Mitch McConnell knocked off an incumbent Democrat in a close race in 1984 to win his Senate seat, he did so because of voters in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.
 
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  • Roundup: Digital Divide Not Just Rural

    editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The digital divide • MVP pitcher, small town resident • Filming Beetlejuice • Nation's oldest Halloween parade • Brewing groundwater crisis • Shrimp fraud! • And more...  Blue areas have faster access. The Financial Times analysis shows the broadband divide isn't just urban-rural. There's vast differences in access within urban areas, as well. Rural areas have lower broadband subscription rates than metropolitan ones overall. But the digital divide – the gap between those with broadband access and those without – is stark in many…
  • Trahant: Making Every Vote Count

    editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    States with large swaths of rural – like Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota and South Dakota – face special challenges in ensuring the right to vote gets translated from theory to practice. That’s especially true for Native voters. Photo by Loren Holmes Early voting in Fairview, Alaska's Central Lutheran Church. With less than a week to go to Election Day, it’s one thing to make the case that every American Indian and Alaska Native should vote. It’s another to make certain that the door to the voting booth is actually open and there is a ballot ready to go.Across the…
  • Letter from Langdon: The Beef on Checkoffs

    editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Some cattle producers say a tax that is supposed to promote the U.S. beef market is actually being used to hurt domestic cattlemen. Farmer Richard Oswald takes us on a tour of the current beef checkoff program. Better put on your boots, because this might get messy. Photo by the USDA Black Angus cattle grazing in Adamstown, Maryland. Some producers say the $1 tax imposed on each head of cattle is going toward anti-labeling efforts, not toward marketing and research. EDITOR'S NOTE: The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has responded to this column pointing out what it considers to…
  • With Persimmons, Patience Pays Sweetly

    editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    The lowly persimmon: underestimated, slandered, mysterious. The platypus of fruits, persimmons walk a fine line between delicious and caustic. Chuck Shuford reveals that the persimmon's secret ingredient is timing. Photo by Shawn Poynter To ensure that persimmons are ripe, never pick them from the limb; wait for them to fall. October brings so many wonderful things. My woodshed is filled with a winter’s full of warmth. The hillsides, aflame with vivid colors, are as pretty as a mortgage paid in full. Post-season baseball reminds me each October that no matter how many games I see, I…
  • Mississippi Town to Join the Gigabit League

    editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Quitman, Mississippi, a town of 2,300, beat out cities many times its size to receive a blistering high-speed broadband network. Leaders and supporting organizations say it’s a chance to rebuild the city’s economic future. Downtown Quitman, Mississippi, will soon be on of only 10 places in the state with a gigabit network. For Quitman, Mississippi, the crisis hit in the early 1990s.Fifteen hundred textile industry jobs vanished, as well as 400 jobs in the timber trade. In a town of 2,300 located in eastern Mississippi, the impact was dramatic. The population dropped 17% from…
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  • Property Taxes and Renewable Energy

    Guest Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    By Guest Writer on October 31, 2014 - 5:49amThis is the third installment in our series of articles from our friend and writer, Loren Flaugh, who lives in Central Iowa. We call his series the Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission. Loren is a born storyteller, as you’ll see in his look at county property taxes and wind farms.One benefit from the development of a wind farm is the huge property tax revenues that flow into county coffers. While observing how closely one Center Township landowner scrutinized a Court House map showing Highland Wind Energy Project wind turbine site…
  • Rural America: It’s Complicated, Really Complicated

    Brian Depew
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    By Brian Depew on October 30, 2014 - 6:44amThere are two closely held, and widely believed, narratives about rural America.The narrative in the national media is a fatalist one. Rural places are dying. The people are leaving.This narrative has roots in the farm crisis. It lives on strong at the Brookings Institute and on the pages of The New York Times. It is fueled by demographic trends that show decades of population decline across many areas of the nation.The other narrative is woven by small town boosters and cheerleaders. They point to new demographic data showing 30-49 year olds…
  • Farm to School Factoid Recap

    Casey Francis
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    By Casey Francis on October 29, 2014 - 5:48amOctober is Farm to School Month (#F2SMonth) both nationally and statewide here in Nebraska. We hope you've been following along with some of our Farm to School activities like our meet 'n greets for producers and schoolsNebraska Farm to School Summit, and factoids! If you missed some of our Farm to School factoids, have no fear! We've a recap below.Blog (deprecated)
  • Conservation Helps Build Tourism Dollars in Western States

    Steph Larsen
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    By Steph Larsen on October 27, 2014 - 11:42amSmall towns and rural communities depend on recreation and tourism for large parts of their economy. This was obvious to me growing up. I’m from Wisconsin, where the summer tourism industry depends so heavily on student labor, public schools and universities can’t even start before September 1.Western states also depend on recreation and tourism. Visitors to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sagebrush landscapes spent an estimated $1 billion last year, according to a recent study.Wait, $1 billion? With a ‘b’? Indeed. Camping, hunting,…
  • Badger Coulee Proposal a Key Piece of Wisconsin's Clean Energy Future

    Lucas Nelsen
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on October 27, 2014 - 12:00amOne of several transmission projects that can help connect new renewable energy in the Midwest is approaching an important time in the regulatory process. In December, the Badger Coulee project will be the subject of public hearings held by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Badger Coulee is a critical piece of infrastructure that will help Wisconsin import cost-effective renewables like existing wind farms and will make the future development of renewable energy sources even easier. Large wind farms connected by transmission lines, as well as…
 
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  • Innovative USDA App helps streamline rural renter program

    Ann Treacy
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I’m trying to gather some good apps to share. Today’s entry comes from an effort from the USDA to streamline monitoring of rural rent controlled apartments. The idea is pretty straightforward – field staff enter their notes directly info an iPad rather than hand write notes in the field and transfer to computer later. But the app requires Internet access to update in real time… Right now, a specialist inspects the property, takes paper notes and digital photos, and then returns to the office to input all the data – essentially touching all the data twice to get it in our system –…
  • Crash Course in Smart Cities with Boyd Cohen and Gordon Feller Webinar Nov 5

    Ann Treacy
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    I thought folks might be interested… Get Your Crash Course in Smart Cities with Boyd Cohen and Gordon Feller What makes a city smart? What advantages do smart cities have over their less-technology-laden counterparts? What does the smart city dialog mean for your community? From Cisco’s Smart + Connected Communities, to the Intelligent Community Forum, to the Smart Cities Wheel (to name only a few), there are many definitions and frameworks for what smart cities are and how they operate in the U.S. and abroad.  If you’ve been hearing the smart city buzz and wondering what…
  • Connect Itasca innovative plan to make business case for broadband

    Bill Coleman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    Connect Itasca is using an innovative tool to gather market development and business plan data for the un-served and under-served areas of Itasca County.  The survey tool provides mapping, network cost estimating and social media tools to build a business case for broadband deployment.  This initiative is critical because about one-third of the county’s households – approximately 6,000 families – lack broadband that meets the state goal.  Many people are struggling with satellite and cellular connections to operate businesses, go to school and live a modern lifestyle. The…
  • Minnesota Broadband Task Force October Meeting Notes and Draft Report

    Ann Treacy
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I am thrilled to be able to share the draft report discussed today at the Broadband Task Force meeting. The final iteration of the report will be the annual report sent to DEED from the Task Force and includes recommendations for legislators and others. Much of what was recommended last year was put into motion based on the report – and with help from a myriad of supporters. So it is a powerful document. Most of the meeting was spent going through the report. Hopefully the notes below will make sense – generally the remarks are pretty detailed. BUT there were a couple of higher level…
  • Six reasons broadband is expensive in the US and tips for reducing the cost

    Ann Treacy
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    I want to thank the folks at WideOpen Networks for the heads up on a recent report, Why is Internet still slow and expensive in the US? It’s a quick look at six factors they have determined are keeping costs high in the United States: 1) Current providers have been granted a near monopoly. 2) There is little incentive for better service 3) Deployed technology is old and cannot be cost effectively upgraded. 4) The is no national strategy to bring true “big broadband” to our homes. 5) Broadband is actually infrastructure. 6) People do not understand true big broadband and its economic…
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  • Halloween not affected by obesity epidemic; ADA study says candy not kids' favorite part of event

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Don't expect the obesity epidemic to put a damper on distribution of Halloween candy. Even though more than one-third of American children are classified as overweight or obese, 75 percent of Americans plan to hand out candy tonight, says a survey by the National Confectioners Association, Ann Tracy Mueller reports for Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter. The survey says that 70 percent of Americans plan to take their children trick-or-treating and 23 percent of adults admit they will sample their children's candy haul. (Childhood Obesity News photo)Seniors are the most likely to hand out…
  • To delete or not to delete: State laws vary on how long government emails are kept

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    How long should emails sent by state officials be saved? In some states, emails are purged after five days, while in other states those emails are kept for five years. While laws vary by state, advocates of open government say those emails should be preserved for transparency and historical value, Jenni Bergal reports for Stateline. (Associated Press photo)Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, told Bergal, “It’s the public’s information. The fact that it can be deleted without consequence or review—everyone should care about that. The public…
  • Rural graduates less likely to attend post-secondary institute than urban peers

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Urban high school graduates are more likely than urban graduates to attend a post-secondary institution, according to a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center study, The Rural School and Community Trust reports. This applies regardless of the demographics of the high schools they attended. However, of those who attended low-income/high-minority schools, only approximately half continued their education after high school.The following chart shows the percentages of students who attended college immediately following high school with no gap year. Graduates who went to high income, low…
  • High cost of living in remote areas means some Alaska schools pay sports opponents to travel

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    High school sports are getting costly in remote rural areas of Alaska. Ketchikan, the state's southeasternmost city, not only has to raise thousands of dollars each year for travel costs for road games, but if it wants to host games against schools located far away, Ketchikan is forced to pay the other school's transportation costs, which includes airfare for players and coaches, Emily Files reports for KRBD 105.3 in Ketchikan. In one instance this year, Ketchikan had to dole out $8,700 to fly in a team of 20 football players from Seward.A large portion of Ketchikan's $1.2 million budget goes…
  • Bear necessities: U.S. Forest Service warns tourists to stop taking bear selfies

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    It doesn't sound like something anyone shouldhave to tell people—especially if you've seen the documentary "Grizzly Man"—but the U.S. Forest Service issued a press release last week warning visitors to Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to not get too cozy with the park's bears. It seems the new fad at state and national parks is bear selfies, posing safety risks for both humans and bears."Black bears tend to swarm Taylor Creek this time of year thanks to an annual run of kokanee salmon, according to Mother Nature Network," Jacque Wilson reports for CNN. "And Taylor…
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  • How Playwright Winter Miller Got The Story Of ‘In Darfur’ -- Arts Section -- Theater

    jeremy@jeremydgoodwin.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Rehearsal photo by Enrico Spada. By Jeremy D. Goodwin She didn’t get there without an argument. Winter Miller, a playwright who’d been working as a research assistant to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, had finally gotten her boss to agree to let her join a trip to the border of Chad and Sudan, where refugees had taken shelter from the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Miller had been hearing endless stories of the atrocities there for two years, fact-checking drafts of Kristof’s much-read columns and remaining privy to details and survivors’ stories that never made it into print.
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  • Recipe: Pappardelle With Ricotta And Squash -- Food Section -- Recipes

    jeremy@jeremydgoodwin.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    This week’s recipe is from Berkshire-based duo The Butcher & The Baker. The Butcher is Jake, a nose-to-tail butcher/artist, who loves to cook and grew up in the woody hills of Western Massachusetts where his passion for local, fresh food was first instilled in him. The Baker is Silka, a designer/crafter who loves to bake and grew up in rural Western New York where her parents are candlestick makers. Together they spend most of their time talking about, shopping for, making, and eating food. By sourcing locally and sustainably, and spending time with the producers of their food,…
  • Serious Comfort: District Kitchen & Bar -- Food Section -- News

    jeremy@jeremydgoodwin.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    By Nichole Dupont It’s getting hard to keep the toes warm these days. Once the smell of wood smoke pervades the sky, and dry pine needles the ground, it’s time; we all know it’s time. So, I guess our recent jaunt into District Kitchen & Bar, Pittsfield’s latest homage to the gastro pub, couldn’t have come at a better time. A little freezing drizzle outside instantly evaporated off of our coats once we entered the West Street restaurant, which on a Friday night, was just packed enough to feel hopping yet welcoming, like we’d found the cool spot in deserted Gotham. While we…
  • The Annual LitNet Gala Helps Support Literacy In The Community -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    jeremy@jeremydgoodwin.com
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Rachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge. The annual fundraising gala for The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) always brings out a big crowd, fantastic silent auction prizes and a worthy honoree whose contributions to education go hand-in-hand with the community-based organization. Held at Berkshire Country Day School on Saturday, October 25, this year’s event honored Eleanore Velez, admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Berkshire Community College. Prior to the sit-down dinner, guests enjoyed the cocktail hour underneath a large white tent set on…
 
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  • Many People Choose to Rent Self Storage Space, Rather than Sacrifice their Ideal Location.

    Ben
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    By this point, everyone should be aware that there are a lot of people, and there is only a limited amount of space, in any given city, or the world, for that matter.  So, with no way of getting more space, people are having to come up with better ways to use the space they have, and many are having to get by with less space than they would like.  In urban areas, in particular, one of the most often sacrificed aspects of living in a nice house or apartment is the storage space.  Even if you find a home with everything you want, there is a good chance you will not be left with much storage…
  • 6 Types of Steel Buildings

    Emi
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the words steel buildings? You’re probably thinking about those high rise buildings whose frames are made of steel and you would be partially right. While newer buildings have indeed been using steel as structural frames, there are in fact buildings that are entirely made up of steel. Steel buildings though are often pre-fabricated and made available by a number of companies like General Steel. Unlike in the past though, many steel buildings today are designed in such a way that that the exterior can look like it was made of wood. Here 6 types of such…
  • The perks of picking a small and established metal fabrication business.

    Beth Cantrell
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Quick Draw and Machining, Inc. is a metal fabrication and metal stamping company that provides excellence in a myriad of services. They are a Veteran owned business and are also a Better Business Bureau organization. There are many certifications to show their authenticity like their ISO 9001:2008 which shows they were certified by the American Global Standards and are also an NFIB member which means they are always staying active in the world of small businesses and are recognized for their contributions in this way. On top of being a credible small business with integrity they also are…
  • Is your transmission giving you trouble? There’s only one place to go in Nashville.

    Caroline Yates
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    There can be hardly anything more frustrating than a car that just is not working right. Whether your know what the problem is or not, it can be a real challenge to get your car back up and running the way that you want it to. While some people have a trusted mechanic that they work with to make their car work to the best of its ability, other people are not quite sure of where to turn when they need a tune up on their car. That’s why the experts at Transmissions, Inc. are ready to work on your car to make sure that it is up and running, giving you the peace of mind that you need when…
  • Unlocking the pain with the myofascial stretching guide

    Dan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Being able to have pain relief is very important to many people. Having to be on medication for pain can be a rough path as well. Being on medication for long periods of time can cause side effects and being able to relieve the pain is something that many people need to do. Today there are other alternative methods that can help you to unlock the pain without having to result to constant medication. Today you have the myofascial stretching guide. It is a guy that can really help you using advanced techniques to achieve pain relief. The matter what type of pain that you may be experiencing you…
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  • McKenzie Sports Update

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week...
  • Little Free Library

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
        Micawber Club of Walnut Grove has placed a "Little Free Library" in the doorway of the former Oelson's Mercantile on main street. Please feel free to take a book and return a book as you like....
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  • Tipster helps protect Belknap Bridge

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    RAINBOW: A phone call from a concerned resident helped Lane County officials catch an overweight empty rock quarry truck crossing the Belknap Covered Bridge on Wednesday, resulting in a $605 fine for the driver....
  • County denies golf course subdivision

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    WALTERVILLE: A plan that could have led to the redevelopment the McKenzie River Golf Course as a 27-home subdivision was rejected by Lane County last week. The decision by county planning director Matt Laird took into account current zoning, which would have allowed the 59-acre parcel to be divided...
  • Forest roads face $3.2 million shortfall

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    RAINBOW: People had a chance to place some priorities on places that matter to them last Wednesday night. They did it by marking up maps to show which U.S. Forest Service roads they use and what sort of special places they feel are along those routes....
 
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  • Why Larry Yarborough is a racist

    coozledad
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    And why he is completely unfit to hold office in NC or anywhere else: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/10/mississippi_the_affordable_care_act_and_racism_the_state_s_failures_are.html# We don’t need that white trash here. Got plenty.
  • Sounds like a Person County Republican

    coozledad
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Maybe once he finishes his sentence in Georgia, he’ll move over to Hyco lake. He’s even got that bug-eyed creepy look they like so much here. http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/10/29/holy-cow-old-man-turn-off-the-damn-camera/ If his county’s anything like this one, he’ll just get continuations while they scrub the charges altogether. It’s a good time in America to be a moldy slab of white trash.
  • The culture of Republican violence

    coozledad
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Roxboro NC: Republicans protesting the arrest of former BOE member Leigh Woodall are demanding answers regarding the status of his white privilege card, and his treatment in full public view of assembled Democratic early voters, many of whom will remember the incident wistfully for the rest of their lives. After conducting an initial investigation, Internal Affairs officers noted that “Subject Leigh Woodall, described by officer as a pear shaped sweaty anger bear became belligerent after pulled for stop sign violation. Officer warned subject to calm down whereupon subject violated…
  • Flat out skinhead shit, now

    coozledad
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    When do you call a Nazi a shit-eating gropefather of a cousinfucking Nazi slut a Nazi? When it’s in the Person County Republican party. Fucking Mosleyite shite.
  • Have yourself a shitheap of Texas Republican fail

    coozledad
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Every time a Republican opens its face-hole, you’ll hear how private enterprise works better than the government, so we need to give private enterprise the money the government would otherwise get. Well, Republicans are going to just have to blow it out their ass, their mouth, and their eyeballs, aren’t they? Too bad they had to take so many innocent human beings with them. http://gawker.com/dallas-hospital-was-totally-unprepared-for-ebola-patien-1646495681 Texas should have been quarantined the moment they started teaching that creationism bullshit. Now would be a good time to…
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    Fantasy Gift Shoppe

  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

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

  • Indiana: Where decapitation is apparently enough of a problem that we need a law about it

    Doug Masson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The AP is reporting that Sen. Brent Steele thinks Indiana needs a law addressing decapitations. Now, obviously Indiana has a law on the books against murder. And there are aggravators to enhance sentences and even the death penalty for some situations. But, Sen. Steele sees a need to address decapitation specifically: The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee says Indiana needs stronger penalties for decapitation. Republican Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford cites a gruesome beheading in Oklahoma last month as the reason for the change. He has asked staff to draft legislation that would…
  • Religion, Social Conformity, Isolation, and Politics

    Doug Masson
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    I came across a comment in the Guardian (h/t Barry) which discusses the demographic shift in religious belief in the U.S. and predicts long term doom for the Republicans. It’s entitled “Godless Millennials Could End the Political Power of the Religious Right.” The column notes the prospects for short term success for the Republicans but predicts long term problems because the short term success in deep red states ought to be even greater. I’ve seen the doom of one political party or another predicted too often to put much stock in it. In political circles, short term…
  • Sheila Kennedy on why Gov. Pence will not seek preschool grant money

    Doug Masson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Sheila Kennedy has a post entitled “Pence, Pre-school, and the Right Wing Base”. The back story is that Indiana had the inside track to get $80,000,000 in federal grant money to fund pre-kindergarten education for Hoosier children. In a surprise move, Gov. Pence decided that Indiana would drop out of the race. He cited vague concerns about entanglement with the federal government. I speculated that Gov. Pence’s presidential ambitions were the explanation. Sheila suggests a related but more local and specific rationale: opposition by the likes of the Indiana Family…
  • Toll Road Bankruptcy: We Don’t Automatically Get Our Road Back

    Doug Masson
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Associated Press has an article entitled “Toll Road An Epic Mess, Donnelly Says”. The operator to whom we leased the Indiana Toll Road for 75 long years has gone bankrupt about 10% of the way through the lease term. One of the selling points, back in 2006, was Gov. Daniels saying “if the leasing consortium goes bankrupt, “the Toll Road reverts back to the state’s control.”” Because this is not, in fact, true, the AP article says that Gov. Daniels “misspoke.” It’s plausible that Gov. Daniels believed that to be true but was wrong. But, even…
  • State forgoes $80 million pre-kindergarten grant opportunity

    Doug Masson
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Chalkbeat and Matt Tully have articles reporting that the governor has chosen to drop out of an opportunity to get $80 million in pre-kindergarten education grant funding. Tully reports that the State’s chances of getting the grant were very good: Pence’s Family and Social Services Administration had worked with the state Department of Education and others on the grant since the federal government rejected a previous application last year. The state’s odds had greatly improved this year, as the federal government recently announced in the Federal Register that Indiana was…
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    high hopes gardens

  • October 25, 2014, Backside of Fall

    highhopesgardens
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We are on the backside of fall, with November on the horizon next week.  We had a day in the mid 70’s so took a break from the grind of studying and working around the farm for a trip to Ledges State Park. They grow big leaves here! It was a great day to take a hike up a creek, especially this one with lots of sand on the bottom. (Emma will be bummed she missed the green stuff near Mom’s head.) Even though the leave are past prime, there is still enough color to make things interesting. Yes, there are places like this in Iowa! Martin “owns” the sandstone outcrop.
  • October 13, 2014 – Back to Work in Portland

    highhopesgardens
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    I was also able to geek out with about 300 hundred or so new friends at a conference centering around content strategy and user experience. It was good to get some time away from the urgent tasks at hand and think about some longer-term ideas. Welcome back to you Portland! I guess the bridge in the opening credits of Portlandia doesn’t really open up that much.  Pretty much wasted three days waiting for it (OK, maybe that was a slight exaggeration). It’s easy to get into Portland, but not so easy to get out, unless you can figure out how to drive your car up a bridge piling.
  • October 12, 2014 – A Brief Respite on the Oregon Coast

    highhopesgardens
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Before I spent most of the week in Portland, I was able to catch up with some long-lost neighbors living in Portland. I was able to catch up with their family and they treated me to a trip to the coast. By the time we reached this part of the coast, the fog and rain broke. Earlier, I felt like I was trapped in an asian style painting. This is a view from Ecola Point, a state park. There were high surf warnings out for this day, with 20 foot waves crashing in. Yep, I was really there. Had a chance to walk in the forest and see moss growing in tree branches. Part of the trail along the coast…
  • September 1, 2014 – Mini Maker Faire

    highhopesgardens
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    We headed down to a mini-maker faire at the science center of Iowa this weekend.  It was full of 3d printers, CNC machines and the like. Of course, some of the usual exhibits never quite get old! How about a keyboard made out of carrots? Or a cheap DIY microscope that uses a cell phone camera for incredible magnification! There was also a virtual reality trailer from ISU and a virtual welding helmet as well.  Oh, and a traveling Tardis and R2D2 as well!
  • August 24, 2014 – Reykjavik and Good Bye to Claire

    highhopesgardens
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    The last days were in Reykjavik – spent getting Claire settled into her apartment, getting groceries, household goods, a cell phone and the like. Again, I will just put a few photos in the blog post and put a slideshow that can be viewed full screen with many more photos at the end. We stayed three nights at this place – a flat adjacent to the harbor above a wood carving shop. This shot was taken out of the front window of the flat. Downtown pedestrian street in Reykjavik. This is Harpa, Reykjavik’s answer to the Sydney Opera house.  In the clouds and fog and daylight,…
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    News

  • Property Taxes and Renewable Energy

    Guest Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    By Guest Writer on October 31, 2014 - 5:49amThis is the third installment in our series of articles from our friend and writer, Loren Flaugh, who lives in Central Iowa. We call his series the Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission. Loren is a born storyteller, as you’ll see in his look at county property taxes and wind farms.One benefit from the development of a wind farm is the huge property tax revenues that flow into county coffers. While observing how closely one Center Township landowner scrutinized a Court House map showing Highland Wind Energy Project wind turbine site…
  • Rural America: It’s Complicated, Really Complicated

    Brian Depew
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    By Brian Depew on October 30, 2014 - 6:44amThere are two closely held, and widely believed, narratives about rural America.The narrative in the national media is a fatalist one. Rural places are dying. The people are leaving.This narrative has roots in the farm crisis. It lives on strong at the Brookings Institute and on the pages of The New York Times. It is fueled by demographic trends that show decades of population decline across many areas of the nation.The other narrative is woven by small town boosters and cheerleaders. They point to new demographic data showing 30-49 year olds…
  • Farm to School Factoid Recap

    Casey Francis
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    By Casey Francis on October 29, 2014 - 5:48amOctober is Farm to School Month (#F2SMonth) both nationally and statewide here in Nebraska. We hope you've been following along with some of our Farm to School activities like our meet 'n greets for producers and schoolsNebraska Farm to School Summit, and factoids! If you missed some of our Farm to School factoids, have no fear! We've a recap below.Blog (deprecated)
  • Conservation Helps Build Tourism Dollars in Western States

    Steph Larsen
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    By Steph Larsen on October 27, 2014 - 11:42amSmall towns and rural communities depend on recreation and tourism for large parts of their economy. This was obvious to me growing up. I’m from Wisconsin, where the summer tourism industry depends so heavily on student labor, public schools and universities can’t even start before September 1.Western states also depend on recreation and tourism. Visitors to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sagebrush landscapes spent an estimated $1 billion last year, according to a recent study.Wait, $1 billion? With a ‘b’? Indeed. Camping, hunting,…
  • Badger Coulee Proposal a Key Piece of Wisconsin's Clean Energy Future

    Lucas Nelsen
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on October 27, 2014 - 12:00amOne of several transmission projects that can help connect new renewable energy in the Midwest is approaching an important time in the regulatory process. In December, the Badger Coulee project will be the subject of public hearings held by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Badger Coulee is a critical piece of infrastructure that will help Wisconsin import cost-effective renewables like existing wind farms and will make the future development of renewable energy sources even easier. Large wind farms connected by transmission lines, as well as…
 
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    Bringing Home the Bacon

  • The Valley Recap: “This is Never Going to Matter” (S1:E7)

    Holly Michael
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my previous recaps of The Valley, be sure to check them out.The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show: Everyone has something to prove. So what’s your story?The cast includes:Ally –  Wears a hatChris – Shops for a babyStephanie – Flirts with DonaldDonald – Flirts with StephanieAlexys –  Was bullied in high schoolNathan – Lies to his parentsLast episode, Stephanie gagged at mud volleyball, Alexys continued her drama and Chris met a drag queen.Theme song :  “Do you have what it takes?” To give up on this show before you even finish…
  • The Valley Recap: The Hot Mom and the Drag Queen (S1:E6)

    Holly Michael
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my previous recaps of The Valley, be sure to check them out.The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show: Everyone has something to prove. So what’s your story?The cast includes:Ally –  Volleyball aceChris – Shirtless with a drag queenStephanie – “No one is talking to me.”Donald – Throws down a beatAlexys –  Her mom has got it goin’ onNathan – “I just don’t like getting muddy”Last episode, Stephanie learned about the TV news business during her largely off-camera visit to a TV station, everyone went back to Camp Kern and we found…
  • What Farm Kids do for Fun

    Holly Michael
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Farm kids enjoying a beautiful fall day with their friends.
  • The Valley Recap: What Happens in the Tent? (S1:E5)

    Holly Michael
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my previous recaps of The Valley, be sure to check them out. The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show that occasionally actually films in Dayton Cincinnati and airs Sunday nights on Dayton's CW. According to the station's website,The Valley follows the journey of six high school graduates from the Miami Valley as they prepare for the next big step in their lives." The cast includes: Ally – “My initial thought was: this sucks.” Chris – Virgin! Stephanie – Drama with Alexys. Donald – Never been…
  • How do we Keep our Daughters Safe? Start with our Sons

    Holly Michael
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Every mother with a precious daughter has read the articles--they stream through our Facebook feeds. The articles about how to keep your daughter safe in a world of sexual predators. There are apps you can download that will send out alerts if you don't return from a date on time, nail polish to check for knock-out drugs, and lots of advice in the area of raising empowered women who don't need men to validate them.But I have decided not to read those anymore. Because I have two sons and one daughter and it seems like I should spend twice as much effort ensuring that my boys don't become…
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • Having Fun with Fall

    GreatPlainsComm
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Fall is a season of change. The weather is changing, the leaves are changing, and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. Great Plains Communications has found three fun ways to embrace and enjoy the changes around us. To start us off, HGTV offers all kinds of creative ways to decorate your home for the season. This video shows you how to make three easy pumpkin projects that could be used for Halloween, then later for Thanksgiving. Our next video is just one of the many fingernail art tutorials offered by Disney. Here they show you how to create an easy yet beautiful spider web for…
  • Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family

    GreatPlainsComm
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Red, orange, and yellow leaves line the streets and blanket the yards. Carved pumpkins sit on doorsteps, and costumes hang in closets, all as a reminder that Halloween is just a few days away. What is your little one anxious to become this year? Will she be Elsa, or he a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Great Plains Communications wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween and we would like to pass along some safety tips to help make sure that happens. Have a safe walking plan for the evening. Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in…
  • Fusion: A New Way of Staying in the Know

    GreatPlainsComm
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Where do you look for the breaking news stories? How do you find the latest gossip? Check out Fusion, a unique channel offering a combination of news and entertainment with underlining light-hearted humor. You will find shows such as Alicia Menendez Tonight, Strange Medicine, and Midterm Mayhem on their cable station, accompanied by news stories covering social and national events on their website. Great Plains Communications launched the channel on September 30, 2014, and has found great success in it. Fusion isn’t just your typical news station. Backed by Univision and ABC News, a unit of…
  • Five Classic Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

    GreatPlainsComm
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Halloween specials have become something of the norm for most television shows. Often adding a slight suspense to their usual plot, series such as Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Psych, and Criminal Minds are just a few of the multitude of shows who have had some fun adding a Halloween twist. Though we have come to expect the annual Halloween episode, Great Plains Communications has chosen five classic family-friendly Halloween movies that are sure to continue bringing a nostalgic smile to the entire family. 1.       Hocus Pocus (1993) Over 10 years ago, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica…
  • What Team do You Watch For on the SEC Network?

    GreatPlainsComm
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Are you anxious for October 18, when 21 ranked team Texas A&M takes on 7 ranked team Alabama? Or maybe you will be watching the Kentucky and LSU game. Either way, the SEC Network brings you all the excitement of the Southeastern Conference. The SEC Network launched in late September of this year and has been very popular ever since. With a TV Schedule lineup including SEC Now, The Paul Finebaum Show, and multiple team weekly press conferences, there is always something new to keep a lookout for. You can expect 24/7 SEC content, including 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball…
 
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Poll: Would you accept home-made treats while trick-or-treating?

    Steven Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There’s a lot of fear surround trick-or-treating and we all want our children to be safe. Some parents don’t want to risk their children eating home-made treats. What do you thing? Take our poll below:   Want to know how to make your own homemade treats? Click here for a classic popcorn ball recipe! Subscribe to From Scratch! It’s Free! Fill out the form below and start receiving your free issue in your inbox! The post Poll: Would you accept home-made treats while trick-or-treating? appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • Not so spooky: Popcorn Ball treats for Halloween

    Steven Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Image from morguefile.com If you’re like me, Halloween means popcorn balls. A long time ago, longer than my mother is willing to admit, we would sometimes get these sweet, savory treats in our pillowcases as we went trick or treating through my Aunt’s suburban neighborhood (We lived too far out in the woods to go door-to-door in my neighborhood. There are only so many miles you can expect an 8-year-old to walk for free candy. And yes, we used pillowcases as our treat bags). Authority figures all over the country always warn against giving out homemade treats, but, lets be honest:…
  • New USDA Report Shows Country Spends Billions on Ag

    Steven Jones
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    The USDA has released a state-by-state report showing USDA investments in rural business, manufacturing, energy, water and more. A release from the USDA states the report outlines “how the USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.” “Throughout the Obama Administration, USDA has created employment opportunities in rural America through investments in manufacturing, energy and small businesses,” Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, said. “This report proves that the entrepreneurial…
  • Sustainable Ag Conference Coming To Greenville, SC

    Steven Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is celebrating its 29th Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Greenville, SC this year on Nov. 10-12. The conference is a chance for farmers, vendors, foodies, agriculture professionals, students, academics and more to get together, learn about the latest in sustainable agriculture and activism. “The local and sustainable food scene across the Carolinas is positively electric and the momentum continues to grow,” Roland McReynolds, CFSA’s Executive Director, said. Features of this years conference include classes, workshops and groups devoted to…
  • Beans and Cornbread

    Steven Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    It’s Autumn. For real. And around my house, it’s time to eat beans and cornbread. And I don’t mean open a can of beans and add water to the Jiffy box and make some corn muffins. I mean soak a pound of dried beans overnight, then cook them in the crockpot for about eight hours, maybe with a hambone from a heritage breed pig you’ve got put up in the freezer. I mean break out grandma’s cast iron skillet and cook up a pan of sweet — or savory — cornbread in the oven. When it’s all nippy and chilly outside, it’s great to walk into a house after a long day and smell beans…
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