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  • Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery

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    Marie Powell
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable 6-day mail delivery from the US Postal Service. Particularly for remote rural citizens, the service is a lifeline. Nearly 10,000 people have signed the pledge. We also signed letters of support for two bi-partisan measures in the House of Representatives. One, HR 54, would restore service standards to those in use before last January's reductions. The combination of reduced service standards and closing mail processing facilities has left rural Americans and businesses experiencing the worst of mail…
  • Build Your Business With Data

    Small Biz Survival
    Glenn Muske
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr A lot has been written about how market research will help you achieve business success, and many of these claims are true. That connection, however, is not a simple, direct link. Collecting information about your potential market is useful only if you take the next step of analyzing the data. Data analysis yields clues about who your customers are, what they are buying and problems they face. It provides you with an insight of the benefits they are seeking. Data analysis begins before you even start collecting the information. Thinking about the questions…
  • USDA announces $18.1 million to help rural businesses create jobs

    rural - Bing News
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 million to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural ...
  • Removing Barriers to Virtual Doctor Visits

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    In the digital age, telehealth should be a no-brainer, especially in rural areas where distance makes a difference in access to care. But barriers have slowed adoption by doctors and patients. In North Carolina, telehealth enthusiasts are looking for some help from the legislature to lower some of those barriers. Photo by Rose Hoban Sheila Davies, former director of telemedicine at Albemarle Hospital in North Carolina, demonstrates how the telepsychiatry unit functions. Editor's Note: This story first appeared in North Carolina Health News and is reproduced here with permission. When…
  • Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

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    Guest Writer
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being. In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states. Data from the 2015 County Health Rankings for Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming was used to establish the ratio…
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  • Build Your Business With Data

    Glenn Muske
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr A lot has been written about how market research will help you achieve business success, and many of these claims are true. That connection, however, is not a simple, direct link. Collecting information about your potential market is useful only if you take the next step of analyzing the data. Data analysis yields clues about who your customers are, what they are buying and problems they face. It provides you with an insight of the benefits they are seeking. Data analysis begins before you even start collecting the information. Thinking about the questions…
  • Plan for zero

    Becky McCray
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    How do wheat farmers survive the ups and downs of good years and bad years? They Plan for Zero. Photo by Becky McCray.   There will be times in business when your income is zero. You might as well plan for that right now. For farmers, a wheat crop might be entirely hailed out, and they may lose the entire year’s income. They have to plan for that or it’s going to put them out of business. The same thing can happen to any business. There will be times when at least part of the business generates zero income, whether that’s a zero for the month or a zero for the year. Small town…
  • A rich harvest of good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    The Brag Basket is where you can share any of your rich harvest of good news. Basket photo (CC) by Muffett at Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 24-26, 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…
  • Is Fear of Failure Holding You Back?

    Glenn Muske
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Photo (CC) Chris Potter, on Flickr via stockmonkeys.com Do you have a dream of starting your own business? So what’s holding you back? For some, its not having an idea. For others, it is fearing the lose of hard-earned savings. Others think about what their friends might think of them. All of these and many of the other reasons given really come down to the fear of failure. It seems so scary and would be so devastating. Before you let those fears take over, think back. Did you ride your bike the first time you tried?  I have several times where I tumbled to the ground. Or how about…
  • 2 online resources for starting your business

    Becky McCray
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Wanting to open your own business soon? Here are two different online resources to help you get started. Photo by Becky McCray.   Everyone faces challenges when thinking about going into business. Being based in a rural area adds some special challenges. You may not have immediate access to anyone who can sit down with you in person. You can’t just drop in on a small business support center, because there probably isn’t one for 50 miles or more. To help, I’ve picked what I think are the top two resources for rural people who want to go into business. 1. SBA.gov –…
 
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  • USDA announces $18.1 million to help rural businesses create jobs

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 million to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural ...
  • Rural Development adds Aberdeen member

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Valerie Jensen, a graduate of Northern State University, has joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development team, according to a news release. Jensen will be stationed in Aberdeen. Her degree is in accounting. She has experience in accounting ...
  • Rural life matters

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I had my first visit to Eudora on Saturday. On the way down, I also got my first glimpse of the nation's largest oxbow lake. It had to be centuries ago when the Mississippi River diverted along a shorter eastward route, leaving the 22-mile crescent of land ...
  • First rural doctors graduate in China

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Most of China’s first group of doctors specifically trained for work in rural areas have been assigned to hospitals and clinics in their less-developed regions, health and education officials said last Wednesday. The 5,000 medical college graduates, who ...
  • Rural/Metro sold to rival Colorado health-care company

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Rural/Metro sold to rival Colorado health-care company Troubled Scottsdale-based ambulance and fire company Rural/Metro is being sold to a Colorado health-care company that offers competing services. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1I5TxcD
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  • Removing Barriers to Virtual Doctor Visits

    editor
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    In the digital age, telehealth should be a no-brainer, especially in rural areas where distance makes a difference in access to care. But barriers have slowed adoption by doctors and patients. In North Carolina, telehealth enthusiasts are looking for some help from the legislature to lower some of those barriers. Photo by Rose Hoban Sheila Davies, former director of telemedicine at Albemarle Hospital in North Carolina, demonstrates how the telepsychiatry unit functions. Editor's Note: This story first appeared in North Carolina Health News and is reproduced here with permission. When…
  • Viewfinder: John Tully

    editor
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Dale Mackey talks to an Outer Banks photographer about the comfort of photographing in small towns and the nature of truth.  All photos by John Tully Trip with Libby and Catherine to Cannon Mountain in Franconia, NH. Clouds covered everything south of Franconia Notch. The notch was socked in with clouds. Photographer John Tully moved around a lot growing up. As the child of a military family, Tully lived in five different states before entering college.  These frequent moves meant that Tully often felt like an outsider, never fitting in to the communities he’d inevitably…
  • The 'Big Man' Theory of Com. Development

    editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm
    An early book on community-development practice shows where the field started – and how far it has come. A century ago, it was the first book use the words "community development" in a title. It certainly wasn't the last. Frank Farrington’s Community Development, published a century ago, is recognized as the first book to use the term in its title. It’s safe to say that whenever you have a group of humans living together in a place, you have some sort of community development going on. For most of our human existence, however, we never called it that.History…
  • Letter from Langdon: Behind the Label

    editor
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Agricultural technology comes in all sizes – from a big, new harvester to a tiny genetically modified seed. Labels are supposed to help consumers keep track of what's in their food and how it is produced. But do we even know what we’re reading? Daily Yonder illustration If only farmers had technology like this. “Is that gonna help you grow more corn?”He was talking about my new 1985 model MS DOS 186 desktop computer.He sniffed at my computer because of all the hype surrounding computers back then, and the fact that people can be sold a bill of goods only to learn…
  • Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels

    editor
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williams has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income stream. For his neighbors, there’s new access to renewable energy. Photo by Vermont Bioenergy Initiative John Williamson, the owner and operator of State Line Farm Biofuels in Shaftsbury, Vermont, began processing his own biofuel in 2004 by experimenting with sunflowers, canola, mustard and flax seed. Now he’s helping other farmers in his region make the transition to biofuel by sharing his…
 
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  • Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

    Guest Writer
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being. In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states. Data from the 2015 County Health Rankings for Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming was used to establish the ratio…
  • Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery

    Marie Powell
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable 6-day mail delivery from the US Postal Service. Particularly for remote rural citizens, the service is a lifeline. Nearly 10,000 people have signed the pledge. We also signed letters of support for two bi-partisan measures in the House of Representatives. One, HR 54, would restore service standards to those in use before last January's reductions. The combination of reduced service standards and closing mail processing facilities has left rural Americans and businesses experiencing the worst of mail…
  • Red Road Herbs Pairs Herbs and Nature for Better Health

    Gene Rahn
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Turning off the county road, you know exactly where you are. First you spot the signs. Then your eyes light on the herb garden. You have arrived at Red Road Herbs, east of Stanton, Nebraska. The next pleasure is meeting Rachel Liester. You realize immediately this business is also Rachel’s passion. She loves teaching others how to use plants in everyday life for better health. The farm includes 5 acres of herbs, an herbal garden sanctuary, campground, workshop, conference building, and a butterfly and pollinator trail. The Liesters grow and market herbs and herbal products. In addition to…
  • Technical Assistance a Hallmark for REAP–Thousands Receive Help

    Jeff Reynolds
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Since inception in 1990, REAP has been known as a lending program that also gives stellar technical assistance/counseling to our clients. We offer the service to startup and existing small businesses at the business site, over the phone, and via email. More often than you might think, a REAP client will need multiple lending sources to finance their business opportunity. These business planning services are part of our Technical Assistance, and they often lead to leveraged lending. We work with the client to complete their REAP small business plan. Based on that plan, they are able to…
  • Kids and Carrots

    John Crabtree
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Nothing says happy and healthy like an image of children harvesting, cleaning, or eating a carrot. Seriously, not everyone likes carrots, but when you see a child gardening, harvesting carrots, preparing them, or eating a bunch of carrots, you just know there is something good, wholesome, and healthy about that image. And of course, it doesn’t have to be carrots – beets, cabbages, cucumbers, etc. all work too. That’s why I had to stop for a moment and look at the images of the kids at Fremont, Nebraska’s Public Schools After School Programs when I saw them recently. It just makes you…
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  • Wired to fail? Or learning to wire hard to serve places with government support?

    Ann Treacy
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    I’ve seen two articles this week that address or allude to the amount of money being spent to get more people online. One addresses the efforts spent on broadband adoption efforts – and I hope to talk about that soon. The other talks about federal funding (the 2011 ARRA stimulus funds) to deploy broadband. Specifically Politico looks at the Rural Utility Service (RUS) and investigates what they did wrong as they administered the broadband deployment funds. What concerns me is that we’re going to throw out the baby with the bathwater! It’s important to look at history – but at…
  • Swift County will be applying to for Minnesota Broadband Funds

    Ann Treacy
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    It’s fun to get a sneak peek at who is applying for Minnesota Broadband Funds. Today’s peek comes from the Swift County Monitor-News Swift County again has pledged bond funds to help Federated Telephone expand broadband fiber optic cable to unserved areas in the eastern half of the county. However, the costs have gone up substantially. Last October, the county approved bonding for up to $5 million with the funds going to Federated as part of a $10 million project. Federated had agreed to make the bond payments over a 20-year period. It also agreed to pay the bonding issuing costs. ……
  • Imagine if you sent a text to your local government – and they read it?

    Ann Treacy
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    There are at least three things I love about this story It takes place in Minnesota It’s a project that started out at a Code for America event It’s a way that technology can increased civic engagemen The details come from Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal … GovDelivery has acquired Textizen, a Philadelphia-based startup that lets government agencies communicate with the public through text messaging. St. Paul-based GovDelivery didn’t disclose terms of the deal. Government agencies can use Textizen to send texts containing surveys, event reminders, project updates and other…
  • Drones for Precision Agriculture in Minnesota

    Ann Treacy
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Last week I wrote about drones delivering medicine in Virginia; this week I learned about what’s happening in Minnesota through The Daily – the University of Minnesota newspaper… David Mulla, director for the University’s Precision Agriculture Center — the first of its kind in the world — said researchers and farmers are increasingly using precision agriculture technology. He said use of robots offers greater flexibility for farmers, allowing them to monitor small areas in fields. “Precision agriculture is in the top 10 revolutions for agriculture,” Mulla said. Jonathan…
  • Rural Broadband “no longer a luxury”

    Ann Treacy
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    MinnPost recently published a story on rural broadband – and the need for better broadband. It’s great to see rural broadband get the attention of the mainstream new sources. It’s good to see this happen before, during and after legislative season. I think the writer (Gregg Aamot) does a note job of describing the need for better broadband up and down the supply chain – from builder to buyer for thriving economic development. He tells a few stories, but the Crystal Cabinet tale best exemplifies that need for a better connected change of economy… The company ships its cabinets across…
 
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  • Federal Railroad Administration releases rule to increase safety for trains left unattended

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Federal Railroad Administration released a new rule on Wednesday requiring "two qualified railroad employees to ensure that handbrakes and other safety equipment have been properly set on trains left unattended while carrying dangerous materials such as crude oil or ethanol," David Morgan reports for Reuters. The rule "is directed specifically at trains left parked on main lines, side tracks and in rail yards.""The new rule also contains requirements that involve briefings for train crews, exterior locks on locomotives and the proper use of air brakes," Morgan writes. "It applies to…
  • Texas conservationists seek help tracking disposal wells; industry says current rules good enough

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Groundwater conservation districts in Texas, who are struggling to track new permits for the state's more than 7,500 wastewater disposal wells used in oil and gas operations, want to change existing rules to require "energy companies to notify them directly when they apply to drill new wells," Jim Malewitz reports for The Texas Tribune. The Texas Railroad Commission and industry groups say current rules are good enough and point to an online database of permits that anyone can check. (Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation photo: This 2011 spill spewed hydrocarbons onto ranchland in Dimmit…
  • Not intimidated by Big Water, Park Service to keep encouraging parks to ban disposable bottles

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    National Park Service officials said this week that even if Congress bows to pressure from water-bottling firms and threatens to cut off federal money to parks for banning disposable plastic water bottles, the Park Service will continue to encourage parks to halt water bottle sales, Lisa Rein reports for The Washington Post. (Park Service photo: water refilling station at Denali National Park in Alaska, which no longer sells bottled water) National Park Service allowed its parks to replace sales of disposable water bottles with refillable ones in an attempt to reduce trash. That move didn't…
  • Podcast examines if Appalachian photo essay was 'documentary photography or poverty porn'

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The photo essay "Two Days in Appalachia" that appeared in Vice earlier this month has sparked controversy about its depiction of people in Eastern Kentucky. Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Broadcasting asks, "Did Vice send photographer Bruce Gilden to Appalachia to make us look like freaks? And how does this feed into existing stereotypes of people here?" (Gilden photo: Harlan, Ky.)Finn discusses the photo essay on his podcast, The Front Porch, along with guests Rick Wilson of the American Friends Service Committee, Laurie Lin of the Charleston Daily Mail and photographer Roger May of…
  • University of Kentucky biology grad kayaking Mississippi River to document water quality

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    A University of Kentucky biology graduate is a little more than one month into a three month kayaking trip to traverse the Mississippi River in "an effort to educate people about water quality in America's lakes, rivers and oceans," Will Wright reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Alyssum Pohl, who began her journey on June 25, "will take water samples, document litter and help clean up beaches along the way. She'll submit some of her data to the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, and she'll use some of it to write scholarly articles. She'll also share the data with each of the…
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  • Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwiches -- Food Section -- Recipes

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    28 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Madeline Delosh, a Columbia County resident, owns Mado Patisserie in Chatham, NY. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, she worked with Jean-Georges Vongerichten and was the pastry chef at La Grenouille Restaurant. “I like to reach out to those who love baking and pastries,” Madeline says. With her monthly recipe contributions to Rural Intelligence, she is doing just that. (And it you want some of Madeline’s ready-made delicacies, her shop is open for the season, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) “Now that we’re getting some real summer weather, I decided…
  • BFMC’s Posh Picnic Packs A Punch -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Laura Gratz reports from Lenox. The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) held its second annual “Posh Picnic” on the lawn at Tanglewood this past Sunday, July 26th. Tanglewood sponsored and catered the lively event, where guests were treated to a sumptuous gourmet picnic in individual picnic baskets and dined at tables decorated by Joyce’s Event Design. The Picnic featured make-your-own Bloody Marys with Ice Glen Vodka from Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Afterwards, guests enjoyed an all-Mozart concert in the Shed. Honorary co-chairs Gordon and Carole Hyatt and BFMC’s…
  • New Movie, ‘Look Away,’ Stars Hudson -- Arts Section -- Movies

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    By Jamie Larson When Location Manager Matthew Chamberlin needed to find small town backdrops with texture, character and some “authentic grit” for the setting of the dark comedy Look Away, starring Matthew Broderick and Chloe Sevigny, he said he found everything he could have hoped for in the always handsome and sometimes darkly comic city of Hudson, New York. While Hudson is being used more and more as a location for scenes in movies and fashion shoots, the production of Look Away used more of the city than any before, filming all over town, closing down sections of Hudson’s main…
  • Dépêchez-vous To The Basic French Estate Sale -- Style Section -- Shopping

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    27 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Napoleon III chaise longe, recently reupholstered by an artisanal upholsterer with hemp, linen and horsehair (it will last another 100 years, Neiley says), $1,200. By Lisa Green Francophiles — and those who just plain love an estate sale — will want to thank Carol Neiley for her own passion for France and her householding there. The owner of Basic French, a Gallic-provenanced shop in Red Hook, is selling off the vintage goods from her French country estate and apartment in Lyons at the Basic French Estate Sale today through Saturday. Our advice: jump in the car right now and get there…
  • Twilight In The Garden At Hollister House -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

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    26 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Amy Krzanik reports from Washington, CT. The annual Twilight in the Garden cocktail party at Hollister House, which occurred this year on Saturday evening, July 25, allows guests the opportunity to wander the property during one of its most magical moments. The garden, an interpretation of a classic English garden, was inspired by Sissinghurst in the UK, but incorporates a more informal, euphoric planting style. Begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and Ron Johnson, the garden is comprised of different “rooms,” created by using multiple levels, stone walls, hedges and other borders. Guests…
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  • Final Pageant weekend is bumpy

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
        walnut Grove — Saturday night the pageant cast anxiously waited to put on their final performance of the year. To the west there was a storm a brewing with severe weather hitting several counties in eastern South Dakota. ...
 
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  • County of Republican dirtbags

    coozledad
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/feds-men-traveled-philippines-murder-hire-plot-32627788 The local Republican party is full of gutter scum like this. They can’t help it. Trashiness is in their blood.
  • Sandra Bland

    coozledad
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    There is a point where your country has ceased to be your country. I’m reminded of  the ways the law tonguefucks useless, ineducable white trash. http://abc11.com/news/dwi-charge-drop-raises-claims-of-preferential-treatment/768863/ And now we have this. http://gawker.com/officer-in-sandra-bland-traffic-stop-video-i-will-lig-1719402390 If this is what it takes to keep white garbage on top of the food chain, then white garbage isn’t worth the can.
  • Lacoste fuckbunnies

    coozledad
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Show me any sleek lime-shirted troglodyte who gets liquored up and does his whoring to beach music and I’ll show you a fucker who’s been in the company of a Republican judge. They may have intentionally or unintentionally swapped vesicle fluids at a beach or lake house while hopping from one leather skinned boffbunny to another in one of those weekend vodka shuffles. Could be they done run into one of their old Citadel buddies and had to drop trou and do the Mr. Peanut among the mosquitoes and sand fleas, too. It’s the same old same old across the whole of the buck-toothed…
  • Two Republicans with one shot

    coozledad
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:21 pm
    This is what happens when you involve the state party in covering for your lily white ass: http://abc11.com/news/i-team-person-county-commissioner-cleared-of-dwi-charge/768863/ Gentry was too old to serve another term anyway. Maybe the state bar will decide to retire him NOW. Next time, try not to aim at your own goddamn foot.
  • Coming to a highway near you.

    coozledad
    30 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    If you’re a Person County Republican in bed with a sleaze ass DA, a shitheaded party apparatchik of a judge, and you happen to be a drinkbro of a shyster Hyco lake partyboy Dem lawyer, you can walk on not one, but two DWIs. I’ll make a brief suggestion to anyone stopped at a DWI checkpoint over the holidays in this white trash funhouse: tell your lawyer that cops can’t just pull a drunk fuckwit without probable cause, and they should go fuck themselves. There’s precedent. Kyle Puryear and his friends are on the goddamned road. I guess it’s slightly better than…
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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

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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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    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,
  • Zombie Love It's Yours Heart cute dolly button

    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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  • In Which I Address Another Voucher Argument in the Local Paper

    Doug Masson
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Lafayette Journal & Courier featured a column by an administrator at one of the local Christian schools entitled “Why School Choice is Working.” Despite the title, the column doesn’t really establish that “school choice” (i.e. vouchers/privatization, etc.) is “working.” For starters, it doesn’t really define what “working” is. (My assumption is that this should mean that we end up with a better educated population. But, for all I know, someone else might think it enough that we’re handing kids diplomas without spending…
  • Cell Phone Ban for those Under 21 – Class Action Time?

    Doug Masson
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Niki Kelly, writing for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has an article entitled “Young Drivers Hit with Cell Ban: Even lawmakers taken by surprise”. The bill was HB 1394-2015 authored by Rep. Soliday and sponsored by Sen. Crider. At issue is a provision that prevents drivers under 21 from using a cell phone at all — even for GPS, texting, or music. The digest (written by LSA as a tool for lawmakers, but not actually part of the legislation) reads: Supervision of probationary drivers. Amends existing supervised driving requirements to receive a learner’s permit or an…
  • Teacher Shortage: Who Could Have Predicted?

    Doug Masson
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    In the comments to my previous post about school privatization, there was discussion of news reports that there is a shortage of teacher applications in Indiana lately. See, e.g. this Associated Press report. Teachers have been treated poorly by policy makers lately. They are collateral damage to people who see the public school system as a big pot of money ripe for the taking. They are government employees which makes them anathema to certain ideologues. Because everyone has been to school, there is a temptation to believe that anyone can do their job. They have been politically active in…
  • Point/Counterpoint on School Privatization and Subsidies

    Doug Masson
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Today’s Lafayette Journal & Courier offered some space for a column attempting to defend Indiana’s voucher system in response to West Lafayette School Superintendent Rocky Killion’s earlier column entitled “Myth busting Indiana’s voucher system.” Since today’s pro-voucher column was offered in rebuttal to Killion’s column, we’ll start with him. He said: 1. Indiana’s system won’t save us money. Rather than being, as advertised, a savings to taxpayers, voucher spending has increased from $16 million to $40 million. 2.
  • Sen. Steele will not run for re-election

    Doug Masson
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    My favorite time of year on this blog is generally late December and early January when the new bills are released. Over the years, Sen. Steele has typically been one of the lawmakers who releases his bills the earliest. Consequently, I have spent an inordinate amount of time writing about bills he has introduced. So, even though I was frequently skeptical of his bill proposals, I am somewhat sad to hear that he will not run for re-election in 2016. Per the AP: Republican state Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford told The Times-Mail on Tuesday that he wants to devote more time to his family and…
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    WordPress Tag: Rural Lifestyle

  • Looking after your security in rural areas

    lockyervalley
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:58 pm
    There was an incident in the Lockyer Valley last week when a landowner in a fairly remote area was driving to work and saw what was clearly a pig hunter’s ute parked just outside her boundary, opposite her rainforest gully. She took photos of the ute with her phone. There was no number plate on the front, but she made a note of the rear number plate. While she was taking the photos, two men, with five pig dogs, emerged from the gully.  One of the men was armed with a knife. One man yelled vicious abuse at her. He did not hesitate in coming towards her and grabbed her, trying to get the…
  • My Little Sweet Pea (Mugiko san to)

    MIB
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    My Little Sweet Pea (Mugiko san to) Japan (2013) Dir. Keisuke Yoshida Being a parent isn’t easy and
  • a week of WWOOFing: a city mouse in a country house

    audreysparkling
    28 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    If someone had told me a week ago that I would be waking up at 8 every morning in eager anticipation of hoe-ing, planting, blisters, back pain, overexposure to sun and weeding, I would’ve told them to be quiet, because the next episode rerun of my Criminal Minds marathon was starting. But here we are, and here I am, in Lieu-dit-Brouillac, near Sarrazac, France, still in the Midi-Pyrénées. Brouillac is a small “place” nestled amongst sprawling hillside fields and woods, with five houses. The nearest village, as I discovered on a long, meandering walk on my second day, is L’Hôpital…
  • An Autumn ramble

    kiwiyarns
    16 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    We’ve had a bit of bad weather this week, and by this afternoon, cabin fever had hit big time.
  • Rural lifestyle

    NinhTran09
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    Rural lifestyle http://ift.tt/1GlaQIi @visoot2020 @500px: Rural living #Journalism #Trending #Popular #Buzzing #Picture
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  • Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

    Guest Writer
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being. In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states. Data from the 2015 County Health Rankings for Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming was used to establish the ratio…
  • Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery

    Marie Powell
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable 6-day mail delivery from the US Postal Service. Particularly for remote rural citizens, the service is a lifeline. Nearly 10,000 people have signed the pledge. We also signed letters of support for two bi-partisan measures in the House of Representatives. One, HR 54, would restore service standards to those in use before last January's reductions. The combination of reduced service standards and closing mail processing facilities has left rural Americans and businesses experiencing the worst of mail…
  • Red Road Herbs Pairs Herbs and Nature for Better Health

    Gene Rahn
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Turning off the county road, you know exactly where you are. First you spot the signs. Then your eyes light on the herb garden. You have arrived at Red Road Herbs, east of Stanton, Nebraska. The next pleasure is meeting Rachel Liester. You realize immediately this business is also Rachel’s passion. She loves teaching others how to use plants in everyday life for better health. The farm includes 5 acres of herbs, an herbal garden sanctuary, campground, workshop, conference building, and a butterfly and pollinator trail. The Liesters grow and market herbs and herbal products. In addition to…
  • Technical Assistance a Hallmark for REAP–Thousands Receive Help

    Jeff Reynolds
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Since inception in 1990, REAP has been known as a lending program that also gives stellar technical assistance/counseling to our clients. We offer the service to startup and existing small businesses at the business site, over the phone, and via email. More often than you might think, a REAP client will need multiple lending sources to finance their business opportunity. These business planning services are part of our Technical Assistance, and they often lead to leveraged lending. We work with the client to complete their REAP small business plan. Based on that plan, they are able to…
  • Kids and Carrots

    John Crabtree
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Nothing says happy and healthy like an image of children harvesting, cleaning, or eating a carrot. Seriously, not everyone likes carrots, but when you see a child gardening, harvesting carrots, preparing them, or eating a bunch of carrots, you just know there is something good, wholesome, and healthy about that image. And of course, it doesn’t have to be carrots – beets, cabbages, cucumbers, etc. all work too. That’s why I had to stop for a moment and look at the images of the kids at Fremont, Nebraska’s Public Schools After School Programs when I saw them recently. It just makes you…
 
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    Wisconsin Office of Rural Health - Clinics

  • What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health

    mlradtke
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Website URL: https://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/programs/match/healthiest-state/what-works-rura...To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.community healthPublic Healthstrategiesdeterminants of healthContent Type: Report/StudyCategory: Public HealthAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesDental ProvidersEMSHospitalsMed ProvidersMental HealthPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: This report outlines key steps toward building healthy rural communities and identifies strategies with evidence of effectiveness in rural settings.   Project…
  • WI-ORH Fact Sheet

    mlradtke
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    WI-ORH Fact Sheet06-15.pdf WI-ORH Fact Sheet06-15.pdf To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.Fact SheetWI-ORHContent Type: Report/StudyCategory: Community DevelopmentEducation/TrainingEMSFinancesLegislative/PolicyPerformance ImprovementPublic HealthQuality ImprovementRegulation/ReimbursementRural Health ClinicsRural Provider AccessAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesDental ProvidersEMSHospitalsMed ProvidersMental HealthPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: A brief description of WI-ORH programs and services.   Date: June 2015 Author:…
  • Access to Care in Rural Wisconsin Fact Sheet

    mlradtke
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Access to Care fact sheet06-15.pdf Access to Care fact sheet06-15.pdf To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.HPSAFact SheetContent Type: Data/StatisticsMapCategory: AccessAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesDental ProvidersEMSHospitalsMed ProvidersMental HealthPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: A quick look at access to care in Rural Wisconsin.   Date: June 2015 Author: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health  
  • Medication Safety: The Red Bag Program

    mlradtke
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Website URL: http://wisc.adobeconnect.com/p4ncr13ka0a/To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.Patient SafetyMedicationNursesContent Type: WebinarCategory: EMSQuality ImprovementSeniorsAuthor: kjacobsonAudience: ClinicsEMSHospitalsMed ProvidersDescription: An overview of Langlade Hospital’s Red Bag Program, a project to reduce medication errors.   Date: June 25, 2015 Organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
  • Wisconsin Models and Innovations

    mlradtke
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    Website URL: https://www.raconline.org/states/wisconsin/project-examplesContent Type: Report/StudyToolkit/GuideCategory: AccessChronic DiseaseCommunity DevelopmentEducation/TrainingEMSPediatricsPreventionPublic HealthRural Provider AccessSeniorsAuthor: mlradtkeAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesEMSHospitalsPublic HealthDescription: This website describes model programs and successful rural projects in Wisconsin, as a source of ideas for organizations to bring to their own communities.   Author: Rural Assistance Center
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • We Wish Tim Armstrong a Relaxing Retirement

    GreatPlainsComm
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    After 44 years, 7 positions and 4 communities, we are wishing Tim Armstrong well on his retirement from Great Plains Communications (GPC). Meeting people from when he was a local manager, to when he was the head of Economic Development and Community Relations, Tim has made connections wherever he’s gone and proved to be a true asset to the company. As District Manager, Kevin Poppe put it, “Tim’s special involvement with Economic Development and maintaining statewide contacts paved the way for GPC to expand their network and services in new markets.“ Tim is a motivator, people person,…
  • Take a Stand Against Cyberbullying

    GreatPlainsComm
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    7th grade bullying project – Words Hurt, Holliston Middle School, Robert H. Adams Middle School These girls are real seventh grade students who have seen and experienced the painful effects of cyber bullying. It is not something that can be categorized as only a problem in big cities or in specific schools or communities. Cyber bullying is everywhere and it is real. According to No Bullying Cyber Bullying 2014 Statistics, “25% of teenagers reported having experienced repeated bullying via their cell phone or online; 52% of young people reported being cyber bullied; 95% of teenagers…
  • Custer County Bull Riding Classic 2015

    GreatPlainsComm
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Timmy Vaughn riding at the Custer County Bull Riding Classic 2014 The Custer County Bull Riding Classic is a thrilling event for the whole family to enjoy. This Monday, July 27 marks the seventeenth year for the event held at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Broken Bow, NE. Great Plains Communications is excited for the chance to once again be a part of such a great community event, sponsoring the rodeo clown Justin Rumford. Below we have listed the activities you can expect to see this year: Over $7,000 in cash and prizes awarded Trick ropers Intense bull riding with Cody Webster (NFR &…
  • 2015 GPC Summer Selfie Contest

    GreatPlainsComm
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Great Plains Communications is proud to announce we have arrived on Instagram! To help kick off our new social site, we want to share our excitement with you through our 2015 #GPCSummerSelfie Contest. Do you selfie with your dog? A cup of coffee? Or do you selfie with friends out for girls’ night? The Internet has been submerged in the ways of the selfie, and we want you to take that selfie and turn it summer for a chance to win $250 and a selfie stick from Great Plains Communications. Show us how you summer, if that means through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it doesn’t matter as long…
  • Fun Summer Activities for Kids

    GreatPlainsComm
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    We are officially in the Dog Days of summer, which means high temperatures and lack of ideas in keeping the kids busy. Though Great Plains Communications is a strong supporter and provider of telecommunications services, we believe it is important for children to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. We have come together with a few of our cable networks to provide some fun activities to keep in mind throughout these hot summer days.   Disney Channel – Throw a Disney Princess Party Your little girl have a birthday this summer? Throw a Disney princess party with cupcakes and handmade…
 
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Blogger Profile: The Backyard Farming Connection

    Steven Jones
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Photo from the Backyard Farming ConnectionEditor’s note: Regularly, From Scratch magazine tries to tell as many people as possible about the great bloggers and writers covering homesteading and sustainable living.This is one such writer, Gretchen Stuppy Carlson, of The Backyard Farming Connection. This piece originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of From Scratch. Read that issue — and more like it — here.By Gretchen Stuppy CarlsonI live with my husband and 3 young children on an emerging 2.5 acre homestead in Saratoga County, NY.We made the decision to homestead as a way to…
  • Buy us a cup of coffee!

    Steven Jones
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    So, at From Scratch magazine, we work super hard to produce a quality publication and keep it free to our readers.Our goal, in doing that, is to provide as much information to as many people as possible.As such, we’ve managed to provide the magazine to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.And we want to keep it free! Totally, undeniably free. To do that, we partner with advertisers in our magazine — all of which are carefully vetted to ensure they meet our high standards. By clicking on those ads in the magazine, you can be sure that you’re going to companies…
  • Blogger profile: Farmhouse 38

    Steven Jones
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Kate Richards — photo from Farmhouse 38Editor’s note: Regularly, From Scratch magazine tries to tell as many people as possible about the great bloggers and writers covering homesteading and sustainable living.This is one such writer, Kate Richards, of Farmhouse 38. This piece originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of From Scratch. Read that issue — and more like it — here.By Kate RichardsWe have longdreamed of greener pastures (or any color pasture!), but until a move to the real, live country is actually in the cards, we are doing what we can with our…
  • Quick, easy and cheap ways to decorate your homestead home

    Steven Jones
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    By Jennifer CazzolaEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of From Scratch. Read that issue and more here.As homesteaders we garden, we care for our livestock, we bake from scratch, we sew, cook, and can leaving us very little, if any, time and resources to focus on the inside of our home. But the home interior should not be neglected. It provides us, and those with whom we share it a safe haven from the outside world.It should be a beautiful place: calm, peaceful, and reflective of whom we are. But beautiful does not need to be expensive, and time…
  • An Essential Oil Primer

    Steven Jones
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    By Jill WingerEditor’s note: This article originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of From Scratch magazine. Read that issue and more here.I’m a skeptic by nature, so the first time I heard someone mention essential oils, I rolled my eyes and changed the subject. I mean, how helpful can a bottle of liquid from a plant really be?Little did I know how quickly I would change my tune.A friend gave me some oils to try, and after watching how they rapidly relieved one of my husband’s asthma attacks, I was intrigued. I went from essential oil skeptic, to devoted essential oil…
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