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  • Let the Brag Basket carry your good news

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Bicycle basket photo (CC) by tambako on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 18-20, 2014 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 brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not…
  • Spotlight on America's dark underbelly: Haunting pictures capture ominous glow of prisons tucked away in rural landscapes

    rural - Bing News
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Prisons are usually associated with all that is dark and dismal, but as a new series of photographs shows, a place of incarceration can also be oddly illuminating - both literally and figuratively. Massachusetts- based photographer Stephen Tourlentes has ...
  • Rural Internet service improves

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Rural Lumby residents and businesses are hitting the information highway. The provincial government is providing $200,000 for Internet service while there is $50,000 from the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.
  • Roundup: China's Coal Cuts

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Coal usage in China way down • States not expanding Medicare may cause trouble for hospitals • A call for rural broadband investment • Telehealth solutions for rural patients? • Squeezing oil from rocks • Connecticut's rural vote Photo by Alex Lee/Reuters China's coal usage has historically made for some super smoggy days. Andrew Revkin, in a New York Times Op-Ed, explores a Greenpeace report on the end of China’s coal boom. China’s coal usage dropped significantly in 2012 and looks to be holding there.The “Medicaid…
  • 10 Alabama hospitals have closed in the last 3 years: Will yours be next?

    News stories via the Rural Assistance Center
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A blog post on Alabama Media Group reports on an alarming amount of hospital closings in Alabama in the last three years, citing a variety of pressures with mention of rural hospitals getting the worst of those pressures.
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Let the Brag Basket carry your good news

    Becky McCray
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Bicycle basket photo (CC) by tambako on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 18-20, 2014 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 brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not…
  • Building a tech startup in a small city

    Becky McCray
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Fargo, North Dakota, tech startup co-founders Brandon Medenwald and Bill Burgess.   Simply Made Apps is a tech start-up based out of Fargo, North Dakota, population 110,000. They reached out to us because although that’s not really a small town, it is definitely rural and remote. Co-founder Brandon Medenwald talked about what it’s like to run a high-tech business in an isolated small city, far from the “usual” startup centers. What has been a challenge about your location? Hiring is definitely a challenge. North Dakota has an extremely low unemployment rate, so…
  • Webinar on rural businesses using social media marketing

    Small Biz Survival
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Social Media is a perfect fit for rural business. North Dakota’s Governor’s Rural Summit was getting social in 2010. Photo by Becky McCray.    I’m thrilled to see Extension talking about rural businesses using social media. They’re hosting a webinar this Thursday, April 17 at 1:30pm Central. You don’t even have to register. Here are the details: Rural Social Media Champions: Development of Models of Diffusion & Best Business Practices April 17, 2014(Thursday), 2:30 PM – Eastern time Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending…
  • Need small business accounting? I like Wave

    Becky McCray
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Photo courtesy of Wave Apps. I realize that no one likes accounting, but I like WaveApps. I like that they focus on businesses with 9 or fewer employees, or no employees at all. I know that there are a lot of specialty apps out there, one for invoicing, one for receipts, something else for payroll. I don’t need the job of bringing that data together, so I like that Wave includes all the parts of accounting most businesses of this size need: invoicing, accepting payments, payroll. I don’t like that they have not completed online tax payments for all states yet. I like being able to…
  • We have lots of room in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Photo (CC) by Helen ST on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 11-13, 2014 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 brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not really. Just…
 
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  • Spotlight on America's dark underbelly: Haunting pictures capture ominous glow of prisons tucked away in rural landscapes

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Prisons are usually associated with all that is dark and dismal, but as a new series of photographs shows, a place of incarceration can also be oddly illuminating - both literally and figuratively. Massachusetts- based photographer Stephen Tourlentes has ...
  • Seminar mulls ‘rural rebound’

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    SLEEPY EYE - A University of Minnesota Community Economics Extension Educator who grew up in St. Paul but recently bought a Clarkfield home hosted a Bridging Brown County (BBC) seminar Friday on state population migration trends. "Lots of media headlines ...
  • USDA enterprise grant supports rural business

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering about $82,000 for its Rural Business Enterprise Grant to help economic development authorities, nonprofits and towns in rural Nevada that seek to assist rural business or create a revolving loan fund.
  • Unlocking rural economic potential is key to recovery

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Despite an excellent 1999 White Paper, construction effectively became the rural development strategy during the later Celtic Tiger years. However, this strategy proved to be unsustainable, particularly for rural areas which were more heavily reliant on ...
  • Rural Kansans get improved ER

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    GARDEN CITY, KS– Saint Catherine Hospital is a medical hub for people in Southwest Kansas and surrounding areas. With 17,000 people through their emergency department last year from Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, they have started expanding. “It’s an ...
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  • Rural Internet service improves

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Rural Lumby residents and businesses are hitting the information highway. The provincial government is providing $200,000 for Internet service while there is $50,000 from the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.
  • Rural homes to get broadband internet access via 4G mobile network

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    4G can become an affordable alternative to fixed broadband for web access in countryside areas, claims EE telecoms company Rural homes stranded without broadband will soon be able to plug into the web via the 4G mobile network – by planting an antenna on the roof or simply switching on a router in the living room. EE, Britain's largest mobile operator, is planning to throw down the gauntlet to ...
  • Daines fights to prioritize state rural water projects

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is fighting to strengthen Montana’s rural water infrastructure by introducing legislation that would secure funding for Montana rural water projects and calling on Con
  • State of disunion: Western Maryland wants to break free

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Alienated by liberal city elites, pockets of rural malcontents across the United States want to break free.        
  • Nebraska fire, water districts fight over hydrants

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A rural water district in southeast Nebraska and local fire departments are locking horns over the use of fire hydrants connected to the rural district's system. Cass County Rural Water District No. 1 recently sent certified letters to local fire departments - including Plattsmouth, ...
 
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • Roundup: China's Coal Cuts

    editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Coal usage in China way down • States not expanding Medicare may cause trouble for hospitals • A call for rural broadband investment • Telehealth solutions for rural patients? • Squeezing oil from rocks • Connecticut's rural vote Photo by Alex Lee/Reuters China's coal usage has historically made for some super smoggy days. Andrew Revkin, in a New York Times Op-Ed, explores a Greenpeace report on the end of China’s coal boom. China’s coal usage dropped significantly in 2012 and looks to be holding there.The “Medicaid…
  • Weeklies Make Page One at Newseum

    editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    The national journalism museum in Washington, D.C., has 15 theaters, seven floors and a quarter million square feet of space. But it didn’t have room to display community newspapers in its daily exhibits of front pages. Until Thursday, when weekly editors got organized.  A few of the front pages that editors of weekly newspapers emailed to the Newseum on Thursday. More than 130 newspapers submitted copies, leading to the reversal of the museum's policy of featuring only dailies (or former dailies) in its display of front pages. The images are from the Twitter feed,…
  • Pat Gish: Passion and a Sense of Direction

    editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Pat Gish, the impressario of the nationally acclaimed Mountain Eagle newspaper, died this week at the age of 87. She put out the paper, raised a family and knew the quickest route to the printer. The Mountain Eagle In this photo from the late 1960s, Pat Gish, left, folds papers with her daughter Sarah. Husband Tom and son Ben are in the background. The photo ran in the Mountain Eagle this week, along with a story about Pat.  In the mid-1970’s I was making $78 a week as one of the editors of a literary magazine, Mountain Review. A filmmaker named Allida Herrick offered me half of…
  • Roundup: Bundy Ranch Back Down

    editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    BLM vs. Bundy • East Kentucky newspaper pioneer dies • Looking at farmer suicides • Guns-and-ammo taxes boosting wildlife areas Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters Citizen protesters gather at the BLM’s base camp, where Cliven Bundy's cattle were being held. The rural story of the week seems to be the armed stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy refuses to recognize the authority of the BLM to impose grazing fees, he says, because his herd has been eating off those acres since before agency existed. So, unlike other ranchers…
  • Speak Your Piece: Pulitzer's Cold Comfort

    editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    The Center for Public Integrity wins a well-deserved Pulitzer for its investigation of the corrupt black-lung benefits program. But the political leaders who claim to be on the side of coal miners should have been paying attention long before the reporters made a national story out this disgraceful state of affairs. ABC News produced this report with the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) on the role of Johns Hopkins doctors in refuting miners' black-lung claims. CPI won a Pulitzer Prize this week for their series on black lung.I have mixed emotions over the Center for Public…
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    News stories via the Rural Assistance Center

  • 10 Alabama hospitals have closed in the last 3 years: Will yours be next?

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A blog post on Alabama Media Group reports on an alarming amount of hospital closings in Alabama in the last three years, citing a variety of pressures with mention of rural hospitals getting the worst of those pressures.
  • FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kaiser Health News offers an article to help answer the most common questions about a timely, new healthcare delivery model that is spreading quickly throughout the country: Accountable Care Organizations.
  • Cracking Colorados Rural Healthcare Conundrum

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Colorado Independent article outlines challenges rural Colorado healthcare providers face in lieu of changes under the Affordable Care Act and offers telehealth and telemedicine as a possible solution.
  • OB Care In Small Towns

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A Keloland Television article featuring a new Sioux Center Health building to help highlight the lack of obstetric care providers in rural communities.
  • Poll: Uninsured Rate for Adults Down More in Certain States

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    American Hospital Association: The uninsured rate for adults has declined more this year in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and set up state or partnership exchanges than it has in other states, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.
 
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  • $10 Million Lending Plateau Reached

    Jeff Reynolds
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on April 15, 2014 - 11:47amREAP, the Center's small business development program, has reached an historical plateau in placement of loans. We closed a loan in northeast Nebraska that put us over 10 million dollars loaned for the history of the program. This is a significant accomplishment for us. But more importantly, it is a testament to rural Nebraska entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial spirit!In December of 1990 the very first REAP loan of $1,000 was made at Cedar Rapids using a step-up, peer lending model. With peer lending, the first loan could be for no more than…
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Ag Census

    Traci Bruckner
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Traci Bruckner on April 15, 2014 - 12:00amUSDA’s Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that should help the agency respond to opportunities in American agriculture, such as the 14,000 more farms claiming farming as their primary occupation than there were in 2007.However, in the size categories from 50 to 999 acres nearly 56,000 fewer farms were reported nationally. And there was a net loss of over 96,000 farms in the 35-54 age group categories.Mid-size and middle-age farmers make an essential contribution to strong rural communities. They support rural businesses and…
  • New Generations Legacy

    Hank Rohling
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    By Hank Rohling on April 10, 2014 - 2:25amThe Center for Rural Affairs is working on an exciting new project to help get more beginning farmers and ranchers on the land.Managed by our Granary Foundation, the New Generations Legacy program will receive agricultural land from interested donors. The land will then be rented to qualified beginners. As beginners become established, they will have the option to buy the land. All beginners will be qualified based on financial need, reasonable acreage limitations, and an agreement to practice sustainable agricultural practices.The program will offer…
  • Rural Electric Co-ops Can Renew Community Spirit

    Brian Depew
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    By Brian Depew on April 9, 2014 - 4:16amI tore a page out of my rural electric co-op newsletter last fall. It is pinned it to my wall. I read it every day. It says, “Electric co-ops were constructed with lines, poles, and the foolhardy notion that we all prosper by helping each other.”It’s so true. The co-operative spirit that brought electric service to rural America represents the community-driven values of small towns – values the Center works to uphold today.More than 900 rural electric coops serve 42 million people in 47 states. Co-ops remain democratically controlled, run by…
  • Byway of Art Project a Finalist!

    Adele Phillips
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    By Adele Phillips on April 8, 2014 - 6:31pmA handful of neighboring communities and the Center for Rural Affairs are finalists for an ArtPlace grant: a nationwide competition to fund various avant-garde ‘public art’ projects.Accessible and built from community involvement and collaboration, public art often speaks to a community’s sense of ‘place.’ Communities gain social, cultural, and economic value. Public spaces are invigorated, and communities gain uniqueness.Our “Byway of Art” project unites four neighboring and very diverse communities. They are Lyons, Decatur, Oakland,…
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age on April 30

    Ann Treacy
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    This looks like a potentially interesting event – it’s happening in DC but will be made available online as well… Join us! InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age! Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point. There are many question about whether they will be used to address pre-existing disparities, or further entrench them.  Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies have increased the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and…
  • Annandale is waiting to hoping the Broadband Development Fund goes through

    Ann Treacy
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Annandale has been pretty vocal about their interest in broadband. Earlier this month, the city administrator spoke about the local need for broadband with the Institute for Local Self Reliance. In January, Annandale was the location of one of Senator Schmit’s listening tour sessions on broadband. This week the St Cloud Times mentions specifically Annandale’s interest again… Spurred by residents’ complaints with their Internet service provider, Annandale leaders are mulling a big step: partnering with public or private entities to build its own Internet network.
  • Itasca Area Blandin Broadband Community update

    Ann Treacy
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Thanks to Mark Zimmerman for sharing the following update from the Itasca Area BBC. It’s fun to see how much they have accomplished in a year – I thought it might give other Minnesota communities some ideas for encouraging broadband adoption too… Just about one year ago – in March 2013 – you helped host a community meeting here in Grand Rapids to identify and prioritize strategies that would help businesses and organizations in the Itasca area use broadband technology to enhance the overall economy.  From that discussion, seven distinct, but complementary, strategies…
  • Minnesota High Tech Association Spring Conference: May 6

    Ann Treacy
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The MHTA is always a great conference… May 6th Spring Conference to feature sessions on entrepreneurship and innovation MHTA’s annual spring conference has been the premier technology and business conference in Minnesota for many years. Scheduled for May 6th, the conference will feature a full-day, education-based agenda; an exhibit hall featuring cutting edge technology and organizations and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year, due to attendee and industry feedback, the conference will feature six tracks of breakout sessions focused on different areas – two of these…
  • Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact – public hearing on April 17

    Ann Treacy
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Happy National Library Week! To celebrate I was going to invite my co-working coffee shop friends to shoot me ready reference questions – or maybe just shush a few people, then I found something even better – a public hearing on libraries and broadband. This is one of those meetings that looks wonky and not top priority – until you consider the role that libraries play in your community in terms of bridging the digital gap. Libraries provide access to computer and broadband (via public computers and often Wi-Fi) and librarians are often the first line of defense for digital…
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  • Push by weekly newspapers leads Newseum to change its policy and publish their front pages

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The push by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors to encourage weekly papers to send their front pages to the Newseum paid off quickly. The site has rarely published front pages from weekly papers, but after 130 weeklies sent their fronts to the Newseum on Thursday, the site agreed to change "its policy to include weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit," Barbara Selvin reports for The Poynter Institute. Now, any newspaper can email frontpages@newseum.org for instructions on how to participate. "The Newseum’s written policy limited participation to daily…
  • Feds get money to eliminate destructive feral pigs

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    There are about five million feral pigs in at least 39 states that are costing farmers and ranchers an estimated $1.5 billion a year in damages and control costs, reports Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter. The pigs, which are destroying native habitat and crops and eating endangered species, can "carry and transmit up to 30 diseases and 37 different parasites to other livestock, including the swine population raised for food." They also carry diseases that can affect people and water supplies. (USDA maps show spread of feral swine) Dale Nolte, feral-swine initiative coordinator for the U.S.
  • After waiting out cold winter, Northeast producers jump into maple sugaring season

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    The unusually cold winter delayed the start of maple sugaring season in the Northeast. Now that the weather has warmed up, sugaring season is underway. In 2013, the U.S. produced nearly 3.25 million gallons of maple syrup, up 70 percent from 2012, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Forty percent of all maple syrup comes from Vermont, but maple trees can be tapped anywhere. New York produces 18 percent, Maine 14 percent, and Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Connecticut also produced commercial maple syrup. (Read more) Will…
  • Colder weather, rising natural gas prices led to a resurgence in winter demand for coal

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    A brutal winter and rising natural gas prices led to a resurgence in the coal market, Sean Cockerham reports for McClatchy Newspapers. U.S. coal use increased 4 percent last year and is expected to keep rising this year. International Energy Agency Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in the agency’s most recent coal market report: “Like it or not, coal is here to stay for a long time to come. Coal is abundant and geopolitically secure, and coal-fired plants are easily integrated into existing power systems.” Natural gas prices more than doubled "over the past two years in…
  • Register by May 28 for free journalism workshop in Oregon, focused on covering rural health topics

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Association of Health Care Journalists has scheduled its seventh annual Rural Health Journalism Workshop for June 6 in Portland, Oregon. The free workshop, which will focus on covering rural health in America, "will bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas," AHCJ says.The workshop, hosted by Oregon Health & Science University and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, and will include lunch and dinner.
 
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    Rural Intelligence

  • Recipe: Garlicky Leg Of Lamb -- Food Section -- Recipes

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    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,…
  • Sweets Too Good To Be Gluten Free? Not Anymore. -- Food Section -- News

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Madeleine’s gluten-free Berkshire Crunchie cookies, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, and lemon chiffon mini muffins. By Amy Krzanik You’ve seen it everywhere lately – “gluten free” – and either grabbed five of the item or rolled your eyes. I admit, I have to laugh at some of the products that advertise themselves as safe for my specific dietary restriction. Yogurt? Salad? Of course these items don’t have gluten in them, but thanks for the reassurance, I guess. On the other hand, I’ve been searching high and low for baked goods like breads and desserts that I can safely eat. When…
  • A Ver-million Turnout For IS183’s Annual Gala -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. Many parties request that guests dress to impress, but for the attendees who come out every year for the annual IS183 costume gala, impressionable and outrageous are often one and the same. It’s the only party where you can find a Teletubby dancing with someone wearing a giant papier mâché head. A sizable portion of the county turned out to support the Berkshires’ nonprofit community art school on Saturday, April 12. This year’s theme, The Vermilion Cotillion, bade attendees to dress in red, so guests showed up at the Eastover Resort wearing crimson…
  • CATA At The Clark Draws A Crowd -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    amykrzanik@gmail.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Amy Krzanik reports from Williamstown. The Clark Art Institute’s Stone Hill Center hosted a large and happy crowd of supporters on Thursday night, April 10 as Community Access to the Arts (CATA) opened an exhibit of work by its A.R.T. students. The A.R.T., or Artistic Realization Technologies, program is a painting workshop for area adults with profound physical disabilities. Many of the students and their teachers were on hand to introduce the work and revel in its vibrant beauty. A bevy of unique gifts such as necklaces, magnets and other items emblazoned with the students’ work were…
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  • Spring storm . . . Really!

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
        Special — It seems like for the second year in a row we have had a winter that just doesn’t want to give up. Last Thursday afternoon wet snow began to blanket the area, and by Friday morning over six inches of snow fell in the area. It left a big mess for local street crews ...
  • McKenzie School District – What’s next?

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    McKenzie Schools superintendent Sally Storm’s acceptance of a new position has opened up an opportunity for the community to rethink the way educational programs function locally. Occurring this late in the year, her resignation makes it tough for the school board to conduct a full search for a new...
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  • Start, Run and Grow Business program

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    FINN ROCK: People interested in starting a new business or improving the one they already own are invited to this month’s general meeting of the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce. Meagan O’Connor, Education Coordinator/Business Advisor at Lane Community College’s Small Business Development Center ...
 
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    Ayngel "Boshemia" Overson

  • Guess Who Has A Job and a FrankenRV?

    Ayngel Boshemia
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Oh my, what a change between updates. Going upppp?I haven't heard from any of the jobs in Ridgway, and perhaps that is meant to be. A job offer came my way via an old high school friend. Updating their website inventories, some ad copy, keyword research. It came with steady hours and a real paycheck. A JOB. One that may work into more work later. Huuuuuge sighs of relief....I can breathe so much better now. It's the first steady income in the house in  loooong time. Why yes, I'll work my arse off. *Salutes.*This is also a JOB that can be done from just about anywhere as long as there is…
  • If I ain't growing, I'm dying.

    Ayngel Boshemia
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    When Erika introduced me to her parents she told them that I had planned an RV adventure to find myself. She said that I would get out on the road only to find that I was there all along. I am lost right now, but I feel no need to go looking for myself. I know exactly where I am. I don't really need to go searching my own mind. I spend way too much time stuck in there as it is. What I am really in search of is a place where I can just be myself. I'm not certain that place really does exist. I'm not certain that person truly exists either. The one who can love and accept me as I truly am. Who…
  • The Book Tour that Wasn't and the RV Shaped Lemon

    Ayngel Boshemia
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    I'm still sort of in shock, and perhaps maybe that's a good thing. As soon as I saw what was coming I prenumbed, and part of me has stayed that way. The second opinion on the RV? I got ripped off, the third and fourth agreed. I got a good deal for a reason. It has sat unprotected in salt air for too long. The rust damage underneath the surface was extensive. I bought a fixer upper that I can't afford to fix up. The guy I hired to advise me on needed repairs neglected some pretty important details. Like the fact that her nuts are rusting right through her bolts as we speak. Is she fixable?
  • Treading Water and a Twitter Mass Exodus

    Ayngel Boshemia
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I lost 56 followers on Twitter last week, I don't usually pay that much attention, but that's a big number. I am losing people right and left it seems.Sighs...It's either the fundraising, the separation, or perhaps being emo is just really, really boring. Who knows. I do wish I felt better than I do but it's hard to keep grinning through a shit storm, and who would want to anyhow?I'd like to think I am doing better than I should be. I had hope, and my optimism kept me afloat through some pretty tough times but it also kept me from swimming for the shore. Who knew that you could get so wrapped…
  • Aim for the Barn and I Might end up in the Pigsty, Why Not Aim for the Moon Instead?

    Ayngel Boshemia
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Last month I went to Aspen for the Uranium Drive-In showing at Wheeler Theater. After the movie we were invited to a club to watch the Infamous String Dusters. They were kind enough to not only let us in to see The Infamous String Dusters, but they put us in VIP. It was such a surreal change from my real world that it honestly took my breath away at times. After the show we were leaving and a guy wandered up and asked me where my after party was. I told him that I was staying far, far away from Aspen that night and didn't know anything about Aspen parties. "Oh, he said. You look like as Aspen…
 
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  • Turner Investigation: Good Work If You Can Get It

    Doug Masson
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Tom LoBianco, writing for the Associated Press, reports that: House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year. Turner, of course, is now under an ethics investigation for his lobbying efforts against a construction ban on new nursing homes. During the legislative fight over the ban, the company in which Turner (and his son) have significant interests, said that the ban would affect five properties…
  • DOC plans to decline to accept low level offenders

    Doug Masson
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Jack Rinehart, writing for “The Indy Channel” has a piece on the Department of Correction not accepting D felons for incarceration. Beginning July 1, 2014, the Indiana Department of Corrections will no longer accept certain offenders convicted of D-felonies. D-felonies are a lower-class of crimes, but include assaults, drug offenses and property crimes. Starting July 1, offenders convicted of D-felonies and sentenced to 90 days or less will not be accepted to the DOC. Starting July 1, 2015, offenders convicted of D-felonies and sentenced to one year or less will not be accepted…
  • Reflection on Bundy Ranch and Armed Resistance to Court Orders

    Doug Masson
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Cliven Bundy federal trespass case brings to my mind two other court cases – a traffic citation contested by a sovereign citizen type and the 1832 case of Worcester v. Georgia in which Andrew Jackson reportedly made the probably apocryphal statement, “Justice Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!” The Bundy trespass case, for those who haven’t followed it, involves a Nevada rancher who is grazing his cattle on public lands and has been for quite some time. His family had paid rent for quite some time, but in the 90s, Bundy decided he’d…
  • I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad: Grapes of Wrath Turns 75

    Doug Masson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    On the way into work today, I heard an NPR piece by Lynn Neary that The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published 75 years ago today. I read Grapes of Wrath relatively close in time to when I read “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. If those books don’t make you skeptical about the way the free market values labor, probably nothing will. Tom: I been thinking about us, too, about our people living like pigs and good rich land layin’ fallow. Or maybe one guy with a million acres and a hundred thousand farmers starvin’. And I been wonderin’ if all our folks got together…
  • Kathleen Parker on Colbert

    Doug Masson
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    I enjoyed this Kathleen Parker column on Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman. Probably I liked that she said that “heartlanders” have the best sense of humor. When I hear “heartland,” I think “Midwest.” Colbert is from South Carolina, so Parker calls “heartlanders” those who are “devoted to family and devout of spirit.” So, that’s kind of weird. Aside from geography, I guess my sense of “heartlanders” has to do (at least in the context of personality and humor) with a self-deprecating modesty that stems…
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  • April 9, 2014 – Teaching at the Seminary

    highhopesgardens
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    One of the primary reasons for Linda’s trip was to teach English to ministers, seminary students, and a high school class. This is a group of ministers she was able to meet with.  As many churches in Transylvania have partner churches inthe U.S., an effort is made for the ministers to improve their English skills to be able to communicate with their partner church in the U.S. Here’s Linda in the classroom with some high schoolers. In the central courtyard there was a human chess game going on with students acting as the chess pieces. She spent the most time with the students in…
  • April 7, 2014 – Transylvanian Churches

    highhopesgardens
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Linda had a chance to visit churches in a few villages. The church in Tordatfalva. Linda’s there! Here’s an inside view of a “typical” church.  The minister preaches from the raised pulpit, the minister’s wife sits in the box below the pulpit, then men on one side of the church and the women on the other side. The raised pulpit for the minister. The banner the Ames partner church gave to the Tordatfalva church. After services in the school, parishoners gather for treats and wine hour (we have coffee hour). Lajos in another nearby village church. The interior of…
  • April 6, 2014 – Images from Tordatfalva

    highhopesgardens
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Another of the economic enhancements of the villages  is tourism. This is a small cabin being remodeled for a children’s camp.  You can see some of the timber and frame pieces getting replaced.  The minister insisted they keep the original structure rather than build  new with “modern” 2×4 framing. This man is the church president in front of another structure with a big bad wolf in the background. Grape arbors are very common and part of nearly every fence and porch. Thirsty? Linda swears by the naturally carbonated spring water. Finally, her home for her days in…
  • April 2, 2014 – Transylvanian Agriculture

    highhopesgardens
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Linda got a chance to spend a few days near in the Carpathian Mountains and experienced a chance to see some agricultural enterprises while visiting the site of the Ames Unitarian Fellowship’s partner church in Tordotfalva. The region has an abundance of fruit trees and pastures, so beekeeping is an important enterprise. This couple cares for the bees. The smaller boxes on the top rails are to raise queens to sell. This is some of the foundation inside the special queen boxes. This is a homemade bee waterer. Bees need lots of edges to safely land and drink water without having to land…
  • March 30, 2014 – Transylvania, Dracula, and Segesvár

    highhopesgardens
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    For Linda’s two weeks in Transylvania, I might as well start with the most famous (for Americans, at least) of all Transylvanian icons – Dracula. Of course, the “inspiration” for Bram Stoker’s Dracula was, in part “Vlad the Impaler” who lived in this place in the 1400s. Here’s just a line telling what kind of a guy he was from a publication in the 1500s: “He roasted children, whom he fed to their mothers. And (he) cut off the breasts of women, and forced their husbands to eat them. After that, he had them all impaled.”  The city is…
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  • $10 Million Lending Plateau Reached

    Jeff Reynolds
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on April 15, 2014 - 11:47amREAP, the Center's small business development program, has reached an historical plateau in placement of loans. We closed a loan in northeast Nebraska that put us over 10 million dollars loaned for the history of the program. This is a significant accomplishment for us. But more importantly, it is a testament to rural Nebraska entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial spirit!In December of 1990 the very first REAP loan of $1,000 was made at Cedar Rapids using a step-up, peer lending model. With peer lending, the first loan could be for no more than…
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Ag Census

    Traci Bruckner
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Traci Bruckner on April 15, 2014 - 12:00amUSDA’s Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that should help the agency respond to opportunities in American agriculture, such as the 14,000 more farms claiming farming as their primary occupation than there were in 2007.However, in the size categories from 50 to 999 acres nearly 56,000 fewer farms were reported nationally. And there was a net loss of over 96,000 farms in the 35-54 age group categories.Mid-size and middle-age farmers make an essential contribution to strong rural communities. They support rural businesses and…
  • New Generations Legacy

    Hank Rohling
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    By Hank Rohling on April 10, 2014 - 2:25amThe Center for Rural Affairs is working on an exciting new project to help get more beginning farmers and ranchers on the land.Managed by our Granary Foundation, the New Generations Legacy program will receive agricultural land from interested donors. The land will then be rented to qualified beginners. As beginners become established, they will have the option to buy the land. All beginners will be qualified based on financial need, reasonable acreage limitations, and an agreement to practice sustainable agricultural practices.The program will offer…
  • Rural Electric Co-ops Can Renew Community Spirit

    Brian Depew
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    By Brian Depew on April 9, 2014 - 4:16amI tore a page out of my rural electric co-op newsletter last fall. It is pinned it to my wall. I read it every day. It says, “Electric co-ops were constructed with lines, poles, and the foolhardy notion that we all prosper by helping each other.”It’s so true. The co-operative spirit that brought electric service to rural America represents the community-driven values of small towns – values the Center works to uphold today.More than 900 rural electric coops serve 42 million people in 47 states. Co-ops remain democratically controlled, run by…
  • Byway of Art Project a Finalist!

    Adele Phillips
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    By Adele Phillips on April 8, 2014 - 6:31pmA handful of neighboring communities and the Center for Rural Affairs are finalists for an ArtPlace grant: a nationwide competition to fund various avant-garde ‘public art’ projects.Accessible and built from community involvement and collaboration, public art often speaks to a community’s sense of ‘place.’ Communities gain social, cultural, and economic value. Public spaces are invigorated, and communities gain uniqueness.Our “Byway of Art” project unites four neighboring and very diverse communities. They are Lyons, Decatur, Oakland,…
 
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  • Snapshots on the Farm

    Holly Michael, APR
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Fair weather farmer that I am, I couldn't resist visiting the little pigs today. These crossbred piglets are a little over a month old. It might be hard to tell from this photo but the sow (momma) and her pigs have their own little house with a fenced in "yard." They have an automatic waterer outside and husband comes by twice a day to feed them--even on Easter.
  • WARNING: This Post is NOT about Boogers

    Holly Michael, APR
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Ever since I successfully parlayed my fourth grade spelling words into an award-winning story for my school's "I Can Write Contest," I have had the writing bug (and also the award bug, if I must be honest).So it made perfect sense that I would toss my hat into the ring for the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. After all, Erma is famously from Dayton and was also told, "You can write."Before entering the contest I became a student of the event. I read winning entries from years past, I Googled around to try and find out past judges and I worked hard on my entry.There is actually a…
  • Guilt by a million bytes

    Holly Michael, APR
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:50 pm
    If there is anything in motherhood that transcends generations and even technological advances, it is the guilt that we aren’t documenting the experience properly. I’m talking about mother photo guilt.Our mothers’ unorganized boxes of photos, half finished baby books and empty albums have been replaced by this generation’s abandoned online memory books, forgotten “jpg” files on our computers and mobile phones full of images. While our mothers lamented forgetting their cameras at special events, mothers today are usually within arm’s reach of a camera phone at all times. We are…
  • Ageless Farm Wife Problems to Make You Laugh

    Holly Michael, APR
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Back in 1986, before there were blogs, farm wives still had funny stories to tell, I learned today. A nice lady at church gave me a booklet titled "Why Farm Wives Age Fast," full of essays from nice ladies living in places like Roca, Nebraska and Daingerfield, Texas.You gotta love church ladies, always bringing in article clippings about your Grandpa, and finding surprisingly pristine farm wife essays from 30 years ago to share with you.This afternoon I flipped through the booklet reluctantly, bound by social obligation to at least say I appreciated it. What I wasn't counting on was that…
  • Pig Farmer Olympics

    Holly Michael, APR
    16 Feb 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Our farm family has really enjoyed watching the Olympics in Sochi. This winter has been tough on the farm, with both bitter cold and lots of snow making it challenging for us, and by us I mean Husband and Ryan, to get the work done.Watching the Olympics has made me appreciate these dedicated Americans who have worked hard outside in the elements, sometimes under adverse conditions, to pursue their passion. Like some farmers I know.Here are a few of our family's gold medal farming events:Ice Dancing - My not-so-graceful journey in the snow to get into my van and drive it down the lane. My…
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  • Don’t Miss A Weekend of Sports on GPC-TV!

    GreatPlainsComm
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We know how much our customers love local high school sports and we are proud to be able to air so many great games every year.  To celebrate a fantastic year of high school sports, we will be airing games all next weekend on GPC-TV.  April 25th- 27th will be wall to wall high school sporting events including highlights from the 2013-2014 football, basketball, and volleyball seasons. While you are watching some of Nebraska’s best high-school athletes, you can also check out our brand new weather feature Weather on Channel 2.  This service provides 24/7, hyper-local access to live…
  • Congrats to South Loup Athletics!

    GreatPlainsComm
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    We’re saying a big congratulations to students at Arnold and Callaway High Schools!  These students proved that they have exemplary schools spirit during out “Pump It Up” video contest. The contest was sponsored by GPC-TV, our family of local channels, that airs on Channel 2 in many of our communities.  Students from schools across the state entered YouTube videos created by their high school sport teams that showcased their school spirit. The contest received nearly a dozen entries.  As first place winners, the school received $500. The funds were presented to the…
  • It’s Time for the Husker Spring Game Brought to You by BTN!

    GreatPlainsComm
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    If you aren’t one of the expected 60,000+ fans going to see the Husker spring game live, you can still catch every minute of action!  The game will be televised on BTN at 7pm CT as part of a full day of Big Ten spring game action.  Other games include Penn St. and Wisconsin (in case you want to check out the competition). If you want to watch the game in real time, you can see all the action on BTN2GO, BTN’s mobile service allows you to stream content on your tablet, phone or PC.  The game begins at 2pm CT this Saturday, April 12th.  If you haven’t signed up for BTN2GO,…
  • Three New Reasons to Keep Your Landline Phone

    GreatPlainsComm
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    1. It’s the best way to secure your home:  Many emergency systems demand a dependable landline connection to make the system work.  It is certainly necessary for many emergency alert pendants who use a wireless connection to a landline device to ensure that an emergency isn’t missed due to spotty cell reception.  When you have a critical health situation, you don’t want to worry about bad reception! 2. It’s the only way to work from home:  Working from home at least a few days a month is becoming more and more popular.  However, poor call quality makes you sound…
  • Give the Gift of Ease!

    GreatPlainsComm
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we invite you to get your mom or grandma the gift of an easy wireless Internet connection. From now until May 8th, register to win a tablet for your mom or grandma at www.gpcom.com/mom! Tablets have become increasingly popular with many older adults due to how easy it is to use.  It’s also easier than ever to setup a wireless network inside of a home.  Great Plains Communications, offers a full service setup of routers and wireless networks.   With a wireless network,  your mom or grandma can Face Time, see photos on…
 
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • How Much Do I Need to Plant to Feed My Family?

    Melissa
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    I was at a class at my Local Cooperative Extension Agency (if you don’t utilize your local cooperative extension agency you are missing out) and the agent started talking about estimated yields for vegetable plantings. My ears perked up because I always grapple with this every season… How much do I need to plant to feed my family? How many seeds/plants do I need to plant if I want to feed my family fresh produce during the growing season AND preserve enough to last the rest of the year. The chart below gives you a good idea of how much of each plant/seed you will need per…
  • February/March 2014 Issue

    Melissa
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    The post February/March 2014 Issue appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • December 2013/ January 2014 Issue

    Melissa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Download the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 issue of From Scratch magazine. This issue features information on making holiday decorations, holiday cookies, a how-to guide on creating an herbal first aid kit and more. The post December 2013/ January 2014 Issue appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • October/November 2013 Issue

    Melissa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Download the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of From Scratch magazine. This issue features information on fermenting foods, cheesemaking and an interview with survivalist Cody Lundin on his Off-the-Grid home. The post October/November 2013 Issue appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • August/September 2013 Issue

    Melissa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Download the Aug/Sept 2013 issue of From Scratch magazine. This issue features an interview with Dr. Pol, an interview with a North Carolina State University Permaculture designer and gardening tips to make your fall garden blossom. The post August/September 2013 Issue appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
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