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  • Hmong Community Honors Bill and Tina Richards

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    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
        Walnut Grove — Saturday afternoon the Southwest Minnesota Hmong Community held a special event called Resolution to Health Ceremony....
  • Challenges that Shaped the Center’s Character

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    Marie Powell
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 12:45pmIt’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt). Here's an article by Center Co-founder Marty Strange for a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter.What happens when you speak truth to power, which has been the Center’s habit over the years? You get whooped a lot. And you learn a lot. In 23 years with the Center, and since, I’ve had plenty of occasion to reflect on the challenges that have shaped the Center’s character. Here are a few thoughts about the lessons we’ve learned from facing those challenges. The battle is…
  • Rural economic development idea: tiny business villages

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    An empty lot, plus some garden sheds, plus some hard work, plus people equals the Tionesta Market Village. Photo courtesy of Forest County IDA/IDC.   When you bring together the idea of pop up (temporary) businesses with the tiny house movement, you get tiny business villages. They make great sense for small towns and rural places. Garden Sheds Turned Incubator: Tionesta Market Village Tionesta, Pennsylvania, (population 500) had a lot that was vacant for 10 years after a fire in the downtown, reader Julia McCray told me when she was with Forest County IDA/IDC. The Industrial Development…
  • From rural garage to great restaurant: The history and design of The Inn at Little Washington

    rural - Bing News
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    WASHINGTON – Thirty-seven years ago, D.C. native Patrick O’Connell was searching for an affordable space where he and his partner, Reinhardt Lynch, could open a restaurant in Virginia’s Shenandoah countryside. When an auto repair shop in the tiny ...
  • Immigration Linked to Rural Economic Gains

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    A new Daily Yonder study shows that rural counties with more immigrants also tend to be performing better economically. Rural America’s foreign-born residents may be moving to counties that have more jobs, but immigrants also create more economic opportunity when they get there, economists say. Roberto Gallardo/Daily Yonder. Data: 2012 Five-Year American Community Survey (ACS), Bureau of Economic AnalysisPer capita market income grew slowly but steadily in nonmetropolitan counties as the percentage of foreign-born residents increased. The relative size of the foreign-born…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Rural economic development idea: tiny business villages

    Becky McCray
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    An empty lot, plus some garden sheds, plus some hard work, plus people equals the Tionesta Market Village. Photo courtesy of Forest County IDA/IDC.   When you bring together the idea of pop up (temporary) businesses with the tiny house movement, you get tiny business villages. They make great sense for small towns and rural places. Garden Sheds Turned Incubator: Tionesta Market Village Tionesta, Pennsylvania, (population 500) had a lot that was vacant for 10 years after a fire in the downtown, reader Julia McCray told me when she was with Forest County IDA/IDC. The Industrial Development…
  • If the Brag Basket was art, it would include a self-portrait

    Small Biz Survival
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 17-19, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. It’s sort of a self-portrait of good news. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in…
  • Know What Your CUSTOMER Wants

    Glenn Muske
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Photo (CC) by One Way Stock, on Flickr Knowing what your customer wants is the base to building a successful business. Of course, you still must meet that need, let customers know you have what they want, and price it at a level that customers feel is acceptable. But the process begin with knowing the problem they are trying to solve. Market research is how to get the answer to this question. Small-business owners need to use market research. When doing so, they also need to remember that all customers are not the same and that desires change through time. Examining and understanding each…
  • Multiple email address actually make it easier to cut through your clogged inbox

    Becky McCray
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Having multiple email addresses might seem like it would make your email mess even worse. Actually, they can help. Here’s how. Photo (CC) by Glen Wright on Flickr.   I’ve got a new email technique to help those of you who get a crazy amount of email every day. It starts with a framework I’ve used before. Have your email sorted automatically, before you ever see it, into groups based on the frame of mind needed to act on it. Frame of mind might be “reading” for newsletters that are informative, or “act and reply immediately” for work items. The…
  • The Brag Basket is just hanging around waiting for your good news

    Small Biz Survival
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The Brag Basket is just hanging around, waiting for you to jump in and share your good news. It will take you good places when you do. Photo by Mazda Hewitt on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 10-12, 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…
 
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    rural - Bing News

  • From rural garage to great restaurant: The history and design of The Inn at Little Washington

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    WASHINGTON – Thirty-seven years ago, D.C. native Patrick O’Connell was searching for an affordable space where he and his partner, Reinhardt Lynch, could open a restaurant in Virginia’s Shenandoah countryside. When an auto repair shop in the tiny ...
  • Adansi Rural Bank makes more commitment in CSR

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The Adansi Rural Bank Limited at Fomena in the Adansi North District of Ashanti Region has renewed its commitment in corporate social responsibility. The Bank has offered educationalscholarshipto seven needy but brilliant students whose parents and ...
  • Government, IIT Join Hands for Centre on Rural Roads

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    BHUBANESWAR: To improve quality of rural roads in the State and efficiency of engineers engaged in the sector, Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar (IITBBS) will set up a Centre for Management, Training and Research on Rural Roads (CMTRRR).
  • Rural Electricfication: Agenda For Incoming Government

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In the course of the political campaigns leading to the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria, a lot was said by the All Progressives Congress (APC) about the power sector and plans to improve power generation, transmission and ...
  • Rural and maritime school

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    MANY of us are proud products of rural and maritime schools from primary level up to higher secondary. Indeed, in our own prestige stands proudly as an alumni of rural and maritime schools as those of other so-called elite Fiji school. All we want to ask ...
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • Immigration Linked to Rural Economic Gains

    editor
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    A new Daily Yonder study shows that rural counties with more immigrants also tend to be performing better economically. Rural America’s foreign-born residents may be moving to counties that have more jobs, but immigrants also create more economic opportunity when they get there, economists say. Roberto Gallardo/Daily Yonder. Data: 2012 Five-Year American Community Survey (ACS), Bureau of Economic AnalysisPer capita market income grew slowly but steadily in nonmetropolitan counties as the percentage of foreign-born residents increased. The relative size of the foreign-born…
  • Net Migration Is Behind Population Loss

    editor
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    More people are leaving nonmetropolitan counties than are moving there. A new chart from the Economic Research Service shows the trend is universal in nonmetropolitan counties, though there are some bright spots. USDA Economic Research ServiceIt seems like common sense to state that nonmetropolitan America is losing population because people are leaving. But there’s another reason populations fall – when the number of deaths in a county exceeds the number of births. This is called the natural increase or decrease. The other type of population change – migration –…
  • Roundup: Documenting Spanish Miners

    editor
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    Picturing Spanish Miners • Minnesota bill could scale back broadband funding • Why farm size matters • Women walk to protest fracking • Polling results from rural Illinois • Daily farm and government seizures • Appalachian Regional Commission to hold listening sessions Photo by Pierre Gonnord A miner in Asturias, Spain. In Europe, as in America, one could argue, coal is in a slow and agonizing decline. The number of Spanish mines has fallen by three quarters in the past 25 years, 160 to 40 now, and the loss of workers is even worse. Now, due to a recent European…
  • Viewfinder: Ryan Dorgan

    editor
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Ryan Dorgan began taking pictures during his sophomore year of college, when a camera literally showed up on his doorstep.  He’s now a photojournalist in Casper, Wyoming, where he spends much of his time taking pictures of the Wyoming landscape he remembers from a childhood road trip. All Photos by Ryan Dorgan Branding cattle Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Eagle Ridge Ranch outside Casper, Wyoming. Daily Yonder: Where did you grow up? Tell us a little bit about your background.Ryan Dorgan: I was born in South Bend, Ind., and grew up in a little town northeast of there called Granger,…
  • Job Loss Returns to Rural U.S.

    editor
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:16 am
    Nonmetropolitan counties lost 330,000 jobs from January 2014 to January 2015, reversing a year of economic improvement for rural America. In the same period, the rural labor force fell by half a million -- signaling the possibility of continued population loss. Source: Bill Bishop based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data Click the map to explore county-level jobs data. For most of the last year, the number of jobs in rural America kept increasing.That trend turned around in January, however. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that rural counties lost over 330,000 jobs between January 2014…
 
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  • For Pete's Sake

    Jon Bailey
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jon Bailey on April 20, 2015 - 12:00amThe Legislature recently voted to delay LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, until the 2016 session. While the bill is still alive, this means another year without access to health insurance for up to 77,000 Nebraskans, another year of health consequences that inaction will demand of them, and another year our rural hospitals are in financial jeopardy. What’s more discouraging is the absolute lack of a reasonable alternative plan to provide access to health insurance for these Nebraskans. Governor Ricketts has suggested two alternatives to the health…
  • Art of Listening Shapes this Phase of the Byway of Art Project

    Marie Powell
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 5:23pmWork is progressing on the Center for Rural Affairs “Byway of Art” project in four neighboring northeast Nebraska towns. The fun kicked off last fall with a series of Outdoor Living Rooms in the communities of Decatur, Lyons, Macy, and Oakland.The living room settings allowed community members to exchange ideas on their hopes, visions, wishes, and opinions for their towns. Adele Phillips, project leader, and visiting artist Matthew Mazotta have used what they learned to come up with ideas for a temporary art fabrication in each community.Lyons…
  • Be Smart: Technology Is the Key

    Juan Sandoval
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    By Juan Sandoval on April 16, 2015 - 4:48pmOn February 25, I conducted a workshop via Skype from Durham, North Carolina, to a crowd at the College Center in South Sioux City. The session was titled "Incorporating Technology in Your Business."How much do you know about technology? You can test your knowledge through a number of online quizzes. It turns out, the most knowledgeable are teenagers from 14 to 15 years old. They scored up to 113 points, exceeding the average of 100. Even more surprising, a 6 year old knows as much about technology as some people who are 45!Hispanics or Latinos…
  • Challenges that Shaped the Center’s Character

    Marie Powell
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 12:45pmIt’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt). Here's an article by Center Co-founder Marty Strange for a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter.What happens when you speak truth to power, which has been the Center’s habit over the years? You get whooped a lot. And you learn a lot. In 23 years with the Center, and since, I’ve had plenty of occasion to reflect on the challenges that have shaped the Center’s character. Here are a few thoughts about the lessons we’ve learned from facing those challenges. The battle is…
  • Standing in the Breach against Corporate Farming

    John Crabtree
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    By John Crabtree on April 15, 2015 - 6:32pmNorth Dakota was among the first states to prohibit corporate farming in 1932. Nebraska was among the last, when, by a 1982 vote of the people, the state enacted Initiative 300, a constitutional amendment against corporate farming.During the 50 years between North Dakota’s corporate farming law and Nebraska’s Initiative 300, most Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch states passed similar anti-corporate farming laws.Over the last three decades concerted, coordinated efforts by industrial agriculture interests eroded those victories. With the…
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Gigabit Internet Service Comes to Lake George

    Ann Treacy
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Great News from Paul Bunyan Communication… Gigabit Internet Service Comes to Lake George Close to 500 locations in Lake George area now have access to GigaZone services (Bemidji, MN) (April 20, 2015) – Gigabit Internet service has come to Lake George.  Paul Bunyan Communications has upgraded the communications network it has in the Lake George area making GigaZone services now available to close to 500 locations in an area that stretches from east of Lake George west to Itasca State Park and south towards Emmaville and Two Inlets. “The GigaZone provides Internet capabilities…
  • What’s going on with broadband at the Minnesota Legislature?

    Ann Treacy
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Feels like Friday was a month ago! The sun shone at least half the weekend. It’s a new day but we have some familiar battles. Some good news – broadband is back in the House budget. (Rural objections are credited with sway.) Some bad news – it’s only $8 million. Some detail – There are some changes to define unserved based on the FCC definition (25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads) and economic growth a priority objective. Now it’s time to look at the Senate. They have budgeted $17 million for the broadband fund and $250,000 (annual) for the Office of Broadband…
  • Blandin Foundation Letter in Star Tribune: State broadband cuts would hamper rural access to Internet

    Ann Treacy
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    I was pleased to see Kathy Annette’s letter to the editor in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the state of broadband at the State. Here is an abridged version… The world is not backing away from broadband investment, so why would Minnesota? Opportunity should not be limited by ZIP code. When it comes to broadband access, every community, every person, matters. Alice Topness matters. At age 77, Alice spends her mornings connected to other seniors via a virtual exercise class in Winona. Eddie matters. An aspiring coder at age 14, he shares his Ojibwe culture by creating mobile apps to inform…
  • Connected Nation Maps and Data – new Minnesota maps on the way

    Ann Treacy
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Here’s the word from the Office of Broadband Development: The Office of Broadband Development is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contract with Connected Nation to continue mapping broadband availability in Minnesota. Connected Nation is in the process of collecting data from providers in the state and updated maps should be available in June 2015. Information on broadband availability can be found at http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/maps-tests/index.jsp Updated information will also be posted at that location. I guess that’s the inspiration I need to finish…
  • Free webinar on $400 million Healthcare Connect Fund

    Ann Treacy
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A great chance to learn more… The Healthcare Connect Fund provides $400 million in funding for broadband network and access services to be used by rural healthcare facilities and consortiums. Rural broadband service providers are in a unique position to work with community stakeholders to secure this funding and provide broadband network and access services to them. Join Finley Engineering and Telecompetitor for an upcoming webinar, Healthcare Connect Fund: A $400M Opportunity, where we will outline this updated Universal Service Fund program and the opportunities it presents to rural…
 
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    The Rural Blog

  • Dropped calls continue to plague rural areas

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Dropped calls remain a problem in rural areas, Jim Spencer reports for the Star Tribune. From late September through early December of 2014, around 20 calls "about transfers of patients so sick or injured that they had to move from Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic in rural Minnesota to a more comprehensive care facility about 25 miles away in Mankato" didn't go through. The same problem has affected high school weather reports that didn't get to parents and students, clients of insurance companies who couldn't get through to their agents and business owners who said prospective customers…
  • States continue raising rural interstate speed limits; critics, advocates argue over safety issues

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    This year 10 states have taken up legislation to raise interstate speed limits—predominately in rural areas—and as of Friday, bills were pending in Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, Jenni Bergal reports for Stateline. Five states—Idaho, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming—have speed limits 80 mph or higher, and Nevada's bill would increase speeds to 80 mph in some areas.While advocates say drivers want to go faster and cars and roads are better equipped to handle higher speeds, critics disagree, saying increased speeds create more dangerous situations and…
  • Journalism professor offers tips for recording and selling news stories from a cell phone

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Now that many Americans own cell phones equipped with video cameras, private citizens who happen to be in the right place at the right time are shooting more news stories. But how should the video be shot, what should be done with it afterwards and what rights does the owner of the video have? These are all questions tackled by Richard Labunski, a professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky in a column for the Lexington Herald-Leader.Richard Labunski"Get an 'establishing' or wide shot first that shows the entire scene," Labunski writes.
  • Montana paper wins open-records request and exposes city money scheme

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    In January, the city sued The Billings Gazette for filing a public records request about the "potential mishandling of public money at a Montana landfill," Corey Hutchins reports for the Columbia Journalism Review.The city's support for the decision rested on a constitutional provision in Montana that gives citizens a right to privacy and the claim that giving the records to The Gazette could compromise the privacy rights of employees. The judge did not think it was a valid argument. Yellowstone County District Judge Mike Moses ruled that the city had improperly sued the newspaper and…
  • Rural counties with the most immigrants have the best economies, Daily Yonder study finds

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Rural counties with a higher rate of immigration have better economies than other rural counties, says a study commissioned by the Daily Yonder. The study found that poverty and unemployment rates were lower in rural counties with larger immigrant populations, while the average income was higher, Tim Marema reports for the Yonder.The study, which used data from the 2012 five-year American Community Survey along with data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, looked at each county's percentage of residents born outside the U.S., Marema writes. Counties…
 
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    Fantasy Gift Shoppe

  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

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

    Ayngel Boshemia
    12 Aug 2024 | 7:14 am
    EBOOK: The positive manual for abuse survivors by Ayngel "Boshemia" Overson After Post Traumatic Stress, comes Post Traumatic Growth... $4.99 "Sister, Survivor Finding Your Survivor Spirit" FULL COLOR PDF Special Edition With full color graphics by Elizabeth Alraune $4.99 http://payhip.com/b/yIjE "Sister, Survivor Finding Your Survivor Spirit"  ON KINDLE $4.99 http://www.amazon.com/
  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully tees

    Ayngel Boshemia
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Being dead doesn't mean you can't be cute, just ask Maully. One of the "survivors" of the zombie apocalypse. $34.95 Maully is still a romantic at heart... she's no stranger to heartbreak but that's okay, she has experience in mending them. More color and size choices available at Zazzle.com. Keywords: zombie love, zombies, broken heart, zombie doll, heart, emo, goth, undead, crazy,
  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully sweatshirt

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

  • Sesquicentennial of Surrender

    Doug Masson
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    As many of you know, upon the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, numerous citizens in the Southern States decided to commit treason in defense of slavery rather than abide by the democratic process. The citizens purported to have the Southern States secede – but large numbers of individuals in the Southern States (notably black people) were not consulted about whether those Southern states should remain part of the United States. In any event, despite their boastful assertions about the relative martial prowess as between northerners and southerners, the Southern rebels were to learn…
  • School Funding Debate Continues

    Doug Masson
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Kris Turner, writing for the Indy Star, has an article about this year’s school funding contained in the budget bill, HB 1001, which will be considered by the Senate appropriations committee. Two of the most important components of determining how much funding a school corporation gets from the state are the base / foundation amount and the complexity index amount. The base amount is what all schools get on a per pupil basis. The complexity index is tied to poverty in the district out of recognition of the additional challenges they face. An earlier article in the Indy Star describes it…
  • R.I.P. Jason Perkins

    Doug Masson
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I got the news that Jason Perkins, a friend of mine, died unexpectedly. We had not been all that close recently, but I spent a good bit of the summer of 1988 tooling around Wayne County in his black Ford EXP. He was warm-hearted, rye, and funny. And a little bit unpredictable. I was an inveterate rule follower and probably needed a little unpredictability about then. Man, that was a good summer. I think I met him when he was an assistant of some sort for the teacher of a science class I was in. I don’t think he’d been around town for very long at that point. We were both sarcastic…
  • RFRA Fix

    Doug Masson
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    The “fix” is in. (I say “fix” because I believe that for many supporters of SB 101, it was less an issue of unintended consequences and more an issue of getting their hands caught in the cookie jar.) SB 50 is apparently being gutted and replaced with language that will amend the newly created IC 34-13-9. Here is my first impression. As you may recall, SB 101 created IC 34-13-9 and stated that government could not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion. Exercise of religion was defined fairly broadly and the burden did not have to be central to the…
  • Fighting Unreality with Reality

    Doug Masson
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    As I’ve mentioned before, I see this RFRA debate as mostly divorced from reality. There is a proxy war aspect to this whole thing. At some level, the dynamics at play reminded me of the Simpsons episode where, after a random bear sighting, Springfield panics and invests heavily in defenses against bears. Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm. Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, Dad. Homer: Thank you, dear. Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away. Homer: Oh, how does it work? Lisa: It doesn’t work. Homer: Uh-huh. Lisa: It’s…
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  • For Pete's Sake

    Jon Bailey
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jon Bailey on April 20, 2015 - 12:00amThe Legislature recently voted to delay LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, until the 2016 session. While the bill is still alive, this means another year without access to health insurance for up to 77,000 Nebraskans, another year of health consequences that inaction will demand of them, and another year our rural hospitals are in financial jeopardy. What’s more discouraging is the absolute lack of a reasonable alternative plan to provide access to health insurance for these Nebraskans. Governor Ricketts has suggested two alternatives to the health…
  • Art of Listening Shapes this Phase of the Byway of Art Project

    Marie Powell
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 5:23pmWork is progressing on the Center for Rural Affairs “Byway of Art” project in four neighboring northeast Nebraska towns. The fun kicked off last fall with a series of Outdoor Living Rooms in the communities of Decatur, Lyons, Macy, and Oakland.The living room settings allowed community members to exchange ideas on their hopes, visions, wishes, and opinions for their towns. Adele Phillips, project leader, and visiting artist Matthew Mazotta have used what they learned to come up with ideas for a temporary art fabrication in each community.Lyons…
  • Be Smart: Technology Is the Key

    Juan Sandoval
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    By Juan Sandoval on April 16, 2015 - 4:48pmOn February 25, I conducted a workshop via Skype from Durham, North Carolina, to a crowd at the College Center in South Sioux City. The session was titled "Incorporating Technology in Your Business."How much do you know about technology? You can test your knowledge through a number of online quizzes. It turns out, the most knowledgeable are teenagers from 14 to 15 years old. They scored up to 113 points, exceeding the average of 100. Even more surprising, a 6 year old knows as much about technology as some people who are 45!Hispanics or Latinos…
  • Challenges that Shaped the Center’s Character

    Marie Powell
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 12:45pmIt’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt). Here's an article by Center Co-founder Marty Strange for a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter.What happens when you speak truth to power, which has been the Center’s habit over the years? You get whooped a lot. And you learn a lot. In 23 years with the Center, and since, I’ve had plenty of occasion to reflect on the challenges that have shaped the Center’s character. Here are a few thoughts about the lessons we’ve learned from facing those challenges. The battle is…
  • Standing in the Breach against Corporate Farming

    John Crabtree
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    By John Crabtree on April 15, 2015 - 6:32pmNorth Dakota was among the first states to prohibit corporate farming in 1932. Nebraska was among the last, when, by a 1982 vote of the people, the state enacted Initiative 300, a constitutional amendment against corporate farming.During the 50 years between North Dakota’s corporate farming law and Nebraska’s Initiative 300, most Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch states passed similar anti-corporate farming laws.Over the last three decades concerted, coordinated efforts by industrial agriculture interests eroded those victories. With the…
 
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    Bringing Home the Bacon

  • Who needs a haircut? Claude' is BACK!

    Holly Michael
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Ladies, hold on to your blinged out boots, international pig clipping man of mystery, Claude'**, is back in town just in time to lend his expertise in the lead-up to our annual pig auction. I can't believe its been five years since we first revealed our affiliation with Claude'. We had been trying to keep his participation in our pig grooming process a secret, but due to his fame and popularity, it was difficult to keep from including him here.Over the years, Claude' has been particularly camera shy.It's understandable, due to the enormous recognition he has in the pig grooming…
  • The World's Stupidest Cat

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

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

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

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

  • Loan Repayment Practice Sites, 2008-15

    jeich
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    HPLAP Placement map 2008-2015.pdf HPLAP Placement map 2008-2015.pdf Content Type: MapCategory: AccessLegislative/PolicyRural Provider AccessAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsDental ProvidersHospitalsMed ProvidersPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: A map showing the practice sites for Loan Repayment awardees in Wisconsin, from 2008-14.  The sites are colored by number of placements, to indicate when more than one award was granted in the same site.  
  • 2015 Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training

    mlradtke
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Website URL: http://nosorh.org/grant-writing-institute/To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.grantsfundingContent Type: WebinarWorkshop/TrainingCategory: Community DevelopmentEducation/TrainingPerformance ImprovementAuthor: mlradtkeAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesHospitalsPublic HealthDescription: Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, acquire additional writing experience, and more. Participants will benefit from learning about a range of approaches to grant writing from…
  • The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook

    mlradtke
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    2014-rural-urban-chartbook.pdf 2014-rural-urban-chartbook.pdf Content Type: Data/StatisticsReport/StudyCategory: AccessChronic DiseaseMental HealthOral HealthPublic HealthAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesDental ProvidersEMSHospitalsMed ProvidersMental HealthPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: The Chartbook presents information on population demographics, health-related behaviors and risk factors, age-specific and cause-specific mortality, access to care, health insurance coverage, mental health, and other health-related topics for US residents across…
  • Rural Healthcare Safety Net – Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District

    mlradtke
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    HealthcareFacilitiesDist7.pdf HealthcareFacilitiesDist7.pdf To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.CAHsprospective payment systemsfederally-qualified health centersCritical Access HospitalsContent Type: MapCategory: Rural Health ClinicsAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsCommunitiesHospitalsMed ProvidersPolicy MakersDescription: Map depicting healthcare facilities in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.   Date: February 2015
  • Health Professional Shortage Areas – Primary Care

    mlradtke
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    HPSA–Primary Care-2014.pdf HPSA–Primary Care-2014.pdf To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.primary careaccessHPSAHPLAPContent Type: MapCategory: AccessPublic HealthRural Provider AccessAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsMed ProvidersPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: A map of the shortage areas for Primary Care Health Professionals in Wisconsin.
 
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • Don’t Forget Administrative Professionals’ Day Next Week

    GreatPlainsComm
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Left: Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque WilkinsNot Pictured: Nina Stewart, Deb Riker Next Wednesday, April 22 is Administrative Professionals’ Day and Great Plains Communications would like to give a well-deserved “Thank you” to all of our Administrative Professionals. These women include Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque Wilkins, not pictured: Nina Stewart and Deb Riker. They are the glue that holds our company together, invaluable members of our team and we appreciate all that they do. Behind every successful team, there is an efficient Administrative Professional. Again,…
  • Call Before you Dig this Spring

    GreatPlainsComm
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Have you started opening up the windows yet? Are you just itching to get outside and start your spring projects? Before your shovel hits the dirt, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline. Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new bushes around the fence. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. This could be the install of a new fence, putting in an underground pool or planting a new tree. The…
  • BTN Bringing you the Spring Game this Saturday

    GreatPlainsComm
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=SG&linkID=huskers If you aren’t planning on being in Memorial Stadium this Saturday, don’t worry about missing the big Husker spring game. You can still catch every minute of the action with BTN and BTN2GO. The game will be televised on BTN at 1pm CT this Saturday, April 11, and don’t forget about streaming the game on your tablet or phone through BTN2GO. If you aren’t currently taking advantage of BTN2GO, don’t worry, there is still time to sign-up before Saturday! All you have to do is sign-up with Great…
  • COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015

    GreatPlainsComm
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    COMPTEL PLUS is produced by COMPTEL, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings, as well as the development and deployment of next-generation IP-based networks and advanced services utilizing fiber, copper and wireless facilities. The conference is held twice a year, providing attendees the opportunity to network and learn about the latest industry trends and…
  • Throwback Thursday: Forgotten Easter Television Specials

    GreatPlainsComm
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    1. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974) Leave it to Charlie Brown and friends to take part in the colorful traditions of Easter, such as painting Easter eggs and having an egg hunt. In case you forgot, Linus is determined to believe in the Easter beagle, as Snoopy tries to fill the role for him. 2. The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town (1977) Continuing the love for Fred Astaire’s Claymation mail-carrier character from Santa Clause Is Comin’ to Town, this movie provided answers to the many letters sent in to the Easter Bunny. From there the story begins, and you are later left…
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    Homesteading Today

  • Living in the country ~ Best rural places to live

    Alice Benny
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    There are so many different ways of life that it is hard to imagine one that is dramatically different from your own. In this article we will discuss living in the country and best rural places to live. Then there is the popular topic of homesteading, including declaration of homestead and homesteading skills to be […] The post Living in the country ~ Best rural places to live appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Badland Winches and Trailer Tongues for Your Vehicle

    Alice Benny
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    With safety always being a priority, we have put together information on two products for your vehicles, depending on your situation. It is not surprising to have off-road vehicles get stuck in the mud or some challenging terrain regardless of their tough mechanisms and dynamic designs meant for such situations. This is when Badland winches would […] The post Badland Winches and Trailer Tongues for Your Vehicle appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Homesteading for Beginners Making a Living Homesteading

    Alice Benny
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    For those in the environmentally aware circles, there is a term that is making a comeback of sorts albeit in a slightly different meaning than was originally intended. That term is homesteading. Homesteading was originally a US government legislation that gave away free land to people who took large tracts of rural land and then […] The post Homesteading for Beginners Making a Living Homesteading appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Prepping gives you options on the road adventure

    ghead
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Trekking is not only a fun activity which can be done alone or in a group to enjoy some adventure; it is a great option to work out to keep healthy while sighting beautiful scenes along the way. Prepping gives you options on the road…  Planning an on the road adventure for a good trek […] The post Prepping gives you options on the road adventure appeared first on Homesteading Today.
  • Review of the Best Survival Knives So You Can Survive

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There are numerous survival knives available on the market. It can be confusing for you to select the best one. And now that you’ve read our Survival Knife Buyers Guide So You Survive Extreme Environments, if you haven’t click here survival knife. Here is a review of the best survival knives you can buy: 1.  KA-BAR […] The post Review of the Best Survival Knives So You Can Survive appeared first on Homesteading Today.
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Hard Times

    Steven Jones
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
    There are some songs that have the ability to conjure memories or feelings. Artists who write songs that paint a picture of life’s lived long before ours. Gillian Welch has that gift and I just had to share. The post Hard Times appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • The Spring Issue of From Scratch is here!

    Steven Jones
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Check out the latest issue of From Scratch Magazine. The post The Spring Issue of From Scratch is here! appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • The Herbal Homestead Free Classes

    Steven Jones
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Register for these upcoming webinars from The Herbal Homestead. The post The Herbal Homestead Free Classes appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • From Scratch Magazine April/May 2015 Issue

    Steven Jones
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Download the April/May 2015 Issue of From Scratch Magazine. Once you download the issue you can right click on the document and click save as and save it to whatever folder on your computer that you would like.  The post From Scratch Magazine April/May 2015 Issue appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • Handmade Easter’s on its way!

    Melissa
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:56 am
    Easter is on its way. Little girls in pretty dresses, big family dinners, Easter egg hunts and church services. Spring may begin in March, but for me Easter has always been the true beginning of the season of renewal. Please enjoy these amazing homemade Easter ideas that you can incorporate into your holiday. Living, Loving, Farming had the neatest idea of using eggshells as candle holders. Blessed with lots of eggs from their free range chickens – an egg shell candle just seemed like a great Easter craft. These candles are not only easy to make but they are a fab addition to any Easter…
 
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