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  • How do you say no to donation requests?

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    Small business supports many community activities, but no business can support them all. Photo by Becky McCray.   Over on our Facebook page, Michelle K. Sholund asked: “Hey! I have an issue I want to propose. I am an owner of a small business – a gift shop that happens to handmake our own candles in the shop – in Maryland. We are getting bombarded with requests for donations anywhere from 2-5 a day for church silent auctions, charity fundraisers, fraternities, PTA, etc. The requests come in all directions – private messages via Facebook, email and the wonderful…
  • Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

    rural - Bing News
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated ...
  • iVantage Health Analytics® Supports First Rural Medicine Hackathon

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    iVantage will participate in the nation’s first rural medicine hackathon scheduled for March 20-22, 2015 in Missoula, Montana. The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership is collaborating with students at MIT Hacking Medicine to host Montana’s first live Medicine H@ckathon event in 2015.
  • Report: Network Bans not Insurmountable

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    State restrictions on public broadband networks don’t necessarily mean your community can’t build its own public network, says community broadband organizer Craig Settles. But the laws do create unnecessary, and sometimes impossible, hurdles.  Institute for Local Self RelianceRed areas denote 19 states with restrictions on publicly owned broadband networks. Craig Settles, author of “How to Navigate, Mitigate or Eliminate the Impacts of State Restrictions on Public Broadband” also includes California and Iowa in the list, for a total of 21 states. For an…
  • Business Planning, Marketing, Technology Top Small Business Training List

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    Monica Braun
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    By Monica Braun on March 2, 2015 - 4:25pmDo you feel enhanced learning in the air? Could be the Women’s Business Center’s trainings taking place across the state. You’re sure to find a session to fit your needs, either in-person or online.Two Business Plan Basics five-week sessions are underway in Hartington and Minden. Participants range from start-up entities to business transition opportunities, retail, service, storefront, and home-based.We’ve also sponsored several Marketing Seminars presented by Dave Buchholz of David & Associates. Dave discusses basic marketing principles…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • How do you say no to donation requests?

    Becky McCray
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    Small business supports many community activities, but no business can support them all. Photo by Becky McCray.   Over on our Facebook page, Michelle K. Sholund asked: “Hey! I have an issue I want to propose. I am an owner of a small business – a gift shop that happens to handmake our own candles in the shop – in Maryland. We are getting bombarded with requests for donations anywhere from 2-5 a day for church silent auctions, charity fundraisers, fraternities, PTA, etc. The requests come in all directions – private messages via Facebook, email and the wonderful…
  • Tips for Running Your Home-based Businesses

    Glenn Muske
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    Photo (CC) by LPHR Group, on Flickr More people have a home-based business than you might think. On average, one of every 10 households is operating one or more home-based businesses. In rural areas, that number is often higher.  And these numbers typically do not take into account farm and ranch operations which, by most definitions, would be considered a home-based business. Home-based businesses are nothing new. If you think about it, our country’s economic system was based nearly entirely on home-based businesses in its early years and in the frontier areas of our country. Today the…
  • Your weekly appointment with your business

    Becky McCray
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Today, you have unprecedented support available to help you build and improve your business and to survive any economic conditions. No matter how small a town or isolated an area you live in, internet access connects you to astounding resources. You can read advice from experts, including those in your own field. You can connect personally with mentors, consultants, and many other types of support online directly and through social networks. You can access in-depth guides, ebooks and college courses on any small business issue, some for free, others for an affordable price. All that’s…
  • Finding Your Startup Funding

    Glenn Muske
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Photo (CC) OTA Photos, on Flickr Starting a business means a need for money to help pay for a variety of things from registration fees to getting the store ready for customers to buying initial inventory. Potential business owners often struggle to find those first dollars. Asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request. While there may be some small grants, these are not common and the bottom line is that the business owner needs to have funds available to invest in his or her business idea. So how does the business owner get the cash he or she needs? Bootstrapping…
  • Help for small towns with no streetlights

    Becky McCray
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:18 am
    How can you attract customers if it’s really dark downtown? Photo by Julien on Flickr.   The number one complaint I hear about small town businesses is limited shopping hours. In our busy world, people want to shop in evenings and on weekends, but small town businesses tend to be closed then. When we talked about this in my newsletter group, Nora wrote back with an important stumbling block: it’s dark. Really dark. Nora owns a store, the anchor for their three-block downtown area. She closes at 5 pm because there are no streetlights. Without streetlights, it’s much too…
 
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  • Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated ...
  • Murder that killed a rural idyll

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Well over two months since Naushir (80) and Nargis Irani (70) were killed in their farmhouse here, Kotim village near Vangaon in Dahanu, 150 km from Mumbai, is still wary. In the quaint village, walking on a rocky narrow path just off the cemented main ...
  • Rural St Andrew health centres get J$12-m renovation

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is currently spending approximately J$12 million, provided by the National Health Fund (NHF), to renovate the Padmore and Red Hills Health Centres in rural St Andrew. The Ministry of ...
  • Investing in Rural Kids Is an Investment in Our Future

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    State Director Vernita F. Dore, and Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs at the Latta Groundbreaking. The schoolchildren pictured above will be the first class in the new pre-kindergarten through second-grade ...
  • Rural areas provide fertile ground for crops and for priestly vocations

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    A freshly plowed field is seen in 2013 on a farm in St. Leo, Kan. It’s about two hours southwest of the Diocese of Salina where half of its priests grew up in small parishes and several seminarians are from rural parishes. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn ...
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  • iVantage Health Analytics® Supports First Rural Medicine Hackathon

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    iVantage will participate in the nation’s first rural medicine hackathon scheduled for March 20-22, 2015 in Missoula, Montana. The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership is collaborating with students at MIT Hacking Medicine to host Montana’s first live Medicine H@ckathon event in 2015.
  • Rural rights campaign to be launched in Dorchester

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    A PLEA for better funding for rural areas will go out at the launch of a campaign in Dorchester.
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    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    PAPAR: More rural schools in Sabah achieved full passes in last year’s Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) than their urban counterparts.
  • Increased rural spend to boost FMCG sales

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Consumer product companies have reason to cheer after the announcement of the Budget. At a time when the noise levels over reining in welfare expenditure were getting louder, the Budget has increased allocation for the MGNREGA to Rs 34,699 crore from the current Rs 34,000 crore
  • Liberia: Rural Women Rising Beyond Ebola Virus Disease

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    [FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The National Rural Women structure under the auspices of the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Joint Program on Accelerating Progress Towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP-RWEE) holds a three-day Rural Women conference under the theme: "Rural Women Rising Beyond Ebola: Agriculture, the Way forward."
 
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • Report: Network Bans not Insurmountable

    editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    State restrictions on public broadband networks don’t necessarily mean your community can’t build its own public network, says community broadband organizer Craig Settles. But the laws do create unnecessary, and sometimes impossible, hurdles.  Institute for Local Self RelianceRed areas denote 19 states with restrictions on publicly owned broadband networks. Craig Settles, author of “How to Navigate, Mitigate or Eliminate the Impacts of State Restrictions on Public Broadband” also includes California and Iowa in the list, for a total of 21 states. For an…
  • Roundup: Fighting Right-to-Farm Bills

    editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Right-to-farm language called 'misleading' • Explaining a 116% default rate • Rural teenage girls more likely to have asthma and depression • Flipping the corporate farm trend? • Insurance coverage areas can be unfair to rural, study says • Investing in cage-free eggs Photo by KOMUNEWS Former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at a Missouri’s Food for America event in Columbia, Missouri. “Right-to-farm” initiatives are in the news this week. In Indiana, the state Senate turned down a proposal that would have put…
  • Editor's Note: The Universal Need for Speed

    editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Rural communities lag in broadband access, but it’s easy to forget they aren't alone in their need to improve Internet connectivity.  Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, center, holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel at the beginning of today's FCC meeting in Washington, DC.The three voted in favor of exerting FCC authority to address state laws proscribing public networks. They also voted in favor of open-Internet rules. For years, we’ve heard rural leaders discuss the…
  • Speak Your Piece: Warming Up

    editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    In the countryside, winter may not defeat you. But it will teach the value of a strategic retreat. Come inside and warm up for a minute – the snow will wait. Photo by Shawn Poynter Howard Kirkpatrick shovels snow off the walkway to his home in Reidsville, North Carolina. The poet Wallace Stevens wrote about something he called the “Mind of Winter.” But for an agrarian like me, winter begins at the feet.Numb feet serve as a natural governor of my Protestant work ethic and my tendency to “overdo it,” as my father (a farmer-overdoer if ever there was one) always…
  • Black Population Grows at Faster Rate

    editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The nation’s population growth rate is down, and the size of the rural population is in decline. But the African American population has experienced growth in metro American and in most categories of rural counties. While the overall rural population has been in decline for the last three years, the African American population has grown in much of rural America over the same period, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.The chart above tells the story.It shows the population growth (or decline) by percentage for the overall population (the black column) and for the African…
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  • Business Planning, Marketing, Technology Top Small Business Training List

    Monica Braun
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    By Monica Braun on March 2, 2015 - 4:25pmDo you feel enhanced learning in the air? Could be the Women’s Business Center’s trainings taking place across the state. You’re sure to find a session to fit your needs, either in-person or online.Two Business Plan Basics five-week sessions are underway in Hartington and Minden. Participants range from start-up entities to business transition opportunities, retail, service, storefront, and home-based.We’ve also sponsored several Marketing Seminars presented by Dave Buchholz of David & Associates. Dave discusses basic marketing principles…
  • Grants to Help You Save Money with Renewable Energy

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 2, 2015 - 3:43pmAre you interested in using renewable energy on your farm, or managing energy use to save money? The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants for energy auditing and renewable energy projects to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. REAP is offering training webinars to help interested applicants make the best use of the program.The first REAP Round-up tackled Energy Efficiency Improvements. It was held on February 18. We expect a webinar recording to be available soon, though it hasn't appeared yet. Here…
  • A Quarter Century Serving Rural Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Reynolds
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on February 27, 2015 - 8:54amThe Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (REAP) began in January of 1990. As a REAP client, friend, partner, colleague, or a lover of small towns and rural communities, you have a lot to celebrate too during our 25th anniversary year.REAP is respected nationally as an outstanding microenterprise development program. We’re one of the largest rural microenterprise development programs in the country. As the first microenterprise development program in Nebraska, we set a tone for excellence that continues today.
  • 5 Reasons Rural Nebraska Needs the Medicaid Redesign Act

    Jon Bailey
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    By Jon Bailey on February 26, 2015 - 10:52amThe Medicaid Redesign Act, LB 472, is critical for rural Nebraska. It’s intended to provide low-income working Nebraskans with health insurance. LB 472 would create a Nebraska-specific plan for cost-effective health care for the coverage gap population of about 54,000. It would create a Medicaid Redesign Task Force of members of the Nebraska Legislature and the executive branch to review the state’s Medicaid program and provide recommendations to improve quality, to innovate the program and to save costs.Here are five reasons why rural Nebraska…
  • March Event Dedicated to Growing Women Entrepreneurs

    Monica Braun
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    By Monica Braun on February 25, 2015 - 4:47pmTo help celebrate Women’s History Month, we've planned a day of insights, inspiration, and personal growth. Together with the US Small Business Administration, our REAP Women’s Business Center will host speakers designed to inspire and offer down-to-earth advice for women to start or grow a small business.The Women Entrepreneurs Conference is scheduled for March 18 from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the YWCA of Grand Island, Nebraska, located at 211 East Fonner Park Road. To kick things off, Patricia Brown-Dixon and Rebecca Greenwald, both with the…
 
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Technology is changing School Buses – Ideas worth replicating

    Ann Treacy
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    I ran into two stories of how bus riding is better now thanks to technology. Both ideas are elegant in their simplicity and the quality of life benefits make them worth exploring. First – Mille Lacs County-Wi-Fi on School Buses Mille Lacs County is a Blandin Broadband Community. One of their successful projects, was putting Wi-Fi on the school buses. Here’s the story, cogged from one of their final reports… In 2012, Milaca Public Schools was looking into the viability of adding wireless access routers to a small number of District school buses. The year prior, the school rolled out…
  • Kandiyohi County Broadband 2014 Update: 14 percent broadband coverage – but plenty of interest

    Ann Treacy
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    For the upcoming weeks I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Kandiyohi County stacked up: Household Density: 19.4 Number of Households: 16,732 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 13.18% Percentage serviced (with mobile): 57.47% Kandiyohi was one of the original MIRC (Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities) partners. One of the projects I remember most was a local partnership with PCs for People…
  • Kanabec County Broadband 2014 Update: less than 30 percent broadband coverage

    Ann Treacy
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    For the upcoming weeks I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Kanabec County stacked up: Household Density: 12 Number of Households: 6,413 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 28.54% Percentage serviced (with mobile): 68.78% I have spent time in Kanabec. I did some e-marketing training with local businesses. The business owners are hard-working and willing to block out a whole weekend to building a…
  • Jackson County Broadband 2014 Update: FTTH but not ubiquitous

    Ann Treacy
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    For the upcoming weeks I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Jackson County stacked up: Household Density: 6.1 Number of Households: 4,429 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 68.78% Percentage serviced (with mobile): 68.78% Jackson County has been thinking about fiber since at least 2009, when several cities and townships in the County decided to invest in looking at fiber options. They are part…
  • MN Broadband Fund Award: A closer look around Otter Tail County

    Ann Treacy
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Almost $20 million in state grants have gone to 17 communities in Minnesota to expand broadband and make the case to legislators (and the general public) that such investments are wise and have a valuable Return on Investment. I wanted to delve into each project a bit to help us follow the money as it gets deployed. (See other awardee posts.) Otter Tail Telcom, Stuart Lake. Awarded $105,364 to expand existing infrastructure to bring fiber-to-the-home service to 47 unserved locations, including 46 homes and one business near Stuart Lake, just north of State Highway 210 and east of Fergus Falls…
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  • Powerful Republican contributor Bruce Rastetter is the man behind the Iowa Agricultural Summit

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Bruce RastetterOne of the first big summits for Republican presidential hopefuls will occur on Saturday at the inaugural Iowa Agricultural Summit. The man behind the summit is Bruce Rastetter, who has not so quietly emerged as one of the biggest—and most powerful—donors of the state's Republican party, Mike Kilen reports for The Des Moines Register. The agribusiness entrepreneur and president of the Iowa Board of Regents has given more than $1.1 million in state political contributions since 2003 and has a close personal relationship with Republican Gov. Terry Branstard."Rastetter's name…
  • Sunlight Foundation wins request for feds to release data not previously available

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    In a major win for freedom of the press and open government, the Sunlight Foundation last month won a request from December 2013 for access to agency Enterprise Data Inventories, which are "comprehensive lists of a federal agency’s information holdings, providing an unprecedented view into data held internally across the government," Matthew Rumsey, Sean Vitka and John Wonderlich report for Sunlight Foundation. The information, released on Saturday, includes data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency, Sunlight Foundation…
  • How eight small Michigan towns won ballot measures to legalize marijuana

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    How did pro-marijuana advocates help eight small towns in Michigan win primary and general election measures to legalize marijuana? By thinking small in order to get big results, reports CQ Roll Call. It requires 250,000 signatures to get a statewide referendum on the ballot at an estimated cost of $1 million in campaign financing. "Advocates say that statewide support in Michigan, which is home to nearly 10 million people, needs to poll close to 60 percent to attract well-financed backers. And those polling numbers, they say, are simply not there yet," hovering around 50 percent. So,…
  • Virginia Tech research center studying bears; state is home to 17,000 black bears

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    No matter where you are in Virginia, you're in bear country. Virginia is home to 17,000 black bears, found in nearly every county in the state, Tonia Moxley reports for The Roanoke Times. Because black bears live for about 25 years in the wild and females produce one to four cubs every other year, it's not uncommon to see bears in residential areas. From September 2013 to September 2014 the Virginia Wildlife Hotline received 8,485 calls, 1,437 of them—17 percent—for black bears. (Times photo by Matt Gentry: A tranquilized black bear is weighed at Virginia Tech’s Bear Research…
  • Battle brewing in North Carolina over governor-backed package that benefits urban businesses

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    The rural-urban gap in North Carolina has been growing in recent years, with the majority of state funds for new businesses going to companies that build in urban areas, Gary Robertson reports for The Associated Press. As a result, a high percentage of new jobs are in the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas. That has helped those areas grow to representing 20 percent of the state's population, which has helped them gain a stronghold in the state legislature. But because a large number of Republican rural lawmakers won elections in 2014, tides could be turning. Rural lawmakers are questioning…
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  • Food: The Swiss Raclette At Gedney Farm -- Food Section -- News

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    By Lisa Green I am not a skier. But I can dine like one, and fortunately, the good folks at Gedney Farm in New Marlboro require no ski lift ticket to enjoy the “après ski” Sunday night Swiss raclette. The raclette refers to both the semi-hard cheese and the dish traditionally served in Switzerland. Last Sunday was a blessedly balmy day, but after experiencing the raclette — warm Alpine cheese, baguette, small potatoes, pickled vegetables and a good French wine — I would brave sub-zero temps to share this candlelit repast with my honey. Tucked away in the cozy corner table in the…
  • Searching For The Moon: Amber Chand’s Heroine’s Journey -- Arts Section -- Theater

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Photo by Karen Schiltz By Amy Krzanik Not just anyone can pull off a one-woman show. You need to have the talent to write one and the energy to perform it, as well as a story interesting enough to hold an audience’s attention. None of these were problems for global entrepreneur and storyteller Amber Chand. Her one-woman show, Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey, which she’ll perform on Saturday, February 28 at Six Depot Café in West Stockbridge, is full of energy, introspection and moving personal narratives. The two-hour performance, told in 10-15 minute vignettes, will touch…
  • Planting The Seeds Of Spring -- Style Section -- Garden

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The following is a regular column that addresses basic issues facing the ever-inquisitive back- and front-yard toiler, proffered by someone who knows best; one of the master gardeners from the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Brian Cruey. We’re so close to spring, can you feel it? No? Me neither. But it’s coming, rest assured. Even if it’s only just a day on the calendar for us folks here in the RI region, March 20 is the official first day of spring and it will be here before you know it. It’s time to warm up those green thumbs and get your head back into the growing game.
  • Recipe: Maple Vanilla Pudding -- Food Section -- Recipes

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Twice a month, Berkshire County native Alana Chernila, mother of two, and author of the cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making (Clarkson Potter), contributes a thoughtful and heartfelt essay/recipe created exclusively for Rural Intelligence readers. Her first cookbook has achieved top-seller status, and Chernila has a new one in the works, titled “The Homemade Kitchen,” due out this year. It’s a cruel trick to stick the first day of Spring right there in the nest of March. It’s almost as if Spring would really come, truly, when the calendar…
  • And The Oscar Goes To…BIFF! -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    Rachel Louchen reports from Pittsfield. Berkshire residents were offered the red carpet treatment, not unlike the celebrities at the Dolby Theater, when the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) hosted an Academy Awards party at the Beacon Cinema on Sunday, February 22. Guests dressed to impress on the red carpet, stopped to pose for professional photos and then enjoyed the live telecast on the big screen from the theater’s very comfortable seats. They also had the opportunity to fill out ballots predicting the evening’s big winners for a chance at a gift basket (they were divided…
 
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  • Custom installation is central to a quality Denver home theater experience.

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
        westbrook — Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign and the Feinstein Foundation is gearing up for another successful drive. The work done by the local food shelf is a testament to the area peoples generous donations. ...
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  • Walnut Grove Area Foundation held awards banquet

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
        Walnut Grove — It was a fun event with Foundation supporters enjoying a catered meal of roast beef with all the trimmings. In addition to the dinner, master of ceremonies Dave Hemp presented grant awards for a total of $13,885 to 10 local organizations. Among them were: Mica...
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  • Establishing Triangle P Cattle Company

    17 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    How we decided to start our own business on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hcn/most-recent/~4/Z94mJ-GfNJ0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • How cold can it get in the Grand Canyon? Real cold

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
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  • Decent landowners

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
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  • Chainsaw diplomacy

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    In southern Utah’s Escalante watershed, a river restoration group tries to cut through old cultural barriers.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hcn/most-recent/~4/r4elr6qqlQY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • How deep is your love?

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
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  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

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

    Ayngel Boshemia
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  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully tees

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

    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

  • In the name of compromise, lawmakers recklessly allow the continued threat of self-service liquor displays

    Doug Masson
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The other day, I proposed a compromise to my wife.* (*Fiction: may not have happened). “Oh?” she says. “I’ll unload the dishwasher 50% of the time,” I offer magnanimously. “You should be doing that anyway,” she observes. “And, in return,” I continue, unfazed, “every day you’ll drive to Delphi and back.” “Why would you want me to drive to Delphi and back?” she asks, perplexed. “Compromise!” says I. In unrelated news, the Sunday liquor sales bill died without passing the House. Rep. Dermody declined…
  • House votes down pro-HPV vaccination bill

    Doug Masson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The House voted down 44-51 a bill that would have set a goal to increase HPV vaccination rates among Indiana teenagers. The opposition seems to be a mix of anti-vaxxer and pro-abstinence sentiment. Research suggests that the vaccine isn’t any more dangerous than vaccines generally and that getting the vaccine doesn’t increase sexual activity.
  • A Corporation is a shield except when it’s not

    Doug Masson
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Initial disclaimer: two different courts, a different legal scenario, and I think the Indiana Court of Appeals probably got it right here. In Meridian North Investments v. Sondhi, decided today, Meridian North was the landlord and Sondhi-Biggs Orthodonics was the tenant. Dr. Sondhi, owner of Sondhi-Biggs, signed the lease on behalf of Sondhi-Biggs. Later, he slipped on some ice and fell, allegedly because Meridian North was negligent in maintaining the premises. The lease contained exculpatory clauses where the tenant said it wouldn’t hold the landlord liable for negligently maintaining…
  • SB 101: “Religious Freedom Restoration”

    Doug Masson
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Senator Kruse’s SB 101 passed out of committee and is now eligible for second reading. It has been designated “religious freedom restoration.” It seems to track the federal law with the same name but generally, as the synopsis says, it: Prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering…
  • SB 95 – Retroactively Killing 15 Year Old Lawsuit

    Doug Masson
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    Sen. Tomes is carrying SB 95 which has an effective date retroactive to August 26, 1999. (h/t Indiana Law Blog). That’s so long ago that I was employed by the General Assembly at the time. And I haven’t worked there for a long, long time. The intent is to kill a specific lawsuit that has been around for all those years. The background is that the City of Gary filed suit in September 1999 against various gun manufacturers on various theories. The suit has been allowed to proceed under the theory that, if the allegations were proven as true, they “are sufficient to allege an…
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    high hopes gardens

  • February 16, 2015 – Claire to Paris for Climate Talks

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

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

    highhopesgardens
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    After weeks of gruelling early morning and after school practices – along with 2 a days over Christmas break, swim season is a wrap. Wearing the gear on the deck. A mass of swimmers at the conference swim meet. Martin doing his favorite event, the 100 breaststroke. He also swam the 50 freestyle. Can’t say I blame to woman who can’t bear to look at all the hairless males surrounding her!
  • January 7, 2015 – Many Looks of Martin

    highhopesgardens
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Martin has been the young man of many looks. The formal for a band concert. A curly head of hair produced without benefit of artificial curling technology. The head after months of swim practice and pink dye. Bozo anyone? Finally, all gone, ready for final swim meet of the year.
  • October 26, 2014 – Senior Recital

    highhopesgardens
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Went to a wonderful Senior recital this afternoon. Eliza knocked it out with a combination of classical opera and show tunes. All topped off with a bit of playfullness.
 
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    News

  • Business Planning, Marketing, Technology Top Small Business Training List

    Monica Braun
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    By Monica Braun on March 2, 2015 - 4:25pmDo you feel enhanced learning in the air? Could be the Women’s Business Center’s trainings taking place across the state. You’re sure to find a session to fit your needs, either in-person or online.Two Business Plan Basics five-week sessions are underway in Hartington and Minden. Participants range from start-up entities to business transition opportunities, retail, service, storefront, and home-based.We’ve also sponsored several Marketing Seminars presented by Dave Buchholz of David & Associates. Dave discusses basic marketing principles…
  • Grants to Help You Save Money with Renewable Energy

    Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 2, 2015 - 3:43pmAre you interested in using renewable energy on your farm, or managing energy use to save money? The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants for energy auditing and renewable energy projects to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. REAP is offering training webinars to help interested applicants make the best use of the program.The first REAP Round-up tackled Energy Efficiency Improvements. It was held on February 18. We expect a webinar recording to be available soon, though it hasn't appeared yet. Here…
  • A Quarter Century Serving Rural Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Reynolds
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    By Jeff Reynolds on February 27, 2015 - 8:54amThe Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (REAP) began in January of 1990. As a REAP client, friend, partner, colleague, or a lover of small towns and rural communities, you have a lot to celebrate too during our 25th anniversary year.REAP is respected nationally as an outstanding microenterprise development program. We’re one of the largest rural microenterprise development programs in the country. As the first microenterprise development program in Nebraska, we set a tone for excellence that continues today.
  • 5 Reasons Rural Nebraska Needs the Medicaid Redesign Act

    Jon Bailey
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    By Jon Bailey on February 26, 2015 - 10:52amThe Medicaid Redesign Act, LB 472, is critical for rural Nebraska. It’s intended to provide low-income working Nebraskans with health insurance. LB 472 would create a Nebraska-specific plan for cost-effective health care for the coverage gap population of about 54,000. It would create a Medicaid Redesign Task Force of members of the Nebraska Legislature and the executive branch to review the state’s Medicaid program and provide recommendations to improve quality, to innovate the program and to save costs.Here are five reasons why rural Nebraska…
  • March Event Dedicated to Growing Women Entrepreneurs

    Monica Braun
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    By Monica Braun on February 25, 2015 - 4:47pmTo help celebrate Women’s History Month, we've planned a day of insights, inspiration, and personal growth. Together with the US Small Business Administration, our REAP Women’s Business Center will host speakers designed to inspire and offer down-to-earth advice for women to start or grow a small business.The Women Entrepreneurs Conference is scheduled for March 18 from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the YWCA of Grand Island, Nebraska, located at 211 East Fonner Park Road. To kick things off, Patricia Brown-Dixon and Rebecca Greenwald, both with the…
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    Bringing Home the Bacon

  • Guy Reads

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

    Holly Michael
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    With a corn cob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of pig poop.
  • Helping with Harvest

    Holly Michael
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    We are wrapping up harvest on the farm.Morgan and her cousin were excited to help gather up some of the corn left in the field.
  • The Valley Recap: You Owe Me Big Time (S1:E8)

    Holly Michael
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Welcome back to the FINALE! If you missed my previous recaps of The Valley, be sure to check them out.The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show: Everyone has something to prove. So what’s your story?The cast includes:Ally –  Sings on stageChris – Surprisingly bad at Wipe-OutStephanie – Makes up with AllyDonald –  Spits someAlexys –  Exchanges gifts with AllyNathan – UnderestimatesLast episode, Stephanie and Donald flirted at The Beach Waterpark, the cool white kids went to the Dayton Mall, Alexys talked about being bullied in high school.Theme song :…
  • The Valley Recap: “This is Never Going to Matter” (S1:E7)

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

  • 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.
  • Health Professional Shortage Areas – Mental Health Care

    jeich
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    HPSA-Mental Health Care-2014.pdf HPSA-Mental Health Care-2014.pdf To find similar items in the Library, click on the tags below.mental healthaccessHPSAHPLAPContent Type: MapCategory: AccessMental HealthPublic HealthRural Provider AccessAuthor: pblackAudience: ClinicsMed ProvidersMental HealthPolicy MakersPublic HealthDescription: A map of the shortage areas for Mental Health Professionals in Wisconsin.  
 
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    The Appleton Blog

  • Penzeys Spices: One of My Favorite Shops in Appleton

    Jeff Lindsay
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    As a foodie, I can't live without lots of spices. Some of the highest quality spices and some of the best prices can be found at Penzeys Spices near the Fox River Mall at 710 North Casoloma Drive, close to SAP, Carmella's, and Fava Tea. Open 9:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 5:00 on Saturday and 11:00 to 5:00 on Sunday. I recommend both their straight spices and their mixes, such as Arizona Spice and Maharajah Curry (the king of curries, but fairly expensive). If you didn't know that there are distinct differences in varieties of cinnamon, be sure to compare Ceylon Cinnamon with…
  • Major Chinese Culture Event in the Fox Valley: Shen Yun at the PAC, March 4-5, 2015

    Jeff Lindsay
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    A major Chinese cultural event is coming to the Fox Valley. Shen Yun, a highly acclaimed dance troupe offering "5,000 years of Chinese culture in one night," will perform at Appleton's Performing Arts Center on March 3rd and 4th. I'm disappointed that I'll be back in China soon and won't be here for that event. I've seen a lot of great Chinese cultural events in China, I'll admit, but the Shen Yun event looks really interesting with some classical Chinese elements and terrific talent.
  • Jillian Rae Performs Dec. 31 at The Source Public House in Menasha

    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Source Public House in Menasha, an establishment noted for high-quality food, will host a performance of a talented Midwest performers, Jillian Rae, on Dec. 31 at 9:30 PM. See JillianRaeMusic.com to learn more about Jillian and hear her some of her music such as "Heartbeat." The music videos are also fun. She's also on iTunes, of course.The Source Public House is at 890 Lake Park Road, Menasha, not far from Lake Winnebago. Phone: 920-830-2050. Jillian Rae will be performing with Dead Horses. The performance is free, but they are accepting donations to show your appreciation.Jillian Rae is…
  • Summer in Appleton--Wishful Thinking as the Polar Vortex Nears

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the coldness of winter coming soon (yes, I'm bracing for my December return to the Valley!), I'd like to share a few summer memories of Appleton, one of the best places on earth to be in the summer. And still pretty great even in winter.First up is Appleton's downtown summer concerts and other public events. Lots of free entertainment comes to the streets and parks of Appleton in the warmer parts of the year. Here are two photos from a summer concert at Houdini Square.Summer also makes me think of the Fox River, known especially for its ability to flow in the summer, while its icy winter…
  • Aug. 15 Book Signing Party for Lee Mothes of Kaukauna, One of Wisconsin's Leading Artists

    Jeff Lindsay
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    If you were at Appleton's magnificent annual Art in the Park event a few days ago, you might have encountered Lee Mothes, one of Wisconsin's leading artists. His website is OceansAndDreams.com, where you can see many of his works, including some from his highly acclaimed creation of New Island, an imaginary 12,000-square-mile island that has been illustrated in detail by Lee.I'm happy to report that at Appleton's Art in the Park 2014, Lee Mothes was the winner of one of the top 3 prizes, the Best 2D Work for his paintings. You can read the news and see a photo of the happy winners at the…
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • Tech Home – Keep Your Technology Secure

    GreatPlainsComm
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Living in a world of technology has made it easy for us to stay connected. We have friends, businesses and online information all at our fingertips. Our lives have become a constant stream of emails and newsfeeds connected between multiple devices. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure you understand just where those connections are going and make sure they are all protected, with a new service called Tech Home. The program provides world-class security for all your devices, home and on the go, with web security and antivirus systems. Gone away is the worry of lost files when your…
  • Where is your Bandwidth Going?

    GreatPlainsComm
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Complaints of slow or poor Internet service are becoming increasingly prevalent in our technology driven society. Files are taking too long to download, videos keep buffering and the refresh button just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on the disappearance of your bandwidth, and help you see where it could be going. For starters, how does bandwidth work? Bandwidth measures how much information an Internet connection can move at a given time. That is why, when you have a large amount of bandwidth available, you will experience a…
  • Don’t Forget to Bundle!

    GreatPlainsComm
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
      Stop waiting around for each of your bills, to start your monthly budget. Bundle with Great Plains Communications and experience the convenience of just one bill a month. Get High-Speed Internet, Cable Television and Local & Long Distance Telephone services while saving up to 40%. It’s as simple as choosing the combination of services that best fits your family’s needs and enjoying unity, choice and value with your new bundle. Our bundle plans offer you special, low-cost pricing and just a single monthly bill through one company. One company means one relationship, one bill and…
  • 2015 Winter Premieres

    GreatPlainsComm
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Winter premieres have been in full swing since the New Year, with shows such as Togetherness, Galavant and Fresh off the Boat. Great Plains Communications has highlighted a few that will be starting this March and are worth keeping an eye out for. Secrets and Lies Starting March 1, 2015 on ABC, Secrets and Lies starts the story about the murder of a young boy and the mysteries of a suburban community where the boy lived and died. The show takes you through a complicated look at Ryan Phillippe’s Ben Crawford as he starts as the Good Samaritan but quickly becomes Juliette Lewis’ prime…
  • Valentine’s Day Throwback Thursday

    GreatPlainsComm
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Who was St. Valentine? When did romance first become associated with the holiday? How many Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually? Great Plains Communications is teaming up with the History Channel to provide some answers on the questions of the holiday. Valentine’s Day is about finding love in all the people in your life, which means your friends, children or coworkers. No matter how you spend the day, know that Great Plains Communications appreciates you as a customer and we want to celebrate you this Valentine’s Day. The post Valentine’s Day Throwback Thursday appeared first…
 
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • Herbal Academy of New England Promo Code

    Steven Jones
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Of all the things I personally enjoy – Herbs and Herbal medicine are at the top of the list. I spend early spring dreaming and planning my herb garden. I love utilizing herbal medicine and remedies in my every day life. I love learning about the different plants and being able to recognize them in the wild. It’s a whole new world. One that can be a little intimidating to enter. I have been reading books and studying on my own for years. But I felt like something was missing. I needed a mentor. Some kind of organized learning. So, I started attending conferences like the South East…
  • Hugelkultur: Funny word, great idea

    Steven Jones
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
      Editor’s note: This story and photos are by Cassie Langstraat and a version originally appeared in the latest issue of From Scratch. Chances are if you are involved in the modern homesteading world, you have heard the term permaculturefloating around. Chances are if youve heard that word, youve heard of hugelkulturas well. Besides being a ridiculously funny word to try to pronounce, the term hugelkultur holds world-changing importance to modern gardeners. So, whats so darn great about it then? I think it comes down to one thing: water. With a hugelkultur bed, you can eliminate…
  • Happy Anniversary to Popcorn!

    Steven Jones
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    You may have missed it, but Feb. 22 was the supposed anniversary of the introduction of popcorn to Europeans, according to the popular NPR segment, the Writer’s Almanac. The story, (which is apocryphal) goes that a member of the Wampanoag tribe offered popcorn as a peace token to English colonists during negotiations. According to the Popcorn Board, (Don’t you love that we live in a world that has a Popcorn Board?) the oldest ears of popcorn were found in 1948 and ‘50 in the Bat Cave of New Mexico. Tests showed the cobs were 4,000 years old. While it may be early to start thinking…
  • Top 10 Modern Homesteader Bloggers of 2014

    Steven Jones
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So many people from all over the country share their experiences and homesteading know how on blogs for us to enjoy and use their expertise to make our own homesteads a little bit better. We are so honored and humbled to present to you the 2014 Top 10 Modern Homestead Bloggers. We received hundreds of entries. And it was so difficult to narrow it down to just 10 (that is why we have an entire honorable mentions section that will be showcasing later). Here you have it – the Top 10 Modern Homestead Bloggers of 2014. Please take a moment and visit these amazing blogs, learn…
  • Freeze drying is a great option for preserving food

    Steven Jones
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Photo from Harvest Right If there’s one word you don’t want to hear about right now, it’s “freezing.” But with Spring coming up, sooner than you may believe, and an expected harvest of fresh fruits and veggies, hopefully you will wind up with a massive surplus that leaves you wondering what you’re going to do with all your veggies. Of course you can eat them immediately, but, if you’re like us, you’ll wind up with a so much food that you can’t possibly eat it all. You’ll have to come up with some way of putting your food up for a rainy day. If you’re trying to live…
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