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Today Aunt Jeanette writes: I am a naturally optimistic person and it doesn’t take much to ‘make my day’. As we were leaving for church Sunday, I hurriedly glanced out at the shop and saw what I thought were cornhusks that had blown on top of this antique wheel. I remember thinking, “Well, the wind will blow them right back …

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Trapped!

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A few weeks ago, the Lion’s Club held their annual Holbrook auction. It was a HUGE gathering with thousands of items for auction ranging from cattle panels to coins to furniture. About any treasure you wanted to find could be found there. I’ve been to auctions before but never bid on anything. When the festivities began at 9:30, I put …

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Building Blocks

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Today, Aunt Jeanette writes: Last Friday was one of those days when Mother Nature was loudly and clearly saying, “I AM IN CHARGE HERE AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!” Just to prove her point, she threw in a few snowflakes that afternoon. We woke up to temperatures in the 20s. But wait, it gets worse! It’s now …

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Do you get your 3-a-day?

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My family is a dairy kind of family. We go through at least three gallons of milk per week, cheese slices, string cheese, shredded cheese, sour cream, yogurt cups, Greek yogurt, “squeeze yogurt”, “drink yogurt” – you name it! I don’t keep ice cream in the house because I work from home and can tell you exactly who would consume …

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Celebrating the Years

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Ah, the torture of family get-togethers! I say that with a laugh for a couple of reasons: 1) I know my grandparents will be reading this, and, 2) because I could only wish for those moments for my own family. A few of my childhood memories center around music and family celebrations. I remember, vividly, playing from memory “Fur Elise” …

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Hold Onto Your Hat!

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I’ve done a lot of traveling in my day, but never spent much time in Chicago – “The Windy City” – other than a quick layover in O’Hare. I have, however, spent many, many years in Nebraska. When I moved back home after living in Denver for two years, I recall thinking, “I don’t remember Nebraska being this windy!” But …

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The Great American Wheat Harvest film will make its television premiere on WQPT (Quad Citiies PBS) on Feb. 3 at 7:00PM. The True Source Honey Certification Program applauds special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for the announcement that they have seized significant amounts of illegal honey in …

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broadhead announces significant additions to its creative department: Amanda Ward, Laura Coyle, Lauren Eggert, Angie Grossman; and Chris Strohmeyer has been promoted. Potato D.C. Fly-In Registration Rates Increase and Room Block Expires This Week – Act Now! Verdesian Life Sciences has named two international crop health industry veterans to manage the company’s product development and marketing in the Asia/Pacific and …

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Into the Icebox

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I’ve written before about ice hooks: In the early 1900s, folks would use this tool to “harvest” blocks of ice from ponds, wrap them in straw or sawdust to keep the ice as long as possible, and store them in an insulated building. They’d later pop one of those blocks in the icebox to keep food from spoiling … this …

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Mahindra USA announces the opening of its new Midwest Authorized Distribution Center in mid-February 2015 that will serve a six state area to meet the increasing demand for Mahindra products. FMC Agricultural Solutions has promoted Bob West to strategic accounts manager. NEW short-term findings from a study by Dr. David Katz and his colleagues at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center …

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