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Livestock producers who sustained disaster losses urged to file application for relief before Oct. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take…

NASS Crop Progress: Corn, soybean progress well ahead of last year

There were 5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Aug. 31. Statewide, temperatures averaged 80 degrees, which is 4.4 degrees above normal. Rain averaged 0.66 inches statewide. Topsoil…

Village idiot: Fresh-picked sweet corn sounds innocent, but beneath it lurks the hidden shame of addiction

By Jim Mullen Hello, my name is Jim and I married a corn junkie. Demon corn has turned the woman I love into a picky eater who will do anything…

Jo’s Jottings: Kiwanis to sponsor golf tournament

By Jo Ellen Dale Richmond Kiwanis Club held two meetings last Tuesday, one at noon and one at 6 p.m. One of the main topics was the golf tournament to…

Jason: If a candidate says ‘fore’ too often, he or she clearly doesn’t deserve four more years

By Jason Offutt The radio made me angry. Well, not the radio itself. It’s a nice radio, tucked under the kitchen cabinet to keep me company while I cook. I…

Editor’s Note: Racial Profiling

The cartoon we ran in Monday’s paper was controversial (and highly opinionated), but wasn’t chosen to reflect on local law enforcement. It was tied to the unfortunate situation in Ferguson,…

USDA predicting decline in farm income

By Kristofer Husted, Harvest Public Media Farmers can anticipate a sharp drop in income this year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, the…

Negro League’s Monarchs played games here against amateur teams

By Linda Emley A few years ago, the mayor of Swanwick told me that the great baseball player, Satchel Paige, played a game there. Some of you might wonder where Swanwick…

Jason: A can of beer even the author wouldn’t touch

By Jason Offutt Long Prairie, Minn., is an innocuous little town. With a Coborn’s grocery store, a Dairy Queen  and bowling alley, it’s probably like most other hamlets in the…

Letter: Governor’s tug of war with legislators over budget impacts Ray library services

To the Editor: In June, Governor Jay Nixon made the decision to withhold all state funding public libraries receive: State Aid and REAL (Remote Electronic Access for Libraries) appropriations. The…