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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…

Kids will love these

What kid doesn’t love cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets?  Surprise them with these bacon cheeseburger balls and chicken dippers for supper tonight, or make them for your next football party. –…

Outlaw Days schedule of events

2014 Outlaw Days Schedule of Events 7:30 a.m. – Registration of 5K and 2-mile walk, in front of Hometown Pizza 8 a.m. – 5K and 2-mile walk, in front of Hometown Pizza,…