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Pear harvest, harvesting winter squash

Pears should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. They should be picked while still firm and ripened after harvest. Tree-ripened fruits are often of poor quality because of…

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Minister Speaks – Peace: A true blessing from our Lord

The text in 2 Samuel 7:29 portrays King David who comes to the Lord asking Him to bless his household. Can I suggest that readers to pause a little bit…

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Back-to-school communication

The excitement that students have as they begin a new school year is contagious. Yes, even those high school students act like they are not excited, but it is mostly…

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How to crush those last 10 lbs

Got a frustrating few pounds left? You’ve been on point with your fitness, getting in your workouts and eating cleaner than ever before. Initially the weight fell off, and it…

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Older adults and shingles

Shingles causes a painful, blistering skin rash. Your risk of shingles increases as you get older. If you are 60 years of age or older, the Centers for Disease Control…

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What’s on the mind?

Blue-Green Algae — The recent rains, may help eliminate the problem for a while. If you suspect you are having this problem, do the at home jar test. If the…

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Strawberries and grass cultivars

An abundant strawberry crop doesn’t “just happen!” It takes effort to make sure the bed is well taken care, weeds are kept at bay, and diseases are monitored to determine…

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Champion 4-H fair winners share recipes

It has become a yearly tradition that after each fair I share with you the recipes of the Overall Champion and Overall Reserve Champion food products. This is year is…

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Keeping it local

Many of us “older” people have great memories of the “good old days.” My mom and dad were school teachers with four children, which led to living on a tight…

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Save on back-to-school

Submitted by Andrea Aker Back-to-school spending is cutting more deeply into family budgets than ever before. In fact, the National Retail Foundation expects parents to shell out $83.6 billion this…

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Champion recipes from Nemaha County Fair

Thanks to Deb Henry, Meadowlark District 4-H program manager at the Seneca office, for providing this winning 4-H recipe from the Nemaha County Fair. Kortney Plattner, a nine-year member, will…

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Pricing standing corn

It’s one of those calls you don’t want to get: “How much is droughty corn worth for silage?” Unfortunately, the spotty rains have meant crop failure for some and cheap…

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Minister Speaks: Finding God through suffering

Pastor William Willimon tells a story about visiting a woman in his church who had just given birth. When he got there, the husband and wife were waiting for the…

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Crabgrass control

Isn’t it great when even just a little rain really greens up the lawn? Especially after a period of hot, dry weather? Only then do you take a closer look…

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Wild Times: If you will kindly recall …

 I never used to pay too much attention to the various firearm manufacturers recall notices that would occasionally appear in my hunting magazines. It was not a wise decision on…

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