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One-Dish Wonder

One-Dish Wonder

Bowls: A fun way to keep meal options healthy Schedules are staring to gain momentum again, so that means we're often looking for meals that are fairly quick and easy to prepare. Bowls have been the rage for several years and continue to be one way the entire family...

Caring for Community

Caring for Community

When the call for help comes, Black River answers When Madison County Health Department Administrator Becky Hunt received the call from her Regional Implementation Team led by the Butler County Health Department, Becky’s own department immediately organized a massive...

Feather Light

Feather Light

Hollister woman paints with a gentle touch Her brush looks like one most people would throw away, with its scarce long bristles pinched into the metal base. To use it would be a bit like painting with a blade of grass, but for Tina Richards, it’s perfect for the tiny...

It’s all for the kids

It’s all for the kids

It was one of those sunny days this past month when I decided my kids should learn how to ride a bike. After a couple of scraped knees, a few tears and one very tired dad, I realized learning to ride a bike takes more than 15 minutes. I gave up and spent the next...

Sharing the land

Sharing the land

Guests escape to the past at Von Holten Ranch He wanted to get back to the family farm established by his great-grandfather, Heinrich Von Holten, in 1906. She wanted to return to her country roots. That’s what led David and Brandy Von Holten to leave their jobs, sell...

Flower Power

Flower Power

Fresh bouquets keep business blooming in Clarence Inherited objects are wonderful keepsakes. Pam Stenger inherited a shared appreciation of something from her grandmother decades ago. Today she shares that passion with others in a beautiful way. “As a child, I used to...

Melodies of Prayer

Melodies of Prayer

Solitude and peace found at abbey in Gower It’s 10:40 a.m. and the Sisters quietly enter the chapel wing a few at a time, kneeling briefly before taking their seats in the choir stalls. Some whisper prayers, rosary beads in hand, while others silently read passages in...

The Happy Bookers

The Happy Bookers

by Jack Wax Fun and friendships keep this book club going If anyone thinks book clubs are quiet, somber groups, they haven’t met the Happy Bookers of Linn. Although the eight current members of the club are more reliable than GPS devices for finding the nearest...

Round It Up

Round It Up

Operation Round Up helps those in need People helping people is a rural way of life. That’s especially true when the chips are down and someone needs help getting back on their feet. Electric cooperatives have found a unique way to leverage the hundreds of thousands...

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