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Small business development is important in rural areas of our nation, where access to employment opportunities are limited and where jobs pay less.

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It's sweet corn time again! Paul brought me some sweet corn last Friday. It was yummy albeit a little underdeveloped. He said it should be ready to harvest and freeze by this weekend. Besides morel mushrooms, I really look forward to fresh sweet corn. Rocky Ruhnke has a de-silker and Paul ha…

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A friend of mine recently asked when my family truly begins to enjoy summer. She asked this well-meaning question to help her figure out when we get to enjoy some rest and relaxation during the summer months. She has observed my family for many years and has recognized that while many others…

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The extremely hot weather we have had recently not only interferes with flower pollination but also can affect how quickly fruit matures. The best temperature for tomato growth and fruit development is 85 to 90F. When temperatures exceed 100 degrees, the plant goes into survival mode and con…

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Dorothy Wright stopped in for a visit today and shared some wonderful historical treasures. One of the most notable treasures from 1988, a now 32-year-old fair shopper advertisement. The 1988 advertisement is brilliantly kept aside from the slight discoloration occurring on the pages. Fillin…

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Since being sworn in to represent the people of Eastern Kansas, I have focused on addressing our ever-growing national deficit and combating the left’s outlandish spending habits. While I have been working to protect your hard-earned income from funding the costly and ineffective policies be…

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Food insecurity, or the lack of consistent access to enough food, is not something that is top of my mind very often. It probably should be, but it just isn’t. I have enough food, actually more than enough, and given the frantic pace of my life I often neglect to give a second thought to tho…