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RURAL LIFE

"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
Every walk with Nova is a new adventure and provides me with not only cardio exercise, but also training in patience and sometimes, resistance work.
With a solid business plan, hard work and enthusiasm, agritourism can be an option to stay on a farm and create added income, all while providing others a connection to agriculture.
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.

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Knowing that it soon will be gardening season has helped get me through the ice, snow, rain, hail and wind that has been the reality of the past two weeks of northern Plains living.
"I think this one could have been way worse, for a number of reasons."
"I respect differences and diversity. I celebrate modern agriculture, close to home and those farming far from the fields I know."
Our firstborn was two weeks old during Blizzard Hannah and a month old during the historic Flood of 1997.
Katie Pinke's ag advocacy approach changed over the past years when she observed more divisive voices in agriculture pitting one form of agriculture against another, rather than building up unifying voices.
Hardest hit areas will be rural, according to the study of burnout and stress induced by pressures faced by treatment providers during 2020 and 2021.

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"When it comes down to it, all planting right now feels very 'prospective.' Something will go into the ground, but we don't know when and we don't completely know what. We're at the mercy of the weather, and we know well enough that we don't know what that will look like."
"I left the state FBLA conference reminded of the importance of showing gratitude, even when your words don’t come out as planned."
Paramedics are often the most highly skilled medical providers on emergency response crews, and their presence can make a lifesaving difference in rural areas where health services are scarce. But paramedics are hard to come by, and a long-standing workforce shortage has been exacerbated by turnover and resignations related to pandemic burnout.

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