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Hispanic Festival in Delaware celebrates culture, resilience

Sep. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — People danced in the streets and watched from their doorsteps as passing parade floats serenaded Wilmington’s majority-Hispanic Hilltop neighborhood last Sunday with the booming tunes of bachata and reggaetón. Many donned capes made of flags...

New owners bring back a historic Virginia inn

Sep. 18, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Shannon Magenheimer has become the princess she always dreamed about. As a child on trips to the county seat from the family farm in Longshop, Magenheimer said she would imagine a magical life in The Oaks mansion, long a centerpiece of the...

At new UI dining hall, 1,000s of students eat in style

Sep. 18, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — If the University of Illinois is going to make one of the largest dining halls in the nation, it better have some school spirit. Maybe some Block I pasta? Sure enough, one of the creative flairs that made it into the $73.5 million expansion of the...

Madison establishment keeps dogs, owners in good spirits

Sep. 18, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Liam was quite happy and so were his owners. The 5-year-old husky mix bounded about with his newfound friends while his owners, Richard and Ashley Weber, nursed a pair of IPAs. Nearby, Hazel, a lab/shepherd mix fetched a tennis...

Event highlights South Carolina agriculture, culinary talent

Sep. 18, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

WARD, S.C. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in South Carolina agriculture were on the guest list last Sunday evening in Saluda County, with Aiken-based Jason Tufts putting his culinary creativity into action as a participant in the South Carolina Chef Ambassadors program. ...

After humble beginnings, Oregon's Dutch Bros launches IPO

Sep. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After humble beginnings as a pushcart operation in an Oregon town and growing into a company with hundreds of drive-thru coffee shops, Dutch Bros Coffee launched an initial public offering Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The offering drew an...

Kernza crop part of Minnesota farmers' eco-friendly lineup

Sep. 13, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Don Wyse has long been an evangelist for perennial crops. The University of Minnesota professor, who leads the U of M Forever Green Initiative, now thinks the potential of those crops is beginning to be realized. “It took us 30 years to get to...

New Mexico cattle ranchers pummeled by western drought

Sep. 12, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Sen. Pat Woods saw a lot of it over this past year — cows culled from a herd and sent to the slaughterhouse because their owners couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. “It was awfully dry,” said the longtime rancher and Republican...

How beach plums became a sweet tradition in coastal Delaware

Sep. 11, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy darts through the sand around his home near the Indian River Inlet. He looks over his shoulder at the woman following him with a small woven basket and beckons her to follow. Just moments before, this little boy watched as Krista...

North Dakota man has 2 decades of experience selling melons

Sep. 11, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Charles “Chuck” Weiser has been supplying farmers market customers with homegrown melons for more than 50 years. One of the original organizers of the Minot Farmers Market, Weiser continues to sell watermelon, muskmelon and sometimes squash at the...