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Restoring connections, one petal at a time

Feb. 19, 2020 11:00 AM EST

GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) — Flowers have been scientifically shown to bring a lasting smile while also helping to relieve anxiety. "Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy," said Dr. Haviland-Jones, a professor of psychology at Rutgers. "Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we...

Ohio family tackles challenge of large-scale dairy farming

Feb. 17, 2020 9:34 AM EST

SUGARCREEK, Ohio (AP) — One in a series of stories about the future of the dairy industry from Farm and Dairy newspaper. ___ Go big or go out of business. That was Sonny Perdue’s message to dairy farmers last fall at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. Or at least that’s how the message was...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 photo, community members attend a monthly supper in the gym at Endeavor Elementary School in Endeavor, Wis. The intent of the gatherings on the last Wednesday of each month is about civility, community and togetherness. And, for the past six years, organizers of what is billed as the Sharing Supper believe their efforts have gone a long way in making this Marquette County village just north of Portage a better place to live. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Free meal connects community, promotes civility in Endeavor

Feb. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

ENDEAVOR, Wis. (AP) — The draw can be spaghetti, brats, chicken-and-dumplings soup, ham and scalloped potatoes. On this night it was 200 Salisbury steaks, 60 pounds of mashed potatoes, “a big ole pot” of gravy, 13 pounds of corn and dozens of dinner rolls with cake for dessert. Young and old...

From field to loom: Woman continues custom of weaving thread

Feb. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EST

TROY, Ala. (AP) — If Shirley Blankenship had been born around the 1820s, she would have been in her element. Blankenship has always appreciated the pioneer way of doing things. So, it was natural that the Pioneer of Museum of Alabama became her home away from home. A museum volunteer, the late Alice...

Smuggled elk poses a mystery for Montana wildlife officials

Feb. 15, 2020 10:21 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — It reads like a forensic crime drama - and in a very real sense it is. A Montana game warden learns of an unusual elk shot along the Rocky Mountain Front. The animal has physical peculiarities unlike anything the department has seen before. Genetic testing reveals that the young...

Virginia farmhouse has weathered storms for over 200 years

Feb. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EST

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — The white farmhouse with its massive chimneys and wraparound porch is a landmark on U.S. 460 in Bedford with a stunning view of the Peaks of Otter stretching out behind it. Named Sunnyside, the plantation home has stood since 1791, surviving generations of threats, from Indian attacks...

Cheese maker plans to bring milk back to Kensington

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A good cheese can reflect the nationality of its maker. Yoav Perry’s approach to cheese-making manifests the American melting-pot ideal, blending ingredients and techniques from traditional cheeses around the world to create something original: a bloomy rind cheese with enzymes...

In this Jan. 28, 2020 photo, Joana Friesz walks by a ewe and lamb inside one of the barns used by Friesz to protect the newborn from the harsh winter elements north of New Salem, N.D. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

New Salem sheep rancher is dyed in the wool

Feb. 15, 2020 1:01 AM EST

NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) — Joana Friesz is busy this time of year. From late January to early February, lambing is underway for the New Salem area rancher and her family. Friesz knows her stuff. She grew up with sheep and has raised the animals since 1976, starting with 4-H and FFA projects and building into...

Lisa Tynes chats Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, on her front porch as her handiwork, the

Should locals forfeit rural ways to address city flooding?

Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DARLINGTON, La. (AP) — Hunter Tynes says he's looking for a third donkey to run with the 35 head of cattle on his 100 acres off a lonely stretch of highway in western St. Helena Parish. The donkeys fight off marauding nighttime coyotes that come after his cattle, which were nibbling in the rye grass...

South Bend teacher keeps art of traditional weaving alive

Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Melvenea Hodges knows that many African-Americans who migrated to northern cities like South Bend did so to get away from the cotton boll and what it represented. Generations of our ancestors were forced to cultivate those fluffy white orbs in the fields of southern states during...