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The gift of death


“I’ve been hearing good things about Taco Bell lately,” my daughter said casually after I asked her what we should get for lunch. 

The Book Nook

Transcending Space and Time

“The Vanished Birds” by Simon Jimenez is a beautifully written debut novel with a central theme of human connections.  While classified as science fiction, there’s a strong emphasis on people making heart-wrenching decisions with time and space playing integral roles.

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Complex Characters in Slow Suspense

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People Ride Horses Again!


My seven-year-old daughter came home and told me she had a crush on someone at school. She added that a different classmate had a crush on her. The situation, she explained, was quite complicated. 

Three days later, she walked up to me and said, “Dad, I have a question: What’s a crush?”

Letters to the editor

Institutional Pillars of Black Earth


The institutional pillars of the Black Earth Community are those organizations with major contributions of time from volunteers, which provide services to residents, businesses and non-governmental organizations, as well as to visitors to our community. 

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A life that is your own...


“[W]e must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default. We are at risk, without quite fully realizing it, of living lives that are less our own than we imagine.”

-Tim Wu, 

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A Classic Modern Mystery


Letters to the editor

Dear editor, 

Challenges and Opportunities for the Black Earth Electric Utility

The Village of Black Earth owns its electric utility--Black Earth Electric (BEE). BEE began providing electricity to Village customers in 1914.

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Grow your garden...



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