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Kudos to the Fair Board! I want to express my appreciation to the Wadena County Fair Board. They have been working hard on planning and preparing for the 2018 county fair which begins this Thursday.  Many of the fair board members attended a conference to gain new ideas for performances and...
Work requirements have been part of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, since 1996. People between 16 and 59 have to work. The problem is that the requirements we have for able-bodied adults don’t work the way they should. They don’t work because they’re too rigid and don’t offer the states any...
Just a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Joe Arnold and his parents at their family farm in Holloway. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s.  Vernon was an original shareholder of the...
I had all my aluminum wire removed from around my garden and would like to ask the person that removed it to come back and also remove the chicken wire also as it’s hard for me to get this done. Sad that somebody was so desperate to take wire that wasn’t worth much for scrap. I would pay them more...
This famous name was coined by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1831. As he was leaving on one of his many voyages aboard the brig CHARLES DOGGETT - and this one would climax with the rescue of the mutineers of the BOUNTY - some friends presented him with a beautiful...
 No one knows with absolute certainty who designed the first stars and stripes or who made it. Congressman Francis Hopkinson seems most likely to have designed it, and few historians believe that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, made the first one. Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912,...
Francis Hopkinson claimed to have created the first official flag of the United States in 1777. However, Congress refused him this title based on the fact that multiple people contributed to the design. Hopkinson’s design used a staggered pattern of 3-2-3-2-3 using 6 pointed Marian stars. This...
 The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. B.J. Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisc., Public School, District 6, to observe...
On Sept. 8, 1892, the Boston based “The Youth’s Companion” magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across...

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