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From colorful coop come champion chickens

- Associated Press

There is a Dr. Seuss vibe at Omni Smith's home on a hill northeast of Kearney that comes from a new two-story lavender teal-trimmed building that is part chicken coop and part playhouse.

Salary rates a top issue in Fishers transformation

- Associated Press

Six candidates ran for mayor of Fishers in the May primary without knowing what the job would pay. More than 20 sought seats on its first City Council.

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCT. 25-26 AND THEREAFTER - In an undated photo provided by Partners for Patriots, veteran Ron Flaville poses with his dog Sophia, in Brookville, Fla. Partners for Patriots provides training, and sometimes dogs, for veterans suffering from PTSD.    (AP Photo/Partners for Patriots)

Dog give Iraq vet a chance at a normal life

- Associated Press

He understood danger. Knew its responsibilities and rhythms. Live long enough beside it, and danger becomes routine in a soldier's world.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 26 AND THEREAFTER - In This Sept. 19, 2014 photo, Devin and Jackie Zumbahlen pose with their recently harvested Carolina Cross watermelon that weighs 143 pounds. Devin grew Carolina Cross watermelons the past two years weighing about 115 pounds each. Next year Devin wants to see if he can grow a 200-pound plus melon. The world record watermelon, a 250.5-pound behemoth, was grown last year by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Effingham Daily News, Bill Grimes)

EXCHANGE: Area man raises mammoth melon

- Associated Press

As a farm boy growing up between Dieterich and Wheeler, Devin Zumbahlen never had any problem getting plants to grow.

Entrepreneurs planning to open 'farmhouse' brewery

- Associated Press

When you look through the glass into the actual brewery area of a brewpub or taproom, everything in there is all shiny stainless and whiteness and lab-like. That's because there's a real science to brewing, with ratios and formulas and a tightly controlled fermenting process. Yeast strains are carefully selected to produce a certain result.

North Dakota working with Canada on river issues

- Associated Press

Back in 2008, efforts to create an organization to work on water issues across the Assiniboine River Basin never gained traction. Uneventful weather and normal drainage lulled the concern about the limited cross-border dialogue.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 2014, AND THEREAFTER- In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Glen Carter, a 33-year-old Army veteran, morns as the casket of his girlfriend Maria Fernandes is lowered into the ground during her funeral service in Linden, N.J. Fernandes died while napping in her car between one of her three jobs. Police said it appears Fernandes was overcome by a deadly mixture of carbon monoxide and fumes from an overturned gasoline container. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

From job to job to job, a life lived _ and lost

- Associated Press

The fumes, reeking of gasoline, poured from the white Kia SUV as soon as an emergency medical technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired young woman with a beauty mark on her left cheek reclined in the driver's seat, keys dangling from the ignition.

Governor discusses education with Vermillion

- Associated Press

A new, innovative way to not only facilitate the current secondary educational system, but enhance future learning opportunities is at the core of Career and Technical-Education (CTE) in South Dakota.

Family reunites on Morton County potato farm

- Associated Press

Joe Boehm, 78, was diagnosed with cancer last spring. After months of chemotherapy treatments there's reason for optimism, and his daughter, Jean Kraft, thinks she knows why he has survived.

Retired wrestling announcer expands BBQ offerings

- Associated Press

Six years after Jim Ross started making J.R.'s Bar-B-Q sauce, his wife, Jan Ross, says she still gets a little kick out of opening the refrigerator and seeing her husband's face on the label staring back at her.

Mount Vernon prepares to break ground

- Associated Press

Surveying the barren plot of land where Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church's sanctuary once stood, the Rev. Carl Burkett can't help but smile.

Sioux Empire United Way employees walk from their office to the Japanese Gardens on Sept. 30, 2014 in Sioux Falls, S.D.  and back every day at 10am and 2:30 PM as part of a employee walking program that has been going on for 10 years, Sept 30, 2014. They work at Sioux Empire United Way and participate in an employee walking program that has been going on for 10 years. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page)

Sioux Falls co-workers become co-walkers

- Associated Press

Jay Powell, Julia Brown and Kacey McCarthy know what they'll be doing at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every single work day: walking.

Mancelona motel still a mom-and-pop place

- Associated Press

A combination of snowmobile trails, woods, waters and a state highway provide an ideal location for a small motel, said Lorna Malbouef, partner at Rapid River Motel.

Infrastructure upgrades since Superstorm Sandy

- Associated Press

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: