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BUFFALO -- If the Keystone XL oil pipeline gets built, Rick Balcom doubts he'll see many construction workers at the bar of his No. 3 saloon in this remote town in the northwest corner of South Dakota. Balcom, 44, knows most of the workers building the Canada- Nebraska pipeline will stay at a catered "man-camp" seven miles away and won't be hoisting brews under the stuffed mountain lion that adorns his bar. On their days off, they'll probably travel to places such as Deadwood and Spearfish an hour-and-a-half drive south that offer gambling and other attractions, he said.
LONDON -- Large forests planted with a single species of tough small trees could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow climate change and green the world's deserts at the same time, researchers say. A group of German scientists says the tree Jatropha curcas is resistant to arid conditions and can thrive where food crops would not survive. Unlike other geo-engineering schemes, which are expensive and rely on humans interfering with nature, this project merely encourages natural tree growth.
Nothing to do in Mitchell? Oh, we've heard it. This week, we have no patience for such talk, and the 2013 edition of the Corn Palace Festival is just our latest example. The Corn Palace Festival Committee, along with Palace officials and members of city government, hit another one out of the park with this year's festival. The entertainment was top-notch.
Ashton Kutcher, the 35-year-old actor and ex-husband of actress Demi Moore, has never been considered a poster child for the "family values crowd," but at the Teen Choice Awards two weeks ago, he could have easily passed for one.
Steve Boote, of Eagle Construction, talks to The Daily Republic during the August 2013 groundbreaking for the Pheasant Ridge Apartments in northern Mitchell.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 77, and my doctor tells me I'm in very good health. My PSA level is high. The level has gone from 11 last June to 17 in December, and now 21. I don't have any symptoms. The doctor wants me to have a biopsy. What do you think? I don't want one. -- T.M.
In its cover story a few weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine followed up with nearly two dozen mothers who had decided, a decade ago, to walk away from successful professional careers to stay home with their kids. Although none of these moms outright regret their choices, many wish they had at least continued to work part-time. Career options dry up, it seems, the longer you forgo them.
This summer is much different than last year. Last year everything was brown. This year, green is bountiful as I look around the landscape. But, because the land works with what it has been given, and what it is currently given, my lawn is an interesting state. Last year, much of it seemed to have died because we just couldn't keep up with the watering. This year, where there was death, there is new life.
Dear Readers: Can you believe that kids are heading back to school? Before spending money on supplies and clothing, consider these helpful hints: • Shop at home first! Barely used school supplies from last year can still be used this year. • Watch sales ads for the best deals! • Your state may have a sales-tax holiday. Check dates, and plan to shop on those days. • Buy in bulk! Paper, pens and pencils will be needed all year. Buy the larger amounts, when on sale, and keep them to use the whole school year.
'We did it guys, we finally killed English." With that subject line and a screen shot of Google's definition of "literally," a Reddit user concerned about the language (if not about the correct use of commas) sparked a figurative firestorm this month. The definition in question: Literally, Adverb 1. In a literal manner or sense; exactly. 2. Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling.