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Prairie Rose Photography expands into new studio

Tandy Overstreet of Grant, owner of Prairie Rose Photography, recently took her business to the next level with the addition of an indoor studio. 

Overstreet is excited to offer her clients the opportunity for indoor and year-round photos. The studio also gives her a competitive edge. 

Rural electric cooperatives help customers save money

We talk a lot about renewable energy at the Center for Rural Affairs. A big reason for that is because new renewable energy projects can provide a lot of benefits to rural communities – things like new tax revenue to fund local essential services like police or emergency services, direct payments to landowners, and bringing new jobs to small towns and rural areas. Those benefits are just the start – these projects also deliver cheap and clean renewable power for homes and small businesses.

One goal for Bloomfield: 100 percent energy independence

Of the many lessons learned from the 2016 presidential election, this one cannot be ignored: Americans across the political spectrum are demanding an economic system that better distributes wealth and opportunity. With that demand ringing loud and clear, the next question becomes, “But how?” Local investment in and ownership of renewable energy is a partial answer to that question, especially for rural communities.

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Field navigators are trained to help people understand the basics of health insurance

“What in the world is a field navigator?” This is a question my family and friends asked me in October 2013, and I still get this question from people in my life and from those I encounter on a weekly basis. “Oh, you help people get insurance,” they say. Well, yes that’s part of what I do. However, there’s so much more.

Across the United States there are individuals called “assisters.” Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) applied for and received a federal grant that was disbursed to its agencies to employ assisters called “navigators.” I am employed with Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc. (NENCAP), and use the title “field navigator” in the work I do across Northeast Nebraska.

For Brookings, sustainability is more than a buzzword

For the community of Brookings, S.D., sustainability is more than a buzzword touting efforts to be green. Guided by the Brookings Sustainability Council, the community has adopted a holistic perspective and plan of action toward sustainability.

Together with the members of the council, the city of Brookings recognizes that true sustainability rests in balancing of the economic, environmental and social equity needs of the community today while also keeping these same needs in sight for the residents of tomorrow.

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