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Recent posts by Brian Depew

From the desk of the executive director: a call to community responsibility

Community responsibility is an often cited virtue in small towns. It is a value rooted in a commitment to neighbor and community. We witnessed it in barn raisings of past generations and in volunteer fire departments of today.

Rural people pull together for community, often across political differences. We pull together because something needs to get done. We pull together because we have to be able to count on each other in small towns.

From the desk of the executive director: we must confront racism where we live and work

The death of George Floyd at the hands of police has ignited a movement. Floyd’s senseless and brutal death is yet another chapter in a long history of racism in our country.

Demonstrations have spread around the world in response. We noticed the reports of gatherings in small towns in our region—Norfolk, Nebraska. Coon Rapids, Iowa. Marshall, Minnesota. Places not known as hotbeds of anti-racism action.

Corporate farming notes

Bayer, maker of the widely used herbicide Roundup, will pay $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims filed by consumers alleging a link between their use of Roundup and their cancer, most notably non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Claimants will receive between $5,000 and $250,000 each, depending on the strength of their case. The company admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.

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