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ROCHESTER — For the first time since 2014, Owatonna will have a representative at the individual state tennis tournament in Minneapolis.

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Job prospect activity continues to be at an all time high according to the soon-to-be retired Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce President Al Hodge. Asked how confident he was about landing at least one of those prospects before he retires next April, Hodge said, "Oh, how I wish I knew the answer to that question."

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ATLANTIC – There was more discussion Monday night during a park board meeting about charging to reserve certain shelters in Atlantic, including suggestions of seven shelters to charge for reservations, and fees for reserving a shelter for a half day or whole day.

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Long before molly (MDMA) came on the scene, pot was considered the drug of choice to get in the mood for love. Now science is confirming what children of the ‘60s have long known. Marijuana can make you more amorous more often.

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Over the last few weeks, amid the controversy surrounding the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, you may have missed another Supreme Court story that featured our home here in southeast Louisiana.

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Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but there's something terribly unsettling on so many levels about the vile, vulgar and crude chant belted out by the student section at Saturday's Georgia-LSU game. The chant, for those who haven't heard, calls on the opposing team to perform oral sex on a tiger and ends with the "b" word often used to describe a female dog or unpleasant woman. It's the worst kind of taunting — the very opposite of sportsmanship. I know drawing moral lines and boundaries these days will get you labeled a prude or a kill-joy, but enough is enough. Words matter.

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President Donald Trump is rolling back regulations on methane releases instead of promoting their capture, which can be done. The gas that is four times worse than CO2 in warming the earth and a hell of a lot longer-lasting.

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As many of us are getting ready to have some fun on Halloween, both young and old alike, how about emphasizing treating this year — especially for our home-bound elders?

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ELKTON — A 19-year-old man is facing up to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea deal in a criminal case in which he stood accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy on two occasions on the Five Rivers Church property, where, at the time, the defendant’s father was pastor.

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The deal has just gotten sweeter for Farm Bureau members the Ford Motor Company has launched the exclusive Affinity Program (October 15, 2018 – January 2, 2019.) Members who qualify for the Farm Bureau Association eCertificate Offer will be eligible to receive an additional bonuses on Ford vehicles.

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 Matthew Jordan Carrier, 22, of Fenton, is scheduled to appear in Livingston County Circuit Court this Friday, Oct. 19, for sentencing.

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Remember this before you cast your vote for governor: During the July Fourth weekend in 2015, the Republican leaders in the state Legislature and a representative from Gov. Scott Walker's office tried to gut the open records law.

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There are three weeks to go until the 2018 elections. On Monday, candidates for the 83rd District of the Iowa House of Representatives, Jeff Kurtz, the Democratic candidate and Jeff Reichman, the Republican candidate, spoke at a forum at Keokuk City Hall, answering questions about their plans should they take the spot held by the retiring Jerry Kearns.