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Our Towns: The Artists of Lemmon, South Dakota

In March of this year, as the coronavirus and its effects were unfolding, Dakota Resources, a 24-year-old community development financial institution (CDFI) in Renner, South Dakota, launched a series of Zoom coffee breaks for people from across the state. Every morning, at 10:30, a few dozen people logged in to talk for an hour or so about what was on their minds, and to share their stories. (More on this coming soon.)

I was invited in and have joined as many of them as I’ve been able to. That’s how I met Judy Larson. Larson lives in Lemmon, South Dakota—or more precisely, 14 miles north of Lemmon, just across the border in North Dakota, where she and her husband operate their family farm and ranch with their five homeschooled kids. I knew from the beginning that she must be one of the activists of Lemmon; the tale-teller is her Zoom

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Pearland group sees more than 75% increase in families seeking food

In the midst of preparing to expand its building, the Pearland Neighborhood Center is working to meet a surging demand from residents seeking services such as food donations and help with utility bills and rent.

“Our services have increased dramatically with COVID-19,” said Debbie Rubestello, PNC’s executive director. “Our food pantry has increased because at least 75 percent more families are needing help.”

Since the pandemic hit, call volume at the PNC have skyrocketed as residents face job loss and evictions and struggle to provide for basic family needs. The center is calling for donations of money, nonperishable food, baby items, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment to distribute to the community.

‘It breaks my heart’

Rubestello said the situation has taken a toll on her and her colleagues.

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What: A nonprofit organization providing community services to those in need including utility and rent assistance, a food pantry

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Gardening in a Pandemic – Lifestyle – Columbus Monthly

Blooming spring daffodils lured a Central Ohio writer into her garden and away from the many worries that came along with the season.

If there is an upside to the pandemic that upended our lives this spring, it is gardening. And, the garden surrounding our home flourished as I finally had time to slow down, appreciate its beauty and tackle some long overdue chores.

In the garden, I could go without a mask to escape health fears and financial worries surrounding the March 16 shutdown. My husband Brian closed his dental practice. Two of our adult children announced plans to return home from college. Our third child awaited news of a pending job transfer to COVID hotspot Chicago. And, as Spain reported record COVID cases my mom and stepdad crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise ship headed there. During the following days, I dove into work assignments and fretted

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

“Will I have a birthday this year?” My 10-year-old daughter’s question startled me. “Of course you will. Birthdays happen every year, no matter what,” I answered. “Well I know I’ll turn 11 but I meant, will I get to do anything fun this year? With my friends? Or will it be another Zoom party?”



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Ah. The coronavirus killjoy strikes again. Over the past few months, my daughter has watched her brothers celebrate birthdays, one brother’s graduation, a friend’s funeral, and a relative’s baby shower—all online, for social distancing purposes. It was no wonder she was already thinking about her fall birthday and wondering what would happen.

“I’m not sure, we’ll have to wait and see what the virus is doing in the fall,” I finally said.

She burst into tears. She’s not a child that cries easily, but this time a torrent of heartbreak flooded

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5 Best Savings Accounts For Kids

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Roughly 46% of the Philippine population is 19 years old and younger. This means that half the country’s population is yet to experience important milestones in their lives – graduating college, getting their first job, finding ‘the one’ and marrying. The list goes on. With so many life events they’ve yet to experience, it’s important for parents to help provide a brighter future for their children.

Parents can provide their kids a bright future through multiple ways. Aside from talking to them about basic money concepts, another way to teach them about money matters is by opening a savings account.  Giving them the responsibility of handling their own account teaches them important values and skills they need when they grow older. Moneymax.ph rounded up the top 5 savings accounts (in no particular order) for your teens and kids:

1. Equicom Kiddie Builders Savings Account
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Medical clinic opens in Central High School | Western Colorado

Representatives from School District 51 and MarillacHealth visited Central High School on Friday to celebrate the opening of the district’s first school- based health center.

The need for the medical clinic was identified after several teen suicides in 2017 and a report from Colorado Health Institute, which pinpointed three District 51 schools as having at-risk school populations, according to a release from District 51.

An advisory committee was formed to study the issue. It held several focus groups and sought input from families. Ultimately, a school-based health center was recommended.

“I cannot say how proud we are,” said Dr. Jolene Joseph, chief operating officer for MarillacHealth. “The partnerships and really the collegial efforts that we’ve had across the community, the collaboration has been amazing. We’ve had a number of partners at the table literally for two years.”

MarillacHealth will operate the clinic, which was constructed with grant funding, and will

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Why Cavities Are On The Rise Around The World : Goats and Soda : NPR

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About 95% of 12-year-olds in the Philippines have tooth decay or cavities. And cavities affect 7 in 10 children in India, one-third of Tanzania teens and nearly 1 in every 3 Brazilians.

These and other startling oral health statistics are the focus of a two-part series published this week in The Lancet. In it, more than a dozen dentists and public health experts call for radical action to end neglected and widespread oral disease.

The culprit?

“Sugar is the causative agent for dental decay,” says Robert Weyant, one of the study authors and a dental public health expert at the University of Pittsburgh. “Basically, without sugar, you won’t develop

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Inequality is a growing problem in the Nelson Tasman region

OPINION: A few days ago I picked up a hitch-hiker while I was driving to Kaiteriteri.

The chap was carrying a big orange plastic container.

“Oh gee. You ran out of petrol?,” I asked.

“Yeah,” he grinned. “It happens.”

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He went on to explain that his second-hand (or third-hand or more) car has no working petrol gauge.

He and his partner try to keep a check by kilometres driven, but sometimes they get caught out.

Having to skimp on fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the indicators of material hardship.

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Having to skimp on fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the indicators of material hardship.

I was given one tiny snapshot of what it means not to be able to afford things

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How HPV spread through oral sex can cause cancer in men

When Andrew Miller was training for a marathon, he noticed after about an hour of running, his front tooth would go slightly numb, as if he’d been to the dentist. He also had occasional nosebleeds, but the Whāngarei GP didn’t think much of it.

But when he decided to get it checked out, specialists discovered cancer in his nose, which had been caused by the human papillomavirus​ (HPV).

Known as the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections, without immunisation, around 80 per cent of sexually active adults will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.

Andrew Miller had part of his face reconstructed after being diagnosed with HPV-related cancer in 2014.

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Andrew Miller had part of his face reconstructed after being diagnosed with HPV-related cancer in 2014.

The virus is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, with 150 women in New Zealand diagnosed every year. It can also cause other cancers in the genital area of both men and women, specifically the

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Canada’s travel rules unfair to first-year foreign students, U.S. parents say

WASHINGTON — Parents of students in the United States who hoped to begin their university studies in Canada this fall are frantically trying to convince the federal government to relax rules that make it next to impossible for their kids to enter the country.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has closed the door to students with study permits granted after March 18, the day Canada and the U.S. announced a ban on non-essential cross-border travel, while students with pre-existing valid permits will be allowed in.

Some parents say that discriminates against first-year students, most of whom didn’t have time to get their permits approved before the deadline after receiving an offer of acceptance from Canadian schools.

“The way things are right now, the only ones that are not able to come into Canada are the freshmen, and that makes no sense to anyone,” said Anna Marti, a resident of New

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