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Large corn, soybean crops forecast; safety is urged PDF Print E-mail

Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is calling attention to recent estimates for a large harvest and encouraging producers and agribusinesses to exercise care as they begin what is generally the busiest time of the year for agriculture.
“We anticipate having a record high soybean harvest this year, as well as one of the best average yields for corn, according to the USDA forecast,” Ibach said.
“As farmers and agriculture businesses gear up, I urge folks to keep safety at the forefront and try to plan ahead as much as possible to relieve some stress as this busy season gets even busier,” he said.
Ibach said favorable rains through much of the season have helped boost yield outlook.
Late season moisture allowed producers in some areas to end irrigation early, but also could play into the necessity for producers to utilize more propane to assist them in drying their crops down to the proper moisture content levels.  
The fall and winter of 2013 saw a sharp price increase in propane as that industry worked on delivery and infrastructure issues. Ibach is hopeful the coming fall and winter won’t hold similar problems.
“From current reports, I am hopeful that Nebraska is in a better position in terms of propane availability than we were last season. However, folks should make sure they are planning ahead,” Ibach said.
Ibach also reached out to representatives of both of Nebraska’s main railroads regarding concerns about grain movement.
The Upper Plains states have had particular difficulty with rail access, as far back as last harvest season.
A variety of issues have contributed to problems with train car and locomotive availability and price increases, Ibach said, although indications are that Nebraska is not facing as big of an issue as the Dakotas.
“Officials from both Union Pacific and BNSF Railway told me they have taken steps they believe will ease concerns in Nebraska,” Ibach said.

Dr. Stacey Borowski joins local dental office PDF Print E-mail

As a new associate dentist at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, Dr. Stacey Borowski believes in the power of educating her patients about their oral health and helping patients understand the connection between oral health and whole body health.
After completing a degree in Comprehensive Biology and a double minor in Public Health and Music from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dr. Borowski earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine-Anschutz Medical Campus.
During her final year of dental school, Dr. Borowski participated in the Advanced Clinical Training and Service Program through the University of Colorado, which enabled her to treat patients with a wide array of dental needs from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Borowski is very excited to be practicing in southwest Nebraska in a region close to where her husband, Chad Borowski, grew up in the community of Grant. He is currently starting an independent insurance agency.
As a Nebraska native raised on a farm outside of Battle Creek, Dr. Borowski is passionate about serving rural populations and understands the individual barriers patients face when seeking to improve their smiles and overall health.
Developing personal relationships with patients is very important, she said, and she strives to treat her patients with the same respect and quality of care as she would treat her own family. Dr. Borowski shares Dr. Nix’s and Dr. Haag’s dedication to attending continuing education courses in order to provide her patients with the latest dental technologies and dental materials.
When she isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Borowski enjoys spending time with her husband and their newest family addition, Annabelle. She also enjoys painting, singing, volunteering and yoga.

Two from Imperial place at State Fair pedal pull PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Two Imperial youngsters who won their divisions at the Chase County Fair’s pedal tractor pull in August also placed in the top three at the State Fair pull.
At the State Fair competition, Correy Koellner placed second in the girls’ age 10 division, while Ashton Robinson was third at State Fair in the boys’ age nine class.
With their state placings, both have qualified for the National Pedal Pull in Mitchell, So. Dak set for this Saturday.
Others from the Imperial area who competed in Grand Island were Jaret Peterson, Addison Robinson, Jason Nelson, Braxton Chubb, Kyra Moser and Hudson Koellner.
Pedal pull placings in the boys’ age nine division were incorrectly reported in the Imperial Republican’s Aug. 21 edition. Ashton Robinson won the boy’s age nine class at the Chase County Fair pedal pull held Aug. 15.

Cinema scene PDF Print E-mail

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (PG)—Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch.
Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant—the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai.
That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of LeSaule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory, gets wind of it.
Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant 100 feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments—until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite, combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave a magic between their two cultures and imbue the village with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore.
At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
The movie stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte LeBon.
Running time—122 minutes.


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