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“We have too many jobs to do this summer,” said our 11-year-old daughter to me this past week. She was sitting on the dining room floor with silk floral stems around her, working on the beginnings of a 4-H flower arranging project she had planned, practiced and prepared to exhibit at the cou…

It’s summer and the warmer weather tends to influence people’s dining habits by eating out and attending celebrations and events more frequently. In fact, some reports show that nearly half of consumers eat out more in the summer, often on a weekly basis.


In late 2015, Le Sueur County Administrator Darrell Pettis spent hours developing his year-end budget presentation, the pages of charts designed to help unfamiliar readers understand where the millions of dollars included in the 2016 plan would come from and where they would go.