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‘No Deposit, No Return’ 

I grew up on a small farm in Keokuk, Iowa, at the end of a gravel road with a gravel driveway that was often filled with chickens pecking around in the dirt. As kids, my brother, Craig, and I were always looking for ways to make money, and one…

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Independence Day – Co-ops’ principles reflect nation’s values

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and King George III. Two days later, through the reading and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Independence Day was born. John Hancock signed the document that day, but it was…

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‘Call Tom Hasten’

I took a screen shot of my “Task List” today. It shows that I have one seriously overdue task, one that dates back to Jan. 30, 2014. The bad thing about this task is that it can never be completed. There are no “do-overs.” My busy life has moved…

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Vitamin Bee

I often get asked what I do when I am not working. For many years, that was a hard question to answer. My first career was in the U.S. Navy, where I spent a lot of time at sea on a submarine and led a very busy life. What…