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Wednesday's Democratic debate, the fifth this year, was the least-watched debate of this election cycle. The ratings for MSNBC were down more than 20% from last month's match-up on CNN.

Supermassive black holes act as the engines powering the centers of galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. But in a first, scientists have observed that one galaxy contains three supermassive black holes at its core and they're surprisingly close together.

We received 0.4” in the last week. We finally finished harvest last week Thursday. It was definitely a fitting end to 2019. We had multiple truck problems, and the knuckle on the PTO shaft for the auger that we were loading corn into a bin broke. But all our crop is in the bin, so that is a huge relief.

Forecasters got their wish. Monday morning, as the sun came up, many were greeted with pockets of light rain and a snow mix. As many headed to fields to shell corn, it was short-lived. A couple hours later, the roads were glazing over with snow and ice, which made travel sketchy most of Monday. Knepp Sand & Stone delivered a tri-axle load of limestone to the jobsite, where we used skid loader to place it inside a pole structure for a floor base. My brother warned me ahead of time that the roads were icy, and I found out as I traveled north toward South Bend, the road conditions were quickly diminishing. Top speed with the truck and trailer was about 25 mph.

The final count down is on. We survived the winter weather we had last week. That was like we had jumped all the way to January. We ended up with about 3 inches of snow and cold enough I was afraid we would have frost in the ground before Thanksgiving. We have gotten all our western ground all harvested and now down to three farms. Luckily, they’re all in the same county, just a few miles apart.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep those semis rollin’, roll on! That is what most of this week consisted of doing. Elevators have been calling in December contracts, and we have been hitting the road hard. While lines had been minimal, they gained momentum this week, and Mark even got behind a truck that clogged the pit and delayed him even further. The elevator is only open until 2 o’clock in the afternoon, so three loads a day is about all we can muster.

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Department stores like Macy's have a big problem, and it's not Amazon: Discount retailers Target and TJMaxx continue to take their customers.

The Twin Falls Canal Co. is lining a canal to stop water leakage. It's the first time in a century the company has lined a canal. 

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Democratic voters are overwhelmingly focused on finding a candidate they believe can beat President Donald Trump. In Wednesday night's debate, the party's leading contenders offered their clearest arguments yet about how they plan to do that.

Kayak anglers don’t have to look too far to find pictures of folks in kayaks catching huge fish miles from shore. It sure looks like fun, but it also seems a little risky for most of us inshore paddlers. Kimball and I have made a few trips offshore in the Gulf of Mexico on calm days. It’s humbling to be farther from shore in a kayak or SUP than you could comfortably swim. Luckily, this time of year, kayak anglers can enjoy offshore fishing really close to the beach.

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