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Local produce in a big way.
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Putting up square bales of hay is a summer activity for Kristine Gray. Growing up there were always bales to haul for her family farm. She sells a large quantity at her store, Pleasant Hill Pet & Livestock Center. She depends on a hay crew and team effort to accomplish this feat. This crew, from left to right, Silas Gray, Tucker Miller, Kristine Gray, Samuel Gray and Steve Singmaster. Steve cuts and bales the hay and maintains the equipment. The machine that picks up the hay for the crew to stack is a "Matt" truck and this one pictured is from the 1970's. According to Kristine, it is a legend around there and still going. Her late husband, Sam Gray, drove it back from mid Kansas where it was purchased new. For decades, the Gray Boys (Sam and Darrell) and their dad "Bud" ran hay crews. Many a high school football player came through the farm and helped with hauling the square bales of hay from the 1960's-80's; baling and hauling hay was a "normal" summer job then. There were several "hay crews" around Pleasant Hill.

Local artist takes first in
St. Joseph art competition
´╗┐Steve Reddell, Cass County metal artist, has enjoyed much success in the public art world over the last year. Steve was juried into three shows in 2016, won best in show in one and sold his sculpture, "A Peculiar Family," to the City of Ames, Iowa, to become a permanent part of their sculpture collection. He was also featured in the January issues of Practical Welding and Fabricator magazines. Steve's momentum has not slowed going into 2017. On June 9th, during the opening reception for the 2017-2018 St. Joseph Sculpture Walk, Reddell received first prize for his metal sculpture titled, "The Bronsons." This sculpture is located near Coleman Hawkins Park on Eighth Street between Felix and Francis Streets in St. Joseph and will remain in that location for the rest of the year. The piece was created in memory of Steve's dear friend Buddy. Represented in the picture are Buddy, his wife Diane and Buddy's beloved dog, Candice, the couple's daughter is included via a picture in a locket around Diane's neck. Diane and Anna died as the result of a drunk driver. A few years later, Buddy was also killed by a drunk driver. Buddy was a vintage bicycle and motorcycle enthusiast which inspired the items used to create the sculpture. The sculpture walk is sponsored by the Allied Arts Council and the City of St. Joseph and is funded by the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District and numerous sponsors.

Cass Regional welcomes
new nurse practitioner
Cass Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome board certified nurse practitioner, Laura Geoghegan, APRN, FNP-BC, to Peculiar Medical Clinic. Geoghegan sees patients at the clinic Monday through Friday and works in collaboration with Alberto Suarez, MD.

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