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So Damn Gouda Offers Holiday Cheese Boards

Mike Keuler didn’t initially plan to make cheese a career, but it caught up to him anyway.

So Damn Gouda, Keuler’s cheese and provisions shop at 2432 West 44th Avenue, offers specialty cheese plates for delivery, and this year the shop is offering small Thanksgiving charcuterie boards to add a festive note to small gatherings. Though tailored to the season, the boards reiterate a year-long philosophy of pairing flavors for customers interested in learning more about cheese. “Our cheese knowledge is a big part of what we do,” Keuler says, and every plating is created with taste in mind.

Keuler took a roundabout road to the cheese business, though he jokes that it was always in his blood. “I’m from Minnesota originally, and all of my extended family is from Wisconsin. I literally have family members who are dairy farmers today,” he says. So as a teenager, naturally, he picked

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  • November 20, 2020

Northern Michigan inn, winery offers ‘workcation’ specials at off-season rates

SUTTONS BAY – The Inn at Black Star Farms is rolling out a couple new vacation packages this season. One is aimed at travelers who are able to work remotely and want to balance that with relaxing on an estate-sized vineyard with an award-winning winery, and hiking trails outside their door. The second package has lined up activities that are perfect for a winter adventure.

Sherri Campbell Fenton, managing owner, said the new offerings make sense, given the large number of people who are now able to work and study remotely. Travelers are invited to browse the available rooms online and use the promo code WORK when making a reservation.

“Choose from unique rooms, some with fireplaces, one with a large soaking tub in the Atlas room, or a suite with fireplace in Mira that also features a separate bedroom and kitchenette for those looking for an extended stay,” Fenton

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  • November 15, 2020

Eco-fashion offers a renaissance for new Tunisian brands

MAHDIA, Tunisia (AP) — The sun is setting by the time Tunisian fashion designer Chems Eddine Mechri reaches the breezy, seaside town of Mahdia. He has spent half the day driving in the scorching heat in pursuit of the precious, handmade fabrics he needs for his upcoming winter collection.

With a 200-kilometer ( 125-mile) road trip from Tunis coming to an end, the designer knows just the place: the basement of a blue-lit workshop, hidden away in the labyrinth of Mahdia’s old medina, where silk weaver Mohamed Ismail’s spinning wheel still is going at full speed.

In a globalized world dominated by fast fashion brands such as Zara, H&M and Topshop, Tunisian designers like Mechri are increasingly going back to their roots, embracing local artisans and environmentally conscious materials. Thanks to North African nation’s age-old textile-making traditions, Tunisia is a good fit for the eco-fashion they want to champion.


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  • November 8, 2020

Iowa State offers pre-holiday-travel COVID-19 testing as campuses issue Thanksgiving warnings

IOWA CITY — With COVID-19 cases rising across Iowa, its communities, and now public universities, the campuses are warning their tens of thousands of students likely headed home this month to make a plan for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday — including getting tested, if necessary.

University of Iowa — which on Friday reported another 60 campus COVID-19 cases in two days, continuing its escalation after reports of 47 on Wednesday and 35 on Monday — is not offering testing to departing students without symptoms, but rather just to those with symptoms or confirmed exposure.

Iowa State University — which, along with University of Northern Iowa, ends its fall term the day before Thanksgiving — is offering asymptomatic testing to students departing for winter break. Testing, “even if you don’t feel sick,” is being offered by appointment between Nov. 16 and 21.

In a campus message Thursday, ISU President Wendy Wintersteen

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  • November 6, 2020

Best PS4 and PS4 Pro Black Friday 2020 deals | best gaming bundles, PSVR offers

Black Friday PS4 deals are so close now, and while it’s a bit of an unknown area with stock low and a next-gen console PS5 release on the horizon, we’re still hoping for big savings.

Stock is a mixed picture, with the US seeing very few consoles on sale while the UK seems to have more bundles available.

Thanks to the pandemic, you’ll find all the PS4 deals online this year. As more deals go online there’s a nice increase in competition which drives prices down.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the best Black Friday PS4 and PS4 Pro deals for you, keeping note here – so bookmark the page so you do not miss the bargain that you have been waiting for. Plus, see our guide to all the best early Black Friday deals from major retailers.

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  • November 3, 2020

Move United Offers Over 1,000 Virtual Programs During Coronavirus Pandemic

Effort Impacts Over 250,000 Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Encouraging Health and Fitness

ROCKVILLE, Md. (PRWEB) October 29, 2020

As an adaptive sports organization, Move United knows all about adapting, so the organization was quickly able to pivot its programs and activities online when the Coronavirus pandemic hit the nation back in March 2020. In the last six months, the national nonprofit organization has offered over 1,000 virtual programs to individuals with physical disabilities to encourage health and fitness.

Move United, the national leader in community adaptive sports, focuses on providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Through its activities and its network of nearly 200 member organizations across the country, these past several months would normally be filled with clinics, practices, competitions, regional games, and other adaptive sports programming. But COVID-19 altered many of those activities.

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  • October 30, 2020

Circa sportsbook offers ‘one of a kind betting experience’

Circa will unveil what it claims to be the world’s largest sportsbook on Wednesday.

The stadium-style venue is described as a “one of a kind betting experience” by Circa sportsbook director Matt Metcalf, with single-seat cushioned chairs in front of a 78-million-pixel, high-definition screen; a dedicated broadcast studio with real-time, in-depth analyses; and enough room for up to 1,000 bettors.

Industry watchers say the glamorous new offering will put pressure on other properties to invest in their sportsbooks, even as the lion’s share of many sportsbooks’ revenue comes from online bets.

“Things just gain traction in Las Vegas and make their way across the entire Strip,” gaming consultant Sara Slane said.

‘Keeping up with the Joneses’

Representatives for Caesars Entertainment Inc., MGM Resorts International, Station Casinos, Wynn Resorts Ltd., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Boyd Gaming Corp., declined to comment or did not respond to a request for comment on

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  • October 22, 2020

Bitterroot National Forest offers tips to hunters

HAMILTON — The Bitterroot National Forest is offering up some tips as hunting gets underway in Montana.

  • All hunters during the general rifle season must wear “hunter orange” (hat, cap, vest, jacket or rain gear) above the waist. It must be the outermost garment and be visible from all sides. This is also a good idea for non-hunting Forest visitors this time of year. Consider putting an orange vest or bright bandana on pets (dogs, horses, etc.) that will be accompanying you as well.
  • Regulations can change yearly and from drainage to drainage. Know the regulations for the area that you will be hunting. Printed copies are available anywhere that licenses are sold or can be found online from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at
  • Hunters should treat every firearm as if it were loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Be sure of your
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  • October 19, 2020

Offers on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and more

Make an early start on your Christmas shopping with these acessories (The Independent)
Make an early start on your Christmas shopping with these acessories (The Independent)

Amazon Prime Day is finally here this year. And and true to 2020 form, we’ve had to wait for it after it was postponned becasue of coronavirus. 

But now lasting 48 hours, ther will be more than a million deals across big names to shop during the huge event.

This year’s sale also promises deals and discounts on everything from tablets to TVs. It’s the perfect opportunity to do a spot of early Christmas shopping or to bag a bargain on products you’ve had your eye on for a while.

Gaming is one pf the most popular categories on Prime Day, and we’re expecting seriously slashed prices from brands including Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo.

From games to accessories and monitors to mouse pads, we’ve found the best deals to look out for this year and

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  • October 13, 2020

French Wine Explorers Offers Online Course in French Wine

French Wine Demystified is perfect for the wine lover who is looking to start their journey of French wine fluency. Those interested in an easy step-by-step guide to learning about French wine are left with few engaging and easy to follow options. French Wine Explorers responds to the need for a foundation program with the course French Wine Demystified.

ST. MICHALES, Md. (PRWEB) October 06, 2020

French Wine Explorers has developed a reputation for crafting well curated luxury wine tours to France. Now the boutique wine tour company is taking the love and knowledge of French wine regions to offer an online foundation course on French wine. The course is called French Wine Demystified: Discover and communicate confidently about French wine.

French Wine Demystified is perfect for the wine lover who is looking to start their journey of French wine fluency. Those interested in an easy step-by-step guide to learning

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  • October 7, 2020