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    The Schultz family, from left, Dan, Audrey, Lena, Denise, Ahna, William, Ruth, Andrew and Bill, sit down for a moment at the Texas Corners Brewing Co.

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    Tractors, Taps and Tables How a farming family branched out into the brewery business
  • Encore-Magazine-Feature-Permaculture-Mike-Hoag-Kim-Willis-August-2017

    Kim Willis and Mike Hoag stand in front of Lillie House, their home and permaculture garden on Douglas Avenue.

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    Beautiful & Bountiful Lillie House Permaculture creates pathways to plenty
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    Flavor Faves The ice cream tastes that locals go for
  • Encore-Magazine-Arts-Jeremiah-Barnes-June-2017 A Lot of Buzz How Jeremiah Barnes’ business keeps him as busy as his bees
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Stephen-Carver-January-2017 Home Again Stephen Carver carries on his family's legacy at the Civic Theatre
  • Encore-Magazine-Fetzer-Institute-building-December-2016

    The Fetzer Institute’s building glows on an autumn night. Photo by Brian Powers

    An Illuminating Mission The Fetzer Institute is working toward a more loving world
  • Encore-Magazine-Right-Retreat-GilChrist-Stone-Chapel-November-2016

    The Stone Chapel at GilChrist offers a cozy meditation space. Photo by Brian Powers

    The Right Retreat You don’t have to go far to get away from it all
  • Encore-Magazine-KVCC-Food-Innovation-students-October-2016

    KVCC student Tristin Janson, left, and production manager Ben Bylsma, far right, work a row of plants as Rachel Bair and instructor Lee Arbogast (center left and right, respectively) observe.

    From Seed to Saute KVCC students learn food innovation from the ground up
  • Encore-Magazine-Mitchell-Blueberries-hands-September-2016 Their Blood Runs Blue Four generations cultivate success of Mitchell’s Blueberries
  • Encore-Magazine-Fresh-Food-Fairy-August-2016 The Fresh Food Fairy She spins magic with a healthy food message
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The Evolution of John Dunn‘I’m a better president than when I started,’ he says as he steps down

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Edward MontgomeryWMU’s ninth ‘Bronco-in-Chief’ takes the reins

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