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The Inspiration Behind Dylan Scott’s #1 Hit

Dylan Scott hit his first Number 1 song of his career this week as “My Girl” ascended to the top spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The tune is a song Dylan co-wrote about his wife Blair.

“‘My Girl’ was 10 years in the making,” says Dylan to Nash Country Daily. “My wife and I, we’ve been together over 10 years now—been married for one—and ‘My Girl’ is basically about our life over the past 10 years. Almost everything in that song is true. We lived it.”


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Kacey Musgraves Celebrates her Bachelorette Party

Kacey Musgraves and her friends headed to Dollywood over the weekend  of July 15th to celebrate her bachelorette party.

According to Kacey’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, the ladies enjoyed quite the assortment of activities, including a fireworks show, candle making, roller coasters and drinking games, as well as custom-made fanny packs and t-shirts.

Kacey, who is engaged to singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly, noted that is was the “best weekend ever” and Dollywood was the “#LastRideForTheBride.”

Check out some pics of the excursion, courtesy of Kacey’s Twitter page below:

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Jason Aldean Rocks Out with 4 Year Old

Jason Aldean recently rocked onstage with what might have been his tiniest guest star ever – a 4 year old girl named Baylee Alford…and as you may notice, Baylee is mising part of her right arm.  As the song ends, Jason hugs Baylee and returns her back to the audience, with both of them smiling ear to ear.

Her parents recently told Taste of Country that the missing part of her arm is the result of a riding lawn mower accident she suffered in November 2016. They woke her up from surgery with Florida Georgia Line‘s “May We All,” and since then country music has been a huge part of her recovery. FGL and Brantley Gilbert even sent Baylee a video wishing her well.

Just another story of how country music stars have big hearts, helping a little girl heal & feel just as normal as any other girl.

Watch the video here:

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Congrats to Recent CNA Grads

1.jpgFelician Village held a graduation ceremony Friday, July 14, to celebrate the completion of the onsite CNA class for five students. The event included a special blessing for the graduates, words of congratulations from Felician Village representatives, the presentation of the CNA certificates, and cake to celebrate the event. The students were encouraged to invite family and friends to share in the celebration. Completion of the class makes graduates eligible to take the CNA state exam.
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Pictured (Front row L to R): Shania Anhalt, Samantha Hacker, Dominick Grunewald, Hannah Severin and Olivia Wheelis.


Kyle Busch Wins at Loudon

In Loudon, New Hampshire, the NASCAR X-finity Series was able to do the one thing that they haven’t been able to accomplish since June twenty-fourth at Iowa Speedway, finish a race on the day it was scheduled … Kyle Busch won the Overton’s 200 Saturday afternoon from the pole, in a race that featured a rain delay of over an hour that never threatened to extend their streak of postponed races … The story of the race was the side by side racing action attributed to the traction compound applied to the track, that saw thirteen lead changes compared only three in the same race last year … Cup Series regulars Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski were the Stage One and Stage Two winners respectively … Ryan Preece appearing in his first X-finity race in the Number-20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota finished second … The Kensington, Connecticut native who raced in the X-finity Series for JD Motorsports last year impressed, he is scheduled to drive the 20 one more time this year … Rounding out the top five finishers were William Byron, Larson, and Keselowski … There were three cautions for fifteen laps and the thirteen lead changes were shared by seven drivers:  Busch, Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, series points leader Elliott Sadler, Larson, Preece, and Matt Tifft.


Denny Hamlins Wins at Loudon

“I forgot where victory lane is.” Joe Gibbs after Hamlin’s win.

The monkey is off Joe Gibbs Racing’s back … Denny Hamlin picks of the first win of the season for J.G.R. and the thirtieth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career at New Hampshire Motor Speedway … Hamlin, who crashed in practice on Friday before qualifying, was able to secure the win in a backup car … It is his first win since last September at Richmond … Hamlin out-ran a closing Kyle Larson in the final laps of the race … After securing the pole position for the race, Larson had to start in the back of the field after failing post-qualifying inspection … Larson’s second place finish was the seventh time the Chip Ganassi Racing driver has been the bridesmaid this season … Rounding out the top five was series points leader Martin Truex Junior, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick … The top rookie finisher was Daniel Suarez in sixth place … Finishing the top ten were Clint Bowyer and teammate Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson … The track traction compound PJ1 that was applied to the surface of the racetrack and created exciting side by side racing in the X-finity race on Saturday, seemed to be less of a factor for the Cup guys Sunday, especially in the last stage of the race … There were seven cautions for thirty-four laps … Eleven lead changes were shared by six drivers including Hamlin, Kenseth, Truex, Larson, Kyle Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Junior … The Monster Energy Series travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Sunday.

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Kewaunee County Grew During Farm Technology Days

After three days, the Executive Committee for Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days 2017 is proud to report the event at Ebert Enterprises was an overall success.

Kewaunee County is the first to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days and have more individuals attend the three-day event than the county’s total population as far as records show. In the first two days alone, the show nearly attracted the number of the county’s residents.

Additionally, organizers were excited to learn the first day of the show attracted over 10,000 visitors, the highest attendance on day one in several years. The official Opening Ceremony had a record-breaking 550 attendees, including Governor Scott Walker and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.

Along with welcoming visitors, vendors, exhibitors and people from across the Midwest, there were a number of interesting stories to come out of the week.

-An all-time record of nearly 1,900 volunteers from Kewaunee County and the surrounding areas came together to work on 18 committees and subcommittees over the three-day show to make it a success.

-All 1,000 of the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days commemorative toy, a Gehl 800 Forage Harvester, were sold out completely before the show opened. The last time the commemorative toy was sold out was 2012, when Outagamie County hosted the event.

-A fundraising goal of $500,000 was exceeded from in-kind donations alone due to the overwhelming support of local businesses and families of the 2017 show. Additionally, with final numbers still pending, the show is expected to exceed the net profit goals of the Executive Committee.

-Over 567,000 people were reached with information about the show on Facebook before the show started from the three main promotional videos. Views are still being added up.

-Algoma was rained on heavily in the early morning of day two, and the show still opened on time due to the pre-planning and quick decision making from the Grounds Committee and volunteers. These individuals worked three vacuum tanks to soak up water and spread wood chips to ensure visitors had dry roads to walk on.

-Tram rides to tour Ebert Enterprises farm were enjoyed by over 50 percent of attendees. Nearly 1,500 tram rides were provided for field demonstrations, which only ran for half of the show due to weather conditions.

-15,000 hamburgers and cheeseburgers were served over the three-day period, including 11,250 bowls of ice cream.

-The ice cream purchased for the entire event was sold out before closing time on opening day, and ice cream on hold was brought in that afternoon.

-Children under the age of 12 were admitted for free, but the Youth Tent recorded over 1,700 youth passports turned in from those who took advantage of all the fun kids activities.

-On Monday before the show, the Executive Committee and volunteers participated in the first Wisconsin-based Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Random Act of Light” event. A 5-year-old leukemia survivor named Isaac was invited to the grounds to ride his favorite kind of John Deere tractors. Isaac was able to be a farmer in John Deere’s largest tractor and chopper with help of a licensed driver, get a private tour of the farm and grounds and take home his own push-pedal tractor.

-The Heritage lot was set up on eight acres, a record-setting amount of space, with over 150 antique tractors and equipment, along with demonstrations of wood stove cooking, cordwood sawing and building and blacksmithing.

-The grounds of the show were made beautiful thanks to the Greenscapers committee who planted 289 flower pots and floral displays.

-For the first time in show history, two world-renowned and highly talented equine clinicians, Chris Cox and Dan James, performed and taught attendees about horsemanship each day of the show.

-Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days was supported by 67 Landmark Farms located in Kewaunee County and surrounding townships in Door, Brown and Manitowoc Counties. The Landmark Farms were not just dairy-related, but included beef, hog, crop and other kinds of farms.

-This was also the first year a county incorporated a Farmer’s Market, with sellable goods and food/drink tastings.

Executive Committee chair Amber Hewett and host farm owners Randy and Renee Ebert have expressed their overall satisfaction with how the show went this week. They are excited to learn new friends were made and the grounds were a true place of networking and connection for those involved and interested in agriculture.

“The Kewaunee County brand is “Everything Grows Better Here,“ and with the permission of the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation, we incorporated that tagline into the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days logo and marketing. Through the three years of planning and executing the show, it is abundantly clear that everything does truly grow better here in Kewaunee County, most importantly, our relationships.” Hewett said.

Tent City will come down over the next few days and preparations will continue for the 2018 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days show in Wood County.