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Home decor retailer Kirkland’s opens at Lake Lorraine

Provided by the Van Buskirk Companies, co-developer of the project, here is a drone tour of the current businesess and ongoing construction at the Lake Lorraine development south of 26th Street between Interstate 29 and Marion Road.
Courtesy: Van Buskirk Companies

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5 Sets Of Stackable Pots And Pans To Get Your Clutter Under Control

The organization scheme (or lack thereof) in my kitchen is a bit of a disaster. My cabinets are definitely over-full and when I need one thing, I end up taking out the entire contents of that cabinet, and more often than not, I end up leaving them on the counter. For those of use who could use a little help keeping our kitchenware in order, space-saving cookware may be the answer to your prayers.

Check out these five stackable sets that make for an easy way to keep everything tidy and in one place:

1. Farberware Classic Series Stack’N Steam 3 Quart Saucepot/Steamer, $34.99

This three-piece Farberware set from Target allows you to boil, steam and simmer. It is dishwasher-safe and oven-safe to 350°F.


2. Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick 10 Piece Set, $539.96

At over $500 on Amazon, this nonstick 10 piece Calphalon set does not come cheap. But it stacks and nests in any order, promises to save 30 percent more space, and includes everything you need for every type of cooking.


3. Neoflam Midas PLUS 9 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set with Detachable Handle, $59.99

This nest-able set found on Amazon comes with a detachable handle and features a Ecolon nonstick ceramic coating that is highly scratch-resistant as well as PTFE-and PFOA-free. The pieces can be used on the stove or in the oven, and it comes in three eye-catching colors: multi-color, emerald green or sunrise red.


4. Joseph Joseph Nest Oven Baking Pan Set, $49

Bakeware gets the stacking treatment in this three piece set that’s perfect for baking and roasting and will save you plenty of space. The nonstick carbon steel set is available at Overstock.


5. Stansport 7 Piece Deluxe Family Stainless Steel Cookware Set, $84.99

This seven piece set is made of polished, chef-quality stainless steel with heavyweight, steel-clad bottoms and includes a detachable handle. The pieces, which include four pots, a frying pan and a universal lid, are all dishwasher-safe. Though it is currently out of stock on Wayfair, you can get an email alert when it has returned.


Do you have stackable cookware that you recommend? Let us know in the comments

[H/t Huffington Post]

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Senior PGA Championship director, tournament trophy visit NewsCenter 16 at Noon – WNDU

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship kicks off later this month at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor later this month.

On Wednesday, Senior PGA Championship director Ryan Ogle spoke about the event with Joshua Short on NewsCenter 16 at Noon, and he brought another special guest to the interview—the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.

The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, one of the largest in golf, is a hefty 36 pounds. It measures 18 inches wide and stands 42 inches. “Our champion gets to hoist this and be crowned the KitchenAid Senior PGA Champion,” Ogle says.

Harbor Shores has been home to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship every two years since 2012. For this year, Ogle says they’ve raised the bar. “You’re going to see some great golf yet again,” he says. “We’ve got some new faces out there.”

This year’s field of golfers include popular names like Vijay Singh, David Toms, and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. It also includes the 2016 defending champion Rocco Mediate and former champions Colin Montgomerie (2014) and Roger Chapman (2012).

Although the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is a big event for golf fans, Ogle says they are also trying to attract non-golfers and families. “We’ve added more and more things to do for everyone,” he says. “[The event] is six days long, and all six days juniors ages 17 and under are free to our championship, so all families can come and enjoy.”

The championship is not only big for local fans. It also has a huge impact on Michiana in terms of television exposure and financial gain. “We partner with Michigan Economic Development Corporation post-2016, and they attributed our championship to a $14 million impact to the local region and state.”

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship begins on May 22 and runs through May 27. For ticketing information, you can visit You can also call 800-PGA-GOLF.

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Global Cast Iron Cookware Market: Rising Penetration of Unorganized Players Continues to be a Challenge

A new research study titled “Cast Iron Cookware Market – Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2025” has been added to the comprehensive repository of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE). According to the study, the global cast iron cookware market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% during the assessment period 2017-2025.

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The business intelligence study offers in-depth analysis and insights on the key factors that are likely to influence demand for cast iron cookware over the forecast period. Growing demand from single-individual households, combined with rising awareness on the negative health impact of cooking food in aluminum and steel cookware is likely to push the growth of the market during the assessment period.

The research study also profiles the competitive landscape in the cast iron cookware market, and offers in-depth analysis on the business and product strategies of key players. According to the report, there is a significant presence of domestic players in the cast iron cookware market. The trend of strong domestic players is especially robust in Asia Pacific, where a number of unorganized players hold sway. The price sensitivity of consumers in Asia Pacific will continue to promote the growth of the unorganized players in this landscape.

The research study has profiled the business, product, and financial strategies of Tramontina USA, Inc., Staub USA, Inc., Lodge Manufacturing Company, The Coleman Company, Inc., FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Co., and Le Creuset of America. The competitive analysis offered in the research study can help new and existing players in the market to formulate effective strategies.

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The business intelligence study offers analysis and forecast on the basis of product type, end-user, style, sales channel, and region. The key product type segments include unseasoned, enamel coated, and seasoned. By end-user, the key segments include household and food services. By style, market forecast and analysis has been offered on the basis of Dutch ovens, bake ware, camp pots, woks, griddles, and skillets. The key sales channels covered in the research study include direct and indirect.

Overall, the report offers a positive outlook on the cast iron cookware market, however, constraints related to use on glass stoves and heavy weight continue to limit demand. Further, a number of users around the world have become accustomed to using stainless steel and aluminum cookware, which has created challenges for cast iron cookware manufacturers.

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Partyline Wednesday 5-9

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Today’s show is brought to you by: Tri-City Auction Center, Auto Glass Experts, Dana Bolte, Harvard Rest Haven, Pat’s Auto Repair Towing, Salvation Army, Video Kingdom, Hajny’s Auto Sales, Jacobi’s Carpet One and All Nebraska Tractor Ride

Looking for: 3 – Burner Propane BBQ Grill, Men’s Turquoise Watch Bans, 402-460-9018

For sale: 2 – Microwaves $30 each, Balloon Arch $30,
Looking for: Flax Ground Cover, 402-432-7436

For sale: Rock Band 4 for PS4 $150, 402-984-5305

For sale: DVD Player $5, Box Set of Grizzly Adams DVD’s $30,
Looking for: Apartment size Table and Chairs (with rollers and no arms), 402-834-0395

For sale: Hubcap for a 2000 Mercury Marquise $1, Arm Sling $1, 2 – Plates $1, 402-469-7134

For sale: 1983 Honda 750 Shadow best offer, Stock Exhaust $250, 402-879-3159

For sale: Tomato Cages best offer, Wire for Fencing, 402-462-8922

For sale: E-Z Go Golf Cart $975, 402-404-5321

For sale: 2 – BBQ Grills $135 – $175, 402-469-5341

Looking for: Black Dirt, 402-469-4996

For sale: Antique Bride Doll $80, 308-383-6778

For sale: 3 – Doors 36×80 $150 each, 402-646-5676

Looking for: Secret Word Help, 402-751-2939

For sale: Tire Machine $1,250, Potted Succulents $3 – $10 each, 308-830-9628

Looking for: 5’ Chain Link Fence, 402-416-3021

For sale: Video Baby Monitor $20, Stainless Steel Skillets $1 each, 402-469-1136

For sale: Dart Board and Darts $20, 402-984-5367

Looking to trade Irises for Hollyhocks, Poppy’s and Daisy’s, 402-463-7837

For sale: 2014 Enclosed Trailer 7’x14’ $3,000, 402-710-0305

For sale: Table $20,
Looking for: Booster Seat for sitting at a table for a Boy, Full size Bedding to trade for King size Bedding, 402-705-9923

For sale: Canning Jars $10, Bunk Bed Set $20, Boxes of Nails make an offer, 402-831-7087

For sale: 2 – Hat Stretchers best offer, 402-751-2367

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Week 11 Name That Location Winner is David Nelson of Hastings. David has won a $20 Furniture Direct Certificate. In case you missed it, last week’s picture was of the 16th Street YMCA. The week 12 picture is up and ready for you to enter your guess at Each week’s contest is brought to you by Furniture Direct, Jacobi’s Carpet One and Keith’s Pharmacies.

Looking for: Charles Wysocki puzzles, 402-463-9368

For sale: 50 DVD movies and a stand get it all for $30, 26” women’s mountain bike for $20 (needs work), fishing poll for $20, brand new, never open Yahtzee game for $8, 402-303-9244

Giving away: LARGE doghouse(4’x4′) has roof, could use siding, bring four strong backs and a pickup, Large window A/C unit, comes with remote, works fine.
For Sale: Rust free1997 Dodge ext. cab 4×4: $1,400. needs water pump but comes with the parts. Clean Nebraska title. 402-394-1166

For sale: 4 drawer file cabinet with latching drawers. Good condition. $10 cash. Will deliver in Hastings. 402-469-1358

For sale: 6-piece place setting Blue Danube blue onion pattern china. Dinner plate, bread and butter plate, salad plate, soup bowl, cup and saucer. Have 12 sets $50.00 per set or make an offer. 402-462-8359 please call after 4:00 pm. (see picture below)

For sale: Wheelbarrow for $20, (3) wooden handled roofing shovels for $20 each, and 11 roofing jacks for $40 for all, 402-469-3080

For sale: Kansas speedway infield camping spot for this weekend $500.00 OBO, Kansas speedway Garage tour passes (2) for Friday May 11th $100.00 OBO, 402-469-5566

For sale: 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo, 4.0 motor, has a knock in it, good trans, 4×4 works nice wheels, new front drive shaft, runs and drives $1,000 obo can see in 900 block of east park street call 402-705-8702

Today’s Deal of the Day at is a $99 C3 Hotel Convention Center Certificate good for a One Night Stay (some restrictions apply) for only $50 while supply lasts. If you have family or friends coming from out of town and need a place for them to stay this is your deal.

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Access to End-Use Technologies Key to Catalysing Development in Africa

By Joshua Masinde

NAIROBI (IDN) – Productive use of energy holds the key to livelihood transformation in Africa’s rural areas. Small industries could improve their production processes and efficiency if they had better access to electricity and technologies.

Without electricity, rural micro-enterprises make do with labour intensive and time-consuming manual tools, and often pass up many opportunities for value addition or product diversification.

Satisfying the need for power of commercial enterprises presents an opportunity for private sector players such as JUMEME, a Tanzanian company that develops solar-powered mini-grids to connect businesses and households in remote areas.

Energy 4 Impact – a non-profit organisation working with local businesses to extend access to energy in Africa – has partnered with JUMEME in an advisory role to help it stimulate demand for electricity among potential customers and develop micro entrepreneurs’ business capacity to use energy for economic transformation, resulting in greater productivity and power consumption.

Compared with households, commercial enterprises take up larger loads of power and provide the developer with a stable source of cash-flow with better profit margins. Building the capacity and the environment for businesses to acquire electric appliances can both improve their processes and productivity and contribute to mini-grid sustainability.

In April 2016, JUMEME launched a solar mini-grid in Bwisya, the largest of eight villages on Ukara Island, on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Since the mini-grid became operational, there has been substantial increase in commercial activities.

Just under 50 pre-existing and new businesses are now connected to power. Some of the businesses that relied on manual labour or diesel generators for grain milling, carpentry, bicycle and motorcycle repair have been able to automate and expand. New businesses dealing in egg incubation, laundry, bread baking, juice processing, ice block production, hair dressing, pop-corn production, and metal welding have emerged.

Data collected by JUMEME show a direct correlation between increased uptake of appliances and power usage. “We have noticed improved efficiency and productivity in mills, woodworks, metal works and baking businesses that have connected to the mini-grid,” says Robert Wang’oe, Head of Marketing at JUMEME. “We expect new businesses to come on stream, for example those purifying drinking water.”

However, although power is now available, many micro-businesses cannot afford to buy appliances. This is because they are unable to access credit to buy them, as they are considered high risk borrowers, says Diana Kollanyi, Energy 4 Impact Programme Manager.

“One of our strategies to advance financial inclusion to micro-enterprises for productive use was to offer non-cash credit guarantees to financial providers. However, there was limited interest by the providers due to the intricate administrative processes involved in the scheme. Another strategy was to invite financial providers to the villages on the island to map out the business potential and build the case for credit provision. Yet, due to the low loan amounts requested, the limited number of businesses and the projected high administrative and transaction costs, this approach did not work either,” she explains.

As a result, JUMEME decided to adopt an in-house financing approach, which enables micro-entrepreneurs to acquire productive use appliances on credit directly from it. The company leverages its financial means to help customers acquire the equipment. Through this scheme customers can order appliances that are procured by JUMEME and pay for them over an agreed period, typically six months.

On behalf of JUMEME, Energy 4 Impact has conducted a number of demand assessment and stimulation activities, as well as productive use awareness raising campaigns.

“We held several discussions with JUMEME on how best to support businesses that wanted to acquire new equipment,” says Diana. “We conducted an analysis to establish the viability of these businesses before obtaining the appliances and then worked with business owners to strengthen their business plan and skills. JUMEME wanted assurances that the entrepreneurs would be in a position to pay for the equipment over an agreed period, pay the electricity bills and still make a profit.”

So far, 12 businesses have been financed to acquire maize mills, rice huskers, cassava mills, welding and carpentry machines, a chicken incubator and ice block makers. All businesses have repaid or are about to finish repaying their loans.

Ten other entrepreneurs have taken additional equipment to expand or diversify their businesses, creating at least 82 employment opportunities as a result.

After being connected to the grid, 25-year-old Elias Malima, a motorcycle garage owner, was able to extend his working hours. He acquired an electric-powered air compressor for inflating motorbike tyres and since then he has more than doubled the number of customers he serves from 15 or fewer to around 35 a day and his income has increased by 50 percent. He has employed three workers and plans to open another motorcycle garage in a nearby village once JUMEME launches another mini-grid later in the year.

“As I was inflating motorcycle tyres manually, Energy 4 Impact’s mentors suggested I could get an electric-powered air compressor. They helped me write a business plan, which demonstrated the potential cash flow and the repayment plan. That is how I acquired the appliance from JUMEME on credit,” says Elias, who has fully repaid his air compressor.

Constantine Mulangi, a 67-year-old specialist in making window and door frames, repairing motorcycles and assorted kitchen accessories such as pots, pans and knives, received support to prepare a business plan for acquiring a welding machine and two metal grinders from JUMEME on credit. 

“We also helped Constantine to develop a pay-back plan,” says Jesse Kyenkungu, Productive Use Field Officer at Energy 4 Impact in Tanzania. “This guided him on aspects such as the initial costs of the equipment acquired, the deposit made to obtain the appliances, the interest he would pay and the monthly deposits required to complete repayments within the agreed period.” 

Like most mini-grids operating in rural contexts, JUMEME is faced with the challenge of keeping tariff costs low to create enough demand, while remaining profitable. Energy 4 Impact has helped JUMEME develop a tariff structure tailored to different users’ needs, which includes a domestic and a business tariff. It is also helping the company understand the customers’ pricing perception and sensitising customers on the need for varying tariff structures.

As a way of diversifying their income streams and enhancing its sustainability, JUMEME has started using the energy they produce to run their own fish freezing/chilling and delivery chain business to serve local markets. This provides the company with an additional cash flow, while offering vital services to the community, creating local jobs and contributing to village economic development. [IDN-InDepthNews – 09 May 2018]

Photo: Energy 4 Impact supported entrepreneur on Ukara Island, on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Credit: Joshua Masinde | IDN-INPS

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Backcountry Gourmet: 3 Backpacking Recipes That Evoke Trail Envy

Kiss cans goodbye, and don’t even think about touching that mac n’ cheese. These easy-to-follow backpacking recipes will keep your tent mates happy and full.

Eating just about anything after a long day of hiking tastes incredible. It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures. For whatever reason, the trail affects your taste buds.

Often hikers chose pre-packaged meals that require less effort over meals with fresh ingredients. But imagine creating a meal that tastes phenomenal at home and transporting it to the trail. Your mind and tastebuds will thank you.

Below are three recipes, all cooked in two Sea to Summit Alpha Series pots. Make these meals on short backpacking trips or at home.

Note that these recipes take longer than usual and likely do not comply with a fast-and-light ethos. But for casual backpackers that take in the sights and care about eating delicious food (who doesn’t?), this list is for you.

This article is sponsored by Sea to Summit. The following three recipes, all of which are dairy and gluten free, were made in the brand’s Alpha Series Cookware

Gourmet Backpacking Recipes: Frittata

This classic baked egg dish is best done in a cast iron skillet in the oven. But for backpacking, you can still pull it off with a simmering stove and some patience. The ingredient list is for a classic variation but is by no means the only version. Feel free to add cherry tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

Frittata ingredients

Before you get cooking, have everything ready to go. This entire dish takes 20 minutes to cook (depending on your stove).

Begin by adding the vegetable oil to the pan. Layer the bottom of the pan with the boiled potatoes, sliced 1/4 of an inch thick.

Layer on the ham, and then pour in the 4 beaten eggs.

Lightly stir in the spinach and top with the cheddar cheese.

Salt and pepper can be incorporated into the eggs before cooking or sprinkled on top when the dish is complete. Your choice.

Light your stove and turn the heat down as low as it goes. Cover your pot for roughly 20 minutes.

Check in on your frittata every 5 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly and doesn’t stick to the pan.

The dish is complete when all of the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted.

Serve and garnish with scallions.

Immediately soak your pan. There will likely be some scrubbing involved, but the hard-anodized surface of the Alpha Pot will easily cope with the scouring side of a sponge.

Gourmet Backpacking Recipes: Pad Thai

There are premade pad thai sauces, but most of them have ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, fillers, and binders. Stick to fresh ingredients, and you won’t be disappointed. A couple of the ingredients are a little harder to find. But most major grocery stores now have decent Asian food sections.

Pad Thai ingredients

Start by boiling some water for the rice noodles. These will cook very quickly and will continue to cook in the sauce later, so leave them al dente, or slightly firm.

Strain the noodles and set aside while you prepare the sauce.

For the sauce, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot. Sauté the shallots and garlic until soft and translucent (3 minutes depending on your stove).

Stir in tamarind paste, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, and fish sauce.

Toss in rice noodles and stir until evenly coated.

Set aside the rice noodles and stir in the egg. Scramble until cooked, and then toss them into the rice noodles and sauce.

Top with crushed peanuts and a squeeze of lime juice.

Garnish with scallions.

Gourmet Backpacking Recipes: Jambalaya

Traditional jambalaya is a mix of chicken, sausage, and shrimp. But for this backpacking recipe, we’ll stick to things with a longer shelf life – like fully cooked andouille sausage.

Pro tip: For space savings, many of the dry and wet ingredients can be combined together to save room and packaging.

Jambalaya ingredients

Start by sautéing the garlic, onion, and red pepper in 2 tablespoons of oil on low for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent.

Then add everything else, bring to a boil, and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

For hotter-burning stoves, you’ll need to stir more frequently to avoid rice getting stuck to the pan and burning. The anodized aluminum spreads heat well, and the larger-radius curve between the base and the walls of the Alpha Pots makes simmering and cleanup a breeze.

Serve with a scallion garnish.

–For further information and more great recipes you can make using Alpha Cookware, click here.

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