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Sun cycles Continued from page 1 self with north and south poles fully reversed. "It's not surprising that the sun has cycles," Allen said. "But our sun is pretty darn stable compared to other stars." That stability may have played a part in making it possible for earliest life to get off the ground and go to town. "But that' s really quite specula- tive," Allen said. What was the north pole of the sun has actually already become a south pole. That means that at the moment the sun has two south poles. "Presumably that configuration is unstable," Allen explained. "It will likely change soon and the poles will be fully reversed." The changes the sun is going through mean the sun is producing more cosmic rays. That translates into more impressive shows of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) which you may see lighting up portions of the night sky on clear nights. Once, riding sleepless on a Greyhound bus across North Da- kota, I saw the whole night sky lit up by the Northern Lights - it's a show you don't ever forget if once you see a really good example of it. But there's an important point about the sun's cycles that goes beyond entertaining light shows. Variations in the sun's output of heat that goes along with changing numbers of sunspots appears to be one factor that can change climate here on Earth. The 1 l-year solar cycle, for example, shows up in the evidence of tree ring widths in the American southwest, presumably because the solar cycle is a factor controlling precipitation. "The link to climate is specula- tive but also potentially very im- portant," Allen said. "I knew you'd ask me about it," he added with a laugh. To measure how much solar energy is actually absorbed by the Earth over time, NASA developed the Deep Space Climate Observa- tory (DSCOVR). It's designed to stay between the Earth and the sun, always "looking" at the sunlit side of the Earth and measuring energy absorption over time and in differ- ent regions. The satellite was actually built long ago, but it's been warehoused rather than launched due to potiti- cal and budgetary issues, Allen explained. Enjoy the warmth of the sun's rays as much as you can in the coming days. We won't see this much daylight again until March. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Nort.hwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sci- ences at Washington State Univer- sity. Business tips Continued from page 5 Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media tools is crucial. But an Internet presence is just the first step. Maximize the effort From creating web text and so- cial media activity to the develop- ment of interactive graphics, audio and video, turning your website visitors into true customers and sales requires expertise. Whether you are hiring a qualified tech spe- cialist to work for you full-time or outsourcing your efforts to an agency or freelancer, maximizing your online presence is an expen- diture for which you may not have accounted for when you first drew up your business plan. It's all about spending the time and money to design an easy-to- use website and to continually com- municate new information via so- cial media. Once you start a dia- logue with y_ou.r customers via Facebook or Twztter, you need to keep it up. You can' t start and stop, and use social media sporadically. Online marketing needs to be a continual process, say experts. New expenditures While the economy may be tak- ing a turn for the better, traditional lenders have not made funds more easily accessible. As a result, di- rect access to capital remains tight for many small business owners, making it harder to fund the mar- keting projects necessary for sur- vival. Experts say that exploring your options is critical to avoid going dark. "Alternative financing rescues many small businesses facing tough times because these options are often easier to qualify for than their conventional counterparts," says Stephen Sheinbaum, CEO of Mer- chant Cash and Capital, an organi- zation that provides funding to small businesses. ATTENTION FARMER-FEEDER For Prompt Removal of Dead Cattle and Horses Please Call Frank At: S&S Products: 1-800-919-8360 6 Day Service 7 Day-24 Hr. Phone Service $15 Charge on 24-30 rues. Southern Nebraska Coverage or older cattle & Kansas Coverage in These $60 Charge per Horse Counties: Jewell, Mitchell. Cloud. Republic & West half of Washington 2 t2 [? - NOTE TO CATTLEMEN: The $15 charge on older cattle Is based on USDA rulings requiring plants to remove brain stems & spinal column from cattle. The $15 charge will be used to cover costa of such procedure. We appreciate your understanding of this charge. Protect your bottom line with The Power of AgMax Mall Sdllvan 427 Highway 14 Superkx, NE 402-879-3002 AgMax Crop Insurance is great for America's farmers. See how our federal crop, crop hail and federal livestock options can benefit your business. AgMax" Crop Insurance www.MaxCn aK Gp lmulaa  b/Wclan ,lllutal Irmoe mpany, m equsl aplmdu Ixoddel. - -1 (4-13) Skin cancer Continued from page 6 rate diagnosis ot san dzseases through the direct visualization of cells, it is used for the diagnosis of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as for the accurate noninvasive diagnosis of benign lesions and dermatoses. At your next doctor' s visit, here are topics to discuss regarding your risks of developing skin cancer and what you and your doctor can do to check for it: Risk: While anyone can de- velop skin cancer, the risk is el- evated by overexposure to harmful UV rays, a family history of the disease and a lighter complexion. Ask your doctor to assess your risk and offer you ways of mitigating the threat. Self-exam: Between doctor's visits, you can perform self-exams on a monthly basis. Using a full- length mirror as well as a handheld mirror, look for changes in your skin that could be indicative of skin cancel Don't forget to check your scalp and nail beds of your toes and fingers. Your doctor can offer you guidelines for what to look for and how. Screening: Ask your doctor about innovations in skin cancer detection that offer a noninvasive alternative to a biopsy. More infor- mation can be found at www.caliberid.com. The Week of October 7, 2013 The Leader Page 7 By being informed and inquisi- five, you can make the most of your next visit to the doctor. Don't ignore your pet's bad breath (StatePoint) If you think your pet's bad breath is no big deal, you're not alone, as 28 million pet owners mistakenly think bad breath is normal for pets. But experts are warning dog and cat lovers that bad breath isn't just unpleasant, it can be a sign of poor oral health or dental disease. "If your pet has bad breath, a visit to the veterinarian is impera- tive," says Dr. Brook Niemiec, a board-certified wterinary dentist and president of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Breeds with short, fiat faces like Pugs, Boston Terriers and Bull- dogs are at higher risk for oral issues, as are senior pets and small dogs and cat. But no matter the size, breed or age of your pet, you can take steps/to reduce bad breath: Brush your pet's teeth daily to fight buildup of plaque and tartar. Give your pet Veterinary Oral Health Council accepted dental treats, such as Greenies dental chews and treats. Make regular visits to the vel- erinarian. Schedule professional dentaI cleanings as advised by your vet- erinarian. To learn more about prevcntin, bad pet breath and how dcmaI chews and.treats work, vi';fl www.Greenies.com. To advertise, contact one of the: sponsoring newspapers. Taxes00 Schedule a year-end tax planning appointment/ MARLAN V. WATSON C:ertified Public Accountant Office and fax: 402-879-4013 430 N. Central E-Mail: mvwcpa@windstream.net Superior, Neb. AUCTION SATURDAY, Oct. 19 10 A.M. Auction will be held at the farm (2252 120 Road Burr Oak, Kansas) from main street in Burr Oak, Kansas go East of State Street it turns to Water street then to V road 1 mile to 120 road then 1/2 mile North. TRACTORS Sell at 12:00 noon. Tractors have been in the s 1921 Titan IHC 10-20 kerosene w/dead furrow guide, runs; ! known; 1925 Wallis steel wheels, runs; Sheppard 3 cy diesel w high back wheels; 1929 Caterpillar 10; 1920's Samson M rum Graham Bradley runs; 1946 IHC M w/wide front, runs; IHC I= 3 Case LA needs work; John Deere 111 riding mower; , Island 22-40 rL it, runs; Twin Oil. ver King 16 hp, /belly mower 2 STATIONARY ENGINES, CAST IRON SE/ ; ;, :: LLECTABLI Stationary engines inc.: John Deere 6 hp on trucks, Fairbanks ivi:,:;,,,,/. : hp on trucks, Uii: , ' A 1 3/4 hp w/trucks, John Deere Type E 3 hp, IHC 3 hp, Witte 4 h9 o .ucks, Sandwich 1 !,.: !ii Waterloo Type E 1 1/2 hp on trucks, John Deere 1 1/2 hp, IHC i 1/2 hp, Cushman upright 1 ,f I, i Montier, Light Lift no 1 upright w/pump; Fairbanks Morse 4 hp Type I- stuck, 2 Fairbanks ;: ;qp / for parts; 3 blade windmill; Windmill weights inc.: (horseshoe, Plattner Yale, Challenge, 4 short  i! horses, cement football, Hildreth Ironworks counter balance,disc counter balance,round i::z!i counter balance, others); windmill parts; wooden pump & pipe; 2 Van Brunt drills w/dual hitch rarr.,; horse drawn Moline lister; Mann's Green bone cutter; Challenger grinder; Wooden beam wlkiro plow; Fairbanks Morse Co. windmill pump wood box; hand corn planters; 50 Cast iron seats (Stoddard, RI, Crown, Walter Wood P & O, Champion, Stoddard, Western Roller); cast iron tool boxes; Evinrude 3 hp boat motor; Elgin boat motor; meal grinder w/motor; Lee's treadle sewing machine; camel back trunk; steamer truflk; cast iron bed; cast iron baby bed; 1939 Worlds Fair cane; Texaco gas globe (damaged); cast iron ball; railroad hook; pea huller; store scale; Cyclone cutter; wooden wagon jack; Case jack; harness parts on board; oil cans; trombone; several pieces of furniture; Gas Engine magazines (start to present); assortment of tractor books; china pot; Buster Brown doll w/clothes; wicker doll buggy; child's washing machine; Weller vase; other glass; 4 handle 10 gal cream can; 5gal. oil cans; assortr0ent antique wrenches; cast iron waffle iron; cherry pitter; cistern cups; lard press; 12 bikes; trike's; hub caps; water cans; cream separator; woodenboxes; Tore Wheel Horse riding lawn mower; 6"-30' auger with B & S motor; 4" augers w/ motors; drying bin motors; tankheater; 10 section roller track; metal lathe; assortment of other collectables. Note: Jack had collected for many years, this is a very nice collection. Check our web site for pictures at www.thummelauction.com.  JACK BYERS ESTATE Auction Conducted By Thummel Real Estate & Auction LLC 785-738-0067 or 785-738-5933 41-1c I