Ty Bechel

NEW PRAGUE, MINN. – Jessica Wesson, a University of Arkansas agricultural communications graduate student, received the Agricultural Relations Council 2021 ARC/C.O.nxt Scholarship. In May 2020, Wesson earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, communication and technology...
Over the years, there have been many devastating crises that have caused deaths, financial burdens, and a change in the way society views those elected to protect the American people. In May of 2011, an EF5-rated tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri, killing approximately 150 and causing over...
It is holiday time, which is when many people talk about, "it's better to give than to receive." I spend a lot of time reading people's comments on social media on various topics, and naturally, I see how people respond to addiction. I have to say, there is such a misunderstanding of the disease of...
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, India, is the tallest human-made structure in the world. It is overwhelming to know that it is 2,716 feet tall. A half a mile is 2,640 feet to put things into perspective. With such a tall building, innovation and precise engineering created an elevator that travels at 22...
Have you ever sat in silence for more than 5 minutes? You can hear cars driving by, the light hum of the refrigerator, or the heater or air conditioner kicking on. Silence is usually avoided by many of us. It creates this awkward feeling of restlessness and sometimes anxiety. This same type of uneasiness...
This column is moving right along, and thank you to all of the readers so far. I sincerely mean it. I don’t want to necessarily be the guy known as an addiction and recovery expert because there are so many great people out there doing fantastic work that goes unnoticed; many are unsung heroes....
Amare NFP and the Metro-East Recovery Council (MERC) are partnering on a new Family Support Network to assist family members and friends in need of support or resources due to a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. The network, launched on September 15th, will provide a phone line manned by volunteers...
I believe it is fair to say that drug and alcohol addiction affects the individual, family and friends, and the community. As I have expressed in previous articles, society has been quite foul, sometimes malicious to the population that struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, which affects an estimated...
There are many elements to drug and alcohol addiction. One of the most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching elements is trauma. I have worked with individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for nearly five years. If you heard some of the trauma people had to experience, you would want to escape...
Beyond Parody Drug and alcohol addiction are well known. Some people are tired of hearing or reading about it. Some are tired of a broken system that is supposed to provide care and treatment for those that need it. The argument can be the one struggling with addiction did it to themselves and...
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