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Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

House speaker, LePage agree to cooperate on new mental health facility

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.
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Ben Barr, who will be among about 950 participants in the Millinocket Marathon & Half on Saturday, goes on a 5-mile training run Tuesday in Millinocket. Instead of paying an entry fee, runners are encouraged to spend at area shops, restaurants and hotels.

This marathon may help Millinocket get its ‘mojo back’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
“What I am seeing is that this has literally activated the community. There are so many different dances, dinners and things going on that weekend. I am getting a lot of feedback from local folks who are literally energized by this.”
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Jessica and Brian Farrar, owners of Maine Water Buffalo Co. in Appleton, began the dairy side of their business in 2013. Milking once a day, they make mozzarella cheese, buffalo milk feta cheese that they call "buffeta," soft spreadable cheeses, yogurt and gelato. They sell their products at farmers markets in Union, Belfast, Camden and Rockland.

Creamery, meat farm looks to double water buffalo herd

By Lauren Abbate on Dec. 07, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
In the seven years since the Maine farm began, the Farrars have carved out a stronghold for their niche product, expanded their water buffalo herd, opened a farm store, established a creamery, and now, they’re looking to double the size of their herd to meet growing demand.
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The State House in Augusta can be seen in this January 2016 file photo.

Lawmakers pan LePage threat to build psychiatric unit outside Augusta

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 06, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
“I’m looking for another location,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “They could only stop me on the East Campus [in Augusta]. Already I’m looking at Freeport right now. We’re looking up in the Bangor area. We’re looking down south.”
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Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery owner Dan Pease shows off the brewery part of his brewpub in Rockland Thursday. Pease has bought a new building with hopes of a big expansion on their brewing this summer.

Midcoast brewer plans for dramatic boost in suds production

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 05, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“We’re not making enough beer to keep up right now.”
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Rev. David Henry (right), pastor of First Baptist Church, looks on as First Baptist Church head usher Robert Staples (center) and another church member move the communion table after the Imago Dei Anglican Church service Sunday at the First Baptist Church building on Center Street in Bangor. The churches have been sharing space for over a month and intend to continue the arrangement for at least a year.

As its flock shrinks, this Bangor church opened its doors to a new congregation to hang on

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 04, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
Imago Dei Anglican Church and First Baptist Church are sharing the church at 56 Center St. So far, it has been a win-win for both congregations, even though their worship styles and liturgical practices are very different.
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University of Maine's Andrew Fleming (right) tries for two past Central Connecticut State University during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Wednesday.

UMaine basketball team to protest North Carolina anti-LGBT law

BDN staff reports on Dec. 02, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.
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UMaine-Duke men’s basketball: More than a likely blowout

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 02, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
“It will be an incredible challenge for us.”
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Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in July at the University of Maine in Orono.

King to Obama: Declassify intelligence on Russia’s influence on the election

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
“This isn’t about Donald Trump’s election or Hillary Clinton’s defeat,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said. “This is about an extraordinary, bold, aggressive movement by a foreign country to influence our elections.”
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Bangor Daily News reporter Meg Haskell shows off her Facebook app on her phone.

What to do when you’re through with Facebook

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 30, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
Deleting the Facebook app won’t deactivate or eliminate the account itself. That requires a series of steps that many Facebookers don’t know about and which, especially for older users, is important to understand.
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Caitlin Shetterly, author of "Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future."

Maine journalist in search of answers takes deep look at GMOs, pesticides and American agriculture

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 30, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
Caitlin Shetterly’s unusual diagnosis — that she possibly had developed an allergy to genetically modified corn — led her to start asking questions. She wanted to find out what exactly genetically modified organisms are and whether they can make people sick.
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A Bangor Public Works crew installs Bangor's Holiday Tree in West Market Square on Tuesday morning. The balsam fir stands at over 35 feet tall, and was donated by Sprague's Nursery & Garden Center from a private property in Levant.

Christmas tree standing 3½ stories set up for the holidays in downtown Bangor

BDN staff reports on Nov. 29, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
A balsam fir measuring more than 35 feet was erected Tuesday in West Market Square.
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Cory Ricker, head brewer, pours a beer at 2 Feet Brewing Co. in Bangor on Nov. 18.

Eclecticism is in the brew at 2 Feet Brewing, new downtown Bangor tasting room

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 28, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
“A lot of people love IPAs. But we don’t do IPAs.”
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Treats Falls House resident Nye Ivers (center) laughs as a helper straightens her hardhat during the groundbreaking for a nearly $5 million renovation and expansion at the facility on Nov. 16 in Orono.

Orono facility for disabled renovating, expanding services

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 27, 2016, at 7:19 a.m.
Treats Falls House, a 17-bed intermediate care facility for people with intellectual, medical and/or behavioral needs tucked between the Penobscot River and Park Street, is getting a facelift and more space thanks to a federal loan.
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A woodstove burns at Evergreen Home and Hearth in Brewer Monday. The American Lung Association of the Northeast is sponsoring a woodstove changeout in select western Maine towns, which provides qualifying homeowners with a $1,000 voucher to replace their non-EPA certified woodstove with an EPA certified woodstove.

Wood stove changeout program highlights importance of updating your home’s hearth

By Lauren Abbate on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
If your stove equipment is not up to snuff, it could be emitting an excessive amount of particulate matter that can have negative effects on people’s lung health.
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Can Black Friday go green?

By Matthew Klingle, The Conversation on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
Outdoor retailers and the paradoxes of eco-friendly shopping
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STONINGTON, Maine -- 11/18/16 -- Isle Au Haut lobsterman Payson Barter maneuvers his vessel Perseverance through the harbor in Stonington after a day of fishing. Barter said the 2016 fishing season has been fruitful and that prices fishermen have gotten are "about the same" as they were in 2015, when the average annual price rose above $4 per pound for the first time since 2007.

What’s on a real roll? Demand for the Maine lobster

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
The demand for lobster is on a roll — often literally. And that is helping to keep the price that Maine lobstermen are getting for their catch near historic highs.
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Melissa Huston, the director of philantropy for Northern Maine, stops at the Good Shepherd Food Bank Hampden warehouse in this August 2016 file photo.

Can the burgeoning local food movement save Mainers from hunger?

By Julia Bayly and Kathleen Pierce, BDN Staff on Nov. 23, 2016, at 7:07 a.m.
“We are the ninth hungriest state in the nation — Maine is heading in the wrong direction.”
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A Dead River fuel truck and string of cars driving east and uphill on Academy Street in Presque Isle on Tuesday morning, amid the first measurable snowfall of the season in central Aroostook County.

First measurable snow of season for northern Maine misses record

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 22, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
The first snowfall of any significance in Aroostook County arrived overnight Tuesday morning.
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Republican Bruce Poliquin (right) and Democrat Emily Cain can be seen during opening statements in their 2016 congressional debate held Oct. 19 at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

Report: Maine’s 2nd District was No. 1 in negative advertising

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Nov. 21, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who won a second term with 55 percent of the vote, ran fewer ads overall than his Democratic challenger, Emily Cain.