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  • By Jim Hamilton
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Twenty-seven years ago, on April 21, 1991, my 19-year-old daughter, Angela, died when her Honda coupe crossed the center line and crashed into a motor home.

  • By Ken White
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While heading for the lake, to get in on the walleye, crappie and white bass spawning runs, I saw three big tom turkeys all fanned out near several hens. It’s a sight to see and would get any turkey hunter's adrenalin going.

  • Submitted by Eric Bohl
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Missouri’s rural economy could see real harm from the brewing trade war with China. The Chinese government met President Trump’s recent tariffs with retaliation against American agricultural goods.

  • Submitted by Elva Weber
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So here I am, unable to get into my hotel room, because the inside door latch locked when I slammed the door to get out this morning to get to my appointments. Now I can’t open the door to get in and get ready for dinner. I suppose if I call the maintenance man he can come in through the win…

  • By Jim Hamilton
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I’ve written much about growing up on a small Ozark farm in the 1950s, so much readers might imagine mine was a storybook childhood. Maybe, maybe not.

  • Submitted by Elva Weber
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One of my favorite places to visit was at a distributor’s office in Pennsylvania. The customer service staff was composed of two of the most unusual characters I have ever met.

  • By Jim Hamilton
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The poet Robert Frost wrote a century ago of a crossroad familiar to writers, artists and perhaps many others who follow their passions through life, rather than a lust for wealth.

  • Jim Hamilton
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Most of us had guns when I was in high school in the early 1960s, but I don’t recall anyone being shot in a classroom.

  • Submitted by Eric Bowl
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Trade war, tariffs will hurt Missouri's economy

  • Submitted by Eric Bohl
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A decade ago, cap and trade was all the rage among environmental activists. This law would have given government the ability to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Cap and trade would have placed an artificial limit or cap on companies’ emissions and allowed them to buy or trade excess allowa…

  • Submitted by Eric Bohl
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Humans will need to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the previous 10,000 combined. Agricultural researchers love to wow audiences with this mind-blowing fact. Some of this is due to population growth, as we will likely add about another two billion people before leveling off ar…

  • By Gwen Rockwood
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Today I told my dad, for what is probably the 20th time, the reason he’s having trouble talking is because he had a stroke. It happened on Feb. 10, but he doesn’t remember. He also doesn’t remember the trip to the hospital emergency room or the way a team of doctors and nurses descended on h…

  • Submitted by Eric Bohl
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New infrastructure finally coming to rural america

  • By James Hamilton
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Once upon a time in the Ozarks, we boiled poison tonic in the spring and lived to tell of it.

  • Submitted by Elva Weber
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As the baggage goes around and around in the carousel in Orlando, I suddenly realize my bags are not on it. It took me long enough; after all, I’ve been standing here for more than an hour.

  • By James Hamilton
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When I was but a 13-year-old boy, I began a four-year journey through what would prove some of my most valuable high school learning experiences. I enrolled in freshman vocational agriculture.

  • By James Hamilton
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As National FFA Week approaches I am reminded of my first and only venture into owning hogs.

  • By Gwen Rockwood
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When we brought our new dog home last summer, I expected the usual trials of raising a puppy; the house-training, the chewing, the short attention span, but I never imagined I’d have trouble giving him a bath.

  • By James Hamilton
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January, the heart of winter. Hunting season is over, it’s too cold for most of us to go fishing, little field work can be done, no crops can be planted. It’s the season for retreating to a warm fire, perusing bookshelves and waiting out winter in the company of Louis L’Amour, Elmer Kelton, …

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In a letter to the editor by Ladena Bough, she made comments directed at Jana Witt, CEO of the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. In those comments she alleged Witt said things which, in fact, she did not say. The news article had information provided by the hospital, not by Witt. The article i…