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While in a sales meeting in the U.K., my colleagues in the engineering department of this large plastic plant invited me to dinner with them to continue discussions.

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A new year, a new decade, a new chute. Now, a lot of us have chutes for our cattle. Chutes make working them a breeze, even though you can have a few difficult ones now and then. A lot of you may have heard of the world’s quietest chute, the Q-Catch 86 Series, made by Arrowquip. However, in …

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Thirteen years ago, I led my son Adam into elementary school to register him for kindergarten. I remember filling out the paperwork and noting he would be part of the Class of 2020.

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Every morning to start the school day off right, my kiddos write down 10 things they are thankful for. It doesn't seem too hard until you find out you can't repeat the same things day after day. Sure, it's fine to occasionally add a repeat, but it can't be repetitive and meaningless.

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Imagine growing tomatoes on a roof in the big city, which is currently being done. Or what about even growing them in outer space? Yes sir, I am talking about growing tomatoes in the Milky Way. But I’m not talking about grow lights, which we can use to grow plants in outer space; I’m talking…

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If you’re not ready to plunge into the traditional New Year’s “get in shape” resolution, I’ve got an idea for how to wade into it or any big project you’ve been dreading. Put one of your closets on a diet.

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We have just completed the time of year when consumerism is at its peak for the year. Many companies depend on this season to be able to end the year with a profit. Advertising is at a fever pitch with heart-warming, tear-jerking stories attached at the end by the product you should purchase.

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Lord, you are my Savior,

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I'm an assumer (assuming that's a word). I tend to assume things based on feelings rather than facts. Uh-oh, did I hit a nerve? No worries because I am so with you. I am definitely preaching to myself today. I always assume the worst-case scenario.

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Now, $1.51 million is a lot, and you wouldn’t normally associate that much with a cow. A racehorse on the other hand? It wouldn’t surprise me if they cost that much. However, yet another world record has been established by Schaff Angus Valley.

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There are few pleasures in the sport of fishing to match taking trout, bass, bluegill or other fish on a fly of your own creation. On cold winter evenings with a bitter wind rattling the windows, you can sit at a tying bench, reliving past fishing experiences and put together the ingredients…

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New Year’s Day 55 years ago, I was a newly minted 17-year-old on the cusp of one of the most significant years of my life.

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Whoa! Can you believe 2019 will soon be a memory? I don’t know about you, but 2019 was a rollercoaster ride of obstacles for me. God moved in some amazing ways for me this year, but not without equal amounts of trials. Anyone? I’m grateful for all the cool things He’s done, but it was a real…

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“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” — Philippians 4:8

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In hunting circles these days, camouflage is the rage and if you are not into olive drab, duck marsh brown and Labrador retriever black, you are simply not with it.

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Recently in the “Letter to the Editor” section of the Cedar County Republican I read a delightful letter by a self-described “newbie” to Stockton. In it, Patricia Allwood Hindman extolled the virtues of our city, describing scenes of wildlife, lake life and the pleasures of doing business an…

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There’s snow outside, ice on the roads, sliding and slipping around traveling to and fro; could it be our heart is set on 67 degrees? Yes, recalling the Honolulu Christmases spent among friends in the neighborhood.

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Christmas is for giving, or so the stories say.

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Do you ever stress over how you'll get everything bought and accomplished during the holidays? I'm sort of a last-minute shopper, also known as a procrastinator, when it comes to buying and planning, which is crazy because I'm generally a big-time planner. But when it comes to Christmas, I t…

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The City of Stockton, its park board and representatives from the three Stockton veteran organizations are marching forward with the creation of Stockton Veterans' Memorial Park. Several progressive steps were announced at the December meeting of the committee.

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Do you prefer white lights or multi-color lights for decorations?

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If you remember earlier in the year, I wrote an article about how trade was going between the United States and Japan. The article was mainly about how Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, AKA mad cow disease, had been detected and the Japanese wanted to make sure the meat they were receiving w…

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OK, Millennials, I’m told folks my age — children of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation — are supposed to get all bent out of shape if you dismiss our workplace suggestions with that vapid phrase, “OK, Boomer.” Folks argue it’s unlawful age discrimination in the workplace, or at best it’s just…

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I was young and in what I thought was love. I had my eyes on this guy, we’ll call him Matt, for what seemed like forever to a tween girl. I thought for sure this was the guy I would marry. I had finally found him after 12 years of being on this earth. It seems a little silly now, but at the …

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This holiday season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season.

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A youngster’s first air rifle, .22 or shotgun should come with lessons to help insure a lifetime of safe, ethical shooting. Should your son or daughter open his or her first air gun or firearm on Christmas morning, be sure to give them the second part of the gift — an education in firearm safety.