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Videos show flood water flowing down the Platte River from Nebraska into the Missouri River. There are still snowbanks further north adding to the flood. Photos show bridges, vehicles and roads swept … more
Recently my bride and I took a few days off from our busy work schedules to visit our two youngest offspring who are living in Madison, Wis. On the way to the great state of Wisconsin we made a … more
Spring sprung, almost. Farmers’ winter meetings ended, even if bad weather lingers. Seems corn was planted last year by now. You can count on Missouri weather being unexpected. Last … more
Have you ever paid attention to the “fine print” found at the bottom of some of the advertisements in the Republican, or, for that matter, any other print publication? I’m sure … more
March is our windy month. This one seems wilder than any I recall. When I almost blew over going into the post office, I don’t think it was because I was frail as leaves blowing in the wind. … more
To the Editor: Call this opinion regressive if you must, but based upon their past experience and the substantial losses incurred it would behoove the city of Owensville to get out of the loan … more
To the Editor: We understand that Republicans want strong borders. As Democrats we must strongly…agree! Even though we are often mischaracterized on social media, common sense dictates … more
The college admissions scandal, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” according to Andrew Lelling, US attorney for Massachusetts, was a big part of the national news recently. In case you … more
I’m going through the change. Sweet Ol’ Duane became cranky. So, watch out. No joking around. I awoke at 4 a.m. for bathroom call. Then my cellphone, which I check as first duty of … more
Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments during World War II with the vote of the Tax Payment Act of 1943. This accomplished two things. It made it easier for the IRS to … more
I was re-schooled on animal science last week. MU Extension livestock specialists came to campus for In-Service Education, or ISE. That put me in a bind as the regional farm management specialist … more
Common ground doesn’t seem like too much to expect in a country that calls itself the United States. But where can you find it and what does it even look like anymore? The Gasconade … more
Those of us who toil in the vineyard of the printed word as newspaper men and women are deeply concerned this legislative session as Missouri’s government is actively taking steps to keep you, … more
A couple weeks ago in this column I mentioned that I used to put my 1972 Nova in neutral, shut the engine off and coast for two miles down a mountain when I spent the summer in Virginia. This … more
I stepped into long-term tradition at MU Trowbridge Livestock Center, Saturday morning. I entered a beauty shop for beef heifers. Outside, the parking lot was jammed with livestock trailers and … more
Personally I think labeling something as a hate crime is redundant. Any crime against another person involves hate. Does anyone believe that an individual would commit assault, rape or murder against … more
It is no secret that a drug problem exists in our state. From the often-discussed opioid epidemic to illegal drug trafficking, our state has been hit hard by substance abuse. In 2018, the Missouri … more
Severe winter weather continues to challenge beef herd owners, forecasters and young drivers. Quick changes in icy weather also stress school administrators deciding to cancel school. After a … more
Everyone remembers the first presidential election they voted in. I was 20 years-old and in college when I had the privilege to vote for the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. … more
Winter meetings are a major part of MU Extension educational events for farmers. This year, meetings collided with winter. For 10 years winters seemed to get warmer, I don’t recall many winter … more
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