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The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21. President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau mutually agreed to seal the world’s longest non-militarized … more
Her husband died on June 1. Blanche Firestone told me about Ron during an interview on Aug. 24 at her house in Marshfield. The walls of her living room had some decor from children or … more
Is policing in real life as hard as policing online?It’s a semi-serious question. Both seem like a sometimes impossible, thankless job.With the rise of memes in the last several years, people of … more
Years ago, I was at a post-game press conference for a Power 5 basketball head coach. His team had just beaten an in-state mid-major, but arguably the bigger story was that, after playing … more
I was supposed to be an artist. My school teachers and friends were sure of. Throughout fourth grade to junior high I decorated my papers with Viking long ships, three-masted sailing ships and … more
If you live in the right neighborhood and can afford it, you might think of high-speed internet as a convenient way to connect to bingeworthy TV shows or the conference calls that let you work from … more
The Missouri General Assembly returned to Jefferson City on July 27 for an extra legislative session called by the governor. The “extraordinary” session is focused on addressing violent crime, … more
I heard about the coin shortage on the news. Maybe it's from people wishing 2020 will be over. OK, all jokes aside, it turns out to be just a disruption in coin circulation. With everyone using … more
More than 250 environmental groups recently petitioned House Democratic leaders to embrace the Green New Deal. They claim banning fossil fuels is the key to ending climate change. We certainly … more
Weather forecasters are doing their best to scare us with daily predictions of temperatures in the high 90s, with “no relief in sight,” as if we’ve never lived through an Ozarks summer.Most of … more
To the editor: I'm not the only one tired of hearing about this virus. Tired of numbers of cases, masks, social distancing, tracing, vaccines. Tired of worrying about children in school and … more
It’s been about a year now that I’ve been in the community. In some ways, it seems longer since our former sports editor took me around town and I had that first sight of the baseball field and … more
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