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Jerry W. Ragsdale left his earthly journey and began his heavenly journey February 21, 2021.  His life is an example of running the race with endurance and the hard work necessary to realize your dreams. Jerry was born in Marshfield, Missouri on August 4, 1947 to the modest family of Eugene …

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I saw a bumper sticker on Spur Drive the other day by that said “This too shall pass... it may pass like a kidney stone, but it’ll pass.” 

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I can't remember a single time in my life that I've felt truly chilled to the bone, until this week. With subzero temperatures and windchills well into the negatives, I realized how much I've yet to learn when it comes to living.

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There’s few things I respect more in this job than athletes who give thought-provoking answers immediately following a painful loss. It is never lost on me how difficult it can be.

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Some of my fondest memories from high school stem from my time spent in the Marshfield FFA. From traveling to Mizzou for state competition, to wearing my best boots to the annual Barnwarming party, to joking around with Bill(Roberts) on every bus trip. All while remaining cautious of any soi…

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There’s a lot of misconception bred by modern forms of communication. Most of the time, facts seem to dissipate as a story travels mouth by mouth, ear to ear, news outlet to news outlet, one social media app to another.

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I sat in the living room of my family’s new farm Christmas morning, counting every one of my blessings. I’d describe 2020 as hellacious at best, yet Christmas brings me an indescribable sense of peace.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that you would go somewhere like FYE or a record store and pick up the latest CD. There was nothing like paying $16.99 for something that cost less to make than a cassette tape for an album that helped make record label execs like Lou Pearlman multi-millionaires.

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I stood Monday night in awe of what was before me. On Dec. 21, for the first time since 1226, the Star of Bethlehem was visible to the human eye. The Christmas Star is famous for guiding the three wise men in the Bible Nativity story to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus Christ.

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How about some good economic news. According to the just released 2020 edition of Economic Freedom of North America, Missouri ranks as the 12th most economically free state in the country.  It is an improvement over last year’s ranking, which was 16th.  That’s good news because more economic…

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If citizens want to read up on the hydroxychloroquine/zincsulfate/aizthromycin protocol used to treat COVID cases as soon as symptoms are reported, the "Zelenko Protocol" paper can be found on the internet.

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Words simply cannot describe how blessed I feel to report on the news in my own hometown.

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I don't know about your house, but the standard for personal appearance has taken a sharp nosedive at the Rockwood house. All this time at home during the pandemic has made me question the necessity of several things that used to be an essential part of the day. Things like pants with button…

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On Monday, I returned to The Marshfield Mail office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

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Another Thanksgiving approaches. You know how people say, “This year has really flown by! Where did the time go?” I’m pretty sure this year has gone at half-speed and aged everyone double.

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As the holidays inch closer and closer, I find myself feeling conflicted. I always loved the last six weeks of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of love and celebration, regardless of who you are. Everyone just seems to be a little bit happier. 

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I encourage our communities of Webster county to emphasize our spirit of goodwill by remembering to give where we can, share when possible and always offer a helping hand. I raised my children with the belief that as long as we had, we could give. Where we cannot give, we can share, from don…

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I spent election night at the Webster County Courthouse, reporting voter results as they came in from each precinct. It has been several years since I’ve been at the courthouse on election night, and boy–was it different.