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Sunday was Father's Day, and one thing I was reminded of as I browsed the card aisle at CVS looking for a suitable Father’s Day sentiment is that card companies have a pretty narrow (and not very flattering) definition of fathers.

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Missouri Farm Bureau
Natural disasters have wreaked havoc on the United States over the past year. Missouri has seen floods and tornadoes, and many others have experienced hurricanes, snowstorms, wildfires and more. On June 3, Congress passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to assist Ameri…

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It gives me no pride or pleasure to turn to you on a Wednesday, dear reader, and report failure, but here I am again, this time with cross-stitch.

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Twenty years ago I lost my father. By this I mean he died. When you die, I’m pretty sure you’re not at all lost — you’re more present in every particle of the universe than a living, breathing person could ever be.

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Last week I spent the night at Camp Arrowhead with my resident Cub Scout.

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With June and the annual observance of Dairy Month just around the corner, I am reminded of a time when dairy farming was not simply a business, but a way of life for Ozarkers along every country road.

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It was 2011 when I visited Washington, D.C., with my family. One of the things we saw there was the World War II Memorial.

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Kansas City is one of three finalists to be the new home for a couple of USDA agencies. That’s very good news. The agencies contain the world’s leading researchers on agriculture, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has decided that the agencies ought to be closer to both the producers…

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I didn’t even look in my foot locker before I arrived at a Tennessee mountaintop this past weekend.

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I'm writing this out loud. I generally write my "I try" column on my way to work, hands-free in the car. I speak clearly into the voice-recording function of Gmail, saying the words "comma" and "period" out loud, which works beautifully until you need the word "comma" or "period," which you …

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As an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force many years ago, I became accustomed to rendering a hand salute any time our country’s flag was raised, lowered or passed by, as well as when the national anthem was played.

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So this column is going to begin as an announcement of sorts. I’m going to be leaving The Mail, the Marshfield community and the state of Missouri in July. My wife got her dream job, but it’s in Indiana, so we’ll be packing up and heading east at around the midpoint of the summer. For me, it…

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As the clock hit 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, members of the Missouri House and Senate reached the conclusion of a highly productive legislative session that saw a number of important policy reforms cross the finish line. After months of work, legislators were able to pass more than 90 bills an…

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Maybe you heard about the fellow who wrote a heartwarming last will and testament. Well, it was mostly heartwarming.

“To my loving wife who stood by me through thick and thin over these past 57 years, I leave the house and $2 million,” the fellow wrote.

“To my darling daughter who lovingly…

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My friend Jean thinks God speaks to her through road signs and songs on the radio. If the mashed potato scrapings on her plate resemble a J, she sure it’s from Jesus — a love note meant just for her, to encourage her as she goes about her day.

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I have a short drive to the office every day, and over the past week, I’ve noticed that it is exactly long enough for a spirited pep talk.