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We are one week into the freshly-minted NFL season, and everything is going to plan for the Kansas City Chiefs, thus far. The defending Super Bowl champs easily dispatched the Houston Texas last Thursday night by a score of 34-20 in a game that was not nearly as close as the two-score differ…

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September is the bridge between summer and fall. The sun’s angle is still high enough to provide plenty of warmth, but its light fades faster in the evening. Cottonwoods are already dropping golden leaves. Football seasons are underway even if tailgating is on hiatus for the year. And across…

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What a beautiful weekend after so many gloomy, rainy days last week. The rain was appreciated but reminded me of Seattle or other places where it rains slowly for days. Saturday and Sunday were sunny with cooler temperatures. Our upcoming weeks are predicted to be dry, sunny, but not hot. Se…

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Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Jeremiah the Prophet wrote down God’s words between 626 and 586 BC. More than 2600 years later, God’s plans haven’t changed: God’s plans are still to prosper us, and not to harm us. Jeremiah’s core message to the Israelites, and to us in September 20…

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You will likely know the result of the Kansas City Chiefs’ seasoning opening game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. With that in mind, I’m going to give a few of my thoughts on the season, as a whole, and what to look for as the team kicks off their attempt at a repeat world title.

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The Kansas Insurance Department gets thousands of calls a month from consumers to agents to companies, inquiring about the laws and regulations of the state of Kansas. I love hearing from Kansans and I am thrilled at the opportunity to help! As a pharmacist, working directly with patients wa…

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When I was young, I remember those crisp September days and the start of the monarch migration and how the monarchs seemed to cover the trees around my family’s farm. It pains me to hear that since my childhood, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90%. A decline that has created …

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Week one of DWest Schools are over. As far as I am concerned, everything is going great. The students are not fussing about wearing masks and the students who are distance learning are checking in as class begins. The first football games and volleyball games went well, so things are a littl…

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The 2020 NFL season is set to get underway with the Chiefs and Titans game next Thursday night, and while the upcoming slate will look unlike anything we’ve seen before thanks to the ongoing pandemic, it will be the litany of on-field plot twists from the oddest offseason in memory that will…

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Time flies, right? Already we have celebrated again the high points in the Christian church year — Christmas, Easter, Pentecost — and now ended the summer months. And on top of that all in the middle of a pandemic! In a matter of a few short months, we will have snow on the ground and singin…

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Have you ever heard of Transient Ischemic Attack or Hyponatremia? Neither have I, but I have it. I just spent 3 days in the hospital being tested for everything, and that was my final diagnosis. Basically, my sodium was too low, my heartrate slow, and I am dehydrated. My symptoms were being …

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As many of you know, I have been blessed with being the daddy to four beautiful little girls. They range in ages from four to 12.

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So Wednesday was…a day…right? I mean, you’ve got hurricanes, politics, sports, and then almost no sports.

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Deals that are often too good to be true are often known as “sweetheart deals.” The price is hard to believe in exchange for the desired goods or services. There is another form of “sweetheart” deals, or rather scams, that are preying upon residents in greater frequency, particularly the eld…

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Aug. 31 is the day DWest students will be trekking back to school and we teachers have been preparing for their return. This week will be more prep time to prepare for in-school and distance learning lessons. Several students and their parents have committed to distance learning, and I will …

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When considering adopting a dog into your family, many people often think that a cuddly, energetic puppy is the most appealing choice. Though puppies are fun and undeniably cute, the cuteness doesn’t come without a lot of work. There is a definite case to be made for senior dogs.

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A man’s heart directs his way: but the LORD DIRECTETH HIS STEPS — Proverbs 16:9

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The Highland Community mourns the loss of two loved members. Clifford Hawk was the Ag instructor at Highland Community College for many years. He was a victim of ALS and passed away Aug. 14. Many former students would stop to visit with Clifford as he was a much loved instructor. Mr. Hawk wi…

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If you read this article regularly, you may remember Assumptions, Part 1. Well here is the highly unanticipated part 2. Please know that what follows are my own opinions and do not necessarily reflect any beliefs and opinions held by FBC or its constituents.

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What a weird week. Watching sports without fans, hearing the back and forth wavering that preludes the fall of the college football season, and a Royals revival that has been a joy to experience, the past week has been a solid reminder of why we love sports and how much we miss them when the…

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August arrived and we know what that means — return to school. DWest will see students return on the 26th, but we teachers go back on the 13th for In Services and Work Days. There will be differences due to the COVID-19 threat to everyone. We will get used to our new routines and follow the …

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On a journey this morning, hoping to dive in on some fascinating history! You might recall the cemetery tour of Brown County that I recently took. One of the locations stopped along the way was the Hamlin Cemetery, a beautiful cemetery that is very well kept by the community. Not long after …

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During the past week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly have been spending quite a bit of time together. I cannot recall any time that we have spent this much time together.

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With the Primary Election this week and the General Election later this fall, I am excited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.

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My condolences to the families of Pat Rosenberger and Bill Fuhrman. Both passed last weekend and were loved and will be missed by all who knew them.

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COVID-19 has many shaking our heads over the actions and subsequent actions triggered by COVID19/coronavirus. I will not attempt to begin to establish a motive or reasoning behind the subsequent actions but perhaps give some history into the number of pandemics that have affected the world. …

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Events of the past several months have been challenging for Americans as the world navigates the perils of a global COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, there is an element of society that is preying on those fears, seeking to add another level of pain and suffering to consumers.

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“Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life:” Matthew 6:27

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Mother Nature is blessing us real good this weekend. Welcome rain came Sunday afternoon with strong winds, booming thunder, and brilliant lightening. I was fearful that the winds would cause damage to the crops, but they weathered the winds very well. It’s amazing to me that trees can twist,…

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The pandemic is a difficult experience for all of us. The longer it goes on, the harder it gets to stay disciplined. The good news is that we are making progress in limiting the impact of the virus and communities are starting to relax restrictions in phases. This does not mean that we have …

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Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Within the heart of the believer in Jesus Christ, hope is one of the most powerful and important things in our faith. Hope is multifaceted and vital to living a biblical Christian life.

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If you love college football or watching your nephew run cross country or are a fan of fall sports in general, now would be a good time to prepare yourself for a tough season. To preface this, I want to say that this is only my opinion, and I am not saying it’s right or wrong — but I believe…

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I am rebuilding an old Aermotor model 702 windmill that was installed in 1940 or 41 on the Overdick farm in eastern Brown County, as a replacement head for the original Stover Mfg. windmill, installed in the 1890s. This windmill met with a nasty accident a few years ago which left the windmi…

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There is a special irony in unveiling a new state tourism tagline amidst a global pandemic that’s grounded flights, canceled trips, and shuttered travelers in their homes.

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The Muscotah Cancer Support Group hopes to hold their first Bingo since February from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at the Muscotah Community Building. The city council will meet this Monday night and they will have to approve it. If we get the go ahead, there will be prizes and refreshments…

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If you want to see beautiful crops of corn, soybeans, and pastures come to Doniphan County. The corn is in full tassel and is standing straight and tall. The bean fields are beautiful to me, because we don’t have to “walk the bean fields anymore.” I hated doing that, but Bob and the kids wen…

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One thing that I have noticed about being the father to four girls is that there is a lot of “communication” going on at our house.