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Last Sunday, in the late evening golden hour after all the children were in bed and all was silent, I had a few moments to think about the night’s events. 

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This weekend marked the 73rd time Polk County youth and their supporters — including scores of volunteers who worked tirelessly months in advance to prepare — gathered for one of the best events the county has to offer: the Polk County Junior Livestock Show and Fair.

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This month for yours truly has been filled with grandfatherly-type things, ranging from long afternoon naps that are more necessity than choice to watching a lot of grandchildren ballgames in a lot of places.

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I’ve always liked to look at footprints in the sand or ones made on concrete when someone barefoot steps in water and leaves their trail on the other side. But there is one footprint that I don’t like to think about very much: carbon footprints.

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Last week’s appointment of a new Bolivar R-1 school board director — Jera Shive — placed certain aspects of Missouri’s Sunshine Law in the local spotlight.

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Tonight, after a birthday dinner ending with a hot fudge sundae topped with a candle, I sat on the sofa next to Jack, our middle child who just turned 15. He wanted to watch a movie we’d recorded on cable.

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A few days ago, I had a smoke alarm going off in the house. I knew I didn’t have any smoke, but I didn’t know how to stop the noise. Being nearly blind, I couldn’t even find the fire department’s phone number, so I called 911. I told them my problem, and they connected me with the fire department. 

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Kudos to my successors at the Herald-Free Press for their recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Wednesday’s edition.

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Polk County Veterans Welcome Home 2019 would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the citizens of Polk County, our partners, friends and supporters.

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The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association held its 2019 scholarship auction on May 11.  The auction attracted over 170 people from Polk County and surrounding areas.  

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I always enjoy Jim Hamilton’s column in the paper and was glad to read that veterans have the right now to salute our American flag the way they were taught when they were in the military.

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With June and the annual observance of Dairy Month here, 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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Don’t blink. Another year will have come and gone. Take a nap and a decade will have passed. That’s how it seems as the headlines roll out about sports achievements and other matters.

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Kansas City is one of three finalists to be the new home for a couple of USDA agencies.  

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Last fall, when I learned of Joe Duryee’s passing, I thought of two things. One was that Joe will be missed, that he’s always been one of those people who is often mentioned in several conversations, and the other is that he accomplished a lot of things during his lifetime — some are known a…