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Next week, thousands of Farm Bureau members will be in Salt Lake City for the 105th American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Much like our own state annual meeting, contests will be held, county and state Farm Bureaus will be recognized, and national Farm Bureau policies are set to be voted on and enacted for 2024. The convention takes place Jan. 19 through 24, and I’m excited to say that Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) members will be in the thick of convention activities once again. more
It’s time for our 11th Annual Princess Tea Party Story Time this Saturday, January 20th @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is our favorite activity of the year, and we are SO excited to host it again! Everyone is invited to come and have a good time with us. Pinky out! more
Pairs: old trees and old rivers, doves and Redbirds, maybe a double rainbow written in heaven above. And then there’s you and there’s me. more
I’ve come across the word “anachronism” often in reading, but I was never exactly sure what it meant. Context usually hinted it was something out of place, but I wanted to be sure; so, as a last resort I looked it up in the dictionary. more
You have arrived in the Ozarks of Missouri. Traveling for months with your spouse and three children, you have found the people you had heard of- the Hawkins’ family. This multigenerational Tennessee family had settled in 1837 on a border that was so undefined that they weren’t sure if they were in Missouri or Arkansas. It depended on who you asked. more
Ah, West Plains, our cozy corner of the world, where the hint of snowflakes in the air sends a flutter of excitement and a bit of panic through the streets. This week, Old Man Winter decided to stop by unannounced, leaving a mere 1-2 inches of snow on our doorsteps. You’d think he’d dropped a blanket of chaos instead of snowflakes! more
State legislators from across Missouri descended upon the state Capitol Jan. 3 to kick off the 2024 state legislative session. From now through May 17, these elected leaders will debate and deliberate bills and topics important to them and their constituents. The hope each and every year is for priority issues to be passed by the General Assembly and ultimately land on the Governor’s desk for his signature.  more
Dear Readers, more
This mother hen has found herself in an empty nest. more
We have just begun this year’s Missouri legislative session. Budget hearings began last year and will continue throughout this session.   more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Quill on Jan. 9, 2018. more
It is wonderful to be back in Jefferson City to complete my final year in the Missouri Senate. As I mentioned in my last column, I will not be running for reelection. I made a promise to the people of the 33rd Senatorial District to complete a four-year term and I plan to come to work every day this session with the same passion and energy that I carried with me into the Senate for my first day in 2021. more
Let 2024 be the year you join Summersville Friends of the Library to have a part in planning library activities and fundraising for our local library. The small group meets for one hour each month and has no membership fee. Easy-peasy! They are one of the nicest groups you’ll find, and you’ll find that community service has its own rewards.    more
The big news at our house is the arrival of our first great-grand daughter, Violet Blake Mitze. Violet, the daughter of Lauren McKay Mitze and Michael Mitze. Violet Blake was born on a Sunday in Denver, Colorado. more
I passed by my grandpa’s farm on the old Springfield/Buffalo road one morning last week. more
The man you met on the trail, Jefferson, was as good as his word. He drove his ox and cart to the cave that he shared with his two sons. They were trappers and had made the cave their temporary home. It was surprisingly warm and comfortable and the five of you stayed there for several days at Jefferson’s invitation. more
The first movie I vividly recall watching in a theater was "Field of Dreams." That memory, etched in my mind, is not just about the film's narrative; it encapsulates the entire cinematic experience, a magical journey that begins much before the opening credits roll and lingers long after the end credits fade away. However, it's disheartening to acknowledge the struggle facing movie theaters nationwide. The reasons for this decline are manifold and complex, but delving into them is not my focus here. Instead, I wish to reignite the joy and unique enchantment of watching a movie on the big screen. more
Missouri Farm Bureau wrapped up another great Annual Meeting in December, and this year’s theme focused on our organization being “Guided by Tradition.” One of those annual traditions is the Farmometer survey.  more
Front-row parking at the grocery store, stopping at the gas station and finding my cellphone on the tailgate of my truck or catching the biggest trout at fish camp opening day — if you ask my wife or any of my buddies, I'm a pretty lucky guy. more
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