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Preparing For School Is Harder On Moms

I once drove to a farm field in the middle of nowhere Missouri, got into a small biplane literally held together with duct tape, and then trusted a complete stranger when he hurled both of us out of the plane at 14,000 feet. Still, I felt more emotionally, physically and mentally prepared at that moment,...

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Seattle

Waterloo teacher Matt Lucash, daughter Ruby, and wife Amanda read The Independent while riding a water taxi on the way to downtown Seattle.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

Bill Emling, kneeling, celebrated his 60th birthday with friends at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Joining in the celebration are, left to right, Dave and Amy Distler, Craig and Lisa Stoner, Ken Schloss, Tanya McKay, Scott and Shelley Bement, Mark and Tammy Roessler and Terry and Cathy Hillen.

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Columbia

Jim Vogt and Cameron Cook, right, take a break from serving Columbia American Legion cod plates fish during the July 19 fish fry.

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Stephens Retires From Harrisonville Telephone Co.

Bob Stephens has retired from Harrisonville Telephone Co. after working more than 20 years in the plant department. He is congratulated by H.R. Gentsch, right, president and CEO.

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Mercy To Open In September

Dr. Nancy Birner Mercy Clinic Primary Care will open this September at 1019 Valmeyer Road along Route 3 in Columbia.  The $3 million, 5,979 sq.-ft. facility will provide a new location for Dr. Nancy Birner to care for patients in her hometown. Dr. Birner, along with nurse practitioner Stephanie Simms, will provide primary care services,...

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Karn Retires From Union Pacific

Brad Karn of Waterloo has retired from Union Pacific after 41 years, six months and six days of employments. “What a journey and fun I’ve had,” said Karn. Brad is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Kim, their daughters, Kim and Alaina, and grandchildren.

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The Heat Is On As We Swelter This Summer

Now we are into the month of August. The summer, as usual, is flying by.  Columbia isn’t the only place that the heat has been sweltering this summer. Paris, France broke a record high temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit. European countries setting new high temps include France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.  All of Mother...

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Why Neil Armstrong’s Magnificent Moonshot Of 50 Years Ago Was So Personal

Even if you weren’t paying attention, you must have noticed all the news stories and TV programs that recently heralded the 50th anniversary of that magnificent day in history when America put a man on the moon.  To this day I can hardly believe that miraculous event actually took place. But it shows what can...

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