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Winter car care can keep your vehicle running through the cold

Cold weather is hard on cars and trucks, but a little preparation will keep vehicles running well throughout winter’s coldest days. A simple checklist starts with the battery. A cold car battery can’t deliver as much current. If your car has an aging battery, you might want to have it load tested to see if

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Poinsettias get undeserved reputation as poisonous

Do not put poinsettia on your naughty list just yet. This Christmas favorite has an undeserved rap for being poisonous, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Poinsettia’s reputation took a hit following the 1919 death of a 2-year-old child in Hawaii, supposedly from consuming poinsettia leaves. Since poinsettia plants were in the area

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FROST FLOWER

FROST FLOWER – If you’ve seen a frost flower in person, consider yourself very lucky! According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, their season is brief and they disappear very quickly. So what exactly is a frost flower? It’s not actually a flower at all! Frost flowers are ribbons of frozen sap that form at

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Savvy Senior®

Locating lost life insurance policies Dear Savvy Senior When my mom passed away we thought she had a life insurance policy, but we have no idea how to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? Searching Susan Dear Susan, Lost or forgotten life insurance policies are very common in the

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A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury

Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical – or enjoyable – activities for everyone. However, one type of exercise

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Heed the labels on food gifts

The gift of food can be a delightful part of the holidays. But before taking the first bite, make sure the food had a safe trip to your doorstep and didn’t take a detour into the temperature danger zone. “Mail-order food companies have an excellent safety record, but delays, breakage and failure of cold packing

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Deck the halls with boughs of caution

Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional plants adorning homes at this festive time of the year can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. In days of old, evergreens and other plants used for holiday decoration were rarely brought into the home before Christmas Eve, Trinklein said. Today, the holiday season starts

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Lt. Gov. Parson addresses Farm Bureau

Senator Mike Parson was introduced to the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Monday, Dec. 5, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach as the next Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. To a warm reception, Parson spoke of the need for more resources and opportunity for agriculture in order to support the future of Missouri’s number one industry.

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: Now that 2016 elections are finally over, the voters have spoken by casting their ballots in our Republic with the critics readily evaluating the results. It’s becoming apparent that about half the people are happy and the other half are heartbroken. The opportunity to change the direction of the State of Missouri

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Greitens releases inauguration website

Governor-elect Eric Greitens released a new website with details on his upcoming inaugural ceremonies: NewMissouri.org. Governor-elect Greitens sent the following message in an email to supporters: Our team is hard at work preparing to hit the ground running on Jan. 9 when we officially take office. I wanted to take a moment today to make

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