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A Time to Count Our Blessings

This Thanksgiving I encourage you to look beyond all the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities, and think about life’s many gifts and blessings we enjoy.  It’s about spending time with your loved ones and giving thanks for your blessings. Many of us have filled our lives with busy schedules and other important commitments.

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Capitol Perspectives: Rebooting Government

by Phill Brooks While political pundits have focused on the reasons for the crushing defeat of Missouri Democrats, I’ve been wondering about something else — the opportunity to “Reboot Government.” With Republicans maintaining an overwhelming majority in the state legislature and the sweep of statewide offices, Republicans have an opportunity to fundamentally change the very

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Holiday weight gain: Beware of eating season

There is always ample opportunity to take in lots of extra calories and pack on a few pounds from Halloween to New Year’s Day. “If you don’t want to deal with that extra weight in 2017 make a plan now about how you are going to manage all of the opportunities for eating extras in

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Consumers gobble up heritage turkeys grown on small acreages

There is high demand for Missouri-raised heritage turkeys from Winigan Farms. The turkeys are part of Rod Belzer’s small-acreage farm efforts, says Dan Downing, state specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Downing works with farmers who grow products for farmers markets and specialty markets such as public institutions. He says Belzer’s operation is a good

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Strategy for getting the most out of your Social Security

The temptation to start collecting monthly Social Security checks at age 62 is hard to resist, but claiming the benefit too early can have damaging consequences for your overall retirement funds. According to Kiplinger.com’s October list of “Financial Decisions You Will Regret in Retirement,” taking the money as soon as you are eligible at 62

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Care Connection announces hours for Medicare Part D enrollment help

Care Connection for Aging Services Care Manager Melanie Shinn will provide one-on-one Medicare  Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help in Cedar and St. Clair counties. Shinn will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enroll ment counseling sessions through Dec. 7. Shinn will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at

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The surprising truth about common menopause misconceptions

Nearly all women will go through menopause at some point in their lives. Often with this comes a loss of intimacy, one of the biggest – yet least discussed – side effects of menopause. While to some this may seem inevitable, menopause does not need to signify the end of a woman’s sex life. In

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Managing osteoarthritis: What you don’t know is hurting you

Twenty-seven million Americans suffer every day from chronic discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been limited advancements in osteoarthritis therapies, leaving patients with fewer options and worsening symptoms. Because daily activities can be such a struggle,

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Missouri General Election update – Republicans sweep statewides

In Missouri, Republicans had an extremely successful election night as they swept all the statewide races and held onto their supermajorities in both legislative chambers. Many of the statewide races in Missouri were projected to be close, however that was not the case at all as Republicans all the way down the ticket enjoyed a

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MO State Fair saw increased attendance

This past August, 356,153 fairgoers visited the 2016 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, an increase of more than 4,000, “I am extremely pleased with attendance this year,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “We had a great Fair, and I’m proud that so many Missourians continue to see the State Fair as a destination

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