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MPAC starts new art installations

New art was installed at the beginning of the Fourth Street corridor on April 24. “Spirit Bear” is the work of artist Del Pettigrew of Kearney, NE. Pettigrew, center, was helped with the installation by Maryville High School football players, Wyatt Walker, Braxton Yount, Peyton Frueh and Jackson Bram. Pettigrew got his inspiration for the

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Students collect shoes for Orphan Souls

St. Gregory’s School with St. Gregory Barbarigo Church and the Maryville Rotary Club collected shoes as part of the Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign. The school and church collected 77 pairs of new shoes as part of the student ambassadors’ Lenten service project. Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls provides new shoes and socks to

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Third and fourth grade students get KidsFit

Nodaway County third and fourth grade students gathered with the NCAA DII National Champion NWMSU Men’s Basketball Team at the beginning of KidsFit on April 7. The event allowed Northwest education students to help the elementary students as they went through activities to keep fit. Ellie Parsons gives Bobby Bearcat a high five as fellow

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Gladys Rickard Trust grant purchases scuba gear and boat

By Christina Rice Maryville Public Safety Sergeant Ryan Glidden applied for a Gladys M. Rickard Charitable Trust grant which provided scuba gear and an inflatable rescue boat for the Midwest Regional Dive Team. The dive team provides water searches and rescues to communities ranging from up to 100 miles away from Clarinda, IA. They are

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Local farmers organize relief effort

Several Nodaway and Holt County farmers recently felt a calling to aid fellow livestock ranchers in Oklahoma after the devastating wildfires. They began gathering a few bales of hay to truck to Gate, OK. The mission grew into nine semi-loads of hay, a hopper of shelled corn and a semi-truck full of miscellaneous aid items.

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GM dealer pens a business book

By Kay Wilson “To those that say small town retailers cannot compete with the internet, big box stores and big city ad blitzes, I say read this book!” Gregg Connell, Shenandoah, IA, Chamber and Industry Association executive vice president. In 2014, when General Motors dealer Doug Meyer heard several Shenandoah business owners questioning their business

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Motivational life coach speaks to South Nodaway community

By Christina Rice Renowned motivational speaker and life coach Jeff Yalden inspired students and community members through his message March 8. Yalden travels the world. He has visited 48 countries and all 50 states. He speaks to teens, inspiring them to move forward in life, take advantage of opportunities that come along and help their

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Missouri Academy students to create prosthetic hand

Missouri Academy students are working on creating a working prosthetic hand to help others. The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is a college program offered at Northwest Missouri State University for students who are of high school age who qualify. Those who are accepted live on the college campus and attend university classes

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Illegal use of dicamba kills thousands of acres of crops

By Christina Rice Kevin Bradley, a weed scientist from the University of Missouri Extension, spoke to agriculturists on March 2 in the Nodaway County administration building about the extensive damage to Missouri crops in 2016 caused by farmers and spray applicators illegally spraying dicamba formulations on soybeans. Several weeds including water hemp and pig weed

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WN hires Fox as 6-12 principal

The West Nodaway Board of Education met March 6 to interview candidates for the grades six to 12 principal for the 2017-18 school year. The board hired Walter “Chuck” Fox, the current special education para-educator at WN. His background includes 20 years in the Air Force from which he retired in 2008. Upon his retirement,

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