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Northwest enrollment surge boosts university, local community By Frank Grispino Enrollment statistics have been reported and Northwest Missouri State University’s enrollment has drastically increased to over 7,000 students. It is good news and a boon to the surrounding areas and the institution. More students bring more spending to local businesses, plus more students increase the

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl

Hide it under a bushel, oh no! It seems to me that many of the best attributes of our Nodaway County are nearly a secret to those who are unfortunate in living elsewhere. I was one of a few who attended a recent meeting where an update to our area’s economic development was shared, as

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That they might have joy: Why aren’t we standing up for teachers?

By Jacki Wood More than 40 percent of teachers quit teaching within their first five years citing lack of administrative support, low salaries, accountability pressures, lack of advancement opportunities and working conditions. My dad was a teacher for 35 years, my husband for 15, and my aunt, cousins and several friends also teach. I’ve covered

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: Tuesday. Be there.

By Kay Wilson Not sure how much more direct I can be with our NNL readers. But, unless you have an appointment with our dear Lord himself, I would highly encourage you attend this meeting. The Northwest University Police Department is hosting an individual, Casey Lawrence, from the Missouri State Attorney General’s office who has

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: It makes me squirm

By Kay Wilson While I realize marijuana might have some positive medicinal purposes, I am more than a little skeptical about how medical marijuana is being monitored. Also, I really appreciate it when government stays out of my personal decisions. The state of Missouri is calling out for marijuana facilities to register so they can

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: Big News! Roads are a mess

While the extra business to our local chiropractors is undoubtedly stimulating our economy, the bumps we’re driving over, not only on our town’s streets but the federal highways, are reaching code blue. The state-lettered roads are quickly becoming cow paths, too! The amount of money it’s going to take to fix all the flood water

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: My first memory at St. Francis

By Kay Wilson This week has been an emotional roller coaster for many of my friends at St. Francis Hospital with the transition ceremony of the ownership of the facility as the official closing of a chapter and the opening of the new beginning with Mosaic. Even I felt my throat fill as the officials

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Children’s dental health is important to future oral health

By Dr. Fallon Stiens Does your child floss? Their teeth that is. Not the floss dance which I’m aware 99.9 percent of children know and can do way better than me. I’m on a mission to inspire tooth flossing to be just as cool. A lofty goal, I’m aware. February is Children’s Dental Health Month

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: They are not resolutions

Just like most of you, I have given up on embarking on annual resolutions to mark the beginning of a new year. While the flipping of the calendar from December to January has a bit different feel than the turning of the months other times, it seems to be a bit of a blur at

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Pumpkin Center Charlie’s Girl: Small business drives community

By Kay Wilson This week is a special week at the Nodaway News Leader. Every year we salute our small business operations by allowing them to tell their stories in a promotional spot. Over 35 area firms joined our efforts to sell you, our loyal readers, on their services, products and abilities to serve your

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