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The History of Vacuum Cleaners

Today’s topic is the history of vacuum cleaners during the 1920s and 30s.  Think it sounds boring?  Hold on and I think you’ll find Tom…

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A Story to Suck You In

I have a feeling today’s subject is really going to suck you in.  In a moment you’ll see what a pun that it, but I…

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Making Cash to Buy a Car…Leading to a Lifetime Interest

How much money can a high school kid make working a summer job?  For Tom Gasko, he made enough cash to buy a new Trans…

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A Cattleman’s Scheme

Criminals may do just about anything to get their hands on what they want.  But in western Kansas in 1879, one cattleman was duped by…

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The Technology of Ethanol

We often think of ethanol as a home grown and domestically consumed product.  That statement is true, but there is a growing export market for…

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Ethanol-The Farmer’s LInk to Solving the Energy Crisis

Once upon a time, I gave a speech as a FFA member titled, “Ethanol, the Farmer’s Link to Solving the Energy Crisis.”  I’m don’t know…

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An Old Five & Ten Store

Imagine a place where you can purchase some thread, a lava lamp, a stuffed unicorn and some pencils and paper all in one stop and…

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The No-Miss in Downtown Branson

Many of you have been to Branson, but have you been downtown to the old dime store that’s been there for over five decades? SharePrintEmail

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Wearing a Suit to Work

Dan Meers has nearly a dozen suits he wears to work.  The odd thing is, all the suites are alike.  It’s an odd suit for…

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A Bungee Jump and a Zipline

Maybe you’ve conquered fear and made a bungee jump in your life.  Or perhaps you’ve rode a zip line on some adventure.  Imagine combining both…

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A Long Career in the NFL

If a football player makes it to the NFL, chances are their career may last three or four years on average.  This man’s career has…

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The Right Resume for the Job

Dan had a potential problem.  He had a four-year college degree from a major state university, but he was concerned his resume might not be…

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Small Town Opportunities

Are small towns full of opportunities of full of overwhelming challenges?  Certainly the answer can be both, but Deb Markley is hoping rural America will…

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A Different Kind of Silo

Drive into farm country and you’re likely to see some silos.  Deb Markley talks about silos a lot when she is in Rural America.  However…

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A Steel Post and a Glow Plug

What’s a steel fence post and a diesel glow plug have to do with saving lives?  It was just one of the creative ideas you’ll…

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Going to a Museum to Prepare for the Future

It may seem odd to take young men and women to a museum to help prepare them for the future.  But that’s exactly what happens…

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A Place Carved in the Woods

It’s a place carved from the woods – a place created from the necessities of World War II.  Yet, it remains today, an important place…

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Unearthing the Bones of an Unknown Animal

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature…

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A Motel With a Radio in Every Room

This motel advertisers a “radio in every room.”  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too elegant, but it’s doing a nice business on the same spot for…

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Movie Stars on Wide-Open Roads

There was a time when the movie stars of the day did not fly to their destination, but rather drove their own expensive cars on…

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