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An Organization for Truck Stops

There’s an association for just about everything, so it should not be a surprise there is an organization for truck stops.  The president of that…

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The Rabbi at the Truck Stop

We’ve probably all seen Kosher foods in the grocery store which means those foods have been handled in accordance with Jewish law.  But did you…

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The Odor in the Trailer

There are plenty of odors that will drive you away – after all that’s how a skunk protects itself.  But today I’ll take you to…

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A Deluxe Truck Stop

Folks in the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and beyond may know of a single truck stop that has quite a story.  It…

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A Career That Brings Romance

Barry Yantis’ family has been in this family business since the days of World War II.  It’s a career that brings smiles to people’s faces…

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The 100th Birthday of a Candy Bar

When you rank candy bars by the date they were first introduced, this would be the third oldest in the nation.  It’s celebrating it’s one…

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A Mercantile Company That Invented

It was in 1876 a new mercantile company began business.  It may not sound that significant if not for one of the products they would…

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Preparing for a Crowd of Thousands

St. Joseph, Missouri is a town of about 75,000 people.  However, this August, there are estimates that up to a half million people may jam…

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Star-Gazing In the Afternoon

God willing, I know where I will be at 1PM on August 21st.  I’ll be outside our home looking at the stars in the sky. …

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Elusive Trips Around the World

Some people will travel the nation and world to hear or see their favorite band or team.  Jackie has made similar trips, but her journeys…

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A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

The last time this event took place in the continental United States was 1979.  Now, thirty-eight years later, it’s back and many people will make…

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The Walter Kronkite Memorial

How fast do you speak?  You’ve probably never thought about it, but this man knew the exact pace he needed to become one of the…

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The Most Trusted Man in America

He was known as “the most trusted man in America.”  That’s a big title to live up to, but one this newsman filled for several…

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A Heroic War Correspondent

This man made a name for himself as a war correspondent.  In fact, he even flew into the front lines on a glider just to…

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Scenic Route – Tom Brand

American Countryside Producer and Editor Tom Brand faced multiple heart attacks in the summer of 2013 that not only affected his life, but left him…

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Native American Portraits

What on the surface may appear to be just a bunch of paintings of important Native American leaders, is actually a very rare and well-known…

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Visiting St. Joseph, Mo.

We’ve spent a lot of time in historic St. Joseph, Missouri, over the past week. If any of our shows piqued your interested and have…

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Fashion from Three Hundred Years Ago

You may believe the fashions of two hundred and three hundred years ago was drab and uninspiring.  Come to this museum and you will find…

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Adding to the Show-Me State

When the state of Missouri was first established, it was missing what is today its northwest corner of six counties.  This was a well-known prairie,…

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Civil War Deaths Off the Battlefield

Many soldiers died in the Civil War to things uncommon today. Simple adjustments in sanitation and cleanliness were a big part of that story. Today we take…

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