Your Turn/Dan Lohnes
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Your Turn/Dan Lohnes

Dr. Dan Lohnes, 62, is a veterinarian at Country View Veterinary Service in Barry and Payson. He is a Christian and a missionary, using his God-given skills to help people and their animals here and in Olancho, Honduras.

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Your Turn/Amy Looten
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Your Turn/Amy Looten

Amy Looten, 55, is senior vice president of marketing and business development at HOMEBANK. She has been married to Steve Looten for 34 years and cannot remember life before him. They have two grown sons, who (surprisingly enough) have turned out to be ve

Your Turn/Elaine Ferguson
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Your Turn/Elaine Ferguson

Elaine Chapin Ferguson, 68, is a retired elementary school teacher, who taught at Nauvoo-Colusa for 34 years. She taught mostly kindergarten and first grade, but taught all grades, except fourth, at one time or another. She and her husband Tom have two so

Your Turn/JoEllen Randall
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Your Turn/JoEllen Randall

JoEllen Randall and her husband Tom have been married 43 years and have a 13-year-old golden retriever, Millee. Randall loves the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Her primary activity is bicycling and various outdoor activities.

Your Turn/Todd Pettit
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Your Turn/Todd Pettit

Todd Allen Pettit, 48, is honored to be the Director of K-12 Music for Quincy Public Schools. He is a Quincy native, a QHS graduate Class of 1989, a 1996 graduate of Quincy University, 2007 graduate of Indiana University and 2014 graduate of Saint Louis U

Lawmakers should help communities before disaster strikes
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Lawmakers should help communities before disaster strikes

Here in Missouri, the summer of 2019 will be remembered as a time of devastation and struggling for the survival of our communities.

Floods raise question if this is the new normal
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The flour mill in Alton, Ill., has a thick red line painted across it. It represents the height of the worst flooding Alton experienced, in 1993 when the Mississippi River crested somewhere above 45 feet.

Capital plan will improve infrastructure, boost economy
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Capital plan will improve infrastructure, boost economy

This month, the Illinois Senate wrapped up the spring legislative session and adjourned for the summer. I'm proud that in the final days, we were able to deliver to the people of Illinois a capital plan.