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Everyone can help stop the spread of COVID-19 disease by washing their hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Co…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My question is about medical bracelets and necklaces. I’ve never seen any recommendations as to what conditions would warrant wearing one nor what the inscription should say. When are they either necessary or beneficial? — D.A.M.

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You budgeted all winter, building up the cash that would take you on vacation this summer. And now all your plans are in doubt. Now we have the coronavirus rampaging around the globe, with more cases popping up in more countries on a daily basis. Do you dare to still go on your vacation?

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Hop to it! Easter is on its way. Put your busy schedule on hold for an evening or Saturday afternoon and make the traditional craft of egg decorating a family affair. How about sharing the fun with friends who will no doubt contribute to and enliven the memory making creativity?

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As Northlanders and others around the globe are stuck indoors due to shelter-in-place orders associated with COVID-19, there are higher risks for depression and anxiety, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention warn. The risk is especially high, a report from the CDC states, for those w…

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Lamb is a popular dish around the world, especially at Easter. The tradition is rooted in the Jewish holiday of Passover, which celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. With all the history associated with serving lamb at Easter, you may wonder why ham is so popular…

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Synergy Services is seeking donations during the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to keep well stocked for the Domestic Violence Center, Children's Center and Synergy House which have remained open.

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In addition to Clay County Public Health and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, we at the Courier-Tribune are fielding several questions about what one can and can’t do during the unprecedented COVID-19 stay-at-home order and what penalties people face if they possibly violate the order.

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — Residents of Woodneath Farms, between 89th and 96th streets west of Flintlock Road, have joined in a neighborhood window walk to beat some of the social distancing doldrums.

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During a visit to Germany, I was introduced to all things asparagus. Nothing says spring is here in Germany like a beautiful bunch of crisp, white asparagus, or as they call it, spargel! The white variety of asparagus is harvested in Germany from about mid-April to June 24, which is known as…

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SMITHVILLE — Participating in pageants during the last three years has given Alexandria Self more self-confidence.

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“A mess is the sign of a good time” is one of my mantras in life. That is, as in disorder after a party or craft project. But spills? Not that kind of mess. Grape juice on white carpet, chocolate milk on a child’s party dress, coffee spilled on my lap during a flight. No one likes to acciden…

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Churches, as with other entities, are dealing with the coronavirus crisis as best they can.

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A show of hands, please: How many of us are getting nervous since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that seniors and those with medical conditions should stay at home as much as possible due to the coronavirus? (Those medical conditions include heart disease, diabetes …

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a relative who sells one of the popular brands of essential oil products and related equipment. She sends out many social network postings about the benefits of these products, including sharing postings from others who sell the products.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I need some hope. My 24-year-old granddaughter, recently married, came down with ulcerative colitis. Right now, she is getting two Humira injections a month. She has lost so much weight and her diet is so limited. Do things normally get better? Will she ever be able to become pregnant? It has been about four months. She is presently seeing a GI doctor. Should she be under the care of a specialist? — L.M.O.S.

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Several internet service providers signed a pledge to suspend termination of service, waive late fees and open up any previously restricted Wi-Fi hotspots as the coronavirus outbreak leaves thousands of Northland residents isolated during social distancing and self-quarantine efforts.

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The spread of COVID-19 has created a trend of ordered closures of bars and restaurants, increased sanitization efforts at businesses and panic buying of food and household essentials by worried citizens around the nation despite attempts of government entities to discourage stockpiling.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year old male, who is healthy with a very active life, both physical and sexual. Like many men my age, I have an enlarged prostate that my doctor monitors during annual visits. It doesn't impair my life, with the small exception of being annoying (waking up nightly to a weak or slow urinating stream), and it doesn't bother me too much during the day, except once in a while when I have to urinate a little more than usual. Every now and then I'll try an over-the-counter prostate supplement, but they never work. I will NOT go for a surgery because it's not really necessary.

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner on Tuesday, March 17, and the first day of spring follows on the 19th. Both celebrations bring thoughts of colorful rainbows to mind. While we might not see them often, when we do, we marvel at their beauty. Like the Irish, we ponder the thought of finding the legendary pot of gold at the end of one.

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If you're planning to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday at home, you are part of growing number of Americans who like to commemorate the day with a family dinner. A national St. Patrick's Day survey found that regardless of family roots or Irish heritage, the holiday is more about food and family than drinking.

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We can't turn on the news now without hearing about the new virus that's sweeping the world. Coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is a serious virus that came out of China. At this point the virus has spread to more than 30 countries and there have been over 2,800 deaths.

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KEARNEY — Thanks in part to the efforts to bring awareness to child abuse by resident LindaRose Kaizen, Mayor Randy Pogue proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Kearney.

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LIBERTY — Historically, children born on Feb. 29, referred to Leap Day because it comes only in leap years, are surprisingly hard to come by. Labeled leaplings, there are about 187,000 people total who were born on Leap Day in the United States.

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Five Kearney teens were celebrated for earning the rank of Eagle Scout Sunday, March 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 202 W. 19th St. in Kearney. They are, from left: Braden Tonks, Abram Stuart, James Wootton, Jacob Wootton and Dylan Cook. State Rep. Doug Richey spoke a…

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LIBERTY — Serenity on the Square owner Patti Stark is holding a fundraiser for Team Marina Wilson Sunday, March 1. The family recently experienced an accident. Stark said the family, regulars to Serenity, are helping their daughter Marina after her skiing accident.

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LIBERTY — William Jewell College will host a public forum, “Should we edit the human genome?” on Tuesday, March 3, featuring two leading experts on science, law and ethics in the public square.

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CLAY COUNTY — The Public Health Center will host a variety of immunization clinics throughout the Northland in an effort to create fewer barriers for families to get required and recommended immunizations for their children, states a press release.

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SMITHVILLE — Six Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and received their Eagle Court Honor at Smithville First Christian Church this month. Those honored were: Conor Littleton, Martin Still, Noah Riecker, Nathan Fletcher, Jacob Wornson and Cole French.

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Kids just know how to have fun, especially on those mornings when they wake up to the news of a school closing due to extreme weather conditions. The day without a rushed agenda is theirs to create, play, read and cook!

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Animal protein staples in America have traditionally been beef, pork and poultry. Until now, that is! American consumers are warming up to goat meat. It's a healthy protein choice that 75% of the world has been enjoying for a very long time.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty Parks & Rec Health & Wellness Division will host a free chronic pain self-management workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 12 to April 16, at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Smithville Community in Action Coalition was recognized recently at the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

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LIBERTY – Spay and Neuter Week in Liberty runs from Monday to Friday, Feb. 24 to 28. The week is presented by Liberty Animal Control and participating area veterinarians. Discounted rates will be offered for dogs and cats.

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Northland Coalition, a group of volunteer advocates working to combat violence and substance use among youth with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, seeks Northlanders to complete a survey about community's concerns and suggestions on how the coalition can address them.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville's pilot program Missouri EATS, bringing edible foliage to community spaces, is working to plan a youth cookoff with a format similar to the TV show "Chopped."

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LIBERTY — All parents, guardians and those who work with students are invited to join the Liberty United Methodist Church congregation from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Rush Creek Campus, 100 Rush Creek Parkway, for a free workshop on the basics of mental health.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter-in-law has stage 1 breast cancer and has just started her chemotherapy. I am concerned about her decision to fast for two days before and one day after each treatment. She weighs only 90 pounds, and fasting while you are trying to fight cancer does not sound like a good idea. What is your opinion of fasting during chemotherapy? — K.B.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we at the Courier-Tribune discussed marriage with three couples who have been married multiple decades. The following includes details on how they met and their secrets to a long and happy union.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty City Council approved a five-year naming rights sponsorship with Capitol Federal.

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For his efforts in historical preservation of Clay County, John Dillingham, center holding frame, is honored Monday, Feb. 10, with a courtesy resolution from Clay County Commissioners Luann Ridgeway, Gene Owen and Jerry Nolte. Dillingham served as chair of the historical millennium board fro…

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Have you ever tried to remember all the words to a song from your childhood or teenage years, or something you heard your parents sing? If you can remember one or two lines of a verse or the title, you can find the whole song on the Internet.

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KEARNEY — The congregation of Radiant Life Church has been growing, prompting a recent remodeling of space that makes for better use of square footage and provides conveniences of a modern church.

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When the forecast calls for rain, sleet, snow or frigid sub-zero temps like we've experienced lately in Minnesota, don't let old man winter keep you inside. Try something new with your kids that you'll never forget. Like ice fishing!