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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!

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February is National Heart Month, so it's a great time to make a change for better heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with stroke coming in fifth, according to the American Heart Association. Both of these conditions result when blood flow is reduced or stopped altogether. But there are steps people can take to reduce the risk.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: After many years of various treatments, including allergy shots, food studies and an ear tube, I was recently diagnosed with "semicircular canal dehiscence." Can you explain what this is and the treatment (besides surgery) to relieve the symptoms of inner ear pressure, dizziness and pressure and pulsation in the head? Are there any medications? — J.D.W.

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With schools across the Northland canceling classes, businesses closing and a shuttle service from Worlds of Fun offering rides to those planning to attend the festivities, excitement about the Chiefs Super Bowl celebration parade Wednesday, Feb. 5, in downtown Kansas City, is mounting.

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Teens with a passion for art are invited to submit a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or visual art for a chance to win one of three prizes and a chance to be included in an anthology of works as part of the LitUp Festival, a book festival for teens by Mid-Continent Library System.

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LIBERTY — Water aerobics teacher Judy Minor has logged more than 5,200 hours of class time in the William Jewell College swimming pool over the past 35 years. Contrary to rumors heard in Liberty, Minor is not retiring. She’s moved her class to Norterre, a state-of-the-art workout destination…

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Here we are, halfway through winter, and the flu season is in full swing. As of now all 50 states have widespread levels of flu. And at this point far too many people still haven't gotten their flu shot.

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LIBERTY — Throughout the nation, people investigated what it would cost to fly to Miami, rent a hotel room and purchase tickets for the hottest game in the world, the Super Bowl, but for Laci and Ryan McClelland of Liberty, that investigation turned into an investment in the community.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville was selected in a competitive application process to receive a Missouri Main Street Community Empowerment grant. This grant will provide technical assistance and training to the historic commercial district in Smithville to help with revitalization projects downtown.

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Who doesn't like receiving a little compliment now and then? Positive, sincere words are an affirmation of actions and intent, and they give the recipient a boost, sometimes just when least expected. Blush! Face it — validation from others just makes us feel good and creates that internal glow.

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I love preparing a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day. Cooking is one of the ways I show my love for my sweet husband, Michael. We've been married for 45 years, so I've had plenty of opportunities to create romantic meals, from breakfast in bed to late-night fireside suppers.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville firefighters rushed to Smithville Lake at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, after coyote hunters called about drowning deer that fell through the ice.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 82 years old and still very active. I have had an irregular heartbeat for four years, and sometimes I feel lightheaded, dizzy or tired. I worry about it getting worse. Would you please give a detailed explanation about irregular heartbeat, including how or why it happens? What should I do to prevent it from getting worse? Is it life threatening? Will it become atrial fibrillation?

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MIAMI — As one Chiefs fan from Kearney, Missouri, looked on at his favorite players Monday at Marlins Park, he recalled years of heartbreak and never believing this moment would happen.

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KEARNEY — Since putting their hay bale homage to Patrick Mahomes up at the start of the Chiefs’ season this past fall in rural Kearney, the Frick family farm has been a hub of activity, with social media posts about the artwork going viral. The family has also been featured on local TV new s…

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Kearney School District staff are getting into Chiefs spirit week by showcasing their team pride on Mahomes Monday.

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It was a very cold day. How cold was it? When I tossed a pitcher of water up into the air from our Minneapolis front door a couple of weeks ago, fireworks of ice crystals instantly appeared and exploded in all directions. I braved opening the door again because I couldn't resist blowing multitudes of soap bubbles to observe flash-frozen icy spheres dance as they descended and bounced on the ground.

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For the past few years, we've gone to our friends' home to watch the Super Bowl. Since they live an hour away, I like to take along snacks that are simple to make, travel well, and best of all, are easy for guests to serve themselves. The cheering, jeering and excitement can create a hearty appetite, and no one wants to miss a minute of the game while grabbing something to eat. These easy appetizers will satisfy the biggest football fans without taking the host or hostess away from the game.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: A family friend has just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor and is 75 years old. The tumor is said to be the size of a quarter, and it was discovered after she complained of heartburn symptoms.

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SMITHVILLE — The mold of a new comprehensive plan with deliverable goals over the next 10 years was launched earlier this month by a partnership between Smithville city leaders and stakeholders throughout the community.

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Spread a Little Joy Day, celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 22,  invites everyone to wear a color of hope recognizing adults battling a life-threatening illness.

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LIBERTY — William Jewell College's Alpha Gamma Delta sorority will host a food drive Feb. 10 to 15 to benefit The Children's Place, a preschool in Kansas City serving children who have been through trauma. 

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LIBERTY — While the brief snowfall on Monday, Jan. 20 kept the crowd size down, those who attended the 36th Annual Northland Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at William Jewell College received a message of hope, perseverance and “freedom and justice for all.”

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Maybe you're one of those people who can't stomach the thought of a meal the first thing in the morning, or maybe you've become accustomed to running on vats of coffee instead of a healthy breakfast. Sometimes traditional breakfast foods sound kind of blah. Who made the rules on breakfast foods anyway?

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Ice is nice! Especially when you create a warm welcome to your home with a creative, icy greeting on a dark winter's night. From popular snowball-size ice candles to large blocks, they all sparkle and glow to line a pathway to your front door.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 69 and in very good health, exercising at least two hours a day. She has suffered from "knots in the back" for over 10 years. It is extremely painful, often bringing her to tears. It comes on suddenly at any time of the day or night, and lasts hours, days and occasionally weeks.

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Valor Ranch of Smithville, an upstart charity, competed in a Christmas tree decorating competition at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City with other area nonprofits and won $2,500 for its effort to help homeless veterans get back on their feet. "It was so exciting," founder Debbie Childress said…

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LIBERTY — Liberty Police Department was awarded the Kansas City region’s Outstanding Agency Award by the Special Olympics of Missouri. The award is granted for participation, funds raised and involvement with the organization in 2019. This is the first time the police department received the award.

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Perhaps George Washington seems like the sort of man who would lean toward being a New England Patriots fan, but here in Liberty, his true colors shine through the recent ice and snow with a jaunty plaid scarf and Chiefs hat. The nation's first leader was dressed in Chiefs gear ahead of this…

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KEARNEY — After more than a decade on Kearney’s route No. 7, Harold Heflin’s tenure at the helm of a Kearney School District bus has come to an end.

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Thanks goes to Laura Crawford, who sent in this picture of what her neighborhood in Smithville looks like Monday, Jan. 13. Share your pics with the CT at news@mycouriertribune.com.

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Let it snow, wherever you live, with this colorful watercolor art project your young kids will enjoy indoors on a wintry day this month. Grains of salt sprinkled over watercolor drawings mimic snowflakes to change your budding artist's landscape drawing.

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Bankrate's study of the best and worst states for retirement pegs Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Florida as the top five. It's easy to just take a list such as this and call the movers, but it's the details that matter.