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A Bank Robbery and Bootleg Hooch

Dw.cdrThere’s more to the story about the building located at the 4-way stop, owned by Spence and Judy Elbert, now undergoing a facelift. Local historian David Stark reminded me of the bank robbery that occurred there during the Roarin’ Twenties.

On Nov. 23, 1922, six armed men robbed the First National Bank of Gallatin, then located on the south side of the square. It was a sensational incident involving a

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Dw.cdrMy dad had a big hand in raising us kids.

Let me explain.

I grew up in the B.C. age (before computers). All things were much simpler then. Today we wonder what is child abuse and what is not. Back then there was no ambiguity on Dad’s part. Spanking was not his only means of discipline. But in my view of the world it was the ultimate.

Dad had no

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Progress Can Be More Than What You See

Dw.cdrProgress and change are evident in Gallatin.

After staring at fire-charred debris for six months, the now vacant lot on the east side of the square is (finally) cleaned up. Property owners ponied up thousands of dollars to improve the eyesore this past week and the word on the street is encouraging.

Julie Reynolds says her flower shop building will come down once cleared of all worthy interior items. On

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Reruns Marking Time

Dw.cdrTime moves on. We are given reminders, constantly.

The other night I stumbled onto one of those half-hour infomercials on late night television and found myself watching the whole thing. It hawked a complete set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” episodes, “yours for just five easy payments.” I wasn’t tempted. But I did get a kick out of seeing how many of the guest stars and performers I recognized. I

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Lookin’ for the Sizzle

Dw.cdrRemember that TV commercial now in distant past, where one of the two ol’ ladies standing in line at a hamburger joint looked down, holding mostly a bun, and blared: “Where’s the beef?”

Sometimes life’s like that. Sometimes you can spend a lot of time working on something you think you can sink your teeth into only to eventually realize what you wind up with is not quite what you

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Breaking the Daily Grind

Dw.cdrOn a personal level, what does Labor Day mean to you? Maybe the holiday just slipped past so fast you didn’t give it much thought.

Most of us just want a paying job that has a little wiggle room in order to make a little more money. Many throughout Northwest Missouri are underemployed, and the only options are to string together part-time jobs that help make the whole.

Same goes

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Letter to a Little One

Dear Little Emmy,

Welcome to the world! Your arrival Friday came earlier than the doctors predicted. I like that. Perhaps you already know not to depend on the “experts” for such things, especially those things that are really just between you and God. We’re experts at making noise here. Never allow anything here on this earth to get between you and your Maker.

Despite the birth of your big brother

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Pondering the ‘Poor Doors’

Dw.cdrI choose not to worry about getting rich personally. That’s not going to happen and, thus, is such a waste of time. But sometimes I’ll read something that makes me realize how some of this world is so very much different from realities found here.

Have you heard about “The Poor Door?”

Evidently, officials in New York City signed off on a building plan that allows a new luxury high-rise

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A Nice Ring to Anvil Shooting

Dw.cdrTroy Lesan is a person you should know. Troy regularly contributes articles for publication in the monthly editions of the Lake Viking News. In the latest issue, Troy writes about neighbor Jeff Hower who has an unusual hobby: shooting anvils.

This is an old timey art form. Back in the day many events closed with “ringing the anvil,” referring to the sound a blacksmith anvil makes when shot into the

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