Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
This is the story of what happened one night in a small Missouri town, home of Northwest Missouri State University. That night turned the town upside down. As it unfolds it just gets worse and worse until you want to believe it took place in the the first half of the last century not these days. It has everything including the worst thing of all, influence.
This story fits the category of "one more thing to worry about". Federal health investigators confirmed that ticks in the state carry a new virus that infected two farmers from St. Joseph.
Named the Heartland Virus after a St. Joseph hospital where the virus was first recognized, causes low white blood cell counts, fever, chills, body aches, nausea and diarrhea. Missouri leads the nation in tick-related diseases, including ehrlichiosis, tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, said Dr. Ericka Hayes, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University. Preventive measures for tick bites include tucking pants into socks, wearing long sleeves and using bug repellent with DEET. Always check the body for ticks after walking through grass or woods.
Missouri and Illinois officials have been fussing enough over what to call the new Mississippi River Bridge that the US Congress had to get involved. Yesterday the House voted 395-2 to name it the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. It now goes to the Senate. Why would the Congress have to spend time choosing a name? According to Senator Durbin, "in a situation where the federal government gives money to build a bridge linking two states, the federal government gets the final say."
Of course this doesn't satisfy some of the locals. Illinois State rep Jay Hoffman disagreed saying, "the pact between Illinois, Missouri and the Federal Highway Administration that divided up roles in the bridge's construction and financing left the issue up to the two neighboring states to decide." Interesting that Hoffman took issue with Durbin. But anyway...
Hoffman wanted the bridge named soley for Veterans, hoping to see it become the Veterans Memorial Bridge while Missouri people wanted it named for Stan Musial. The House vote was a compromise which most of the Illinois and Missouri officals of both parties were happy with.
I wonder who the 2 House members were who voted no. Can't find that info anywhere.
Ok, found them. Justin Amash of Michigan and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. No reasons given.
The University of Missouri men's football team had the highest Academic Progress Ratein the SEC this past year and was second only to Vanderbilt in school wide, all sports, scores. Three other MU teams had the league’s highest APR in the SEC— gymnastics and men’s and women’s swimming while another six teams had the SEC’s second-highest score.
Now this is cool. This mower is a slope mower for use on inclines and steep slopes and instead of wheels it has tracks like an army tank. Now if only some company would come out with a smaller more affordable version for the many homeowners who have a drop off in their lawn. Sometimes I'm driving around and see a steep section of grass being cut by a homeowner or business owner and it looks so dangerous, especially with a riding lawnmower.
450 volunteers recently set out to clean the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline before the summer vacation season began and they pulled out 25 tons of trash from the water. Which made me think, good grief! 25 tons of junk including a toilet. And here I thought Americans were much more conscious of not tossing things away in natural settings or even out car windows...or boats in this case maybe.
In Illinois anyone wanting to pass out election materials or promote a candidate outside polling places on election day must stay 100 feet back from the door to the voting area. In Missouri they only have to stay 25 feet back. I must say I prefer the Illinois version. Voters must run a gauntlet of candidates and their supporters in Missouri all trying to hand you materials as you head into the door.