Your Turn/Brock Willard
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Your Turn/Brock Willard

Brock Willard, 30, was born in Pittsfield and grew up in Milan. He is engaged to an amazing woman who is mother to an adorable son. Willard sells crop insurance for Compeer Financial as well as farms with his uncle and grandpa.

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This would have been a great year to honor the Fab Four
Steve Eighinger

This would have been a great year to honor the Fab Four

Maybe it's because of all the side issues tied to either — or both of — the current pandemic and political unrest, but if ever there was the need for a feel-good event to remember it would be a 50th anniversary concert paying tribute to the breakup of Beatles.

Bubblegum era was short-lived, but it was sweet
Steve Eighinger

Bubblegum era was short-lived, but it was sweet

It doesn't seem possible, at least to an aging baby boomer like myself, that it was 50 years ago this summer we were at the height of the "bubblegum" era of pop music.

Your Turn/Ann Dickson
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Your Turn/Ann Dickson

Mary Ann Awerkamp Dickson was born in August 1960 in Quincy, the seventh of 10 children. She's been employed at Blessing Health System since December 1982, working for 22 years in the public relations office.

It's back to lunch!
Steve Eighinger

It's back to lunch!

Slowly, but surely — or at least I hope — the world is returning to some sort of normalcy. And so is this space. Today we're bringing back our "Lunch With ..." feature, which was suspended a few months ago when the pandemic was in its infancy.

Hot dog! July 4 tradition lives on
Steve Eighinger

Hot dog! July 4 tradition lives on

Be still my beating heart. And churning stomach. The annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest will go on as scheduled -- with some modifications, of course -- on its traditional July 4 date, and again be televised by ESPN. "The pandemic is just

Your Turn/Lucas Brass
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Your Turn/Lucas Brass

Lucas Brass, 38, is a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New London, Mo. Married for 15 years, Brass and his wife Betsey have two kids, Isaiah, 10, and Rozalyn, 8.

Ah, sweet summer. It is time!
Steve Eighinger

Ah, sweet summer. It is time!

The calendar says summer officially arrives on Saturday. Thank heaven. This has been a brutal spring, starting with the pandemic and all of its trappings, and punctuated with the recent civil unrest.

'I read it, and literally, I ... cried'
Steve Eighinger

'I read it, and literally, I ... cried'

Since the start of the pandemic, and more recently the nationwide protests that have centered around a greater sense of equality, this space has furloughed its "Morons of the Month" feature.

Your Turn/Belynda Allen
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Your Turn/Belynda Allen

Belynda F. Allen, 54, is executive director of Hancock County Economic Development and grandma of four beautiful children, one boy and three girls between the ages of 2 and 9.