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Hermann Advertiser-Courier Editor Buck Collier

At The River’s Edge: Residents get lesson in limited government

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

There are some residents on the south end of Gasconade County who are finding out what it means to have a limited government — and living with the consequences of that limitation. A clay-mining operation is in full swing in that area and as part of that operation big trucks are rolling past homes during early-morning hours. Early-morning as in 2 or 3 a.m. The noise and interrupted sleep has

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