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For the Use and Gratification of Man

For the Use and Gratification of Man

Henry Shaw’s vision and the Missouri Botanical Garden by Svetlana Grobman  |  info@ruralmissouri.coop Photos by Lori Rego When travelers think of interesting things to do in the Show-Me State, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis usually comes to mind. Every...

JP’s Boots

JP’s Boots

Second generation, same craftsmanship by Jim McCarty I jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop It’s a typical day at JP’s Custom Handmade Boots on the square in Camdenton. Joey Patrickus has his workday all planned. He hopes to get the steel shank cemented into two pairs of boots...

Long-eared love

Long-eared love

D&D Donkey Rescue is home to those who bray by Heather Berry  |  hberry@ruralmissouri.coop The old four-wheeler sputters to a stop near the edge of a creek where several donkeys graze. While the group nibbles, two donkeys stick closer together than most. “Ember is...

The Giving Claus

The Giving Claus

How bringing joy saved this Santa's life by Heather Berry I hberry@ruralmissouri.coop He sets the gold-rimmed glasses on the bridge of his nose, then peers into the mirror to make any needed adjustments to his ensemble. The click of a door handle announces the arrival...

Painting Pointers

Painting Pointers

Man's best friend from the bush of Bob Bertram by Zach Smith I zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop As far as a midlife crisis goes, Bob Bertram’s was a calmer affair than most. To be fair, he saw it coming all along. At the age of 39, after fervently pursuing a freelance career...

Best Bar None

Best Bar None

Holiday bar cookies to share By Heather Berry I hberry@ruralmissouri.coop With a chill in the air and Christmas drawing near, our hearts are filled with the warmth and wonder of the season. Whether you’re serving snacks at a tree-trimming party or hosting a festive...

Our gift to you

Our gift to you

By Caleb Jones I cjones@amec.coop I love the Ford pickup I drive. I just wish it got better gas mileage. When I am out on the road, it seems like it wants to pull into every gas station I pass. I wish I could walk into the nearest Break Time or Casey’s and ask them...

Season’s Greetings from Christmas City

Season’s Greetings from Christmas City

Holiday cards make the rounds early for Noel postmark by Zach Smith I zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop Locals pronounce the town name “knoll,” but toward the end of the year even residents get in the holiday spirit and temporarily change the pronunciation. Beginning on Black...

It Ott to be good

It Ott to be good

Carthage business produces dressings and sauces since 1948 by Paul Newton I pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop Inside the nondescript building on the corner of Hazel and Fairview, the plant is busy with activity. One-gallon bottles of barbecue sauce are filled for a popular...

Hughes Bar X Ranch

Hughes Bar X Ranch

Charmayne Hughes rings the dinner bell in Albany by Zach Smith I zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop Photos by Heather Berry I hberry@ruralmissouri.coop If the original Hughes Bar X Ranch was born out of necessity, it was reborn out of love. The downtown Denver, Missouri eatery...

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