Zach Smith

Treasuring the West

Treasuring the West

Crane author uses Missouri history to keep adventure alive by Jessica Jainchill  |  info@ruralmissouri.coopphoto by Zach Smith  |  zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop The Western book genre has been popular for almost as long as cowboys have existed. Starting as dime novels in...

Back to School at New-Mac U

Back to School at New-Mac U

Member-owner education continues at New-Mac Electric It’s not often that a session of night school ends with a round of applause, but on a clear evening in southwest Missouri that’s the sound you’ll likely hear outside the offices of New-Mac Electric Cooperative. And...

Saving The Stuff of History

Saving The Stuff of History

Family heirlooms join historical society collections by Jack Wax | info@ruralmissouri.coopphotos by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop That shoebox full of letters handed down from your parents or grandparents, those handwritten recipes from your great-aunt, those...

Where The Bison Roam

Where The Bison Roam

Nature is nurtured at Dunn Ranch Prairie At first glance, a place as vast, unique and complex as Dunn Ranch Prairie defies a simple description. Adam McLane, state director for the Missouri chapter of The Nature Conservancy, can boil it down to a single word:...

Back to J.C.

Back to J.C.

Young leaders return to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience  When Twin Rivers High School student Hannah Patterson found out she’d been selected by her local co-op to spend part of her summer vacation in Jefferson City, she admits she didn’t...

A Class Act

A Class Act

Energy in Today’s Classroom celebrates 10 years energizing educators For 20 teachers from Missouri and Iowa, the 2022-23 school year started a few weeks early at the University of Missouri-Columbia for Electricity 101 — cooperative style. Their class marked the 10th...

“Fin”ishing School

“Fin”ishing School

For the better part of 135 years, the mouth of Hearrell Spring has fed millions of fish to the nation’s streams through the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Established by an act of Congress in 1888, it’s the oldest federal hatchery in operation today and since that...

Bring On The Broadband

Bring On The Broadband

For many residents of rural America, the idea seems like a pipe dream: High-speed internet that brings with it not only the creature comforts of fast downloads and reliable streaming connections, but also the power to improve their quality of life. Even for some...

Casts From The Past

Casts From The Past

by Kenneth L. Kieser  |  info@ruralmissouri.coop Branson’s History of Fishing Museum features a collection of lures and other items valued at $6 million. Curator Bill Bramsch makes a visit there more enjoyable with amazing stories about this vintage tackle and those...

Storm Safe

Storm Safe

Ozark Border Electric teams up with first responders to safeguard community The ice storm of 2009 may be a bad memory, but it’s never far from the minds of residents in southern Missouri. That may be especially true for anyone in the 11-county service area of Ozark...

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