Zach Smith

Fun at Fellows Lake

Fun at Fellows Lake

For Matt Taylor, the magnetic draw of the lake is in his blood. As a two-year-old he played on the bank while his father fished. A decade or so later, Fellows was where he developed a lifelong love of sailing. “This lake is incredibly fickle,” he says, with a smile...

Backyard Paradise

Backyard Paradise

John Hess explores Brawley Creek Every day of every season, there’s a play unfolding on the banks of Brawley Creek in Johnson County. John Hess is there, camera in hand, watching the actors. Today he might have his eye on the Virginia bluebells, tomorrow a luna moth...

On the Banks of Deer Creek

On the Banks of Deer Creek

​Bev McCulloch rebuilds 1829 log cabin When Benjamin Fry built his log cabin south of the town that would one day become Plattsburg, northwest Missouri looked a little different. In 1829, the cabin was on Missouri’s frontier. The Platte Purchase had not been made,...

Community Connected

Community Connected

United Fiber brings rural broadband to northwest Missouri When spring 2020 arrived in Rosendale, an average school day at the North Andrew R-4 School District looked quite different than it had a few weeks before. Students studied at home with Chromebooks. Teachers...

Protecting an Outdoor Legacy

Protecting an Outdoor Legacy

Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary Missouri’s outdoors is a great place to have fun, but maintaining access and enjoyment for future generations is a serious business. Just ask donors to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation...

Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow

Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow

Ozark Electric and partners support area youth programs When the Willard Police Athletic League was established in 2009, it was a watershed moment for Police Chief Tom McClain. More than the culmination of a childhood passion, an officer training program and a Project...

Power with a Purpose

Power with a Purpose

Co-op education, collaboration is key to leading communities In order to fulfill their mission to improve the quality of life for members, electric cooperatives must continue to adapt to a changing industry and society. And the key to co-ops being leaders in and of...

Taking Shape

Taking Shape

Functional art thrown from the hands of Tresa Killion Tresa Killion remembers her reaction when a design teacher at State Fair Community College handed the student her first ball of clay. It wasn’t the type of response one might expect from a potter who would later...

Birding Business

Birding Business

Second generation continues family hobby, ventures If there is such a thing as reverse empty-nest syndrome, then Mel Toellner — or Bird Man Mel as he’s known to friends, family and viewers of his YouTube channel — probably has it. Since last summer he’s stepped back...

Safe, Smart and Spruced Up

Safe, Smart and Spruced Up

West Central Electric bands together to build a better community For rural electric cooperatives, there’s an unwritten principle tied in with Concern For Community: keeping residents, particularly kids, educated about and safe around electricity. In West Central...

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