Zach Smith

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...

Music To The Ears — And Mouth

Music To The Ears — And Mouth

Singing Butcher Shoppe brings music, meat to downtown Steelville A tune on the air isn’t out of the ordinary for Steelville. If there’s no concert at the Meramec Music Theatre, you may find yourself pulled downtown by the ear. Somewhere beyond the giant papier-mâché...

Forging the Future

Forging the Future

From fiber to jobs, Osage Valley electric boosts rural life Throughout the year, Osage Valley Electric’s employees are a common sight in western Missouri. During Christmastime and the Olde Glory Days parade in July, linemen hoist lights in downtown Clinton....

Big Dreams on the Big Rivers

Big Dreams on the Big Rivers

Cedarcreek paddler conquers cross-country canoe trip When the new year ticks over, Amanda Hoenes will enter 2022 with one less resolution than in years past. What was once a childhood dream — a 3,300-mile canoe adventure along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers —...

A Trip To Toyland

A Trip To Toyland

Trains, dollhouses and more keep Chuck and Patsy Madinger young at heart If you visit the town that Chuck and Patsy Madinger built, you may never want to leave. A stroll through its neighborhoods takes you past two- and three-story houses, trimmed for the season and...

Capturing the heart of the farm

Capturing the heart of the farm

Jayne Williams photographs the barns of Maries County Travel the back roads of Missouri and you’re sure to spot the right barn at the right time. It might be just around the bend as the first snowfall of the year swirls around the eaves, or atop the next hill framed...

All Hearts

All Hearts

The spirit of Switzerland, made in Missouri The Alps are a long way from Missouri’s Rhineland, but on the Marthasville farm of Martin Weber and wife, Lynn DeLean-Weber, a special elixir brings the magic of the Old World to Missouri.  Martin, a native of Graubünden,...

All Their Ducks In A Row

All Their Ducks In A Row

Collectors preserve Jefferson City's decoy dynasty It sounds like the beginning of a joke: a semiretired surgeon and a consultant walk into a room. One is an antique collector, the other is a third-generation waterfowl hunter from Iowa, and where they meet in the...

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