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The Mill Trail

The Mill Trail

Kick off summer with an Ozarks mill tour In the days before Amazon and Walmart, mills played an important role for rural communities. They were a place to get your corn ground into meal, but more importantly were the centers for commerce and social gatherings. A trip...

Hercules Southern BBQ

Hercules Southern BBQ

Smoked favorites in southeast Missouri Smoke fills the air on the back patio as Alfea Crenshaw tends to the seemingly endless rows of chicken, ribs and pork steaks. He checks to make sure the smoked meats are about ready to be pulled off the heat in time for his...

A New Light

A New Light

Life is good at the end of the line John Murphy says his family has always been blessed with a good memory. He remembers as a 9-year-old boy, watching an electric cooperative truck laden with poles being winched out of a ditch. The “most brilliant” memory of the same...

Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions

Post office murals celebrate history of Missouri’s communities Whether you’re sending letters, picking up packages or catching up with an old friend you run into, the small-town post office is still, for many, a hub of communication. But according to Linda Lower, who...

From Miners to Mountain Bikers

From Miners to Mountain Bikers

Ironton turns Shepherd Mountain into a gravity-fueled mountain bike park Driving through the Arcadia Valley on Highway 21, it’s hard to miss the looming presence of Shepherd Mountain. It dominates the skyline 600 feet above Ironton and is a link to the days when the...

Welcome to Warm Springs Ranch

Welcome to Warm Springs Ranch

Where equine legends are born and trained They eat. A lot. An average menu for the day includes around 50 pounds of timothy hay (custom grown in Idaho) and up to 10 pounds of grain washed down with 30 to 40 gallons of water. But when you average 2,000 pounds, stand...

Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

ALPS Brands continues Missouri’s outdoor gear legacy All over the state you can see signs of the season approaching. Tent flaps are patched while the bent poles and missing stakes are replaced. Wrappers from hand warmers and granola bars are emptied out of backpacks....

The Big Chill

The Big Chill

Co-op power kept flowing, thanks to hard work and help from our friends   The week of Feb. 15, 2021, is a time no one at Missouri’s electric cooperatives will soon forget. In the days leading up to that fateful time, temperatures plummeted across the country — and...

Boji Stone Cafe

Boji Stone Cafe

Most mornings in downtown Chillicothe you’ll find Brent Kepner where he’s been for the past 14 years; standing outside the front door, cup of joe in hand, greeting the sun and ready to welcome customers. Walking through the front door of Boji Stone Cafe, Coffee House...

Best of Rural Missouri

Best of Rural Missouri

Even though Missourians may have been a little less mobile this past year, they sure haven’t forgotten the places they love throughout the Show-Me State. This year’s Best of Rural Missouri Readers’ Choice Contest ballots were chock-full of your favorite places to eat,...

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