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Mission Possible

Mission Possible

Joplin ministry offers a hand up to those in need Marsha Whitford remembers what it was like to be a single mom in the ’90s, living paycheck to paycheck while attending college. “I was living life and trying to get by. I guess it seemed like I had it all together...

Primo’s

Primo’s

Handmade pizza, sandwiches and burgers As soon as regulars smell the aroma of fresh-baked pizza filling the restaurant, owner Jarrod Phillips is already filling their drinks. No need to wait for them to order in this small-town gathering spot. He knows what they want....

The Church with the Red Roof

The Church with the Red Roof

Red Top Church celebrates 200 faith-filled years In the early days of Missouri’s statehood, pioneers who poured into the wilderness brought their faith with them. There were no churches then, so as soon as the settlers built homes they set about creating places of...

Big on pigs

Big on pigs

Howerton family finds a better way to feed the world October is both National Pork and Cooperative month. Osage Valley Electric Cooperative member Jim Howerton is one person who can celebrate both. He is the administrator for the Howerton family farms located in...

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...

Metal on their Minds

Metal on their Minds

Augusta artists use new skills to craft giant sculptures Visitors to Augusta find the giant duck hanging out in one of the yards in town an irresistible selfie stop. If they think the duck’s 23 1/2-foot wingspan is intriguing, they should have been around when Bigfoot...

A Blank Canvas

A Blank Canvas

Artist creates unique pieces using alcohol ink Sherry Salant had a mystery to solve. The recently retired educator was attending a show in St. Louis about a decade ago when a piece of art from one of the vendors caught her eye. “It was so cool. It looked like stained...

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Dan Meers entertains and inspires, on and off the field Sitting in the back of the ambulance, Dan Meers was still in shock. It was supposed to be a 20-foot bungee jump into a zipline inside Arrowhead Stadium; he fell 70 feet. There were seven broken ribs, a shattered...

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...

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