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Pawing it Forward

Pawing it Forward

K9s for Camo helps save lives on many levels Fear is something former combat engineer John Lopez and his fellow soldiers dealt with daily as part of the 37th Engineer Battalion. While serving in Afghanistan, John’s job was to help ensure his unit avoided roadside...

Wildheart

Wildheart

Exploring wildlife habitat and more through song When it comes to wildlife, conservation and music, Jan and George Syrigos are like excited little kids.“Our motto has always been to ‘bring the heart of the wild to the heart of a child,’ ” says Jan. “You can’t do that...

A celebration of Missouri

A celebration of Missouri

Missouri’s agriculture showcase returns What a difference a year makes! One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of most of the Missouri State Fair activities and left the event as a youth livestock show, Missouri’s annual agriculture showcase is...

1820 The Family Restaurant

1820 The Family Restaurant

Comfortable food in a homey location The inside of the restaurant is filled with one-of-a-kind items. Tobacco sticks from the owners’ father line the ceiling just next to the grain bin with a unique dining table inside. A 1940s wheat reel from a local farm spins...

The Eli era

The Eli era

Mizzou's Eli Drinkwitz is hungry for more wins in 2021 At the time the Mizzou football team notched its first win of the 2020 season, head coach Eli Drinkwitz probably thought he had seen it all. On March 16 he had to cut his team loose due to COVID-19 fears, without...

Livin’ the River Life

Livin’ the River Life

Paddleboard outfitter offers a unique twist on river floats The sun is drifting toward the western horizon, leaving in its wake a vibrant sky of pink and red over Springfield. The frogs have begun their evening song. A warm breeze stirs the river’s current. T.J....

Country store with a laid-back atmosphere

Country store with a laid-back atmosphere

From a loaf of bread to live music, Pierpont General Store is the place to be It’s an impossibly beautiful day at the intersection of Highways 163 and N in central Boone County. Scores of families and friends are relaxing the evening away as music from the bandstand...

Lighting up their community

Lighting up their community

Consolidated Electric delivers more than electricity Missouri’s electric cooperatives are intertwined with the communities they serve. From the early days of banding members together to form a co-op and turning the lights on for the first time to sending the best and...

The little town that could

The little town that could

Neighbors come together to fight hunger Tonie Lott will tell you the idea of a mobile food pantry came from her daughter, Jaydin. The then-8-year-old came home from school one day, grabbed a bag and headed straight to the food-lined shelves in their kitchen.“I asked...

Glamping in Style

Glamping in Style

Camp Long Creek is home away from home If the past year of turmoil taught us anything it’s that we all need to get outside more often. While most of us weren’t venturing off to beaches or lands far away during the pandemic, we all had one thing in common:...

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