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The Goat of Many Colors

The Goat of Many Colors

Gerti the goat brings joy to people of all ages by Heather Berry Like most every 4-year-old kid, Gertrude, or Gerti, is a bundle of energy. She hops up on everything. She likes playing dress up and meeting people. She loves snacking on chips, cereal and, well, even...

Ready to hoop

Ready to hoop

Dennis Gates leads Mizzou Men’s Basketball as team’s 20th coach Dennis Gates is chomping at the bit for the ball to be tipped against Southern Indiana on Nov. 7. Mizzou’s first-year head men’s basketball coach hopes to revive the Tigers’ program on the court and in...

Treasuring the West

Treasuring the West

Crane author uses Missouri history to keep adventure alive by Jessica Jainchill  |  info@ruralmissouri.coopphoto by Zach Smith  |  zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop The Western book genre has been popular for almost as long as cowboys have existed. Starting as dime novels in...

The Daredevil Drafts of Catawissa

The Daredevil Drafts of Catawissa

Michaela Redeker and her Clydesdales ride with style They sound like muffled thunder as they round the bend. Dust clouds follow as their rider guides them with her reins. The Clydesdales continue galloping within inches of one another and in sync so the rider can...

Truth & Exaggeration

Truth & Exaggeration

Jefferson City artist Jim Dyke colors the world as he sees it If you’ve been to the Missouri State Fair, chances are you’ve seen him in action under an awning near the concert grandstand. Marker in hand, caricature artist Jim Dyke quickly sketches likenesses on paper,...

Just for the record

Just for the record

Wayne Glenn collects, recollects and more Wayne Glenn is one of the rare few who can say he’s loved his career from start to finish. He took a hobby from his youth and spun it into a 43-year career on Ozarks radio airwaves. Last May, the Nixa man known as “The Old...

A leatherworking legacy

A leatherworking legacy

Eric Van Alstine puts old tools to work making historical leatherwork Looking back on the craft he practices, historical leatherworker Eric Van Alstine realizes he’s come a long way. “I knew nothing about leatherwork,” he says of his entry into the craft. “All I knew...

An eye for beauty

An eye for beauty

Benton photographer captures small towns, landscapes It’s no surprise that Larry Braun was drawn to photography. He got it from his dad, who purchased his camera in Japan just after World War II. Likewise, Larry picked up his first camera — a Canon F-1 — in Hong Kong...

Cake boss

Cake boss

Jackson baker creates over-the-top cakes Katie Goodpasture had a problem. Her soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter Grace had a birthday coming up and she had a specific request. “She wanted a My Little Pony-themed birthday,” Katie explains. “It wasn’t popular in 2009 and...

For He’s a Jolly Red Fellow

For He’s a Jolly Red Fellow

One man's journey to become Santa Claus Even an unseasonably warm day in the Ozarks doesn’t deter Greg Winters from donning his characteristic colors. The red overalls, green T-shirt and white beard let you know there’s more to this man than wearing Yule colors all...

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