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En plein air

En plein air

Nature is the muse for the art of Julie Wiegand Inspiration is everything for artists, and that’s especially true for Julie Wiegand, who expresses herself through her paintings of the Missouri countryside. For her it only takes a step outside the door of her unique...

See you at the state fair

See you at the state fair

For a farm kid, this is the best time of year. The ponds and creeks are the ideal temperature to jump in. There’s a chance the square bales you’re hauling are straw, not alfalfa. But best of all, it’s fair season. When it was fair season at the Jones Farm, that meant...

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...

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...

That’s Our Jam

That’s Our Jam

Baby Boomer Reunion Concert hits 19th season Kevin White is known for blowing his own horn — a trumpet, that is. But when you ask him how the Baby Boomer Reunion Concerts began 19 years ago, it takes other musicians to  toot the director’s horn. “He writes every...

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:...

The quality-of-life business

The quality-of-life business

My wife likes to give me a hard time for being so giddy when holidays come around. In my opinion, holidays were created for celebrating, even if that means putting on my old beat-up Easter Bunny costume or dressing as a leprechaun to hand out gold coins at Max and...

Missouri’s Many Trails of Tears

Missouri’s Many Trails of Tears

Early statehood marred by removal of Native Americans At the time of statehood in 1821, there were roughly 5,000 Native Americans residing in Missouri. By 1839, there were no Native American tribes in Missouri. The story of the massive relocation of these tens of...

One-Dish Wonder

One-Dish Wonder

Bowls: A fun way to keep meal options healthy Schedules are staring to gain momentum again, so that means we're often looking for meals that are fairly quick and easy to prepare. Bowls have been the rage for several years and continue to be one way the entire family...

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