Ralls County

Melodies of Prayer

Melodies of Prayer

Solitude and peace found at abbey in Gower It’s 10:40 a.m. and the Sisters quietly enter the chapel wing a few at a time, kneeling briefly before taking their seats in the choir stalls. Some whisper prayers, rosary beads in hand, while others silently read passages in...

The Happy Bookers

The Happy Bookers

by Jack Wax Fun and friendships keep this book club going If anyone thinks book clubs are quiet, somber groups, they haven’t met the Happy Bookers of Linn. Although the eight current members of the club are more reliable than GPS devices for finding the nearest...

Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide

Andrew Kaiser connects rural residents to the world Like a lot of rural people, Andrew Kaiser found himself in need of high-speed internet service but living in an area without it. His computer repair business required constant downloads to upgrade software. Slow...

Powering Their Community

Powering Their Community

White River Valley works to lift up the members they serve Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives are about much more than keeping the electricity flowing to their member-owners. While doing so safely and in an affordable manner is one of the primary tasks, their...

Please Move Over for Roadside Crews

Please Move Over for Roadside Crews

If you see police, firefighters, utility crews or other emergency personnel on the side of the road, please slow down and move over when possible. It’s hard work repairing and maintaining the lines that bring you power. It can also be dangerous, especially when...

Holden’s Hero

Holden’s Hero

Heroism brought Medal of Honor — but little fame — to John Lewis Barkley In the months before the U.S. entered World War I, an underaged young man entered the Holden post office where the postmaster doubled as the Army recruiter. He applied for the service and was...

A Steady Progression

A Steady Progression

Brent Foster honed his carving skills from an early age Looking for the right words to describe his lifetime of carving wood, Brent Foster calls it a “journey of self progress.” He recalls getting started at the tender age of 8, watching an experienced friend whittle...

Tales to Tell

Tales to Tell

Fishing, hunting and fantastic creatures focus of new book The phrase, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” has an unwritten addendum: “And if the fish gets away, the angler’s likely to lie about it.” For...

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