White River Valley

Wildwood Springs Lodge

Wildwood Springs Lodge

1920s lodge brings legends to the living room Just off a twisty two-lane highway sits a relic of the Roaring ’20s, a reminder of a time when city dwellers fled to the country for respite where the air was clear and worries far away. At one time 13 of these resorts...

In praise of mothers

In praise of mothers

Mother’s Day is a special time of year around the Jones household. Most years it involves me scrambling around the house trying to find the gift I bought the month before, finding a way to sneak my kids away from Mom so they can make homemade cards, last-minute phone...

Backyard Paradise

Backyard Paradise

John Hess explores Brawley Creek Every day of every season, there’s a play unfolding on the banks of Brawley Creek in Johnson County. John Hess is there, camera in hand, watching the actors. Today he might have his eye on the Virginia bluebells, tomorrow a luna moth...

On the Banks of Deer Creek

On the Banks of Deer Creek

​Bev McCulloch rebuilds 1829 log cabin When Benjamin Fry built his log cabin south of the town that would one day become Plattsburg, northwest Missouri looked a little different. In 1829, the cabin was on Missouri’s frontier. The Platte Purchase had not been made,...

Farm To City

Farm To City

Columbia’s Agriculture Park spreads its wings At 8 o’clock on Saturday mornings, the bell rings and shoppers pour into the Columbia Farmers Market. The vendors are behind their counters, stacked high with a cornucopia of fresh vegetables, fruits and homemade foods....

Community Connected

Community Connected

United Fiber brings rural broadband to northwest Missouri When spring 2020 arrived in Rosendale, an average school day at the North Andrew R-4 School District looked quite different than it had a few weeks before. Students studied at home with Chromebooks. Teachers...

If the shoe fits …

If the shoe fits …

The call from my brother made me laugh. He had just bought a new pair of cowboy boots and had a question for me: “Can I get you to wear these until they are broken in?” Back on the farm, that was my job whenever Dad bought us new work boots. You would think the second...

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...

Best of Rural Missouri 2022

Best of Rural Missouri 2022

Contest reveals Rural Missouri readers’ favorites Rural Missouri readers were ready to explore the Show-Me State this past year and weren’t shy about sharing their favorite places to eat, shop, visit and play. Our annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers’ Choice Contest...

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