Our way of life
Rural Missouri
by Caleb Jones
2d ago
Every parent has experienced this situation. A few weekends ago, my daughter, Charlie, had a dance recital out of town. While I normally try to make these events, we ran into a scheduling conflict as my son, Max, had a soccer game at the same time. Lindsey and I had no choice but to divide and conquer. Not one to waste a great opportunity, Max and I spent the weekend playing soccer, shooting guns and getting out in our hunting blind to see if we could call in a spring turkey. I’m not sure if Max invited his buddies to enjoy time in the woods or if he needed witnesses to our shenanigans. Either ..read more
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Young author
Rural Missouri
by Jim McCarty
1w ago
Teenager Anna Prater delivers with her debut novel Writing the great American novel is on the bucket list for many people. Few get it done. That’s what makes Anna Prater’s achievement so remarkable. The Poplar Bluff teenager started writing her first novel when she was 15 and saw it published on her 18th birthday. “I’ve seen people talk about it, like saying they want to write something,” Anna says. “But, you know, they never got around to it.” This past December Anna’s first novel, “Familiar Strangers,” became a reality. She self-published the book through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publis ..read more
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The Riverhouse
Rural Missouri
by Jim McCarty
1w ago
Food and drinks with a view on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi First-time visitors to The Riverhouse in Scott City might ask the owners whether this is a wine house that serves great food or a fine-dining destination that also happens to have great wine. To this the owners, SEMO Electric Cooperative members Deb and Derek Wilson, enthusiastically respond, “Yes.” It turns out that this dining experience on the banks of the Mississippi River is whatever you want to make it. Some come to sip and chat on the back deck while watching bald eagles soar overhead, trains crossing a bridge bui ..read more
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Trail of Thread
Rural Missouri
by Sara Schafer
1w ago
Find inspiration, supplies and fun at nine quilt shops along Highway 36 For 10 years, quilters have enjoyed the ultimate creative road trip in northern Missouri. Their quest is to hit each participating shop on the Missouri Highway 36 Quilt Trail. You can join the fun in 2024. Traveling from Hannibal to St. Joseph, Missouri’s Highway 36 is nicknamed “The Way of American Genius.” Mark Twain, Walt Disney, J.C. Penney, the home of the Pony Express and other innovations and inventors all can be traced back to this stretch of road. It’s no surprise creative types can still find inspiration along th ..read more
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Father’s Day Gifts Made in Missouri
Rural Missouri
by Sara Schafer
1w ago
Skip the expected tie, golf balls and mugs this year. Instead honor your dad with something unique and crafted, grown or made in the Show-Me State. Below, we’ve gathered an array of options so you can easily find the perfect gift for the important paternal figure in your life. Whether you are honoring your dad, husband, grandpa, uncle or son on June 16, here are just a few gifts he will be sure to appreciate. You can find more Missouri-made gift ideas at www.buymissouri.net. Fancy Farm Popcorn, Bernie 573-276-3315, fancyfarmpopcorn.com You can enjoy the great and addicting taste of movie thea ..read more
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Rows of Beauty
Rural Missouri
by Sara Schafer
1w ago
See 2,400 plants in bloom at a massive Missouri lavender farm Battlefield Lavender is serving up a little slice of France right in central Missouri. Picture row after row of manicured plants bursting with purple blossoms and soothing scents. Butterflies and bees dance across the 3-acre field while children giggle and bask in the tranquility of nature. Sure, it may not be Provence, but a visit to Katie and Jason Lockwood’s Centralia farm should still earn a spot on your summer bucket list. Early in June, the 2,400 plants at Battlefield Lavender put on a showstopping performance. As you enter t ..read more
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Co-ops at the Capitol
Rural Missouri
by Sara Schafer
1w ago
Electric cooperative leaders share the need for education More than 1,200 electric cooperative leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., April 21-24 to represent their fellow members and push for policies that ensure reliable and affordable electricity for rural America. Missouri’s delegation of co-op directors, CEOs and leaders of their statewide associations attended this annual legislative conference organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. While visiting with Congressional key staff and policy leaders, the Missouri co-op leaders advocated for common- sense solutions to ..read more
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Longbow Legacy
Rural Missouri
by Paul Newton
1w ago
Neelyville man gains international acclaim The 4-pound bow seems as if it weighs 20 pounds in the archer’s hands. As he nocks his final arrow, his heart feels like it’s beating out of his chest and he’s dripping in cold sweat from nerves and the Argentinian heat. Time stands still as that arrow pierces the target. He hears his teammates cheering and knows he just secured a spot on the medal stand for his country. Joshua Miller of Neelyville has taken his love for archery and competition to an international stage competing for Team USA in Italy and Argentina during the past two years. He’s en ..read more
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Cinco de Mayo
Rural Missouri
by Paul Newton
1M ago
Get your fiesta on with these Mexican-inspired dishes Baja Fish Taco Bowls 2 bags tri-color quinoa 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 white-fleshed fish fillets (5 to 6 ounces each) 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon lime zest 1 teaspoon lime juice 1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground 4 cups baby kale, packed 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced Prepare quinoa according to package directions. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season fish with Cajun seasoning and salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until fish is lightly browned and starts to flake. S ..read more
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Snap that winning shot
Rural Missouri
by Paul Newton
1M ago
Tips to make your Missouri State Park photos stand out It’s easier than ever to capture that perfect moment or scene while you’re out with your family. Nearly everyone has a readily available camera with them in their pocket or purse. Not surprisingly, in last year’s Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest sponsored by Missouri State Parks and Rural Missouri, nearly half of the winning photos were shot with a smartphone. The annual contest is open to amateur photographers who always showcase all that there is to love about connecting with nature and history in one of Missouri’s state parks or histor ..read more
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