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Find New Ways to Enjoy the Winter Season with the Whole Family

If your grandkids are like most, weekends and school snow closings are the highlight of the winter season. Get into the spirit with some of these fun outdoor activities. After you’ve expended your energy outdoors, there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors as well. Outdoor Winter Frolic Take A Snowshoe Hike Buy or borrow […]


Seniors Navigate Fitness in Their Prime

Photos by Ava Kitzi The 5:30 a.m. class at Rho Engine Room has an atmosphere more akin to a club, where people happen to be doing burpees, than a gym. There are colorful strobe lights, loud hip-hop music and an instructor pumping up the class of 25 athletes through their Friday morning workout. It seems […]


Columbia Resident Honors Military Lives Through Flags

Photos by L.G. Patterson  In south Columbia, David Meyer is known as the guy whose yard is filled with military flags twice a year — on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In France, Belgium and throughout the United States, he is known for ensuring that the hundreds of thousands of military men and women who […]

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Plan for Fall Fun with One of These Activities

Summer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor bonding fun. Try some of these activities, and fill yours and your grandkids’ senses with delight. ENJOY A COLOR TOUR. Embrace all of fall’s colors by surrounding yourself with them in an area park. In Columbia, some of […]

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Antique Fishing Gear Collection Continues to Grow

Photo by L.G. Patterson Nathan “Shags” McLeod’s collection of antique fishing gear started 20 years ago. That’s when a family friend gave him a couple of old penn reels that sat in storage for years. That is, until McLeod really started collecting a few years ago. “In the past six or seven years, it’s kind […]

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Columbia Physician’s Legacy Includes Success of World-Class Athletes

Photos by L.G. Patterson Dr. Mark Adams could have amassed an incredible autograph collection. But he preferred collecting memories of the athletes he helped throughout his career as an orthopedic surgeon.Adams, who at age 69 practices full-time at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, has traveled tens of thousands of miles, taken care of thousands of athletes, […]

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New Columbia Regional Airport Terminal Improves Local Air Travel

Photos by L.G. Patterson  Five years after the Columbia City Council first gave support for the project, Columbia Regional Airport’s new and improved terminal is ready for use.  The new 52,000-square-foot facility is three times the size of the previous terminal, with several upgrades to improve air travel for people in mid-Missouri. It features four […]

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Vintage Ice Chests: A Cooler History Than You Might Think

Photo by L.G. Patterson If you’ve visited Bud’s Classic BBQ on Ninth Street, you’ve probably noticed the collection of vivid vintage ice chests that surround the menu. Bud’s owner Jason Paetzold has been collecting them for decades and says it adds a nice rustic edge to the industrial-style restaurant. His coolers were all manufactured by the […]

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Museum Of Anthropology Finishes Construction On New Space

Photos by L.G. Patterson Construction is complete on the Museum of Anthropology’s new space on the ground floor of Ellis Library on the University of Missouri campus. New exhibit cases are currently being installed in the extended space. The museum expects to reopen before the end of 2022. The museum’s total space includes two main […]

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Five Tips To Strengthen The Bond With Grandkids

One of the most important relationships we have in our lives is the one with our grandparents. Children learn how to love, play, interact and resolve conflict through the bond they form with both their parents and grandparents. From the moment children are born, they want the love and attentiveness of their parents and grandparents. As […]

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Matchbook Memories

Photo by L.G. Patterson Bullwinkles Many college students in the 1980s remember Bullwinkles for happy hour specials and good entertainers, including singer Sheryl Crow. The nine-time Grammy winning artist in college could often be found play- ing at Bullwinkles with her local band Cashmere. Located at 1107 E. Broadway, Fieldhouse stands now in its place. […]

Transplanting Hope

Transplanting Hope

Photos by L.G. Patterson Did you know that 33% of adults are at risk for kidney disease? And in the U.S. alone, more than 90,000 people are on waiting lists to receive a kidney. Meet two Columbia individuals: one who is critically seeking a kidney match and another who donated a kidney for her partner. […]

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Tractor Treasures: Garnett’s Collection Is Seated In History

Photo by L.G. Patterson Rodney Garnett’s collection of farm machinery has been taking a front seat for decades. In fact, his father got him started on the hunt for cast iron seats. “My dad started collecting the seats and I’ve just been continually adding to it,” Garnett says. “We have a tool collection because when […]

Kee Groshong

Groshong Restores The History Of Agriculture One Tractor At A Time

Photos by L.G. Patterson Although he lives on 9 acres in the heart of Columbia and has three metal sheds full to the brim of tractors and engines, Kee Groshong isn’t about to get up in the morning and plow his small acreage. He’s more prone to start his day with a wrench in one hand […]

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Roll Call: Seniors Hit the Books to Continue Learning

Additional reporting by Melody Parry Photos by L.G. Patterson You’re never too old to achieve your educational goals. Lifelong learning has become increasingly popular in recent years as Baby Boomers have reached the age of retirement. For some, the purpose of going back to school is to finish their studies and accomplish a degree. But […]

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Driving Dilemma: Program Helps Older Drivers Stay Safely On The Road

Keep Your Keys, an MU Health Care program, can make getting around easier and safer for older adults. Designed to help seniors stay on the road as long as safely possible, the program even tackles one of the toughest decisions every driver must ask: when to retire from driving. One thing is certain. Older drivers […]

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Gary Kremer’s Love of History Makes Him A Perennial Student Of The Past

Photos by L.G. Patterson  Gary Kremer is a modern day time traveler. As an historian, he spends much of his time in the past, researching the lives of Missourians. As an administrator, he spends his days in the present, keeping the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) on course as the foremost research center for […]

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A Recipe For Success

Photos by L.G. Patterson Judith Lee and Nancy Wilson have discovered the essential ingredients that make for a long-lasting friendship — a load of fun, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude and just a pinch of the serious stuff. Their recipe for friendship keeps them laughing and having a good time as they work or travel together. Their […]

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Quilts Piece Together Missouri’s Heritage

Photos by L.G. Patterson As part of Missouri’s bicentennial celebration, the State Historical Society of Missouri found the perfect way to weave the state’s heritage into a piece of artwork: the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. In late 2018, the State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Co., in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, […]

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Focusing on The Future

In September, the Columbia College Board of Trustees named Dr. David Russell the college’s 18th president.