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Tough-Talking Tiger

Photo by L.G. Patterson Mizzou football went 4-8 in 2016. You probably knew that. Head coach Barry Odom certainly remembers. “When you [only] win four games, guys, believe me, it hurts your soul,” Odom told reporters at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. But the 2016 season did end on a high note. The Tigers […]

All in the Family

Photos Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics Major college athletes basically have a second family. They often spend more time with their teammates and coaches than their actual relatives, especially during the season. University of Missouri women’s basketball has taken the family thing to another level. The Tigers were the only team in the country during the […]

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Picnic Perfect Wraps

Fall is filled with tailgates, cycling, hikes and more. And wraps are the perfect pick for all your outdoor activities. Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Veggie Wrap with Roasted Red Pepper and Lime Spread 2 large limes (or 3 small ones) 1 cup of roasted red peppers 1 cup sour cream 1 cup good mayonnaise 5 […]

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Tough-Talking Tiger

Photo by L.G. Patterson Mizzou football went 4-8 in 2016. You probably knew that. Head coach Barry Odom certainly remembers. “When you [only] win four games, guys, believe me, it hurts your soul,” Odom told reporters at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. But the 2016 season did end on a high note. The Tigers […]

College

Net Gains

It is not very often a college coach — or any coach for that matter — is asked to write something on their own. We see many articles in the daily sports section about coaches and their athletic programs. They always come from the minds and talents of the individual writer. When asked to take […]

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Trail Time

What is trail running? For me, if the surface is not paved, I’m trail running. Rocky, narrow singletrack through the forest, a grassy mowed path through the prairie or a crushed limestone bike trail along the Missouri River all add to the diversity of trail running experiences. There are many things I love about trail […]

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Show-Me State Fun

Your heart races. Your palms sweat. You feel a sudden surge of adrenaline. There’s nothing quite like the rush you get from an amusement park attraction! And our great state recently added some nearby new options that are sure to thrill you. Face Amusements opened two new Branson-area attractions. The “Branson Coaster,” a double-alpine coaster […]

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Beyond the Eclipse

It was hailed as “possibly the most impressive 2 and a half minutes of your life.” Do you think the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 lived up to all the hype? Dr. Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, astrophysics and general relativity at the University of Missouri, gave dozens of talks […]

Mizzou

Pigskin Preview

Photos by L.G. Patterson On Sept. 2, black-and-gold clad fans will fill the old bowl at the southern end of campus, Truman the Tiger will spin his tail and Marching Mizzou will play those old familiar tunes. The Missouri Tigers will dash out onto the turf to the roar of the crowd and the firing […]

CoMo Moves

photos by L.G. Patterson Aerial Arts The setup for an aerial arts class looks more like a circus performance than a gym scene. No weights, no equipment, just long streams of silk fabric cascading from the ceiling. But it would be wrong to say that it’s one or the other, says CoMO aerial arts member […]

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Setting Sail

photography by Pete Jackson The dying words of the 39-year-old veteran on my MRI table were, “I just wish I’d bought a boat.” I’d never been sailing before, but ignorance has never stopped me from jumping in head first. I knew myself well enough to know that the decision must be rash and impulsive or […]

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PaddleMO Celebrates Missouri River Country

The floating season doesn’t end with the Labor Day weekend. Fall can be the most beautiful time of year to be out on Missouri’s rivers and streams. A case in point is PaddleMO, a 100-mile journey on the Missouri River held in late September, when the weather is still warm but not scorchingly hot and […]

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CoMo Loves Backyard Chickens

Photos by L.G. Patterson With the quality of our food becoming less and less assured, health conscious individuals are considering alternatives to the food supply their families are consuming. Many urban dwellers have introduced vegetable gardens in their backyards. Some are going a step further by starting their own flock of chickens. YUMMY AND HEALTHIER […]

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The Science of Exploring

“Only about 30 percent of our students go to state parks with their family even though Rock Bridge State Park is right here in town,” declared Columbia Public Schools’ (CPS) K-12 Science Coordinator Mike Szydlowski. “We don’t want outside to be an exceptional thing. We want it to be normal,” he emphasized. Now, every CPS […]

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Up a Creek

She had no idea she was in over her head. It started fun, a weekend float trip on a spring-fed Ozark stream. Her classmates didn’t have to persuade her. She was ready for the adventure with her friends. Mom worried. But Lindsay reassured her mother: “We’re going with friends who’ve floated before. They know what […]

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Goose Dog Diaries

photos by L.G. Patterson Dulce I’m a working dog, born and bred. My mom was a border collie who fell on hard times. A kind woman adopted her and a month later was rewarded with ten pups, including me. My dad? Well, he was never in the picture, but some speculate he was an Aussie, […]

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Fly Fishin’ Columbia

Whatever label you give it, fly   fishing is considered a sport by many. For others, it is a hobby. Many see it for what it is — an art form. Fly fishing is a pleasurable way to spend a day outdoors, whether you are walking the edge of a pond or wading a stream. […]

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Venture Out

As the weather gets warmer, it’s safe to say we all anticipate entertaining outdoors. No matter what type of space you have, it’s easy to turn any backyard into an ideal place to entertain. We’ve gathered some tips on getting your space ready and how to transform a drab concrete slab into something great for […]