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A Parents’ Guide to Missouri College Towns: Kirksville

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The day is here. Your child is going off to college. There are new people to meet, a new city to learn and new places to explore. And that goes for you, too! Here’s a quick look at some of the places parents should enjoy when they drop off students at (and make return visits to) Truman State University in …

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A Parents’ Guide to Missouri College Towns: Rolla

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The day is here. Your child is going off to college. There are new people to meet, a new city to learn and new places to explore. And that goes for you, too! Here’s a quick look at some of the places parents should enjoy when they drop off students at (and make return visits to) Missouri University of Science …

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A Parents’ Guide to Missouri College Towns: Maryville

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The day is here. Your child is going off to college. There are new people to meet, a new city to learn and new places to explore. And that goes for you, too! Here’s a quick look at some of the places parents should enjoy when they drop off students at (and make return visits to) Northwest Missouri State University …

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Late Summer Family Getaway to Sikeston

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I’m always looking for a unique, fun experience for that last family trip of the summer.  Since my family ranges in age from a 2-year old through let’s say “middle-aged” grandparents, this can sometimes be a challenge.  This year we’re returning to Sikeston for Rodeo Week, August 5-9.  With Sikeston being just 150 miles south of St. Louis, it’s a quick …

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Hannibal: For a Person Your Age

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My parents are infinitely annoyed by the phrase: For a person of your age. Whether it is scientifically stated, like a doctor telling my mom she is at a good weight ‘for a person of her age,’ or implied, such as a man complementing my father on an agile bleacher dismount at a little league game, it can be grating. …

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Entertainment on Ice: A New Friend at the Saint Louis Zoo

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I’m a sucker for zoos. I’ll say that right up front.  I’ve loved them since I was a kid, it was my favorite treat growing up and it was one of my first dates with the man I married.  But I don’t think I’ve met a cooler (pun intended) zoo resident than Kali (pronounced Cully) – the Saint Louis Zoo’s …

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A Fun Sized Road Trip In Cape Girardeau

Kick off your mini road trip in Cape Girardeau, a lively town of 38,000 right on the Mighty Mississippi! The Butcher Block is your first stop for provisions.  Here you’ll find locally raised meats and other regional goodies.  Get a summer sausage and have the nice folks behind the counter slice it for you.  A sleeve of crackers, some local …

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Missouri Summer Road Trip: Pack Your Wagon and Journey West

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Embark on a summer road trip journey, immersing yourself in the pioneer life of the 1840s in Independence, Missouri. Travel back in time to 1849 where gold was on the mind of thousands and the streets of Independence were bustling with wagon trains arriving and departing from the trails west. This summer, Independence, the starting point of the Santa Fe, …

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Missouri Farmers Markets: My Favorite Sign of Spring

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It’s strange to me that my favorite sign of spring is a Facebook post, but I eagerly begin watching for it this time each year. After all, it’s about now that my winter patience is coming to a close. I try to enjoy all seasons with the best of them. I bundle up for the winter festivals, telling myself I …

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