Tag Archives: Missouri

Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius

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Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have ... Read More »

Branson Offers Plenty of Winter Fun

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You want to take a trip to Branson, but it’s the middle of winter and most live performers are on their annual break. So, there’s nothing to do there, right? Wrong. Branson offers plenty of things to do year-round, even during the winter months when the majority of live shows are on hiatus. What can you do? Well, you could ... Read More »

Check Out What’s New in Branson in 2013

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Branson, located in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, is one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. The family friendly shows and entertainment options, beautiful scenery and lakes, as well as the Missouri hospitality, draw nearly 8 million people each year to our little town. TripAdvisor, USA Today, the Associated Press and others have called Branson one of the best places in America ... Read More »

‘Nature’s Garbage Collectors’ Don’t Charge Disposal Fee

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Four birders on a December 2011 outing to Ha Ha Tonka State Park focused their binoculars on a green tag attached to the wing of one of 28 roosting turkey vultures. The tag said E43. They reported their finding to the Bird Banding Laboratory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center said the tag was attached to the bird ... Read More »

Let’s Make a New Year’s Resolution We’ll Keep!

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“New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.” – Mark Twain I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s the focus ... Read More »

Storytelling in Cape Girardeau Generates a Legacy of Stories Among Fans

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The most renowned storytellers in the business have passed through Southeast Missouri while performing at storytelling events in Cape Girardeau during the last five years. Their stories are famous among devoted fans of the art form, but it’s the tales that center around the storytelling events here in Cape Girardeau that resonate with me. Here’s a quick story about the ... Read More »

Christmas Spirit on Display in Hermann

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If there was an award for Christmas decorations inside a home, Father Bill’s residence in Hermann, Mo., would win hands-down. The Rev. William Debo lives in the rectory adjoining St. George Catholic Church, whose bell tower stands high above this quaint river town in the hills of the Missouri River Valley. Every Christmas, the 21 rooms inside the three-story red ... Read More »

Ill-fated Gifts of Christmas Past

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 ... Read More »

Momo Traveling on Someone Else’s Dime

Andrew Stephens has washed his hands of Momo. Furious about recent credit-card charges appearing on several of his accounts – coincidentally at all the places Momo has visited the past few weeks – Stephens has relinquished his Momo Tracker device. It’s now up to us to keep tabs on the Missouri Monster. “I’m saying Momo’s name for the last time,” ... Read More »

Gen X-ers Share Holiday Memories

Editor’s note: This is the third in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 ... Read More »