Missouri State Parks reminds park visitors to follow Leave No Trace Principles while outdoors this fall

With increased visitation at Missouri state parks and historic sites, it’s important for visitors to remember to assist park staff in protecting and preserving the state's natural and cultural resources.

Council approves electric system upgrade, hears about event plans

    Steelville City Council members discussed flags, a benefit ride, and replacement of three main switches for the city’s electrical system at their September 20 meeting.

Gallery will feature “Explosion of Cool Content”

    Gallery Zeke will reopen to the public on Thursday, October 7 with the return of the “Explosion of Cool Content” abstract exhibit. 

Young continues efforts to help animals

    Local animal rescue enthusiast Mary Young spoke to the Steelville City Council at its September 20 meeting. She reiterated her request for a cat room at the new animal shelter that is currently under construction following the donation of $50,000 she had helped raise while working with the local rescue organization Santana’s Hope 4 Paws. She also asked again about providing space for a surgical room in the new building and explained her recent separation from Santana’s Hope 4 Paws.

Remembering a fantastic 1961 float trip

By Larry Dablemont
    What were you doing the first weekend of October, 60 years ago? I remember that weekend well. I was only a few days away from turning 13, and I had purchased a guide’s license at the courthouse for a dollar. But with Dad’s old wooden johnboat and grandpa’s hand-made sassafras paddle, I could take folks on a fishing trip down the Big Piney River and haul in 50 cents an hour.

Catching big catfish on the fly can be a challenge

By Bill Cooper
    My father regularly caught catfish on spinnerbaits when I was a child. The feat proved a bit unusual and I didn’t know of anyone else doing so at the time. Over the years I adapted my father’s techniques to the fly rod and still enjoy catching catfish on my fly rods today.