Meet One of the World’s Last Calliope Builders

“It’s safe to say we’re the only company in the world that builds calliopes,” says Dan, the denim-clad owner of Miner Company LLC, a one-man operation set amid the rolling, green prairies east of Kirksville.


See These 8 Classic General Stores

Penny candy, flour, sugar, milk, soaps, boots, overalls, coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, guns, and ammo. Missouri’s general stores of yore offered shoppers everything they needed—and a lot of what they wanted—along with a generous side serving of local news, gossip, and a few tall tales.


Soulard Mardi Gras Celebrates 38 Years of Beads, Beer, and Bon Temps

There’s no need to head all the way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans when you can hit one of the nation’s largest Mardi Gras celebrations right here in the Show-Me State.


Siphiwe Baleka

Siphiwe Baleka is Driven to be Fit

Fitness coach Siphiwe Baleka created a fitness program for a unique group of Americans who don't get many chances to exercise: long haul truck drivers.


For That Special Someone

Lorry’s husband meant well when he bought her greeting cards for special occasions, but his failure to read the sentiment inside led to some hilarious blunders. She shares memories of his oddest choices, and tells how she finally got even. 


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Chasing the Ghosts of April

It seems I always hear the wild geese in April.


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Everything You Need to Know About the Missouri Total Solar Eclipse 2017

More people in the Show-Me State are expected to experience the totality of the eclipse than any other state along the event’s path.


Ella Kate

A Tale of Two Kates

It’s no wonder that a writer like Kate would be drawn to the story of Ella Kate, the “Missouri Giantess.” Born in LaGrange in 1872, Ella stood eight-feet-four inches when fully grown and wore size 24 shoes.