There’s always something exciting happening in our fair state. Here’s a roundup of a few of our favorite recent headlines. Spot a story you’d like to share? Send it to newsletter editor Caroline Dohack for possible inclusion in a future issue.

All about that #vanlife

In The Wall Street Journal, former Missouri Life staffer Siena Juhlin shares her experience moving out of an apartment and into a Ford Transit Connect. “Everything is 10 times harder,” she said. “But everything is also amazingly beautiful and rewarding.”

They didn’t teach us that in school

As The New York Times reports, a new farm-to-table foods course at Maysville High School teaches students the finer points of processing wild game and livestock. But it’s not all guts and gore. Students also learn to cook and serve these meats. 

The political lives of girls

The Atlantic interviews documentary filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss on time spent making “Girls State,” which follows a group of high-school girls in Missouri as they construct—and compete within—a mock government during a weeklong summer civics program.

Where have all the cowboys gone?

If you loved “Yellowstone,” be sure to binge USA Network’s new docu-series “The McBee Dynasty: Real American Cowboys,” which is set in Gallatin. Men’s Journal has the details.