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Local man builds canoe

Dale Ellis, of Neosho, has had a woodworking hobby for over 10 years and in March 2021, decided to take that to the next level.  With a love for canoeing and getting out on the water, Ellis decided to make his own wood canoe.  “I make a lot of tables, benches, porch swings, chairs, and…

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Fishing,camping, kayaking and more at Lake Lou Yeager

COVID-19 has definitely changed vacation plans for everyone since early 2020, but it doesn’t mean families can’t have fun locally. A weekend trip to Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area in southwest Illinois is on several “must visit” lists this year. Owned by the City of Litchfield in Illinois, Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area is a…

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Online platform wants to connect people to outdoor experiences throughout America

Making summer plans? Looking for something a little more than just a place to stay? Then try Venku.  Venku is an online platform that connects outdoor-lovers with outdoor experiences in their area or an area they plan to visit.  Founded by Murielle Gaither in Cape Girardeau, Mo., her mission is to help get people outdoors…

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