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Ozarks black magic 

The old-timers in the Ozarks had a mite to say about witchcraft, as documented by the late folklorist Vance Randolph. Witches can kill someone, for instance, by scraping dirt from a fresh grave at...

What you can learn from an animal damage control trapper

By Chuck Smick Tom Beaudette, from Model, Colo., is the owner of High Country Control.  He is an animal damage control (ADC) trapper and fur trapper with over 41 years in the ADC and...

This coin definitely wasn’t worth it!

It started innocently enough. The presentation going well. Had a modest audience of around three dozen people listening to my recreation of Henry R. Schoolcraft.   Part of the Old Greenville Days celebration, I...

Does “lead” have a new lease on life?

Lead is a mineral that despite extensive use for the past two centuries, has fallen into serious disfavor recently.   That’s because the toxic effects of this mineral on both humans and animals can...

Have you ever been stuck?

I guess we all have been stuck in one way or another. I’m not talking about a bad “blind date” or a math problem, I’m talking about getting stuck in the vehicle you are...

JRBP does water check in Springfield

Loring Bullard, author of “Living Waters: The Springs of Missouri” and longtime water-warrior, speaks to a group about the history of the Jordan Creek “box.” Last month, James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) staff and...

Timber rafting in Missouri

Timber rafting in Checkoslovcka By Len Stagoski  Here is a bit of trivia, but it’s historically significant trivia. Missouri supplied a very significant number of the railroad ties used in the construction of the...

Missouri river monsters

Case Spencer struggles to hold his best-ever, 92-pound blue catfish. I met Case Spencer (Butters) about a year ago. This young outdoorsman from New Bloomfield, Mo., is good at many things, but finding huge...