William Stevenson 2021 Marching Festival Judge

Latest judge announced for Missouri Days Marching Festival

William Stevenson graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Textiles, with a special emphasis in ballet costume design. William is a founding member of Eklipse Winter Guard (2001 WGI finalist), and a featured performer with Ubiquity Winter Guard 2004. During graduate school, he spent time as […]

Tricia Burkhardt

Tricia Burkhardt announced as Executive Director of Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Tricia Burkhardt as the executive director of the nonprofit devoted to advancing the conservation and appreciation of Missouri’s natural resources, including fish, forest, and wildlife. Burkhardt replaces Kevin Roper, who retired June 30, 2021, after serving as executive director for five years. […]

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MoDOT planned road work in North Missouri for the week of September 13, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of September 13 – 19. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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Resurfacing projects to begin soon in Mercer, Grundy, and Linn counties

A resurfacing project will begin soon on Route Y in Mercer and Grundy counties and Route E in Grundy and Linn counties. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Magruder Paving, LLC to complete the project, including multiple other routes (see below). The contractor plans to begin Wednesday, Sept. 15, with resurfacing on Route […]

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USDA invests $464 million in renewable energy infrastructure to help rural communities, businesses and ag producers reduce energy costs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and help rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. “USDA continues to prioritize climate-smart infrastructure to help rural America build back better, stronger and more […]

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Better pay and community trust linked to school bus driver shortage

School districts in Iowa and Missouri are reporting bus driver shortages as the academic year gets underway. Transportation officials said more earning potential and a broader appreciation of the job could help address the lingering issue.  In a new national survey from a trio of industry groups, 51% of coordinators described the driver shortage as “severe” or […]

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Celebrate grasslands at Prairie Day on September 11 at Dunn Ranch Prairie near Eagleville

Native warm-season grasses and wildflowers retain a place in Northwest Missouri pastures because they benefit cattle forage, scenery, and wildlife habitat. The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Nature Conservancy invites the public to enjoy grasslands at a free Prairie Day event on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie west […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of September 6, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of September 6 – 12. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

Grundy Electric Foundation

GEC Community Foundation now accepting grant applications

The GEC Community Foundation, Incorporated is accepting grant applications. Qualified applicants may apply for a grant by completing an application with supporting information. The deadline is October 1st. The application is available at this link or by calling the Grundy Electric Cooperative at 1-800-279-2249 extension 33 or 23. The trustees will review the applications, and […]

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Patrol arrests two Iowa teenagers in Clinton County on drug and firearm charges

Two teenagers from Des Moines, Iowa, were arrested Tuesday night by the Highway Patrol in Clinton County. Seventeen-year-old Brandon Cameron has been accused of being a fugitive out of state, two counts of unlawful possession of firearms, two counts of possessing defaced firearms, and being a minor in possession. At the same time, 18-year-old Alok […]

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Biden administration opens civil rights investigation into states banning school mask mandates

(Missouri Independent) – Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine […]

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Multi-state human trafficking operation, originating in Missouri, rescues 47 victims including 2 minors and leads to 102 arrests across 12 states

A 12-state human trafficking operation led by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol has led to 102 arrests and the rescue of 47 victims and sex workers including 2 minor victims. Operation United Front entailed simultaneous state-level human trafficking operations throughout the night on Thursday and into the early morning […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of August 30, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of August 30 – September 5, 2021. MoDOT will limit road construction on Labor Day weekend to accommodate expected increased holiday travel. Work on most maintenance and construction projects that […]

Kehan Knapp

Fourth judge announced for Missouri Days Marching Festival

The latest judge to be announced for the 2021 Missouri Days Marching Festival is a midwest resident with experience in many states as a director, educator, facilitator, musician, and experienced festival judge. Kehan Knapp is a member of the Central States Judges Association and a judge for numerous competitions, including Winter Guard International, Drums Corps […]

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Hy-Vee pharmacies now offering flu shots with no appointment necessary

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that the flu vaccine is now available inside its more than 275 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations, with no appointment or prescription necessary. Drive-thru flu clinics will also be offered at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations throughout the company’s eight-state region on select days through October 30, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Mercer County Public Water Supply District issues new boil advisory, lifts two advisories issued last week

A new boil advisory has been issued for a portion of Mercer County following water line repairs made on Monday. The precautionary boil advisory will affect rural water customers within the clockwise boundaries of Highway 136 on the north, Route U on the east, the Grundy County line on the south, and the Harrison County […]