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Audio: Columbia police expect an ID this week on remains found in a central Missouri state park

Columbia police expect human remains found at Rock Bridge State Park to be identified this week.     Investigators in central Missouri think those remains belong to missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji, but the Boone-Callaway County Medical Examiner’s Office will have to confirm the ID. A forensic odontologist is working with a local forensic anthropologist […]

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Audio: Human remains believed to be Mengqi Ji discovered in Missouri’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Human remains believed to be those of a missing Columbia woman have been found in a mid-Missouri state park.      Columbia resident Mengqi Ji has been missing since October 2019, and authorities have searched a river near Boonville for her remains several times. During a Thursday evening press conference, Columbia Police announced that a […]

Missouri State Parks

Missouri state parks and historic sites prepare for 2021 camping season

Missouri state park and historic site campgrounds are preparing for the 2021 camping season, which typically begins April 1. On-season begins earlier at some campgrounds than others. Visit mostateparks.com/activity/camping for opening dates at specific campgrounds. To help guarantee a safe and enjoyable camping experience, the following new and updated procedures have been implemented. To ensure […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Nine Missouri state parks to temporarily close for managed deer hunts

To safely and effectively manage the deer population in some state parks, managed deer hunts are held in a coordinated effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The following parks may be temporarily closed on the specified dates listed below. Bennett Spring State Park […]

Pershing State Park

John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and Locust Creek Covered Bridge host public meeting November 18

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting about the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and Locust Creek Covered Bridge on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives building located at 905 Ausmus St. in Laclede. […]

Princeton Ball Field proposed layout

City of Princeton, PBA, & Princeton R-V await final approval of $250,000 Land, Water, & Conservation Fund grant

During the Spring of 2019, not long after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ball fields, the City of Princeton with the support of the Princeton R-V School District and the Princeton Ball Association applied for the Federal Land, Water, and Conservation Fund Grant that is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Created […]

Parson Family Fall Festival 2020

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson to host third annual Parson Family Fall Festival

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson announced that the third annual Parson Family Fall Festival will be held at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The outdoor event will feature several vendors, children’s activities, and bluegrass musical entertainment. “We look forward to hosting our […]

Missouri State Parks

Missouri State Parks to begin phased reopening of campgrounds

Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, today announced the phased reopening of campgrounds as a part of its continued efforts to return to normal operations in conjunction with Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan. Missouri State Parks campgrounds will reopen to accommodate existing campground reservations at 3 p.m., […]

Health News

Coronavirus Information: How organizations are handling the issue statewide

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continues to receive many questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts student attendance, school closure, assessments, and virtual education opportunities. We are aware that local education agencies must consider a number of factors when making decisions in this current situation. Administrative Memo COM-20-001, issued from the Commissioner […]

Crowder State Park

First Day Hikes to be held at Missouri State Parks including two at Crowder State Park

Annual First Day Hikes will be held at 31 state parks and historic sites in Missouri. Guided hikes on January 1st include two at Crowder State Park west of Trenton and one at Wallace State Park south of Cameron. Half-mile and three-point two-mile hikes taking visitors along Tall Oaks Trail or a portion of the […]

General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home to host public information meeting

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to an informational meeting about General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Sites at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019m, at the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives building at 900 Ausmus St., Laclede.  Representatives from the sites will be on […]

J Huston Tavern and Restaurant

Oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi closed due to fire

The J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi, is closed for the foreseeable future due to a kitchen fire last Friday evening. “Missouri State Parks is committed to getting the tavern reopened as soon as possible,” said Ben Ellis, director of the Division of […]