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Department of Conservation foresters suggest ways to recycle those live Christmas trees

A live Christmas tree can give your home a one-of-a-kind ambiance during the holiday season. From the natural suppleness of its needles to that majestic stature, to the unmistakable evergreen aroma. But after the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean that your natural Christmas tree needs to retire. It can find a second career in […]

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University of Missouri Research looks at technology to kill weeds

If it’s a weed, spray it. That’s the mindset that most in the agriculture industry held for years, however, that thinking no longer works as more weeds become resistant to herbicides, says Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weed scientist. Bradley uses waterhemp as an example. Waterhemp is one of 14 herbicide-resistant weed species in […]

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Department of Conservation closes Chillicothe and St. Joseph offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

The Missouri Department of Conservation has closed the St. Joseph and Chillicothe offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns. MDC staff will still be able to answer phone calls to those offices. Sales of 2021 Natural Events Calendars will continue if arrangements by phone are made for contactless pickup outside the buildings. MDC […]

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Governor Parson announces meeting of Missouri’s Electoral College members

Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri’s Electoral College members will meet on Monday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at the State Capitol to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States. The meeting and subsequent vote of the electors provide the official assignment of Missouri’s 10 electoral votes to the candidates […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

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Poinsettia: America’s most popular flower

Poinsettia is our nation’s most popular potted flowering plant. What makes this remarkable is that most poinsettias are sold between the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Despite its short sales period, poinsettia contributed $170 million to the U.S. economy last year, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Native to southern Mexico and […]

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Winners announced in Missouri Day Virtual Marching Festival competition

Oak Grove High School won the Buddy and Karla Hannaford sweepstakes award for overall top performance at the Missouri Days Virtual Marching Festival. Instead of the normal practice of having in-person competition in Trenton, videos submitted by the participating schools were judged in the areas of Parade, Field Show, and the indoor categories of auxiliary […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation to host 34th annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour October 18

With a few modifications, the 34th annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area will occur from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has changed the format slightly as a precaution against COVID-19. But the annual driving tour uphill and down on winding gravel roads through […]

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COVID-19 cases increase by 8 in Grundy County since Monday

The Grundy County Health Department reports 241 total COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of eight since Monday, September 28th. One hundred eighty-six cases have been confirmed, and 55 are probable. Sixty-four cases are active. Seven COVID-19-related deaths have been reported for the county. The Grundy County Health Department notes the antigen test is becoming […]

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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 […]