Rural Missouri - January 2016 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 69 | JANUARY 2016 | Number 1 8 17 32 photo by Andreas Eckert, Rolla, photo contest semifinalist 8 Changing lives 30 minutes at a time IN EVERY ISSUE Nixa foundation helps children grow through horsemanship 10 Lord of the strings Fayette craftsman adorns custom fishing rods with intricate thread art 14 12 West Bar & Grill Farmington restaurant features upscale fare with a twist 17 Missouri Snapshots See the winners in our fifth annual photo contest 24 Twists & turns Artist Lee Richards turns metal into trendy jewelry 26 His & hers museum 50 years of collecting on display at Toys in the Attic, Too ABOUT OUR COVER L 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 10 Outdoors 12 Notes 14 Eats 22 Recipes 30 Events 32 Neighbors 34 Just4Kids 35 Landscapes photos by Heather Berry To order prints of the cover photo, call 866-962-1191 or visit www.ruralmissouriprints.com. ong ago, wild bison roamed the prairies of western Missouri. Today, at Prairie State Park located near the Missouri-Kansas border, you'll still find the beasts grazing the grasses of Missouri's plains, as shown on our cover. Nine American bison were brought to the state park in 1982. The herd now numbers near 100 and continues to grow. This grouping of bison is the only one in Missouri free to roam in its native prairie habitat in a state park setting. The elk joined the park in 1993. The park encompasses nearly 4,000 acres, offering visitors a panoramic mixture of vast blue sky, distant horizons, grasses and wildflowers. Depending upon the season, visitors may see bouquets of wildflowers - such as yellow-star grass or Indian paintbrush - or the beautiful courtship dance of the prairie chicken. Keep in mind the park is open sunrise to sunset, yearround. If visiting in the winter, dress for the weather, as the prairie winds can be strong. Six trails are available for visitors to hike, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and photography, too. Make sure to check in at the park visitor's center to find the location of the bison and elk herds before walking the trails. While the bison and elk, seen at left, are beautiful to see roaming around the vast grassland, keep in mind they are wild and may charge if you get too close. A camera with a zoom lens or binoculars make the best close-up viewing methods. Visitors may wish to extend their prairie experience by using the park's picnic area, small campground or primitive backpack camp. Check with the park office for more details. Prairie State Park is located at 128 N.W. 150th Lane near Mindenmines in southwest Missouri. For more information, call the park at 417-843-6711 or visit www.mostateparks.com/park/prairie-state-park. JANUARY 2016 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP 3 http://www.ruralmissouriprints.com http://www.mostateparks.com/park/prairie-state-park http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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