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CONTENTS
Volume 71

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MARCH 2018

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Number 3

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IN EVERY ISSUE

10 Monday night in McClurg
Weekly gathering brings together good music, food and friends

18 The will to survive
How faith, hope and miracles kept Gunther Skaletz alive

21 Lights for Chapasirca
Volunteers bring electricity to mountain village in Bolivia

28 An appeal for freedom
Dred Scott's legal battle roused national debate on slavery

34 Fluttering fantasia

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Cooperation

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Perspectives

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Eats

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Outdoors

30

Recipes

38

Events

44

Neighbors

46

Just4Kids

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Landscapes

An indoor adventure with a mission reaching beyond Missouri's borders
photos by Paul Newton

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oaters looking for a whitewater challenge in Missouri don't have a lot of options. There are short
courses dotted across the Show-Me State, however, one spot stands above the rest. The granite
outcroppings that run with the St. Francis River in the
Millstream Gardens Conservation Area make it a premier
spot for whitewater boating.
"None are as consistent or accessible as The Saint,"
says Jim Warren, of the Missouri Whitewater Championships. "In that conservation area there just happens to be
a good-sized river with those amazing rocks."
The Missouri Whitewater Association has put on the
championship for 51 years hosting competitors and fans
from across the Midwest to the conservation area west of
Fredericktown. The championships feature multiple styles
of racing as well as classes depending on boat size.
Different sections and drops in the river offer flavorful names as boaters head downstream. The downriver

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course is the longest at about 2.5 miles. Competitors
start at Fisherman's Put-In. They make their way through
drops such as Big Drop, Cat's Paw and Double Drop as
they race through the rapids.
The slalom combines both time and skill and requires
boaters to paddle through approximately 20 red or green
gates hanging from above. The red gates are the most
work requiring boaters to go through them upstream.
While those competitions are against a clock, the boatercross races start with three to five boats and run through
a short course with obstacles in a race to the finish.
This year's championships will be held March 17 and
18 in the conservation area. Parking and admission is free
with ample seating areas along the course.
For more information on the Missouri Whitewater Championships or the Missouri Whitewater Association, visit
www.missouriwhitewater.org.
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