On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we meet a woman who took a historic kayak ride from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico. In this week's first segment Janet Moreland shares the story of her ambitious summer 2013 trip. Plus, in this week's second segment, we hear about the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy and that group's May 2 fundraiser.
On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, producer Darren Hellwege visits with Janet Moreland, the first women known to have done a solo kayak trip from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at Monday night's meeting that will grant food trucks specific parking locations downtown. The spots include eight metered spaces on the south side of Cherry and Locust streets and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street.
Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement district, said the new location for these food trucks could benefit all parties.
A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.
Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive.
Lakota Coffee on 9th street was vandalized around 1:45 a.m. on April 18.
The vandal broke the glass in the front door and both front windows. They also threw red oil paint across Lakota's awning.
General Manager Andrew Ducharme says police were dispatched to the store after a 9-1-1 call came in just before 4:00 a.m.
"It's just sad that somebody decided to vandalize downtown," Ducharme said. "Coffee Zone got hit last week, we got hit this week. Hopefully the police can get out on the street and stop whoever it is."
It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.