It all started with two sisters, Lois Knowles and Beulah McFarland, back in the early 1970s.
A member of their church – Calvary Episcopal Church – had moved to Columbia from Virginia. With her, she brought a cute little felt mouse, dressed to be in a church choir.
Knowles and McFarland decided to try making mice of their own. “Choir mice,” they called them. Each stood at just three or four inches tall, wore a red cassock with a lacy top and held a tiny prayer book.
Missouri Rep. Dennis Fowler has been appointed by the governor to the state Board of Probation and Parole.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Fowler's appointment Friday — the same day that he also appointed state Sen. Ryan McKenna to a spot in his administration as the labor department director.
Fowler is a Navy veteran who worked in law enforcement for 38 years before winning election to the House in 2012. The Republican from the rural town of Advance represented the 151st District in southeast Missouri.