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.
Jon Carney, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, says while drivers were experiencing patchy ice on the roads throughout the morning, that isn’t expected to last much longer.
At around noon, temperatures at the Columbia Regional Airport ticked above freezing, and Carney says in Columbia, he expects temperatures will stay above freezing until the sun starts to set Friday night. He says drivers can expect wet roads for the afternoon commute. He says the sleet and freezing rain should turn in to rain before 1:00pm, and then turn to snow in central Missouri between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
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Two Svalbard reindeer calves (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus), an endemic subspecies found only in the archipelago, eke out an existence in the Arctic spring, grazing on lichens and moss exposed by fierce winds.
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With elaborate equipment gathered at the edge of a melt pond at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole, a diver waits to plunge through a seal's breathing hole into 29-degree Fahrenheit water, 2.5 miles above the Arctic Ocean floor.