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SMITHVILLE — The Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy UP Triathlon returns this year after a hiatus due the coronavirus pandemic. The event starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Crow’s Creek Campground at Smithville Lake, 5612 Crow Creek Road. The event honors fallen Navy SEAL Matt Mason.

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SMITHVILLE — The Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy UP Triathlon returns this year after a hiatus due the coronavirus pandemic. The event starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Crow’s Creek Campground at Smithville Lake, 5612 Crow Creek Road. The event honors fallen Navy SEAL Matt Mason.

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Have you ever taken time to watch dragonflies as they dart, float, and dance through the air? By observing them, you can tell they are a beautiful part of nature by their grace and poise through the air.

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KANSAS CITY — A lesson in what small communities were like in the 1800s will come to life starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City.

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Snakes are among Missouri’s most misunderstood animals. That’s unfortunate because underneath a snake’s frightful reputation is an animal that performs valuable pest-control services for humans and, with the exception of a few venomous species, is relatively harmless, according to a Missouri…

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Gardening has many rewards, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension in a press release. One of them is the satisfaction of sharing your plant knowledge with others.

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Smithville’s Parks and Recreation Department offers an outdoor boot camp each Monday in July at Smith’s Fork Park between the campground and spillway of Smithville Lake. Camps begin at 7 a.m. “This free class doesn’t require any equipment or experience,” states a release. For more informatio…

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To some people, there isn’t anything more irritating than small bumps around their ankles or knees that itch intensely. These small, itching bumps were probably caused by a chigger, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is partnering with Sonic Drive-In to reward Missouri youth for good outdoor behavior. MDC conservation agents are now issuing ice cream “citations” for kids caught practicing responsible nature behavior, such as wearing their life jacket, fishing or hu…

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This year's Relay For Life of KC North brought out a dedicated group of survivors, caregivers, friends and family who raised more than $51,000 for local support and research. The walk this year included the familiar survivor-caregiver walk and the luminaria ceremony. The Northland event incl…

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Rachel Weise and David Farr of Clay County were selected to attend the 2021 National 4-H Congress Nov. 26 through 30, in Atlanta, Georgia. The National 4-H Congress experience allows 4-H members from the across the country to learn new skills and network with other 4-H'ers.

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KEARNEY — After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the newly remodeled Lions Park off Jefferson Street in downtown Kearney will open Friday, June 18.

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KEARNEY — MariMack Golf Complex in Kearney is hosting a Basics Golf Clinic from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at 525 S. Marimack Drive. The clinic, aimed at teaching golf basics, is open to all ages and skill levels.

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Looking for a new way to explore and learn about Missouri’s outdoors? The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages kids and adults to check out the free mobile gaming app, Agents of Discovery. MDC is partnering with the gaming app to help the public explore natural areas around the sta…

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Like sending your children off to their first day of school, there comes a time in every bird’s life to leave the nest. But bird parents have some very different concerns than if their offspring will make friends and what they’ll do with their lives. Bird life is all about survival. In fact,…

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On Saturday, June 19, people can use a paint brush to learn the differences between rainbow and brown trout, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

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While out patrolling your yard or even your neighborhood, you might encounter a variety of newborn animals. To you, they may appear abandoned, but that is usually not the case. The parents are normally just out of eyesight or gathering food and will return to take care of their young, accord…

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The statewide free fishing weekend is a waiver of the fishing permit requirement for the first Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June every year. This year, those dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.