Additional benefit announced for businesses participating in the Shared Work Program

To encourage participation in Missouri’s Shared Work Unemployment Compensation program and to lessen the burden on businesses struggling to reopen, the Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) today announced that through December 26, 2020, the unemployment accounts for businesses participating in the Shared Work program will not be charged.

Camping opportunities return - safety still needed

By Bill Cooper
    U.S. campgrounds have received word they can open for the summer season. The news has sparked interest among newbies and veteran campers alike. The COVID-19 pandemic kept many outdoor enthusiasts at bay for weeks. Now the tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags are being dusted off and packed up for an outdoor adventure.

A bait dealer's delight

By Larry Dablemont
    I have a bait box in my basement that is made for crickets. Personally, I never used crickets, I always had minnows and night-crawlers and crayfish for most of my serious fishing as a kid. On one occasion, I used a big grasshopper on my Uncle Roy's farm pond. My cousin Butch and I had a pair of old cane poles, and I took the lead weight off the line and hooked the grasshopper so he would float and kick. A big old hefty bass, (which was only about two pounds...but back in my youth, that was a dandy) came up and nailed it. That was an exciting day.

Tai Chi for arthritis and health classes offered

    MU Extension offers Tai Chi for Arthritis and Health classes online for the first time in Crawford and Dent Counties. Tai Chi instruction has been offered face to face in our region for the past year. To reach more of the public and follow COVID-19 health precautions the class will be converted to a live online instructor format using the video meeting platform Zoom in its next class on June 29th. Nutrition and Health Specialist Rachel Buenemann leads the sessions and reports they are a great opportunity to build muscular strength as well as increase mental focus and social connection.