Practicing for the Open Barrel Jackpot fundraiser [Photo]

Amada Mincher of Auxvasse practices on Gray, the horse she uses in competitions, for the Open Barrel Jackpot fundraiser at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. The fundraiser will benefit victims of the Joplin tornado.


The Columbia/Jefferson City urban deer hunting zone’s northern boundary will shift southward for the 2011-2012 hunting season. Shown are the numbers of deer harvested each year during the urban firearm hunt in the zone.

Participants sit with unfinished soapbox cars [Photo]

Rhiannon Schnetzer, 8, sits in her unfinished derby car with veteran racer Haley McKernan, 11, during a work session at the Downtown Optimist Club on Wednesday. This is Rhiannon's first year competing in the race.

Family prepares soapbox derby car [Photo]

Al Warrington helps his son-in-law, Rhodi Schnetzer, put together the steering system on Schnetzer's daughter's car for the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby. The race will take place on Sunday, rain or shine.

Children study frogs at Family Fun Fest [Photo]

Children learn how frogs live in nature at Family Fun Fest on Wednesday. They also learned why frogs should be protected.

Jan and George Syrigos perform at Family Fun Fest [Photo]

Jan and George Syrigos, who form the group WildHeart, perform Wednesday at Family Fun Fest in Flat Branch Park. The performers mixed music with sounds of wild animals and taught children to imitate those sounds.

Training for Team USA [Photo]

Leanna Krogmann swims laps Wednesday evening at the MU Student Recreation Complex during her training for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Krogmann will join Team USA in Athens, Greece, this weekend to compete in four swimming events.

Special Olympics swimmer talks it out with coach [Photo]

Special Olympics swimmer Leanna Krogmann speaks with her coach, Laura Wacker, between laps Wednesday evening at the MU Student Recreation Complex. Krogmann will join Team USA in Athens, Greece, this weekend to compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Artifacts found at Boonville battle site [Photo]

A team of archaeologists excavated these Civil War-era bullets and canister ball from the Willard Avery farm in November 2007. The bullets were used during the First Battle of Boonville, June 17, 1861. The team was led by archaeologist Douglas Scott, who will be delivering a talk about his findings at the Boonville battle re-enactment Saturday.

For the Hasslers, racing is a family affair [Photo]

The three brothers are joined by Galen's father-in-law, Mike Gates, at the shop. The Hassler family has always been tied together by dirt-track racing.

Brooke Hassler replaces a gear on a racer [Photo]

Brooke assists his brother Galen in replacing a gear on the underside of the racer. The brothers continued to work following the recent death of their father, Dale.

The Hassler brothers work on a racer [Photo]

Galen Hassler stands aside as his brother Thomas investigates a gear on the underside of the racer. The youngest of the Hassler brothers, Galen continues to compete in racing events.

Tiger Swim students participate in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson [Video]

Tiger Swim students at MizzouRec joined participants around the world in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson on Tuesday. Parents, swimmers and Aquatic Center staff talk about their part in the attempt to break last year's Guinness World Record of almost 4,000 people taking a swim lesson simultaneously.

Flooded farm fields near Crescent, Iowa [Photo]

Floodwaters from the Missouri River surround a farm near Crescent, Iowa, last week. While flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers is cutting into this year's corn crop, raising concerns about decreased supplies and increasing food prices in the coming year, experts said good weather this summer could help turn things around.

Workers build a levee in Iowa [Photo]

Workers fill sandbags that will be used on levees in Hamburg, Iowa. Overnight storms flooded some southeast Iowa roads, stranding cars in floodwaters, but the National Weather Service says the water is beginning to recede on some city streets in Ottumwa.

Levee being constructed in Iowa [Photo]

Heavy equipment is used to help build a temporary levee to protect the town from floodwaters on Wednesday in Hamburg, Iowa.

Missouri River floodwaters near I-29 [Photo]

Rising floodwaters from the nearby Missouri River threaten Interstate 29 on Wednesday near Hamburg, Iowa.

A Hamburg, Iowa highway submerged under Missouri River floodwater [Photo]

Floodwaters from the nearby Missouri River cover a county highway on Wednesday in Hamburg, Iowa. The town is attempting to hold the water back by building a temporary levee, though the water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week.

Nebraska grain silo surrounded by floodwaters [Photo]

A grain silo is surrounded by floodwaters from the Missouri River near Beaver Lake, Neb., on Wednesday. With the flooding expected to continue into August, it's not clear yet how much farmland will be affected.

Bricks on Cherry Street downtown [Photo]

Cherry Street between Fourth and Seventh streets is one of the longest stretches of restored brick street in Columbia. Plans call for the restoration to extend another block, to Eighth Street.