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Man explains trap tweaking [Photo]

Kendall Obermier explains how he tweaks his traps for optimal performance at a demonstration at the National Trappers Association's 52nd annual convention at Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning.

Butcher examines animal [Photo]

Trapper Mike Butcher examines fur for sale at the National Trappers Association's 52nd annual convention at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning.

Fur for sale [Photo]

Dozens of fox furs hang in the tent of Eide Fox & Fur at the National Trappers Association's 52nd annual convention at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning. Fox furs are one of the more popular items bought from Eide Fox & Fur, along with raccoon and mink furs.

Vice Chancellor David Housh to retire [Photo]

Vice Chancellor David Housh has served MU since 1987, and he's set to retire in October. He has been a strong fundraiser for MU.

Tom Olson demonstrates his trapping [Photo]

Trapper Tom Olson performs a demonstration on open-water beaver trapping at the National Trappers Association's 52nd annual convention at Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon.

Water meets metal [Photo]

Rain drops collect on traps for sale at the National Trappers Association convention at Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon.

A drop of relief [Photo]

Rain falls on 7th street on Friday afternoon, providing relief from what seemed like an endless streak of sweltering, humid days in mid-Missouri.

Missouri River 340 race is back on [Graphic]

The 6th Annual Missouri River 340 Race, the world’s longest non-stop canoe and kayak river race, will be held Oct. 11-15. It was originally set for mid-July, but flooding forced organizers to reschedule. Participants will travel the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles, stopping along checkpoints in cities marked below.

Missouri football player James Franklin at Tigers' first preseason practice [Photo]

James Franklin runs with the ball Thursday during the opening of the Tigers' preseason camp. It was the first practice for Franklin since being named starting quarterback.

Missouri football player Michael Egnew at the Tigers' first preseason practice [Photo]

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew pulls down a pass at the Tigers' first preseason practice. Before practice started, Egnew was named one of four captains for this season's team.

Phillip Perry and his brother Tyler [Photo]

Phillip Perry and his brother Tyler pose together for a photo on Sept. 25, 2010. Phillip Perry died in a car accident Tuesday. He was a wrestler at MU.

Missouri football player Corey Sudhoff at preseason practice [Photo]

Defensive linemen Corey Sudhoff, left, and Marvin Foster wait their turn during drills at the Missouri football team's first preseason practice Thursday at the MU Athletic Training Complex.

Ryan Ferguson sits in a visitors room at the Jefferson City Correctional Center [Photo]

Ryan Ferguson sits in a visitors room at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Ferguson will have another hearing August 9. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the death of Kent Heitholt, but has always maintained his innocence.

Ryan Ferguson talks to a reporter at the Jefferson City Correctional Center [Photo]

Ryan Ferguson talks to a Missourian reporter in a visitors room at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Ferguson is serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree robbery and second-degree murder in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. A preliminary hearing in Ferguson's case was held Wednesday ahead of a five-day evidentiary hearing that starts Monday, where he hopes new evidence will prove his innocence.

Former MU quarterback Brad Smith at Buffalo Bills training camp [Photo]

Former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith goes through a walk-through at the Bills' training camp Saturday in Pittsford, N.Y. Smith signed with the Bills as a free agent last week after going to the past two AFC championship games with the New York Jets.

Hinkson Creek collaborative adaptive management [Document]

Columbia City Council Pre-Council Minutes from June 20 include an explanation of collaborative adaptive management from the Department of Natural Resources' Joe Engeln and a list of stakeholders.

Andy Jira must handle the blocks of ice carefully [Photo]

Andy Jira handles the cab portion of the truck sculpture with care. More than a few times Jira has had to deal with a sculpture falling apart in the middle of the carving process.

Ice fragments pelt Andy Jira as he carves [Photo]

Andy Jira is pelted by a gust of ice fragments as he shaves away with a saw. Most workers have to worry about keeping sweat out of their eyes this summer, but Jira must contend with the occasional explosions of frost that come with using electric tools to shape the large blocks of ice.

Andy Jira consults a photo for his ice sculpture [Photo]

Between sawing, chopping, carving and molding, Andy Jira consults a photograph of a finished sculpture as a reference. His project spanned two days.

Andy Jira begins carving for an ice sculpture [Photo]

Tiger Ice Co.'s general manager, Andy Jira, hacks away at a block of ice as he constructs a freight liner sculpture for Midway Truck Stop's red carpet event for the airing of "Truck Stop Missouri."
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