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Shaving heads for the Dream Factory [Video]

Fire and police personnel showed their support on Sunday for Dream Factory, an organization that provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to children with chronic or critical illnesses, by shaving their heads.

Members of the Boone County Fire District, Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Police Department and Fulton Fire Department asked the public to donate funds to the national organization in exchange for their bald heads.

Rainer Glaser floats down Missouri River [Photo]

Rainer Glaser, a Columbia resident, points to the storm clouds in the distance while floating down the Missouri river for the Big Canoe Float on Saturday. The Big Canoe Float was postponed once due to weather but eventually was rescheduled. The event did eventually get rained on, but most canoers found it a welcome relief from the heat of the sun on the river.

Examining sturgeon in Missouri River [Photo]

Aaron DeLonay, an employee for the Columbia Environmental Research Center, shows David Walchshauser a shovelnose sturgeon on California Island during the Big Canoe River Float on Saturday. Many of the sturgeon in the Missouri River are electronically tagged and monitored because of their status on the endangered species list. Sturgeon were around with the dinosaurs and many found in the river are more than 15 years old.

Taking a dip in the Missouri [Photo]

Linde Hardie of Topeka, Kan., takes a cool dip in the Missouri River after paddling her canoe for about four miles. This is the first time Hardie has gone on this float trip, and she thought it was a great way to take a break. Marcia and Gene Reed float in the background while getting ready for the second part of the trip.

Preparing for the Big Canoe Float [Photo]

A two-person Mad River Canoe sits on the sand at California Island during the Big Canoe Float on Saturday. At least 100 people showed up for the float. Not only did participants float 9.5 miles, they also were able to stop along the way and listen to presenters talk about the river's history and ecology. The California Island stop offered a history of African Americans in Missouri, and the opportunity to learn more about fish in the river, including a hands-on opportunity to learn about shovelnose Sturgeon.

Shaving heads for Missouri Dream Factory [Photo]

Skyler Arends, 18, poses before and after the Buzz the Red, White and Blue, where members of the community shaved their head to raise funds for the Missouri Dream Factory on Sunday. As a survivor of lymphoma, Arends was a recipient of the Missouri Dream Factory's help. Last year, they gave him a hot tub to ease his pain during chemotherapy.

Big Canoe River Float 2009 [Video]

More that 100 people participated in the Big Canoe Float on the Missouri River on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Missouri River Communities Network. The participants canoed 9.5 miles and were able to stop at various points during the trip for activities and lectures that explained more about the history and ecology of the region.

Dog fight rescue [Photo]

A dog stands chained before being taken away by officials from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis Wednesday. Officials siad they need help finding shelters for about 300 dogs that were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.

Dog fighting rescue [Photo]

Dogs are taken from a St. Louis location by Humane Society officials Wednesday. About 300 dogs were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois, about 350 dogs, mostly American Pit Bulls, were seized during raids in five states Wednesday.

Dog fighting raid [Photo]

Dogs stand chained before being taken away by Humane Society officials in St. Louis on Wednesday. The Humane Society of Missouri seized about 300 dogs in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.

Mushroom sale at Columbia Farmers' Market [Photo]

Heather Willman, a full-time mushroom farmer located six miles outside of Ashland, sells a bag of oyster mushrooms to Jack Wax at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Wax's favorite kind is shiitake, but Willman did not have any at the time.

Oyster and lion's mane mushrooms [Photo]

Oyster and lion's mane mushrooms are two varieties that Heather Willman was selling at the Columbia Farmers' Market last week. Willman grows mushrooms year-round.

Shiitake mushrooms growing on logs [Photo]

Fred Fry, owner of The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City, grows shiitake mushrooms on logs inside an old wine cellar. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert the fungus and waits for the mushrooms to break through. The whole process can take anywhere from 7 to 15 months, depending on a variety of factors such as temperature and humidity. "It's amazing to me how something as fragile as a mushroom can bust through the surface of a log," Fry said.

Mushroom-growing logs [Photo]

A row of mushroom-growing logs at The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City stands in the woods. Mushrooms break through the wood in cooler temperatures.

Fred Fry with mushroom-growing logs [Photo]

Fred Fry touches a pile of inoculated logs. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert sawdust with mushroom cultures.

ID checks a must in Columbia bars [Photo]

Alex Apter, bouncer at Harpo's Bar & Grill in Columbia, checks Margaret Salisbury's ID on Saturday. Apter must check every patron's ID before allowing entry into the bar in order to avoid serving minors.

Disc golf toss [Photo]

Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, aims for the third hole in a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday. Keith has been playing the sport for more than two years.

Finding Frisbee [Photo]

Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, left; Nicki Victor (cq), 29, of Columbia; and Christina Gerber, 24, of Columbia wait as a fellow competitor looks for her Frisbee among the trees of the second hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.

Last chance toss [Photo]

Nicki Victor, 29, of Columbia, makes her final toss into the third hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.

Swimming in time [Photo]

Jan Bleakley, left, and Paula Donoho practice their routine for the Show-Me State games' 50-plus division of synchronized swimming. Donoho and Bleakley, along with several other friends that will compete, were part of the MO Maids, an intramural synchronized swim team, that trained at MU in the 1970's.
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