Hen prepares for stroll

Suzette, a New Hampshire Red hen, perches in the chicken coop before taking her afternoon stroll on Wednesday. The Sims use a deep litter method for their coop, basically turning the coop floor into a compost pile.

Hens come out at noon

Hannah Sims opens the gate to let her four hens out for the noon hour on Wednesday. Sims and her husband, Mark, made their coop out of a shipping crate.

A walking tour climb

Participants in a walking tour climb aboard a hay wagon that will take them to various parts of Jefferson Farm and Gardens on Aug. 12. The tour would stop at various locations for a speaker to talk about specific aspects of the farm and why it was constructed as it is.

A horticulture specialist gives examples

Rebecca Spicer, left, watches as Jefferson Institute horticulture specialist Catherine Bohnert talks about and gives examples of each plant in the rain gardens and plants native to the area on Aug. 12 at Jefferson Farm and Gardens.

Signaling towards the pond

Jefferson Institute director of programs Rob Myers signals towards the pond to point out the Zig Zag Boardwalk and water lilies surrounding the boardwalk on Aug. 12 at Jefferson Farm and Gardens. While the majority of the information given was done by speakers at different stops along the route, Myers acted as the general guide for the tour.

Perseid image

In a NASA image from a previous August, a fireball meteor flashed through skies over Japan. Ending at the upper right, the meteor's trail points down and to the left, back to the shower's radiant point between the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia, seen here just above the tower structure in the foreground. The Pleiades star cluster is also visible well below the meteor's trail.

New MU soccer team goalkeeper Paula Pritzen

Paula Pritzen, a transfer from Clemson, makes a kick from the goal box during a scrimmage against the MU men's club soccer team Tuesday at Walton Stadium. Missouri soccer coach Bryan Blitz calls the addition of Pritzen a “perfect storm.” She should help mentor younger goalkeepers sophomore Jessica Gwin and freshman McKenzie Sauerwein.

Junior tight end returns after surgery

Junior tight end Andrew Jones makes a catch at practice on Tuesday morning.

Freshman tight end makes catch during practice

Freshmen tight end Eric Waters makes a catch during practice on Saturday morning.

Olive Cafe's dishes have taste of Middle East

An eat-in platter of falafel with hummus and baba ghanoush waits to be taken to a table in the kitchen at Olive Cafe on Wednesday. The menu at Olive Cafe is Middle Eastern, with many dishes from owner Ayman Harb's hometown of Jerusalem.

Olive Cafe owner takes time to break Ramadan fast

Ayman Harb sits down to break his daylong fast in observance of the first day of Ramadan inside of Olive Cafe on Wednesday. Harb, who is the owner of Olive Cafe, said he made it to sundown without eating through piety and many coffees.

Olive Cafe worker prepares takeout for Ramadan observers

Martha Rios prepares a takeout order of chicken in the kitchen of Olive Cafe on Wednesday. Olive Cafe owner Ayman Harb said many customers participating in Ramadan pick up food to take home in order to break the daylong fast required of devout observers of the holiday.

Possible stormwater system overflow concerns

Residents living near Jefferson Junior High School have raised concerns about flooding issues that already exist and expect that they could be exacerbated by construction of a new parking lot at the school. Resident Pat Fowler is concerned that stormwater sewers will continue to overflow and water will seep into homes nearby.

Parking lot proposed at Jefferson Junior High School

A plot of grass at the corner of Sixth Street and Hickman Avenue is the proposed location for a new parking lot intended to alleviate traffic congestion for parents dropping off their children at Jefferson Junior High School.

Walmart evacuation

Employees and customers are evacuated from Walmart in a dump truck and front end loader in Ames, Iowa, following flooding from the South Skunk River and Squaw Creek.

Mobile home park

A man walks knee deep in flood waters at Grandview Village Mobile Home Park to see if he can reach his home on the east side of Des Moines, Iowa.

Flooded apartments

This aerial photo shows the Sargent Park Apartments on East Douglas Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, after residents were evacuated on Wednesday.

Flooded houses

Jim Byriel, left, and Bob Watson, both of Ames, help a neighbor remove furniture from a house while flood waters rise on South Riverside Drive.

Turning back from high water

Bill Gaul, an Iowa State University graduate student from Des Moines, turns back from flood waters covering the intersection of Lincoln Way and University Boulevard in Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday.

Niel Ritchie

Niel Ritchie is executive director of the League of Rural Voters, a Minnesota-based nonprofit working to strengthen rural communities nationwide.