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Macon entices its young to return home

Sometimes a community’s ability to survive and grow is based on its capacity to move into the future. Other communities are luckier. The future itself keeps coming back to Macon. Settled in the 1820s by pioneers traveling the Great Trail, a Native American trade route, Macon County experienced rapid growth when two railroad lines—the Northwest Railroad and the Hannibal and

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Marshall — Embracing the past while keeping both eyes on the future

When you’re looking at a map of Missouri, the town of Marshall is fairly easy to spot. You’ll find it conveniently located at the crossroads of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. “We’ve worked on several expansions here in Saline County,” says Bill Riggins, executive director of the Marshall-Saline Economic Development Corporation. “We’re seeing people get excited about things moving for- ward,

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Bonne Terre—Where hidden treasures are below the surface

Tourism in Bonne Terre is looking down. Way, way down. That’s not really a bad thing. Bonne Terre’s biggest tourist attraction lies 80 feet underground and under a billion gallons of water. Bonne Terre got its name in 1720 from French settlers who discovered the ground contained the richest lead ore in the world. They called their settlement “La Terre

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Fulton: The only way to grow is up for this community in the heart of Missouri

Fulton’s business community is steadily growing. The city of 13,000 has plenty to look forward to in the coming years, with a potential business boom on the horizon. If you take into account The Callaway County Nuclear Energy Center, which has an annual payroll of $100 million and generates $3 billion a year; the planned Fulton State Hospital renovation; entrepreneurial

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Kirksville—North Missouri’s education capital

Kirksville is one part rural community, one part regional center, and one part college town. In this city of more than 17,000 people, agriculture, medicine, and education converge to create what you could call the education capital of rural northeastern Missouri. “It’s one of the very few communities anywhere that someone can start out in preschool and end up having

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