The Lake Today Columns


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Youth turkey season a blast

When the first thunderous gobble of the morning rattled down the pine tree covered hill to our south, Brenden McGuire’s head snapped up. His eyes were as big as saucers. He’d never heard a wild turkey gobble before. It was a moment I trust he’ll never forget.

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Fishing Tip & Lure of the Week: Local bass lure co-owner catches first place prize in BFL tournament

Crappie and bass are starting to move up for their annual spawn at Lake of the Ozarks, and one bass fisherman has recently reaped the rewards of this migration.

A reflection on conspiracy theories

There is a program on the Travel Channel that tells the tales of odd and unusual items found in museums around the country.

Around the Lake: Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals celebrates 27 years

We are less than two weeks away from the largest car show in the Midwest, the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals.

Remembering mushroom hunting

Throughout my years growing up, hunting for delicious sponge-like morel mushrooms was a springtime tradition.

Health Beat: To athletes: don’t get tripped up by foot injuries

April is National Foot Health Month — the perfect time to learn how to keep your feet fit.

It’s all English, but it’s not quite the same language

One of the things that entertains me most in those books is the way many of the words used by those very British writers differ in meaning when used by an American, even though in both countries English is the official language.

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Around the Lake: Camdenton Chamber announces schedule for 65th Annual Dogwood Festival

If you love to smile, giggle and laugh, make sure to join Sparkie the Clown and her friends during a special celebration at 4 p.m. April 18 in the Camdenton Middle School Little Theater. The Dogwoods are in bloom and that can only mean one thing in Camdenton: the Dogwood Festival is coming.

Remembering the Easters of my childhood

Being raised in a good Irish Catholic household, the Easter season was nearly as a big a holiday as Christmas in my childhood home.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Turkey season fast approaching

It’s time to get serious about turkey hunting. By now, my neighbors are used to the strange sounds coming from my yard as I practice yelps, clucks, gobbles and kee-kees.

Ozark Daze: ‘Strangers in the Mirror’: Part 1

n the next several editions of “Ozark Daze,” Speckman will share excerpts of his e-book “Stranger in the Mirror,” which chronicles the life of his late wife, Marti, and the battle with cancer she faced.

April is a great month

As we all know April is famous for a number of reasons. April Fool’s Day, Easter and, of course, my birthday. I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the other reasons that this 30-day period is such an important time of the year.

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Missouri State Parks: Second to none

The concept of free state parks was something I had never considered. Now, I view this privilege as another in a long, long list of reasons why I consider Missouri to be the absolute best state in America for outdoor enthusiasts to live and visit.

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Experienced fisherperson takes over ownership at Osage Beach Bait & Tackle

Carol Drysdale to give weekly fishing tips in The Lake Today

Even though Carol does not fish like her and Wayne did before moving to the Lake 15 years ago, she was able to carry on her passion for fishing in a new way earlier this year. She became the new owner of Osage Beach Bait & Tackle.

Around the Lake: TCLA Board of Directors group sales effect, lodging tax collections

We would like to thank The Lake Today staff for the opportunity to share with their readers how the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA) Advisory Board of Directors works to promote tourism and bring more visitors to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.