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Civil War history: 56th U.S. Colored Infantry

More than 150 years ago, the air around Cape Girardeau rang with cannon fire as the Civil War made its way into Southeast Missouri. If you follow this blog, you may have heard of the Battle of Cape Girardeau. And nearly every American is familiar with Gettysburg, Shiloh and Bull Run. But in the annals of history, other significant events and people have become footnotes in the larger narrative. One of these often-overlooked contributors to the Civil War story is the 56th U.S. Colored Infantry for the Union Army. This regiment, active from 186... Read More

A look at Cape Girardeau agriculture

Anyone who has driven just a few miles outside of town knows Cape Girardeau County is home to some of the greenest fields in the state. Fertile soil abounds in this area, thanks in part to its close proximity to the Mississippi River. Southeast Missouri is known to produce top-quality corn, soybeans, wheat and more. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the 2018 planting season saw nearly 57 million bushels of corn and 55 million bushels of soybeans from this area. Winter wheat alone brought more than 9 million bush... Read More

Guide to the Tunes at Twilight opening night

On Friday nights in the summer, Cape Girardeau community members gather in Ivers Square near the Common Pleas Courthouse, laughing with familiar neighbors and greeting new ones. Musicians in the gazebo accompany crickets with blues, country, pop and almost any other genre you can think of, depending on the night. It’s sometimes high energy, sometimes peaceful. But it’s always an opportunity to make memories, to connect, to discover the essence of this river town. Ivers Square has been kind of quiet throughout winter, but it’... Read More

Fly high: 2019 Cape Girardeau Air Festival

Did you ever watch white smoke trail across the sky and wonder what your house looked like from above? Or imagine who was on the plane and where they were heading? Since the Wright brothers’ Kitty Hawk flight, humans have been fascinated with aviation. And the Cape Girardeau Air Festival on May 18 and 19 at the Regional Airport offers an opportunity to embrace that fascination. It’s a nearly four-hour show packed with world-class pilots and daring parachutists.   The Blue Angels are the festival’s most well-known perfor... Read More
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