- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
Marathon swimmer conquers Mississippi
When Martin Strel, the Slovenian marathon swimmer, took a brief break in Cape Girardeau last month, he was still recovering from a near direct hit by lightning. He was attempting to swim the entire length of the Mississippi River.
Last week, Strel accomplished his goal after 2,500 miles of swimming in a river that holds little appeal for swimmers in general. The effort took 68 days to get from Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, he drew attention to the mighty river and to one man's ability to persevere.
Strel can now add the Mississippi to his other swimming accomplishments, including 1,860 miles on the Danube River and the longest nonstop swim -- 312 miles in 84 hours, 10 minutes -- on record.
Will Strel's achievements change the world? Probably not. But any time one person sets a near-impossible goal and manages to achieve it, it provides inspiration for all of us.