Grant's Farm To Open 60th Season With New Paddle Boats, Hard Cider

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Dave Herholz on Flickr
Clydesdale are amazing and all, but where else in St. Louis do you get to bottle-feed goats?
The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the gray drudgery of the past few months seems like a bad dream -- and for families looking to get out of the house this weekend, there's no more more wholesome an attraction than Grant's Farm in south county.

First opened in 1954, Anheuser-Busch is celebrating the farm's 60th anniversary by expanding its attractions to include swan-shaped paddle boats, a parakeet aviary and new beverage selection. Of course, there's also the iconic stables where the Budweiser Clydesdales live.

"Grant's Farm is difficult to categorize," says general manager Andy Elmore. "We're part U.S. history, St. Louis history, Busch family heritage and a zoo."

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Homeless No More: Man From SLU Basketball Player's Viral Video Moves Into Living Center

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Danny Wicentowski
Michael Chaney, "chronically homeless" for years, now has a home in an assisted living center.
On one hand, the YouTube video is heartwarming: It shows a Saint Louis University basketball player and his best friend helping a 34-year-old homeless man named Michael Chaney, buying him his the first real meal in five days and his first new outfit in years. The clip has been seen more than 76,000 times.

But the video's final minute is hardly a feel-good ending: As they drive away from the homeless man they'd just helped, sophomore guard Justin McBroom and Blake Carell watch Chaney trudge back to same sidewalk where they'd found him hours earlier.

Yesterday, the ending got a lot happier: For the first time in nearly three years, Chaney has a home.

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Watch This SLU Basketball Player Treat a Homeless Man to KFC, H&M and a Haircut

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YouTube
Blake Carelli, Michael and Austin McBroom together after a shopping spree.
Buried under the avalanche of selfies, lost-dog announcements and motivational quotes that usually pollute St. Louis' social-media scene is a video so heartwarming and honest that we're willing to forgive it for being a tad preachy.


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Firecracker Press Opens Second Location in Old North St. Louis; Plans Printmaking Nonprofit

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Photos: Chad Garrison
The second location of Firecracker Press on North 14th Street. The space will also be home to a nonprofit arts studio, Central Print.
The St. Louis letterpress shop known for its iconic concert and event posters has added a second storefront in the recently renovated Crown Square district of Old North St. Louis.

Firecracker Press moved into its newest digs at 2612 North 14th St. earlier this year and has grand designs for the space that -- at 8,000 square feet -- is nearly three times the size of its original storefront on Cherokee Street. Part of the plans for the new site include the launch of a nonprofit called Central Print.

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St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers Start YouTube Workout Video Series, "Let's Get Physical"

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Steve Truesdell
Get physical with the St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers.
Move over, Michelle Obama. There's a new group of badass babes with great arms teaching America how to get healthy.

The St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers released their first workout video on YouTube this month -- a basic pull-up routine taught by Olivia Newton Brawn, the champion of the Heartbreakers Brawl arm-wrestling championship.


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Meet Aaron Morris, Ex-Gangster And Lowest Paid Public Servant In St. Louis

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Danny Wicentowski
Aaron Morris, the lowest salaried St. Louis city employee.
The salaries of St. Louis' 5,766 city employees are public and easily searchable online. Though it's easy to get lost staring at the six-figure salaries pulled in by top officials, we wondered...who's at the bottom?

It turned out to be Aaron Morris, a 34-year-old reformed gang member and Program Worker II for the city's health department. He pulls in $24,492 a year, the very lowest among salaried city employees.

"I was in a gang from the age of nine years old to the age of seventeen," Morris begins. "Getting out, I had to face death."

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Bob Molitor: Human Street Sweeper Cleans Up St. Louis One Gum Wrapper at a Time

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Photos: Chad Garrison
Bob Molitor spends hours a day walking and picking up trash in St. Louis.
If you drive down Delmar, Skinker or Big Bend in the morning hours between 8 and 11 a.m., chances are you've seen Bob Molitor...though you may be more familiar with his rear end than his face. That's because Molitor's posterior is often pointed skyward as he bends over to pick up a stray cigarette butt, soda can or any of the millions of pieces of garbage the rest of us so casually toss to the ground.

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Meet the Creepy Vintage Baby Doll Exploring St. Louis One Birthday Cake at a Time

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Courtesy of Travis Sheridan
Johnny Slouch loves discovering St. Louis birthday cakes.
Johnny Slouch is a rockabilly baby on a mission.

Johnny's owners (parents?), Travis and Gina Sheridan, are taking him on a tour of the 250 birthday cakes strewn about the region in honor of the city's sestercentennial.


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St. Louis Beard and Mustache Club Hosts First Facial Hair Competition This Weekend

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St. Louis Beard and Mustache Club
Richie Darling founded the St. Louis Beard and Mustache Club almost a year ago.
For the president of a club about men's facial hair, Richie Darling is actually quite the feminist.

"To hold office and vote on important club things, you have to have facial hair, which makes it a men's club by default," admits Darling, founder of the St. Louis Beard and Mustache Club."But I like to be inclusive as a leader. I don't want to be exclusive."

To even out the gender imbalance, the club is holding a fundraiser, the Facial Hair Competition, this weekend at Llywelyn's Pub in Webster Groves and donating the proceeds to the Covering House, a shelter for girls who are victims of human trafficking.


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St. Louis' First Legal Skate Park to Break Ground Soon; KHVT Still Raising Funds

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KHVT
Skateboarders are bringing the first legal skate park to the city of St. Louis.
St. Louis is still one of the only major U.S. cities without a legally sanctioned skateboarding park, but an entrepreneurial group of skateboarders is days away from changing all that.

After years of fundraising, organizing, hosting meetings and working with local politicians, the Kingshighway Vigilante Transitions (KHVT) plan to break ground on its skate park-slash-public garden in south city's Bevo neighborhood on March 15.


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