Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

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A Springfield couple and their dogs will head to Poland next week to represent the U.S. in the International Federation of Sleddog Sports’ (IFSS) 2017 World Championships.

Nick and Joy Weis will compete in the Men’s Elite and Women’s Elite Canicross events with their huskies, Prudhoe and Oso, November 23-26. 

According to Joy, canicross is the sport of running with your dog.

"So, the dog is attached to your waist with a waist belt, and, essentially, they pull you, and you keep up," she said.

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The Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks will host Pound the Pavement for Parkinson's, a 5K and one mile run, tomorrow (11/18) in Springfield.  

The 22nd annual Cup ‘O Cheer Homes Tour and Cup ‘O Cheer Holiday Market are today (11/17) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.  Tour homes decorated for the holidays.  

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Hurricane Maria damaged more than 100 drug and medical device manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico, according to an NPR report.  Because of that, hospitals are having to find ways to deal with shortages of certain drugs and medical products. 

"We have been impacted primarily in regards to small-volume I.V. bags," said Jennifer Reeves, operations director for pharmacy services at CoxHealth.

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Solar panels numbering 33,288 on 72 acres west of Nixa were put into commercial operation mode Monday.

The solar farm is expected to produce about nine percent of Nixa’s power generation, according to the city’s public works director, Doug Colvin.

Nixa Mayor Brian Steele said the solar farm is expected to save the city’s residents $2.5 million over the 25 years of the contract with Gardner Capital, Inc., which owns the project.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Safe to Sleep operates every night of the year at a local church and serves an average of 30-35 homeless women at a time.  The program gives the women, 18 and older, a safe place to lay their heads.  But it can't operate without volunteers. 

Volunteer coordinator, Jessica Luraas, with Council of Churches of the Ozarks, said it’s a fairly easy job—volunteers (men, women or couples) go through training before they start.  The hard part is seeing the need "and not realizing how much need there is, and, you know, if you have an empathetic heart, it can really pull at you," she said.

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