Ste. Genevieve

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Last week, Ste. Genevieve broke ground on a new water park. The final installment of an expansion project by Ste. Genevieve county, plans for the park have been in the works for about a year, and it’s expected to be completed within another year.

Previous projects within the expansion included a baseball field, completed in 2015; a playground and tennis courts, completed in 2016; and a sports complex, completed in June of last year. The county passed a sales tax in April of 2017 to fund the water park portion.

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Sitting in the heart of downtown Ste. Genevieve is Sara’s Ice Cream, and when you step inside it’s like a nostalgia trip. From top to bottom, the shop is decked out with vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia, antique malt mixers and old photographs. But in the center of the shop is the main attraction--a stainless steel Bastian Blessing soda fountain from the 1930s.


“Every year we turn it on hoping to get that reassuring grunt when that compressor kicks in and it does,” said Sara Menard, owner of Sara’s Ice Cream.

Show Me Summer: Ste. Genevieve Celebrates 300 Years of French Heritage

Jun 16, 2016
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Known for its historic vertical log homes, Ste. Genevieve is a cross-cultural melting pot steeped in French and German roots.  And this year the community’s French heritage has hit a milestone. In a continuation of our series “Show Me Summer,” KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson and Lindsey Grojean joined in on the fun as Ste. Genevieve celebrated 300 years of its French Heritage for this audio postcard.


In Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new frac sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.

Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to silicosis in the lungs, abounded.

Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.