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Blaine’s Bulletin by U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

As the former Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, I know how wonderful and full of history the state of Missouri is and now that I represent the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, I wanted to take time to focus on the state’s heritage and the many activities in the 13 counties that make up the district that I serve.

Missouri’s motto is the Show-Me State, which is very appropriate given the vast number of places to explore and visit. The 3rd District certainly meets that criterion as well. After the countless baseball tournaments, soccer camps, and trips to the swimming pool this summer, many families are looking for a weekend getaway. Whether it’s the ever increasing gas prices, limited time, or the still sluggish economy, choosing a location close to home in Missouri to spend your time and hard earned money is a great option.

With that said and with my love of tourism in mind, I have compiled stories of Missouri traditions and lists of local attractions to visit in Missouri’s own 3rd District. Each county will have local spots, people, historical monuments or events highlighted and all of this information will be located on my website under the “Show-Me Missouri” tab at beginning July 19th. The first three counties we’ll be highlighting are Cole, St Charles, and Franklin.

Every Friday, the website will be updated to reflect the new counties that will be added so please keep checking back for more information. Also, if you have a story or a local stomping ground that you love in your hometown, please share your story by e-mailing me through my website at and clicking on “Contact Us” or by leaving a comment on my Facebook page. Additionally, if you have any pictures that you’ve taken around the 3rd District, I will be spotlighting those on my Pinterest page at Please upload any pictures to my Facebook page so I can upload those on Pinterest as well.

There are many ways to tap into local culture. I am proud to represent Jefferson City which is the home of Missouri’s capital in Cole County. The 238 foot dome and stately architecture features are breathtaking on its own, but once inside, the artwork and history provides an even better story. Or if you want to experience the charm of St. Charles County, head to the many shops, restaurants, and attractions of Main Street St. Charles or the wineries in Augusta, Defiance, and rural St. Charles County. Maybe affordable shopping for back to school clothes is a priority. If so, head to the Lake of the Ozarks to visit over 110 outlet stores. But this is just a very small sampling of the diverse and unique tourism opportunities that are available to you throughout the 3rd District.

As the summer season proceeds, I encourage you to use these tools to help plan a vacation or just a day-long outing and I look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing from you via e-mail as you go out and enjoy what the 3rd District of Missouri has to offer.

As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns.

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