Tourists explore St. Joseph, Lifeline Foods

The group from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi are in St. Joseph and northwest Missouri for the next several weeks as part of a group study exchange through Rotary.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 5:26 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 4:55 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  A group of five Rotarians from southern Africa are learning more about life in northwest Missouri.

The five, representing Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi are participating in a group study exchange program through Rotary and are spending three days in St. Joseph as part of their month-long tour through the region.

On Thursday, the group toured Lifeline Foods, learning more about the region's reliance on agriculture and how the corn manufacturing plant produces ingredients that are used to make a number of different foods that are staples in the American diet.

"Coming here has been quite an eye-opener for us," said Obert Sibanda, the leader of the group, who is from Zimbabwe.

The visit to Lifeline Foods was just one of many different activities the group is involved in while in St. Joseph. They have also learned the history of the city through tours of downtown, the Pony Express Museum, the St. Jospeh Museums and meeting with mayor Bill McMurray.

"We're learning a lot about the rich history that our colleagues here have and how that history has been preserved," said group member Chilayi Mayondi, who is a native of Zambia.

In addition to learning more about the culture, the team is also learning more about the people. As part of the group study exchange, members are staying in the homes of Rotarians. They have also attended a Rotary meeting.

"It's been really nice, an extreme privilege," said Dorothy Pasipanodya, a team member from 

The group leaves St. Joseph on Saturday and will visit other parts of northern Missouri, including Kansas City.

At the same time the group from southern Africa is in the United States a group of Rotarians from northwest Missouri are traveling through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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It was a pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid 60s. A cold front moving through the area will bring us down into the 30s for lows overnight with gusty winds up to 20 mph. This will keep our highs in the 50s on Sunday under mostly sunny skies with mild winds from the southwest. Temperatures will quickly start to warm up again on Monday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain chances look to stay minimal into next week. Temperatures are forecasted to stay above average for the first day of December on Wednesday.
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