Oklahoma Stories

Back to School

Local teachers are hard at work preparing for a new school year

Gould and His Map

Oklahoma’s first geological map rediscovered and recovered

Gooch Sawmill

A rural American dream becomes a reality for a local entrepreneur

Think safety as your student moves into the dorm

Safe Electricity reminds parents and students to keep electrical safety in mind.

History Comes Alive at Fort Reno

History clings to Fort Reno like a phantom; whether visitors take that literally or figuratively is up to them.

Prairie Flavors

Sweet Summer Treats

As the August heat hits Oklahoma, there’s no better occasion for a cold, sweet treat. This month’s recipes include a variety of frozen desserts: French-style custard-based ice cream, Philadelphia-style egg-free ice cream, coconut milk-based ice cream suitable for a vegan diet, frozen yogurt, and fruit sorbet.

Fresh, Fit Foods

This time of year, it’s easy to create delicious, healthy dishes with the abundance of fresh, colorful produce available at Oklahoma’s many farmers’ markets and farm stands. 

Best BBQ Recipes

We asked, you delivered! We invited you to share your favorite BBQ and grill recipes with us as part of OKL’s “Best BBQ Recipe” contest. With summer around the corner, it’s time to fire up the grill with these winning recipes!

Berry Delicious

May means it’s berry season in Oklahoma! 

Firehouse Favorites

This month’s recipes come to you via Corporal Chet Thompson, a firefighter for the Moore, Oklahoma, Fire Department and a member of Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation in Arkansas. 

Table Talk

Blue Spruce Gelato & Sorbet

Discover cool treats for many tastes in Stillwater, Oklahoma

White Dog Hill

At White Dog Hill in Clinton, Oklahoma, even better than a bark is a bite of one of the restaurant’s beautiful creations.

Crow Creek Market and Cafe

The Crow Creek Market and Cafe is popular with Crescent, Oklahoma, locals, but anyone can enjoy the quirky cafe’s fresh, homemade food.

The Hungry Horny Toad Station

A former gas station on historic Route 66 has found a new life refueling hungry travelers—and it’s quickly becoming a classic.

Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Hoboken Coffee Roasters is a highlight of downtown Guthrie. 

Powerful Living

For the Birds

Power line collisions kill millions of birds every year. Why electric co-ops are taking the problem seriously.

Paid Internship Available

Oklahoma Living is pursuing a bright journalism student for a paid internship for approximately 15 to 20 hours a week. 

Oklahoma Living magazine receives national awards

The Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) recently awarded your statewide publication five national awards. Congratulations to Oklahoma Living’s loyal contributors and staff for the dedication and excellence they put forth toward your OKL! 

Energy 101: Key Energy Industry Terms - Part III

When it comes to electricity usage, do you think about the habits you and your family may have that impact your energy consumption? 

A model for saving lives

Unique mobile demo helps first responders avoid electrocution.

Okie Snaps

Hello Kitty

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to August's photo contest winner, Kellie Carter! The contest theme was “Best Friends!”

A Cowboy's Best Friend

Grandson Aiden gets a smooch from his best friend Bucky. Submitted by Sheryl Carr, member of Rural Electric Cooperative. 

Sharing is Caring

These two best friends and siblings know sharing is caring especially when it comes to ice cream. Submitted by Kathy White, member of TCEC. 

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Two grandchildren share a milkshake like best friends. Submitted by Tina Buchanan, member of CKenergy Electric Cooperative. 

Puppy Love

Ella Rose calls her best friend Rocco her baby. Submitted by Courtney Hargis, member of Ozarks Electric Cooperative.


Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, John Luckett! Last month’s photo was the Okfuskee County Courthouse.


Prairie Flavors E-Newsletter

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Me and My OKL

Send us a photo of you with your OKL for a chance to be published and win 25!

Join the fun on social media with the hashtag #myokl!

Oklahoma Take 10

Our judges were impressed by Oklahoma Living readers’ talent and eye for beautiful shots across our state. Now, we are proud to share with you the top 10 submissions. Enjoy the winners of the 2017 contest! 


The cooperative investment in education

For electric cooperatives, education has been key to the advancement of an industry that has elevated the quality of life in rural America since its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s.

Electricity: 'faster than a speeding bullet'

The old Superman series on TV had the slogan: “faster than a speeding bullet and stronger than a locomotive.” This statement rings true for the power of electricity. Speeding bullets can travel at speeds to 3,000 feet per second. Electricity travels at the speed of light, according to a good friend of mine, Clyde Folsom, retired electrical engineer at Red River Valley Rural Electric Association.

Oklahoma Outside

Daylilies: the perfect perennial for Oklahoma gardens

Daylilies are one of the most forgiving perennials blooming in a hot Oklahoma summer.

Enchanting April

Oklahoma's nurseries are overflowing with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. OKL's Dee Nash helps you decide what to try in your garden.

New Year, New Plants from Seed

Get ideas for your next gardening project. 

Clean the air with indoor plants

An Oklahoma winter can lie heavy on our hearts. Days are shorter. The blowing wind and inhospitable weather never seem to end. People spend too much time indoors. What can help bring us out of a winter funk? Houseplants.

10 Steps to a Dreamy Cutting Garden

Growing a dedicated cutting garden sounds difficult, but it isn’t. In many ways, it’s similar to growing a vegetable garden, but instead of picking tomatoes, you gather cut flowers. For the last six years, in addition to my perennial and vegetable gardens, I’ve grown a flower garden simply for the pleasure of bringing blooms indoors.

Here are 10 steps from planning to harvest.