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Stories written by Ron Fields

Wichita State professors share views on changing political climate »


Wichita State University You don’t have to follow politics to know that different factions of American government can’t seem to get along. Partisan ideology has created a sharp divide between the Democratic and Republican parties that has bled over into everyday life. As the rhetoric heats up ahead of the 2016 presidential battle, those divisions […]

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China’s most severe test continues »


The first weekend in June brings China’s “gao kao” or “high test.” Today, I am walking through the crowd of students awaiting the re-opening of the school doors and the beginning of the afternoon test session.This is the test that will determine their life. Score high and they may be able to enter the first […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: New ideas and old in the 2015 Legislature »

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As this is written, the Kansas Legislature is approaching 100 days in session. It cannot be said that the session has been remarkably productive or representative of the best democracy can do, but it did follow the cycle of typical legislative activity with the notable exceptions of budgets and taxes. Always the elephant in the […]

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Moran’s Memo: Courageous veterans fight silent battles at home »

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Courage is often talked about but seldom witnessed. Each May, Americans come together on Memorial Day to remember those courageous souls who laid down their lives for our freedom. These service men and women did not answer the call to serve in the name of Republicans or Democrats; they did so to protect liberty and […]

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Sternberg Museum plans summer camps to inspire passion for science »

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FHSU University Relations Paleontology, geology and biology camps will offer elementary, middle and high school students an opportunity to fall in love with science this summer through Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History series of outdoor field camps, day camps and overnight family camping trips. “Using the spectacular natural history resources of […]

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Rodeo prepares FHSU sisters to lasso a bright future »

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FHSU University Relations This possibly was going to be Tonnica Ouellette’s final home performance for the Fort Hays State University rodeo team. So she wanted it to be a special weekend. That it was, and then some. A senior from Yoder, Colo., Ouellette will finish her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at FHSU this summer […]

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Lois (Deardorff) Holland »


Lois (Deardorff) Holland, 96, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015, in Kaiser North Hospital in Sacramento, California. Lois was born with her twin sister, Loise, in Southeast Kansas on November 24, 1919 and grew up with her parents, Ray and Elva Deardorff, and siblings, brother Dean and sister Loise, in Waldo, Kansas, through the […]

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HAWVER: Social issues take center stage in hard-right session »


It’s the social policy stuff that has been Gov. Sam Brownback’s big wins so far in the 2015 Legislature, with abortion and welfare programs reshaped to his liking—and maybe putting Kansas in the national spotlight under his tenure. His first-term tax cuts, bigger than he wanted but he took them anyway, are playing out, but […]

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Garden City, Wilson students elected to lead FHSU student government »


FHSU University Relations Ulises Gonzalez, Garden City junior, and Molly Morgan, Wilson junior, were elected as president and vice president, respectively, of the Fort Hays State University Student Government Association in elections held April 8-9 for the 2015-2016 year. Nineteen new senators were also elected: 11 in the College of Arts and Sciences, five in […]

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How to get rich quick! »

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For those of you who can remember bringing the new century in on January 1, 2000, several predictions were made about the new millennium, and numerous books were being sold that probably made some author or publishing house a substantial amount of money. Cars were supposed to stop in their tracks, planes were supposed to […]

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Energy cooperatives team for $1.8M loan for Hoxie project »

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HOXIE — Midwest Energy and Western Cooperative Electric this week announced the award of a $1.816 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Loan and Grant Program, which will be used by BJKLM Development Co. to fund the site development and building construction of a large implement dealership in Hoxie. The dealership […]

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KAMS schedules information sessions around state in April, May »

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FHSU University Relations Staff from the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University will make nine trips in a series of informational and recruitment tours in April and May. A postcard from KAMS recently went out to Kansas high school students inviting them to attend one of the sessions. KAMS students […]

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A coworker recently told me she saw her horses chasing a couple animals across her pasture that were dark, about the size of raccoons, and had no visible tail. She told me a couple animals of the same description had run from her barn a while back. She is convinced they were nutrias which are […]

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