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Farmland – art is life »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

As the lights dimmed and the images flickered on the screen, the movie audience stepped into the lives of young farmers and ranchers as they took on the tasks of running their families’ operations. No wannabe Bogarts or Bacalls, just honest-to-goodness people who work the land. The opening scene wasn’t on a sprawling lot somewhere […]

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Now That’s Rural: Dennis Vanderpool, Associated Youth Services »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development A young woman is going through nurses’ training. As she prepares for a career helping others, it is cause to reflect on a time when she needed help herself. She is “giving back” for the care she received as a child. This is one of […]

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Hineman offers his take on school funding bill »

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A proposal to provide more money for Kansas public schools has now been passed, having been adopted by the House late Sunday evening with 63 affirmative votes, the minimum number needed for passage. I voted no, for reasons I will explain. It had earlier been voted out of the Senate with 22 yes votes, one […]

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ a resounding success »

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fascinating organism — each separate Marvel franchise touches and interweaves with the others. In the case of “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” that universe is shaken to its core. “The Winter Solider” picks up after the events of “The Avengers” and continues with unabated force. There are Helicarrier’s (aircraft […]

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DAVE SAYS: When you get bad advice, don’t take it »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment? John Dear John, More times than not, when you go to a bank for investment advice, what you’ll get in the bargain is bad advice. And that’s the […]

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Finding your voice when called upon »

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At the end of February, my husband’s prayers were answered. I had laryngitis for three days after battling a nasty head cold. (This revelation earned applause from some Ambassadors as well. I’m sensing a theme here …) During these three quiet days, I was scheduled to facilitate for Leadership Hays, participate on a conference call, […]

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Financial challenges of Baby Boomers »

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger

Kansas Insurance Department TOPEKA — Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansans to take a look at the challenges that Baby Boomers face in planning a financially secure retirement. “Each day about 10,000 Baby Boomers enter their retirement years,” Commissioner Praeger said. “They are members of a generation who are largely unsure of […]

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Exposure to violence threatens our children’s future »

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An astonishing 60 percent of American children have been exposed to some form of violence, crime or abuse, ranging from brief encounters as witnesses to serious violent episodes as victims. The consequences can be serious: Poor performance in school, drug and alcohol abuse, long-term physical and psychological ailments, a life of involvement with juvenile and […]

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How Brownback plays his hand in casino decision will be telling »


While the Legislature is out of the Statehouse for its spring break, let’s take a little spin at the roulette wheel. There’s a game of chance going on in the governor’s office, and it will mean jobs, entertainment and state tax revenues, or … not. Spin the wheel, and the governor either signs—or doesn’t sign […]

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Beautiful weekend, busy week in Ellis »

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ELLIS — What a beautiful Monday morning! I hope you were all able to take advantage of a great weekend, lots of sunshine and a little wind. It just wouldn’t be Kansas if we didn’t have a little wind. I have to do a short recap of yesterday’s Easter Cantata. To say the least, it […]

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Are ‘religious viewpoint’ laws needed in public schools? »


Remember the hue and cry last fall when a Tennessee teacher told a fifth-grader that she couldn’t write about God as the person she admired most? Well, members of the state legislature didn’t forget. Even though school officials quickly corrected the teacher and apologized to the family, lawmakers seized on the incident to push for […]

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Aging issues addressed in April Extension programs »

Linda Beech

Groucho Marx once said that anyone can get old, all you have to do is live long enough! But growing older is more than merely marking time. Several Extension educational programs in April will explore what it means to age and provide helpful information on these issues for older adults and their families. The regional […]

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Hello from me .. and goodbye to Windows XP


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Hi! My name is Dallas Haselhorst. While I have lived in Hays all my life, please feel free to read my short bio below if you don’t know me. I will be writing this column periodically to help individuals and businesses better understand technology and, more specifically, security. So whether we are talking about the […]

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