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Now That’s Rural: Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Swingin Spurs »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development The man from Beijing, China deftly steps forward. He swings and turns and throws his partner up into the air. Is this judo? Karate? Olympic gymnastics? None of the above. This is a performance of a country swing dance troupe which is honoring the heritage […]

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Care and feeding of farm animals »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Farmers and ranchers have always adhered to sound principles of animal husbandry while providing the best care for their livestock. Society’s views on animal welfare, on the other hand, continue to evolve. Today, people are becoming more concerned for the animal’s quality of life. While there are extreme fringe groups, “activists” if you will, many […]

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The fracking rush hits a pothole »

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Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40. What ignited his rise to the ranks of Americans with money to burn? He owns a company called Parsley Energy Inc. that extracts oil and natural […]

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‘Crazy’ week of activities in Ellis »

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Good morning everyone! Wow! I know it’s only Wednesday, but this week has already been CRAZY and I don’t see anything letting up for a while! I just don’t understand when folks say there’s nothing happening in Ellis, because check out THIS list… Today: Well at least it’s Hump Day and we can feel like […]

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HAWVER: Speaker will set the tone of 2015 legislative session »

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This may be the year that again proves — more dramatically than in recent years — that the most powerful person in the Kansas Statehouse is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Yes, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. We all learned in grade school that the governor is the top position in […]

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EXPLORING KANSAS: Bobcat trapping »

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The tawny colored bobcat blended in so well with the milo stalks, that had it not moved I might have walked right up onto it. I’ve trapped here previous years, but because the field had always before been planted to new wheat, I’d driven in from a different direction. This year, besides planting milo here, […]

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‘Horrible Bosses 2’ disappoints, but ‘Star Wars’ trailer thrills »

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Before I get to my review of “Horrible Bosses 2” I would like to take a quick minute to talk about something that is about as far from horrible as it is possible to get. The first trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” was released in select theaters and online over […]

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Thankful for all school staff »

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One plane takes off with all of the administrators of a K-12 school or university. Another plane leaves with all of the secretaries and technicians. In which case does the school come to a stop? And in which case does the school run even better? Okay, you are smiling. You know the answers. It is […]

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Serving as the Hays community’s personal cheerleading squad »

Tammy Wellbrock, Hays Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Using a cheerleading theme during the October Membership Lunch, we at the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce shared our reasons as to how we aid our local community. Just like the cheerleaders rooting the home team on the sidelines, we are often behind the scenes supporting various community ventures, encouraging businesses and celebrating area successes. […]

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Meatless Mondays? Forget about it »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Eliminate meat from my diet? No way. Just the thought of it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Be honest, have you ever thrown a couple of pounds of linguine on the grill and watched it cook while you sipped a fine burgundy or single-malt scotch? Don’t get me wrong, I love vegetables. I […]

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Now That’s Rural: Basil Dannebohm »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development “When you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you try to remember good moments. For me, those were in Ellinwood.” That statement is from a young professional who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but has found a rewarding life back home in rural Kansas. J. Basil […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Kansas turns south »

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I arrived in Kansas 35 years ago, happy to be offered a job at KU, but having little sense of the state that would become my home.  My political science colleague, friend, and ultimately co-editor of 15 books, Al Cigler, acidly alerted me to former Democratic Governor Bob Docking’s fiscal words to live by: “Austere […]

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Discussion may ease transfer of family heirlooms »

Linda Beech

Deciding who gets Grandma’s pie plate or Dad’s collection of fishing gear may seem minor and easy as family decisions go. In reality, decisions about personal belongings can be extremely difficult and become major challenges for families to face. These belongings may or may not have financial value, but they often have a great deal […]

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