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Now That’s Rural: Tom Miller, ag pilot »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development “Have a SAFE flight!” That’s the type of sentiment which we might express to a loved one as they depart on an airplane. In this case, the term SAFE also applies to a program which encouraged safety and precision in the work of agricultural pilots. […]

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Kansas teachers union offers statement on 2014 election »


As we do each election cycle, Kansas public school teachers who are members of KNEA gathered in committees across the state to begin the process of interviewing candidates for state offices. Our interviews were focused squarely on issues related to strong public schools and student success. Kansans have voted, but long before election day Kansas […]

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Farm Bureau congratulates winners, urges new political outlook »

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Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus today released a statement following last night’s election. “On behalf of the farmers and ranchers in Kansas, we want to congratulate the winners of last night’s election, both on the state and national level,” Steve Baccus, Kansas Farm Bureau president said. “Many races were hard fought, and the outcomes […]

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Car Talk’s Magliozzi was ‘real voice, real person’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

If you notice your car’s headlights dimming soon for just a second, here’s why: The news is getting around that Tom Magliozzi, one of National Public Radio’s most popular personalities, died Nov. 3 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Tom, 77, was one half of the renowned “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers,” along with his […]

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The saga of long term care »

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The cost of long term care continues to be a major issue with many people in their later years.  To create a “nest egg” for retirement, only to see it disappear because of an extended long term care stay would truly be a shame. And this could certainly throw the retirement numbers off dramatically. Often […]

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Brothers in arms and family ties »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Nov. 11 this nation will once again celebrate Veteran’s Day. While I’m a veteran myself, the first person I think about when it comes to veterans is my Grandpa Bert Becker. Not only was he an early hero of mine, he was one handsome, smiling young farm boy from Phillips County when he marched away […]

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Kansas ‘suspense’ voters likely not a factor »


Best guesses so far are that those 25,360 Kansans whose voter registration applications are in “suspense” aren’t going to yield much in the way of post-Election Day results changes for any candidates. Which means that the election’s results from Tuesday are probably just how it’s going to be, and waiting for the final county canvassing […]

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Networking with peers creates optimism — and a bevy of ideas »

Tammy Wellbrock, Hays Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Attending conferences allows for a wealth of knowledge to be consumed. The first of October, I attended the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas fall conference. Attending with me were approximately 50 other directors from across the state. From swapping funny stories to lending a supportive ear, I continue to be amazed at how much […]

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EARLY REVIEW: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ »

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It’s a rare occurrence that I’m able to see a film and write a review before the film is available to the general public. Thanks to the my membership in the AMC Stubs program, which is somewhat similar to rewards program currently at Starplex Cinemas in Hays, I was able to attend an early screening […]

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‘Exploring’ Kansas zombie hunting »


Two years ago at a spring conference in Topeka, Lea Ann Seiler, Economic Development Director for Hodgeman County heard a presentation about a very successful zombie paintball hunting endeavor in Oregon and she came home hooked on the idea as a fund raiser to help with projects at Horse Thief Reservoir. Now I’ve never understood […]

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Big First Tea Party endorses Roberts »

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Though The Big First Tea Party endorsed Dr. Milton Wolf for Senate in the GOP primary, we are honored to endorse Senator Pat Roberts for re-election on Tuesday, November 4th. Pat Roberts has done many good things for Kansas through the years, especially in the agriculture and oil industries in Kansas, and Kansas can not […]

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The truth about the Health Care Compact »


There has been a lot of interest lately in the Health Care Compact, legislation passed during the 2014 legislative session that if approved by the U.S. Congress would allow participating states the ability to opt-out of certain Federal health care laws, especially the Affordable Care Act. While I am currently the State Budget Director, I […]

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Make the most of pumpkin season: Preserve it! »

Linda Beech

Pumpkins offer far more than a Halloween decoration. This season is also the prime time to find and use sugar or pie pumpkins, the small dense pumpkins which are best for cooking and baking. Pumpkin seeds from any pumpkin can also be dried and roasted. Here are some pointers for preserving plentiful pumpkin at this […]

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