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I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork.

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The Hazel T. Nelson Scholarship Fund awarded $11,250.00 in grants to 10 graduates of Hiawatha High School attending college and graduate school in the upcoming academic year, according to Citizens State Bank and Trust Company, which administers the fund. Mrs. Nelson, a resident of Hiawatha, …

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Perhaps it is human nature to put things off until we have a more convenient time. We may leave our Christmas decorations out longer than we should. We may even have a goal we had been wanting to achieve but have been unable to find the time to work toward it. Whatever our individual struggl…

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LAWRENCE — More than 6,500 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2021 semester.

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When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow.

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The Brown County Association of Retired School Personnel held their bimonthly meeting Monday, July 12, at the Carwell Building in Hiawatha at 11:30 AM. Approximately 20 members were in attendance. President Betty Robison welcomed everyone and Gil Bunning lead the group in thankful prayer. Ro…

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MANHATTAN — At last summer’s Ag Growth Summit, the Kansas Department of Agriculture kicked off a new recognition program to honor outstanding Kansans: Kansas Ag Heroes. Nominations are now open for the second year of the program, and KDA anticipates new stories of outstanding service from ac…

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I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don’t do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life.

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Wes and Elizabeth Howard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Fisher Center, 201 E. Iowa, Hiawatha, Kansas, from 5 to 8 p.m. They were married on July 24, 1971, at Whiting, Kansas.

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The family of John Marxen, Sr. would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all of the prayers, cards, meals, donations and flowers in John’s memory. The kindness shown to our family during this difficult time is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

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The Fairview Willing Workers 4-H Club met for its monthly meeting on Sunday, June 13 at the Fairview Community Building. The meeting was called to order by vice president Joey Meyer. Acting secretary Aden Grathwohl read last month’s meeting minutes and conducted roll call, which members answ…

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Happy 4th of July! That’s what we say isn’t it? Sadly, many people know July 4 as only that, and not “Independence Day”. It seems to me changing the wording to something so simple has taken away the meaning, the intent of those who established it. One of the writers of the Declaration of Ind…

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Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices.

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The monthly meeting of the Friends of Hospice Volunteers was June 30, at the Fisher Center in Hiawatha. In attendance was Alisa Britt, Charlene Branch, President Rosemary Schooler, Historian Dixie Westervelt, Donna Rake, Secretary Betty Robison and Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Selland.

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Jim and Barb Larson of Hiawatha will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 6, 2021. They were united in marriage on July 6, 1971, in Miami, Oklahoma.

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Pittsburg State University has released the honor rolls for the 2020 fall semester. To qualify for Dean’s Scholastic Honors, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours, receive a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6000 for all credit course work that semester and have no grade lower than…

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Nearly 3,130 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University in spring 2021. The graduates are from 101 Kansas counties, 44 states and 44 countries.

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This Sunday is Independence Day, a national holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the colonies from English rule in 1776. It is the birth of this nation, and many have fought and died for the freedoms we still enjoy today as Americans.

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In June, Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc. presented $5,000 to the VFW Foundation with the help of CoBank’s Sharing Success Program, who contributed half of the total dollar amount.

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Quincy University released its Dean’s List for the Spring 2021 semester. Honorees must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) to be included in the biannual Dean’s List. In total, 371 students received the honor during the Spring 2021 semester.

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I must confess that I’m not always aware of everything that is before me. I admit I miss a lot of things. I don’t do this intentionally.

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As a pastor and as a person, my biggest failures have usually had something to do with a lack of listening on my part. Either I didn’t bother to clarify what another person was saying, I “filled in the blanks” with my own opinion and will or I closed my ears to God’s still, small voice by tu…

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The descendants of George Walthall can be traced back to the years following President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.

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The monthly meeting of the Willis All-Stars 4-H club was held on Sunday, June 13, at the Brady family farm. The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m. by Vice-President Clarissa Jamvold. Noah Fassnacht led the pledge. Roll call was answered by “Name a place you would like to visit.”

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Having recently arrived in Hiawatha, I subscribed to the newspaper to get familiar with the culture and what is happening. In the first paper I received, there was a letter to the editor entitled “A Patriot.” The article tied patriotism to defending our country and the constitution, but that…

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Commodities for North Brown County will be distributed from 9-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, at Eternal Hope Family Life Center, 424 Oregon St., in Hiawatha.

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Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don’t know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.

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I cannot recall a day in my life where I thought to myself, it’s a beautiful day for a run. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like to exercise from time to time, but the exercise that I like revolves more around leisurely walking around the golf course while chasing a little white ball.

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More than 10,500 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2021 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum…

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Six Friends of Hospice Volunteers plus Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Selland, met at the Bread Bowl restaurant in Hiawatha on May 26th. This was the regular monthly meeting of the group in addition to a celebration of Volunteer Appreciation month. Those volunteers in attendance were Charlene…

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The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I’m caught up, I see another thing I need to do.