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The events that unfolded last week in Washington, D.C., will stain the fabric of our democracy for the rest of our days. The images of insurrection in the Capitol are as much our legacy now as putting a man on the moon. It’s a stark contrast of what happens when we choose to embrace what div…

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No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

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It’s hard to believe but Spotlight Auction 2020 was the last normal 4-H event hosted in 2020 before Covid showed up and changed everything for the rest of 2020. We still had the 2020 Brown County Fair for the youth. It wasn’t open to the public but the youth were still able to show their liv…

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The time is finally here. For anyone who found the regular season more than a little tedious, we have arrived at the great flipping of the switch. We hope. We really really hope.

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President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that promised to “Build Back Better” while also pledging to take the steps needed to address the harsh realities of a changing climate. For rural Americans, the level of investment required to secure the goals promised by the president-elect and hi…

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I have been away from writing this column for so long I hardly know where to start. I became sick on Nov. 15 and entered the hospital on Nov. 17. I had previously finished 10 radiation treatments which resulted in me developing a horrible case of thrush. I have never had anything so painful …

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The events that unfolded last week in Washington, D.C., will stain the fabric of our democracy for the rest of our days. The images of insurrection in the Capitol are as much our legacy now as putting a man on the moon. It’s a stark contrast of what happens when we choose to embrace what div…

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When I was growing up I remember my dad talking to me whenever I got upset, which happened more often than I would like to admit. He would tell me that getting upset is only half the battle, because then you still have to get over the thing that upset you.

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Pets don’t fare much better than people in the cold. With heavy rains, snow and low temperatures either here or on the way, RedRover has a few tips to help keep your furry family members safe and warm.

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Extension educational programing will be hosting mostly virtual programs this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. One benefit of providing meetings online in a virtual format is that we can provide more programs on a wider range of topics at a cheaper price and reach…

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The Kansas City Chiefs record for the 2020 season officially sits at 14-2 as the season drew to a close on Sunday, though anyone who watched the game would be fairly certain the record is 14-1 with the Chiefs-as-we-know-them abstaining from the 16th game. With the vast majority of the team’s…

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I have always been interested in my ancestors, who they were where they came from and what they did for a living. But the history of where my ancestors settled is also very interesting.

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With the new year upon us, attention will soon turn to the legislative session beginning Jan. 11 in Topeka. I’m incredibly grateful for the elected officials we have. Legislative sessions are always about making tough choices on allocating resources that are too few to address problems that …

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If you get a call, email, text or social media message saying the Internal Revenue Service needs money or some personal information before sending your income-tax refund or stimulus payment, don’t respond. It’s a scam, according to federal officials, in an alert to taxpayers.

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As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program find themselves on the outside once again.

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As we close 2020 we have become stronger in our faith despite these dark and troubled days. Many have come together assisting others with innumerable support and they show the caring heart of this country.

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Sunday’s 17-14 win over the visiting Atlanta Falcons was definitely not the cleanest or most impressive game of the year for the Kansas City Chiefs, but it may have been the most important, as the team put the final touches on securing the AFC’s top overall seed, the only bye on their side o…

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The holidays are upon us, the typical time for families and friends to gather to rekindle relationships and share traditions. However, as the events of the past year have taught us, 2020 is anything but typical or traditional, changing nearly every aspect of our lives. That includes how we c…

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Before Jesus left the earth 2,000 years ago, He knew that His disciples would need to perpetuate the ministries that He had begun while He was on earth.

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This past year has been a hard one. Though we are close to the renewed hopes of a new year, we still face what could be the hardest days of 2020 for some.

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“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Soren Kierkegaard

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One of the biggest news stories through the world and in the United States has been the approval of the Pfizer Vaccine. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment surveyed hospitals in October to understand the number of employees that were in clinical positions with high-risk exposure …

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In a game where just about everything went wrong, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to walk away with a relatively easy win, and with a Pittsburgh loss, the day proved to be about as positive as it could be, with the Chiefs moving to 12-1 on the season and moving into sole possession of 1st p…

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Not all firewood is created equal. Some species of trees are able to produce much more heat per cord of wood. A cord is the amount of wood in a well-stacked woodpile measuring 4 feet wide by 8 feet long by 4 feet high.

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With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to provide our county residents with some basic safety information. This year has been like no other, we are currently in the midst of a global pandemic that has affected all of us.

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The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now — florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

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The Kansas City Chiefs took a nice step forward this week, as the team pushed it’s record to 11-1 after a win over the Denver Broncos, while the Pittsburgh Steelers dropped a close game to the Washington Football team to drop them into a relative tie with Kansas City for top seed in the AFC.…

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Peace is a wonderful thing, but I submit to you that genuine peace is not a product of this world. Genuine peace is a product of God and is evidenced in the Fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians chapter five. Peace, according to worldly thinking, is an absence of conflict or trouble. Th…

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This year, this week, we start our 103rd year at Kansas Farm Bureau having just finished our business session at our 102nd annual meeting. One hundred and three is a big number and a lot of years. Dare I say no year has been quite like the one we just finished up. Note that I did not say it …

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When we look back upon Christmas 2020, we will most certainly remember it as a Christmas like no other, much like the rest of 2020. We will also see very clearly the hand of God, having led us through many dark valleys, into the Light of Christ. We will better understand the why and the how,…

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Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was telling in a few key areas for the Kansas City Chiefs, as the team moved to 10-1 on the season.

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As the countdown to Christmas officially begins, the hustle and bustle of the season already has a different feel from holidays past. My family has decided that since our celebrations will be radically different — void of hustling across the Midwest and attending multiple family gatherings —…

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Though trees are a vital part of our landscapes, there are situations where volunteer trees need to be controlled. This is often a case of the wrong plant in the wrong place. If the tree is a desirable species, you may want to consider transplanting in the spring. If it is not, active contro…

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In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home — New York City.

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Like many this year, instead of traveling to be with family, I will cook my own Thanksgiving dinner. Honestly, I don’t mind. It is sad not to see my family, but I am relieved that I will not be putting any of them in harm’s way. And I am not mad about getting to keep all the leftovers for myself.

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MANHATTAN – The weather in Kansas may be unseasonably warm for the next several days, but we’re entering the time of year when a winter storm can blow in suddenly.

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“Tis old yet ever new,” begins the refrain of a hymn about the history of salvation by William A. Williams. “Tis old yet ever new” also sums up the American feast of Thanksgiving which we will be celebrating this coming week. In origin almost four centuries old, it is the story of families c…

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It was the Kansas City Chiefs’ first time visiting Las Vegas, but it was the freshly re-homed Raiders that were gambling on Sunday night, leaving more than a minute on the clock for Patrick Mahomes when they scored their final touchdown to take a three-point lead. Mahomes showed the Raiders …

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Quite frankly, I am not sure where to start. The most important message I want you to take away from this letter is to understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. I do appreciate the leadership of the Brown County commissioners and the City of Hiawatha Commission to implement a mask…