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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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I often joke about the fact that I love to judge people just like on American Idol. Except I am not qualified to judge musicians — my forte is public speaking. I love judging 4-H model meetings, FFA discussion meets and any other speaking contests. I enjoy sharing my life-tested knowledge in…

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Last Friday afternoon, I, along with many family and friends attended the memorial service for David Bruns. It was held at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland. David was a good friend to my son Scott and to our family. He lived with us for several months during his senior year at Highla…

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The end of the pandemic in the U.S. is in sight. The Covid-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have proven to be outstandingly effective at protecting recipients from coronavirus and they are also safe.

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Growing up, my mom always had jobs for us kids to do around the house. It usually consisted of washing the dishes and taking out the trash. However the most dreaded job that any of us ever got was cleaning the garden.

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Last week, I visited parts of our southern border in McAllen and El Paso, Texas. The best word to describe what I saw is horrifying – massively overcrowded processing centers, young children exploited by drug cartels and traffickers, and the U.S. Border Patrol doing their best to hold it all…

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When it comes down to it, practicing generosity requires faith. In fact, it might be the best way to gauge how strong your faith is.

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Many of us have changed the way we purchase and prepare our food over the past 12 months. Families now spend more time cooking at home. We are learning that local meat provides a better and more affordable alternative to the big box store.

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Did you ever have a week when it felt like something was missing, but you didn’t quite know what it was?

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It is springtime in the Flint Hills, and that means one thing: It’s pasture burning season. Those of us who are caretakers of the Flint Hills know fire is the most important tool we have to maintain the last large-scale vestige of warm-season tallgrass prairie. Without it, invasive shrubs an…

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As I walked around my yard and my neighborhood, I noticed the thousands of wild violets that pop up in everyone’s yard. I notice them every spring, but this year they are prolific. They add beauty, but when it comes time to mow the yard, they aren’t spared. I had Elmer Schmitz come look at m…

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My family was heartbroken last Friday afternoon when we heard of the death of David Bruns. David and my son Scott were in the same class at Highland schools and were great friends. David spent a lot of time at our home during those years and it felt as if he was a part of our family. My deep…

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As I get older, and my goal is to get as old as I can, I begin to realize some of the things I haven’t noticed in my life. You know how it is; things creep up little by little, and then all of a sudden, there it is.

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A couple years ago I was at an event where a fellow Farm Bureau staffer from another state lamented he spent so much of his time dealing with the legislative process, there wasn’t much of a chance to really fight for agriculture.

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What if Jesus had come as the prophets said He would—born of a virgin, anointed as Messiah, wounded for our transgressions and slain as an innocent lamb? Let’s imagine that He fulfilled every prophecy concerning His life and death but failed to rise from the grave in three days as the Script…

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Spring-bearing strawberry plants that were set out this spring should have blossoms pinched off. New plants have a limited amount of energy. If blossoms remain on the plants, energy that should go to runner development is used to mature fruit instead. Plants that are allowed to fruit will ev…

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First of all, I need to clarify a misunderstanding one of my readers wrote about to the editor. I quoted a person who claimed that Jesus is a socialist and a liberal. I thought it was interesting as he was writing in a non-political view. He wrote of Jesus as a socialist who values the colle…

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It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like spring around our central Kansas farm. The cattle pastures have been burned and fresh grass is now growing in preparation for summer grazing. There’s been increased talk of where we will be planting our crops that will be harvested later in the fall…

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The NCAA tournament comes with more fanfare than just about any other sporting event in America, second only to, perhaps, the Super Bowl. The opening weekend of this year’s affair was packed full of upsets—in fact, only one section of the bracket still has both their 1 and 2 seed still stand…

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In many landscapes, crabgrass is considered an ‘opportunistic’ plant. Given the chance to take over thin or bare lawns, it is a more-than-willing intruder.

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Last week, on a journey exploring history as I often find myself doing. History rarely ever disappoints. On Thursday, June 24, 1925, a thirty-five-foot fracture failure on the Horton dam was realized, quickly unfolding into disaster.

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Between celebrations. We love to wave our palm branches on Palm Sunday. We love to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday; but…there was an awful lot of suffering, of pain, of hatred, between these 2 events.

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I am a student of smileology and have been just about all my life. If you can’t smile at something, it’s not worth thinking about.

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A beautiful day ushered in spring time in Doniphan County. It got up to 60+ degrees with no wind and lots of nature greening up. After such an awful winter, today has been welcomed by all. We may get rain on Monday, but as long as it’s not snow, we won’t complain. Once field work opens up, t…

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When I lived in the city, spring was not my favorite season.

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Romans 14:19 (NKJV) Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

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Got dead pine trees? If you are in the eastern half of Kansas, they probably died of pine wilt, a disease that is widespread in that part of the state. If you are in central or western Kansas, pine wilt is less common, but it can still occur in pockets.

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As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am deeply committed to securing our border, which I know is an integral part of our overall national security – a strong nation must have strong borders. Unfortunately, President Joe Biden’s immigration actions so far have shown a complete di…

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On Nov. 13, 1920, Lena Mae Grier was born in Hiawatha. Lena will attend school in Hiawatha and moves to Topeka in 1939. When Lena moved to Topeka, she worked at the NYA Center in Topeka under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal for Women. The NYA Center is a history mystery working with the…

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Immediately after swearing in, President Biden spoke about his eagerness to work with members of Congress of both parties to deliver COVID relief. After less than seven weeks since that statement, the President is opting for a purely partisan reconciliation process to pass a $1.9 trillion pi…

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New strawberry plantings should be set early in the growing season so that mother plants become established while the weather is still cool. The mother plants develop a strong root system during this cool period when soil temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F. The most appropriate pla…

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This week finds us in the very middle of Lent – when we walk the 40-day journey with Jesus in the desert, which will culminate with his death on the Cross, and three days later, his glorious Resurrection. For many people, that desert region is all too familiar. The desert is where we experie…

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This last year was a difficult year for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Of the many challenges that came to national attention throughout the year, perhaps the most apparent was the lack of civil discourse among those with different identities, beliefs, and political affiliations.

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I am nowhere to be found when it comes to crafts, remodeling, and just plain fixer-uppers. My carpentry skills are nowhere to be found even though I’ve looked for a long time.

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Many Americans have questions about Covid-19 vaccines – and rightfully so. There’s lots of information out there, and researchers are learning new details about the virus daily.

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A perfect spring day has a bright blue sky, just the right amount of heat, a light breeze and an almost unnoticeable humidity. It’s always a welcome sight after winter, but especially after Mother Nature treats everyone to two weeks of below-freezing temperatures. All of that is on top of mo…

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Once again, I am writing my column with nothing “newsy” to write about. It seems that’s the same with all small town correspondents. We write of politics, jokes, history, etc., but there’s no local news to report. This COVID-19 has changed everything. We don’t have as many family events or g…