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Before the Lanning Picnics were held at Sycamore Springs, for many years they were in a woodland clearing called Miller’s Grove which was off to the west of present-day Dewberry Road north of Morrill, KS. along the north bank of Pony Creek approximately between present-day 310th & 320th …

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We are enjoying some of the most beautiful autumn weather possible. The tree leaves are turning and fall flowers are colorful and pumpkins are showing up on porches, decks, and by mailboxes to serve as decorations until Thanksgiving.

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When you look into the mirror, what do you see? How do you feel about yourself? Do you have a good self-image or a bad one? How about your self-esteem? How you see yourself will have an impact on your life in Christ; if you don’t like who you are for any reason you will not believe for anyth…

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We are one week into the freshly-minted NFL season, and everything is going to plan for the Kansas City Chiefs, thus far. The defending Super Bowl champs easily dispatched the Houston Texas last Thursday night by a score of 34-20 in a game that was not nearly as close as the two-score differ…

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Fall is the season when most horse owners should think of how they can improve their horse pastures for the coming year. Some pastures might have been managed well and others not, depending on their management efforts. Horse pasture improvement and renovation requires some time and patience.…

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September is the bridge between summer and fall. The sun’s angle is still high enough to provide plenty of warmth, but its light fades faster in the evening. Cottonwoods are already dropping golden leaves. Football seasons are underway even if tailgating is on hiatus for the year. And across…

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What a beautiful weekend after so many gloomy, rainy days last week. The rain was appreciated but reminded me of Seattle or other places where it rains slowly for days. Saturday and Sunday were sunny with cooler temperatures. Our upcoming weeks are predicted to be dry, sunny, but not hot. Se…

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Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Jeremiah the Prophet wrote down God’s words between 626 and 586 BC. More than 2600 years later, God’s plans haven’t changed: God’s plans are still to prosper us, and not to harm us. Jeremiah’s core message to the Israelites, and to us in September 20…

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You will likely know the result of the Kansas City Chiefs’ seasoning opening game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. With that in mind, I’m going to give a few of my thoughts on the season, as a whole, and what to look for as the team kicks off their attempt at a repeat world title.

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The Kansas Insurance Department gets thousands of calls a month from consumers to agents to companies, inquiring about the laws and regulations of the state of Kansas. I love hearing from Kansans and I am thrilled at the opportunity to help! As a pharmacist, working directly with patients wa…

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The fall season can be an excellent time to plant trees. During the spring, soils are cold and may be so wet that low oxygen levels inhibit root growth. The warm and moist soils associated with fall encourage root growth. Fall root growth means the tree becomes established well before a spri…

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When I was young, I remember those crisp September days and the start of the monarch migration and how the monarchs seemed to cover the trees around my family’s farm. It pains me to hear that since my childhood, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90%. A decline that has created …

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Week one of DWest Schools are over. As far as I am concerned, everything is going great. The students are not fussing about wearing masks and the students who are distance learning are checking in as class begins. The first football games and volleyball games went well, so things are a littl…

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The 2020 NFL season is set to get underway with the Chiefs and Titans game next Thursday night, and while the upcoming slate will look unlike anything we’ve seen before thanks to the ongoing pandemic, it will be the litany of on-field plot twists from the oddest offseason in memory that will…

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Time flies, right? Already we have celebrated again the high points in the Christian church year — Christmas, Easter, Pentecost — and now ended the summer months. And on top of that all in the middle of a pandemic! In a matter of a few short months, we will have snow on the ground and singin…

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Have you ever heard of Transient Ischemic Attack or Hyponatremia? Neither have I, but I have it. I just spent 3 days in the hospital being tested for everything, and that was my final diagnosis. Basically, my sodium was too low, my heartrate slow, and I am dehydrated. My symptoms were being …

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As many of you know, I have been blessed with being the daddy to four beautiful little girls. They range in ages from four to 12.

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So Wednesday was…a day…right? I mean, you’ve got hurricanes, politics, sports, and then almost no sports.

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September is here and that means it is prime time to fertilize your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns. If you could only fertilize your cool-season grasses once per year, this would be the best time to do it.

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Deals that are often too good to be true are often known as “sweetheart deals.” The price is hard to believe in exchange for the desired goods or services. There is another form of “sweetheart” deals, or rather scams, that are preying upon residents in greater frequency, particularly the eld…

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Aug. 31 is the day DWest students will be trekking back to school and we teachers have been preparing for their return. This week will be more prep time to prepare for in-school and distance learning lessons. Several students and their parents have committed to distance learning, and I will …

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When considering adopting a dog into your family, many people often think that a cuddly, energetic puppy is the most appealing choice. Though puppies are fun and undeniably cute, the cuteness doesn’t come without a lot of work. There is a definite case to be made for senior dogs.

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A man’s heart directs his way: but the LORD DIRECTETH HIS STEPS — Proverbs 16:9

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The Highland Community mourns the loss of two loved members. Clifford Hawk was the Ag instructor at Highland Community College for many years. He was a victim of ALS and passed away Aug. 14. Many former students would stop to visit with Clifford as he was a much loved instructor. Mr. Hawk wi…

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If you read this article regularly, you may remember Assumptions, Part 1. Well here is the highly unanticipated part 2. Please know that what follows are my own opinions and do not necessarily reflect any beliefs and opinions held by FBC or its constituents.

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What a weird week. Watching sports without fans, hearing the back and forth wavering that preludes the fall of the college football season, and a Royals revival that has been a joy to experience, the past week has been a solid reminder of why we love sports and how much we miss them when the…

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Pears should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. They should be picked while still firm and ripened after harvest. Tree-ripened fruits are often of poor quality because of the development of grit cells and the browning and softening of the inner flesh. Commercial growers determine the best …

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August arrived and we know what that means — return to school. DWest will see students return on the 26th, but we teachers go back on the 13th for In Services and Work Days. There will be differences due to the COVID-19 threat to everyone. We will get used to our new routines and follow the …

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It’s been hard to watch, folks. For those of you who have invested your time and energy in watching the Kansas City Royals play “baseball” this year, I apologize. I know we were all excited to get sports back, but this is just difficult to sit and take in. For the most part, the Royals have …

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On a journey this morning, hoping to dive in on some fascinating history! You might recall the cemetery tour of Brown County that I recently took. One of the locations stopped along the way was the Hamlin Cemetery, a beautiful cemetery that is very well kept by the community. Not long after …

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During the past week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly have been spending quite a bit of time together. I cannot recall any time that we have spent this much time together.

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With the Primary Election this week and the General Election later this fall, I am excited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.

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By mid-August, most bagworms have finished feeding and retreated into their bags. Insecticides will not penetrate the thick, leathery, silk-lined pouches.

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My condolences to the families of Pat Rosenberger and Bill Fuhrman. Both passed last weekend and were loved and will be missed by all who knew them.

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COVID-19 has many shaking our heads over the actions and subsequent actions triggered by COVID19/coronavirus. I will not attempt to begin to establish a motive or reasoning behind the subsequent actions but perhaps give some history into the number of pandemics that have affected the world. …

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Events of the past several months have been challenging for Americans as the world navigates the perils of a global COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, there is an element of society that is preying on those fears, seeking to add another level of pain and suffering to consumers.

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“Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life:” Matthew 6:27