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Traveling back in history and hearing memories from the class of 1966 this past week during their class reunion trip and a celebration of the leaves as they transition to vibrant colors.

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At first glance, soil sampling would seem to be a relatively easy task. However, when you consider the variability that likely exists within a field because of inherent soil formation factors and past production practices, the collection of a representative soil sample becomes more of a challenge.

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I am the fifth generation to farm one of our pieces of ground, which is quite a heritage to live up to. I have often wondered what it would be like to not be tied to a place, a way of living and a lifestyle. Those thoughts are very fleeting because who I am is very much tied to the land and …

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My sincere sympathy is with Glenna Batchelder and her family at the passing of her husband Bill. Bill was a friendly guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

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PART III — THE 1857 LECOMPTON CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

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I love when people stop by or call with historical treasures! I have a gem of history and gratitude to share this week. The first to Dean Tollefson, who stops by regularly to visit all things history! Thank you for sharing your history.

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We have heard and read much recently about the growing threat of cyber criminals lurking to scam, fraud and outright steal personal identifiable information and access finances. It is a good reminder of the perils of living in an information society and the caution that must be exercised whe…

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Black walnuts are ready to be harvested when the hull can be dented with your thumb. You can also wait until the nuts start falling from the tree. Either way it is important to hull walnuts soon after harvest. If not removed, the hull will leach a stain through the nut and into the meat. The…

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History rarely disappoints when you put in the effort to uncover the story. Recently, a video was shared depicting Anoka, Minnesota, as the Halloween Capital of the World. Although exciting and creative, the information does not predate Mrs. Elizabeth Krebs and how she brings the Halloween F…

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Rural Americans with an eye for renewable energy recently received promising news—the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $464 million in solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects benefiting small businesses and farming operations.

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To those who took offense at my items last week: None of the incidents mentioned pertained to Doniphan County students. I did not talk to any teachers or students from Doniphan County.

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Happy National Cooperatives Month! As a cooperative communicator, October is full of educating people about and emphasizing the benefits of cooperative membership.

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Word that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in Brown County was received today by Matthew Young, Brown County Agriculture and 4-H Agent. “This program is being sponsored”, said Young, “by the agricultural committee of the Kansas Bankers Association.” It represents an effort …

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Brown County Historical Society would like to thank all the people who attended the 2021 annual Heritage Days. Brown County Historical Society would like to thank all the vendors who graciously participated, G&C petting zoo, Outback Crooked Sticks and toys, black smoke muzzleloaders &…

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Over the past several years there has been a growing concern over why there is such an issue over marijuana arrests in Kansas when border state have legalized this drug. I know this will open up a can of worms both pro and con but I would like the public to see this from our standpoint.

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The calendar has turned to fall, and the weather is slowly following suit. Harvest is underway with combines rolling through fields and semis hauling grain to elevators and on-farm bins. There’s more of those bins and semis now than ever before because there’s more grain.

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This week I have visited with two excellent long term school teachers. My heart broke as they told me of their daily encounters with problem students. These aren’t older students--they are young students up to third grade. The students are disrespectful by talking back and refusing to do the…

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With each new school year comes opportunities for growth in and out of the classroom. For those ages 7-18, now is the time to consider adding 4-H to their hands-on learning experiences, said Beth Hinshaw, Kansas State University Southeast Area Extension specialist.

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As usual, I am on a journey to uncover all things history. A planned trip by Ms. Mary Sido, the great-great-granddaughter of Edmund Needham Morrill, turned out to be a historical treasure trove. Among the items brought to the museum, including the parlor set belonging to Eliza Jane purchased…

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Every so often I have the opportunity to visit a classroom full of elementary students and read a book to them. More often than not, I’ve accomplished my guest reading visits using virtual platforms that so many are now accustomed to using. Thanks to technology, and a decent internet connect…

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A recent change in federal policy offers a promising antidote to the long-running challenge of rural childhood poverty. Starting in July, most households with children began to receive monthly advances on an expanded child tax credit. The expansion was included in the American Rescue Plan pa…

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Harvest is in full force! Semi-trucks go by my house almost bumper to bumper. From all reports yields are good, which makes harvesting even more fun. Here’s hoping for a safe season to all. The weather has cooled off which makes working outside even more pleasant.

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Back on the road pursuing all things history with my friend Lyle Hinz and as per usual fashion, our trip included incredible histories shared since the last road trip and gems uncovered of local cemeteries in Brown County and Doniphan County. The journey, at one point, landed us in the Tesso…

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Last Sunday I was in church minding my own business when my occupation came under fire. Our church is without a pastor right now, and we rely on pulpit supply, so the preacher was a guest fill-in. The prayer he had prepared was one promoting environmental justice and in it we prayed to save …

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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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On Aug. 24, the U.S. House of Representatives moved forward the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act, which includes investments in roads, bridges, other major public infrastructure projects, and broadband.

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We all have been touched in some manner by the events unfolding across the globe in recent weeks and the level of human suffering. From Hurricane Ida to an earthquake in Haiti to the evacuation of thousands in war-torn Afghanistan and the struggles of some of our nation’s veterans, the needs…

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Claytonville, a small town in Brown County, Kansas, was located 4 miles south of Hiawatha, 1 mile east then ½ mile south. It was founded by George E. Clayton in 1856. He was a pro-slavery man.

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Highland PRIDE and Dorothy Diveley appreciate everyone who has brought aluminum cans to her home for recycling. You may bring empty aluminum cans to Dorothy’s house at any time. The cans do not have to be crushed when you drop them off at 306 South Iowa. Put them on the north side of Dorothy…

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As a girl, I dreamed of a future family and farm life in somewhat vague terms. However, one aspect was clear: I would not want to marry a dairy farmer because they never go on vacation.

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Once again, on a search for a particular piece of history! The recovery of a book I had put over at the Plamann History center to be enjoyed by others for a brief bit. I developed a desire to explore the treasures found upon the pages of the memoir of Frances Sewell Plamann. I must impart th…

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There were no surprises in the recently released 2020 census numbers that will be used to draw new lines for congressional and state senate and house districts. Kansas grew, but at a rate slower than the nation overall. Rural areas largely saw their populations dwindle while metros swelled, …

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Any farmer or rancher who is interested in conservation programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service is required to have a farm number for the application process.

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The Flea Markets will soon be upon us again. I glad to hear the weather will be cooler and I hope no rain comes this weekend. Our crops are looking great, so the rains can hold off for a while. I’m guessing it will be a long harvest. Let’s hope everyone can finish up by Thanksgiving.

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In addition to a lengthy political career and holding the accolade of first Governor of Kansas, Charles Lawrence Robinson was also a physician and a newspaper editor. Charles will serve as President of the Kansas Historical Society. Charles also happens to be the namesake for the town of Rob…

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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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After a few months of all that summer on the farm entails, the kids have returned to school.

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History surrounds itself with truth, events, and circumstances but also eludes to mysteries that remain unsolved. One mystery that perplexed me to no end was the details surrounding the former Governor Edmund Needham Morrill and his first wife, Elizabeth A. Brettum, whom he met and married o…

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No news is good news--right? Well, not when it comes to writing a weekly column for the newspaper. The cooler weather is the best thing that has happened around here for a while. The crops are the same as made, so farmers are readying their combines, tractors, and semi-trucks for harvest. Th…

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The past couple of weeks I had the privilege of attending several Farm Bureau events in person — Big Tent Reunions, Summer Summit and Young Farmers and Ranchers Leaders Conference — without masks, and it was awesome. This isn’t a statement about restrictions, masks or vaccinations, it is a s…

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Hiawatha has many things that distinguish the town from other towns. Hiawatha is home to the oldest Halloween Frolic in the nation! Hiawatha was the hometown of the creative genius who inspired modern-day Halloween directly from the imagination of Elizabeth Krebs. Hiawatha was the hometown o…

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Daylilies need to be divided every three to four years to maintain good flower production. Though they may be divided in early spring before growth starts, it is more common to divide them at this time of year. Many gardeners cut back the tops to about half their original height to make plan…

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