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For many years, the Lanning picnics were held north of present-day Morrill, KS. just off to the west of what is now known as Dewberry Road between 310th Street and 320th Street in a clearing of the timber alongside the north bank of Pony Creek known as Miller's Grove. Since it was a popular …

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This is the season of busy here in the ag world. It seems as though we are simultaneously in wheat harvest, crop planting, haying and there are always things to do with the livestock. There are never enough hours in the day to get things done, and we catch ourselves working long hours at a f…

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Don't forget to donate to the "Fireworks Fund" at Highland Bank or give your donation to Roger Gormley. Your donation of money makes for a greater fireworks display on July 3 at the conclusion of the day's festivities. Thanks in advance for contributing.

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As usual on a search for all things history and history did not leave me disappointed. The gem that revealed itself is a binder-style printed book, and within the pages, it illustrates many historical treasures, with the first being how the city of Robinson came to be.

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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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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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“It is a truth universally accepted that a farmer in want of good conversation must remark on the weather.” For anyone who is not a fan of Jane Austen, I should explain that the previous statement is a bit of a play on the opening of her famous novel “Pride & Prejudice.”

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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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Highland’s City-Wide Garage and Bake Sale will be held this Saturday, June 19. Maps and items for the bake sale are available at 307 West Main Street between Degginger Park and Kirkwood & Co. This event is being sponsored by Highland PRIDE.

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The past week has provided yet another reminder that the rest of the NFL has not given up on the next ten years. At times, it seems that with Patrick Mahomes behind center, most teams on most days do not stand a chance against the Kansas City Chiefs. But with the news of Julio Jones being tr…

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This time of year, two common leaf-spot diseases appear on tomato plants. Septoria leaf spot and early blight are both characterized by brown spots on the leaves.

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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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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.

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Don’t forget the benefit for Harry Smith which will be held Saturday, June 12, at Ernie’s in Highland. Harry had to have one of his leg amputated from the knee down. Harry has revived Ernie’s and serves delicious food. Come join the fun and help out a Highland businessman.

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The deadline to file for local elections passed recently, and it’s worth thanking every school board hopeful and municipal candidate for their willingness to run. The past 15 months has proven what I’ve long believed — local elections have the biggest impact on the day-to-day lives of Kansans.

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Just under two months away from Major League Baseball’s July 30th trade deadline, the Kansas City Royals are sitting at 27-26, 5 games back and in 3rd place in the AL Central and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. As we have seen so far this season, a lot can happen in two months, but enoug…

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A little history out of the vault seemed appropriate with Memorial Day this week. The history of Memorial Day has transformed throughout history. The early beginnings of the day of remembrance became infused within the community. The early Decoration Day’s included the community gathering to…

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Leaders are the life-blood of small towns and rural communities. The success or failure of community development efforts often rests with the degree of leadership local residents are willing to provide.

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Like everybody else, I have my share of trouble. It’s not that I want to get into trouble, but trouble always seems to be somewhere near where I am at the time. I regret that time when I was first introduced to trouble.

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TOPEKA – It has been a long time coming, but with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to ease, Kansans are starting to venture out and about the country as the summer vacation season gets underway. Unfortunately, that means scammers will also be looking to take advantage of y…

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Summer is here! The kids completed their last day of school and have officially reported for summer duty as farm kids. During a recent breakfast conversation, my family sat down to identify some goals for this summer. The kids want to bake cupcakes, ride their bikes, go fishing and visit som…

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When you think of the word “evil” there are certainly a good number of images that may come to mind. You might think of murder, sexual immorality, or even the devil himself. While all these images are certainly valid, evil is not limited to the most hideous acts of human behavior.

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Dollar General has become a ubiquitous feature of America’s small towns. The discount retailer is opening about 1,000 stores per year, with more than 16,000 spread across the country.

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I traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week. It was really the first time I had traveled in more than a year, and it was the first time I had taken a plane since the pandemic hit us over a year ago. I have had both of my shots so I am fully vaccinated, but I must say I had a little trepida…

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One day this past week, I decided to stay home and catch up on a little bit of reading. It's not often that I take a day and not go to the office and just pander around the house.

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the number one threat today to racial harmony in our nation. While its supporters claim that it exposes and helps to heal the wounds of systemic racism in the USA, it, in practice, actually adds a huge chunk to the division and disapproval of one race for anothe…

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You can tell a lot about people by the types of philosophical questions they like to debate. Many people ponder sports greats, classic cars, blockbuster movies or which superpowers are the best.

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I considered not writing my column this week because there’s no news or exciting happenings going on. We had a wonderful rain early Sunday morning and through the day. We needed it and it came down just perfectly. Now, if that kind of rain would happen every two weeks or so throughout the gr…

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NFL schedules were released on Wednesday, and for the Kansas City Chiefs, the upcoming slate is going to be a doozy. Not only is the 2020 record for the teams on KC’s schedule over .500, but AFC West sure seems to be getting better around the Chiefs every year.

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At each bend in the road, we peer cautiously around it, wondering where it will take us. Much the same in life. At each juncture we wonder where God is taking us. How can we be sure the plans and decisions we are making are in God’s Will?

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This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage made a little slip. To her, it was a little slip, but to me, it was a big mistake.

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My sincere sympathy is with Beverly Miller’s family due to Bev’s passing. She was such a special lady in our community, to her church family, and especially to her loving family. Bev sent hundreds of greeting cards to those who were ill, to those celebrating a birthday, anniversary, etc., or…

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The first good thunderstorm of the season swept through my area late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. It rolled in from the west with a brilliant light show and booming bass of thunder reverberating through our windows.

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There were not any splashy picks for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2021 draft last week, and much of the drama was taken out of the affair the week before, as the team swapped its first round pick for Orlando Brown, Jr. But with all of the picks now in, the general consensus is that the Chie…

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May 3rd marked four months since I was sworn in to serve as the proud Representative for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. I pledged I would always put my constituents first and to always honor my Contract with Kansas – I have kept my promises. In the first four months on the job, I have f…

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I have always appreciated shortcuts in life. If I can find a shortcut, I will take it because time is valuable to me. I take pride in coming up with a shortcut that actually saves me time.

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I recently received an email from a local car dealer offering to buy my truck. Normally I just delete these types of pitches, but in this instance curiosity got the best of me. I opened the email and quickly discovered my gently used vehicle was worth more than I expected — a lot more.