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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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Business plans can be used to attract new partnerships, manage projects, and secure funding. Spring, a time of new life and hope, presents a good opportunity to enhance your processes and strategies.

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For some reason, the last several weeks we have been getting many visitors at our door. I’m not sure if this is a general trend or if it is just our door.

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Welcome, March! We have made it to the month of spring and I hope Ol’ Man Winter doesn’t push Springtime aside because I think we’ve had enough winter this year. Hopefully we’ll see early spring flowers and green grass coming forth to reassure us of pleasant weather ahead. I know the farmers…

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In recent days I’ve been catching up on chores I decided to put on hold during our recent weather, which caused temperatures to plummet, the sky to appear gray and gloomy, and left many in the middle of the country to adjust energy consumption in the hopes of keeping the power on.

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A patent is a legal document that protects an invention. A patent also discloses the invention with a complete written description. Disclosure of the patented invention establishes a quid pro quo, or “this for that”, between a patent owner and the public. The public is enabled to make and us…

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Next week is the first week of March, which the Federal Trade Commission marks as National Consumer Protection Week. The Kansas Attorney General’s office and our In Your Corner Kansas campaign focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs, but next week in particular we …

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When I was in high school, I listened to all different kinds of music and in each genre, I has a specific band or artist that I enjoyed the most. When I was a senior in high school, my favorite country artist was a guy by the name of Travis Tritt. Now, I was not a huge concert-goer, but Trav…

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Follow the longitude and latitude to 39.6534° N, 95.4874° W, and you will discover a very well-kept cemetery. In 1858, Kennekuk found a need for a cemetery within the community. Kennekuk, now nearly erased from the map, was approximately 1 ½ mile South of the cemetery.

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If there’s anybody that can be conned, it’s Yours Truly. It’s not so much that I’m stupid; I’m just naïve. I believe when somebody says something, they mean exactly what they say.

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Our first beef calves of the season arrived a few days into February. Each day into calving season temperatures grew colder, and our lives transitioned from normal routines to the highly vigilant survival mode required to weather the arctic storm.

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OK. I am tired of reading every week in this newspaper about how terrible it is to be a registered Democrat. I have been a registered Republican and my political views didn’t change just because I was a registered Democrat/Republican. I do not want your guns. I do not want Socialism. I do no…

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Earlier this week, extreme weather caused power outages for much of the central United States. Bitter cold led to increased demand for electricity while also forcing significant portions of electric generation offline, leaving millions of people across the Midwest, Great Plains, and Texas in…

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Did you ever lose something? Maybe we should call it misplaced that sounds a little better.

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Fifty years ago, I was a teenager. Boy, do I miss those Days of Yore. It’s not that I would like to relive them, but I was a much different person back then.

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Recently one of our history investigators reached out to me with a special request for February. There are so many pieces of history deciding which story to share is always the biggest challenge. While all history is important and relevant, uncovering the details relating to Brown County dir…

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Again, there’s not much to write about this week. It’s been a week of forced stay-at-home weather due to the bitter cold. It’s definitely given me Cabin Fever. When this below zero weather and COVID-19 control our comings and goings, it’s depressing. Not that I have anywhere I HAVE to go, bu…

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So, you want to be in animal agriculture? You get to be your own boss, but the pay is lousy. Still the life is generally good. Weeks like this past one makes us reconsider our choices in vocation and, at times, our ability to make sane, rational decisions.

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A person’s mind may conceive of a new work or invention. The new work or invention is the intellectual property of that person. Rights to intellectual property may be secured by making application for a copyright, a trademark, or a patent. A successful application will result in the person b…

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In my last guest editorial in this paper, I made it clear that I firmly believed that President Donald Trump would remain in office for a second, consecutive term. I reasoned that God would weigh in and stop the leader of the one and only political party in our country which pushes hard for …

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While it was happening, it seemed like a joke. Another game of hide and seek, wait and see, by the Chiefs. You just kept waiting for the infamous “switch” to flip. Only it never did. The Chiefs were not playing possum in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, they were simply getting beat by a bett…

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All contributions to history never cease to amaze! Traveling down memory lane is taken from memories shared by one of our avid history investigators. Martha Briggs writes of her fond memories sparked after reading “The First Mail Route” and growing up in Horton Heights.

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As the proud representative of the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas, I am fully committed to serving the needs of all my constituents. Whether you voted for me or not, I am here to serve you – I pledge that I will always be a constituent-first Congressman. In addition to working on passi…

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Dangerous cold temperatures and life-threatening wind chills are expected over the next few days and the American Red Cross has steps you should take to stay safe. Temperatures will be below zero in many locations with wind chills below zero in some areas.

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I recently cleaned out my sock drawer, an overdue task that I hadn’t reached the appropriate level of boredom to tackle in a number of years. It also served as a reminder that I’m absolutely terrible at estimating just how useful a range of items will be in the future.

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With Mother Nature dealing us a frigid week of winter, there’s not much to report around Highland. Everyone is making sure they have grocery staples so they don’t have to get out in the cold. I try to keep my doctors’ appointments, but I will cancel if I need, too. I had a PT scan on Thursda…

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There is a saying “into every life a little rain must fall,” but what if you are swamped with a deluge? What if the rain falls and fails, and the mud is so deep that you feel stuck in it or even worse, being pulled under by it? It is very natural to wonder why God is allowing this.

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When I was young, my mother was quite a fan of a soap opera called “The Days of Our Lives.”

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I understand that I was sent to Washington to fulfill my promises and serve the needs of my constituents. In recognition of that, I moved swiftly to co-sponsor a Constitutional Amendment that imposes term limits on all members of Congress.

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I was recently asked to help judge an FFA speech contest. I happily agreed to help as I thoroughly enjoy listening to young adults present their research and memorized written work before a panel of strangers. Besides, setting aside a few hours to judge is the least I can do to help support …

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As usual, I don’t have much Highland news, but will write what I know. Welcome February!

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This question has been asked many times following my registration as a Patent Agent this last fall. A Patent Agent works for some of the most interesting people: inventors. Inventors are those people who creatively identify new solutions, or inventions, to the simple and complex problems we …

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Welcome to our Living Well Together (virtual) educational series for the month of February.

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The pace picked up in the Kansas House this week as we debated several important issues including the Kansas response to the Covid pandemic and the Value them Both amendment.

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This was the week we’ve all been waiting for. Watching the Chiefs blast their way through a good team like the Buffalo Bills on Sunday evening served as a reminder of just how complete Kansas City can be when they have all phases firing. As masterful as Patrick Mahomes was in the AFC Champio…

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Sunday evening--Watching the Packers/Buccaneers football game and waiting for the ice/snow storm to begin. Then, I’ll watch the Chiefs/Buffalo Bills game. I hope the weather is decent in KC and that the Chiefs do better than the Packers today and the KU basketball team last night.

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Another year has come and gone, and despite all the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic one annual ritual remains: tax season. Identity thieves are constantly looking for new ways to separate you from your hard-earned money, and they will use the tax season as a way to do it.

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Dreams have been on my mind lately. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality; our founding fathers’ dream of a government of, by, and for the people; and the dreams of little girls who want to grow up to be president of the United States of America.

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Inside packing plants throughout our nation, workers continue to lack enough personal protective equipment, or PPE; don’t have enough space for social distancing; and continue to worry about what is going to happen to them. They worry because nobody is communicating with them about the expos…

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What a weird, wild game that was. The Chiefs looked pretty good in the first half of Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns, but had to hold on for dear life in second half, as Patrick Mahomes was forced from the game with 8 minutes left in the third quarter. The…

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We had a long, hard week with problems and difficulties that took time to solve, if they even were solved. It is quite interesting to me that when I solve one problem, two other problems appear. I think they’re all waiting in line.

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I confess, I haven’t been sleeping well. Tuesday evening, I drank a cup of herbal tea before bed, thinking that it would help me to fall asleep. The tea contained chamomile, dandelion and ginger.

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Brown County Historical Society mailed off the December newsletter last month. The newsletter did not provide information about the 2020 Corn Picking Fun at the Farm by accidental omission.

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We just completed the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 102nd Convention, virtually. It went as well as it could have, there were a few things that were a little wonky. By the way, wonky is my new favorite pandemic word and really is a good descriptor of most of what has happened becaus…

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At 2 pm on Jan. 11 the 2021 legislative session was called to order. There is much speculation and concern about what will be accomplished. With super majorities in both houses you would think the Republicans could pretty much pass any legislation they desired. However, that is not the case.…