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It’s beginning to feel and look a lot more like summer is quickly nearing! The kids have wrapped up their school year, the alfalfa is about to bloom, the cows have come home to graze, and the wheat is waving in the warm Kansas winds.

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My condolences are with the family of Emmett Cole who passed last weekend. Emmett and my husband, Bob, were good buddies and I am sure they are visiting about crops, grain prices, and anything related to farming. I pray for peace and special memories to Kathy, Eric, and Becky.

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Last year, Brown County Historical Society joined the Hiawatha Community Foundation, a program designed to help agencies like ourselves in fundraising. I would be very remiss if I said this was the only thing the Hiawatha Community Foundation does. Still, they do a fantastic job supporting e…

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Warning: Today’s column is about politics and the upcoming election. Wait, don’t stop reading because what I have to say is especially important and will affect your farm and ranch for a long time to come. I know we are all tired of the constant fighting and mudslinging and what happens in D…

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I’m back! Last week I was so ill I didn’t have the strength to even sit at the computer to send in any items. Come to find out, what I was blaming on my radiation treatments turned out to be a UTI. So, I spent 24 hours in the hospital receiving fluids and medications. I feel so much better n…

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The saying, “farmers never retire, they farm until they die,” is accurate for my paternal grandfather.

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Off on a quest, and as usual, the history adventure never disappoints! From finding information about the Hiawatha Milk Plant to back to a historical treasure, a book titled “The Next Greatest Thing.” I’m always thrilled when fellow history investigators share treasures. The book happened to…

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County Farm Bureaus across Kansas marked Earth Day last week in classrooms, farm fields, fairgrounds, pastures, recycling centers and other assorted locations across the state. They helped schoolchildren understand that growing food and caring for natural resources go hand in hand.

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Mother Nature gave me something to write about this week. Saturday brought 50+ mph winds which grew continually worse during the day. I drove to Hiawatha Saturday evening to see Hannah promenade into prom. It was just windy and a little cool, until around 5:30 when the rain came down. The ki…

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We are traveling back to 1912 with our second-grade friends from USD 415 and USD 430 and with our schoolmarm Miss Benson who has taught the one-room schoolhouse program for 13 years! We are so grateful to her for her dedication and support of this unique program. We are also equally apprecia…

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The wheat is greening, the fruit trees are blooming and spring planting is in full swing. One day the temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees, and then two days later we received a dusting of snow. Needless to say, it’s all part of spring in Kansas!

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I hope you had a blessed Easter, in spite of the cold and wet Kansas weather. During our Easter breakfast at church, we could hear the sleet/rain pelting on the tin roof of the gymnasium. I am sure many Easter egg hunts were altered due to miserable weather.

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Every year Brown County Historical Society anxiously awaits the arrival of the one-room schoolhouse program. 2022 is not unlike any other year, with anticipation and preparation by all involved for the events. The one-room schoolhouse allows the children to travel back in time for an authent…

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Water, it is the most important resource we have, not just in agriculture but humanity as a whole. It is an extraordinarily complex and difficult issue. This year the legislature proposed a massive water bill and while I will not get into the details of it, it did emphasize that water is an …

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Who would have thought that turning 79 would be so wonderful? April 6 was the 79th birthday for me, and boy was it a busy day. I went to St. Joe for radiation, then back to Mary Jane’s for a wonderful brunch with 14 of my friends, then to Ana Webb’s to play Bridge, and finally to the library…

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The citizens of Brown County built the Hiawatha Memorial Auditorium to memorialize the American soldiers from war. The Hiawatha Memorial Auditorium construction began in 1920. The Memorial Auditorium was a hub of activity for the people in Hiawatha and surrounding areas. The auditorium’s sta…

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My deepest sympathy is with Steve Meeks and family. Steve’s mother passed last weekend at Two Timbers in Highland. Steve is married to Karen Whetstine Meeks, and they have a son Wade and twin daughters Matie and Madison. Love and prayers to the Meeks family.

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I recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the Kansas Ag and Rural Leaders (KARL) program. Our trip included unique farm tours like a camel dairy, falcon hospital and the oldest irrigation district in the world. We experienced local traditions and culture by visiting museums,…

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Less known or extinct towns of Kansas compiled by Mrs. Mary E. Montgomery, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

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Did you know that France initially owned Brown County’s lands and was later owned by Spain? The United States purchased the area in 1800. On May 30, 1854, with the signing of the Kansas –Nebraska bill, Kansas was made an independent state.

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Today (Sunday) brought sunshine, but the temperature and wind made for a cool day. Spring is officially here, but Mother Nature is fickle and does things her way. We are thankful for the rain we received, and it’s predicted we’ll get more this week. The farmers are readying their tractors, p…

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Kansas legislators will soon be on spring break, and as they head back to their districts to tout the work they’ve already completed this session. At public forums and town halls across the state, lawmakers are also likely to talk about an unexpected problem: too much money.

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My family and I recently enjoyed a few days off the farm having some fun in the snow in northern New Mexico.

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I so much appreciate the “thinking of you” cards I have received this week. Right now, I feel really good, but I think many readers thought I was already bedridden. I am having an MRI on Wednesday and will visit with the radiologist on Thursday. I will have a better understanding of my condi…

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This week is more a reflection of history than of a particular person. The individuals with whom I have been so fortunate to share history is, as you might imagine, a rather extensive list. However, I would be remiss if I did not take the time to thank two individuals who are passionate abou…

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Many gardeners are busy pruning shrubs to remove winter damage, control the size, or provide a bit of shaping before the season is well under way. Save some of the branches or cut a few from spring flowering shrubs to brighten your indoors. You’ll enjoy the added spring color provided by bra…

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Topeka, Kan. – Leprechauns hoard it, pirates pillaged for it, married couples gift it; gold is a precious metal that has been woven into playful tales, triggered world-altering wars, and serves as a gift of loving expression.

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Well, I have always been upfront and transparent about my cancer, so I will give you another update. Last week, Mary Jane and I went to my oncologist to have him tell us what the biopsy revealed. It was not good news. I kind of had a feeling it wouldn’t be good news. So, he told us that I ha…

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Last week I had the privilege of being at my Kansas Farm Bureau district’s issue surfacing meeting. We had a great meeting with very good attendance and a lively discussion of issues affecting farmers and ranchers in northeast Kansas. I would hate to say how many issue surfacing meetings I h…

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You don’t need a lot of space or a big budget to grow and enjoy garden-fresh bouquets. Just fill a few vacant spaces, add an extra row in garden beds or fill a container with easy care flowers started from seeds.

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I learned last week of the tragic death of Bill Foster. He had an accident while doing chores. My sympathy is with Bill’s family, his friends, and his church family the Highland Christian Church.

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Growing up, this is about the time of year I spent plenty of weekends patrolling pastures for eastern red cedar trees to lop off with a pair of shears. It was easier to spot the evergreen saplings amidst the browns and tans of last year’s growing season. My job was to find the saplings growi…

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February was Black History Month, and I am a little delayed in writing this article to share with all my fellow history investigators, so I extend my most humble apologies. Brown County, Kansas, is no stranger to exceptional individuals. John McLendon and Lena Mae Grier Carper were born in H…

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Every year during the first week of March the Federal Trade Commission observes National Consumer Protection Week. The Kansas Attorney General’s office with our In Your Corner Kansas campaign focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs, but during this week in particul…

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I am really not a dog lover, but there has been two times in my life that I have cried over a pet dog. When we kids were growing up, brother Dick had a white dog--I think it might have been a Spitz. Her name was Snowball and she had just delivered a litter of puppies. It was really cold outs…

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History often repeats itself. This phrase used to seem like a cautionary warning but the last two years have transformed it to have a feeling more like a judgmental, “I told you so.” Events I had only read about in history books like a global pandemic, racial unrest as part of the fight for …

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We have officially entered the countdown to spring break mindset in our household. The recent winter blasts that have netted a few snow days for the kids are no longer acceptable for my children. They are ready for an extended, week-long break from school. And in their eyes, it can’t get her…

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As I write this article on Sunday evening, I have the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics from Beijing, China on the TV. It’s a beautiful ceremony of athletes from all around the world hugging, crying, and bidding good-bye to new friends they have made from countries that may not otherwi…

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As many of you know, I am usually on a mission uncovering all things history. I hope you won’t mind that I deviate because I feel a few accolades are in order this week. The Brown County Historical Society owes a tremendous thank you to Mayor Collins and the Commissioners of Hiawatha for the…