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(Editor’s Note: As Hiawatha is known as the Beautiful City of Maples, we thought it fitting to share the story of where they came from. This is an article from Lynn Marie Allen, Executive Director/Curator of the Brown County Historical Society, in which she shares the history of Theodore Kor…

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As usual, on a journey this time searching for more history regarding the Horton, Kansas REA program. The historical request was explicitly made by the Historical Society President.

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Check out this history treasure, with the following caption from the photograph “turn of the century Sunday Band Concert in Central Park Band Shell! Located on what is now the community building parking lot.” Do you have some history you want to share! Be sure to reach out and let me know! A…

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With the holiday season fast approaching, I would like to share a holiday safety message to the public.

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We should be thankful every day for the many blessings we have been given--but, we aren’t, so it’s good to have a day set aside to remind us of how blessed we are to be living in the USA. Our nation is not perfect, but it’s the best place on Earth to live freely and without fear. The last co…

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Earlier this summer after we had finished harvesting our wheat crop and wrapped up planting the rest of our fall crops, my husband casually mentioned that fall harvest would take a while this year. At that time, we had a lot of acres of corn, soybeans and sorghum growing that would all need …

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As usual, on a journey this morning for a little bit of history and the gem uncovered is from one of my favorite gentlemen for his historical narrations, Mr. A.N. Ruley. The story is of W. G. Sargent; a probate judge shortly after the Hiawatha Township is established and recalled in Brown Co…

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Plan now to attend the “Snowflake Festival” on Main Street at Highland on Friday, Nov. 26. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with the arrival of Santa and concludes at 7 p.m. Families will enjoy homemade soups, hot dogs, crafts, snacks, storytelling, and pictures with Santa. Stops include the library, …

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In a few short days we will all sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday that is meant for us to reflect and decide what it is for which we are thankful. We have a lot to be thankful for in this great nation, not the least of which is our farms and ranches. This is so appropriate bec…

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On a journey for all things history earlier this week, Leland Hanson called me and offered to share his extensive apothecary history. I can tell you that on many occasions, I have been in Tice Health Mart but never truly explored the historical gems they have on display.

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In anticipation of calving season, the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in December and continuing through January.

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A large number of America’s military veterans have returned home to civilian careers and often want to continue the service mission they committed to in the Armed Forces.

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I am writing this on a beautiful November Sunday evening. Lots of sunshine and a gentle breeze made for an autumn day to be out and about. This afternoon, lots of family members attended a bridal shower for Sandy Bangert, bride-elect of Seth Twombly. It was good to see family we haven’t seen…

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Paid time-off for farmers is one of the intriguing ideas that caught the attention of our group during the recent Kansas Farm Bureau Casten Fellows international travel experience to the Baltics. One of the young farmers we met shared that the Replacement Farmers program provides subsidized,…

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Part of the allure of fall foliage is color variation. There are trees that turn red, purple, yellow, orange and brown.

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One of the funny things about getting older is how it warps our perception of time. When we’re young and nearly every experience is new, time moves slowly. As we age, however, there are fewer and fewer things we haven’t experienced, our schedules become more predictable and the days seem to …

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Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

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(Editor’s Note: As Hiawatha is known as the Beautiful City of Maples, we thought it fitting to share the story of where they came from. This is an article from Lynn Marie Allen, Executive Director/Curator of the Brown County Historical Society, in which she shares the history of Theodore Kor…

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Brown County Historical Society would like to extend its gratitude to all who participated in helping make the 2021 Corn Picking Event a successful event. In particular, Jim Wolney prepared lunch for the group and the antique tractor club for their participation and hard work, ensuring that …

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Cup holders — it all began a few days ago when I was unable to put my drive-thru dollar drinks in my cup holders. It was a fiasco witnessed by the drive-thru attendant as she held my much needed drinks out the window patiently waiting for me to take them out of her hands and drive away.

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As we embark on many of the time-honored traditions of fall, let’s takes a stroll back in time. Did you know that Hiawatha is often fondly referred to as the oldest Halloween Frolic in the Nation? Since Oct. 31, 1914, this has been a tradition in Hiawatha.

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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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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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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 …