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Some demolition equipment has been moved in by the old post office, so it looks like razing will begin soon. I still don't know for sure what is going in that block. I've heard lots of stories, but I don't know for sure. Many Highland residents hope it's a Dollar Store. I'm sure the college …

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My fellow Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) members this is a call to action, a challenge, we need you to go out and vote Nov. 8. I am not going to sugarcoat it, instead I am going to hit this head on. Every one of our members need to get out and vote and your neighbors need to get out and vote — agr…

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Osage orange trees are still common throughout much of the United States, though not many people appreciate just how much the thorny, dense trees have shaped our country. Before Christopher Columbus’ arrival, Osage orange had a limited range in the Red River basin in Arkansas, Oklahoma and T…

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What’s not to love about autumn in northeast Kansas? The wonderful cooler weather and the abundance of pumpkins, gourds, and mums decorate many yards and homes. The colors are so warm and inviting, but not my yard. I am too weak to do those kinds of things anymore.

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Over the past decade or two, farmhouse décor has been an in vogue style of interior design. It makes me chuckle when I think about people who don’t live on a farm trying to create clean and pretty spaces through white wash, distressed paint and vintage hardware. Real farmhouses are rarely as…

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I was surfing through the Internet last Thursday afternoon to find something to watch. I came the most ridiculous advertisements I have ever seen. Of course, it was about Donnie Boy. They were advertising “Trumpy Bear.” It’s a teddy bear that had bushy come over blonde hair, blonde bushy eye…

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Last spring my father-in-law purchased a handful of ewes to graze a pasture near his house. The pasture had not been grazed in a few years, and he liked the idea of having some animals on his farm after getting out of the cattle business about six years ago. He decided to purchase the ewes a…

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Our family is deeply saddened at the passing of William (Bill) Twombly on Saturday afternoon, September 10. He was 97 years old and enjoyed outdoor activities, especially fishing. Bill had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing his kids and his great nieces and nephews. He enjoyed travel…

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Tuesday I was hauling hay; it was my fifth or sixth load of the day, and I had been hauling hay for the better part of a week. It was probably all too routine. I was making the left-hand turn off of the highway onto the county road. I looked back in my rearview mirror and did not see anyone …

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The White Cloud Flea Market and the Sparks Flea Market could not have asked for better weather last weekend. No rain and not too hot temperatures made for good shopping. While I did not attend either Flea Market, as I drove by Sparks there were plenty of fleas searching for something they co…

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The biggest bets aren’t made at a card table, racetrack or during the Super Bowl. Instead, they happen every day on farms and ranches across the country. While most bettors place their hopes (and a few dollars) on a single event, those who grow our food face a successive series of wagers wit…

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Cooler temperatures and a blessing of rain came to Doniphan County early Sunday morning. We’re supposed to have showers overnight (Sunday into Monday) and we will count it a needed blessing. I have a feeling that corn harvest will begin soon as some of the corn fields are brown and dry. I pr…

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Last Saturday, the lives of two former Highland men were remembered in a Celebration of Life Service. Johnnie Ellis’ celebration was held at the funeral home in Highland, while Don’s was held at Fanning Community of Christ. My sympathy is with both families at the loss of their loved one.

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I give a lot of my time to help young leaders grow and develop through programs like 4-H and FFA. Though my biggest motivation is paying it forward because of all the people who helped me, I also directly benefit from working with these students who are experts on pop culture, new fashion, s…

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This week involves a few history mysteries that were sent to the Historical Society. The first is a photo of a one room schoolhouse group. The only details that are on the photograph are the name of the teacher, Merevene was the name of the teacher and she is located in the center of the pho…

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Donnie, Donnie, Donnie. How much more trouble can you get yourself into? You need to know the rules of our government. You cannot do whatever you want as you have done in your personal business. You tried to throw President Obama under the bus by pointing your finger at him about sending doc…

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As I was outside with my kids waiting for them to catch their big yellow bus to begin another school year, I was reminded of how all of the back-to-school excitement is similar to the anticipation of fall on the farm.

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Our crops are still beautiful, but they could use a rainy day. There is some stress showing in the crops with our 98+ degree weather. It will probably be 4-5 weeks before harvest begins, and a good rain would definitely help the corn and soybeans make a better yield. But Mother Nature isn’t …

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I am writing this on the day of the primary elections, complete with my “I Voted” sticker on the left pocket of my shirt. I am proud to say that I exercised my right to vote, and, in my mind, I made all the right choices. To my knowledge I have participated in every election since I turned 1…

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Poor flowering and misshapen or a lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden.

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Americans recently celebrated our Independence, pausing to mark the nation’s 246th birthday and honoring those who have served our nation in war and peace to defend our freedoms. July is also Military Consumer Protection Month, a time when we remind military families and veterans to be watch…

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“Price is what you pay, value is what you get,” Warren Buffet is fond of saying. That line was running through my head recently as my wife and I were preparing to have some flooring replaced in our kitchen and living room.

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My deepest sympathy goes out to the families of Lou Bauer, Bob Franken, and Doris Gibson who all passed last week. I have wonderful memories of each one of them. I pray for God’s Holy Spirit of peace and comfort to be with their families.

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What a relief from the 98+ degree weather we had for a couple weeks. It was a pleasant 81 degrees here today. The scorching temperatures and out-of-control wildfires in other areas is so sad. Those firefighters are real heroes as they never give up trying to contain the fires and save homes …

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History has the fantastic ability to both connect and distinguish us at precisely the same moment. On July 22, 2022, two individuals I have had the pleasure of getting to know through our adventures in history will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Now the Pfisters and their entire f…

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Another nice rain over the weekend is keeping our crops and gardens thriving. What a blessing rain is! It does my heart good to see fields of weed free soybeans and know that no one had to walk the rows to chop weeds from the bean fields. I remember doing that with Bob and the kids for many …

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I wanted to spend this week traveling down history’s road and reflect upon a few things. And please forgive this sentimental heart as I take this journey. I recall a not-so-distant yesterday; Jere and Patty Bruning went on a double blind date with Harold and LaRhoda Neher. Jere fondly recall…

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Several people have recently told me that they have stopped watching the news. Granted there is too much violence and sadness in the world, but I would rather be informed, even if the news isn’t 100% accurate. I watch several stations, and they all confirm the same stories.

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Keep your garden looking its best with a bit of deadheading. Removing faded flowers can promote repeat bloom on some plants, encourage fuller, more compact growth, and tidy up the garden.

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The recently concluded U.S. Supreme Court term was a blockbuster for the rule of law, producing important decisions that reinforce the principle that courts are to interpret the law as it actually is written, not as judges or advocates wish it to be.

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As usual, off on a journey involving all things history. This story was a bit more elusive, and I hope I can uncover more. I was down at the BCHS President’s shop, and one of the visitors (another history investigator), as many of us are! One historical journey to the next led us to a conver…

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As I have told you, nearly every week, history is a journey that rarely disappoints. I am usually on some form of a history journey, although I typically have multiple trips engaged at once! Have I mentioned that Brown County, Kansas had a publishing office? Is anyone else having a little ne…

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We are having so many issues in the USA today that is dividing us and causing us to lose sight of the principles upon which this great nation was founded. We are the greatest nation on earth, but we are turning on one another because we each have our own agendas. The Second Amendment was wri…

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The annual Lanning Picnic was held in a Sycamore Springs picnic shelter on Sunday, August 14, 1949 with Mrs. Calvin Newlin and Mrs. Harvey Lukert in charge. It was reported that it was a cool day which had been the result of an 1½ inch rain on Saturday, August 13. Mrs. Calvin Newlin, a.k.a. …

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Hornworms are the largest larval insect commonly seen in the garden. Though usually seen on tomato, they can also attack eggplant, pepper, and potato.

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I hope all dads/daddies/and papas were celebrated today on Father’s Day. You are so important in your children’s lives as the world gets more and more difficult to deal with. Make sure your children feel loved and secure at home, or they will find a “home” somewhere. Love your children and r…

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Every year around this time, the world around me has the potential to quickly turn into a continuous swirl that would be perfect for a TV series.

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Yesterday, one of our fellow history investigators shared a unique opportunity for Brown County Kansas. In 2024, the International Windmillers Trade Fair is looking for a destination for their annual conference. With the board approval which occurred last evening the International Windmiller…

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How many old westerns have we seen the hero crawling across the desert, desperate to find a drink of water? He turns his canteen upside down and only sand runs out. Or the cattle baron uses unscrupulous methods to gain the water rights of the small ranches.