Know a Kansas farmer, rancher or forestland owner who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2021 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award®.

One of the top priorities of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism (KDWPT) is to provide access for hunting opportunities in urban areas and in a state that is 98 percent privately owned that task becomes even more important and difficult.

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA F…

MANHATTAN — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking respondent feedback for the 2021 Bluestem Pasture Survey to collect information on native tallgrass pasture use and practices. The survey is administered through the K-State Land Use Survey Center and will be open through March 31, 2021.

The year 2020 caught most of us by surprise. Normalcy was turned upside down and many of us were left hoping this “new normal” would just be a blip and go away. It didn’t. The Brown County Conservation District did it’s best to continue to provide the best services to our county as we could.

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TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced her administration’s final COVID-19 distribution order for population groups in Kansas. The vaccine will be administered in five phases, beginning with those most at risk of contracting or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and ending with all Kansan…

Hospitals and health care systems are a powerful economic force in Kansas. The state’s health care sector generated $17.9 billion in income and $31.7 billion in sales, ranking it fifth among all economic sectors in the state. Hospitals were the biggest contributor in the health sector, gener…

Make your meals just a bit more special with homegrown garnishes. You invest time and money growing, purchasing, and preparing quality ingredients. But do not stop there. Add a nutritional and decorative flair as you plate your meal by adding a garnish of homegrown herbs.

Fall is a great time to create new garden beds. Cool, usually drier, fall weather makes it easier to work in the garden and for plants to establish. Plus, the Garden To-do list is often a bit shorter this time of year and you will get a head start on the next growing season.

Fall is here and once again, folks across the nation are focusing on local food for our school districts. October is Farm to School Month which provides a chance for teachers and administrators to inspire and educate students on where their food comes from.

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscap…

Year three for Coach Andrea Keller will feature a roster heavy with seniors and returning varsity experience, after losing just one player, strong contributor Makinley Smith, to graduation. Keller said the team was up and down last year, but found a groove late in the season.

Entering year two leading the Lady Charger volleyball squad, Coach Shelly Smith is looking for contributors. Five of the team’s six starters graduated this summer, leaving room for new faces to play important roles.

The Hiawatha Red Hawk football team will have a different look in 2020. Coach Michael Downard returns for year two, but some key names from recent years have graduated, leaving room for the next wave.

A strong season a year ago with very little attrition should mean big things for the Hiawatha cross country squad in Coach Becky Shamburg’s sixth season running the program. Madison Gilbert was the lone graduating senior among the girls and boys teams, and a handful of young runners will bat…

2020 marks the start of another new phase in Lady Red Hawk tennis, as Coach Kelsey Hubin takes over for her inaugural season at the helm. In Hubin’s debut season, she is graced with five seniors on the roster to help guide the team. “My leaders are my seniors,” says Hubin, “Laurel Madere, Cy…

Year five for Coach Brenda Siebenmorgen at the helm of the Red Hawk volleyball team has the potential to be the best yet, as a pair of All-Big 7 performers are back, along with other strong players and some talented underclassmen that should make an impact.

The Horton Chargers are hoping another season of change will bring a spark, as David Losey takes over for his first year as head coach of the program. A pair of winless seasons have been rough, but a new coach and some fresh faces may be the shakeup the team needs.

The Horton Charger cross country team continues to grow under Coach Skylar Wikle, who enters his fifth season with the squad in 2020. Four-year runner Dennis Rush is gone, but the rest of the group returns with some additions who will help this year become the first putting forth full teams …

The 2019 season is proof for third year coach, Gina Clevenger, that competition breeds success. The girls squad featured two top runners who went back and forth all season taking turns breaking the school record on the way to championship finishes in the TVL, Regionals, and 1A State.

Injuries and low numbers have held the Mustang football team back in recent years, as the team has dropped to 8-man football and has been competitive but fallen short of their goals. With just sixteen players out for the squad, numbers will not be a strength, but Coach Perry Smith hopes the …

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Hiawatha Community Hospital is proud to announce that the OB Department has been named a Center of Excellence in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) education and training by the Vermont Oxford Network.

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As the number of Covid-19 cases has grown in recent weeks and mandates have been discussed and imposed, the debate over the use of facial coverings has raged across an impatient country that is eager to return to a sense of normalcy. However, a long look at both anecdotal and research-based …

The Medical Wellness Center Nachtigal, downtown Hiawatha, continues to focus on your overall medical wellness and preventative measures as it welcomes new members to its staff.

The hope for a successful Covid-19 vaccine took steps forward and back lately. Reports of positive outcomes in the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna trials have optimism high that a successful vaccine could be on tap for later this year or early 2021, though recent biological study of the viru…

Freedom Hospice is locally owned and operated by a cancer survivor and retired Army medic veteran who truly understands what it is like to receive a diagnosis that can change the life process.

The City of Hiawatha in Northeast Kansas was founded in 1857. City Officials include Mayor Bill Collins and Commissioners Toni Hull, Dave Middendorf, Becky Shamburg and Dustin Williams. The City Administrator is Mike Nichols and the City Clerk is Tish Sims.

Founded in 1976, AHRS Construction of Bern has evolved from a small construction company performing residential and agricultural construction to a General Contracting/Construction Management/Design-Build firm. It performs commercial, residential, agricultural, and construction management/des…