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Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill was selected as Commercial Producer of the Year by American Maine-Anjou Association at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This trophy buckle is in recognition for using Maine-Anjou genetics in heir Commercial Cow-Calf operation. The Steele Family’s genetic strategy has been focused on using Maine-Anjou bulls crossed with their Angus cow herd to produce Maine Influence calves which are fast growing, heavy muscled and top the market on sale day. Pictured (L to R) are Faye, Mark, Jessica and Chance Steele.

Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill is Commercial Producer of the Year

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill was selected as Commercial Producer of the Year by American Maine-Anjou Association at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This trophy buckle is in recognition for using Maine-Anjou genetics in heir Commercial Cow-Calf operation. The Steele Family’s genetic strategy has been focused on using Maine-Anjou bulls crossed with their Angus cow herd to produce Maine Influence calves which are fast growing, heavy muscled and top the market on sale day. Pictured (L to R) are Faye, Mark, Jessica and Chance Steele.  Read More

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‘ABC Jesus Loves Me’ is Bible-based preschool curriculum

Monday, January 26, 2015

ABC Jesus Loves Me offers preschool curriculum for ages 2 through 5. Submitted ABC Jesus Loves Me “has served as a beautiful guide for me as I seek out those teachable moments in my children’s playtime,” said a fan of Heidi Ploeger Franz’s ABC Jesus Loves Me (ABCJLM) preschool curriculum. The ABCJLM curriculum, created by the Morrill native, is a comprehensive, research-based preschool curriculum for ages 2 through 5. “Our oldest son was born with a heart defect, which led to him spending the first three weeks of his life in a children’s hospital,” Heidi said. “Having a rough start... 

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Manufacturing industry dominates list of top Sabetha area employers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It probably comes as no surprise to many that the Sabetha area’s job market is dominated by the manufacturing industry. In delving into employers located in the Sabetha area – including Bern, Fairview, Morrill, Oneida and Wetmore – seven out of 10 companies with the most area employees were based in manufacturing or a related field. Taking the top spot with 290 area employees is Wenger Manufacturing/Extru-Tech. Both Wenger and its subsidiary Extru-Tech design, manufacture and service extrusion equipment and accessories for a worldwide customer base. The company does business internationally... 

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At the State VFW Voice of Democracy awards banquet Saturday evening, January 17, at Lawrence, Dayna Williams, a senior at Sabetha High School, presents her Voice of Democracy audio essay that Sabetha VFW Memorial Post No. 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars selected as the Post winner and then was named First District winner. Her essay then competed with the winners of the other six Kansas VFW districts.

Dayna Williams is district winner in Voice of Democracy contest

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kansas VFW First District Commander Daniel Stueckemann of Basehor presents a Voice of Democracy First District Winner Certificate and a monetary award to Dayna Williams of Sabetha, whose audio essay was selected, from four entries, as the Post winner. Her entry was forwarded to Kansas First District, where it was named First District winner. Her entry then competed with the winners of the other six Kansas VFW districts. The State winner was announced at the State-level Mid-Winter Conference at Lawrence Saturday evening, January 17. The awards presentation took place prior to Post 7285’s monthly... 

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Kansas VFW First District Commander Daniel Stueckemann of Basehor presents a Patriot’s Pen First District Winner Certificate and a monetary award to Jeanelle Wenger of Sabetha, whose essay was selected, from 12 entries, as the Post winner. Her entry was forwarded to Kansas First District, where it was named First District winner. The awards presentation took place prior to Post 7285’s monthly meeting Wednesday evening, January 14. “My Social Studies teacher, Mr. Schuetz, gave the Patriot’s Pen Essay to all the students for extra credit,” said Wenger, a seventh-grade student at Sabetha Middle School. “I thought one of our local heroes would be a great veteran to write about. He inspired me when he came to our class, when I was in fifth grade, and gave a presentation about his experience. He fought for others, even though he was fighting for his life during the Vietnam war.” Regarding experiences in her life that help define her as an American, Wenger said, “Every day I appreciate living in the land full of freedoms. I have the privilege to go to school feeling safe from harm. On Sunday, I have the right to go to church. Many kids my age can't experience what I do. I feel like a real American when I watch the bright sparks of color on every Fourth of July night, signifying our freedoms that the veterans gave to us.”

Wenger wins district VFW Patriot’s Pen contest

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kansas VFW First District Commander Daniel Stueckemann of Basehor presents a Patriot’s Pen First District Winner Certificate and a monetary award to Jeanelle Wenger of Sabetha, whose essay was selected, from 12 entries, as the Post winner. Her entry was forwarded to Kansas First District, where it was named First District winner. The awards presentation took place prior to Post 7285’s monthly meeting Wednesday evening, January 14.  ‘Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans’ By Jeanelle Wenger, Seventh Grade, Sabetha Middle School What would life be like today without veterans? Without veterans... 

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MIDDLE FEATURE

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Fill your bowl at annual soup cook-off

Warm up with a bowl of soup at the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-off Saturday, Jan. 31. The event, sponsored by Sabetha’s Community Animal Protection Society (CAPS), will be held at Scooters, 1008 Main Street. The cook-off will begin at 5 p.m. Individuals may bring a soup to enter or come to taste and vote for the best soup. The event, which is in its fifth year, is a fundraiser for the organization to raise money to build a local animal shelter. While the exact cost to build... Read More

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Saving the third paycheck

For many people, this is the time of year when paychecks begin to “even out,” so that net amounts appear as they will for most of the rest of the year, and take home pay becomes a more consistent amount. At the end of the year, you may have gotten a raise or a bonus. Congratulations for that! But you may also begin to pay increased charges for benefits like health care. Or you may have diverted part or all of your raise and bonus into savings (good for you for “paying yourself... Read More

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Little change in fast food nutrition

Fast food is a popular choice for a quick meal. But, over the years (1996-2013), little has changed in the nutritional content. Research published in Preventing Chronic Disease shows average calories; sodium and saturated fat have stayed constant. One exception is the decline in trans-fat in fries. This may be due to legislation to reduce, or ban, trans-fat in fried foods. Fast foods studied included fries, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and regular soda. They included... Read More

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Morrill City Council meets

The Morrill City Council met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 5, with members Miles Ploeger, Roger Price, Todd Gruber, Tiffany Baumgartner and Robert Wahwasuck present. Mayor Leon Huning presided. Minutes and vouchers were approved. Concerning the attachment of a renter’s delinquent utility bill to property taxes, it was found the State Statute supersedes City Code, making it so the bill cannot be attached to the taxes. It was decided to find out the procedure to have the... Read More

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USD No. 113: Focusing on finances

School Board members continue to discuss the looming budget deficit and what could be done to keep all current buildings viable. The board room was packed Monday evening, Jan. 26, as the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education met in special session to discuss finances. Board members present included Ed Reznicek, Brent Lortscher, Tim Aberle, Cheryl Wenger, Julia Alfers, Kent Kuckelman and Jeff DeMint. Superintendent Todd Evans said should the board to make a plan for keeping... Read More

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Conference to educate women on farm management

“Women in Blue Jeans” is a series of six educational meetings designed to help women become better farm business managers. In addition to learning about financial management, participants will gain a better understanding of interpersonal relationships and family dynamics. You will grow in confidence, improve your business skills, and learn effective communications techniques. Doniphan County Extension is offering a “Women in Blue Jeans” opportunity at the Troy Library.... Read More

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Make sure you have a proper land contract

It is estimated that more than 50 percent of Kansas farmland and pastureland is rented. In some areas of the state, this figure is even higher. Many producers cannot operate a viable farm or ranch without leasing additional land. There are many different types of leases, there are standard cash leases, and there are crop share or crop share cash leases. There are farm building leases and livestock share leases. Whichever type lease you are involved in, we advocate a written lease.... Read More

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Agricultural Act of 2014, try vegetable gardening

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve used this spot to discuss the first two decisions you will need to make in regard to the 2014 Farm Bill – updating payment yield and reallocating base acres. Remember, both of those must be complete – not just started, not just discussed, but completed. FSA is going to need all required signatures back by the deadlines, not just the decision made or an appointment. That means visits between landowner and tenant, maybe multiple visits, to... Read More

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Youth

Interior architecture and product design student from Sabetha wins national design competition

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Fourth-year Kansas State University student Emma Montgomery, a Sabetha High School graduate, has claimed the grand prize in a recent national design competition. Interior architecture and product design students at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design push their designs to adapt to current needs of today’s society. Montgomery applied this knowledge to […]

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Local News

Morrill City Council meets

The Morrill City Council met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 5, with members Miles Ploeger, Roger Price, Todd Gruber, Tiffany Baumgartner and Robert Wahwasuck present. Mayor Leon Huning presided. Minutes and vouchers were approved. Concerning the attachment of a renter’s delinquent utility bill to property taxes, it was found the State Statute supersedes City […]

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Commentary

Yes, it’s worth the hassle

Last week, we published a column from Cindy Williams, “Family Meals: Are they Worth the Hassle?” I immediately read the headline and thought, “Absolutely!” The column gave great tips for making family meal preparation easier, some that I had not even thought about before. At this stage in life, my children do not have many […]

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Sports

Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle name athletes All-State

These Sabetha High School football players were named All-State by the Topeka Capital Journal and the Wichita Eagle. Pictured FRONT ROW (L-R) are Alex Edelman and Brett Plattner; BACK ROW (L-R) Zach Burger, Kegan Schumann and Eric Meyer.				   Submitted

B. Plattner (s) Running Back Honorable Mention, Both Publications Defensive Back Honorable Mention, Both Publications K. Schumann (s) Linebacker 1st Team, Both Publications Runningback Honorable Mention, Wichita Eagle E. Meyer (s) Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention, Both Publications Z. Burger (S) Defensive Lineman Honorable Mention, Both Publications A. Edelman (s) Defensive Back Honorable Mention, Both Publications

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