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Lift them off their pedestals…

For in the words of St. Paul: For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace…

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Wild Times: It even snows in Africa, Part Two

Africa actually has very few species that can be referred to as actual mountain species. Oh yes, there are numerous species that do wander up the mountain side and establish…

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Helping donors help kids

The USD No. 441 Foundation began helping financial donors help kids in 1994. Since that time, a number of changes have occurred. Naturally, when the school district became USD 113,…

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What to know about measles

In the 10 years before a measles vaccine was available in 1963, nearly all children got measles by 15 years old. Each year, 3 to 4 million people in the…

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Confined cow/calf operations

The topic of confined cow/calf operations seems to be getting a lot more interest lately. There have been some articles in the farm press highlighting some producers around Kansas who…

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Crop disease management meeting

The challenges of managing diseases in corn and soybean production systems are many. Disease identification isn’t always straightforward. Not knowing isn’t an option – no sense in treating a bacterial…

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Dark chocolate and cocoa – healthy treat in moderation

It’s February. Stores are brimming with red and pink hearts, roses, romantic cards, and of course chocolate. To many of us, the amount of chocolate everywhere can be disheartening as…

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Time for peach leaf curl control, leaching houseplants

Peach Leaf Curl Control If you have ever seen emerging peach leaves that are puckered, swollen, distorted and reddish-green color, you have seen peach leaf curl. Uncontrolled, this disease can…

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Focus on Jesus

Father Jaime Zarse, Pastor Daniel Kipp and I have been meeting together for a few weeks now. It is not an ecumenical movement or church discussions on doctrine and practices,…

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Is Medicaid expansion good for Kansas?

Thomas Sowell said, “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” There…

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Winter storm concerns

I would like to address some concerns that have been brought to my attention during the latest round of snow and cold temperatures.  I have been asked why we have to…

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Stretching hay supplies

Unusual weather patterns are causing havoc on our livestock operations. The unusual drought and lack of hay, and now the really cold weather and the increased demand for forages, have…

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Kansas Mesonet

Some people have really good memories and can easily remember what a particular summer was like 20 years ago. Others have years of calendars or notebooks of daily weather data….

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It even snows in Africa, Part One

In case you have not noticed, we have quite a bit of snow lying around the countryside. Whether you like it or not, we are going to be stuck with…

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Use a planting calendar

If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful to list seeding dates on a calendar so that plants are ready for transplanting at the proper time. To do…

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