Do mosquitoes prefer blondes?

After I enjoyed a “juice to the elbow” peach, I then enjoyed the fireworks display, and then the mosquitoes enjoyed biting me. The mosquitoes are bad this year, and going…

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Minister Speaks: One Way

It may seem like just about every church denomination has their own version of the gospel and view of what it takes for a person to be right with God….

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Forget to clean this?

The American Cleaning Institute’s latest National Cleaning Survey revealed some interesting facts about our cleaning habits or lack of them! They learned that about one-third of us don’t believe we…

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Food thoughts

Electric pressure cookers are still not safe for canning. The message continues. Do not use electric pressure cookers for canning. Research conducted at Utah State University shows that electric cookers…

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Japanese beetles

They have returned — Japanese beetles. Feeding on more than 300 species of plants, they are one of the most widespread, and potentially devastating, insect pests homeowners deal with. Japanese…

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You choose

When it comes to investing, we often want what we can’t have. We want all the reward with no risk. All the upside with none of the downside. You want…

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Superintendent’s Report: Post-secondary decisions

An emphasis of the vision for Kansas’ schools and USD No. 113 schools will continue to be Individual Plans of Study (IPS) for the next school year. Students begin building…

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Advocates in unlikely places

It’s been a rough winter, spring and summer for those of us in agriculture. Besides battling the weather and bad markets, we are getting hit from all sides with various…

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Leaf spot diseases of tomato

If you haven’t started already, now is the time to scout for tomato leaf spot diseases. We typically see a couple of diseases this time of year just as fruit…

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Minister Speaks: Repentance, Conversion and Joy

Most people know about the “solas” of the reformation. Particularly, most people know about the first three: “Grace, Faith, and Scripture Alone.” There are actually five, though. And the other…

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Hornworms on tomatoes

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

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Your doctor feels like a broken record

That’s right—he’s sick and tired of telling you how important exercise is to your health because YOU DON’T LISTEN. He’s sick of explaining how so many of your health problems…

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Minister Speaks: Come Holy Spirit, Teach and Remind Us

June 9, 2019, marked a special Sunday in the Christian calendar. This was the Sunday of Pentecost, the fiftieth day, whereby Christians commemorated the manifestation of the Holy Spirit that…

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Politics and your portfolio

There is a well-worn saying about proper etiquette when meeting someone for the first time or when in the presence of mixed company. In truth, it is more of a…

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Baling hay

I recently had a visit from one of my older sisters. She flew in from back east. I grew up with four older sisters, so I’m used to getting advice…

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