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Sabetha: A great place to live and work

“You have a great town. You’ve done many things that will keep it vibrant and attractive,” said Mark P. Johnson, Honors program course instructor at Kansas University (KU) after a…

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Food safety myths and facts

Right now, there may be an invisible enemy ready to strike. He’s called bacteria and he can make people sick. Even though consumers can’t see bacteria or smell him, or…

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Put the farm to bed

It’s that time of year — time to put the farm to bed. Many tasks need to be done before the snow flies! One of those tasks is to mulch…

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Fall chores

Gardening isn’t just a spring time effort. Neither is work on our lawn and landscape. In fact, getting some work done now can actually help reduce the spring time load….

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Preserving venison, baking sweet potatoes

Preserving venison Wild game provides wholesome, nourishing food, but food safety is key for preserving the meat. To retain the quality of meat, it is important to handle and preserve…

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Never miss a Monday. Here’s why…

Mondays matter more than any other day of the week. This is because your actions on Monday set the tone for your entire week. Start out on the wrong foot and it…

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Was that a woodcock or a snipe?

Fall is upon us! The temperature has begun to gradually cool down and the past few days the rain has returned to this part of the country. It is a…

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Minister Speaks: Seeing Jesus only

We have been going through the Book of Matthew and came to chapter 17 where Elijah and Moses appear with a bright Jesus. At the end of this event there…

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Tips for parent-teacher conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a special opportunity for communication to occur between parents and the school. It is important to recognize that teachers and parents have the same goal. We all…

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Don’t be fooled

Yesterday morning I was in line for coffee with a friend when I noticed the “healthy” pop tarts on display. The packaging was deceptive to give it a wholesome look…

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Hearing loss: A common problem for older adults

Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease and heredity. People with hearing loss may find it hard to have a conversation with friends and family. The…

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Livestock grazing in the fall, spring

This time of year finds your local Extension agents in a flood of paperwork. Paperwork that must be done on the computer, which isn’t always reliable. After typing in two…

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Turf height before winter, corn gluten meal as herbicide

Letting turf grow tall before winter On the surface, allowing turfgrass mowing heights to exceed typically recommended heights before winter sets in might seem reasonable. The thinking typically is that…

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Spinach and kidney stones

Spinach is a nutritious and economically important vegetable in our diet. But, many varieties contain high amounts of oxalate, a natural compound in the plant, that can lead to kidney…

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Minister Speaks: The Forever Kingdom

We sat on the stone seats of the amphitheater in Caesarea. The audience would have looked out into the Mediterranean as the performers acted out their plays. To the north…

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