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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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Stretch out your hand

There are lots of things in life that define us. We can be defined by great things that happen — things like achievements, accomplishments, our talents and abilities. Those are…

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New life! Have you embraced it?

The first month of 2019 is nearly past. How’s your New Year? Have you embraced the fresh new pages of 2019, that lie before you – crisp, new, untouched, nothing…

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Sportsmanship

I enjoy watching sports. Watching our district’s student athletes working to be successful is one of the perks of my job. I see them try their very hardest and striving…

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Radon test kits available

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas produced by the decay of natural radioactive materials found in the soil. It’s a naturally occurring environmental hazard that seeps into homes…

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Post Traumatic Snow Disorder

We are suffering from a different PTSD at our house — Post Traumatic Snow Disorder. Being married to a road supervisor can be challenging, especially during these snowstorms. I would…

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Lease school is free to attend

According to the 2019 Corn Cost-Return Budget in Northeast Kansas, cash rents comprise approximately 19 percent of the expenses necessary to produce a corn crop. The soybean number is 27…

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Home problems

The months of January and February see the peak of home heating fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. Here are some tips to avoiding problems in your home. Heating Equipment •…

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Wild Times: They will survive

I awakened at the usual time on a Saturday morning. I could hear the wind howling. When I went to bed, the snow was falling and the temperature was falling…

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2018 Election mandate?

Ronald Reagan said, “I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as…

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Fruit trees and frost

If you are considering purchasing fruit trees this spring, there are certain factors that should be considered for some of our fruit tree species. Spring in Kansas is often unsettled…

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