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Poets to rendezvous in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - The historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, Kansas, of all places, will welcome the 28th Annual Poetry Rendezvous, Sept. 11-13. Located in a small town with a big heart, the dining room of the Wolf Hotel will hear poets from as far as California and Florida read their works.

September 06, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Return from cow heaven

After spending four months in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, 60 head of Doug Zillinger's momma cows returned home in mid-August to the short-land grass of Phillips County.

September 06, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Climatologist says current El Niño could mean more favorable weather for Midwest crops

Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Cattle herd expansion well underway, but beef supplies remain tight

U.S. cattle producers are responding to recent record-high prices by expanding their herds, but Americans' appetite for beef will play a crucial role in how the larger supply will play out for the producer's bottom line, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Danceography - Couples Classes Begin

Danceography's Matt and Jaimie Fehr will begin their couples classes on Oct. 4th. It is a 5 week session that meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. every Sunday. Learn how to 2-step, line dance, waltz, swing, 20-step, 10-step, and a lot of fun tricks. Couples and singles are all welcome. Check out the coupon on the Explore Great Bend - September coupon page for a discount. To reserve your spot call at 620-617-1933 or email

September 06, 2015 | | Business

Landmark to sponsor free shred day

Landmark National Bank will hold a free shred day in Great Bend. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 14, at the bank, 1623 Main Street.

September 06, 2015 | | Business

Kansas organizations seek AmeriCorps members

In an effort to meet community need, the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) encourages Kansans 18 years of age or older to dedicate one year of service to a Kansas organization by serving as an AmeriCorps member.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Surgarcane aphids in Barton County

Sugarcane aphids have now been confirmed in Barton County. From reports in Oklahoma, as well as some southern counties in Kansas, this insect has a very good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. Right now, scouting your sorghum fields twice weekly can allow you to assess if you have the aphid, and at what levels. The sugarcane aphid reproduces very fast, so they can reach the threshold quickly. If spraying is warranted ...

September 06, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Newly identified vernalization gene provides insights into the mechanisms of fine-tuning of wheat to

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Army Corps of Engineers supports new “Every Kid in a Park” recreation initiative

President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America's great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.

September 06, 2015 | | Local Life

CHS now sole owner of McPherson refinery

CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, said today it has completed its purchase of the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) petroleum refinery and related operations based at McPherson and is now its sole owner. The refinery has been renamed the CHS Refinery at McPherson.

September 06, 2015 | | Business

Gerrish returns to Kansas for three workshops, six days, September 21-26

Renowned Grazing Management Specialist Jim Gerrish will cover a wide range of beef production issues during three September Amazing Grazing events across Kansas.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Making better bacon—Yes, it’s possible

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, improved bacon could soon be on its way. Bacon is one of the most popular cuts of pork, and finding a way to deliver restaurants and consumers an even better product is the focus of research at Kansas State University.

September 06, 2015 | | Local Life

School Days, School Days

When I first read that the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to give 107 students high school diplomas, even though the students has not met the requirements for graduation, I naturally assumed it was a case of educrats bending the rules to boost graduation statistics.

September 06, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Labor Day Memories

September 06, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

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The day I took a vacation from Super Foods and Anti-oxidants

These days everyone is giving us advice on what to eat. In our home, Dr. Oz, with his frozen jet-black hair, leads the charge on ...

September 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

D of I donates to Makinna Ann Hope Foundation

September 20, 2015 | | Club News

2015 Miller Scholarship

Anna Frizell and Caleb Maneth are the recipients of the Carl and Evelyn Miller Memorial 4-H Scholarship. Carl and Evelyn were leaders for the Lakin ...

September 20, 2015 | | Education

Exemplary trustees recognized at KHA Convention

It is with pleasure that the Kansas Hospital Association recognized hospital trustees who provide an exemplary contribution through their leadership and governance. Hospitals across the ...

September 20, 2015 | | Business

Entries for Kansas Junior Livestock Show set record

The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Celebrate Family Day September 28th

The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. That is a powerful statement ...

September 20, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Foster Parents Needed in Barton County - Saint Francis Community Services to provide free training i

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, at ...

September 20, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Class of 1960 reunion

Great Bend High School Class of 1960 will hold its 55th reunion on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard ...

September 20, 2015 | | Reunions

Microbes, Soil Health, and Crop Production

When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and ...

September 20, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Second Republican debate

Dear Editor,

September 20, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Farmers Bank and Trust Awards $4,000 in scholarships to students of employees

Farmers Bank and Trust awarded employees and their families with scholarships for qualifying college students for the 2015-2016 school year. Eight students received a total ...

September 20, 2015 | | Business

4-H to host Honor Flights fundraiser

When members recite the 4-H pledge, they vow to use their hands for larger service to better their club, their community, their country and their ...

September 20, 2015 | | Club News

What Happens When Church and State Get Mixed

These days, no shortage of Americans want Uncle Sam to play a larger role in regulating financial institutions. Some folks would even like to see ...

September 20, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Steve Green Could Profit from Kim Davis’ Example

After today this column will be a Kim–Davis–free zone, but first lets look at one more facet of the controversy. Although I admire ...

September 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

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