The KHA Leadership Institute graduated its twelfth class of 32 students on Aug. 23 at the Critical Issues Summit in Wichita. Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.
Rick Chochon, Columbus, Neb. has been named the new President and CEO of American State Bank and Trust Company. Chochon succeeds Don LacKamp who will remain with the organization in a dual role as its Executive Vice-Chairman and as President and CEO of American State Bancshares, the parent company of American State Bank.
Norbert and Cheri Moeder, of La Crosse, announce the engagement of their daughter Jordan Larra, to Rickie William Dadds, son of Ronald Lindsey of Virginia Beach, Va. and Debra Lindsey of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Roya Zimmerman of La Crosse and the late Larry Zimmerman, and Emma Moeder of Hays, and the late William Moeder. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Paul Kruse of Ocean Springs, Miss. and the late Mildred Kruse.
Melvin and Helen Urban, of Ellinwood, celebrated their 60th anniversary on Aug. 31 with a weekend of fun with their children and grandchildren and concluded the weekend with a celebration of Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ellinwood. The couple also took an Alaskan cruise vacation in July with their children to celebrate.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
How can farmers prepare for extreme weather ahead? Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, as detailed in a new crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool to be released at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, August 27, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2012's record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.
If current irrigation trends continue, 69 percent of the groundwater stored in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas will be depleted in 50 years. But immediately reducing water use could extend the aquifer's lifetime and increase net agricultural production through the year 2110.
The annual reunion of family and friends of Conrad and Rosa Matal Scheuerman was held Aug. 4 and 5 at Camp Aldrich. The family gathered Saturday for a barbecue, swimming and games. Sunday activities included a church service conducted by Todd Scheuerman, dinner and swimming. The reunion ended Monday with breakfast at Perkins restaurant.