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Be more aware of your indoor air!

What are you breathing? It is a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.

September 30, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cottonwood Extension Youth to celebrate National 4-H Week

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Cottonwood Extension 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

September 30, 2017 | Bernie Unruh | Local Life


RSVP news

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is just around the corner. Seniors' mailboxes as well as their voicemails can be come flooded with information from companies wanting them to switch.

September 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Local Kansas State Fair 4-H results announced

Several Cottonwood Extension District (Barton County) 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair. In order to advance to the state fair, 4-H members must qualify at the county fair or in some cases in a district contest. Some competitions allow only one member to represent the county and in some divisions all exhibits that qualified with a purple ribbon are allowed to enter.

September 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Canners Corner

Tomatoes top the list of popular garden produce and commonly canned foods. But, some people still have not heard that when canning tomatoes of any variety, adding an acid is a vital, non-optional safety step, even though this safety protocol has been recommended for nearly 30 years.

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Take steps ahead of disaster

Disasters such as the tornadoes that have hit our area have been significant news stories in the past few years. Now, the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in SE Texas and the predicted path of Hurricane Irma in Florida has our attention. Since our youngest son, Matt, made the move to Florida earlier this year to begin his career as a food scientist, we are paying close attention to the affected areas. Earlier this week Matt texted me a picture of an empty grocery store shelf and asked his family members to "please send bread."

September 09, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

This has always been my favorite time of the year. September opens dove season. We breast them out and wrap them with a little onion, jalapeño and bacon on the grill - it is one of the "rites of passage" into the fall hunting and fishing season. The deer are coming out of velvet, and the fawns are shedding their spotted coats.

September 09, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Russell Community Theater presents ‘The Ghost in the Meadow’

RUSSELL – Russell Community Theater will close the 2017 season with "The Ghost in the Meadow" by Joe Simonelli Oct. 17-21.

August 31, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Size does matter!

Those of us that delve into wildlife and sports photography always get questions about our gear. There are so many options at so many levels (do you doubt that Hubble didn't get the best eclipse images on earth-or close to it?)that it even becomes confusing to those of us that know a little bit. Circumstances and finances make some very difficult questions very easy to answer, however.

August 28, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Canners Corner

Welcome to Canner's Corner! Join me for the next eight weeks as we explore the science of home food preservation from K-State Research and Extension.

August 26, 2017 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


ServSafe Training for employees is Sept. 19

Five main reasons people become ill from eating some foods include:

August 26, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


July Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage licenses

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Just because it seals, doesn’t mean it’s safe!

Whether your interest in home canning is a new kitchen adventure, a continuing hobby or a way to take advantage of seasonal fresh produce, K-State Research and Extension can help you do it safely.

August 05, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Going for purple at the County Fair

I hope you won't mind if I share one more fair story. After working long hours at the Barton County Fair and assisting with a couple events at the Ellis County Fair I had one more County Fair to visit. Our oldest granddaughter, Calyn, joined the Clyde Roadrunners 4-H Club which is located in Cloud County. A visit to their fair activities earlier this week turned out to be a lot of fun.

July 29, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Things turn on a dime!

As most of you know, I have been smitten by this Fitbit thing that makes me walk and exercise in order to meet a goal for the day. It starts over at midnight, and never ends. I have seen the city by moonlight and early sun. A by-product of the process is some weight loss, lower blood pressure, much lower resting heart rate, and a very pompous sense of self-satisfaction and good health. I got to witness my friend Mark do that vicariously when I was working. He is a runner and much more diligent than me, and will probably ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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Wetland Explorer

I almost missed it – as the Kansas Wetlands Education Center enjoyed our usual busy start to fall, we hosted USD 428's sixth graders for ...

October 14, 2017 | BY JEAN AYCOCK KWEC Educator | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Snipe season is open. Very few people hunt snipe. When we were kids, we tricked our friends (and others) into night-time snipe hunts with rituals ...

October 07, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Sample some fun, funky foods

Each year more than 20,000 new foods arrive on grocery store and convenience store shelves, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Of these ...

October 07, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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