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Fourth generation picture

June 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Hathaway reunion held in St. John

The annual Hathaway reunion, families of the 12 children of the late John William and Reno Hathaway, was held June 23, at the I.O.O.F. Lodge in St. John with 77 attending.

June 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Social Security Matters

Dear Rusty: My husband started getting Social Security disability in 2016 at the age of 61; he is now 63. Did it automatically switch over to regular Social Security? Also, he is feeling bored and would like to have a little job. Is he allowed to work just so many hours per week, or does it go by how much you make per month? Is it just reported at tax time next year? Signed: Helpful Wife

June 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Wetland Explorer

In the United States, children ages 5 to 16 spend about 45 hours a week looking at a TV or computer monitor. That adds up to three months out of the year our kids are staring at a screen. In fact, tweens are spending less time outside than the average prisoner. Most parents admit that their kids spend less time outside than they did as kids. Curtis Wolf shared about this phenomenon termed Nature Deficit Disorder in a past Wetland Explorer article. But it is not too late! It is easy to get kids outside experiencing natural wonders and it ...

June 30, 2018 | by Mandy Kern KWEC Program Specialist | Local Life

Woman's View

Our son is visiting us. His family eats properly. He researches foods and understands which foods to avoid, and is educated about what the manufacturers are putting in our food.

June 30, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Make water your first choice

A couple of weeks ago a lady asked my 3 ½ year old grandson what his favorite thing to drink was. He quickly answered "water is my favorite." Of course my daughter was nearby and feeling pretty proud of his answer, knowing that a lot of kids would have chosen a sugary drink as their favorite. With the hotter temperatures here to stay it is the perfect time to remind everyone about the importance of staying hydrated and making water your first choice.

June 30, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Questions about collecting Social Security while working

Dear Rusty: I'm trying to assist my spouse with her rapidly approaching age 62 when she can get her Social Security benefits. Currently she is working almost a full 40-hour week and her 2017 gross earnings were $29,000. If she continues to work, she will probably earn approximately $29,500 in 2018. She is also contemplating beginning to work only part-time, which will reduce her earnings to about 40 percent of what she currently earns. She is concerned that if she continues to work full-time, she will have her monthly SS payment reduced significantly and will not recoup ...

June 25, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

We're home on the range

Fred and I took on a project one afternoon this week.

June 25, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Holliday inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame

Army Col. Janet R. Holliday has been inducted into the United States Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga. The Hall of Fame is intended to honor graduates of the Officer Candidate School Program who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits.

June 25, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Leaf curl on tomatoes

This year there has been a number of inquiries from both within and outside of the office from gardeners who have tomato plants with leaves that are curling up. If that is what they are doing, the problem could be environmental, chemical, or biological. There are basically four reasons that can cause the leaves to curl up; weather stress, non-parasitic leaf roll, herbicide damage, or virus (TYLCV).

June 23, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Celebrating dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my own father. Even though he's been gone more than 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided the opportunity for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to ...

June 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she wasn't entitled to and they want us to repay the overpayment. We knew that his ex-wife had been married another three times, but she was single at 62 when she filed for ex-spouse benefits from my husband. When her current husband went to retire, he asked if he could collect benefits from his wife who had just died; Social Security told him "no" as she was collecting benefits from an ex-husband. He asked, "which ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But these microorganisms are not all bad, and they all have their own role in the soil food web. In fact, beneficial bacteria and fungi help to decompose many nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable for plants to use. Some bacteria and fungi even have specialized interactions with certain plant roots, where they exchange nutrients to help one another grow. For example, mycorrhizae (pronounced My-cor-rye-zay) refers to a group of fungi which form a symbiotic relationship ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | Local Life

Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years and that is what two brothers along with the help of so many more did for their father and friend on Saturday.

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life

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At last a breath of peace

I am panting! And I am smiling.

July 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

It’s a celebration - come to the fair!

Wednesday, July 11th, the annual Barton County Fair kicks off with something for everyone. I hope your calendar for the week includes a visit or ...

July 07, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

A very strange bird!

I am back from an extended stay in the city. Traffic is just not my thing. I am really glad to revisit our marsh after ...

July 07, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Hot tomato trivia

Do you have tomato plants that are blooming but not setting fruit? There are a number of reasons why this might be happening. One obvious ...

July 07, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Looking up from a cup of coffee

While sitting on the front porch early this morning with a cup of coffee, my sleepy senses came alive. The sun was just coming up ...

July 07, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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