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Food safety considerations for holiday gifts of food

Gifts of food are some of the most popular holiday items to share with business associates, friends and family members. But, once the holidays are past, how long can the food be safely kept on hand to eat and enjoy?

December 30, 2017 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


New learning opportunities

The New Year is a fantastic time to take advantage of new learning opportunities. K-State Research and Extension has several classes in January and I would like to highlight two this week that are coming up. For help registering, or if you have any questions about them, please contact me.

December 30, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


Replace resolution with an action plan this year

It is that time of year that many people feel pressured to make a New Year's Resolution to improve their life. Several years ago I wrote an educational fact sheet titled, "Action Plan for Healthy Living." While you may have guessed, the information I shared in the publication emphasized healthy eating choices along with regular physical exercise. Today I want to highlight six additional strategies for achieving a healthy life.

December 30, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Why duck hunters fail

All duck hunters fail some of the time. Some duck hunters fail a lot of the time. Since I seem to occupy a spot in the "frequent failure" category, I decided to precisely analyze the situation and try to put a few more birds in the sous vide which is my current favorite method of preparing ducks at the perfect temperature with perfect moisture and flavor. It is terrific for deer roast also.

December 30, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Holiday (or anytime) rules for grandparents

I became a grandparent for the first time this summer when Brayden James Terry was born in August. What a delightful new addition to our family! It is heartwarming to see my daughter in her new role as a mother.

December 23, 2017 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Join our efforts in 2018

At this time of year, it seems only natural to reflect on the people and programs that made it special. Last week I shared information about the successful formation of our Cottonwood Extension District. Today I want to mention a couple of program successes from 2017 and invite you get involved in an Extension program in the new year.

December 23, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


A Woman’s View

You'd think by now, we'd have it done,

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

Part of the draw of bird watching is the thrill of finding birds that are not typical for your location. Some years produce more rarities than others. This winter is proving to be a pretty good year.

December 23, 2017 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Become a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are active in Barton County and are hardworking, dedicated community members that strive to educate and beautify our communities through gardening. From time to time, a few of our Master Gardeners will write up a short column for me. I thought I would share a short piece from Ron Cunningham this week about beautifying your house with a few plants to help add a little color in the winter. Also, don't forget! If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, a class will be starting on Jan. 31, here in Great Bend. Fifteen applicants are needed ...

December 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


On the true meaning of Christmas

Our country, our culture, our world, is crammed full of holidays. The English word "holiday" originally came from the word "holy day" commemorating special events in the Christian calendar year. However, the definition now is "vacation," "leisure time for pleasure," most usually time away from work for that rest or pleasure.

December 16, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Take time for family

Holidays are a great time of yea r to connect with family. It's easy to let schedules get too hectic so make sure you prioritize your family time this year. Recently my husband and I returned from a fun visit with our youngest son, Matt, in Florida. It was great to see him interact with his Extension co-workers and see that he is adjusting to his job, the traffic and warm temperatures. Daily trips to the beach during our visit were amazing.

December 09, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Things we miss from the past

Songs are at it in my head again. The past seems to be surfacing from my long-term memory brain cells.

December 09, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Plan ahead for field care of deer meat

PRATT – Deer hunters have been anxiously awaiting the Kansas firearm deer season, that runs through Dec. 10, making travel plans, organizing gear, scouting hunting areas and sighting in their rifles. While success is never guaranteed, you should also make plans for field care of your deer to ensure you and your family enjoy healthy and delicious venison long after the hunt.

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Everybody hates them!

That's not exactly true. I personally have been a coyote hunter and a coyote protector. In my high school days, I was a reasonably skilled hunter with a pack of greyhounds. My cousins and friends and I chased coyotes on weekends with our dogs. We had a pickup truck with a railroad tie that would run efficiently through barbed wire fences. We always repaired the fence as good or better than it was when we drove through it. We carried wire stretchers and extra wire and took pride in fixing fences before anyone knew we had driven through them ...

December 02, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Deck the halls and flock the tree

I have my tree up and decorated. That is no less than a miracle.

December 02, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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A Woman’s View

I cannot help it! It is driving me crazy. It's not going to go away. In fact, I don't want "it" to go ...

January 13, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension program on Small Steps To Health And Wealth offered

Every New Year, millions of Americans resolve to become healthier (exercise more, lose weight, etc.) and wealthier (increase savings, reduce debt, etc.) Many of us ...

January 13, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Workshops on farmers markets planned

As I am writing this column, temperatures are dropping again and snow is predicted. While we need the moisture desperately, it seems a little early ...

January 13, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kansas Native Sons and Daughters celebrate 100th anniversary with annual awards banquet

Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas is an organization, for all Kansans, formed to preserve Kansas history, show loyalty to Kansas traditions, encourage the ideals ...

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

There are lots of white birds in our marsh. Whooping Cranes and pelicans have big white wings with black tips. Gulls and terns are mostly ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Prepare for severe winter weather

The frigid temperatures last weekend were the first glimpse of winter in northwest Kansas. Should we fool ourselves that the worst is past and we ...

January 06, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Time to test for radon

What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are ...

January 06, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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