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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 dad. Even though he's been gone nearly 12 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 my ...

June 17, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Another Point of View

Have you ever gone for a walk around town at 5 in the morning? It is a whole different world. I have started doing just that as part of my physical fitness program. I am hooked on this process.

June 17, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Summertime means salad time

I don't know about you but when the weather heats up, a cool salad sounds like a great addition to the menu. While a salad often precedes the main course in restaurants, a salad can also serve as the main course – or the only course. Chefs, dietitians, even bloggers and "foodies" are taking on salads these days, and pushing them in new directions.

June 03, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

It is that time of the year! Babies of all kinds are on the ground or in the nests getting ready to hit the ground or water. Fawns are here and baby geese and ducks are swimming around. Eagles are already on the move, owls are out, and everyone is busy trying to keep little ones fed.

June 03, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Free summer meals available to children in Bushton and Claflin

Community volunteers along with the Kansas Food Bank will partner together this summer to provide meals for children in Bushton and Claflin as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

May 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Set some school holiday rules

Another school year has come to an end, but that does not mean that a family schedule is impossible. Yes, it will be important to give your kids some down time in between their ball practices or swimming lessons. But do make an effort to limit screen time either in front of the TV or any of the other electronic devices that many children are literally glued to.

May 27, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

The first rule of improvisational comedy is to say "yes." The second rule is to add "and." So, no matter what your partner says, you say "yes – and" so you agree and add to the story. This is what moves the story along. Without adding to it, there's nothing happening.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

I was driving around the Bottoms bemoaning the fact that the migration is about done for most of the shore birds. After getting out of the vehicle and walking around for a while, I got enough mosquito bites to force me back into the vehicle and head for the prairie areas around the marsh. It was a good decision!

May 20, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer - Forming relationships

Dotting Cheyenne Bottoms' sand hills, the stately yucca plant is blooming, beginning an elaborate partnership of survival between animal and plant. Towering spikes of bell-like flowers emit a pleasant fragrance, attracting a small bright white moth, commonly named the yucca moth. Over millions of years, plant and moth formed a relationship, making each essential to the other's survival – the moth's young only eat yucca and no other pollinator visits the yucca's flowers.

May 20, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Lots to celebrate in May

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! The month of May has arrived and that means a frenzy of activity for families who are celebrating Mother's day today or graduations. Hopefully your weekend plans include some good family time with plenty of hugs.

May 13, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Now is the time!!!

It is 5 a.m. and I am getting a cup of coffee. The cat is impatient for me to plop in the recliner so he can start his day with a nap in my lap while we check the news and, more importantly, the weather. It is a routine that we follow almost every day. A lap full of joyful purring is truly a great and happy way to get the day started. Hammer agrees.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Celebrate participation in Walk Kansas with Wise Bucks Luncheon

The 2017 Walk Kansas campaign is winding down. The roller coaster temperatures and windy days have made this eight week fitness challenge just that; a challenge! I have tried to bike as much as I could to work and local meetings the past few weeks. A highlight of the month was completing the Earth Day bike ride put on by the Heartland Center. Riding out to Heartland Farms and back on a chilly Saturday morning felt great!

April 29, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library

I've been on a quest for the perfect pie crust for a very long time. The one I grew up with was lard, flour and water – as little water as possible. When lard fell out of favor we started using vegetable shortening. As we all know, pie crust has never been the same.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Shopping tips to stretch your food dollar

Well, our youngest son, Matt, has officially left the nest. With a masters' degree in food science from Kansas State University, he landed a job working for the Florida Extension Service directing a food science lab. Food science is a popular major and it makes sense since EVERYONE has to eat. With his move to the Ft. Myers area he is just getting to know his way around. During a recent phone call I asked him about food prices and availability. Grocery stores have abundant produce and he's looking forward to checking out the year-round Farmer's Market available ...

April 22, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Go see the egrets!

The egrets are arriving at the Bottoms and Quivira as we speak. Snowy egrets were the first that I saw. Great egrets have now been spotted. Cattle egrets have not appeared as far as I know.

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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The Book Nook

Hello from the Great Bend Public Library!

February 17, 2018 | Haylee Huddleston | Local Life


Easy as pie, revisited

I have once again been asked to make a pie for a popular Larned event.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Walk Kansas starts soon

With snow predicted and wind chills in the single digits as I write this column it sounds a bit crazy to talk about going for ...

February 17, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

If I told you there was a bird that was an insect-eating machine, saving farmers billions of dollars yearly, you'd probably ask how to ...

February 17, 2018 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Follow your dream

By the time you read this, I will be in Costa Rica working on one more dream. Jimmy New from Russell has a winter home ...

February 12, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Prevent static electricity fires at gas pumps

What common activity exposes a person to the explosive power of 26 sticks of dynamite?

February 10, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Program opportunities abound in Cottonwood District

Last week we heard the "State of the Union" address. While I do not intend to ever talk politics in my column space I do ...

February 10, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


A goal to de-clutter

I have been on a cleaning binge. It's not a dust and scrub binge. It's a "get rid of clutter" attempt. This is ...

February 10, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension estate planning workshops for families

Planning for the future is vital for families who want to preserve assets for the next generation. Learning about the estate planning process and taking ...

February 10, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


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