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Wetland Explorer: Spring Play

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center's prairie dogs, Indy and Sweet Pea, play wrestle, seemingly for sheer joy. Or is there a survival strategy in play?

February 21, 2016 | Pam Martin, KDWPT educator | Local Life


Extension to offer food safety training for volunteer groups

Food is a great way to bring people together, and selling food is often a key way for nonprofit groups to raise funds for their activities. However, cooking the large quantities of food required for events such as fundraiser dinners, concession stands, community meals, family reunions, or funeral dinners is different than cooking for a family.

February 14, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


The Mighty Mysterious White-tailed Buck

Three of my friends kill BIG deer almost every year. They are all bow hunters. It is amazing to me that they consistently kill deer 170 inches or better. Sometimes LOTS better-- and do it every year. Modest and quiet-- they seldom discuss or reveal what they do and how they do it. I know some of the places they hunt, and they are always in good spots. I know other skilled hunters in similar spots that haven't killed a big deer in 20 years. I personally am somewhere in between. I have tried to find the common denominator ...

February 07, 2016 | | Local Life


Title up for grabs in 67th International Pancake Day Race Tuesday

Eleven women will compete in the International Pancake Day Race in Liberal this year, facing off against 25 runners in Olney, England. Last year's winner, Hannah Belton of Liberal, is hanging up her apron after claiming the 2015 title with a time of 1:09. The Olney winner from last year, Emma Maitland, is also sitting this year out.

February 07, 2016 | | Local Life


Saving money

Where did the first three weeks of 2016 go? If you are like me, you are just now getting used to writing 2016 on letters and checks. Since it is still early in the year it seems like the perfect time to encourage putting some money away. A less than robust economy and daily news from the stock exchange makes everyone a bit cautious with their spending. When the family budget tightens savings may take a back seat. We often hear of people who are living pay check to pay check.

January 31, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Surviving the Winter

I was driving to the grocery store last Wednesday and passed the high school football field about 4:00 in the afternoon. There were several kids playing ball with a skiff of snow on the ground. It occurred to me that some of the athletic success in Kansas might be predicated on the innate drive of our kids to get out and joyfully play in less than perfect weather conditions. I then thought that possibly the majority of all our outdoor activities happen in adverse conditions. My conclusion is that Kansas really does have some of the best people living ...

January 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Free tax help will be starting soon

The AARP Tax Preparation volunteers will start their tax season in February. They are currently taking update and renewal classes. These volunteers are offering free tax preparation to seniors in Barton and Pawnee counties on Thursdays. Tax appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each Thursday. Appointments fill quickly, so you can call into the office to get on the waiting list. It is first come first serve for appointment times and it is filling up fast. To reserve an appointment, call the RSVP office at 620-792-1614.

January 17, 2016 | Linn Hogg | Local Life


Krug receives national award

January 10, 2016 | | Local Life


A drone gift means considering insurance

If you or a family member received a recreational drone - a small unmanned aircraft - as a holiday present, Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, has words of caution for you: Check your insurance policy and register the drone with the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA).

January 10, 2016 | | Local Life


Simple Seasonal Meals

A food guide system, known as "MyPlate" was introduced more than 5 years ago. It is easy to relate to the plates of food we enjoy throughout our day. When we pay close attention to the food groups we are reminded that half the plate should be filled with vegetables and fruits. Another large portion of grains, (preferably whole) and a small portion of food containing protein complete our plate. A serving of calcium rich food should also be included several times per day.

January 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gun Safety Then and Now

I learned gun safety from my father. He loved to hunt quail and took me with him at every opportunity. At age 5 or 6, it was a BIG DEAL to get to go with him and watch the dogs and take quail home for my mother and grandmother to prepare for dinner or breakfast. I have never dined any better.

January 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


National 4-H Conference Delegates selected

The National 4-H Conference to be held in Washington DC in April is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. The conference is held at the National 4-H Center and there will be teens in attendance from every state in the nation.

January 10, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Start New Year Off Right with an Action Plan

As 2015 comes to an end and we greet a new year it is a good time to reflect on the things you have accomplished as well as the challenges. Did you have goals or expectations that were not met? If so what barriers prevented you from accomplishing these goals?

January 03, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Setting The Blocks!

Hunting waterfowl is expensive, hard-work and frequently a miserable endeavor. I have been addicted to this "sport" for most of my life. I totally forget about the process when I am sitting in the blind or laying in the field with the sky full of motion and sound.

December 27, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Baking Substitutions for any Holiday

While I was preparing information to share at my recent holiday program I came across an article in the December issue of the "You Asked It" newsletter from K-State Research and Extension. The baking substitutions below can be handy to remember for any holiday. They are from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, 15 Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutes.

December 20, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Make way for spring cleaning

Warmer temperatures and greener lawns signal the arrival of spring, which means it's also time for spring cleaning.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Furniture refinishing workshop has room for more participants

Furniture Refinishing Workshop set for May 2 through May 4, has room for a few more participants. Call the Barton County Extension Office at 793-1910 ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Dust Off Those Helmets and Start Pedaling

Our friends from other states tease us "flatlanders" about riding our bike in Kansas. Obviously they have never traveled to the northwest part of Barton ...

May 01, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. They are time capsules as well. Looking through old cookbooks tells you that our tastes certainly change over time.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The migration is really exploding at the Bottoms right now! New birds are appearing every day. If you want to see real magic in action ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

On May 2-8, children, families, and communities around the world can re-discover the joys of life beyond the screen. By unplugging from digital entertainment and ...

April 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Sterling College’s senior art students open final show April 27

Five Sterling College seniors will exhibit their final body work, Rendered, from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 27. An opening reception will ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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