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Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program Offered by Extension

The natural aging process offers challenges to many people. While we know from listening to the news and our personal experiences, staying active is a key component in maintaining or regaining health. But if you have noticed that your strength, flexibility or balance isn't what it used to be you may want to consider signing up for a strength training program I will be offering this spring.

February 21, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

You can feel it in the air. The days are getting longer. The ice is gone. The mink at the Bottoms are back in the thick brush and cover. I found this little fellow last week on the last bit of ice. I am always happy and surprised to see them out and about. I casually wonder if Karl and Charlie have ever done a mink count at the Bottoms. You would be amazed at the info and statistics they do keep on our marsh. They can tell you when the first of most species are seen each year. I ...

February 21, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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


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The Wetland Explorer

Each year scientists capture and place bands on over a million birds across North America. Several types of bands are used, but the most common ...

June 25, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionals literacy kits

United Way of Central Kansas is involved with the Barton County Young Professionals to ensure that the community, its agencies and its programs will continue ...

June 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

My friend Debbie participated in a community sing-along during a trip to Colorado and fell in love with the idea. She thought it would be ...

June 25, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Drink Plenty of Water in this Heat What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 p

What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 percent of our body weight and is practically free? The answer is water. Two ...

June 18, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The Mississippi Kites are here! These beautiful birds get a lot of bad press and pressure because they are one of the most territorial birds ...

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Take Your Kids on a StoryWalk

Summer is here and there is a great opportunity for some fun learning across Barton County. The idea for StoryWalk was shared at an Extension ...

June 11, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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