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Ten things you can do with your tax refund

According to the IRS, the average tax refund in the United States in 2017 was $2,763. But remember, a tax refund is not a gift or a windfall – it's your own hard-earned money that Uncle Sam has used interest-free for a year. Before you go on a spending spree, think about ways you can use your tax refund to improve your financial situation.

April 07, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

The power of purple

Those of you who know my family are not surprised that we are avid K-State fans, showing our purple pride every chance we get. Besides cheering the sports teams on, I appreciate the connection I have had for nearly 30 years working for K-State Research & Extension. It is exciting to be able to bring research based information to help improve your family's quality of life.

April 07, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Woman's View

I have a nickname at our house. It's the "Burn Queen."

April 07, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Pet costs in the family budget

We gained Pinky the cat back in the summer of 2005 when we visited a family's farm on the 4-H tour. My son and daughter begged me to let them adopt the little white barn kitten with the pale pink ears. Although she technically belonged to my children, she continued to live with me after both kids graduated from high school and left for college. We lost her last year to illness after 12 years as our furry companion.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Making over your leftovers

Let's face it, families are busy. When you factor in the number of kids times the number of activities and add in some other unplanned event, preparing a balanced/nutritious meal can feel like a tough assignment. You've heard me say many times that the healthiest place to eat is at home, where the person who is cooking can modify the ingredients in a recipe for the family's taste, and nutrients. One way to ease the hectic schedule is to prepare a double recipe of your family's favorite and then get creative with the leftovers.

March 31, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Marsh Musings

We are springing forward with our clocks. Easter is around the corner. Robins are here and the special ducks- Mergansers, Redheads, Buffleheads and other divers are showing their colors.

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Sr. Chief Petty Officer Bill J. Hembree retirement ceremony

A retirement ceremony in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Bill J. Hembree was held on March 23 at the American Legion in Del City, Okla.

March 31, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Turfgrasses differ in their capacity to grow in shade. Among Kansas turfgrasses, tall fescue is the best adapted to shade though it isn't all that good. Although the fine fescues (i.e., creeping red, chewings, hard and sheep fescues) have better shade tolerance, they lack heat tolerance and typically decline during hot Kansas summers. The warm-season grasses have the poorest shade tolerance, although zoysia does better than Bermuda or buffalo. Where shade is too heavy for fescue, there are other courses of action. The most obvious is to either remove trees, or to prune limbs and thin the tree ...

March 31, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Woman's View

Happy and joyous Easter! This day is the most important Christian holiday of the Christian year.

March 31, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Servsafe Manager National Certification Course

RUSSELL - K-State Research and Extension will host a regional Servsafe Manager Certification Course for food handlers in northwest Kansas from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 11, at the Russell County Fair Building, 702 Fairway Drive in Russell. Neeley Carlson, KRHA, will be the course instructor.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

We might even be obsolete

If the next few years bring changes like we have seen the past 20 years, then I am sunk. Knowledge and technology are changing our lives so quickly that although I am trying, it is a losing battle.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

‘Packets Up’ to prevent accidental poisoning

Doing laundry probably tops the list of the most frequent household tasks, so anything to make the chore easier is certainly welcome. While single-load liquid laundry packets offer lots of ease and convenience, these highly concentrated doses of detergent can be harmful if swallowed or splashed in the eyes of children.

March 24, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

Historical Society to meet Monday

The Barton County Historical Society will hold a meeting at 730 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on US-281. Jason Wagner, the new manager at Cheyenne Bottoms, will talk about this important wetland on the Central Flyway. Wagner is a graduate of Fort Hays State University.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences helps residents to ‘Live Well’

Raising kids, eating right, spending smart, living well - that's the theme of national Living Well Month being promoted in March by the Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, both at the national level and here in Kansas. The goal of Living Well Month is to help people understand the education and information provided by Extension FCS agents to help them "live well."

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March is one of my favorite months for a couple of reasons. I love Spring's warmer temperatures and the chance to get out and enjoy a walk or bike ride. I also look forward to sharing my passion about healthy eating during March because it is noted as National Nutrition Month. This year's theme is "Go Further with Food" and what better way is there to fuel the fun than with fresh fruits and vegetables?

March 17, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

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Bridging the Cultural Gap

Growing up in the small town of Washington, Kan., I was unaware of what the word diversity meant. I was always interested in learning about ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 ...

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both ...

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life

Marsh Musings

My Canadian buddies are here to continue the wild turkey saga that began several years ago. It is one of my favorite times of the ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security ...

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

A Woman’s View

I recently attended a Farm and Ranch Expo. It was a big show.

April 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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