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Barton County Young Professionsals proud

When I moved back to the Great Bend area (I'm a Claflin kid) in 2011 after living in metro areas for six years, I experienced a bit of culture shock. The rural area pace was enjoyable and the people were friendly, but much was left to be desired in terms of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, avenues for social engagement with other young people and young families, and it was hard to know how to get involved and plugged in from a civic engagement standpoint, even having grown up in the area. Barton County Young Professionals changed that in what ...

September 24, 2016 | Brandon Steinert | Local Life


Don’t Let Medicare Fraud Happen to You

Almost daily the news shares accounts of fraud being committed. From identity theft to scams that target our older population there are some very convincing con artists out there. Don't let your guard down or you may be the next victim.

September 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


When the Power Goes Out, Can Food Be Saved?

Continuing the Food Safety theme I started in last weeks' column I want to address a question I receive when the power goes off. "Can the food in my refrigerator and freezer be saved?" Here are some great tips to tuck in a drawer if you need them someday.

September 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Quilting/trunk show

A quilting/trunk show by Pat Knoechel will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the at First Presbyterian Church, 24th & Washington, Great Bend. This program is free and open to the public.

September 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Lake Wilson has been so low for a few years that it was almost impossible to launch a boat. Fishing was difficult due to shallow water and a very irregular bottom. We couldn't access Horse Shoe Bend or any of our favorite spots in the west end. That has now changed! The recent and on-going big rains have dumped LOTS of water into the Saline River and Lake Wilson. We can launch a boat at Elm Creek now-and that hasn't happened for years.

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


“Notorious Virus” is Theme for National Food Safety Month

September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness of food safety education. Each year, new materials are created to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. This year's theme for National Food Safety Month is "Notorious Virus!" This play on words makes us think about a leading cause of foodborne illness – Norovirus. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. It spreads easily and is often called the stomach flu. It transmits easily ...

September 03, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

"On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!" Those words from co-hosts Sue and Mel start every timed contest on the Great British Baking Show. Cooking shows are nothing new – not since Julia Child, anyway. But this one has home cooks as contestants, and they are all incredibly talented but unbelievably humble. They start with 12 contenders and one goes home each week until the three finalists battle it out.

September 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Become a Life-Long Learner

School has started just about everywhere, so kids from pre-school to graduate school are getting used to a new routine. But what about you? Are you a life-long learner? Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are never too old to learn something new. I don't mean you have to enroll in a formal class, complete with a syllabus and a final exam. I'm talking about the many classes offered in our community through our Extension offices, 4-H and Youth programs, or recreation centers.

August 27, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

I have been out of the marsh for 19 days getting a new wheel on my right leg. All is well-thanks for asking!

August 27, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Include Healthy Breakfast in Back to School Routine

As families strive to get the school year off to a good start, the morning rush can create a huge obstacle. Whether your kids catch an early morning bus or if you provide the ride, make sure time is set aside to eat a healthy breakfast. It has long been reported that breakfast eating is a good thing – first by moms, and then backed up by numerous research studies. Scientists have shown that eating breakfast is important to weight control. It also helps youngsters perform better in school.

August 20, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


James A. Depperschmidt, United States Navy, retires

Retirement ceremony for James A. Depperschmidt, United States Navy, was held on Aug. 5. In 1988 he graduated from Great Bend High School and in September 1990, he joined the United States Navy.

August 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


After School Care Decision Time

You have probably all watched the Home Alone movies and thought "there is no way that could happen to our family!" However, there are so many things that could happen when children are left to fend for themselves that we do need to take a closer look. What is the 'magical' age when children can be left safely at home alone? There is no easy answer. In fact, it is different for different children. Some children may be comfortable and responsible when left for short periods of time when they are ten or eleven years of age. Others may not ...

August 13, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander A. Davis graduates basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander A. Davis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

August 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Food Safety Training for employees is August 17

Five main reasons people become ill from eating some foods include:

August 06, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Back to School Tips

Every year I find myself saying the same four words, "Where did summer go?" Families with kids adapted to a summer schedule filled with t-ball, camp, swimming lessons, and 4-H activities and now the schedule is about to change again! With the start of school just a few short weeks away it is the perfect time to call a family meeting and get everyone on board with the new routine.

July 30, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 13, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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