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Wetland Explorer

In terms of visiting our local wetlands, we are probably entering the "worst" time of year to visit Cheyenne Bottoms. Granted, "worst" is a relative term. Is there really a bad time to visit Cheyenne Bottoms? No, but after the excitement of spring migration, we have now entered our June Gloom.

June 17, 2017 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Presentation explores women who fought in Civil War

Great Bend - Barton County Historical Society in Great Bend will host "Women Soldiers of the Civil War," a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff at 7:30 p.m. on June 26, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 US Hwy 281, just across the Arkansas River Bridge, south of Great Bend. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Historical Society at 620-793-5125 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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


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A Woman’s View

I cannot help it! It is driving me crazy. It's not going to go away. In fact, I don't want "it" to go ...

January 13, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension program on Small Steps To Health And Wealth offered

Every New Year, millions of Americans resolve to become healthier (exercise more, lose weight, etc.) and wealthier (increase savings, reduce debt, etc.) Many of us ...

January 13, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Workshops on farmers markets planned

As I am writing this column, temperatures are dropping again and snow is predicted. While we need the moisture desperately, it seems a little early ...

January 13, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kansas Native Sons and Daughters celebrate 100th anniversary with annual awards banquet

Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas is an organization, for all Kansans, formed to preserve Kansas history, show loyalty to Kansas traditions, encourage the ideals ...

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

There are lots of white birds in our marsh. Whooping Cranes and pelicans have big white wings with black tips. Gulls and terns are mostly ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Prepare for severe winter weather

The frigid temperatures last weekend were the first glimpse of winter in northwest Kansas. Should we fool ourselves that the worst is past and we ...

January 06, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Time to test for radon

What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are ...

January 06, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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