Check the facts, don’t spread rumors

The Kansas National Guard needs your help to dispel a rumor that is being shared on social media platforms. Individuals are receiving a letter or graphic that falsely claims More »

KDHE confirms third COVID-19 case in Osage County

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – In its daily  statewide COVID-19 update today, March 31, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed a third case of coronavirus in Osage County. A More »

Osage County declares public health emergency

Osage County Sheriff’s deputies wait inside the entrance of the county courthouse to check the medical conditions of all visitors and employees. LYNDON, Kan. – With conditions seemingly changing More »

Beat back COVID-19 with foods that boost immune health

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Worship at home with Grace Lutheran: Sunday of the Passion

Dear Grace friends, 

As we enter Holy Week on this Palm Sunday or Sunday of the Passion, we again are seeking social distance and honoring the stay at home recommendation amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Although we are separated, yet we still worship as one – all of us centering ourselves on Jesus Christ and lifting each other up in prayer.

In place of Sunday worship on the Grace campus, below are some items to assist you in home worship this weekend. The word search puzzle can be printed.

The church building is open 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday for individuals to visit for reflection and prayer. We ask that you adhere to social distancing. Someone will be at the church during those hours and will wipe things down.

Offerings are still important and can be mailed to the church. Feel free to contact me or church leaders for any concerns or needs you have during this time.

 In Christ’s love,
Pastor Russ Glaser

A Cowboy’s Faith: Home deliveries nothing new

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Free delivery twice daily. Call 410.”

That was the inscription on the delivery wagon, newspaper ads and order pads.

It was a unique service of the family grocery store setting it apart from the other seven grocers in town.

Times are repeating themselves as businesses now frequently promote home deliveries of many products.

Special assistance has been somewhat common with senior meal deliveries for some time.

Then grocery stores in several rural communities started helping out, especially catering to those with limited travel capabilities.

Work-away-from-home moms, complexing busy family life yet with modern technology, encouraged more stores to provide computer shopping. Carryout boys not as prominent these days went back to work bringing orders to cars at the store door.

A few rural grocery stores still have carryout helpers who congenially offer to put sacked purchases in buyer’s cars.

Every grocery store customer was provided that service days gone by as cars were parked up and down Main Street. Curable problems arose when a customer got a different car unknown to the carryout boy or were parked blocks away.

Today with the worldwide health concerns demanding distancing, businesses of all sorts are offering home deliveries.

A wannabe cowboy growing up in a grocery store, fondest early memory is going with Dad to deliver groceries.

Delivery orders were taken after customers responded “410” to the telephone operator’s request “Number please?” Mom or another grocery store employee answered the ring: “Buchman’s Grocery.”

Osage County Jail Log, March 23 – March 25, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Marilynn’s to reopen for carry out and curbside service Monday, April 6

Marilynn’s Restaurant, at Osage City, will reopen for carry out and curbside pickup service on Monday, April 6, 2020. Our hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

We will be offering your favorite burgers, sandwiches, fryer items, and salads, and of course Naomi’s pies! We’ll also be serving up our daily lunch specials Monday through Friday.

Don’t sit at home wondering what’s for lunch or supper. Let Marilynn’s fix it for you and just come pick it up! Call 785-528-3769 to place an order.

Marilynn’s Restaurant, on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan., is here to serve you good food and homestyle hospitality Monday through Saturday, plus daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Call 785-528-3769 for carry out and curbside service.

Check out Marilynn’s daily specials and full menu here: Marilynn’s menu

KDEM to distribute Kansas’ portion of Strategic National Stockpile this weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. – FEMA has delivered Kansas’ portion of the Strategic National Stockpile and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will coordinate distribution of these critical resources to all 105 counties beginning this weekend to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.

The equipment included in the stockpile are: N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, surgical gowns, and gloves.

The Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will distribute these materials throughout the state based on each county’s population. Hospitals and local jurisdictions are encouraged to continue to work with their vendors and order needed supplies.

“We know more supplies will be needed and we are aggressively seeking vendors nationwide and have established contracts for more personal protective equipment,” said Angee Morgan, alternate Governor’s authorized representative, Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “This is a combined response effort between federal, state and local jurisdictions and we appreciate everything local leaders and communities are doing.”

There are many ways people can contribute to these efforts, including: Purchase only what is needed for your household and please do not stockpile supplies; there is an urgent need for blood. Go to to sign up to donate blood; follow local, county and state response guidelines.

Home Town Health Care: You can still rely on us to be there for you

During a time of your greatest need, Home Town Health Care’s home health and hospice staff is trained and equipped with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from the CDC and KDHE. As Covid-19 continues to spread through counties in Kansas, you can still rely on Home Town Health Care for your home health and hospice needs.

Our nurses and aides are trained on the proper precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of our patients and communities. As others cancel or reduce visits, Home Town Health Care is able to help qualifying patients with lab testing, critical therapy, and medical needs in the safety of your home. We are continuing to help people who have medical needs, are unsafe to leave their homes, or can’t leave.

In this time of uncertainty, you can rest assured that Home Town Health Care will be there to care for you.

Call us at Lyndon 785-310-0000, or Emporia 620-342-2600.

Home Town Home Health and Hospice. There to Care.

Higher Power Health & Yoga schedules online classes

Higher Power Health & Yoga is now holding yoga classes online, either via Zoom or Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome to join.

Our Facebook page is Higher Power Health & Yoga. You can also visit our website for the schedule and other information:

Wishing everyone health and safety,

Michelle Robert, Owner
Higher Power Health & Yoga, Osage City, KS

Check the facts, don’t spread rumors

The Kansas National Guard needs your help to dispel a rumor that is being shared on social media platforms. Individuals are receiving a letter or graphic that falsely claims the Department of Homeland Security will mobilize the National Guard to enforce a national quarantine.

The Department of Homeland Security does not have the authority to mobilize the National Guard as described in the graphic. Additionally, there is no discussion of a nationwide quarantine.

There might be National Guard men and women seen working in communities. There are 72 Guardsmen on state active duty status currently supporting the COVID-19 response conducting warehouse operations, commodity distribution, planning, access control, mailroom support, and manning the State Emergency Operations Center with interagency partners.

Members of the Kansas National Guard live, work and raise families in the communities they serve. It truly is neighbors helping neighbors. Any help you can provide in dispelling unfounded rumors would be helpful to all of us as we battle COVID-19 together.

Please help us to stop this rumor.The National Guard is messaging it on all of its social media platforms but we need everyone’s help to reach a wider audience.

Hashtags #KSRumorWatch, #SpreadFactsNotFear, and #StoptheRumors are being used to help stop the rumors.

If people have questions about whether something is legitimate or not, they are encouraged to contact the Adjutant General’s Department, Topeka, Kan., 785-646-0092.

Thelma ‘Jeane’ Lindburg, 79, Weston, Mo.: Oct. 21, 1940 – March 31, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Thelma “Jeane” Lindburg, daughter of  Clarence Zimmerman and Minnie (Rhodelander) Zimmerman, was born Oct. 21, 1940, in Buffalo, Mo., and departed this life March 31, 2020. She was 79 years old.

Jeane was reared and attended school at Buffalo, Mo. She was a past president of FOE Eagles 47 and a member of Eastern Star Lodge No. 196, in Weston, Mo.

Attendees at Kansas City church conference warned of possible COVID-19 exposure

TOPEKA, Kan. – People who attended the Kansas East Jurisdiction’s 2020 Ministers and Workers Conference at the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ located at 2106 Quindaro Blvd, Kansas City, KS, 66104 from March 16-22, may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This event has been identified as a place of exposure for multiple people in Kansas who have since become ill and tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who attended this event and developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 between 2 and 14 days later is asked to call their local health department.

Symptoms for COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other rarer symptoms that may develop include malaise, sore throat and diarrhea.

If you develop any of these symptoms, but are not ill enough to seek medical care, you must stay home for at least 7 days after symptom started or for 72 hours after fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and with a significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer.

If you develop these symptoms and need to seek medical care, call your healthcare provider beforehand to inform them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and require medical attention.

KDOC confirms 3 COVID-19 cases at Lansing Correctional Facility

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced today that three staff members working at Lansing Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first positive cases within a KDOC facility.

The cases include a male over the age of 20 and two females over the age of 40. In order to protect the identity of these staff, no other information will be released.

KDOC has been in consultation with officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on next steps to address these circumstances. As a result of that consultation with KDHE, the following steps are being implemented immediately:

A medical investigation to ascertain who among staff and residents have been in close contact with these staff.

Notifying those persons that they have had contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case.

Moving those residents who have had close contact to medical isolation where they will be monitored for symptoms.

Remaining diligent in monitoring other staff and residents for symptoms.

“With a virus that moves and changes as quickly as the coronavirus we anticipated that this day may come,” Zmuda said. “With the support and guidance of KDHE and Governor Kelly, and the hard work of our staff members, we are ready to care for our residents and those we serve in the community.”

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Route Relief Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5 at 132 W. Market St., Osage City, Kan., for an entry level position as a Route Relief Sales & Service Rep. This position requires good communications and customer relations skills, a good driving record, ability to lift 20-30 lbs. repetitively and 165 lbs. occasionally, and obtaining a CDL license utilizing our training and equipment. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review, and physical will be required. Selling, customer relationship skills, and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits with $35,000-38,000 starting pay. Must be 18 to apply.

Cotton-O’Neil Clinic-Osage City encourages telemedicine, call before you come in

Cotton-O’Neil Clinic-Osage City continues to meet the health care needs of our community. We now have two available telemedicine options to continue the care you need while staying safe at home.

  1. You will need a phone with video capabilities (Apple or Android), iPad, or computer with video ability.
  2. Please update your Apple device. Or, for Windows or Android device, have current versions of either Google Chrome or Firefox internet.
  3. Ideally, try also downloading the MyChart app from the app store on your phone (this way we have another form of communicating with you during this health crisis).
  4. Call our clinic at 785-528-3161 and select option #3 to speak with one of our nurses.
  5. Nurse will walk you through the process and can register you for your appointment.

Please also note that we are not having anyone with sick symptoms enter the clinic at this time. Please call ahead if you are sick.

We are seeing sick patients in their vehicles at the rear of the building.

We want to keep the inside of our clinic a safe place to visit, should you need something.

We are having patients schedule lab draws at this time, please call ahead at the number above if you need lab done.

Thank you,

Cotton O’Neil-Osage City

OCPR Update: Smoke in the Spring at Halloween; still planning softball, baseball

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has officially rescheduled Smoke in the Spring to Oct. 30-31, 2020. The annual event was originally scheduled for the second weekend in April, but was postponed due to the pandemic. OCPR is also still planning youth softball and baseball and accepting applications in case the season will happen. See details about OCPR’s spring plans below:

KDHE confirms third COVID-19 case in Osage County

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – In its daily  statewide COVID-19 update today, March 31, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed a third case of coronavirus in Osage County. A post on social media by the Osage County Health Department said all parties involved are in quarantine and anyone who is considered a potential exposure risk will be identified and contacted.

Yesterday, OCHD announced a second case in Osage County involving a 46-year-old female, and the virus was confirmed from testing sent to KDHE’s laboratory. On Friday, OCHD confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Osage County; a 48-year-old female had tested positive through KDHE testing. The age and sex of the third individual has not been reported.

Osage County has been under a stay at home order since Monday of last week in response to the pandemic; Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay at home order effective at 12:01 a.m. March 30.

Vernon Petefish, 78, Lyndon: Sept. 1, 1941 – March 30, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Vernon Petefish, 78, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at his home north of Lyndon, Kan. He was born on Sept. 1, 1941, near Lawrence, Kan., the son of Christie William and Almeda (Kettering) Petefish.

Vern had lived in Topeka, Kan., for many years, where he and his wife Carolene owned and operated Vern’s Welding and Machine Shop. He had moved north of Lyndon 30 years ago, where he and Carolene built and owned Crossroads RV Park for 10 years.

KDHE confirms second COVID-19 case in Osage County

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department has announced a second case of coronavirus in Osage County as of today, March 30, 2020. A press release from the department said the positive case involves a 46-year-old female, and the virus was confirmed from testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory.

OCHD said no other information about the patient would be released and that she had been in quarantine since testing was initiated. Officials are to identify close contacts of the individual and contact those who were exposed as soon as possible, and monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. OCHD is considering close contact as being within six feet for a prolonged period, 10 minutes or longer, or having direct contact with the patient’s infectious secretions.

On Friday, OCHD confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Osage County; a 48-year-old female had tested positive through KDHE testing.

Osage County has been under a stay at home order since Monday of last week to help stop the spread of the disease, but at 12:01 a.m. today a statewide stay at home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also went into effect.

Eat Well to Be Well: What to know about food safety and COVID-19

By Cheryl Mussatto MS, RD, LD

News on COVID-19 has overtaken our lives like no other worldwide event in many, many years. From vigilant hand washing to practicing social distancing, no one has been spared the magnitude this unseen virus has unleashed. Many are questioning, what about food safety? Can COVID-19 be transmitted through eating and what can we do to protect ourselves and others?

During this historic and unprecedented time, this is what you need to know concerning the safety of what you are eating and reduce chance of viral contamination:

Is the U.S. food supply safe?

The short answer is yes, the U.S. food supply is safe. The 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a foodborne illness but rather a respiratory illness. It attacks the lungs but not the digestive system, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Viruses such as norovirus, salmonella, and hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food and water. However, Covid-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 which causes respiratory illnesses but with no known means of transmission through food. This virus is believed to be mainly spread from being in close contact (less than 6 feet) with other people through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. People exposed to these droplets that land in their mouth or nose, can be inhaled into the lungs. While the virus may be transmitted by touching a surface or object with it and then touching your mouth or nose, this not believed to be the main mode of transmission. Preventing foodborne illnesses can be achieved by practicing the 4 steps of food safety :

  • Clean – Wash kitchen surfaces often and always wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom
  • Separate – Do not cross contaminate
  • Cook – Cook to proper temperature
  • Chill – Refrigerate or freeze promptly

How can I be sure eating takeout from restaurants is safe during COVID-19?

This is a valid question that is natural for us to worry about. We want to support local restaurants by ordering take out or delivery options but to also be safe. Generally it is safe to order and eat takeout food – restaurant employees are well-trained and will be wearing gloves. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture currently state that there is no evidence COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging.

Foods that are well-cooked should be free of any microbes and safe for consumption. Undercooked or raw foods have more of a risk of carrying a virus that can cause a digestive illness – food safety experts agree that foods that are properly cooked for a long enough time at a high enough temperature can kill harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. During this pandemic, the main concerns would be if someone working at the restaurant is infected with the virus, coughs or sneezes and the droplets land on the food. If the takeout food is delivered to your home, have the delivery person leave the food at your doorstep. Remove takeout food from the container or box (throw this away) and place on a plate – do not eat food while still in a takeout box. You can also use a cloth of soap and water to wipe down the takeout containers before removing the food, if you want. Be sure to wash your hands before eating.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Health shutdown historically significant

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This is turning back the pages of time.”

It’s considerably different, yet all of the recent heath and economic issues have a certain semblance of days gone by.

Before today’s many forms of social media, communication beyond immediate acquaintances was vastly limited. Hard for young people nowadays to even imagine no cell phone, no computer, not even a television, or a mailman.

Likewise forefathers would have never been able to envision all of the modern day technologies. Telegraph machines of the 1800s boggled minds before radios and telephones were invented.

While all may seem old fashioned to the present they were slow coming into some rural households.

Families were proud to be the first one in the county to have a radio. Then they got a telephone, vastly different than cell phones.

Televisions with only black and white pictures were uncommon to many 60 years ago as color came later.

This required electricity, an unknown luxury in great grandparents’ time. Tall poles with powerlines created fear but lights with a switch soon healed concerns as additional conveniences followed.

Letter writing is sadly becoming a thing of the past although many decades since the Pony Express initiated mail delivery.

Penny postcards received by an acquaintance all the way across the country the next day has been nonexistent for some time. Yet postal services are far unappreciated communication means.

Home worship with Grace Lutheran

Dear Grace Friends,

Like you, I am hunkering down as much as possible during the Stay at Home order from our communities. While we are acting responsibly to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and we are separated more than usual, yet we can still worship as one.

In place of Sunday worship on the Grace Lutheran campus, Osage City, this week’s home worship includes three documents to assist you in home worship this March 29 weekend: Home worship with message below; the day’s assigned Bible readings, large print (3 pages); and a puzzle maze.

Offerings are still important and can be mailed to the church. The church building is not open this Sunday.

Feel free to contact me or church leaders for any concerns or needs you have during this time.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Russ Glaser
Grace Lutheran E.L.C.A.
210 Holliday St.
Osage City, KS 66523

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 9 – March 13, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, March 9 to March 13, 2020. Please note that due to changes to Osage County District Court procedures and public access, this report might not be available or could be limited in its scope temporarily.

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