Soil Conservation Award: Sturdy Farms honored as stewards of the land

Honored for preserving soil on their Osage County family farm are the Sturdys, from left, Candi, Clint, Sandy, Darrell, Lori and Rod. By Rod Schaub Frontier Extension District On More »

Hidden History: Family builds fence wire empire from Melvern headquarters

By Wendi Bevitt If only for a moment in time, Melvern was famous, made that way by the ingenuity of the Warner family and the farm equipment empire they More »

Help House News: Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon kicks off; one can equals one hearty meal

By Raylene Quaney With the Christmas season over and the New Year to look forward to, there is a lot to catch up on. Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon The annual More »

KSU specialists share tips for managing livestock in winter

Reducing animals’ stress during cold periods is a key goal. K-State Research and Extension photo. By Pat Melgares MANHATTAN, Kan. – Livestock producers are entering a time of year More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows must have calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“They’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

One of the very best, most prominently known cowmen answered years ago when questioned about pregnancy checking his cowherd.

That philosophy contrasted management recommendations promoted by college cattle experts. Yet, Andy’s analysis had lifetime experience.

“Even when cows are examined ‘safe,’ a lot of things can happen before they have a calf come spring.”

Of course, observant cowboys can generally “tell by looking” if a cow’s bred. Likewise, seeing abortion evidence ahead of calving date is telltale no calf at weaning time. With exceptions, cows continually seeking bull romance aren’t “in calf,” either.

Often reflecting that good friend’s admirable ranch work from every angle, Andy has come to mind frequently in recent weeks. The most conscientiously observant ranch foreman has seen a number of cows “cycling.”

No, the cows were not checked for pregnancy in the fall for various right or wrong reasons. Perhaps, it’s because “they’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

Anywhere, with fair certainly, a couple dozen mommas who keep “intimately nosing around” herd mates won’t drop spring babies.

Michael Wayne Everhart, 39, Osage City: Aug. 28, 1978 – Jan. 11, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Michael Wayne Everhart, 39, passed away at home on Jan. 11, 2018. Michael was born and raised in Ottawa, Kan. He lived there for part of his adult life.

He is survived by his three daughters, Cherokee Everhart, Osage City, Kan., Bianca Everhart and Kayliana Everhart, of the home; also of the home, his significant other, Sarah White and her son, Levi; mother, Christine (Miller) Houghton and stepfather, Richard, Osage City; father, Harvey Joe Everhart his significant other, Debbie, of Texas; sister, Kelsey Jones and her significant other, Josh, Osage City; along with several cousins, aunts, uncles, niece and nephew; and his beloved dog, Gracie.

Students show appreciation for watersheds in poster, essay and limerick contest

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

Each year the Osage County Conservation District sponsors a poster, essay and limerick contest. Information is given to the schools in late October, and entries are due before Christmas break. The theme each year is determined by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s theme was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. A total of 342 entries were received.

This year’s winners are:

  • Essays: Lexi Boss, purple, Osage City Elementary School.
  • Limericks: Emory Speece, purple; Lexi Boss, blue; Luke Orender, red; Emily Whalen, white. All limerick winners are from Osage City Elementary School.
  • Posters fourth, fifth and sixth grade: Carolina White, purple, Osage City; Jacie Koch, blue, Osage City; Allison Sloop, red, Osage City; Ashton Rowsey, white, Osage City.
  • Posters second and third grade: Landon Reed, purple, Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School; Roslyn Atchison, blue, Burlingame Elementary School; Braelyn McNally, red, MdCV; Shae Greene, white, Overbrook Attendance Center.
  • Posters kindergarten and first grade: Teighlynn Olson, purple; Meka Rogers, blue; Greyson Stephens, red; Graci Williams, white. All winners are in first grade at MdCV.

The top winner in each poster and essay division and the top two winners in the limerick division are sent to the state competition, which is held in the fall.

This year there were three students that received state honors: Riley Jo Petitjean, honorable mention for her poster in the fourth through sixth grade division; Colby Hokanson, honorable mention for his limerick; and Allyson Sage, second place for her limerick. All three students attend Osage City schools.

Cains earn wildlife habitat award for longtime conservation practices

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

Gayle Cain and his son, Russell, will receive the 2017 Wildlife Habitat Award at the upcoming Osage County Conservation District annual meeting. This award recognizes individuals who have excelled in improving wildlife habitat on their land in addition to conserving soil and water resources. The award is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Gayle enrolled some of his ground into the Conservation Reserve Program when it first became available in 1987. The long-term goal of CRP is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. Gayle continued to reenroll his land into CRP for as long as it was eligible. Some of his land has been in CRP for 30 years.

Gayle is enrolled in a variety of CRP practices including CP25, the restoration of rare and declining habitat, CP21, filter strips, and CP33, habitat buffers for upland game birds. All his CRP acreage is planted to native grass with forbs and is managed to help improve wildlife habitat.   

Letter to Editor: Scranton council invites citizens to feral cat discussion

Dear Editor:

My name is Amy Miner and I am on the city council in Scranton. I wanted to reach out to you about a guest speaker coming to our council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 2018.

Like many of our Osage County neighbors, we have a feral cat colony that has caused concern. In an effort to educate ourselves and our fellow citizens, we have invited Topeka Cat Fix to our meeting. The organization will be coming to present some very important information and possibly help to our community. We are looking at a TNR (trap, neuter, release) program and what that entails.

We thought an announcement on your news page may notify many of our citizens, and hopefully they will attend.

Thank you,

Amy Miner

Stromgren’s hard work recognized with Young Farmer Award

Young Farm Award winner Austin Stromgren.

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

This year’s Osage County Young Farmer Award will be presented to Austin Stromgren, of rural Scranton. Austin has farming in his blood and in his background. He is a fourth generation farmer on both his mom’s side of the family (Bryson) and his dad’s side. Austin has worked alongside his dad for as long as he can remember.

The first job Austin remembers doing is working cattle. Austin was quick to learn and eager to help. He started raking hay when he was 8 or 9 years old, and since he could run the tractor he also did field cultivating and disking. He was driving the semi and running the combine when he was 10 years old.

Austin’s dad gave him his first cow when he was in the second grade. Austin kept back heifers from that cow and when he was 10 he purchased a couple of cows with his own money. After he graduated from high school he bought 20 cows and his first bull. Austin’s herd has grown to 40.

“I take a lot of pride in my cattle,” Austin said.

Austin began farming full-time when he was 13 years old, after his father and he were in a wreck that left his dad paralyzed. Austin’s knowledge and strong work ethic helped him take care of everything on the farm and attend high school. During his senior year he went to a half day of high school and attended Flint Hills Technical College for a half day. He graduated from high school in 2015 and vo-tech in 2016 as a certified automotive mechanic. While at Flint Hills, his team went to Pittsburg to compete in the Ford AAA state competition.

Austin now takes care of 130 head of cattle. He manages the grazing to prevent overgrazing or undergrazing. He has a tree saw and works to keep the trees out of his pastures. He also does some tree removal work for his neighbors. He also manages 600 acres of farm ground south of Burlingame. He does a corn-bean rotation with some wheat. He keeps his waterways and terraces in good shape and has started trying no-till farming practices.

Soil Conservation Award: Sturdy Farms honored as stewards of the land

Honored for preserving soil on their Osage County family farm are the Sturdys, from left, Candi, Clint, Sandy, Darrell, Lori and Rod.

By Rod Schaub
Frontier Extension District

On Jan. 22, 2018, Sturdy Farms will receive the Kansas Bankers Award for Soil Conservation at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

The Sturdy family being honored includes Darrell and Sandy, who have owned and operated the farm for nearly 50 years, and two of their sons and their families. Their son Rod and his wife Lori have five children, Kelsey, Kandace, Megan, Shawna and Cheyenne. Son Clint and his wife Candi have two children, Teagan and Jensen. Darrell and Sandy have another son not involved in the farm, Jeff and his family, who live near Wamego.

The Sturdy homestead was founded in 1900 when Frank Wolfe brought his family to Osage County. Upon Mr. Wolfe’s death, he left the farm to his daughter Maggie and son-in-law Ray Sturdy. Today, Sturdy Farm is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of that family.

The operation has evolved over the years to include a commercial cow herd, a stocker summer grazing program, fall development program for replacement heifers, haying, and growing crops, mostly corn and soybeans with a few acres of wheat.

When asked how the family divided up the work load when they have both crops and livestock, Clint responded, “For the most part we do the chores we enjoy the most.”

Rod prefers to do the field work, Clint and Darrell prefer the livestock chores, but for many of the jobs the family works together to get the job done.

“When we work cattle the whole family works together,” Darrell said.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club makes plans to host Club Days

Reanna Marcotte and Breckyn Whitton-Peterson talk about Golden Retrievers during Lyndon Leaders’ January meeting. Courtesy photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Club Reporter 

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Jan. 14, 2018. The meeting started with roll call of “What’s your favorite thing you received for Christmas?”

The officers gave their reports and then Leader Lara Shoup made the following announcements:

  • We will have an exchange meeting with the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club next month at 5 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • Club Days is on Feb. 24 and we will need many volunteers to help us host the event.
  • March 24 is the Kansas Junior Beef Producer Day.

Old business was the announcement that we still have time to sell hog raffle tickets because we won’t draw a winner until February. We will continue to set up a ticket booth at the Lyndon High School home basketball games.

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Lindsay, 90, Osage City: Oct. 17, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Lindsay, 90, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. Jacqueline Marie Curley was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Osage City, the daughter of James and Emma (Martin) Curley.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1945.

She was joined in marriage to Duane R. Lindsay on June 19, 1947, in Osage City. He preceded her in death in 2007 after 59 years of marriage.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 7, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2018

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

Hidden History: Family builds fence wire empire from Melvern headquarters

By Wendi Bevitt

If only for a moment in time, Melvern was famous, made that way by the ingenuity of the Warner family and the farm equipment empire they began there.

Priscilla Warner and her husband Emery began their married life in Tazewell County, Illinois. When the Civil War began, Emery signed up to fight for the Union and served as a drum major with an Illinois regiment. Tragedy struck the family and Emery perished from fever in New Orleans in 1863.

Not long after the war ended, newly widowed Priscilla Warner was looking for a place to start over. Flat broke; she packed up her possessions and her five boys and headed from Illinois to the newly opened Indian lands in Kansas. In 1870, she settled on Sand Creek near Waverly. She spent the last of her limited funds on a cook stove, sack of flour and strip of meat for her family.

Dean Croucher, 82, Osage City: Sept. 15, 1935 – Jan. 14, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Dean Croucher, 82, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in Burlingame, Kan., the son of Arthur and Emma Jones Croucher.

Dean had grown up in Burlingame and lived in Osage City most of his life. Dean graduated from Osage City High School in 1953. He worked as an environmental manager for nursing homes in Osage City. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a member of the Eagles, in Osage City. 

Colleen Ann Bremer, 72, Lyndon: Sept. 7, 1945 – Jan. 13, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Colleen Ann Bremer, 72, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Sept. 7, 1945, in Seneca, Kan., the daughter of Cletus and Jeanette Nolte Wichman.

Colleen grew up in Holton, Kan., and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., for many years before moving to Topeka in 2017. She graduated from Holton High School in 1963. She was a homemaker, and then a saleswoman for Midway Wholesale, in Topeka, for several years. She was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, landscaping, and antiquing, and loved her grandchildren.

Dortha Viola Bain Tucker, 92, Overbrook: Jan. 5, 1926 – Jan. 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Dortha Viola Bain Tucker, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Jan. 5, 1926, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Alonzo M. Bain and Fanny P. Lance Bain.

She graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1943. She married Seldon E. Tucker on Nov. 28, 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and four siblings, Lawrence R. Bain, Laura Hudson, Velma M. Pistole, and Mable Erikson.

She is survived by her four children, Edward S. Tucker (Peggy) of Overbrook, Carol Tucker Allen (Brian), Topeka, Kan., John A. Tucker, Carbondale, Kan., and Cathy Tucker-Vogel (George), Lawrence, Kan.; and six grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Just fix the problem

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The second string will be the carload team at Denver, and then will also get to judge at Houston.”

It was the coach’s evening announcement that nearly made a 20-year-old recently married college junior’s shirt snaps pop open.

“Thanks, Dr. Able, but the bathroom is froze up, and no way to be ready to leave tomorrow morning.”

He assuredly grinned, “You’ll get it fixed. We won’t pull out of the Weber parking lot until you’re in the station wagon.”

Well before daylight, sure enough, teammates were loaded, waiting, and with a bit of harassing National Western bound.

Personal bust knocked K-State out of the carload title, but on the college’s first team at Houston created lifetime memories.

That broken sewer pipe was mended enough for ranch use with heat lamps guarding further damage.

Couldn’t help but reflect those “good ole days”, when the ranch foreman was having stop-ups last week. While most cowboys aren’t too uppity on plumbing, admittedly problems of nearly a half century ago were less complex than these days.

So professionals must be called in and still a major ordeal when temperatures remain below freezing.

Not necessarily positive, but a learning experience for today’s younger set who’ve never heard of an outhouse. They didn’t even have a clue what a commode was, but soon learned rather than facing subzero going to the barn.

Gale D. Patterson, 92, Melvern: Aug. 16, 1925 – Jan. 10, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Gale D. Patterson was born on Aug. 16, 1925 at Melvern, Kan., the son of Verlin John and Miriam Criss Patterson. He passed to his eternal life with his family by his side on Jan. 10, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was the fourth born in a family of six.

Gale married Dorothy Fitch on Oct. 10, 1947, in Ottawa, Kan. Gale is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 70 years; three daughters, Nancy Yockey and husband, Larry, Connie Butts and husband, Allen, and Sandra Bullock and husband, Terry; a son, Daryl Patterson and wife, Gloria, all of Melvern; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother, R.D. Patterson and wife, Norma, of Melvern.

Osage County Conservation District schedules annual meeting

The Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, 2018, at the Osage City school cafeteria.

The district will present the Kansas Banker Award for soil conservation to Sturdy Farms, the Wildlife Habitat Award to Gayle and Russell Cain, and the Young Farmer Award to Austin Stromgren. Also presented will be the poster, essay and limerick contest awards. There will also be a short business meeting.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call 785-828-3458 to make a reservation.

Finch: School finance will be dominant issue for 2018 legislative session

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, District 59, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings to you from the first week of the 2018 Legislative Session. We are off to a relatively quick start this year. The governor has already delivered his state of the state message and nearly every committee in both chambers has held meetings. Proposed legislation has been introduced at a pretty consistent clip and many committees will be conducting hearings beginning next week.

The largest issue facing the legislature this year will be responding to the Kansas Supreme Court decision in the Gannon school finance case. It is not yet clear what that response will look like. The lawyers for the plaintiffs want Kansans to pay roughly $600 million more, which would be in addition to the $3.4 billion currently being spent on K-12 education in Kansas. This $3.4 billion comes from the $6.2 billion dollar state general fund and comprises about 54% of the state budget.

The state senate has commissioned a new study – the last one was conducted in 2006 – to attempt to determine what the proper funding level should be. That study will be completed on March 15 of this year and there will be a second study right on its heels to ensure proper statistical analysis was used as well as comparing the methodology to that of prior studies on this issue. The court has not given the legislature a set number but rather asked it to “show its work” on this issue. The study will help the legislature to do that.

So, look for this issue to really come to the fore in March of the session. Until then we will continue to see a variety of other issues come forward. While it is still early we are already seeing bills about civil asset forfeiture, reducing the use of prisons for non-violent offenders, some tweaks to the strong beer and wine in convenience and grocery stores bill from last session, updates to the adoption code, and a whole host of other topics as well. I’ll do my best to use this space to keep you updated as the session unfolds.

Monday will mark the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this era of hot button reactions on social media, an ugly bloom of incivility in our public discourse, and far too many stories of people treating others badly, I hope we can all take moment to reflect on Dr. King’s dream and equally important his methods.

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

No matter what cause is important to each of us, let us commit to seek it in that same spirit of civility, respect, and kindness as we make our way through 2018 together.

Chief justice to give State of Kansas Judiciary address Jan. 17 in House chamber

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will deliver his 2018 State of the Kansas Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the House chamber of the Statehouse.

Nuss will update members of the House and Senate and the public on the current state of Kansas’ court system and its role providing important services to individuals and businesses in communities statewide.

Love kids? Want to help them learn?

We need YOU to join our team of educators at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative. PARAEDUCATORS (Full Time & Subs) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application available online ( or pick one up at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork in person at our central office. Starting salary: $10.10 per hr. / $10.85 per hr. with BA degree. Paid Sick & Discretionary Leave.

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Remember to check the County Calendar for up to date event listings.


Thursday  – All Mid America Nutrition sites in Osage County will be closed today and no drivers will deliver due to winter storm. The closure covers Mid America Nutrition’s six county area.

Osage County Interagency meeting cancelled due to weather. (The meeting is usually on the second Thursday of every month at noon, at the Frontier Extension District, 128 W. 15th St., Lyndon.)

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