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Lyndon Leaders sample food from around the world

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members prepare to enjoy an international smorgasbord at their March meeting. By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on March 12, More »

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Entries now accepted for 2017 Wild About Kansas photo contest

First place photo in the recreation category of the 2016 Wild About Kansas photo contest was submitted by Chenoa Casebier, Osage City. PRATT – Don’t let Facebook and Instagram be the only More »

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Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

By Tiffany Roney MANHATTAN – Getting children to eat their vegetables might not be an endless battle if parents follow some research-based advice from a nutrition expert at Kansas State University. Getting More »

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Hummingbirds will like new list of recommended flowers as much as Kansans

Cuphea Vermillionaire is a hummingbird and pollinator attractor. It’s on the 2017 Prairie Star Flower list of plants that performed well during a two-year trial at Kansas State University. By Mary Lou More »

Area agency on aging to host ‘new to Medicare’ trainings

OTTAWA, Kan. – The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will host a training for people new to the Medicare system who are turning 65 or receive benefits due to disability, and for business staff who help transition employees into Medicare from employer based insurance. The training will be held 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the ECKAAA office, 117 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kan.

Training is offered free of charge. Anyone needing further assistance or a follow-up appointment will be able to make an appointment with ECKAAA staff. Seating is limited so all attendees are asked to pre-register by email to Leslea Rockers at leslear@eckaaa.org or by calling the agency at 785-242-7200 or 800-633-5621.

Issues to be covered include: What makes someone Medicare eligible; Medicare benefits (A, B, C, D); Medicare vs. Social Security; Medicare enrollment process and timelines; what to do if you are 65 and still working; coordination of benefits when using Medicare and employer or retiree insurance; Medicare supplements; questions to ask when considering your options; and resources that may be of help.

Hensley: Expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do

By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

More than 150,000 Kansans are one step closer to having better access to healthcare now that the House has passed and the Senate has passed a bill to expand Medicaid, which in Kansas operates under the name of KanCare. The bill will go to governor’s desk for final approval very soon. There is concern Brownback will veto the bill, but expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do.

The Alvarez and Marsal efficiency study recommended that the Legislature make sure federal tax dollars paid by Kansans are coming back to fully fund services that can be provided to Kansans. Expanding Medicaid does just that. Brownback’s refusal to expand Medicaid has already cost our state more than $1.7 billion in our own tax dollars.

Expanding Medicaid helps close the gap for thousands of working Kansans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford a private health care plan. House Bill 2044 adjusts the income level that qualifies those under 65 for Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, or $16,000 for an individual and $27,000 for a family of three.

Expansion means these Kansans gain access to preventive services, primary care, and other services. It reduces their personal debt load, which improves their credit scores. It also makes them healthier, giving them more opportunity to find and keep better jobs.

Additionally, expansion ensures rural hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, and other health care providers remain open by reducing the cost of uncompensated care. It also creates thousands of new jobs.

Osage County has already experienced the results of Brownback’s refusal to expand Medicaid with the closure of Stormont Vail’s clinic in Lyndon. Residents in the area not only lost access to health care, they also lost jobs. This is why, as your State Senator, I have continued to fight to expand Medicaid and was proud to cast my vote for this bill.

It’s now time for the governor to do the right thing for Kansans, and sign the bill into law.

Osage County Jail Log, March 19 – March 24, 2017

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

Burning Dates Extended for Osage City, Kansas

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines between the days of Wednesday, March 1, 2017, through Friday, March 31, 2017, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place, wind speed is not more than 10 mph; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets. For more information call City Hall at 528-3714.

Help Wanted: Frontier Extension District Seeks Nutrition Program Assistant

KSUR&EK-State Research and Extension – Frontier District is accepting applications for a nutrition program assistant for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) to provide nutrition education to school aged youth and limited resource families. The position is housed in Ottawa and is 40 hours per week. At a minimum, a B.S. in nutrition, family and consumer sciences, or a closely related field is required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and access to their own transportation. Current rate is $15.00 per hour plus benefits.

Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2017. For more information, contact Chelsea Richmond at 785-448-6826 or by email at crichmon@ksu.edu. Apply online at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/500872/program-assistant-ottawa-kansas; requisition number 500872. A background check is required. Kansas State University is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Three-county K-31 resurfacing project starts next week

Next week, April 3, 2017, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to begin a highway resurfacing project on state Highway 31 through Anderson, Coffey and Osage counties. The road work will begin at the north junction of U.S. Highway 59 and K-31 at Garnett, and continue northwest for 30 miles, ending at the east Interstate 35 and K-31 junction. The project also includes resurfacing on K-31 through the cities of Harris and Waverly.

This project had been delayed from the original starting date of November 2016. Project activity includes a 2-inch mill and 1 1/2-inch asphalt overlay from Garnett to Waverly, and a 3 1/2-inch mill and 1 1/2-inch overlay from Waverly north to I-35. A pilot car and flaggers will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone, with delays of 15 minutes or less expected during daylight hours Monday through Friday. The work should be completed in approximately one month, weather permitting.

Lyndon Leaders sample food from around the world

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Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members prepare to enjoy an international smorgasbord at their March meeting.

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on March 12, 2017. Prior to the meeting they cleaned up the landscaping in front of the school and helped plant a few new plants. Following this community service, they proceeded to their meeting.

Announcements included the upcoming fair dates and congratulations to those who participated in 4-H Club Days. Participants included Ethan and Allie Kneisler and Leanne Shoup, who all received blues on their talks. Next, was the program by Tara Green and Breckyn Whitton.  Tara gave a foods demonstration, and Breckyn gave an informative talk on wolves.

After the program, each 4-H family presented a food that they made from somewhere around the world. They shared how they made the dish and why they chose to bring it. Upon hearing about and seeing their foods, the meeting concluded with allowing everyone to sample each of the dishes. It was a lot of fun and very tasty!

Notice: Farmland For Lease By Sealed Bid

Notice: Farmland For Lease By Sealed Bid

The City of Osage City is accepting sealed bids on farmland located on the W 1/2, SW 1/4 30-16-15 known as the Lafferty/Thompson property as follows:

  • 23.8 tillable acres for 2017 crop production only, no fall planted crops allowed
  • Sealed bid on dollars per acre basis
  • One (1) year lease due to planned airport construction in 2018
  • Lessee to fertilize tillable acres
  • Lessee to control noxious weeds

The City of Osage City will accept sealed bids in the office of City Clerk Terri Fultz at 201 South 5th Street, PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523 until 1:00 p.m. on Friday March 31, 2017.  The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Notice: City of Osage City, summer hours to begin for trash pickup

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City of Osage City
Summer Hours Trash Pickup

The City of Osage City Sanitation Department will begin working summer hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, March 20, 2017.

Please have your carts at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your regular day of pickup service.

For more information, call Osage City Hall at 528-3714.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Work must be done

buchmanhead“The barn needs cleaned so bad, there’s no room for the horse to get in.”

Not that way here, but it’s been such many times in certain farm barns.

Literally, bedding and waste get so piled up, it’s just a couple feet to the ceiling. Horses and cattle can’t stand up even if they crawl through the doorway.

Keeping barns and barnyards cleared of wastes is a major ordeal when one owns livestock.

A fulltime job literally, and in tight confinement of a small stall missing daily cleaning is apparent. A horse living in its own waste, one could say.

At least annually, barnyards must be cleaned with tractor, loader and dump truck or spreader. More often if large numbers are in small areas at all times.

Stall cleaning certainly has never been a forte. With 15 horses in every stall, makeshift pens, inside and outside cluttered bedding often got pretty deep.

Attempt made for “lick and promise” when one went home and another came. Thing about it, through all of the horses and decades, not once did anybody criticize. Concern was always more how their horse rode, because that’s what was requested and paid for.

Clean horse stalls of others have always been admired. There are big time commercial facilities that are truly immaculate. Clean enough to eat off of has been said.

With exceptions, generally it’s not the trainer doing the stall cleaning. There’s fulltime staff assigned that task. They also feed, water, brush, saddle, warm up, cool out and put away horses.

Local author, cow hugger to speak at Burlingame Library friends’ annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont, Burlingame.

Dinner of Swiss steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert, dinner roll, coffee and tea, and will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations may be made until April 1 for $12 per plate at the library, 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, or by mailing your name, phone number, and number of dinners to Friends of the Library, 133 W. Lincoln, Burlingame, KS 66413. Checks may be made to Friends of the Library.

Speaker for the evening will be Su Colstrom, an Osage City resident. She raises cattle and is a practicing physical therapist assistant and a certified masseuse, as well as an author. Brought up in a farming family, Colstrom began running the S&W Cattle Company about six years ago with her husband, Bill. It started with one bull calf in the backyard of her home and grew into a herd, eight strong, of registered Red Angus cows on a farm west of Osage City. She uses massage on her cows – particularly if they are pregnant – to help relax their muscles and ease stress.

No burn day: High winds, dry conditions cause high fire danger

RED-FLAGDue to high fire danger today, Friday, March 24, 2017, all burn permits for Osage County are suspended. A “no burn” day means no outside burning is allowed in the unincorporated areas of Osage County as declared by Osage County Emergency Management. High fire danger means that fire control will be difficult and require extended effort.

The National Weather Service at Topeka has forecast that it will be breezy today, with a south wind of 15-20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. Current low humidity and gusty winds triggered today’s burn ban, but NWS forecasts relief might come this afternoon with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. and through Saturday morning.

This burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.

Entries now accepted for 2017 Wild About Kansas photo contest

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First place photo in the recreation category of the 2016 Wild About Kansas photo contest was submitted by Chenoa Casebier, Osage City.

PRATT – Don’t let Facebook and Instagram be the only places you share your favorite wildlife, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor photos. Enter them in the 2017 Wild About Kansas photo contest. Hosted by Kansas Wildlife and Parks Magazine staff, the 5th annual contest will kick off March 23 and run through 5 p.m. on Oct 13, 2017. The contest is open to both Kansas residents and nonresidents, and there is no age limit.

Participants can enter up to three photos, given the photos are the participants’ original work and were taken in the state of Kansas. Winning entries will be featured in the 2018 March/April issue of Kansas Wildlife and Parks Magazine. To enter the contest, visit ksoutdoors.com/Services/Publications/Magazine/2017-Wild-About-Kansas-Photo-Contest.

Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

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By Tiffany Roney

MANHATTAN – Getting children to eat their vegetables might not be an endless battle if parents follow some research-based advice from a nutrition expert at Kansas State University.

Getting kids used to vegetables can start in the womb, said Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health.

Rosenkranz said research on pregnant rodents’ eating habits and their offspring’s taste preferences shows that children’s tastes start being shaped while they are still in the womb. Studies also show that pregnant women who eat more foods with bitter polyphenolics, such as kale and Brussels sprouts, have children who are more receptive to them when they try them for the first time.

“During pregnancy, an embryo and then a fetus is obtaining information about the outside world,” Rosenkranz said. “So, moms can set the stage for what their kids will want to eat before they’re even born.”

Infants can learn through repeated exposure and dietary variety. So Rosenkranz suggests focusing more on a child’s willingness to consume a food rather than relying on the facial expressions they give when eating it. For example, some infants may frown at bitter vegetables, but if they still swallow the food, their desire toward the food can be increased over time by continuing to serve it to them.

Babies as young as 6 months can detect what eating behaviors are normal and abnormal, Rosenkranz said. They react when their parents eat foods they don’t usually eat, and they take cues from parents as to what is and isn’t desirable.

“Babies start to think, ‘Why does he keep putting this stuff in front of me, but he never eats it?'” Rosenkranz said. “We’re being watched by our kids from very young ages.”

No burn day: High winds, dry conditions cause very high fire danger

RED-FLAGUpdate: The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a red flag warning for today through 11 p.m. tonight due to gusty winds and dry fuels considered as fire weather. The warning covers Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

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Due to very high fire danger today, Thursday, March 23, 2017, all burn permits for Osage County are suspended. A “no burn” day means no outside burning is allowed in the unincorporated areas of Osage County as declared by Osage County Emergency Management. Very high fire danger means that fire control will be difficult and require extended effort.

The National Weather Service at Topeka has forecast that southeast winds will become southerly and increase through the day. Sustained speeds near 30 mph with gusts around 40 mph are anticipated in the coverage area this afternoon and may not decrease much tonight. Humidity is expected to fall into the 30 percent range in the southern area.

This burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.

U.S. 75 rush hour accident injures Carbondale man, closes highway

Two passenger vehicles and a truck and semi-trailer were involved in a collision that sent a Carbondale man to the hospital with injuries and closed U.S. Highway 75 in Osage County for more than an hour Wednesday morning in the midst of commuter traffic.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Michael C. Finton, 47, Carbondale, was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram van southbound about 6:40 a.m. March 22, 2017, one-tenth mile north of 189th Street on U.S. 75, when his vehicle collided with a southbound 2013 Kenworth, driven by Joshua Paul Riggles, 22, Mayetta, that was stopped to turn east on 189th Street.  Finton’s vehicle then collided with a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Venture driven by Delbert L. Ramsey, 51, Lyndon.

Finton was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, with unspecified injuries, according to the KHP report. Neither Riggles or Ramsey were injured. All vehicle occupants were using safety restraints when the accident occurred.

After the accident, traffic was backed up more than a mile to the south, and southbound traffic was diverted to other roads while the scene was cleared and investigated. The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a road closure notice, encouraging drivers to choose other routes. The highway was reopened about 8 a.m. and returned to normal operating conditions.

KDHE provides funding for creation of new public water supply system

System to serve Osage County RWD No. 5, Douglas County RWD No. 5

TOPEKA, Kan. – Construction of a new public water supply system, along the Kansas River east of Lawrence, is scheduled to begin in March 2017. Treated water will be utilized by Douglas County Rural Water District No. 5 and Osage County Rural Water District No. 5, which serve rural populations in southwest Douglas County and northeast Osage County. The new system will ensure a long term water supply source for the district’s approximate 5,500 customers.

Financing for construction of the public water supply system was made possible through a loan provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Using the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund, KDHE has provided a nearly $20 million loan, in which 30 percent of the principal amount will be forgiven.

“Having a long-term reliable water supply is vital to Kansas communities,” said KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier. “Through the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund to local water districts, we are able to improve and maintain our state’s water infrastructure.”

“The management and patrons of our two water districts are most grateful to KDHE and its Public Water Supply Loan Fund, and especially for 30 percent loan forgiveness,” said Larry Wray, manager of Douglas County Rural Water District No. 5. “Their support has been instrumental in making this project possible. Having such a dependable supply of good, fresh water will provide water security in our districts for many years to come.”

The full system will include a water treatment plant, wells, a storage tank, water transmission mains, a water tower, and a pump station.

Consider the senior center to help spring clean your health

By Stephanie Watson

Spring is in the air, and that means an end to being cooped up inside. I’m so excited for warmer weather; by the time you read this my potatoes will be in the garden. I mentioned to my children that we should open up the house and do some spring cleaning. I received a smart remark from “Mr. Know it All” (teenager), he says to me “maybe you should consider spring cleaning your health.” I believe he was referring to my stash of girl scout cookies, peanut M&M’s, snicker bars, and a few miscellaneous other bags of stuff I truly need, under the bathroom sink. Why the bathroom? I’m sure any momma with multiple children could answer that question.

You know though, he is right we could all do a wee bit of spring cleaning toward our good health. I have a few suggestions, clean the refrigerator, dispose of anything that is outdated. Don’t forget to clean out your medicine cabinets.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Osage County Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. April 19 for a “Drug Take Back Day.” The sheriff’s office aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Also, get outside – it is time to change up our exercise routine. There is never enough said about walking and drinking lots of water.

And, join us at the center for our weekly activities. Stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City, or for more information, call 785-528-4906.

No burn day: High winds, dry conditions cause fire danger

RED-FLAGDue to high fire danger today, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, all burn permits for Osage County are suspended. A “no burn” day means no outside burning is allowed in the unincorporated areas of Osage County as declared by Osage County Emergency Management. High fire danger means that fire control will be difficult and require extended effort.

The National Weather Service at Topeka has forecast that today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 56 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.

This burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 23, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.

Early morning fire damages rural Osage County residence

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Local fire departments were called to a fire at a rural Carbondale residence early Tuesday morning, where a house and garage sustained significant damage.

According to an Osage County Sheriff’s Office press release, a call came in at 4:26 a.m. March 21, 2017, about a house fire at 16129 S. Berryton Rd., Carbondale. The home belongs to Brian Wiggans.

Osage County fire districts No. 1, No. 5, and No. 4, and Scranton Fire Department responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.

The fire is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal. The cause of the fire was undetermined at the time the press release was issued.

Red Cross was notified to assist the family as needed.

Osage County Jail Log, March 12 – March 18, 2017

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

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