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Trophy turkey program recognizes big gobblers

PRATT – Big game and turkey hunters love to compare the animals they take. Most trophy-class animals are older and more difficult to hunt, presenting a unique challenge many hunters enjoy. Deer More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Vitamin B12 – A little goes a long way toward keeping us healthy

They say good things come in small packages and if that’s true, vitamin B12 is a very good thing. Out of the 13 vitamins needed for human health, this one has the More »

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New council members dive into making decisions for Osage City

Sworn in by Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz are, from left, Mayor Quintin Robert and new Osage City council members Dale Schweiger, Denise Lauber, Gail Lohmeyer and Mike Handly. The April 7 More »

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Free state parks day: No strings attached for enjoying your local outdoors

If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t come with strings attached, take advantage of the Kansas state parks free park entrance events on April 25. More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Generous assistance yields most

buchmanheadVolunteerism is essential to the success and survival of most worthwhile organizations producing the broadest long term benefits for so many.

Again reminder came during a program last week when a veteran servant of the group announced retirement, and we looked back at her lifetime never tiring, never ceasing efforts for the good of others.

Solicitations seem endless seeking financial assistance for groups for whatever the cause, and that is generally required.

But, it’s those dedicated individuals who step up with no thought of personal reward, stipend or recognition, only success of the project for which they are working toward, who are generally the guarantee of any effort’s success.

Many are anxious to join, even pay membership fees, just to be on the roll call, and that’s where it ends. They don’t even come to meetings, and have no idea of objectives, or desire to find out, let alone put additional effort forward to accomplishment of endeavor.

Help Wanted: Join the caring team at Vintage Park at Osage City

Vintage Park at Osage City is looking for several people to join our caring team. Positions available are: 1.) CMA (Certified Medication Aide); 2.) CNA/HSK (Certified Nurse Aide) – our housekeepers are all CNAs; 3.) Cook; and 4.) LPN available for PRN duty. Please navigate our new application system by going to www.genesishcc.com then click on career opportunities and put in zip code of 66523. You will be asked to set up an account and fill out a profile before you fill out an application. Please feel free to call Jodi Smith at 785-528-5095 if you have any questions.

Help Wanted: Countertop Fabricator/Installer Position Available

Learn a trade; create beautiful granite and quartz countertops. Basic knowledge of power tools required as well as the ability to tolerate heavy lifting and hard work! Fabrication shop located near Pauline. Call for more information. Countertop Shoppe, 5501 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-271-8675.

Trophy turkey program recognizes big gobblers

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PRATT – Big game and turkey hunters love to compare the animals they take. Most trophy-class animals are older and more difficult to hunt, presenting a unique challenge many hunters enjoy. Deer hunters, for example, use well-known scoring formulas to compare antlers based on size and symmetry. Turkey hunters are no different, and those who take an extraordinary specimen may qualify for a Trophy Turkey Award from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The scoring system published by the National Wild Turkey Federation in the early 1980s is used for the KDWPT awards program.

The Garden Patch: What do you feed a hungry garden?

042415-FertbagThis time let’s talk about how much fertilizer your hungry garden wants and needs and let’s start with …

Calculating the amount of fertilizer needed for an area

Consider the recommendation for the particular nutrient needed and your soil analysis.

If you need to add 0.1 pound of N (nitrogen) per 100 square feet and you have 10 – 10 – 10 fertilizer, which contains 10 percent N, you will have to add one pound of this material per 100 square feet to achieve the needed amount of N.

The relationship of N, P (phosphorus) and K (potassium) to each other, sometimes referred to as the ratio, indicates the proportion of each element. For example 1-1-1 means there are equal proportions of N, P and K as does 10-10-10. However, a 2-1-1 ratio means there is twice as much N as P or K as is true with 10-5-5. The ratio does not indicate the weight of the elements in the fertilizer bag, but only their relationship to each other.

In addition to N, P and K, 10 other elements that plants require come from the soil. Generally, it is not necessary to add these elements as they are present in sufficient quantities in Kansas soils. However, an occasional addition of one or more of these micronutrients may be required.

Kaw Nation to dedicate new park features on original land near Council Grove

Public is invited to dance and ceremony at historic site

COUNCIL GROVE – The Kaw Nation will dedicate a new dance arbor, campsites and trails at Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015. Native dancers will perform at 3:30 p.m. at the dance arbor. Visitors are advised to bring a lawn chair. The park is located 3 1/2 miles south of Council Grove on Dunlap Road, then one-half mile east on X Avenue. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park and campsites are a short distance from the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

The dedication will be led by Kaw Nation Tribal Council Chair Elaine Huch and council members Erin Kekahbah, Gena Warren, Jason Murray, Jim Lesert, Patti Kramer and Terry Pepper Clinton.

Council Grove was the last location of the Kanzas before they were removed to Indian Territory in 1873. On February 28, 2000, the Kaw Nation purchased 146.8 acres of their original land along Little John Creek, and it was dedicated as Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park on April 20, 2002.

Eat Well to Be Well: Vitamin B12 – A little goes a long way toward keeping us healthy

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They say good things come in small packages and if that’s true, vitamin B12 is a very good thing. Out of the 13 vitamins needed for human health, this one has the smallest Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) amount required at only 2.4 micrograms a day for both males and females, ages 14 and up.

Despite the miniscule amount needed, vitamin B12 has the largest and most complex chemical structure. Also, it can be one of the more difficult vitamins to correctly diagnose a deficiency within a person. Delayed diagnosis can lead to various neurological abnormalities along with other harmful symptoms if left unchecked.

History of vitamin B12 – As far back as the 1850s, pernicious (meaning “deadly”) anemia was understood to be caused by the lack of intrinsic factor, a protein made in the stomach lining. When intrinsic factor is lacking, dietary vitamin B12 cannot be absorbed, leading to pernicious anemia. Despite this knowledge, the discovery of vitamin B12 would not take place until nearly a century later and meanwhile the condition remained fatal. It wasn’t until 1926, when researchers George Minot and William Murphy reported that eating large amounts of liver (a rich source of vitamin B12) was effective at treating pernicious anemia. They were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discovery. Finally in 1948, vitamin B12 was isolated, giving it the unique distinction of being the last vitamin to be discovered.

New council members dive into making decisions for Osage City

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Sworn in by Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz are, from left, Mayor Quintin Robert and new Osage City council members Dale Schweiger, Denise Lauber, Gail Lohmeyer and Mike Handly.

The April 7 election replaced half of the Osage City Council, seating four new council members, who each took the place of a council member elected four years ago.

Sworn in with Osage City Mayor Quintin Robert, who was elected to his third term as mayor, new council members Denise Lauber, Mike Handly, Dale Schweiger and Gail Lohmeyer met for their first meeting as elected city officials on April 14.

In the election, Lauber defeated former council member Ed Berends, Lohmeyer defeated former council member Linda Carson, Mike Handly defeated opponent Seth King for the seat formerly held by Duane Peroo, and Schweiger ran unopposed for former council member Leroy Stromgren’s seat. Sitting council members are Becky Brewer, Ed Mueller, Bruce Schoepflin, and Rob Rowe.

After their swearing-in, conducted by Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz, the new council members were immediately thrust into decision making, including consideration of a city ordinance put in place by the council in 2013.

Horseback, bicycle or on foot: Benefit triathlon teams to race on Flint Hills Nature Trail

Plan now to ride, bike or run along the beautiful Flint Hills Nature Trail in Osage County in a unique three-person-team run, and also help promote and protect access to public lands in Kansas.

Proceeds of the Tri-Trail Benefit 5K race, to be held July 25, 2015, will benefit the Kansas Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of America, an organization dedicated to keeping America’s trails open.

Each team is composed of a runner, biker and trail rider. At registration, participants will estimate their time on a leg of the race (run, bike, ride). The team finishing closest to the estimated time of all three participants will be the winner.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. July 25 at Salt Creek Ranch, 4215 E. 245th St., Lyndon.

Camping, lodging and corrals are available for early arrivals; contact Carol at 785-215-2296 for pricing and reservations. Entry fee for the race is $35 per person; registration is available online at www.yourequineadventure.com.

Dance the afternoon away at Lyndon annual daddy-daughter dance

040713lyndondaddaughtersThe Lyndon Community Business Women and Lyndon Pride are holding their third annual daddy-daughter dance 1-3 p.m. April 26 at Lyndon High School.

The dance is for dads and girls ages 3 and up; grandfathers and other special “fathers” are welcome, too. Dancing, snacks and photo-taking will be part of the magical memory for dads and their princesses.

The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, April 24; admission is $20 per couple. To register or for more information, call Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146 or contact the Lyndon Elementary-Middle School office.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 13 – April 17, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 13 through April 17, 2015.

Don’t miss it! Annual senior resource fair Thursday at Osage County Senior Center

Please try to attend the Osage County Senior Center’s Senior Health and Resource Fair on Thursday, April 23. There will be a huge amount of information available on health-related issues, senior living, Medicare, and veterans’ assistance, as well as a number of free health checks and screenings. We have many great prizes that will be raffled, including a $150 pre-paid gift card, but you have to be at the center to win. It all starts at 10 a.m., with prize drawings around 12:45 p.m. And if you want to enjoy lunch at the center make sure you call 785-528-4170 at least one day ahead.

For the second year in a row, the Osage County General Public Transportation service is offering bus transportation to the Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego, on Saturday, May 2. The Kansas Sampler Festival is a really big event for the state, drawing in thousands of people and municipal representatives from all over Kansas. The overall intent is to promote all the great things that are available in Kansas. Osage County will be well represented. We will leave Osage City at 9 a.m. and will return around mid-afternoon. The requested donation for this trip is $5 per rider. Please call 785-528-4906 or stop by the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, to sign up. (The bus trip is open to all ages of riders.) I promise you, it is a day well spent.

Osage Realty: Homes available in Osage City

If you’re looking for a home, Cathryn Houghton has several choices for you in quiet Osage City neighborhoods. Contact Cathryn at  785-528-4711 or 785-249-2153 to view the homes shown below, or Osage Realty, Osage City, Kan., at 785-528-3331.


111714-houghton-openhouse11334 E Street, Osage City, Kan.

  • Built in 1982, 120 x 300 ft. lot.
  • Northeast edge of Osage City, city utilities, paved streets.
  • 3 bedroom, one bath.
  • Living room, dining room/kitchen combo.
  • Nice laundry/utility room.
  • Closets and storage throughout the home.

New price: $79,500


416SSeventhStreet416 S. 7th Street, Osage City, Kan.

  • Low maintenance and well-maintained comfortable brick home.
  • Newer metal roof.
  • New central air in 2014.
  • Fenced back yard.
  • Large living room; eat-in kitchen.
  • 2-3 bedrooms; 1 bath.
  • Nice utility room; good cabinet and closet space.
  • Small storage building. Hot water heat.

Your home for $84,500

Victor N. Solberg, 99, Overbrook: June 9, 1915 – April 21, 2015

OVERBROOK – Victor Norman Solberg, 99, passed away April 21, 2015, at the Brookside Manor Retirement Community, in Overbrook. He was born June 9, 1915, at Salina, the son of Victor and Anna L. Doner Solberg.

Victor worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation before retiring. He also farmed, and continued to care for the land he farmed for years and would have loved to return. He talked about this even after living at Brookside for many years.

Osage County Jail Log, April 13 – April 18, 2015

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

Osage County District Court criminal cases completed March 30 – April 10, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court March 30 to April 10, 2015, with disposition, costs and fines as listed.

Osage County Help House wins in basketball bracket contest

Jason Bilyeu, an industrial project engineer at P1 Group, in Lawrence, will split the proceeds from his company’s charity basketball bracket contest held in March with Osage County Help House.

To celebrate March Madness and help the community, P1 associates, family and friends were invited to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket for $10. The winner of the bracket challenge received half of the proceeds while the other half, doubled by P1 Group, was to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

When Bilyeu emerged as the 2015 bracket challenge winner, he immediately thought of the Osage County Help House, in Lyndon, directed by his mother, Pam Bilyeu. Help House will receive an $840 donation on his behalf.

For our favorite planet: SFT Green Team invites you to recycle e-waste

041915-sft-ewaste-EARTH-01In observance of Earth Day, which is being celebrated with events all over the world this week, the Santa Fe Trail Green Team is hosting an e-waste recycling event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Santa Fe Trail High School.

Everyone is invited to recycle any electronic waste. Anything that plugs in and runs on electricity will be accepted at no charge, except for televisions other than flat screen-type, which require a $15 recycling fee to be paid by the person dropping it off. Electronic waste items can be dropped off at the high school in the east parking lot during those hours and will be accepted until the truck reaches its capacity.

This Green Team is providing this service to promote responsible recycling of electronic components. For more information contact Shelly Robinson at srobinson@usd434.us. Santa Fe Trail High School is at 15701 S. California St., Carbondale.

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