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Mid-States Materials receives national award for mined land conservation efforts

TOPEKA, Kan. – A Topeka company was honored for sustainable mining practices and conservation efforts at Plummer Creek Quarry, near Scranton, Kan.

Nick Jackson, Mid-States Materials, with the 2022 NASLR award. Courtesy photo.

In an awards presentation Sept. 26, 2022, the National Association of State Land Reclamationists awarded Mid-States Materials, LLC, Topeka, Kan., with the association’s 2022 Outstanding Mined Land Reclamation Award (Non-Coal). The award recognized Mid-States Materials’ efforts to protect the environment and preserve Kansas’ natural landscapes with reclamation practices at the Osage County quarry.

Plummer Creek Quarry reclamation efforts included erosion control, gradual grading of slopes, and final vegetation to turn the 100-acre piece of the quarry into a productive agricultural asset. Calling it a true testament to the long-term reclamation and stewardship efforts at Plummer Creek Quarry, the NASLR Board of Officers gave special commendation to the construction of the wetland that intercepts the agricultural runoff from adjacent fields.

“We continuously strive to be the model for the industry,” said Nick Jackson, Mid-States Materials environmental specialist. “Extracting the resources for growth here in the present, to provide a thriving future when we leave.”

Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Shawnee County

KDA advises poultry owners to be vigilant

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture has identified a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a backyard flock in Shawnee County. This is the third confirmed case of HPAI in Kansas this fall; there were six cases in March and April for a total of nine counties across the state affected so far in 2022.

“The widespread nature of the positive premises in Kansas is proof that all counties are susceptible to HPAI because the risk is from the wild birds traveling across the state,” said Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas Animal Health Commissioner. “If you have not yet taken steps to protect your backyard flocks, now is the time to take this threat seriously.”

This confirmed case is in a non-commercial mixed species flock, and KDA is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on a joint incident response. KDA officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property have been depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease.

KDA asks anyone who owns poultry in the following area on the north side of Topeka to contact the KDA phone bank at 833-765-2006 or email them at to work with state and local officials to prevent further spread of the disease. Poultry owners can also self-report birds at Reporting area: Contact KDA or report online if your home or farm sits in the area from 21st Street (to the south) to 94th Street (to the north), and Highway 4 (to the east) and Humphrey Road (to the west). The area includes the north half of Topeka and the towns of Elmont and Menoken. It does not include Silver Lake, Meriden or Hoyt.

KDA advises owners of backyard poultry flocks to be particularly vigilant in protecting their birds. Analysis of this outbreak of HPAI has shown that the spread has been primarily from wild migratory waterfowl, which makes free-range backyard flocks at high risk because of the potential of exposure to the wild birds.

Anyone involved with poultry production from the small backyard chicken owner to the large commercial producer should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds.

Scranton offers residents access to online payment and utility information

The city of Scranton has announced it now offers an online payment method for utility bills. The city will use the app FrontDesk, which gives customers the ability to access utility account information and pay utility bills online.

The new system will also allow customers to receive city utility bills electronically; enroll in autopay; and receive communications, alerts, and notices from the city via email or text. FrontDesk also works on mobile devices with internet connection.

City of Scranton residents can sign up for FrontDesk at For assistance or more information, contact Scranton City Hall at 785-793-2414.

Osage City opens up garages and yards for fall citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2022, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at

Chamber to host big-top circus at Osage City

Osage City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, Sept. 11, 2022, at Jones Park, in Osage City, Kan., with shows at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

C&M Circus is an authentic one-ring, big top circus and features a new 2022 performance with big cats presented by Trey Key, aerialist extraordinaire Simone on the trapeze, 10th generation Loyal Bareback Horse Riders, the Perez Daredevil Duo on the tight rope and Wheel of Destiny, and Circus Clown Leo Acton.

Osage City’s citywide garage sales Sept. 16-17

Osage City’s fall citywide garage sales are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, 2022. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, a map is made of sales around town. For those wishing to have their sale listed on the map, now is the time to sign up. To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy, chairman of the Osage City Chamber garage sale committee, at 785-219-9727, or stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City.

The map notes addresses of sales and provides a chart of the types of items offered at the sales.

A $5 donation fee for a spot on the map goes towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates for furthering their education. The 2022 scholarships were awarded to Jerra Butterfield and Gavin DeBaun. The deadline for adding a sale to the map is 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

Chamber Chatter: Osage City celebrates senior center, plans fall activities

Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted a “Chamber After Hours” mixer and open house July 29. Those attending enjoyed some delicious refreshments and tasty punch. Chamber photo.

The Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted an “After Hours” mixer and open house Friday, July 29, 2022, which was open to the public and Chamber of Commerce members.

The senior center, at 604 Market St., Osage City, is a place to enjoy many activities throughout the week. Monday includes sewing, art and painting, exercise, Mexican train dominoes and pitch. Exercise and Mexican train dominoes take place on Tuesday. Wednesday includes sewing, exercise and Mexican train dominoes. Plan to exercise or do art and painting on Thursday. Finish up the week on Friday with exercise and bingo. Visit the center for the time slots for the activities.

A potluck lunch takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a nice variety of food and generally there is some musical entertainment following the meal.

The center has a variety of rooms specified for the various activities. There is a sewing room, ceramic and art and painting room, library and puzzle room, board room, pool and exercise equipment room. There is also a nice dining area which is used for daily meals served at lunch time.

The building is available for rent in the evenings and weekends when there are not center activities planned. The rental fees are $25 for nights and $50 per day for the weekends. Often during the day, there are activities or meetings that are scheduled. There is no charge and the center remains open for normal business. The center sponsors community blood drives through the Community Blood Center during the year. Also several times throughout the year, Herme Healthcare from Wichita provides foot and toenail care. There are also several fund raising events throughout the year to support the Senior Center activities. Memorial donations as well as donations from individuals and organizations are always welcomed to support the activities.

Osage County General Public Transportation provides riders the opportunity to use the public transportation for doctor appointments, eye appointments, medical procedures, hair appointments, physical therapy, mental health appointments, shopping, court appointments, and eating out.

If you need to go somewhere and need a ride, OCGPT will take you. Appointments must be made between 7:05 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fares are determined by destination from Osage City.

Osage City schools celebrate start of school year with ‘back to school night’

Osage City Elementary and Middle Schools will celebrate the start of the school year with a “back to school night” 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

School staff will host the annual event, and vendors who have a connection with Osage City students are encouraged to set up a booth to advertise their products in the school cafeteria. To reserve a booth, call the elementary school office at 785-528-3171.

Along with gathering information about community organizations, students and parents in grades K-8 are invited to a free hot dog feed. The meal includes a hot dog, chips, cookies, and drink in the school cafeteria.

Elementary students are encouraged to bring their supplies for school to their classrooms, talk with their teachers, and tour the schools.

Everyone is invited to help OCES and OCMS celebrate the return to school.

Frontier Extension to host wheat production meeting at Ottawa

The Frontier Extension District will host a wheat production meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 2022, at the Neosho County Community College-Ottawa Campus, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa, Kan.

The speakers for the evening will be southeast area agronomist Bruno Perdreira and K-State Extension wheat and forage specialist Romulo Lollato. They will focus on fertility needed to maximize yields, foliar fungicide treatments, seeding rates, varieties, and weed control. The meeting will provide opportunity to ask questions about planting wheat and gain information from those doing wheat research.

Anyone interested in planting wheat for the first time in several years or are interested in management practices is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Ryan Schaub, Frontier Extension crop production and farm management agent, at 785-448-6826.

Osage City puts on blue jeans for annual Osage County Fair Parade

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Osage County Fair Parade, at Osage City. All floats or other entries are welcomed in the parade, which travels from west to east on Market Street, ending downtown. The 2022 parade will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, with lineup on West Market Street. In conjunction with the fair parade this year, there will also be a parade for kids with decorated bicycles, wagons, scooters, and is open to children up to age 12.

The theme for the fair and the parade is “”Blue Jeans and Country Dreams”, and Adam Burnett, parade chairman, is creating some new and innovative concepts for the parade for this year.

Prize money for float entries will be 1st-$125,  2nd-$100,  3rd-$75, 4th-$50.  Prize money for golf carts and ATVs will be 1st-$30,  2nd-$20,  3rd-$10. Person must be 17 years old to drive either golf carts or ATVs. No water balloons will be allowed in the parade.

Judging for floats, golf carts and ATVs will begin at 5:15 and will end at 5:45 p.m. To have an entry judged, stop by the Flint Hills Beverage drive and wait to be judged. Once you have been judged, proceed to getting in line for the parade. Line up starts at the west end of Market Street.  There will be parade personnel there with clip boards and a line up sheet.

The kids parade will begin at 6:15 p.m., with line up at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Park. The kids parade will travel from Lincoln Park to Seventh and Market streets. Participants must wear a helmet, and children under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be given to participants. For more information or to pre-register, call Becky Siljenberg at 785-217-7342 or email, or Jeanette Swarts at 785-249-5451 or email

A parade entry form can be found on the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website at, under the Happenings link. Submit the form to Burnett at or call him at 785-760-0621 for more information.

Equestrian trade group presents ag experience grant to Lyndon FFA member

Ethan Kneisler with his Vermeer hay wrapping machine. Courtesy photo.

A FFA supervised agricultural experience grant has been awarded to Ethan Kneisler, of Lyndon, Kan. The $1,000 grant was sponsored by the Western and English Sales Association (WESA). WESA provides the world’s largest trade events for retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives of the equestrian industry.

Supervised agricultural experience grants are designed to help FFA members create or expand their SAE projects, a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business, or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

This year 32 sponsors made 39 different types of SAE grants available. A full list of sponsors can be found on the National FFA Organization website on the SAE grants webpage.

Ethan is a member of the Lyndon FFA Chapter. He is the son of Darby and Kristin Kneisler, and is currently a junior at Lyndon High School. The grant funds will be used to help develop his custom hay wrapping business, called Jimmy’s Custom Wrapping. He started this business in early 2021 by purchasing a Vermeer hay wrapper at a farm auction, and with the help and guidance of his father grew the business in its first year to four customers.

KSU Extension convenes pasture class next week at Princeton

Rotation grazing is recognized as a way to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently. To provide instruction on pasture production and grazing managent, a collaboration of experts from K-State Research and Extension and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will offer a two-day event, the ninth Eastern Kansas Grazing School. This year’s school will be held April 27-28, 2022, at the Princeton community building, 1449 US Highway 59, Princeton, Kan. The school will present information in the classroom and  nearby pastures.

Bruno Pedreira, KSU forage agronomist, will help producers better understand how forages and grasses grow. He will discuss plant needs and the importance of rest to a plant, interseeding legumes to improve pasture performance, and practices to maintain a productive pasture.

Jaymelynn Farney, KSU beef systems specialist, will highlight the use of cover crops or alternative forages to fill production gaps of your primary forage. She will also be on hand to discuss the importance of matching animal needs to forages that are available.

Doug Spencer, Kansas NRCS range specialist, will present the Art and Science of Grazing, lead a pasture allocation exercise at the farm, and will discuss resource inventory and stocking rates.

This year, the grazing school will have a featured speaker, A.J. Tarpoff, KSU beef extension veterinarian. Tarpoff will talk about the importance of low stress cattle handling and what to look for when designing a facility. A demonstration utilizing a bud-box, designed by KSU ag engineer Dr. Joe Harner, will highlight low stress cattle handling.

Other topics to be presented during the school are watering systems, fencing systems, and brush control options. The watering systems presentation will be on farm, and various pumps using solar power will be shown and discussed.

The Grazing School is designed for adult learners and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms. Registration is $50 for the first person from the farm or ranch, additional persons from the same farm is $25 each. Registration includes snacks, lunch both days, and proceedings. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Lyndon Lions thank local businessmen for longtime support

The Lyndon Lions recently recognized Jerry Giesy and Steve Giesy, of Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, Kan., for their support to the Lyndon Lions Club through the years. Club members presented a plaque to thank the Osage City grocers. Plaque presentation included, from left, Lions Gary and Barb Schattak and Bill Karr, Jerry Giesy, Steve Giesy, and Lions Ferne Tasker and Nancy Karr.

Delayed colorectal cancer screenings result in decreased survival rate

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By Dr. Balaji Datti, KMCPA, Topeka

Colorectal cancer is the second most common leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most diagnosed cancer in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates a diagnosis of about 151,030 new cases of colorectal cancers in the year 2022.

Colonoscopy has been the gold standard of screening tests for colon cancer for over three decades now. Screening saves lives by preventing cancer and finding cancers early. Death rates from colorectal cancer have been dropping over the last 20 years largely due to these screenings.

Colon cancers start as small growths called polyps, that can eventually grow into cancer over years. Polyps can be identified during testing, especially with a colonoscopy. If found small, polyps can be removed completely to prevent cancer. If they are large, they can be sampled and surgically removed, treating cancer at an early stage. Because not enough people are getting screened, only about four in 10 are being diagnosed at an early stage. Early-stage cancer detection has a five-year survival rate of 90 percent.

With the onset of the global pandemic of COVID-19 infection since early 2020, there has been a dramatic decrease in patient utilization of health care facilities for inpatient and outpatient care. This is due to various reasons, including local mandatory shutdowns of non-emergency services, shortage of health care personnel, shortage of personal protective equipment, and concern for spread of the infection. One specific consequence of this has been a decline in cancer screenings. Any delay in diagnosis could have a major impact on the five-year survival rate for patients. This amounts to a significant physical, mental, and financial burden.

Frontier Extension announces new team members

Frontier Extension District has announced the addition of two new team members in the new year – Amanda Groleau, at the Ottawa office, and Jo Hetrick-Anstaett, at the Lyndon office.

Amanda Groleau

Groleau has joined Frontier Extension as the new horticulture and natural resources Extension agent. Groleau, who officially began her position Jan. 10, 2022, recently moved here from Illinois, where she had served as an instructor of horticulture at Lake Land College through the Illinois Department of Corrections. She set up a new program at Lake Land and instructed horticulture and agriculture courses. She also has experience working in commercial horticulture.

Groleau is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Her position will consist of development, dissemination, and implementation of research-based educational programs for horticulture and natural resource issues. Programs include floriculture, woody ornamentals, food crops, water quality and quantity issues, environmental issues, wildlife habitat and management. She can be contacted at the Ottawa Extension office at 785-229-3520, or

Jo Hetrick-Anstaett

The district also welcomed Jo Hetrick-Anstaett to Lyndon Extension office as the 4-H program Manager. She started her position Jan. 3, and is a 4-H alum and has a vast array of experiences working with youth. Most recently, Hetrick-Anstaett worked as the summer children’s ministry director at the Lyndon United Methodist Church. She also has experience working in a special education preschool and as a case manager for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Hetrick-Anstaett has been a volunteer for our Frontier Extension District 4-H Youth Development program for the past five years. She’s served as a camp counselor, Citizenship Washington Focus chaperone, and is assisting with the 4-H Ambassador program in Osage County, and she spent several summers working at Rock Springs 4-H Center. She can be contacted at the Lyndon Extension office at 785-828-4438, 128 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

Education coop schedules well child screenings for infants to 5-year-olds

Three Lakes Educational Cooperative has scheduled well child screenings in the Osage County area, with an upcoming screening to be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, Community Covenant Church, Osage City, Kan. The free developmental screenings checks all areas of children’s development, including fine motor, gross motor, cognitive and pre-academic, expressive and receptive language, speech, vision, and hearing. The screening takes 1 to 1.5 hours. All children from infants to 5 years old are invited to attend.

Anyone interested in having their child attend preschool next year is encouraged to attend a screening as the first step for pre-enrollment. Current preschoolers do not need to attend.

Other screening dates, locations and contact numbers are:

  • Osage City – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Community Covenant Church, 334 N. Topeka St.; 785-528-3171.
  • Scranton Attendance Center – 8:30-10:30 a.m. Mar. 4, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton; 800-836-9525.
  • West Franklin Elementary School at Appanoose – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mar. 4; 785-566-3386.

To make an appointment for a child, call the contact number. Anyone who has concerns about their child’s development and would like a screening at a different time can contact Janine Henry, Three Lakes Educational Cooperative preschool coordinator, at 785-828-3113.

KSU Extension Beef Health Night at Garnett: Discuss conception through weaning

The Frontier Extension District will host a Beef Health Night beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2022, at the Anderson County Community Building, Garnett. Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian, will be the featured speaker.

This year’s topic is “Calf Health, Conception through Weaning.” Many things happen during this time that affect the healthiness of the calf for its entire lifetime. It starts with bull selection, and whether or not there could there be genetic issues. Can the bull get his job done? Did you have a breeding soundness exam completed on the bull prior to the breeding season?

Cow nutrition and body condition are big issues, and the cow has to be able to cycle and breed back to sell a calf the next year. These are just some of things that must be considered when breeeding cows.

Other things to consider are colostrum-quantity and quality, passive immunity, cold weather effects on the newborn calf, vaccinations requirements, scours, castration, and weaning stress – all affect the calf.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension agent, at 785-828-4438 or

Historical society tasks new director with developing relationships countywide

The Osage County Historical Society has hired a new programming director, Lynsay Flory.

OCHS program director Lynsay Flory

She has museum experience in Kansas, Montana and North Dakota. Her most recent post was at the Johnson County Museum, Overland Park, Kan. At Johnson County, she helped revamp children’s programs, garnering publicity for the museum and two education team awards. She also spearheaded the development of a new traveling trunk program, also award-winning.

Flory has a master’s degree in history from Wichita State University, and is currently working on her doctoral degree. Her working dissertation title is “Homegrown History,” illustrating some of the many ways everyday people create and use history in their own lives.

Flory joined the Osage County Historical Society in October 2021 and immediately began looking for ways to improve educational programming and visibility for OCHS. She is currently developing programming, pursing grant funding, and working towards stronger relationships with local museums and libraries for the betterment of all such organizations in Osage County.

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