Category Archives: Business

County eco-devo sponsors regional senior housing project

Osage County Economic Development has announced that construction began earlier this month on a $4.7 million regional senior housing project. The project will provide 26 handicapped accessible or adaptable apartments for income-qualifying seniors age 55 or over. As planned, there will be two apartments each in Williamsburg and Harveyville, four apartments each in Lyndon and Overbrook, six apartments in Osage City, and eight apartments in Burlingame.

OCED director Stephanie Watson said each apartment will have  approximately 1,040 square feet plus a single car attached garage, two bedrooms, one bath, all kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer, patio, above-ground storm shelter, and all-electric energy efficient construction.

“We fully expect these duplexes to be rented as soon as they are completed according to the interest and inquiries we have had during the development phase,” Watson said.

Watson said it is anticipated that several apartments will available in July, with all apartments expected to be completed in September.

Frontier Extension schedules tractor safety class for 14-15-year-olds

The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) class on May 25, 2018. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. The only time a 14-15 year old would be exempt from needing this training would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The class will meet at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Pomona Community Center, Pomona, Kan. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local farm.

Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center.

There is a registration fee of $6 to cover class materials. Pre-registration is required by calling one of the Frontier Extension District offices, Lyndon, 785-828-4438; Ottawa, 785-229-3520; Garnett, 785-448-6826, or by emailing the agents: [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], by Friday, May 18. Participants are required to pick up their tractor safety materials from the Extension office and read them prior to the class.

Osage City welcomes shoppers for citywide garage sales, April 20-21, 2018

Osage City’s citywide garage sales will be on April 20 and 21, 2018, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who would like their sale to be listed on the map can contact Casey’s in Osage City or Jodi Smith at Vintage Park of Osage City. There is a $5 donation for a name and address to be listed on the map, with collected funds used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School. The deadline to have a sale listed on the map is 8 a.m. April 17.

For more information, contact Jodi Smith at Vintage Park of Osage City, 785-528-5095.

4th Judicial District seeks nominees for Osage County district magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The former district magistrate judge, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

Justice Eric S. Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 4th Judicial District, said nominees can apply or be nominated, but it must be on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature.

A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas, or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court and to become certified within 18 months.

Frontier Extension co-hosts beef cattle reproduction workshop at Baldwin City

Douglas County Extension and Frontier Extension District will co-host a beef cattle artificial insemination refresher class March 29, 2018, at the May-Way Farms, located at 1273 N. 650 Road, Baldwin City, Kan. The class will begin at 6 p.m. with snacks and should conclude by 8:30 p.m.

The class will highlight: Better Understanding of Synchronization Protocols; Semen Handling Techniques; Using an AI Calendar; and an opportunity to do Hands-On AI Work with a Female Reproductive Tract. Dr. Sandy Johnson, KSU Extension livestock specialist, will be the evening’s speaker.

Frontier Extension co-hosts beef cattle reproduction workshop at Baldwin City

Douglas County Extension and Frontier Extension District will co-host a beef cattle artificial insemination refresher class March 29, 2018, at the May-Way Farms, located at 1273 N. 650 Road, Baldwin City, Kan. The class will begin at 6 p.m. with snacks and should conclude by 8:30 p.m.

The class will highlight: Better Understanding of Synchronization Protocols; Semen Handling Techniques; Using an AI Calendar; and an opportunity to do Hands-On AI Work with a Female Reproductive Tract. Dr. Sandy Johnson, KSU Extension livestock specialist, will be the speaker.

Stocker cattle health night rescheduled at Osage City

Postponed from Feb. 20 due to icy weather

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m. March 15, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City. Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will provide a free brisket sandwich meal for those in attendance that have called to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal by March 13.

Topics to be covered include: “Economics of Parasite Control in Stocker Calves,” “Using Modified Live or Killed Vaccines, What to Do?” “Vaccine Handling, it May be More Important than You Thought,” and “Wormers for Stocker Cattle.”

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff DVM, KSU Extension beef cattle veterinarian, Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek DVM, Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and Jaymelynn Farney, KSU Extension beef systems specialist, will help producers get a better understanding of these stocker health issues.

“Immunization is probably the most important part of having a healthy beef cattle herd,” said Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent. “However it is important to use vaccines as they are intended and when they should be given. Calves should get their first round of shots at branding time or at 2-3 months of age. Another round of shots should also be given 3-4 weeks prior to weaning. Remember a calf’s health is additive, as you use a vaccination protocol you are improving the calf’s health and adding value. Vaccines are not a magic potent in a bottle – handle cattle in a low stress method, handle the vaccines correctly, and reduce stressors like weaning, transportation, commingling, and weather changes near vaccination time to increase success.”

For more information about the meeting, contact Schaub at 785-828-4438.

FSA schedules loan eligibility informational meeting at Ottawa

The Farm Service Agency will be offering information about loan eligibility and farm ownership and operating loan requirements, with a focus on women and minority farmers, during a meeting to be held March 7, 2018, at Ottawa.

The same information will be presented during two sessions, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. that day, at the Farm Service Agency, 343 W. 23rd St, Ottawa.

Kansas Commerce now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards

TOPEKA, Kan. – Business Appreciation Month will again be recognized statewide in June, serving as a tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards, affording the opportunity for individuals and organizations to nominate Kansas businesses that grow jobs and support their local communities.

“Kansas businesses are the engines of economic growth,” said Robert North, interim secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce. “They better the quality of life in our state by creating jobs, investing in our communities and supporting local activities. In 2018, we are once again excited to honor the businesses in our state and invite you to join us by nominating the successful businesses in your community for the 2018 Kansas Business Appreciation Month Awards.”

The top nominees will be recognized at the Team Kansas awards banquet on June 5 at the DoubleTree hotel in Lawrence, Kan., and the winner will take home the 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest award given to a business by the state.

Nominations will be accepted in four categories, manufacturing or distribution, retail, service, and hospital or non-profit. Businesses can be nominated by an individual or organization, and nominators may submit multiple companies for consideration. 

Stocker cattle health night set at Osage City

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City.

A free brisket sandwich meal will be provided to those in attendance that have called in to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal.

Topics to be covered include: “Economics of Parasite Control in Stocker Calves,” “Using Modified Live or Killed Vaccines, What to Do?” “Vaccine Handling, it May be More Important than You Thought,” and “ Wormers for Stocker Cattle.”

Extension schedules pasture meeting at Garnett

Frontier Extension District will host an educational meeting, “Grazing Opportunities and Pasture Management” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Garnett Community Building at the Anderson County fairgrounds, in Garnett. The meeting will cover many current issues facing local producers and their pasture lands.

Topics will be of concern to both native warm season and cool season pasture owners, including fall burning of sericea lespedeza; controlling woody plant species in grasslands; Old World Bluestem, identification and control; fescue seed head suppression; and using cover crops to keep cattle grazing.

Emergency management cautions about burning during current dry spell

With dry conditions and little chance of measureable moisture in the near future, Osage County Emergency Management is reminding everyone to use extreme caution when conducting any type of outside burning.

“Please ensure that you have sufficient manpower, water, and equipment to control the fire, this is your responsibility,” said Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director. “You must monitor your fire until it is completely extinguished. We have had numerous out-of-control grass fires, burning without a permit, and burning on “no burn days.”

Anyone burning in Osage County is required to have a burn permit in all unincorporated areas. Unincorporated areas are those outside of city limits. Residents living inside city limits should check their city regulations regarding burning.

Burn permits can be obtained at the following locations:

  • City offices at Carbondale, Scranton, Osage City, Overbrook, Melvern, Burlingame and Quenemo.
  • Osage County Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
  • Osage County Clerk’s Office, land development office, sheriff’s office, KSU Extension office at Lyndon, Osage County Emergency Management, and USDA Service Center in Lyndon.

Chamber Chatter: Christmas on Market Street proceeds distributed

Jeanette Swarts
Chamber Executive Director

Check presentation, from left, Kathy Lincoln, ECAT, Patrick Gardner, Chamber vice president, Jeff King, Warmth Fund, and Kenna Burns, ECKAN.

Funds raised during the 2017 Osage City Christmas on Market Street event were divided between the Chamber of Commerce and three local organizations.

Disbursements were awarded during the January members’ meeting to Kathy Lincoln, Ecumenical Christian Action Team, Kenna Burns, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, and Jeff King, Osage City Warmth Fund.

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.   

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.

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.

Frontier Extension schedules cow herd health meeting

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on cow herd health, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 29, 2018, at Celebration Hall, 220 W. 17th St. (Franklin County Fairgrounds), Ottawa, Kan. A free brisket sandwich meal will be provided to those that RSVP.

The evening meeting will feature speakers A.J. Tarpoff DVM, KSU Extension beef cattle veterinarian; Gregg Hanzlicek DVM, Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; and Jaymelynn Farney, KSU Extension beef systems specialist.

Several hot topics will be highlighted throughout the evening. “Anaplasmosis Prevention, Treatment and Diagnosis” may be the biggest draw. Come hear what’s new with this disease. Other topics to be discussed include “Fly Control and How to Beat Resistance” and “Ways to use Nutrition to Reduce the Incidence of Calf Scours.”

Cattle producers are encouraged to mark their calendars and plan to attend this educational evening. RSVPs are needed by Jan. 24 to reserve a meal. For meal reservations or more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438.

Chamber Chatter: Looking back at 2017

Information from Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce had a busy year in 2017, welcoming several new businesses to the community. Ribbon cuttings were held Jan. 17,  at That Other Place; Feb. 14, Eclipse Computer Solutions and Erin’s Sewing Center;  June 27, Garrett’s Fireworks; and Aug. 15, Branded Graphics.

After hours mixers

Throughout the year, several Osage City Chamber of Commerce members hosted after hours mixers showcasing their businesses. Members enjoyed the hospitality of Ecumenical Christian Action Team (ECAT) in March, the Osage City Public Library, celebrating its a new addition in September, and Designs by Diane in December.

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 28th and final annual Kansas Sampler Festival was held in Winfield on May 6-7, 2017. Dave and Tara Azwell have been loyal representatives of Osage City for a number of years as well as Wayne White and Jan Williams. Julie Carlson also went and helped out at the booth.


The Osage City Chamber of Commerce announced Tracy Wilk and Trey Tomlinson were the 2017 recipients of the $250 scholarship. Tracy, daughter of Sally and Ken Wilk, will be attending Colby Community College, and Trey, son of Paula and Robert Tomlinson, will be attending Wichita State University in the fall. The revenue from the $5 that sellers pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships.

Osage County Fair and parade

Diane Michael was in charge of the fair parade, which was June 29. Along with the floats, band and other entries, decorated golf carts and ATVs were invited to participate in the parade this year. The theme for the parade was “Summertime Fun”.  Diane had several new entries in the parade and is hoping that the parade will continue to grow. Parade honorees were Ann Lusk as the 2017 parade marshal, and Richard and Jeanette Swarts selected as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce Festival of Beer 

Sept. 30 marked the fifth annual Osage City Chamber Festival of Beer. The event was located at the 4-H pavilion. Patrons were able to enjoy beautiful weather, live music, good food and most importantly taste more than 100 beers. The funds from this event helps the Chamber with many different projects around Osage City, such as scholarships for high school seniors, the Warmth Fund, ECAT,  the Fourth of July fireworks and much 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 that, because of winter weather, can often be challenging for maintaining the health of their herds, but a host of management steps and best practices can help to get the animals through the tough times.

“Talking to a regional climatologist, we foresee a lot of fluctuation in weather,” said A.J. Tarpoff, a beef veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension. “The fluctuations from warm to cold are stressful on any animal, so you have to be ready for that fluctuation.

“If it gets cold and it stays cold, we can manage that very easily. The animals get used to the cold, dry environment. But when we start mixing warm to cold, and a little bit of moisture – in other words, we combine wind, cold and a wet animal – that leads to a little bit of trouble.”

Livestock that can be housed indoors – such as chickens, swine and dairy cattle – may be protected from severe elements, but keeping them properly ventilated can be challenging.

“It’s hard to keep the fans and the ventilation adjusted appropriately because the incoming air is still somewhat warmer during the day, but then it cools off during the night as we get the different weather fronts coming through,” said Joel DeRouchey, a livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

DeRouchey notes that fluctuations in indoor temperatures can cause mortalities in herds because the animals get stressed from the roller-coaster shifts.

KSBDC offers free consulting for small businesses or startups

For small business owners or individuals wanting to start a business, Emporia State University Kansas Small Business Development Center will offer business consulting at Osage County Economic Development, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan., on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and March 15, 2018. Appointments should be made in advance, with the consultant available 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The consulting services are free and confidential. To make an appointment, call ESU KSBDC at 620-341-5308.

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