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Osage City Library offers ‘care cupboard’ stocked with personal care products

The Osage City Library is creating a “care cupboard” for individuals who have a need.

The Care Cupboard has the following items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, denture cleaner, shampoo and conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant, feminine pads, tampons and bladder pads for women and men.

The library received a grant from the Northeast Kansas Library System to create the Care Cupboard. The library will accept donations of items and monetary donations to keep the cupboard stocked after the grant money has been depleted.

Anyone who can benefit from the Care Cupboard is asked to stop by the Osage City Library, 515 Main St., complete a shopping list, and the items will be bagged up. For more information, call the library at 785-528-3727, or visit

Frontier Extension opens application period for fall master gardeners program

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Frontier Extension District is taking applications for the Master Gardener training program that will take place this fall.

Participants in the Master Gardener program will learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides.

The classes will be online 1-4 p.m. Thursday afternoons via Zoom, Sept. 5 through Dec. 5, 2024. (No classes will take place Oct. 24 or Nov. 28.) For those who can’t watch a meeting every Thursday afternoon, the meetings will be recorded to watch later. In addition to the Zoom meetings, there will  be a local welcome and orientation meeting before the classes begin and a celebration and recognition meeting after the course is completed. The dates, times and locations for these meetings has not yet been determined.

The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. The cost of Master Gardener training is $125 per person. Master Gardeners are asked to give back 40 hours of service and education after completing the training. Some of the Master Gardener projects can include assisting with a garden show, helping with county landscaping plantings, teaching youth about gardening, helping in a community garden, or going on tours for further education on gardening, and other projects.

To apply or for more information about Master Gardeners, see and click on the Lawn and Garden tab, and then on the Master Gardener tab, or stop by one of the offices at Garnett, Lyndon, or Ottawa to pick up an application, or call Frontier Extension District Horticulture and Natural Resources Agent Lauren Gammill at 785- 229-3520 or

Officials search for disabled man in Lyndon area

Update: The missing person has been located and is safe back with his family, as reported by the NKRNS at 9:49 p.m. July 19, 2024.

Truck on fire near Melvern Lake temporarily closes U.S. 75

A truck on fire July 19, 2024, on U.S. 75. Photo by Rachel Price.

Update: The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported further details about this morning’s truck fire that closed U.S. Highway 75. A sheriff’s office press release said that at 7:02 a.m., a 911 call reported a fuel truck on fire at the 120.5 milepost on U.S. 75.

The release said a 2017 Peterbilt fuel truck was completely engulfed upon arrival of emergency responders. The truck had been hauling 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel. A tire blow out ruptured the tank, causing the fire. No injuries have been reported.

The highway was closed for the fire suppression efforts, and is expected to reopen around 11:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office reported.

A truck on fire has temporarily closed U.S. Highway 75 this morning, July 19, 2024. Around 8 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation advised drivers to use alternate routes to avoid the location between state Highway 278 and state Highway 31, near Melvern Lake.

The closure duration is unknown and KDOT provided no other details on the fire. There is no posted detour.

While on her way to work this morning, local reader Rachel Price captured these photos of the truck on fire before emergency services reached the site.

A truck on fire July 19, 2024, on U.S. 75. Photo by Rachel Price.

KDOT advised drivers to check for updates on the road closure.

Consumer Fraud Alert: Imposter scam reported

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Office of the Kansas State Treasurer has learned that a Kansas resident was the victim of a scam by a government imposter. The scammer contacted the victim via phone call and claimed to be a representative of the Kansas State Treasurer’s office. The victim was told that he had recently won a sizable sum of money from the lottery. The scammer then informed the victim that collecting his lottery winnings would require a payment.

The victim was directed to wire funds as well as load money onto a gift card and once payment was received, the scammer indicated the state treasurer would visit his home to present the winnings.

Imposter scammers may call, text or email to begin their scam. They often use caller ID to deceptively appear like the communication is coming from a reputable entity. Any request to make a payment in order to receive funds is likely fraud. Furthermore, any request for payment using gift cards is never a legitimate method a government entity would utilized.

“Imposter scams are a rising trend in Kansas,” said State Treasurer Steven Johnson. “Kansans should be aware that the State Treasurer’s office is not involved in the delivery of lottery winnings.”

The Office of the Kansas State Treasurer is currently the custodian of over $640 million in unclaimed property owed to Kansans. The distribution of those funds to the rightful owners never requires fees to be paid. Individuals and businesses can search for missing money at

Kansans can learn more about fraud prevention by visiting If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be the victim of a scam, please contact the Office of the Kansas Attorney General and local law enforcement.

Osage County Fair 2 to begin this weekend with horse show

Osage County Fair cattle exhibitors. File photo.

Part 2 of the 2024 Osage County Fair is about to get underway, with the horse show scheduled for this Saturday, July 20, at Burns Skyview Horse Farm. After four days of fair fun last week, the 4-H, FFA and open exhibition portion of the fair will start up next Wednesday, July 24, when the fair officially opens.

In the meantime, exhibitors and fair volunteers will start setting up the fairgrounds Sunday at Jones Park in Osage City; Tuesday, exhibitors will set up tack and equipment; animals will be unloaded beginning Wednesday morning.

In addition to exhibits and livestock of all kinds, fair goers will be able enjoy the pie baking contest Thursday. Friday evening at the fair will feature an ice cream social, bingo, and live entertainment. Saturday’s fun includes an “ultimate foam experience” and a touch-a-truck exhibit.

Here is the week’s schedule:

Osage City is ‘vacation destination’ for summertime parade, fireworks and fun

Osage City Boy Scout Troop 106 present the colors as leaders of the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade.

By Jeanette Swartz
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

Mother Nature provided an extra warm but enjoyable evening for the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade and entertainment which were enjoyed by many spectators, Friday, July 12.

Celebrating “Vacation Destination”, the fair parade had a variety of entries including the Boy Scout Troop leading with the color guard and then the usual fire equipment, law enforcement, EMS, Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Larry and Jeannine Colstrom, parade marshals, Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, retired city manager Rod Willis and Anne, the Twin Lakes Cruisers, Osage City High School band, flag corps, spirit groups, floats, golf carts and ATVs, Shriners, tractors, politicians, Walmart semi truck, and horses.

Grace Lutheran Church – Fishers of Men, 1st place float

Float winners in the fair parade were Fishers of Men, of Grace Lutheran Church, first place, $125; Girl Scouts, second place, $100; and Countryside Baptist Church, third, $75.

Steve and Michelle Giesy and their first place golf cart.

ATV and golf cart winners were Steve and Michelle Giesy, taking first place and $30 with their “beach bound” ride; and April Peet winning $20 with her second-place entry. Horse winners were Dee Crist and Lucky Charm with the most creative horse and cart, $50; and John Thornbrugh and Jack Sparrow, $50 for most creative horse and rider.

Starting before the fair parade was the kids decorated bicycle parade, coordinated by Becky and Craig Siljenberg.

Following the parade was a variety of entertainment at Jones Park and fairgrounds. Some people played bingo inside the community building. Others enjoyed food served by the Lions Club and ice cream served by the Osage County Fair Association, and listening to Delta Haze live band.

The finale for the evening was the spectacular fireworks celebration provide by sponsors and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. The fireworks celebration would not be possible without the generous donations given by the businesses and individuals within the community. Scott Farmer and his crew do a wonderful job putting together an enjoyable show. Assisting Scott on Saturday morning was a group of Chamber of Commerce members and Osage City citizens, who volunteered to pick up all of the debris left from the fireworks display. The display was another enjoyable evening with a variety of fireworks.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 5 – July 11, 2024

The following information was compiled July 5 to July 11, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Chip seal project to begin on K-170

KDOT map shows the chip and seal project on state Highway 170, to begin next week.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced a chip seal project that will begin next week in Lyon and Osage counties. The project covers approximately 21 miles of state Highway 170, from the state Highway 99 junction, west of Reading, to the southern city limit of Osage City.

Work is expected to begin around Monday, July 15, and to be completed by early August, conditions permitting. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the active work area and directed by a pilot car and flaggers. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.

Vance Brothers Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., is the prime contractor on the $1 million project.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For more information about highway construction projects and road conditions across Kansas, see or call 511.

OCES administrative assistants to be honored as Osage County Fair Parade marshals

Osage County Fair Parade marshals Michelle Martin, left, and Jessica Lickteig. Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has selected two well-known local honorees to serve as parade marshals for the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade, to be held July 12, in downtown Osage City.

Parade marshals Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, both secretaries at Osage Elementary School, were recognized for their willingness to go above and beyond to help families who may be struggling financially or otherwise. They make sure every child that walks through the doors of the school feel welcomed and loved, as well as making sure they have access to everything they need to be safe and successful.

Martin has lived in Osage City since 1978, and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1980. She has been employed as a secretary at the OCES for the last 26 years. She is married to Rick Martin, and they have two sons, Dylan and his wife Katie and three grandchildren, Khloe, Layne and Paislee, all of Osage City, and David, of Lawrence.

Lickteig was born and raised in Osage City, and graduated from OCHS in 2006. In 2009, she married Ryan Lickteig, also of Osage City, and they built their family home. They have two daughters, Jordyn, who will be an eighth grader, and Taylor, who will be in sixth grade this year. Jessica has been an administrative assistant at OCES since 2016.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Colstroms honored as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City

Larry and Jeannine Colstrom have been selected as the 2024 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, and will be honored in the Osage County Fair Parade, Friday evening, in downtown Osage City.

Larry and Jeannine said they are very honored to be selected as this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They both grew up in the Osage City community, attending Osage Rural Elementary School and Osage City High School.

They both worked 30-plus years with Hallmark Cards, and during this time they were active in their churches and the community.

After retiring from Hallmark, both remained in the community. Larry went into full time farming. He endeavored to use conservation practices and new farming techniques to maintain the soil and enhance productivity while reducing labor and costs.

Jeannine became a professional seamstress working for J. Higgins LLC from home, making Scottish kilts that are distributed all over the United States. She also volunteers at ECAT and serves on the Osage County Senior Center board.

While being retired, Larry and Jeannine still remain very active in their churches and community, volunteering their time and talents. They enjoy the rural life, making their home west of Osage City in the Rapp Community where Larry grew up, and spending a lot of time with family and friends.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Osage City to be a ‘vacation destination’ during Friday’s fair celebration

The Osage County Fair Parade, underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City, will be a “Vacation Destination” with floats, golf cart entries, school groups, Shriners, and others. Leading the parade will be the Boy Scouts carrying the flag, followed by law enforcement, fire department, and Osage County EMS. The fair parade is hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Larry and Jeannine Colstrom, and parade marshals, Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, Osage City Elementary School secretaries, will be recognized as parade dignitaries. Rod Willis and his wife, Anne, will be recognized as he begins his retirement after 10 years as Osage City manager.

Parade line-up starts at the west end of Market Street, with parade entry judging beginning at 5:15 p.m.

In a message to parade participants, parade chairman Adam Burnett said, “Thank you in advance for your participation in our ‘Vacation Destination’ parade. It is you, the community, that makes it a success by participating.”

For more information about the parade or entries, contact Burnett at

In conjunction with the fair parade, the Chamber and Osage County Fire District No. 2 offer the opportunity for students kindergarten through the fifth grade to color a theme picture with the anticipation of getting selected to ride on a fire truck in the parade. There were a lot of entries this year and the selection process was a very difficult task. The selected students that will ride on the fire truck are Jordyn Turner, Olivia Robert, Ayva Capoun, Mia Watson, Nova Smith and Taylor Lickteig.

Following the parade, the attention goes to the Jones Park area where there will be a full evening of entertainment. The Lions Club will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pies, and other treats. The continuation of the carnival will be in full swing with a variety of rides for all ages. The Atomic Alert historical display continues in the recreation building. The Osage County Fair Association will host an ice cream social, outside of the community building. Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the community building. The band Delta Haze will present a show, starting at 8 p.m., east of the community building. Friday evening’s finale will be a fireworks show around 10 p.m., which can be viewed from about anywhere around Jones Park.

Osage County Senior Center: Enjoy root beer floats before the parade

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and Osage County Public Transportation – where things are happening in July.

The Breakfast Club will be going to Cracker Barrel on July 12, 2024. Our Lunch Bunch will be at Red Lobster on July 26.  Herms Foot Care will be here July 16.  The senior center will be serving root beer floats at 5:30 p.m. July 12, before the Osage City parade. Then on July 20, riders will go to the Lone Star Jubilee, in Ottawa. On July 24, we are doing a Build-a-Bear. We have 25 seats so please sign your child or grandchild as soon as possible.

We are playing Mahjong at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The ceramics class is going to change the time to 9:30 a.m.; all supplies are furnished and we have lots of bisque to choose from.  We have a sewing group that now has walker bags for sale; stop in and look around at the wonderful things they make.  High Rollers is on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m.  Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; come and enjoy.

Shopping trips are on the first and third Thursdays of the month; we will be going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Call the transportation department to make reservations.

Our Meals on Wheels program is collecting prescription bottle caps from Auburn Pharmacy, which donates .25 cents per cap to the Meals on Wheels program. Just drop them off at the senior center.

For more information, contact the senior center office at 785-528-1170, or Osage County Public Transportation at 785-528-4906, or stop by the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Fair time means great times for all: Osage County Fair begins

It’s summer and time for the Osage County Fair, at Osage City, presented this year in two parts: community events will be July 10-13, 2024, and 4-H, FFA, and open livestock shows and exhibits will be July 24-27.

Community events get underway Wednesday, July 10, as the carnival sets up in Jones Park at Osage City. Carnival rides will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, and ride wristbands can be purchased in advance at many businesses in Osage County

The rest of the week will be highlighted with live entertainment, downtown fair parade, fireworks display and other entertainment. Here’s this week’s schedule:

Osage County Fair Community Events Schedule

Wednesday – July 10

9 a.m. – Booths and vendors open at the Osage City Recreation Building, Jones Park; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.

Thursday – July 11

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage
9 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage

Friday – July 12

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – Osage County Fair Parade, downtown Osage City; theme “vacation destination.”
7 p.m. – Bingo
7:30 p.m. – Homemade ice cream and brownie social
8 p.m. – Live band “Delta Haze”
10 p.m. – Fireworks display, Jones Park

Saturday – July 13

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building. Serving “all you can eat” breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Demolition derby – west of football field

Most Osage County Fair activities and entertainment will be in Jones Park, 527 S. First St., the Osage City Community Building, or the Osage City Recreation Building, unless otherwise noted. For more information, see

Practice grill safety this Fourth of July

TOPEKA, Kan. – With the Fourth of July holiday here, the Kansas Department of Insurance reminds Kansans to prioritize safety when grilling outdoors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires cause an average of $37 million in damage annually.

“A grill fire can quickly turn into a devastating house fire, so taking a few precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone,” said Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.

The Department suggests the following safety tips to help Kansans prevent grill fires:

  • Maintain your grill. Before each use, check your grill for leaks or loose connections in the propane hose. Clean any grease buildup from the grill and surrounding areas.
  • Choose a safe location. Place your grill on a level, stable surface away from your home, siding, deck railings or overhanging eaves. Never grill indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby. Having a fire extinguisher readily available is crucial for extinguishing small fires quickly. Never leave a grill unattended.

Lyndon to ‘get fired up for freedom’ during Saturday celebration

A past fireworks show at Lyndon’s annual celebration. File photo.

Lyndon will “get fired up for freedom” Saturday at its annual Fourth of July celebration. Hosted by Lyndon Pride, the Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, in downtown Lyndon. Cash prizes will be offered for first, second and third places. The theme of the parade is “Get fired up for freedom!”

White’s Foodliner, Osage City, is sponsoring free watermelon; kids races will be after the parade. Lyndon State Bank is sponsoring 3-leg, sack, and foot races, and a tug of war competition.

A fireworks show is planned at dusk at Lamont Hill, near Vassar; with a live band at 6 p.m.

For more information or parade entries, contact Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon Carnegie Library, or Sharon Culley at

Enjoy Fourth of July with the Overbrook community

Overbrook Fourth of July fireworks at City Lake. File photo.

Overbrook Pride is hosting a communitywide Fourth of July celebration that will include pickleball, a children’s bike parade, free swimming at the pool, and fireworks finale.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with open play pickleball at the new courts. Everyone age 16 and older and all skill levels are invited; rackets and balls will be available for those who don’t have their own.

At 10 a.m., the kids bicycle parade gets underway and ends with hotdogs and root beer floats at the shelter house at the Kids Fishing Pond.

The Overbrook Pool will open at 1 p.m. for free swimming until 5 p.m.

Festivities and activities will get underway at Overbrook City Lake. Planned are a DJ, craft vendors, kayak rides and races, sidewalk chalk art, face painting, free waterslide, and watermelon.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 p.m. The show was made possible by donations from the community; all donations are appreciated.

State law prohibits political signs on highway right of way

TOPEKA, Kan. – It’s a sign of the season – political campaigning and the posting of campaign signs. The Kansas Department of Transportation reminds the public that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited from being placed on state highway right of way.

By law, all right of way on state highways is exclusively for public highway purposes. Only regulatory, guide signs and warning signs placed by KDOT are allowed on the 9,500-mile state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political signs on state highway right of way, the signs will be removed immediately and without notice. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area office. Political campaign signs not retrieved from the sub-area offices will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way. However, people placing or erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the property owner.

A state law passed in 2015 related to placement of campaign signs on city or county-owned right of way does not apply to state highway right of way. Persons placing signs on city street or county road right of way should consult the local jurisdiction on any rules.

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