Melvern Jr. Highline forgoes December meeting but sends off holiday care packages

Members of Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club show their pile of care packages before they were mailed. Bella Reeser photo. By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter Due to Marais des More »

Hidden History: Cheese depression ends success of Burlingame’s Western Reserve

In the 1860s and beyond, Osage County was one of the most prolific cheese manufacturing areas in Kansas. Cheese production increased in the county when under the guidance of More »

Lyndon students deliver community’s generosity to Help House food bank

Lyndon Middle School Student Council and sponsor, Randy Gales, delivered 1,982 food items to Help House on Dec. 12, 2020. All Lyndon elementary and middle school students, pre-K through eighth More »

Don’t let impaired driving bring a tragic end to 2020

The year 2020 has had its ups and downs. Do not make it worse by driving impaired. The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding everyone the holidays are a More »

Hidden History: Cheese depression ends success of Burlingame’s Western Reserve

In the 1860s and beyond, Osage County was one of the most prolific cheese manufacturing areas in Kansas. Cheese production increased in the county when under the guidance of W.D. Canfield, a cheese factory was established at Burlingame, making the town an important cheese producer in the state.

When Canfield and Harvey Parker came to Kansas in 1873, they likely had every intention to establish a cheese factory the moment they settled in the town. Both men were natives of northeast Ohio known as the Western Reserve, Geuga and Portage counties, respectively.

The Western Reserve had long been one of the leading cheese producing locations in the United States, exporting so much cheese that it became known as “Cheesedom.” In 1860, Portage and Geuga counties had produced about 8.5 million pounds of cheese, selling at about 13 cents per pound in eastern and southern markets.

H.W. Parker in particular had gained extensive experience in the cheese industry and was ready to put it to use in Burlingame. A publication in 1872 promoting the success of a cheese factory system, coupled with a depression of the cheese economy in the Western Reserve, sent Canfield and Parker to Kansas, where they could produce a large quantity of cheese at a lesser price.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Burlingame and Osage County were already established as the leading producer of cheese in the state – Osage was the first county to give a thought to its production. John S. Bush and Gamaliel Kent, also from the cheese districts of New York and Ohio, were among the first dairy men in the county. Bush and Kent’s cows produced enough milk to make nearly 70 pounds of cheese (primarily American) per day. The pair sold large loads of what was considered the finest quality cheese to both Leavenworth and Lawrence, earning 10 cents per pound, wholesale.

At that time, three dairies were located around Burlingame and they gained a reputation for superior cheeses, winning state fair premiums for the best cheese for most of a decade. Merchants were willing to pay a premium for Osage County cheese because of its quality.

In the early days, cheese was cured at the homes of local farmers, but due to the benefits of the factory system and increase in demand for cheese from the Civil War, factories began to be established. In 1866, Superior (a now extinct town south of Burlingame) created a factory within its former hotel.

For their cheese factory in Burlingame, W.D. Canfield and Harvey Parker joined with Homer Rogers, of Lyndon, and purchased a former furniture factory with hopes to convert it for cheese production. A steam mill and boiler were attached for use in pumping and heating the water for the cheese process. The men invested less than $5,000 in the property, buildings, and machinery, and named their venture the Western Reserve Cheese Factory in honor of their place of nativity. By May 1873, they were ready for production, reportedly one of five small factories in the state. The Western Reserve Cheese factory projected that they could manufacture 1,000 pounds of 40-pound cheeses per day, contracting with local farmers for 400 cows.

Burlingame, while the center of Osage County at that time, was not the only area town that was considering the marketability of cheese. Carbondale began looking into a flour and cheese mill pairing. The booming town of Lyndon and Valley Brook Township also marginally passed $3,000 in bonds to build a steam mill and cheese factory within a half mile of the disputed county seat.

Lyndon childcare facility recognized for participation in statewide improvement system

LYNDON, Kan. – The Kansas Department for Children and Families awarded the Founders’ Link to a Lyndon, Kan., childcare facility and 36 other facilities across the state for their work helping to develop Kansas’ childcare quality recognition and improvement system, called Links to Quality.

Thill Express Child Day Care Home, in Lyndon, was among the programs that participated in a two-year pilot of Links to Quality, which aims to support early care and education professionals in recognizing and building on the strengths of their program to provide higher quality care.

During the two-year pilot, the facilities worked on three links – program leadership, family partnerships, and learning and development – to demonstrate their commitment to quality and to help inform the development of the system. Pilot participants had access to peer support, technical assistance, and other incentives to help them improve the quality of their care.

As they worked through each link, pilot participants provided DCF staff with feedback about processes, content, and overall experience of the program. Their feedback will benefit all future participants and contribute to strengthening the early childhood profession across the state.

Help Wanted: Orbis seeks Shipping Clerk, Flex Operator, Day and Night Operators

ORBIS Corp. seeks Shipping Clerk-Yard Driver, Flex Operator, and day and night shift Operators, at Osage City, Kan.

  • Shipping Clerk processes deliveries, updates shipment data, stages and loads shipments; assists in receiving, routing shipments, contacting carriers. Drives the yard truck to move trailers on company property. Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Flex Operator cross-functionally trains to assist in processing of products, mold change over, and assist process technicians, and fill in for relief operators and production operators as needed. Day shift 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Operators needed for day and night shifts.

For job descriptions or to apply, see and click on the Careers tab. Positions come with a great benefits package and 401(k) match.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Lyndon students deliver community’s generosity to Help House food bank

Lyndon Middle School Student Council and sponsor, Randy Gales, delivered 1,982 food items to Help House on Dec. 12, 2020. All Lyndon elementary and middle school students, pre-K through eighth grade, participated in bringing in the items to be donated to the Help House food pantry, which serves families and individuals in need in Osage County.

The generosity of our community and others during these difficult times is such a blessing to those who will receive – thank you from Help House.

Paul Edward Lundgren, 76, Effingham: April 5, 1944 – Dec. 28, 2020

EFFINGHAM, Kan. – Paul Edward Lundgren, 76, passed away Dec. 28, 2020, at his home in Effingham, Kan. He was born in Emporia, Kan., the son of Albert H. and Pauline M. (Johnson) Lundgren.

Paul grew up on the family farm west of Osage City, Kan., and graduated from Osage City High School in 1962. He achieved the degrees Bachelor of Music Education in 1966, and Master of Music Education in 1974 from Kansas State University.

OCPR Update: A new year of activities ahead

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is starting off the new year with youth basketball for pre-K through second grade, with the signup deadline on Jan. 15, 2021. Here are the details:

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 21 – Dec. 24, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2020.

Conservation reserve program general signup underway

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program can sign up for the popular program as of Jan. 4, 2021, until Feb. 12, 2021. The competitive program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

“This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first time or continue their participation for another term,” FSA State Director David Schemm said. “This program encourages conservation on sensitive lands or low-yielding acres, which provides tremendous benefits for stewardship of our natural resources and wildlife.”

Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Farmers and ranchers who participate in CRP help provide numerous benefits to their local region and the nation’s environment and economy. CRP general signup is held annually and is competitive; general signup includes increased opportunities for wildlife habitat enrollment through the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement initiative.

New cropland offered in the program must have been planted for four out of six crop years from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, producers with land already enrolled but expiring on Sept. 30, 2021, can re-enroll this year. The acreage offered by producers and landowners is evaluated competitively; accepted offers will begin Oct. 1, 2021.

Lucille Keller, 101, Topeka: Nov. 18, 1919 – Dec. 30, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Lucille Keller, 101, Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at her home. She was born Nov. 18, 1919, in Burlingame, Kan., the daughter of Frank Greek and Margaret Ann (Beckley) Greek.

Lucille grew up and attended school in Burlingame.

On Aug. 14, 1936, Lucille was united in marriage to Clifford Keller, at Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Influencing what is controllable

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t worry about things that you have no control over.”

As his sons were loading old hay out of the big barn loft, a most devout longtime farmer friend visited.

The conversation rambled nonstop with considerable wise evaluations about life’s twists and turns based on faith, family and experience.

Everyone has certain power to influence most of what does occur. Many times full outcome is not which desired, envisioned or wanted. Yet, personal input heavily impacts end result.

Still, there are certain realities one must face with no alternative whatsoever. Everybody is physically born and everybody bodily dies. Not a thing period that can be done about that.

Overthinking about the hereafter can cause nightmares, cringing, chills, and even waking from sound sleep bright-eyed, shaking all over. That doesn’t do any good. Life is what it is and always has been.

However, a person largely determines what happens from the beginning to end and henceforth.

Yes, there are uncontrollable circumstances that will occur, completely incomprehensible issues come up, which must be handled.

Often these are very sad, heartbreaking, yet a fact of life. They were unpredictable, shouldn’t and couldn’t have been worried about and must not be over deliberated about afterwards. Other than becoming more accepting, wiser, and appreciative of what there is, God’s will be done.

Modern day issues have existed since the beginning of time, but people just didn’t realize exactly what they were. Depression has caused stressful times for all mankind at some time or another. There just wasn’t a term used to describe it.

However, the mental dilemma has come to forefront more so in recent times. Confinement has prevented many the opportunities to get out, away and free the mind.

Travis Luney, 48, Overbrook: Nov. 15, 1972 – Dec. 28, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Travis Luney, 48, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Overbrook, Kan. Travis was born Nov. 15, 1972, in Salina, Kan., to Charles E. “Sonny” and Mary L. (Corbin) Luney.

He grew up in Gypsum, Kan., and graduated from Southeast of Saline High School in 1991. Travis attended Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan., for one year before entering the workforce. He started working at Tony’s Pizza, Salina, Kan. He then worked for Goodyear, Topeka, Kan., and moved to Overbrook to work at Ottawa Coop Feeds there. Most recently he was working at Walmart Distribution Center, Ottawa, Kan.

Sheriff’s office arrests Lyndon man on drug charges following search warrant

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that its narcotics investigation unit served a search warrant Dec. 29, 2020, in Lyndon, resulting in the arrest of one person.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said as a result of the search at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Cory J. Root, 28, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and other charges.

Osage County Attorney Jack Hobbs filed a complaint Dec. 31, in Osage County District Court, charging Root with possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine. The complaint alleges the crimes occurred Dec. 22 to Dec. 29.

As of Thursday afternoon, Root remained in Osage County Jail on $7,500 cash or surety bond.

The sheriff’s office declined to reveal the location of the premises subject to the search warrant, but the complaint lists Root’s address as 722 Washington St. Apt. 4, in Lyndon.

Don’t let impaired driving bring a tragic end to 2020

The year 2020 has had its ups and downs. Do not make it worse by driving impaired. The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding everyone the holidays are a time when impaired driving crashes and fatalities are typically at their highest. KDOT is raising awareness of the dangers with its high-visibility holiday impaired driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The campaign, which extended from Dec. 18 to Jan. 1, 2021, spotlights the large number of crashes and fatalities directly related to impaired driving around the holidays. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 839 people nationwide lost their lives in traffic crashes involving an impaired driver in December 2018.

“I encourage all Kansans to drive smart and stay safe,” said KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz. “Enjoy the holidays, but please remember to drive responsibly and remind others to do the same.”

In Kansas, 2018 statistics draw attention to the sharp rise in both impaired driving crashes and fatalities. Between Dec. 21-25 of that year, the state recorded 572 alcohol-related crashes and five fatalities. Then between Dec. 28-31, Kansas recorded an additional 299 crashes and two fatalities related to impaired driving.

“During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2018 alone, there were more impaired-driving-related fatalities in the U.S. than during any other holiday period that year,” said KDOT Traffic Safety Manager Chris Bortz. “In 2018, one person was killed every 50 minutes by an impaired driver on our nation’s roads.”

KDOT suggests designating a sober driver before traveling or to use public transportation. Many communities also offer sober ride programs. Make sure and prevent others from driving impaired: take away their keys, provide alternative transportation or report them to law enforcement.

Outdoor pets need extra care for cold winter days

Plenty of breeds of dogs are perfectly happy being outdoor pets, but even they require special care with the mercury drops. Public domain photo.

Focus on food, water and shelter

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dogs and cats that spend most of their time outdoors need a little preparation as winter arrives. Paying attention to a few basic needs, and watching out for three hazards can make cold weather almost comfortable.

The first basic need is shelter. For dogs, this can be a sturdy doghouse that you build yourself, or purchase from a retailer.

“They need a dog house that’s not overly big – just big enough for them to get up and turn around in comfortably,” said Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinician at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center. “If it’s too big they lose heat to all that empty space.”

Make sure the opening faces away from cold winter winds (in Kansas, that’s probably east or southeast). A flap of some sort should hang above the opening. For the inside, Nelson is a big fan of clean hay or wheat straw.

“Dogs can nestle down into it, and it helps conserve their body heat better,” she said. Cats (especially those hardy farm cats) are generally more self-sufficient, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a sturdy box or crate for them, too.

The second major need for outdoor pets is a source of clean, unfrozen water.

“Water is going to freeze in the winter, so the pets can actually get dehydrated in the winter just like they can in the summer,” Nelson said.

Electric-heated water dishes and bowls are both safe and inexpensive, ensuring that the water inside them is always above freezing, ready to drink. Otherwise, Nelson said fresh, very warm water must be added to the water bowl at least twice a day.

“The water shouldn’t be very hot, or boiling – but warm enough to stay liquid for an hour or two.”

Animals that stay outside on cold days and nights are going to burn extra calories just maintaining their body heat, so they will need extra food added to their meals during the winter months.

Lastly, remember that even with the best food, water and shelter, some days and nights will just be too cold for even the hardiest animals. On these occasions, a comfortable box in the corner of the garage or barn will be enough to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Cindy Moulin, 61, Osage City: Jan. 17, 1959 – Dec. 26, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Cindy Moulin, 61, left her earthly home on Dec. 26, 2020, at KU Medical Center, surrounded by her husband and children. Cindy Lou Martin was born to Bill and Shirley Martin on Jan. 17, 1959, in Emporia, Kan.

To say that Cindy will be missed is inadequate. Her presence was larger than life, and while her physical absence will leave a deep hole, it will be filled with thousands of stories and memories she created with all those who knew and loved her.

Russell Wade Granberry, 50, Topeka: Aug. 26, 1970 – Dec. 27, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Russell Wade Granberry, 50, Topeka, Kan., passed away Dec. 27, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was born Aug. 26, 1970, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Fred Granberry and Judith (Pancoast) Foster.

Russell grew up in San Antonio and graduated from John Marshall High School with the class of 1989. He then went on to serve his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1989 to 2005, attaining the rank of petty officer second class.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 14 – Dec. 18, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 14, 2020 to Dec. 18, 2020.

Man found deceased at Overbrook City Lake

OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported it is investigating a man’s death Monday at Overbrook, Kan., as a suicide.

In a press release, the sheriff’s office said at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, the county emergency communications center received a report of a possible deceased subject near the northwest side of Overbrook City Lake. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County EMS, and Osage County Fire District No. 4 responders were dispatched to the scene.

Upon deputies’ arrival, a male subject was located deceased in a vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case. The victim’s identity was not released.

Anyone with any information about this incident can contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 800-273-8255(TALK), or see

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 20 – Dec. 27, 2020

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

Kansas under winter weather advisory – prepare for winter storms

TOPEKA, Kan. – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of Kansas, due to a storm that began Monday in the northwestern portion of the state and moved eastward throughout the day. Snow was forecast to reach east central, north central and northeast Kansas by Tuesday, transitioning to freezing rain, then rain. Though the storms are expected to gradually move out of the state this evening, NWS and Gov. Laura Kelly are reminding citizens to get prepared for winter storms.

“If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to make sure your home and vehicle emergency kits are well-stocked,” Kelly said. “This storm hits us right in the middle of the holiday season when many people are on the road. I urge you to avoid travel, if possible, but if you must travel, be sure to leave early and listen to your local weather stations to keep updated on road conditions.

“Take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.  Don’t travel if you are not feeling well, wear your mask, stay six feet away from individuals outside your household and wash your hands often.”

A home emergency kit should include food, water, medications, extra clothing, flashlights and batteries, battery-operated NOAA weather radio and other necessities. Make sure your kit includes supplies for your pet.

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