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 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    May 13, 2021 

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Have you ever had one of those weekends packed with activities and so many different emotions? With high school graduations occurring in schools in communities near and far, some parents and grandparents were having to travel to a loved one’s...

 

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Though mothers are thought of and remembered all year through, Mother’s Day is a special time to be thinking of her. Though my mother and both of my mother-in-laws, whom I had been blessed, are no longer with us, their love and devotion to their...

 
 By Gloria Schlaefli    News    May 6, 2021

Sunflowers are popping up in Burr Oak

Sunflowers are popping up everywhere in Burr Oak these days. In fact there are 150, one of a kind, primitive art created sunflowers up and down the main street of Burr Oak. All the sunflowers were...

 

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A drive on the country roads this week would show fields covered with beautiful purple flowers blooming ever so proudly. Now if you are a K-State fan, or a fan of the color purple, it would look pleasing to the eye, but if you are a farmer, this...

 

Mixed martial arts champion comes to Jewell County

David Simpson, a native of Virginia, recently moved to Jewell County and is now giving MMA instructions in Mankato. David is an accomplished in mixed martial arts. He holds a champion title in this sport. David, Kaeley and their three sons decided...

 

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It’s prom time! Area high schools have been hosting the annual proms the past two week-ends. Social media has been abuzz with photos of grandchildren, children and other students dressed up in their finest attire. Gone are the jeans with the cuts...

 

Burr Oak celebrates it's 150th Anniversary

The residents of Burr Oak are preparing to celebrate their town's 150th anniversary with a week-end filled with activities and reunions, June 4,5 and 6. The settlement of Burr Oak began in 1870 when A.J. Godfrey arrived in the White Rock Valley,...

 

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This weekend was certainly a family and extended family week-end. Friday night we attended a high school play that our granddaughter had a part in. She is a senior this year and this was the second year she participated in a school play. It was fun...

 

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Writing has been a main interest of mine for many years. As a high school senior at ole Burr Oak High, I took a journalism class. Our teacher was Mrs. Mildred Mullins and she ran a “tight ship.” Everything went by the “book.” I don’t know...

 

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It’s time to get the hard boiled eggs out of the refrigerator and the colorful dyes out of the drawer. Baskets are filled with thinly cut green paper that resembles grass. Soon the baskets will be filled with the dyed eggs ready for Easter. Easter...

 
 By Gloria Schlaefli    News    April 1, 2021

Sweden Creme Then and Now

The Sweden Creme has been a popular ice cream and food service place for more than 65 years along Highway 36 in Mankato. It's going even stronger today. Recently a new dine-in addition was built onto...

 

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I have always been thankful I live in a small populated rural community, but within the past two or three years, I feel doubly blessed to live where I do. Farming and ranching is a good life. There has been rioting with the terrible looting and destr...

 

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My calendar tells me spring will officially arrive Saturday. I couldn’t be more ready for spring than this year. While we were traveling home a year ago, after winter time in Texas, we heard of the restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19...

 

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When planning a trip to the Hill Country of Texas, we had to reschedule three times. A terrible ice storm had hit most of Texas including the place we wanted to go. Roads were so icy that traveling on the highways was not warranted unless absolutely...

 

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How we treasure our family heirlooms, if we are fortunate enough to have some handed down to us. Maybe we treasurer them a little too much. Sometimes we store these heirlooms safely and neatly tucked away in a chest, a drawer or a cabinet. There they...

 

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Maybe I’m considered to be old fashioned in today’s society, but I enjoy holding a book in my hand to read instead of looking at the words on a tablet screen. When I go shopping for something, I like to hold it in my hands, look at the exact...

 

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The cold, freezing and snowy weather we have been enduring made me think of the winter days at Oak Creek Country School where my sister and I attended years ago. Some of the students in today's...

 

Jewell County History continues celebrating 150 Years

Jewell County was established in the late summer of 1870. Its first election was held in September. The county was growing as more settlers arrived. Soddies and dugouts were built to house the settlers and their families. Getting the living quarters...

 

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A reminder that Sunday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. So it’s time to get or make that special someone a special something. Maybe that “something” is a flower bouquet, a piece of jewelry, a box of chocolates, or a sentimental card. No...

 

Marriage began 70 years ago

Kermit and Joyce Jeffery will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year so who better to be recognized on this Valentine's Day? Kermit and Loyce were not only class mates while...

 

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I’ve heard couples say, my children are so noisy and cause so much ruckus at church on Sunday that we don’t think we should come until they get a little older and behave better. I try to assure those couples their children may be a little noisy b...

 

Wed more than 60 years ago, Cliff and Glenny Barnes craft together in Burr Oak

It could be said that a couple that crafts together, stays together. Cliff and Glenny Barnes, having been married for 61 years and fit that statement. The living room in their Burr Oak home is their...

 

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Monday was a “Snow Day” in this part of Kansas! School, events and some business closings were announced Sunday as a winter snow warning was issued. The large snowflakes began falling in the late night or early morning. It was coming down so...

 

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With the country sides being so dry from the lack of moisture, and the high winds of last week, several severe fires swept across the farmlands for miles. Some of these terrible fires were local and as some of the farmsteads and homes were being evac...

 

Phyllis Liggett's Art She-Shed

Men have their "Man Caves" so women these days are asking for their equal, a She-Shed, and Phyllis Liggett's request was definitely answered. The word "She-Shed" is described as being a small...

 

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