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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... Full story

 

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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... Full story

 

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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... Full story

 

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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Living on a farmstead has a lot of pluses. Some of those are the panoramic views provided every day and night. When either standing outside or looking out the farmhouse window, the sights are almost unbelievable. There are no city views of tall...

 

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No, I do not have a New Year’s Resolution. I am just thankful to get beyond 2020 and into 2021. Now what’s to say 2021 will be any better? I don’t have an answer for that question but it’s at times like this it would be good to be able to...

 

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It’s time for to do a “year in review” but do we really want to take a look back on 2020? We’ve heard it over and over, “this year will certainly be a year to remember.” The year started out fairly normal with New Year’s Eve 2020...

 

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Christmas memories are showing up this week. There are the memories of the Oak Creek country school’s Christmas programs that were prepared in songs, poems, and making those special gifts for our parents. The little stage area in the one room schoo...

 

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Not knowing if any or all of our family are coming to stay part of the Christmas season at our home, left me trying to figure out just how much decorating I should do this year of the COVID virus. This time of the year most all of our children and...

 

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I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems it gets harder and harder to find anything fit to watch on television. Oh, there are some good shows but fewer of them. My husband and I have found ourselves watching the golden oldies or as I’d rather...

 

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December 7th, 1941, a date that “will live in infamy” happened 79 years ago. For many of us, the one year planned sneak attack by the Japanese on the United State Pacific Fleet base on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, probably was first learned about while...

 

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