Articles written by Ron Wilson

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  • Kansas Profile

    Ron Wilson|Nov 23, 2023

    A homegrown rural Kansas newspaper is connecting with people across the nation and beyond. Fred Smith is the publisher of the Tipton Times. In 1991, the Smiths moved back to Tipton from west Chicago to provide a safe, secure, small-town family environment for their children. They bought the Tipton Grocery and expanded it through the years. In fall 2023, they sold the grocery store to a local woman’s grandson and his wife. “I probably could have sold it sooner but I really wanted to keep it local,” Smith said. The new owners will be the fifth...

  • Zoltenkos featured in Kansas Profiles

    Ron Wilson|Dec 1, 2022

    Ron Wilson Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Developement “We deliver the male.” No, I’m not referring to the U.S. Postal Service. In this case, it refers to a business that delivers selected male genetics to pork production operations across the Midwest. This same innovative farm family is also pursuing blockchain and bitcoin mining from its location near the Village of Hardy. Lannin Zoltenko is president and managing partner at Zoltenko Farms and Wildcat Blockchain. His family’s farm is in Jewell County, just one mile from the Nebraska state l...

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