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HAVENSVILLE LIVING HISTORY DAY... Play Audio



A special event to educate grade school children and bring local history to life in a rural community is marking its 30th anniversary. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, details the annual spring tradition which is helping hundreds of school children celebrate and learn about our state’s rich history.
 

4/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Armstrong - Havensville Living History Day



The little girl’s eyes grew big as she pumped the foot pedal and fed yarn into the loom.  As the loom moved back and forth, the little girl gazed in amazement. For the first time in her life, she was creating a rug before her eyes. It is the type of wonderful experience which one can find at the annual Living History Day in Havensville.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


DENNIS VANDERPOOL – AYS... Play Audio



An organization that began as an orphanage to care for children from the great flu epidemic of the early 1900s, has altered its mission through the years to give disadvantaged young people an opportunity at a better life. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, details how this organization is serving some four-to-five thousand kids each year through a variety of programs.
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dennis Vanderpool - Associated Youth Services



A young woman is going through nurses’ training. As she prepares for a career helping others, it is cause to reflect on a time when she needed help herself. She is “giving back” for the care she received as a child. This is one of the success stories of the foster care provided across Kansas by Associated Youth Services
4/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


MIKE HILDERBRAND – ROTO-MIX... Play Audio



Getting the mix just right is vital – especially in business. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for rural development at Kansas State University, says a company with deep roots in rural Kansas has become a national leader in making mixers for livestock feed and more.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Mike Hilderbrand - Roto-Mix



Getting the mix just right. That’s vital, whether one is a cook, a chemist, a cattle feeder, a basketball team – or a business. Today we meet a Kansas company which has become a national leader in making mixers for livestock feed and more. 
4/2/2014 8:00:00 AM


SCOTT HALSEY – ADAPA... Play Audio



Do you know what a hang-up is? Most people would probably say they’re pet peeves, and although that’s correct, a hang-up is also a type of hardware that’s useful in hanging items from acoustical ceilings. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that’s one example of an item produce by an innovative company in Kansas which now manufactures carts and other products for the workplace.
 

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Scott Halsey - Adapa



Do you have hang-ups?  No, I’m not talking about your pet peeves. I’m referring to a type of hardware called a hang-up which is useful in hanging items from acoustical ceilings. That’s one example of an item produced by an innovative company which now manufactures carts and other products for the workplace.
3/26/2014 8:00:00 AM


USDA Rural Development in Kansas... Play Audio



The state director of USDA Rural Development in Kansas, Patty Clark, talks about the extensive list of local projects that program funded this past year, in the areas of rural business development, community utility and facilities support, and rural housing...and the importance of that support to sustaining rural Kansas communities.
 

3/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


Grants Awarded for Kansas Community Gardens



Kansans in 26 communities – urban to rural – will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to nearly $123,000 in community garden grants awarded by a partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
3/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


WENDE WOODWORKING... Play Audio



An interest in woodworking and the purchase of a hinge machine being sold at auction were the building blocks for a successful woodworking business in rural Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says a book inside the hinge machine is what really jump-started the business.
 

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State To Host Engagement Symposium



The breadth of knowledge and expertise within the walls and buildings of a university might be difficult to fathom, unless you have attended that particular university or have personally witnessed or benefited from an area of research or service that institution provides.
3/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Thad Wende - Wende Woodworking



The business executive and his wife are building their dream home. For the kitchen, they are preparing to order fancy cabinets from Italy. But they decide to make a change. They end up with beautiful cabinets for less money by sourcing those cabinets from an expert cabinetmaker in rural Kansas.
3/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


JULIE ROLLER – SAMPLER FESTIVAL... Play Audio



Many stores offer customers free samples as a way to introduce them to new products. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says there’s a special event where people can get a sample of attractions, foods, communities and entertainment from across the state – and it’s happening in rural Kansas.
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Julie Roller - Kansas Sampler Festival



“Can I have a sample of that one?” It sounds like something I would say at the ice cream store, bad grammar and all. Today we’ll learn about a special event where people can get a sample – a sample of attractions, communities, foods, and entertainment from across the state, and it’s happening in rural Kansas.
3/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers



Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2013. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they will be honored at a banquet March 14 in Manhattan.


3/10/2014 8:00:00 AM


SUE SMITH – EMMA CHASE... Play Audio



”Down at the Emma Chase” is a song by Australian guitarist Nick Charles that refers to a remarkable small town café – a café where he has performed several times. But what is so special about this small town café? Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the success of the café has spawned other entrepreneurial ventures, including the Emma Chase Country Store and the Emma Chase Music Hall.

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Sue Smith - Emma Chase



Australian guitarist Nick Charles is performing in New Zealand. He’s playing an original song called “Down at the Emma Chase.” The song refers to a remarkable small town café, far away in rural Kansas. How did this come about?
3/5/2014 8:00:00 AM


BEN WEBER – COMPLETELY NUTS... Play Audio



Typically, being completely nuts isn’t a good thing. However, when it’s the name of your business – and your business is nuts – it makes perfect sense. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of a young entrepreneur from southeast Kansas who sold delicious cinnamon-roasted nuts as far west as Las Vegas and up and down the eastern seaboard before returning to Kansas to start a family.
 
 

2/27/2014 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Ben Weber - Completely Nuts



Completely Nuts. Does that sound like an unusual name for business? Today we’ll learn about a young entrepreneur who is involved in several enterprises, but one is focused on a very specific line of products: In fact, the product line is nuts only.
2/26/2014 8:00:00 AM


Farmers Market Vendor Workshop Planned March 29 in SE Kansas



There may be no better, more positive way to bring a community together than at the local farmers market. Think about it – it signifies the beginning of spring, new growth and people coming together in a casual, congenial manner to buy foods and flowers directly from local growers.
2/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT... Play Audio



One aspect of higher education that seems to receive little attention is something called service learning and engaged scholarship.  And despite the fancy name, it is nothing more than the chance for those within the university community to use their expertise to help others.  And that help can range from helping a community like Greensburg, Kansas, recover from the destruction of a tornado to showing elementary school kids how to use a simple garden to learn and de-stress.
 
 

2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


KATIE UHLAENDER – OLYMPIAN... Play Audio



An American competing in an event called the skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Russia isn’t just representing America, she’s representing rural Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says she overcame the loss of her father and a serious injury to represent her country and the people of rural Kansas.
 
 

2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


FOR THE COMMON GOOD... Play Audio



The co-authors of a new book point to leadership – not from an elite few, but from all of us as the answer to achieving the common good. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the co-authors might be considered an odd couple. One is older, the other relatively old. One is a democrat, the other a Republican. One grew up in a rural area, the other in a city. However, both are Kansans and committed to the concept of civic leadership.
 
 

2/12/2014 6:00:00 PM


BRENDA EDLESTON – TRAC-7... Play Audio



In 2010, seven Kansas educational institutions joined a program called TRAC-7 – Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials – to help build a more skilled workforce. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, explains how this program is making a difference across Kansas.
 
 

2/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


DOUG ROUTH – R-TECH... Play Audio



A multi-million dollar purchase helped catapult a rural Kansas company into the machine shop of choice for major manufacturers. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, traces the roots of this business that started out as a husband and wife operation and now includes their entire family and more than 50 employees.
 
 

1/30/2014 6:00:00 PM


MARIE ANTOINETTE’S BAKE SHOPPE... Play Audio



The mother of an 11-year-old daughter who was exhibiting major  symptoms of illness – dizziness, vomiting, daily migraines, lethargy and imbalance, discovered the cause of the illness while reading a medical journal article about eating gluten-free while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. The symptoms of gluten-intolerance sounded a lot like her daughter’s symptoms. The gluten-free diet improved her condition, but Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says finding gluten-free food she wanted to eat was tough, leading her mom to open a bake shop in rural Kansas that features gluten-free products.
 
 

1/23/2014 6:00:00 PM


U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel



MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile -- Now That's Rural -- Liz Sosa, Part 2



Ron WilsonWhat do we do with our equipment after the electricity has temporarily been off? The answer is, we power up. Today in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn about a remarkable young woman who is giving leadership in various ways across the state – including a group known as PowerUps.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas



A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM