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Kansas Profile

Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature hosted by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.  Each is approximately 4-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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10-13-17SCOTT GROVERRODEO ANNOUNCER– A native Kansan has made a name for himself with the power of his voice and gift of speech — all while sitting atop a horse.KAN 10-13 
10-06-17KATHY YOUNGQUISTFARMERS MARKETS OF KAW VALLEY– It’s often said there’s strength in numbers. A Kansas volunteer and organizer has helped several adjacent farmers markets join forces to promote their produce and shopping opportunities.KAN 10-06 
09-29-17AL HARRISFOWL TERRITORY– A chef, a community leader, and a collector – Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas man who has done all three. And it all started with one interesting object.KAN 09-29 
09-22-17JAY CLARKBUFFALO SOLDIERS– History is often something we read about in books, or maybe watch in a movie documentary. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute For Rural Development, introduces us to a man who’s actually going out and living history — following in the footsteps of one of his ancestors.KAN 09-22
09-15-17MATT BARTENEMBRUON– It’s not quite as fast as time travel, but the process can help beef producers get a sneak peek at a calf before it’s born. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to the medical technician behind this innovative business. KAN 09-15
09-08-17RUSSELL DISBERGER — EXECUTIVE EDUCATION– A Kansas entrepreneur has helped cultivate a trio of high-performance training courses for top-level business executives and managers.KAN 09-08 
09-01-17ZENDA (Part 2)– Concluding his look at the historic town of Zenda, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has a story about a lumber yard…that doesn’t sell any lumber.KAN 09-01
08-25-17ZENDA 130th ANNIVERSARY (Part 1)– A Kansas town with fewer than 100 citizens will soon be celebrating its 130th anniversary.KAN 08-25
08-18-17DEB MANGELSDORF– A DOG’S PURPOSE– What kind of book could be on the New York Times bestseller list for an entire year? A book about dogs, of course! A Kansas veterinarian played a big part in the inspiration for that book.KAN 08-18
08-11-17BEN SCHEARSNORTHWEST TECH– The demand keeps growing for small software applications, or apps, for mobile devices, such as phones and tablet computers. A Kansas educator is teaching students to build these apps.KAN 08-11 
08-04-17ADRIENNE KORSON– SOLAR ECLIPSE– Many times, you only get one chance at something, so you have to be prepared. An innovative, forward-thinking county official is poised to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime event.KAN 08-04
07-28-17GLEN FOUNTAINPLUTO– In the last of our three-part series on the Kansas connection to the planet Pluto, we’ll meet a Kansas man who helped guide a mission to the farthest reaches of our solar system.KAN 07-28 
07-21-17CLYDE TOMBAUGHBURDETT– Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto in 1930, but it was through the efforts of another Kansan that Tombaugh’s work is remembered. KAN 07-21
07-14-17CLYDE TOMBAUGHPLUTOKansas innovators can sometimes reach far, but perhaps none reached father than Clyde Tombaugh, who redefined how we look at our solar system. KAN 07-14
07-07-17DOUG McKINNEY– CAREER EXPLORATION– It’s no secret that rural communities are losing young people to bigger cities. However, there's an effort underway to alert rural youth to the opportunities that await them just outside their own backyards.KAN 07-07
06-30-17EARL ROEMERNU LIFE MARKET– For consumers diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten-free grain products can be difficult to find. Learn how one dedicated entrepreneur  in Kansas turned a common feed grain into a sought-after ingredient.KAN 06-30
06-23-17STEVE FRYELK FALLS POTTERY– Pottery requires both good clay, and skilled hands to shape it. The stoneware pottery made by a pair of Kansas artisans proves that's true.KAN 06-23
06-16-17MILLIE HORLACHER– AUTHOR– Last week, we learned about jeweler Wayne Horlacher (HOR-lecker). Now, we learn about Wayne’s wife, Millie, who has turned personal tragedy into a positive outlook shared with others through her writing.KAN 06-16
06-09-17WAYNE HORLACHERJEWELER– Diamond rings and expensive watches are increasingly difficult to find in smaller towns, but one store in Kansas is celebrating 90 years as a family-owned business. KAN 06-09
06-02-17NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADSWhat started as a small, biennial event has grown into an annual competition with national recognition. KAN 06-02