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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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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
05-26-17KEN SPURGEON – HOME ON THE RANGE– Home on the Range” is the state song of Kansas. However, many people don’t know there was a dispute over the authorship of this song. Now a Kansas film company is making the back story come alive on screen. KAN 05-26
05-19-17JANIS WHITHAM, CLAY WHITHAM– KENTUCKY DERBY At this year’s Kentucky Derby, a Kansas horse made a run for the roses and the family was at Churchill Downs to watch the race.KAN 05-19 
05-12-17KEJR (“care”) FAMILYKANSAS BEACH– Can a landlocked state have a beach? Listen to how one central Kansas family made it happen. KAN 05-12
05-05-17KRISTINA KAUFMANBLYTHE FAMILY FITNESS– You don’t have to go to a big city to find a health club or fitness center. Learn how a rural family is helping their community stay active and fit.KAN 05-05 
04-28-17PAUL FRIEDRICHS– UNITED MOSQUITO AND FLY CONTROL - The owner of a business that provides fly control for equine and livestock operations, and mosquito control for residential applications credits much of his success to his upbringing on a dairy farm in rural Kansas.KAN 04-28 
04-21-17ARDEN AND SALLY VERNON – EZE LATCH – A rural Kansas couple has invented a better way to hook up a gooseneck trailer to a truck.KAN 04-21
04-14-17JANET CARMAN– CHEYENNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe story of a woman collecting the family histories of her rural Kansas county.KAN 04-14
04-07-17GARY & GLENNYS DOANE - DOWNS COMMUNITY GARDEN - A rural Kansas garden is bringing people together -- for food and community.KAN 04-07