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.
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MATTHEW JAMES– REMOTE WORKER–We’ve heard a lot about working remotely since the pandemic hit. However, many people were able to work remotely before the pandemic. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to a computer coder who was able to move back to his rural hometown and work remotely for a company in Texas.
KINCAID FREE FAIR –Last week we learned about a century-long collection of fair books. Those fair books were produced for the annual Kincaid Farmers Free Fair, known today as the Kincaid World’s Fair or Kincaid Free Fair for short. This annual event is bringing people back to the community from all over.
KINCAID COMMUNITY CENTER –A group of volunteers have taken an old school building and repurposed it as a museum, library and senior citizen nutrition center. In addition, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the refurbished building has space for meetings and the former school kitchen is available for caterers.
RED DIRT JACK’S –Three sisters who grew up in Medicine Lodge all returned home and went together to buy the local convenience store. The store not only needed updating, it needed a new name. Their cousin suggested naming it after Jack – a large stuffed donkey one of the sisters bought years ago at a charity auction. Jack is now the store’s mascot. While Jack turned out to be a great marketing tool, it’s the changes the sisters made and the food they serve that’s made the business a success.
DANNY SCOTT– IMPROVING CANEY–The community of Caney appeared to be going downhill when Danny Scott and others approached the local K-State Research and Extension agent and formed the Caney Community Betterment Group Foundation which joined the Kansas PRIDE program. With help from Caney city administrator Fred Gress, area donors and volunteers, the city has improved its infrastructure and revitalized the community.
NAN LISHER– ELSIE GRACE’S–An entrepreneur in rural Kansas with a love of cooking, baking and making people happy turned that love into a successful restaurant in her hometown, a dry mix food business and now a gift shop and bakery. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says she learned a lot about cooking and baking from her grandmother and that she named the business in her honor.
LEA ANN SEILER– HODGEMAN COUNTY–The “Chief Remover of Obstacles” – that’s how Lea Ann Seiler describes her role as economic development director for Hodgeman County. She believes her role is to clear any obstacles or barriers that prevent entrepreneurs or other businesses from expanding or succeeding.
BOB DELK– MUSICIAN–People say learning to play music is a life-long skill. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says a retired farmer in rural Kansas is a great example, having learned to play guitar as a youth and still playing at age 99.
DANIEL FRIESEN– IDEATEK–Long before the pandemic put a spotlight on the lack of reliable Internet service in rural communities, a telecommunications company in Buhler had been providing high quality, robust fiber optic broadband service to underserved areas of the state. That business employs more than 120 people and reaches across Kansas.
DR. TOM WALSH– It’s hard to believe that a doctor could sustain a medical practice for 46 years without having any patients. However, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that’s exactly what a doctor in rural Kansas has accomplished because the people he sees aren’t patients – they are friends and neighbors.
COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM –Forty years ago, the hospital in Onaga had 30 employees and only one physician. Today, it has become the Community HealthCare System with seven locations, multiple physicians, more than 50 associates, and a new state-of-the-art facility. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says CHS provides healthcare for thousands of people in smaller Kansas communities.
SHANNON MARTIN– BURFORD THEATER–The Burford Theater in downtown Arkansas City has undergone a $10 million restoration and is sparking new activity in that area. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to this historic 1924-era theater and the director of the Ark City Area Arts Council and director of the Burford Theater.
BURR ROASTERS & CAFE –The long lines at coffee shops are a testament to how much we love coffee. And, many have their favorite blend. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says a U.S. Army veteran who started a coffee shop with a friend learned the science of coffee-making and discovered special blends that had historically been used in the Army.
JACKIE MUNDT– AG ADVOCATE–Growing food and growing people are the goals of a young rural leader in Kansas. Those goals have propelled this young leader to not one, but two national agriculture awards. In addition, she’s actively involved in promoting FFA and 4-H in her region.
ANDERSON & FORRESTER –When the owners of a specialty business in Denver were looking to relocate their business, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says a rural community in Kansas ended up being the perfect fit for the company – a company that makes brass fittings for natural gas, propane and other devices.
S&S DRUG– PART 2–Many businesses had to pivot quickly when COVID-19 hit – especially those deemed to be essential. The chief executive of S&S Drug in Beloit had to keep the business going while battling COVID-19. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says she and her head pharmacist spearheaded an effort to provide vaccinations in the region and administered more than 7,000 shots across Kansas in eight weeks.
S&S DRUG– PART 1–When Heather Johnson and her husband moved to her hometown and had the chance to join her family’s pharmacy business, she wanted her children to have the same benefits of small-town life that she had enjoyed growing up. Now that she is CEO of the family business, she is making that dream come true by leading various efforts to benefit the community, just as her parents had done.
SARAH SIDERS – SPARK –A non-profit organization is working with several partners to support entrepreneurs and startup business owners in the greater Manhattan region. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says SPARK wants to be a hub where entrepreneurs can connect with resources that support their businesses.
A MURAL MOVEMENT –There are several kinds of community service projects. However, sometimes you need something out of the ordinary that will make a lasting impression. A service project recommended by the president of the Clay Center Rotary Club was a downtown mural. The mural was so well received that it turned into a dozen murals within 11 months.
TAILWIND POLE VAULT CLUB –Children often develop the same interests as their parents. In this case, the father pole vaulted in high school. When his son got to school and needed a pole vaulting coach, he volunteered. It went so well that he founded his own pole vault club in rural Kansas. That club now has hundreds of youth, including Olympians from across the nation.
INGA OJALA – ARTIST–An artist and art teacher who grew up on the west coast where her father was a movie stuntman and quick draw consultant for Hollywood westerns, now lives in Dodge City. That’s where her father was gunned down by U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the opening of the hit TV show Gunsmoke. After representing her father at the 50th anniversary Gunsmoke reunion in 2005 and subsequent reunions, she settled down near Dodge City where she paints, draws, carves and sculpts.
C&H DESIGNS – Two farm girls attending Kansas State University became sorority sisters and best friends. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says they have also gone into business together producing customized t-shirts and other specialty products, many of them using the themes of faith, farm and family.
SCHOEN’S BRIDAL WORLD –The search for the perfect wedding dress can be exhausting. However, a bridal shop in rural Kansas is making the process as stress-free as possible. The owner studied clothing and fashion design in Russia. After coming to the U.S. she was able to buy a long-time bridal shop. Her free alterations policy and international connections have enabled her to grow the business to include customers across the nation and overseas.
PRAIRIE FIELD FLOWERS – A rural Kansas woman who grew up with flowers on the family farm, has taken a few acres of unutilized land on her current farm to plant flowers. She is now creatively marketing and selling the cut flowers by subscription.
GYPSUM PIE AND CLASSIC CARS –Some people prefer their pie plain, others like it with whipped cream or maybe topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says there’s a rural community that likes classic cars with its pie.
KIRKWOOD KREATIONS – BARN–The 50th anniversary of a classic soft drink and a classic car provided the opportunity to combine those products into one commercial. The concept featured an old barn – like those often found in Kansas. After an extensive search of barn photos, the producers of the commercial chose an old barn in rural Kansas. Learn more about the story behind the commercial.
KIRKWOOD KREATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY –What started as a dad taking pictures of his daughter while she was playing club volleyball turned into a side enterprise while farming and working in agribusiness. Now it is an award-wining business featuring photos of beautiful Kansas landscapes.
HISTORIC SUNFLOWER THEATRE –After running a greenhouse business near Peabody for 55 years, a rural Kansas woman – inspired by a sunflower field – is giving away recycled mineral tubs and sunflower seeds as a community beautification project. She’s also involved in helping save and restore the historic Sunflower Theatre in downtown Peabody – and 2021 just happens to be the national year of the sunflower.
FLINT HILLS COUNTERPOINT –A renowned musician and composer was teaching and playing cello in the Wichita Symphony. She and her husband moved near Peabody because they wanted a place in the country. That’s where she helped launch an arts and ecology program promoting the Flint HiIls and the rural communities of Marion County.
BRUCE’S BULLSEYE FARMS –A neighbor’s gift of homemade wild sand plum jelly left lasting impression. In fact, after tasting the “best jelly” she’d ever had, she learned how to make her own. Now, she and her husband have a value-added agriculture products business selling jelly and other homemade products across the nation.
ROWANTREE FARM – A military move to Ft. Riley and a family connection to a yarn shop in Washington state, has resulted in a Kansas business that produces yarn and other products. This business is raising fiber goats and sheep and leading efforts to promote these fibers.
VERMILLION VALLEY EQUINE CENTER –A rural Kansas woman founded a business that is helping to create All-Americans in the sport of equestrian riding. However, her love of equine training goes beyond national awards. She says it’s just as important to see the kids who come to the equine training center who will never enter a horse show grow and learn in their self-confidence.
THE BRITE CENTER –A new initiative to help businesses grow, including exporting to international markets, has been launched in Kansas. The BRITE Center, an acronym for Business Resources for Innovation, provides team advising, educational evens, program development, and partner engagement for businesses. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has more on this innovative effort to help businesses grow.
JOHNSON FARMS COUNTRY MARKET –After stopping at a farmers market, a rural Kansas couple decided to set up a stand to sell their own garden vegetables. It went so well, they added some jams and jellies. Now they travel to several farmers markets each week to sell their bierocks, cinnamon rolls, cookies, maple bars, banana bread, fruit pies, salsa and more.
SOUTHWEST TORTILLAS –A Kansas farmer growing tired of not having control over the price of his corn, did some research and discovered corn was worth much more when sold as a tortilla. So, he constructed a building, bought corn processing equipment and started raising white, food grade corn. Those tortillas are now available at restaurants and local grocery stores, such as the store at Meade. And, he also created his own brand of salsa using fresh ingredients to go with his chips!
FLYING W OUTFITTERS –A Kansas farmer looking to diversify the income from his farm found bird hunting was a good complementary business. The farm now hosts hundreds of hunters from around the nation each year.
DOUGLAS WELDING & MACHINE –A family-owned welding business in rural Kansas expanded its business by manufacturing attachments for skid-steer loaders. These attachments are now being shipped coast to coast.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS– GYPSUM–An entrepreneur, farmer and real estate broker is working to revitalize his rural community through a no-cost community betterment program offered by K-State Research and Extension. The program builds awareness of a community’s strengths and areas of concern, using feedback from outside the community.
|01-29-21||BLUESTEM MERCANTILE– It’s often said that we learn by watching. An educator and school superintendent learned the importance of entrepreneurship and small business ownership by watching his father run a business in rural Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that knowledge helped to implement entrepreneurial programs that provide a community service and hands-on educational experiences for students.||KAN 01-29|
|01-22-21||STILLWELL SALES – A skid steer loader has many uses – moving pallets, receiving deliveries, relocating products, along with hundreds of outdoor tasks. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to a rural Kansas family that’s built a business marketing used skid steers.||KAN 01-22|
|01-15-21||PIONEER COMMUNICATIONS – A rural telecommunications company founded in 1950 in southwest Kansas is still working hard to meet the needs of its customers. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that starts and ends with providing great customer service – something its CEO definitely understands.||KAN 01-15|
|01-08-21||MC– (BAR) MEAT COMPANY – A fourth-generation rancher in southwest Kansas launched a meat company that markets directly to consumers and ships its beef across the nation. The company also personally delivers its beef in the region.||KAN 01-08|
|01-01-21||BARTA FOOTBALL FAMILY – (Part 3) – Over the last two weeks, we learned about Roger Barta, the legendary high school football coach who led Smith Center to the nation’s longest high school winning streak and about his son, Brooks, a standout player for Kansas State and the head coach of three-time state champion Holton High School. This week, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, concludes his three-part series by introducing us to the youngest branch on the football family tree: Mason Barta. The son of Brooks and Tonya Barta, he’s making a name for himself as a fullback and blocker for Kansas State.||KAN 01-01|
|12-25-20||BARTA FOOTBALL FAMILY– (Part 2) – Last week, we learned about Roger Barta, the legendary high school football coach who led Smith Center to the nation’s longest high school winning streak. This week, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to Roger’s son, Brooks. He was a four-year starter and a three-time co-captain under coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State and has led Holton to three state championships.||KAN 12-25|
|12-18-20||BARTA FOOTBALL FAMILY– (Part 1) – When Roger Barta became the head football coach at Smith Center, he began building a program that would eventually set the record for the longest winning streak in the nation. As Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, tells us, the impact he has had on his players and family extends well beyond the football field.||KAN 12-18|
|12-11-20||SCHLAEGEL’S POPCORN – A rural Kansas farm family that raised popcorn for themselves and then started giving it away as Christmas gifts, is now running a business that has sold popcorn to all 50 states and beyond. And now is a busy time of the year their because their flavored popcorn is especially popular during the Christmas holiday.||KAN 12-11|
|12-04-20||THE ROLLBEDDER SYSTEM – Anyone who has tried to get something out of the front of a truck bed, knows just how difficult that can be. However, a Kansas business owner has developed a system that solves that problem.||KAN 12-04|
|11-27-20||MITCHELL COUNTY STRONG – While no one was prepared for the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people were quick to respond and join forces to help the people and businesses in their communities. That was the case in Mitchell County. The directors of community development, chamber of commerce and community foundation developed a variety of cash-generating promotions to get more than $150,000 into the hands of local citizens and businesses.||KAN 11-27|
|11-20-20||TRAVALUM TRAILERS – A stock trailer manufacturing business that originally built steel trailers, now focuses on building aluminum stock trailers which have gone across the nation and as far away as Hawaii. Learn why they made the switch.||KAN 11-20|
|11-13-20||TARA VANCE– COMMUNITY BINGO – When the pandemic hit Norton County, the Norton County Community Foundation launched a county-wide online bingo game. The game encouraged residents to do good deeds, buy local, and get outside for healthy activities -- and the game was a remarkable success.||KAN 11-13|
|11-06-20||LECOMPTON PRIDE GROUP – A former High School building that had closed was about to be sold an outside group by the city of Lecompton for a dollar when the local PRIDE group expressed interest in turning the building into a community center. Since Lecompton PRIDE took over the building, it has become a vibrant center for a variety of community activities.||KAN 11-06|
|10-30-20||RANDY BUNNEL– VOLUNTEER – After graduating from college and moving back to the family farm, a Kansas man saw how rural areas need people to volunteer to serve as firefighters, board members, and other capacities. This man – who always says “yes” to serving – has been recognized as an outstanding community volunteer.||KAN 10-30|
|10-23-20||PROVIDING FLOUR IN A PANDEMIC – When the pandemic caused a run on wheat flour, Kansas Wheat and the K-State Grain Science and Industry Department responded. Kansas Wheat donated 20,000 pounds of locally grown wheat, and the campus flour mill reopened to mill the wheat into 10-pounds bags of flour that were given away to local residents.||KAN 10-23|
|10-16-20||KERI HARRIS– MASKS – Due to the pandemic and requirements of many stores and municipalities, masks are an essential part of everyday life. A rural Kansas woman responded to the need for masks in her community and surrounding area by becoming a prolific mask-maker. This effort earned her recognition as an Ag Hero from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.||KAN 10-16|
|10-09-20||HUNGRY GARDENS – A goal of Kansas 4-H is to create a spark in youth – something that makes them want to learn more about a particular subject area. In the case of a young 4-H member from Sheridan County, winning a blue ribbon at the county fair sparked a love for gardening that eventually led her to create a business of growing and marketing heirloom produce in California. Her innovative urban farm is using technology to give customers exactly what they want.||KAN 10-09|
|10-02-20||GAEDDERT FARMS SWEET CORN – One of the state’s leading vendors of sweet corn is helping to fill the void of a lack of fresh produce for those in need. Over the past 12 years, this company has donated 454,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks for distribution. This generosity caused the company to be recognized as an Ag Hero by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.||KAN 10-02|
|09-25-20||FARMER DIRECT FOODS – Wheat flour sales, which were in a five year slump, surged in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. A rural Kansas flour milling company responded to the increased demand by doubling its flour production capacity in just one week. This achievement was so remarkable the company has been recognized as an Ag Hero by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.||KAN 09-25|
|09-18-20||MATT CASE– FOOD FIGHT – A “food fight” – while fun – also creates a mess. However, a recent food fight in a rural Kansas community turned into a competition that generated much-needed food for local pantries hit hard by an increased demand for food because of the pandemic.||KAN 09-18|
|09-11-20||TAD FELTS– ONLINE – A long-time, award-winning Kansas broadcaster is reaching his community through a new channel of communication – producing programs for the My Phillips County Online Facebook page. Learn about his remarkable career and how he’s using that talent to provide special reports during the COVID-19 pandemic.||KAN 09-11|
|09-04-20||EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE – There are many types of engineers, but probably not many spacesuit engineers. Learn about a woman from rural Kansas who is living her childhood dream of exploring the universe.||KAN 09-04|
|08-28-20||PERRY’S PORK RINDS – Frying pork rinds started as a hobby and then became a way to fund a cruise. Now, it’s a successful business in rural Kansas that is shipping pork rinds across America and beyond. In fact, these pork rinds have been requested by a former U.S. President.||KAN 08-28|
|08-21-20||HIGH PLAINS MOTO – How about a cup of coffee while you have your motorcycle or ATV serviced? A couple in rural northwest Kansas are making that possible. They own Fresh Seven Coffee and the business next door – a motorcycle shop where track-day and road-race machines can be serviced and equipped.||KAN 08-21|
|08-14-20||FRESH SEVEN COFFEE – A lot of people love coffee. But would they open a roastery and coffee shop in rural Kansas? That’s exactly what a married couple with a shared love of coffee decided to do after having a “cup of joe” at a community coffee shop in India. They also offer food and beverages and ship their hand-roasted, small-batch coffee across the nation.||KAN 08-14|
|08-07-20||CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE GLOBE – It sounds like a script for a romantic comedy. But it’s not. A couple meets and fall in love. They get married, sell everything and travel the globe. Along the way, they see marvelous sights, create memories, and help others. Then, they return to Kansas to pursue another love: coffee.||KAN 08-07|
|07-31-20||SOUTH BALDWIN FARMS – It turns out that working in peach orchards as a kid is a lot more fun than working behind a desk as an adult. So, Gabe Spurgeon seized the opportunity to put in an apple and peach orchard with his father-in-law. His innovative practices have made them one of the largest tree fruit producers in Kansas – on a limited amount of acreage.||KAN 07-31|
|07-24-20||VIRTUAL LIVESTOCK SHOW – Setting up a virtual business meeting isn’t too hard, but a virtual livestock show takes lots of work, technology and collaboration. When the Haskell County spring livestock show was canceled due to the pandemic, the county 4-H youth livestock ambassadors conducted the show entirely virtually.||KAN 07-24|
|07-17-20||GOAT MILK SOAP STORE – Moving out of the city so the kids could grow up in a small town environment led to growing a garden, raising some chickens – and because two of the kids are lactose intolerant – dairy goats. The goats produced more milk than the family could consume. After researching what to do with the excess milk, they discovered that it’s good for the skin. Now they produce an entire line of hand-made goat milk products.||KAN 07-17|
|07-10-20||KANSAS EARTH AND SKY CANDLE – The idea to make a candle for his wife instead of buying one ended up being so much fun that he and his wife turned it into a business that uses natural fragrances that relate to their life in Kansas.||KAN 07-10|
|07-03-20||SOUL SISTER CERAMICS – Making pottery started out as a hobby between two friends – who also happen to be related. Their pottery was so well-received by others that it became a pottery and boutique business that ships products made in rural Kansas all across the nation.||KAN 07-03|
|06-26-20||MID-AMERICA PIANO – From selling new pianos for someone else to starting his own business to sell new and used pianos, a rural Kansas man has built a remarkable company that sells across the nation and beyond from its 11,000 square-foot building. The company – which started in a little hole-in-the-wall place – might also have the finest collection of art case pianos in the world.||KAN 06-26|
|06-19-20||RANCHIN’ MISFITS BOUTIQUE – Kids not only say the darndest things, they often make us say the darndest things. For a rural Kansas woman who started selling purses and jewelry to help her mom after her mother was diagnosed with cancer, what she kiddingly said to her daughters became the name of her boutique business.||KAN 06-19|
|06-12-20||NIKE PRODUCT DESIGNER – Nike receives thousands of applications each month from graphic designers who want to work for them. However, a designer from rural Kansas was surprised when Nike reached out to him. He’s been with the company since 2015 and his latest project was designing the logo and uniforms for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.||KAN 06-12|
|06-05-20||SHOP KANSAS FARMS – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several disruptions, including the food supply. A rural Kansas man, who saw a disconnect between the people raising beef and the consumers looking for it in the store, had an idea. That idea, to use social media to connect producers and consumers, now has more than 100,000 followers and is enabling people to purchase food locally.||KAN 06-05|
|05-29-20||ETHIOPIA READS PROGRAM – Ethiopia Reads is a nonprofit organization seeking to encourage literacy. The organization has trained 450 librarians and teachers and has donated and distributed 200,000 Ethiopian and English-language books to more than 350 schools in every region of Ethiopia. And, there’s a Kansas connection to this important literacy program.||KAN 05-29|
|05-22-20||LOMA VISTA NURSERY – A major league All-Star pitcher, who also co-owned and worked at a tree nursery in California during the offseason, visited a teammate who had been traded from Boston to Kansas City and fell in love with the hunting and fishing in the KC area. After retiring from baseball, he moved to Kansas and opened a nursery which is now operated by his daughter. That nursery has become one of the leading wholesale suppliers of plants, trees and shrubs in the nation.||KAN 05-22|
|05-15-20||HODGEMAN MAKER SPACE – Three months ago, no one was too worried about how many nasal swabs were available. That all changed with the global outbreak of COVID-19. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University says a project inspired by an economic development specialist in rural Kansas eventually led to much-needed nasal swabs being manufactured on a 3D printer.||KAN 05-15|
|05-08-20||VIRTUAL GREAT BEND FARM SHOW – A typical farm show features lots of vendors, speakers with the latest information, and various products to learn about. When a farm show is supposed to be held during a pandemic with stay-at-home orders in effect, that creates a huge problem. However, a recent farm show in Kansas solved the problem by holding the show virtually.||KAN 05-08|
|05-01-20||TONJA’S TOFFEE – A family recipe that was always a big hit and left many people saying “they should sell it” eventually became an online business which has shipped toffee coast to coast. And, this business is truly a labor of love.||KAN 05-01|
|04-24-20||PHYLLIS’ FLOWERS & MORE – People buy flowers for a variety of reasons and the owner of a flower and gift shop in rural Kansas goes out of her way to make the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion. In fact, her business emphasizes personal service to its customers – near and far.||KAN 04-24|
|04-17-20||BOOT HILL DISTILLERY – Businesses across the country have been modifying their operations to combat the coronavirus. Learn about a father and son in Kansas who stopped producing distilled spirits to make something that’s in short supply – hand cleanser. And, they’re giving it to the public for free.||KAN 04-17|
|04-10-20||LITTLE APPLE AERIALS – A Kansas company has a talented staff that specializes in demonstrating aerial arts and teaching participants to do gymnastics up in the air. This high-flying business offers classes in the art of aerial gymnastics, aerial performances for special events, and assists school cheerleading squads.||KAN 04-10|
|04-03-20||YOUTH COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS – The Kansas PRIDE program in Ellis was asked to host a pilot test of a new K-State Research and Extension program called Youth Community Perceptions. Learn about a team of Ellis high school students who evaluated various aspects of their hometown and presented the results to the city council, which in turn, made several improvements based on their input.||KAN 04-03|
|03-27-20||PHILIPS COUNTY CODING – A site council meeting where school leaders identified a need for students to learn more high-tech skills, eventually became a partnership which provides a facility and curricula for students to learn computer coding. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the idea came from Phillips County economic development director Nick Poels.||KAN 03-27|
|03-20-20||ATHENA SPINNING – It took 17 models to gain his wife’s approval, but the spinning wheel he made marked the beginning of a business that has them traveling coast to coast to sell them. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the spinning wheels are popular because they’re attractive, compact, and easy to use and assemble.||KAN 03-20|
|03-13-20||DICK BOYD– NORTON TELEGRAM – A fourth generation Kansas newspaperman has won numerous honors for his lifetime of dedication to his community. Dick Boyd’s approach to reporting focused on regional coverage, the positive aspects of news, and covering state and local news with a hometown touch.||KAN 03-13|
|03-06-20||NORM CONARD– MILKEN CENTER – Unsung heroes can take many forms. When stories of heroism are told, they can have a transformative power. This is the story of a long-time Kansas high school social studies teacher who witnessed this power and was inspired to create an educational center to recognize unsung heroes.||KAN 03-06|
|02-28-20||NORM CONARD– IRENA SENDLER – An idea for a National History Day competition became part of a globally recognized effort to honor a Polish woman who risked her life to save thousands of children. And, without the research and dedication of three rural Kansas high school girls, this amazing story may have gone untold.||KAN 02-28|
|02-21-20||BILLY FOGO– DVSPORT – A Kansas native and Kansas State University graduate is working on an innovative software system that helps NFL football teams and others perform at their highest levels. The video editing software is used primarily for team tendency analysis and official replay.||KAN 02-21|
|02-14-20||KAY HAFFNER – PRIDE GRAINFIELD– A group of community volunteers are utilizing their pride – and the Kansas PRIDE program – to benefit their rural town. Learn how the Grainfield Community Development Committee is working to revitalize their town.||KAN 02-14|
|02-07-20||BYRON GITHENS – OLD IRON – A group of volunteers in rural Kansas are using “old iron” – tractors and farm equipment of yesteryear – to share this agricultural heritage with others. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, describes how a small tractor show for kids became an annual event that attracts thousands of schoolchildren from around the region.||KAN 02-07|
|01-31-20||KELLY LENZ– FARM BROADCASTER– The nature of radio is that broadcasters seldom see their audience. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t form a strong connection. Learn more about a Kansas farm broadcaster who connected so well with listeners that many felt like he was a member of the family.||KAN 01-31|
|01-24-20||TERRI ANDERSON – HORSE HOTEL– As a kid, Terri Anderson loved horses. As a grownup, she took her passion for horses and created a horse hotel that hosts travelers who are traveling with equines.||KAN 01-24|
|01-17-20||MELINDA WILLIAMSON– KOMBUCHA– A Native American woman who lives in rural Kansas is producing a healthy, fermented drink that promotes health in a person’s gut. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the drink improved her own health after being diagnosed with an autoimmune illness – and helped her launch a business that helps others.||KAN 01-17|
|01-10-20||JAMES KENYON– GOLDEN RULE DAYS– A recently published book describes the history of 109 closed Kansas schools, including one in each of the state’s 105 counties. The idea for the book originated during the author’s trip home for his 50 year class reunion at Bogue Rural High School.||KAN 01-10|
|01-03-20||HARRY TROTTER– FOOTBALL– This year’s Kansas State University football team features several Kansas natives. This is the story of one athlete whose collegiate career originally took him due east.||KAN 01-03|
|12-27-19||DAVE GAEDDERT– DROPSEED– In this final program featuring the Gaeddert brothers, we learn about one very forward-thinking brother who’s developed some cutting-edge software.||KAN 12-27|
|12-20-19||AARON GAEDDERT– PRAIRY– Continuing with last week’s family theme, we meet another brother from the Gaeddert family. This brother decided to pursue a more “natural” ambition.||KAN 12-20|
|12-13-19||JOEL GAEDDERT– FLINT HILLS DESIGN– Visit any museum or traveling museum exhibit, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a Kansas product – or – maybe not. Learn about a company that is directly involved in the production of exhibits of all kinds.||KAN 12-13|
|12-06-19||SARA DAWSON– PRAIRIE OAKS DESIGNS– Artists work with all kinds of media and materials. Paint and clay and stone are among the most common. However, one Kansas artist works with a less-common material.||KAN 12-06|
|11-29-19||LINDA CLOVER– BALL OF TWINE– What started as one farmer’s personal obsession more than 50 years ago, has now become the pride of a small central Kansas town, and an international attraction. This is the story of a Kansas landmark and the woman whose life has become entwined with it.||KAN 11-29|
|11-22-19||LEADERSHIP MITCHELL COUNTY– Sometimes a small question leads to BIG answers! Learn about a north central Kansas county that took a big idea, scaled it down, and grew an entire generation of county leaders.||KAN 11-22|
|11-15-19||LANA McPHERSON– MUNICIPAL CLERKS– Some people associate small towns as the “starting point” of a career, with the final destination being a big city. However, one dedicated civic official reached international recognition through an exemplary career in rural Kansas.||KAN 11-15|
|11-08-19||STEVE RADLEY– NETWORK KANSAS– Kansas is known for its agriculture: fields of wheat, pastures of beef cattle grazing in the sun. But Kansas grows other things, too. Learn more about an entrepreneur who realized a different kind of harvest.||KAN 11-08|
|11-01-19||STEVE RADLEY– RURAL ROAD FILM– There are a lot of roads between Kansas and Hollywood, California. One of those roads took a movie producer to a small Kansas town. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a big journey that began with one small rural road.||KAN 11-01|
|10-25-19||JESSICA BUSTEED– CORNERSTONE BAKERY– So often, a meal is more than just the food – there’s the presentation, atmosphere, and the people at the table. Learn about a bakery that represents so much more than the bread and sandwiches it’s serving up in a small Kansas town.||KAN 10-25|
|10-18-19||BOB RALPH– PRINCETON POPCORN– He’s known on Facebook as “Farmer Bob,” and pretty soon, you’ll find his main crop available in movie theaters—on another continent! Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to an entrepreneur whose ideas tend to multiply.||KAN 10-18|
|10-11-19||CHRIS BROECKELMAN– NATOMA WORDWORKING– Imagine creating or building something really, really nice; now, imagine your great-great-grandchildren fighting over who gets to keep it. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about Kansas teacher who helps students design and build just such items, all while helping them carve out their future.||KAN 10-11|
|10-04-19||PHIL AND SHARRON KNOX– AgSun– Corn is one of our oldest and most versatile grains – but it can be tricky getting to all the good nutrition inside a kernel of corn. Grinding the kernels is one way of doing it. A Kansas farm couple has innovated a product for beef and dairy cattle that resembles a popular grocery store item.||KAN 10-04|
|09-27-19||CHARLES CURTIS– He was the first Kansan who was a member of a winning presidential ticket. If you’re thinking of a boy from Abilene, well… hold that thought for a moment. This is the story of another son of Kansas that you may not have heard of.||KAN 09-27|
|09-20-19||TERESA ARNOLD– BIGGEST BARN QUILT– Some citizens in a small Kansas community wanted to get their town a bit more recognition, so they decided to think big! And, their ultimate idea has been a huge success.||KAN 09-20|
|09-13-19||MIKE AND AMY JENSEN– JENSEN FARMS– A central Kansas family operates a successful business built around a vegetable crop that most people would never associate with the Sunflower State. Learn about this old café that was given new life as a trendy spot for healthy eating.||KAN 09-13|
|09-06-19||BUDDY WILLIAMS– CUSTOM ROPE– We all get stuck from time to time, and a good rope can help pull you out of any sticky situation. When giant trucks, tractors and boats need a tow, they’re probably using a heavy-duty tow rope created by a man from Kansas.||KAN 09-06|
|08-30-19||MIKE AND DONNA UHL– ALLEN MEAT PROCESSING– A cattleman and a chef – who just happen to be married – recently bought a meat processing business in rural Kansas. In addition to meat processing, the couple is expanding the business to meet the needs of the community.||KAN 08-30|
|08-23-19||VERL COUP– TALMAGE MUSEUM– It’s rarely a welcome sight when a business or essential service shutters its doors in a small community — but sometimes, such closings can lead to new things that enrich the lives of citizens. Learn about a military veteran and mail carrier who seized an opportunity to turn two vacant buildings into cultural touchstones.||KAN 08-23|
|08-16-19||PATHWAYS TO HEALTH– When setting out towards a destination or goal, it’s important to have directions, a plan for getting there. A community organization in far west Kansas is helping its citizens take aim at a healthier way of life.||KAN 08-16|
|08-09-19||JERAD GOOCH– LEOTI FOODS/SIMPLY PRODUCE– Last week, we heard about K-State Research and Extension’s Culture of Health initiative. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a local grocery store owner who made it his personal mission to offer his customers a greater quantity, quality, and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.||KAN 08-09|
|08-02-19||PAULA PETERS– CULTURE OF HEALTH (Part 1)– Rising health care costs have spurred individuals and health insurance providers to look for ways to promote better personal health. Learn about one woman’s mission to leverage an existing network to do for personal health and wellness, what it’s already done for agriculture.||KAN 08-02|
|07-26-19||DON WHITTEN– BEECHER BIBLE AND RIFLE CHURCH– Bibles and rifles are an unlikely combination, but the two came together during the free-state movement in a Kansas country church. Learn more about this church’s past and present.||KAN 07-26|
|07-19-19||LYNN SMITH– PIONEER BLUFFS– A successful non-profit organization in the Flint Hills can trace its roots back to one man’s long, long walk across Tornado Alley. Learn about his tale of ranching heritage and history.||KAN 07-19|
|07-12-19||JOHN & JINA KUGLER– BUG HOUNDS– In addition to being “Man’s Best Friend,” dogs also assist people with various physical limitations, and are skilled members of search and rescue teams in the wake of a natural disaster. Learn more about some dogs in Kansas with amazing noses for a particular household insect pest.||KAN 07-12|
|07-05-19||PATTERSON HEALTH CENTER– Small town rivalries are nothing new -- they can be found all over America. In Kansas, one big rivalry has been between the towns of Anthony and Harper. Learn how these communities put aside the rivalry to cooperate on one of the best examples of rural health care in America.||KAN 07-05|
|06-28-19||MADONNA OF THE TRAIL– When thinking of pioneers traveling west, it’s easy to get lost in all the cowboys and “Indians” portrayed in so many Hollywood movies. However, there was an effort more than 100 years ago to honor an often overlooked pioneer.||KAN 06-28|
|06-21-19||CARL PARCHER AND RICHARD GOBLE– SOUTH HAVEN LP AND SERVICE– Sometimes, the cloud of economic disaster can have a silver lining. Learn about a pair of business partners that took a chance on expansion, while staying faithful to the location and the community that had first supported them.||KAN 06-21|
|06-14-19||STEPHANIE AND DOUG DAVID– BOW CREEK RANCH– Kansas is known for being one of the leading beef cattle states, but one entrepreneur is looking to break into the market with a more exotic bovine.||KAN 06-14|
|06-07-19||TOM CIRCLE– PECANS– Pecans are usually associated with the southern states, especially Texas. But, a family business in southeast Kansas has made the pecan nut its lifeblood for at least three generations.||KAN 06-07|
|05-31-19||HEATHER HORTON– TOAST– Ron Wilson continues last week’s profile of Pittsburg entrepreneur Heather Horton, who will soon be opening a new business, named after an old childhood favorite.||KAN 05-31|
|05-24-19||HEATHER HORTON– BLOCK 22– The founders of a southeast Kansas city originally divided up the area into sections they called “blocks.” Learn about an entrepreneur and small business owner who helped resurrect one of these blocks into a thriving artistic community to rejuvenate the downtown area.||KAN 05-24|
|05-17-19||ONE MILLION CUPS– It’s a ritual that’s been going on for decades – a sharing that can occur most any time of the day, or night. Find out how this ritual has become the centerpiece of a movement to help budding entrepreneurs realize their dreams. All for the price of…well…listen for yourself.||KAN 05-17|
|05-10-19||DARIN MILLER– IRON CLAD COWORKING– Entrepreneurs come up with all kinds of innovative ideas that they bring to market. This is the story of one entrepreneur who didn’t develop a tangible product, but a business that helps other businesses find their own success.||KAN 05-10|
|05-03-19||POST ROCK 2– ROSSLYN SCHULTZ– A group of community advocates in the Post Rock region of Kansas is turning their passion for limestone architecture into an economic development opportunity. The Post Rock Limestone Coalition is working to get people off the interstate to see the historic limestone buildings found in many rural communities throughout the region.||KAN 05-03|
|04-26-19||POST ROCK 1– ANGIE MULLER– In the Post Rock region of Kansas, things are on the grow because a community found a way to give economic development projects a little jolt to get going.||KAN 04-26|
|04-19-19||MARK NUTSCH– There probably aren’t many people that can say, “Hollywood made a movie about me!” Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a native Kansan who is the subject of an action-adventure movie – a story he lived to tell.||KAN 04-19|
|04-12-19||JAN LEONARD– HUGOTON– In far southwest Kansas, there’s a town with connections to gambling, patent medicine, and just maybe, infamous outlaws from the early years of the Great Depression. Find out what happened when one man went digging – literally – into his community’s history.||KAN 04-12|
|04-05-19||ADAM & MAGGIE POUNDS– SIMPLE ABUNDANCE FARM– We’ve all heard the saying, “Big things come in small packages.” A Kansas couple in South Hutchinson is using small parcels of land to generate big harvests -- and their entire operation was founded on an even smaller space.||KAN 04-05|
|03-29-19||JERRY RUMBAUGH/DAN O’NEAL– STUDIO 57– A Kansas craftsman who works with fine wood once helped outfit one of the most famous passenger planes in the world. Learn more about this unique opportunity, and how he leveraged those skills for even more intricate works of art.||KAN 03-29|
|03-22-19||RICHARD PITTS– LIVING HISTORY– If you’ve seen any of the “Night at the Museum” movies, you may have wondered what it might be like to talk with someone from hundreds of years ago. Well, you're in luck! An upcoming event is going to allow visitors to experience some very unique “living history.”||KAN 03-22|
|03-15-19||TODD STEINBACH– AERO-MOD– Water is essential to the survival of all life on our planet, and the conservation and reclamation of water will be very important in the decades ahead. A Kansas entrepreneur has developed a waste water treatment system that can be found all over the world.||KAN 03-15|
|03-08-19||TIM PENNER– HARPER INDUSTRIES– One of the most outrageous, unique videos on Facebook has more than three million views. Learn more about the Kansas company that put it there.||KAN 03-08|
|03-01-19||ALAN VANCE– BROCE BROOM– There are many steps in the process of paving a new road. However, a Kansas company has revolutionized one of those steps.||KAN 03-01|
|02-22-19||DUSTY TURNER – PEACE PARTY– The town of Cedar Vale has been the site of annual motorcycle rallies, established by a local organizer. These motorcycle rallies also served as the blueprint for another kind of gathering—aimed at mending fences.||KAN 02-22|
|02-15-19||DUSTY TURNER– MOTO GUZZI– A young man’s love of motorcycles and traveling turned into something of an economic boom for a small Kansas town. What started as a weekend camping trip has become an annual festival with participants from around the globe.||KAN 02-15|
|02-08-19||TRENT BOALDIN– EPIC TOUCH– High-speed internet access is traditionally thought to be exclusive to large communities. However, thanks to a local entrepreneur with a background in local telephone service, high-speed internet is available in the southwest corner of Kansas.||KAN 02-08|
|02-01-19||LAURA AND RONN MARTIN– SEW LOVED QUILT SHOP– Most of us probably save one or two treasured Christmas gifts from our childhood, and the rest we lose track of on our journey through life. However, a Kansas woman eventually turned one of her Christmas gifts into a passion, and a successful business.||KAN 02-01|
|01-25-19||KANSAS FIRSTS– January 29th is Kansas Day, commemorating the state’s 1861 admission into the Union. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, offers a rundown of notable Kansas citizens, and their contributions to a better life for us all.||KAN 01-25|
|01-18-19||CLARA REYES– DOS MUNDOS– For immigrants starting a new life in America, the language barrier can be a challenge. However, one entrepreneur found a way to help Kansas City’s Hispanic community bring two worlds together through communication.||KAN 01-18|
|01-11-19||MIKE PRAY AND JAKE TRUMMER– FRIENDSHIP HOUSE– If you’re already milling the flour, why not bake some bread? Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, says that was the philosophy that turned into one of the more successful businesses in northeast Kansas.||KAN 01-11|
|01-04-19||BLAKE LYNCH– College football players, especially linemen, often stand more than 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 pounds. This is the story of a Kansas State University player from a small Kansas town who is proving football is also a game for the little guy.||KAN 01-04|
|12-28-18||SOUTHEAST KANSAS CHICKEN– The sports rivalry between Kansas State University and the University of Kansas is legendary. However, the rivalry between the fans of two chicken restaurants in southeast Kansas might be just as intense.||KAN 12-28|
|12-21-18||RICHARD BAKER– On this special edition of the program, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, profiles Richard Baker, one of the best-known radio voices in Kansas.||KAN 12-21|
|12-14-18||JOE & CATHY BROECKELMAN– THE SATISFIERS– Farmers and ranchers have long realized the benefits of diversifying their operations. Learn about a family of pork producers who have ventured out of their hog barn and into a bakery.||KAN 12-14|
|12-07-18||LONA DUVALL– FINNEY COUNTY– Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment of good from one mode of transportation to another – from a train to a truck, for example. A small project in Garden City has grown to be the largest transloading facility in North America.||KAN 12-07|
|11-30-18||DFA MILK PROCESSING– In his ongoing series about the growth of the Kansas dairy industry, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, explains how the growth of one segment of an industry can spur the growth of the next segment.||KAN 11-30|
|11-23-18||wKREDA– Could Kansas be the land of opportunity for a competitive industry? Maybe. A dairy coalition has brought growth to the western Kansas dairy industry by touting the area’s advantages to farmers in other states.||KAN 11-23|
|11-16-18||DONNA PEARSON McCLISH– COMMON GROUND– The ground beneath us: we walk on it, drive on it, build on it, and grow food on it. Learn about a teacher and a student who found a way to help the less fortunate in their community, by finding common ground.||KAN 11-16|
|11-09-18||ROY AND BOBBI REIMAN– NETAWAKA FITNESS CENTER– ”Kansas Profile” frequently chronicles entrepreneurs and business owners who create a business or product in Kansas. On this edition, Ron Wilson profiles a publishing magnate who came home to Kansas to do something special for his wife’s hometown.||KAN 11-09|
|11-02-18||GARDINER ANGUS RANCH (PART 3)– In this third and final program devoted to the history of the Gardiner Ranch, we learn about a recent event that changed the ranch in startling and traumatic fashion.||KAN 11-02|
|10-26-18||GARDINERS– PREMIUM BEEF (Part 2)– Continuing his look at one of the leading beef cattle ranchers in Kansas, Ron Wilson has the tale of a plan to improve the quality of beef, by encouraging producers to raise their own standards before their cattle even left the ranch.||KAN 10-26|
|10-19-18||GARDINER ANGUS RANCH– In the first of a series of profiles, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to one of the premier ranching families in Kansas. They’ve gone from very humble beginnings, to using some of the most innovative technology available.||KAN 10-19|
|10-12-18||DAN SENESTRARO– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 4)– To hear Hollywood tell it, people come to California to make their dreams come true. However, one dairy farmer left his home in the “Golden State” to find his dreams among the sunflowers.||KAN 10-12|
|10-05-18||BYRON LEHMAN– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 3)– In the United States, the dairy industry is largely driven by local dairy cooperatives. Ron Wilson tells us about a Kansas dairy farmer who is passing along his passion to the next generation.||KAN 10-05|
|09-28-18||STEVE STRICKLER– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 2)– In the second part of his series on the Kansas dairy industry, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a dairy farmer who has always made it a point to be a good neighbor.||KAN 09-28|
|09-21-18||STEPHANIE ECKROAT– KANSAS DAIRY ASSOCIATION COMMISSION– In the first of a four-part series on the dairy industry in Kansas, we meet a woman who has become an industry leader for Kansas.||KAN 09-21|
|09-14-18||DENNIS WRIGHT– SUNFLOWER OIL– You have probably seen celebrity chefs on TV reaching for E-V-O-O or extra virgin olive oil. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas farmer who’s spreading the word about “E-V-S-O.”||KAN 09-14|
|09-07-18||ANJAN GHOSH HAJRA– I3DP– Doctors and surgeons currently use radiographs and magnetic imaging to see inside the human body, but what if a single piece of imaging technology could provide a view from the inside? This is the story of an entrepreneur who has developed a new kind of 3-D technology.||KAN 09-07|
|08-31-18||JEAN HARRISON, KIM RINGWALD – Sometimes, your field of view is very important — when you need to get a “birds-eye view” of a large area, for example. Meet a pair of entrepreneurs who are using technology to offer people a bigger view when they need it most.||KAN 08-31|
|08-24-18||MELVIN EPP– REMINGTON– A copy of a famous work of art created by an artist who once lived in Kansas can not only be found in the Oval Office of the White House, but also in the Kansas high school bearing his name. This is the story of the man behind the sculpture and the community’s efforts to honor the legacy of this famous artist.||KAN 08-24|
|08-17-18||CORNING COMMUNITY– Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, usually tells us about one specific person, landmark or business that stands out in their local community. This time we hear about a Kansas community where everything and everyone seems a bit above average.||KAN 08-17|
|08-10-18||JEFF HAKE– JNT– Imagine experiencing the sensation of driving a car at 200 miles per hour, but without ever getting into an automobile. Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who is using virtual reality to help spread the word about his clients.||KAN 08-10|
|08-03-18||ROSANNA BAUMAN– CEDAR VALLEY FARMS– The biggest and best success stories often start off small, and with limited means. This is the story of a farm family who leveraged limited acreage into a fantastic farming success.||KAN 08-03|
|07-27-18||ROGER RINGER– KANSAS ODDITIES– What do a Turkish princess, a Hollywood rooster and the first helicopter patent all have in common? This is some of the story; for the rest, you’ll have to read the book.||KAN 07-27|
|07-20-18||ABRAM MERTZ– LIVESTOCK DIRECT– Sometimes you can accomplish more, with less – especially if you know when and where to place your “less.” A marketing specialist is spreading the word about his clients specifically to those who are interested.||KAN 07-20|
|07-13-18||JOE, KIM, BOB AND MARY MERTZ (Part 2)– Jeanne and Harold Mertz left a mark on Kansas highways that still stands today, all over the state. And, their sons have carried on the family business with surprising results.||KAN 07-13|
|07-06-18||HAROLD AND JEANNE MERTZ (Part 1) – We encounter all kinds of signs in life: signs that alert us to something, signs that want to sell us something, and signs that try to inform us about something. A Kansas farm couple created signs to inform motorists on Kansas highways about the value of agriculture.||KAN 07-06|
|06-29-18||RANDALL TOSH– PHOREUS BIOTECH– Sometimes big ideas come in very, very small packages. In fact, a Kansas company is delivering big advancements in packages so small, you can’t even see them.||KAN 06-29|
|06-22-18||PAT HAPPER– MERIDEN (PART 2)– We all need the occasional pick-me-up, and for many of us, a good cup of coffee is just the ticket. Learn more about a rural coffee shop that has a unique beginning.||KAN 06-22|
|06-15-18||JAKE FARRANT– MERIDEN (PART 1)– Football has come a long way since the days of leather helmets, minimal padding, and games played on natural turf. A Kansas entrepreneur is helping football players from high school to the National Football League get a firm footing on the field.||KAN 06-15|
|06-08-18||TED BENDER– BENDER STEEL– A businessman in rural Kansas who learned to weld by taking agricultural education classes in high school says that skill became the basis of his career.||KAN 06-08|
|06-01-18||TONY SALCIDO– REV-E3– As we continue a slow conversion to a nearly-paperless society, the need to tackle waste paper has also changed. One Kansas entrepreneur is committed to dealing with that growing waste issue.||KAN 06-01|
|05-25-18||TIM BROWN– NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT– It’s one thing for a product or business to be known all across their home state – but how about a reputation that spans the globe? Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who had just enough time to tell his story before boarding another transcontinental flight.||KAN 05-25|
|05-18-18||TIYA TONN– FARM TO FORK– Sometimes, a good meal can go a long way towards bringing people together. In fact, there's a community event that not only brings people together around a good meal, it shows a lot of them just where their food comes from.||KAN 05-18|
|05-11-18||JOEL RUSSELL– CODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 2)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, continues his look at the amazing weather events that occurred there, and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage.||KAN 05-11|
|05-04-18||JOEL RUSSELL– CODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 1)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. This is the story of the amazing weather events that occurred there and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage.||KAN 05-04|
|04-27-18||RAY ESSINGTON– In helping students with their keyboard skills, a rural Kansas high school music teacher is also building on the tradition of one of the world’s most famous musical instructors. Ironically, these two musical people came from the very same hometown.||KAN 04-27|
|04-20-18||DOROTHY DeLAY– One of the most famous, sought-after teachers of professional violinists in the world grew up in Kansas. This is the story of a woman who taught the masters.||KAN 04-20|
|04-13-18||ZACK SCHAFFER– SCHAFFER FURNITURE– One of best-known commentators and personalities from television and the internet recently posted rave reviews about a gift he received. This is the story of the Kansas craftsman behind that gift.||KAN 04-13|
|04-06-18||MARCI PENNER– BIG KANSAS ROAD TRIP– The author of what is perhaps the best-known guidebook for the state of Kansas has decided that telling people about things isn’t enough – so she’s going to show them.||KAN 04-06|