Insight by John Schlageck

Insight by John Schlageck



Remember them always


This Memorial Day, mothers, fathers, families and friends will travel to cemeteries across Kansas and our country. Once on those hallowed grounds, they will pause to remember and pray for the young men and women who did not return from war.

Then and now


Men worked for 50 cents a day during the Great Depression. Back then, you could buy an acre of ground for about the same price you would pay for a five-stick pack of Juicy Fruit gum today.



I don’t know about you, but next year during the last weekend of April I’ll be seated in Memorial Hall in Downs listening to the new batch of storytellers. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Kansas Storytelling Festival that began in 1994.

Tried and true


Keeping food safe in our diet requires a few tried and true steps. Keep food clean, keep it separate, cook it completely and always chill it.

Work this world wisely


Farmers, ranchers and those who make their living from the land, view this planet as a community to which they belong. They love, respect and care for the land. They adhere to an ethic, which enlarges the boundaries of their community to include soils, waters, plants and animals.

Storytelling in Downs April 28-29


“Our storytellers tell their tales without reading a book, using photos or showing a video,” Glennys Doane says. “They use words, inflection and cadence to create pictures and events in the listener’s mind.”

Use your head


Get out and enjoy the beauty of nature this spring. But remember, stay safe so you can enjoy working in the garden for many years to come.

After the fire


The outpouring of those wanting to help has been overwhelming. Friends helping friends. Neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone in the community and from across the country pitching in.

Agriculture is amazing


National Ag Week is March 19-25. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by this nation’s farmers and ranchers.

Spring fever


Farmers work hard to safely apply pesticides within guidelines set by the federal government and manufacturers.