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8:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Degeneration of the family farm' in photos

Courtesy Randy Waln

Rural roadsides are littered with neglected homesteads, long-ago abandoned. I see them all the time driving across Nebraska. Fallen farmhouses. Blighted barns. Overgrown fencerows. They even have a fanclub on Facebook.

For Randy Waln, a graphic design professor at Peru State University in Peru, Neb., there’s something about a rusted-out truck or weed-covered roadway that stokes the imagination.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Great Hedge Apple Insect Experiment

Credit http://joycewallace1.blogspot.com/

Normally, I avoid sequels.  I don’t want to know what happened after Rhett left Scarlet standing in the door with his famous line echoing in her mind.  I definitely didn’t want to see Rocky triumph more than once.  However, I must write a part two to the hedge apple saga.  If I don’t, that tale’s audience may enter the next bug cycle with unfounded hope.

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Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The American Dream in Garden City, via Burma and beef

Moung Thang, a Burmese worker at the Garden City Tyson plant, with his children, Micheal, 5, and Veronica, 3
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

The tiny girl who opens the door is so excited to have visitors that she shouts to them as they get out of their car, “Hurry, hurry!”

Veronica Thang, a three-year-old dressed head to toe in pink, was showing off her new nail color.

“What color?” asks Velia Mendoza, the visitor.

“RED!”

And on the other hand? “What color?”

“BLUE!”

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

Credit windriver.org

 Last week’s gusting winds did more than catch  arms and legs  in slamming doors, blow hair in directions it’s not intended to go, and make me tilt at a 60 degree angle in order to prevent joining a bazillion tumble weeds traveling hither and yon.  It set my nerves on fire and prepared me to enjoy a perfect weekend.

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Traditions
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Is This the Last Dance for the Kansas Polka Lovers?

Polka Dancing at the Gibbon Ballroom at Gibbon, Minnesota
Credit flickr.com

In December, the PolKofA Kansas Chapter, which is the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America, will decide if they will continue to dance according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Immigration
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing

Credit CBP Photography

Texas has one of the largest populations of “unauthorized” immigrants in the nation, and it is the only state that didn’t have a significant drop as did California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York according to data Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. 

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Folklore
5:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Towering Sunflowers Predict…

Credit eyes4mwanza.blogspot.com

  Folk wisdom, especially weather-related folk wisdom, captured my attention when I first learned the saying, “Red sky at night—a sailor’s delight and red sky at morning—a sailor’s warning,” from my grandmother. I’ve tried to determine whether or not her wise words consistently ring true over the decades, but so far--no verdict.

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Values
5:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Don’t Mess With Texas and Don’t Remember the Alamo

Credit Jamie Golden / texastribune.org

The Texas Department of Transportation owns the federally registered trademark on the phrase, “Don’t mess with Texas.”  The slogan was coined in 1985 by Tim McClure, a native Texan and a founder of GSD&M, an advertising agency based in Austin.  The agency was hired by the state to help its antilittering campaign reach the worst highway offenders — men under 25.

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Values
5:15 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Potter County Court House Could be Win #3 for Amarillo

Credit amarillo.com

The Potter County Court House is one of the three finalists in the restoration category for the Texas Downtown Associations’ Presidents Awards Program reported the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Pedal the Plains: Explore Colorado’s Eastern Plains

Credit Pedal the Plains

Celebrate the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains by participating in the second annual “Pedal the Plains.”  This year there’s a brand new route for cyclists of all ages and abilities.  Riders will have a chance to taste regional foods, learn about the area from local experts, try their hand at local crafts, enjoy lively entertainment, and experiment, hands-on, with farming techniques.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader

Credit texastribune.org

George W Bush.  When you think of that name what comes to mind?

  • The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?
  • The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?
  • The son of a politician?
  • A native of Midland?
  • A Texas oil baron?
  • A Texas governor?
  • President of the United States?
  • September 11?
  • Wind energy champion?
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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Amarillo Baseball: Will The Tradition Continue in a New Downtown Stadium?

Credit myhighplains.com

Professional baseball came to Amarillo in 1922 with the Amarillo Gassers.  For more than 90 years, the tradition has continued. 

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Folklore
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kansas State Fair: The 100 Year Rain Legend Remains Unbroken

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The Kansas State Fair celebrated its 100th birthday this year, and after 100 years, the rain legend continues.  The superstition is that it will rain during the fair.  It may have taken until the last day, but Sunday, the skies opened up, providing a shower with a bit of hail to pepper to all in attendance according to The Wichita Eagle

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Drought, A Tree Root, and No Plumbing

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  When I left home to attend a five week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Seminar, my husband devoutly promised he’d water my flowers.  By the time I left, velvety purple petunias, coral moss rose, and vibrant snapdragons already showed heat distress.

While in North Dakota, I kept track of western Kansas weather through phone calls and monitoring the Hays Daily News.  Though some rain fell, I knew the only way my flowers would survive was through regularly hosings. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
10:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Miniature Dinosaurs on My Hilltop

Credit umich.edu

From the time I toddled until I finished 3rd grade, I called oil boomtowns dotting Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico home. During those years my family lived in this stark and beautiful region, my dad would bring me bits of petrified dinosaur skeleton he found near rig locations where he worked. These bones-turned-stones gripped my imagination until I added a dinosaur tooth and a dinosaur coprolite or fossilized doo to my rock collection.

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Ellis County, Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Roadtrip: Town of 200 keeps Volga German heritage alive with weekend feast

St Anthony Church, Schoenchen, Kansas
Credit http://germancapitalofkansas.com/

  Small-town Schoenchen is keeping its heritage alive with a German feast of green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts this Sunday.  While enjoying dinner, traditional sounds of polkas and waltzes will fill the air according to the Bee

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Americans rank the states
8:12 am
Mon September 2, 2013

The gossip on states

The darkest colored state had the highest number of votes, the whitest colored states had next to none.

Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by Business Insider.  It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

If the Santa Fe Trail of the Past Met Highway 50 of the Present, There’d Be No Boring Travel

Credit usends.com

As a youngster riding down Highway 50, I never questioned how this piece of asphalt connected me to the past of either Kansas or our nation. It was a boring ride that didn’t have interesting scenery unless we happened to drive through a storm with writhing clouds or pass through at sunrise or sunset.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Gifted Armadillos

Credit superanimalwallpaper.blogspot.com

Sometimes you look at a creature and wonder how it evolved into the beast it is. The kangaroo and platypus come to mind, but they’re Australian, and who can account for animal adaptations down under? The critter I’m most curious about is one I see squashed all too often on the Texas and Oklahoma Interstates--the armadillo. Not long ago, I spied an immigrant armadillo flattened on I-70 in Trego County.

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Immigration
8:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Immigration Reform: Up Close and Personal in SW Kansas

Mexican immigrant Cornelius Peters is consoled by his immigration lawyer Michael Feltman after finding out his father had just died in Mexico. Peters has been working on becoming a resident for 13 years but, in the meantime, couldn’t visit his family in Mexico.
Credit Fernando Salaza / The Wichita Eagle

People value hard work in SW Kansas.  In an area where the unemployment rate is significantly below the national average, workers are needed.  The Wichita Eagle gave a glimpse into the struggles of being an immigrant.   

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Values
8:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Resilient: Amarillo Botanical Gardens and High Plains People

A visitor to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Credit amarillobotanicalgardens.org

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a shining example of the pioneering spirit of the High Plains.  The hail of May 28 destroyed what late frosts did not reported the Amarillo Globe-News

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Arts
8:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Take a Picasso Moment and Wash the Dust Away

Buffalo Bath

Pablo Picasso - "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

In the midst of summer, take a breath, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, and enjoy the beauty of Texas native, Kimbell McCurry.  McCurry is the featured artist at the 20th annual Western Art Show in Dodge City, Kansas.  His work is on display at the Landmark National Bank, located at Central and Spruce, through August 2.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

How'd an Egg get in the Water Pan?

We’ve raised chickens most of our marriage, so that’s thirty years of learning to understand feathered, cackling females. I can confirm this species is messy, noisy, piggish, and sometimes mean –which explains the term henpecked. They’re also dense and run like gawky, miniature Tyrannosaurs. Despite their character flaws, I love my girls. However, one of them has confused me.

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HPPR Culture
11:21 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Indiana Jones Author Debuts Latest Work in Dodge City

  Max McCoy is a well-known and award-winning author.  The Dodge Globe reported that McCoy, a Kansas native and professor at Emporia State University, will launch his newest novel, “Of Grave Concern,” on Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 pm, at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Crappie: I guarantee that's good eatin!

Folks, you get a couple Texans together, fishin' on a pond, and I guarantee the thing they'll be talking about as they head to shore is cookin' what's on the stringer.

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9:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Austin Church Finds Unique Path to Blending Colors and Culture

Lead in text: 
Vox Veniae, a church in East Austin, Texas, has discovered a unique path to blending people of different colors and cultures, as well as reflecting the place they live. The key? Being a good neighbor who engages and participates in the world. A great lesson no matter where you live on the high plains. Don't miss the video- Rev. Gideon Tsang shares insightful perspective.
AUSTIN, Tex. - Last Sunday at Vox Veniae, a 200-person church in working-class East Austin, the volunteer baristas showed up an hour before worship services to make locally sourced coffee in the vaunted Chemex system, beloved of connoisseurs. To enhance the java-snob appeal, no milk or sugar was provided.
Culture
8:01 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

There are Many Things to See in Kansas

Credit kansastravel.org

Travelers across the High Plains often say there's nothing to see as you travel across this great expanse.  A recent article in The Wichita Eagle gave a list of 105 things to see in the state of Kansas that would argue that perception. 

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Culture
8:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Clutter Murderer Files Online

Credit Kansas State Historical Society

Home should be safe.  It doesn't matter if you live in the country or the city, in an apartment or on a farm, the place where you lay your head should be safe.  No so for Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and their two children.  The Clutter family was murdered in 1959 by Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith a few days before Christmas in their farmhouse, outside a little farming town in Kansas called Holcomb. 

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Refugees find home on the farm

At Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, Bel Chhetri (in foreground) works the land with his grandparents and a friend. They emigrated from Nepal.
Credit Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media

On a small farm in suburban West Des Moines, Iowa, even the barn is a refugee—an historic structure relocated from nearby Valley High School. The farmers, most of them refugees, are just starting to hoe the land, each one working a 50-foot by 50-foot plot where they’ll grow corn, beans, cabbage, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and peppers.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

No Place for Sissies

We invited a French exchange student to share our lives for six weeks one summer. Her first question after she deposited her luggage in the bedroom was, “Do you have tornadoes here?”

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