Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:59Marion County road graders have been limited to a two-day work week for this summer to try to conserve on fuel that continually getting more expensive.
Randy Crawford, county road and bridge director, told the county commissioners Monday that by reducing hours, the county is following the lead of the Kansas Department of Transportation, which has a limited 10 percent of its road maintenance machinery engaged in a given day to save money. KDOT’s approach will change only if special needs...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:19Marion County is joining the rest of the country in the real estate boom that has led to rising prices for productive agricultural land.
Prices for both crop land and pasture land are climbing at rates that would have been seen as a fantasy two years ago.
Lyle Leppke, a Hillsboro-based real estate broker who has a special focus in farm land sales, said, “Two years ago you didn’t see land prices over $2,000 an acre here. Now we’re seeing $3,000 an acre and higher.”
Marion County Appraiser Cindy Magill said the higher land prices are beginning to be reflected in taxes with another big jump in values this year.
Magill said tax values not only depend on prices, but on such factors as whether ground is tilled or in pasture...
Written by John Schlageck Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:19If Billy Crystal’s Fernando character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn’t be telling many farmers, “Darling, you look marvelous.” You can also bet not many farmers step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ or Esquire.
Looking good is great when you go to town, but safety and comfort are much more important when dressing for farm chores.
Let’s begin with the head, after all that’s where thinking about safety should start, says Holly Higgins, Kansas Farm Bureau safety director.
Head injuries are common on the farm and tend to be serious, Higgins adds. When doing work that involves head hazards trade your familiar ball cap or straw hat for...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:19Jane Marshall of Manhattan will speak Friday about the diverse cuisine in Kansas in her Learning in Retirement presentation titled, “Biscuits and Bison: Exploring Kansas Food Heritage.”
Marshall is an award winning food editor now at Kansas State University, where she teaches Food Writing and Development of American Cuisine in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.
A native Kansan, Marshall holds a degree in home economics and journalism from KSU. She also is working on a food history and recipe book to help celebrate K-State’s sesquicentennial.
Prior to coming back to K-State, she worked for more than 25 years in journalism at several newspapers, including the Denver Post, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:32A former longtime Hillsboro house contractor has turned his attention and considerable skills to a more mobile and temporary form of living arrangements.
Larry Bartel, working alongside his son, Kevin, is spearheading the interior work for two huge trailers that will provide lodging for up to 20 harvest-crew workers this summer—and hopefully for several summers to come.
The project was initiated by Kent Wright, owner of Wright’s Trucking & Harvesting LLC based in Sidney, Neb. Bartel has worked with that company each harvest season for the past 10 years after completing 31 years as a local housing contractor.
“We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time and now we’re finally doing,” Bartel said...
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