Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:47Almost everyone knows about military drones. What is really gaining steam now are the personal versions that are cropping up all over. The military ones cost between many, many thousands of dollars. The other variety—Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—can be made from off-the-shelf parts for less than $1,000.
A story about the cheaper versions appears in the July issue of Wired magazine. The uses for UAVs are many—from farmers surveying their crops, to police reconnaissance, to aerial filming, to oil companies doing site inspections in Alaska.
So far, UAVs are limited to less than 400 feet in the air and must avoid air space near airports. Some restrictions will be lifted next year.
The aerial filming work is done for Hollywood and...
Written by Joel Klaassen Monday, 02 July 2012 21:07We are asking the public for some help with our veterans book. The deadline is looming for accepting photos—next Tuesday, July 10, to be exact.
We need help with missing information. We have some photos that we have found on our own, but do not have any details; we hope our readers can help us.
Please look at our ad on Page 5 that has a list of names. Can you help with information about these veterans?
We are in the range of 2,000 photo at this point. All of the service photos we have requested and have received will be accompanied by information beside their names. However, we may have to choose from the many candid photos that have been contributed.
I don’t know what got into me since we’ve been having this 100-degree...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:58We just bought plane tickets to send our grandsons back to Atlanta after they have been here again for the Marion County Fair. They took home the “8 Wonders of Kansas” book last time and have been scouring it for other things to do while they are here.
They will be away from home for several weeks this summer with assorted trips for camping, to the beach and an aunt’s wedding in the Pacific Northwest before they head for Kansas.
We’re glad they still want to come, but we know this will end one of these years as the oldest is starting high school this fall. The lure of doing things in Kansas that they can’t do at home is still working, though.
I’m not the only one who had trouble with the shuffle feature while...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 19 June 2012 11:30If you do road trips by yourself and want to ease the boredom, I have just the idea for you to make the trips seem much shorter.
When I mentioned last week that I was driving to Iowa the next day and it was going to be eight hours in the car, Shelley suggested I check out a couple of audio books from the library.
I remembered the time we drove to Atlanta in 1998 and rented “Into Thin Air” at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. You could drop them off at another restaurant, which made it easy and smart on their part.
Back to my original thought. I was surprised at how many audio books our local library has available. The one that first caught my attention was the “Best Game Ever,” which was about the 1958 NFL Championship game...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:52I’ll bet a lot of people would have scoffed at the notion that we could sell the awning we replaced on the front of our business recently.
I kid you not. It sold last week from a classified ad in the Free Press. This might sound self-serving, but I will say it anyway. Classified print ads continue to work regardless of what you read about print being dead.
We have always found the help we need, sold all of the vehicles we wished to sell—I even rented, actually borrowed, a stock tank to keep pop cold at the Arts and Crafts Fair from an ad in our paper.
Another thing I should tell you is that if you see a number code at the end of a classified ad it indicates a local ad. The ads with letters at the end of them are ads from regional...
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