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As a regular reader of the Morning Sun, I am deeply grateful that our hometown paper has a high caliber journalist in the person of Dustin Strong. In case you didn’t catch two of his recent … more
Akitas: Life Long Friends
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Writer's Note. This is the second story in a two part series about my husband, Dustin Strong, and our dogs. My husband and I have had Akitas since we have been married in 1998. My husband has … more
Waiting Out the Fed's Forecast
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“Is this going to blow through or set in?” It was Labor Day, and we were on the lake a long way from our dock when storm clouds surprisingly popped up. It’s easy to get surprised by … more
Fall into a new book
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Now that the autumn season is officially here—at least by the calendar; you sure can’t tell by the temperatures—it’s time to pick up a book to enjoy while sipping some apple … more
More fair memories
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Last week, I shared some of my memories of the Kansas State Fair as it related primarily to 4-H. This week, I want to take a look at the rest of the State Fair. For years, there were two big … more
Civilization is coming to pieces
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Civilization is coming to pieces. There is a group of you who read that last sentence and said, “Yeah, so what else is new?” And I get it, people say this all the time.  … more
A place to call home
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“Hey, Buddy. Glad you came. It’s more fun watching the Chiefs with a friend.” “Thanks for inviting me. I feel the same.” “Say, I’ve been meaning to … more
"I’m fun, fluffy … but not a fox!"
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*Writer's Note-This is a two part series of  the Japanese dogs my husband and I own, the Shiba and Akita, respectively.* Our dog, Sukoshi, has stolen my heart. He is a two-year-old Shiba … more
Tear up my contract
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What follows is a story by former Pittsburg resident, Jim Gore, about what he called a “really a big-time sting operation” that came to Pittsburg in the 1930s. — J.T.K. From … more
Washburn captures showdown vs. UNK
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It a matchup of nationally ranked teams, No. 15 Washburn defeated No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-15) last Friday night in an MIAA volleyball opener at Lee Arena in Topeka. Rachel … more
Gas prices squeeze consumers
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"What's up with gas prices?" My 16-year-old son, who pays for his own gas, ran up the stairs very frustrated. He'd just spent $85 to fill his truck when he used to pay $65. Most Americans are feeling … more
Kansas State Fair memories
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Back years ago when my sister and I were in 4-H we would sometimes hear the mention of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchison.  We never sent any exhibits to the state fair but one year, when my … more
Sinkhole synchronicity
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A couple of years back I corresponded by phone and email with Juliet Patterson, Associate Professor of English at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She was in the process of writing a … more
The saga of Cowboy and Percy
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With the death of Obidiah, Jean and I have been between dogs.   We’ve never been intentional about dogs. We’ve always gone emotionally.  We’ve not planned; … more
Parity arrives in MIAA
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We’re just two weeks into the MIAA football season, and only three teams are undefeated. Pittsburg State and Central Missouri are 2-0, and they clash at 1 p.m. Saturday in Warrensburg for … more
Setting the table for year-end markets
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"Will you set the table?" When my wife says this, I know I'm about to do a little work, but soon it will be time to eat. The market blues of August and September hopefully set the table for good … more
Visiting another town
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Last week, my wife and I spent a long weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Given my occupation, whenever I visit another city, I can’t help looking for interesting aspects that might be applied … more
Local ties
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Throughout the years, I have learned that the most successful programs feature local speakers and/or topics.   People tend to relate more to speakers from the area or who know regional history. … more
Cooking for one or two
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Perhaps you have heard and then again, maybe you haven’t heard of an organization called Family Community Education.   When the program first started back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, … more
Hornets sting Bearcats
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Some long streaks came to an end Thursday night when No. 18 Emporia State knocked off No. 5 Northwest Missouri 33-13 at Bearcat Stadium in Maryville. The Hornets (2-0) beat the Bearcats (1-1) … more
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