For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2021

For more information:
Heather Lansdowne

MANHATTAN, Kansas — The Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will hold its 2021 annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, at 213 McMillen Hall at McCook Community College, 1205 E 3rd Street, McCook, Nebraska. A virtual meeting option can be accessed at the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources website:
Senator Marshall to Hold Cheyenne County Town Hall
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., will hold a public town hall from 8:30-9:15am on Thursday, July 8th at Fresh Seven Coffee in St. Francis. The public is invited to attend the town hall to learn about federal legislative issues and ask questions of the Senator. The event is open to the press.

"I look forward to the opportunity to speak with Kansans and learn more about the issues and concerns impacting their lives," said Senator Marshall. "I value the opportunity to hear directly
How Wichita County increased access to quality child care
By Nancy Knopp Daniels, MPA

Today's First Friday e-call proved that access to quality child care is a tremendous challenge for our communities, but well worth the investment.

Aimee Baker, K-State Research and Extension- Wichita County, related how their community worked together to break ground on a new Child Care center. You can view and download Aimee's slides here [1] or on the First Friday archive [2] along with the recording from today.

Next month's program is Support
2020 and 2021 Alumni Reunions June 18-20,2021
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alumni weekend will be a bit different from previous years. The 2020 Alumni Reunion was postponed until this year so both 2020 and 2021 honor year classes are encouraged to gather for a reunion. Honor Classes this year include all years ending 0, 1, 5, and 6 Since we are still not 100% clear of the pandemic there will be few large group events. Class members are encouraged to reach out to their classmates to schedule individual class gatherings.

Farmer's Market set to open June 5th
The Farmer’s Market will be held in the park again, as in previous years, Saturday Mornings from 9-12.

There will be hot breakfast available to purchase as well as baked goods, jams, parsnips, carrots, Swiss chard, radishes, fresh eggs, locally grown meat products, and handcrafted soaps and salves.

For convenience, any customer can also go to the website at and pre-order their items.

Then they can pull up to the market and have their box carried to their
K-State Research and Extension Grant writing workshops
K-State Research and Extension's Grant writing workshops have gone online. There are 3 new workshops available across the state--that's the beauty of online you can attend anywhere!

If you are a state partner representing agencies, cities, counties, schools, libraries, hospitals, and community foundations, please consider making this known to your local partners.

If you are an individual interested in taking a workshop:

1) Check the K-State Research and Extension Events Calendar
Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction
Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction will run thru April 30th and end with a reception to announce the winners and meet the various artists. Silent auction bidding as well as online bidding are offered throughout the length of the show, again ending April 30th. The funds raised will benefit the 202 on Washington renovation project which includes the construction of a community event center, a professional kitchen and an expanded gallery space. Ten artists have donated 27 pieces for this event.
Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation
Tom Keller reported on the Community Foundation.

Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation board held its annual retreat at 202 on Washington on March 7. The board spent the afternoon planning for another exciting year of activities. The CCKCF hopes to announce its acquisition of physical home on main street in the near future. The all volunteer board of twelve Cheyenne County residents is researching the possibility of employing a part time administrator to assist the board in its mission to C
Last Kansas Sampler Festival Approaches
April 28, 2017 Press Release

The 28th and final Kansas Sampler Festival will take place in Winfield's Island Park on May 6 and 7. The festival, designed to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas, will end its successful run as the state's largest outdoor travel show.

Started on the Penner Farm near Inman in 1990 as a book signing party for Milferd Penner and Marci Penner's first Kansas Weekend Guide, the event led to the f
St Francis Community Foundation awards grant money and Honors Bill & Cindy Keller
Many gathered Monday night, April 17th, to receive the St Francis Community Foundation grant money awarded to their various groups and organizations, to honor Bill & Cindy Keller who have given so much to the St Francis Community, and to enjoy a delicious dinner at Riverside.

The groups represented that night included: USD297, the St Francis Pool Committee, Cheyenne Co Theater, St Francis Motorcycle Museum, Senior Living, Senior Center, St Francis Wrestling Club, Cheyenne Co Commissioners, Ch
Flatiron Restaurant opens in St. Francis
On Hwy 36 in St Francis, I noticed a new OPEN sign fluttering in the wind in front of Jett Fromholtz's Flatiron Restaurant. The restaurant I had been in many times, doing small projects during the construction phase, and asking when the opening date would be, but as of yet hadn't gotten a definitive answer. So I was happy when I realized where that OPEN was, "Jett's open!", I had to go in and check it out.

The restaurant had just closed for the day and Jett and the crew we
Water Supply Informational Meeting
January 4th 1 pm at 4-H building at Fair Grounds.
State and local water officials will host an informational meeting and discussion forum for water users and others interested in the water supply of the South Fork Republican River.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Dansas Water Office will share information about the resolutions reached between Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska this year. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input to state water officials charged with adm
Night at the Museum and Upcoming Museum Events
By Janet Carman

Night at the Museum

"Honoring Our Veterans", the first in a series of Night at the Museum events, will be at 7 pm on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Cheyenne County Museum.

Military artifacts, old news articles, uniforms, and other historic military information will be on display on tables throughout the museum. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the museum and view the Medal of Honor display case, the military academy displays, the military corner with uniforms, p
'First Impressions' for St Francis, Results
Nadine Sigle with the K-State Research and Extension shared the results of the 'First Impressions' project for St Francis. A group from another town of similar size visited St Francis recently and recorded their first impression as did people from our town visited another. The intent was to see our communities with fresh eyes.

Their impressions were generally very positive.

The first thing someone does when interested in a specific place is to check it out online. They said that t
First Impressions
Ever wonder what people visiting your town think? First impressions are important as the community works to improve the overall quality of life and develop its sense of place.

How does it work?

The program allows you to see your community through the eyes of a first time visitor. A volunteer visitation team agrees to make the visit. The team members are from other communities with similar characteristics. Business leaders, community and economic development directors, Chamber of Commerce m
Land and Sky Byway schedule and map
1) Events begin Oct. 5 at the 88-mile byway’s southern end. Tour Fort Wallace Museum, 2655 Highway 40, Wallace, from 2-5 p.m. MDT. Refreshments will be served.

2) Approach Heaven and learn about the night sky that evening at “Mt. Sunflower Under the Stars”. Join the caravan to Mt. Sunflower from Stephens Restaurant, Highways 27 and 40, Sharon Springs, at 5:30 p.m. Climbing gear is optional. Beef brisket supper begins at 6 p.m. at the highest point in Kansas. Supper costs $12. Please bri
CITY-WIDE CLEANUP including what they will and won't pickup
St. Francis Citizens:
Call the Power Plant 332-3031 between 7:30 and 12 noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Do not leave cleanup requests on the answering machine, they will not be picked up. Talk to the dispatcher. Requests can be called in Monday through Friday.



Calls received after the deadline will have to wait until next fall. Your Cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

What they WILL pickup:
Concrete, tires, pai
MRA Round 5 to be held at High Plains Raceway Aug 6-7
On Aug 6th and 7th, racers will compete in round 5 of the Colorado's Motorcycle Roadracing Association's (MRA) 2016 racing schedule at the High Plains Raceway, just outside of Byers, Co.

Local motorcycle roadracer, Kale Dankenbring, will be racing and would love to have some local support in the stands cheering him on. So, if you are in need of screaming engines, flying around hairpin turns at death-defying speeds, come and cheer as Kale competes to take home the 1st place title.

Roundtable Discussion featuring Ed O'Malley, President & CEO of Kansas Leadership Center
Tri-County Leadership presents:

Roundtable Discussion featuring Ed O'Malley, President & CEO of Kansas Leadership Center

Wednesday August 24

7-8:30 - Mountain Time
Breakfast meeting in Goodland
Wolak Building, 1006 Center St

10:30-noon Central Time
Brunch meeting in St Francis
Flat Iron Restaurant
105a E. US 36 (Dusty Farmer)

1-2:30 - Central Time
Lunch meeting in Atwood
Mulligan's on Main, 503 Main St.

Ed O'Malley
President & CEO
Kansas Leadership Center
Christmas in July, Downtown St Francis
Re-posted from:

It's never too early to get started on your Christmas shopping, or get a little something for yourself!
Join us on Saturday July 9th from 9-2 cst in Downtown St Francis for our CHRISTMAS IN JULY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA!
We will have vendors spread out up and down main street as well as several brick and mortar shops joining in on the festivities as well!

We are also hoping that Santa can take time away from the North Pol
David Hartman, Artist, @ The Motorcycle Museum during Alumni
David Hartman, artist from Fort Collins, Colorado, has been commissioned by the family of Verda and Junior Smull to create an 8' by 6' oil painting that will hang in the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum in their memory. On Saturday morning, June 18th, Mr. Hartman will be at the museum painting a study or smaller version of a 1940 Harley Davidson. Hartman chose this motorcycle because of its interesting style, black saddlebags, bright colors, but mostly because he could envision it in St. F