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
Alumni weekend is upon us! Here is the schedule
With the St. Francis Alumni Weekend fast approaching, we wanted to make sure you know what is happening, and when.

There is a great itinerary on the website which is kept up to date by the St Francis Community Foundation. So follow the link to find all that is happening.

See also the article at to see the schedule at the Cheyenne Co. Museum that same weekend.

Hope you all ha
Cheyenne Co Historical Museum Events for Alumni Weekend
On Saturday June 18th from 11-1, the Historical Museum will have a brat lunch on the grounds of the museum. Inside, they will have a continuous running of a home movie of the Dunn family from the 1930's. It should be a lot of fun to see our town in the 30's.

Also, there will be a Genealogy Center where you are encouraged to update our records with information about your family or to see what records we already have. We also are collecting Veterans records. In their words:

Sainty Sharks Swim Meet 6/4/16
The first swim meet of the year was held in St.Francis. A sunny, hot day and cool water made the perfect setting for the first of 2016's swimming competitions. The Sainty Sharks hosted the Wakeeney, Cheylin, and Atwood teams, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Schedule of upcoming swim meets:

11th of June - AT hosts WK MC CY SF
18th of June - CY hosts SF PA IM BE PC
25th of June - MC hosts WK SF AT AR
Week of July 2nd SF hosts relay meet
9th of July - Qualifying Imperial (p
Local kids let go a sigh of relief as the pool opens
Upon school letting out, I was informed by my daughter that she would probably die if the pool didn't open soon. So, you can imagine my relief when the pool did finally open. In fact, many kids were in the pool today laughing and frolicking as if they finally found the antidote to what must be the impending death that is boredom.

The sun was out, the weather perfect, the water crystal clear and at the perfect temperature (I am only guessing at the temp since, acting like an old fogie, I
Posted for David Butler

Dear Friends in the Faith,

After spending much time going over both the congressional calendar and that of our local farmers, cattlemen & school, we have finally agreed on a date to have Congressman Tim Huelskamp come to Cheyenne County for a Pro-Israel Dinner. The date we've settled on is Wednesday, June 1st @ 6:30 p.m. CST. I am writing to ask that you strongly encourage you to join in and attend this dinner. I am currently working with all of our Cheyenne