Tuesday Writing - Creative Writing Class
Become a more powerful writer

Got something to say?

Stuck with your writing and want to take it to the next level?

Tuesday Writing is an opportunity for new and experienced writers to take a fresh look at writing fact, fiction, poetry, and prose.

Classes begin April 25th
-and then-
Weekly, Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11:45

St. Francis Library

All writers - All levels

How much?
$10 per class, cash or check

What else?
Drop-in / begin any time

Class instruc
Conservation District Working Group Meeting
The Goodland Management Unit, Sherman County, Cheyenne County, and Wallace County Conservation Districts will be hosting a Local Working Group (LWG) meeting on Tuesday, February 14th, at 10:00 am Mountain Standard Time /11:00 am Central Standard Time at 210 West 10th (USDA) Service Center in Goodland, KS.

The purpose of this meeting is to make recommendations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist related to addressing natural resource concerns at a local l
KDA Offers Farmers’ Market and Direct-to-Consumer Virtual Workshop Series
For Immediate Release:
January 3, 2023

Media please contact:
Heather Lansdowne

MANHATTAN, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) will offer virtual workshops February 6-10, 2023, to assist farmers' market vendors and managers, and also for those wanting to sell food products directly to consumers. The workshop series includes five online Lunch and Learn sessions.

"Over the past two years, we've se
Job's Daughter's Cupcake Decorating Challenge
On Sunday, Feb 19th @ 1 pm, our local Bethel of Job's Daughters will be holding a cupcake decorating challenge.

If you think you have decorating skills and want to flex those skills for a cash prize, this is your event.

Gather your team of 2-3 people, ages 12 - 18, and register to show off your cupcake decorating skills and win cash prizes. The cash prizes are for the top 3 teams whose entries are picked by the judges to be the best.

The event will be held at the Saint Francis Masonic L
The start of winter Farmer's Markets, and just in time for Christmas
On Saturday, December 17th, there will be a Farmer's Market held at 218 West Washington St. From 10 until 2.

The Farmer's Market Board has responded to multiple requests from vendors and customers alike with plans to hold Farmer's Markets once a month through the off-season (October through May). The first being on the 17th of December, in hopes of making available vendor's product you may want to give as Christmas presents.

Moving forward, there will be a Farmer's Market held each month o
Conservation District Local Workgroup Meeting
Conservation Districts in Northwest Kansas are scheduling this meeting for a (5) County Area. Counties Involved in this process are: Sherman, Thomas, Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Decatur.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather information and make recommendations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, as well as other state and local leaders, related to addressing natural resource concerns identified at the local level.

This meeting will be held at the GMD
David Padgett had a talk with the community about humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine
Written by Bernadette Mills

If you weren't at Fresh Seven Coffee today then you missed out on some great information!

David Padgett has been in Poland for 3 weeks with Task Force URE running humanitarian missions to support the Ukrainian refugees at the border.

Task Force URE is a group of US Military veterans that organized to prevent US Vets from getting caught up in joining mercenary groups going into Ukraine. They instead redirect motivated vets to work with them in assisting women
Task Force URE member to have town hall meeting about humanitarian efforts in Ukraine
Task Force URE is a group of veterans working in the Ukraine, providing humanitarian support for people in need.
They bring in and distribute needed medical and food supplies.
Extract family members who are caught in the Ukraine and cannot get out on their own.
Helps organize incoming veterans in to properly vetted groups where their skills can be best utilized within the Ukraine.
Comforting orphan refugee children in Poland while they wait for relocation.
Getting proper protective equipmen
Winter Farmer's Market
On Saturday the 5th of March, from 10am til 1pm, there will be a Winter Farmer's Market at 108 W Washington St in Saint Francis.

The Farmer's Market Board has been working to round up vendors who want to participate and give you the opportunity to come and get those products and food you normally only see during the summer time. There will be ready-to-eat foods, take-and-bake food, metal crafts, hand made crafts, packaged meats, salves and oils, and I have heard there will even be fresh veggi
For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2021

For more information:
Heather Lansdowne

MANHATTAN, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension will offer virtual workshops January 31–February 4, 2022, to assist farmers' market vendors and managers, and also for those wanting to sell food products directly to consumers. The workshop series includes four online Lunch and Learn sessions, followed by a half-day virtual workshop. S
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 direc
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 Supporting Farm Ent
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 at http
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 formation of
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
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 were cleanin
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

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"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 cas
'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 the site
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