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When the owners of a specialty business in Denver were looking to relocate their business, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says a rural community in Kansas ended up being the perfect fit for the company – a company that makes brass fittings for natural gas, propane and other…
 
Children often develop the same interests as their parents. In this case, the father pole vaulted in high school. When his son got to school and needed a pole vaulting coach, he volunteered. It went so well that he founded his own pole vault club in rural Kansas. That club now has hundreds of youth, including Olympians from across the nation. Mark …
 
An artist and art teacher who grew up on the west coast where her father was a movie stuntman and quick draw consultant for Hollywood westerns, now lives in Dodge City. That’s where her father was gunned down by U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the opening of the hit TV show Gunsmoke. After representing her father at the 50th anniversary Gunsmoke reunio…
 
The search for the perfect wedding dress can be exhausting. However, a bridal shop in rural Kansas is making the process as stress-free as possible. The owner studied clothing and fashion design in Russia. After coming to the U.S. she was able to buy a long-time bridal shop. Her free alterations policy and international connections have enabled her…
 
After running a greenhouse business near Peabody for 55 years, a rural Kansas woman – inspired by a sunflower field – is giving away recycled mineral tubs and sunflower seeds as a community beautification project. She’s also involved in helping save and restore the historic Sunflower Theatre in downtown Peabody – and 2021 just happens to be the nat…
 
A renowned musician and composer was teaching and playing cello in the Wichita Symphony. She and her husband moved near Peabody because they wanted a place in the country. That’s where she helped launch an arts and ecology program promoting the Flint HiIls and the rural communities of Marion County. Susan Mayo Visit Ron's Blog for the full story on…
 
A neighbor’s gift of homemade wild sand plum jelly left lasting impression. In fact, after tasting the “best jelly” she’d ever had, she learned how to make her own. Now, she and her husband have a value-added agriculture products business selling jelly and other homemade products across the nation. Bruce's Bullseye Farms Visit Ron's Blog for the fu…
 
A rural Kansas woman founded a business that is helping to create All-Americans in the sport of equestrian riding. However, her love of equine training goes beyond national awards. She says it’s just as important to see the kids who come to the equine training center who will never enter a horse show grow and learn in their self-confidence. Follow …
 
It’s often said that we learn by watching. An educator and school superintendent learned the importance of entrepreneurship and small business ownership by watching his father run a business in rural Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that knowledge helped to imple…
 
A rural telecommunications company founded in 1950 in southwest Kansas is still working hard to meet the needs of its customers. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says that starts and ends with providing great customer service – something its CEO definitely understands. For th…
 
A fourth-generation rancher in southwest Kansas launched a meat company that markets directly to consumers and ships its beef across the nation. The company also personally delivers its beef in the region. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Institute visit https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/radio-network/other/kansas-profile.html…
 
Over the last two weeks, we learned about Roger Barta, the legendary high school football coach who led Smith Center to the nation’s longest high school winning streak and about his son, Brooks, a standout player for Kansas State and the head coach of three-time state champion Holton High School. This week, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd Nat…
 
Last week, we learned about Roger Barta, the legendary high school football coach who led Smith Center to the nation’s longest high school winning streak. This week, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to Roger’s son, Brooks. He was a four-year starter and a three-…
 
When Roger Barta became the head football coach at Smith Center, he began building a program that would eventually set the record for the longest winning streak in the nation. As Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, tells us, the impact he has had on his players and family extend…
 
A rural Kansas farm family that raised popcorn for themselves and then started giving it away as Christmas gifts, is now running a business that has sold popcorn to all 50 states and beyond. And now is a busy time of the year their because their flavored popcorn is especially popular during the Christmas holiday. For the Full List of Kansas Profile…
 
While no one was prepared for the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people were quick to respond and join forces to help the people and businesses in their communities. That was the case in Mitchell County. The directors of community development, chamber of commerce and community foundation developed a variety of cash-generating promo…
 
When the pandemic hit Norton County, the Norton County Community Foundation launched a county-wide online bingo game. The game encouraged residents to do good deeds, buy local, and get outside for healthy activities -- and the game was a remarkable success. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Institute visit https://www.ksre.k-sta…
 
A former High School building that had closed was about to be sold an outside group by the city of Lecompton for a dollar when the local PRIDE group expressed interest in turning the building into a community center. Since Lecompton PRIDE took over the building, it has become a vibrant center for a variety of community activities. For the Full List…
 
After graduating from college and moving back to the family farm, a Kansas man saw how rural areas need people to volunteer to serve as firefighters, board members, and other capacities. This man – who always says “yes” to serving – has been recognized as an outstanding community volunteer. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Inst…
 
When the pandemic caused a run on wheat flour, Kansas Wheat and the K-State Grain Science and Industry Department responded. Kansas Wheat donated 20,000 pounds of locally grown wheat, and the campus flour mill reopened to mill the wheat into 10-pounds bags of flour that were given away to local residents. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the…
 
One of the state’s leading vendors of sweet corn is helping to fill the void of a lack of fresh produce for those in need. Over the past 12 years, this company has donated 454,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks for distribution. This generosity caused the company to be recognized as an Ag Hero by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. F…
 
A “food fight” – while fun – also creates a mess. However, a recent food fight in a rural Kansas community turned into a competition that generated much-needed food for local pantries hit hard by an increased demand for food because of the pandemic. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Institute visit https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/n…
 
A long-time, award-winning Kansas broadcaster is reaching his community through a new channel of communication – producing programs for the My Phillips County Online Facebook page. Learn about his remarkable career and how he’s using that talent to provide special reports during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huc…
 
Frying pork rinds started as a hobby and then became a way to fund a cruise. Now, it’s a successful business in rural Kansas that is shipping pork rinds across America and beyond. In fact, these pork rinds have been requested by a former U.S. President. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Institute visit https://www.ksre.k-state.e…
 
A lot of people love coffee. But would they open a roastery and coffee shop in rural Kansas? That’s exactly what a married couple with a shared love of coffee decided to do after having a “cup of joe” at a community coffee shop in India. They also offer food and beverages and ship their hand-roasted, small-batch coffee across the nation. For the Fu…
 
It sounds like a script for a romantic comedy. But it’s not. A couple meets and fall in love. They get married, sell everything and travel the globe. Along the way, they see marvelous sights, create memories, and help others. Then, they return to Kansas to pursue another love: coffee. For the Full List of Kansas Profiles by the Huck Boyd Institute …
 
It turns out that working in peach orchards as a kid is a lot more fun than working behind a desk as an adult. So, Gabe Spurgeon seized the opportunity to put in an apple and peach orchard with his father-in-law. His innovative practices have made them one of the largest tree fruit producers in Kansas – on a limited amount of acreage. For the Full …
 
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