From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 23, 1971:
- The Lawrence area, already waterlogged and weary of rainfall, was waiting for a break in the clouds. The weather forecast was no source of encouragement, however, as the outlook remained the same as it had been for the previous three days -- heavy showers. The rainfall total for the week was in excess of two inches so far. In a recent storm, no damage was reported to have occurred in Lawrence, but lightning had struck the home of George Durkin of Eudora. The home, however, had not caught on fire.
- Several fire runs were reported for the previous 24 hours in Lawrence. A nighttime fire had caused an estimated $3,500 in damages at 200 1/2 Maine, where nearly all the contents of a three-room apartment were destroyed. Cause of the fire was undetermined.
- More than 300 people from 10 states were arriving in Lawrence to participate in Haskell Indian Junior College's first cooperative workshop for non-supervisory dormitory personnel. The participants, all from Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, would be joining 35 employees from Haskell for the sessions, which were centered around the theme "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and were geared to help promote understanding of students and the issues they faced, as well as improving communication and problem-solving skills.