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Midland Railway has ambitious plans in wake of recent success and $750K grant

Buoyed by a successful second year of the holiday season Polar Express rides and a $750,000 state grant, Midland Railway is upgrading its passenger cars and making ambitious plans that include a possible railroad museum. Wrapped up in those plans are changes that stem from the Midland Railway ...

2020 to be a busy city project construction year in Baldwin City

The year ahead will be one in which the Baldwin City government is occupied overseeing the completion of projects that have been in the pipeline for one to four years. “We did a lot of planning last year,” said Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden. “Now it’s time to get things ...

New folk and bluegrass music festival coming to Lawrence in August

A new musical festival will be coming to Lawrence this summer, and its promoter has high hopes that it will become a signature event. In launching what will be known as the Kaw River Roots Festival, local entertainment promoter Mike Hannah said he wanted to make Lawrence the Midwestern capital ...

Anonymous matching grant helps Lawrence Public Library surpass fundraising goal

An anonymous $10,000 matching donation has helped the Lawrence Public Library surpass the $20,000 goal it had set for its annual fundraising campaign. Kathleen Morgan, director of development and community partnerships at the library, said the campaign raised a total of $27,315 — $10,000 ...

Local company invests in its employees’ personal dreams ahead of its own

When Stacey Wycoff was first asked to dream big, she wasn't sure how. At the time, she was a new employee at Pennington & Company, 501 Gateway Drive, which does fundraising and alumni relations for sororities and fraternities around the U.S. She quickly learned the Dream Big program was ...

December health code inspections: 17 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Seventeen organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in December. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, ...

Munsee tribe in Kansas works to regain federal recognition

Connie Hildebrandt has long known she was Chippewa, but it wasn’t until 2005, when her hometown newspaper published a small announcement about a meeting of Munsee descendants, that her mother mentioned to her that she was also part Munsee. The Munsee tribe in Kansas once had a reservation ...

2019 sets new record for rainfall totals at Lawrence Municipal Airport

With an annual rainfall total more than 9 inches above normal, 2019 was the wettest year in Lawrence since the National Weather Service placed a station at the local airport in 1998. Daniel Reese, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the airport received a ...

Kansas historian to walk in Rose Parade on New Year’s Day

Historian Sarah Bell knows firsthand that researching and writing a dissertation can be a long and often lonely process. But on New Year’s Day, Bell, who earned a doctoral degree in May for her research on the women's suffrage movement, will be more visible — an estimated 93 million ...