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‘Big Red One’ Soldiers participate in Veterans Day activities across Kansas

November 24, 2015 — Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, started the Veterans Day holiday by participating in a Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Wichita, Kansas. They were just one of the units from Fort Riley that sent Soldiers to their partner communities across the state of Kansas to represent the post and “Big Red One” for the MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade marched Nov. 11 in the Eskridge Veterans Day Parade and Salute in Eskridge, Kansas. Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. are partnered with, volunteer for, and support the schools in the local communities of Alta Vista, Alma, Paxico, Maple Hill and Eskridge, all within Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

Lindsborg, Kansas, ‘Little Sweden’

November 10, 2015 — Lindsborg, Kansas, a small community off Interstate-135, is founded on a strong Swedish heritage and is known as “Little Sweden” or the “Borg.” Within little Sweden are a variety of attractions and events perfect for family visits or weekend getaways. The Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery; Hemslojd, or the Dala Horse Factory; Coronado Heights and MORE
A Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse, is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette originating in the Swedish province Dalama. Horsemaking may have started as something to do during the long Swedish winter nights. It was once mostly used as a toy for children but has become a symbol of Sweden in general. Look close when visiting Lindsborg to find all 33 of the town’s Dala horses.

Goessel Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum

November 9, 2015 — Nestled just 11 miles north of K-15 and I-135 is the small historic town of Goessel, Kansas. The descendants of the Alexanderwohl Mennonites, who settled the area, wanted to share their early way of life by establishing the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. The Mennonites settled in the community in 1874. The museum was dedicated in 1974 MORE
A 1929 Model A fire engine located at the Goessel Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

Division, Kansas State renew and strengthen ties

October 29, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. –The partnershipbetween the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley and Kansas State University gets stronger,more in depth every year, just one of the things that shows the resilience ofthe program, the university’s president said Sept. 17. Leaders from each organizationgathered at K-State’s alumni center to reaffirm the one-of-a-kind MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, and Kirk Schulz, K-State president, sign a joint resolution between their organizations Sept. 17 on campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Leaders from each organization gathered at K-State’s Alumni Center to reaffirm the unique partnership forged by the “Big Red One,” Fort Riley and Big 12 school — a partnership that serves as models for other such institutions across the country.

Sustainment Brigade, Manhattan High renew Adopt-A-School charter

October 28, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Representativesfrom the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade and Manhattan High Schoolsolidified their partnership during an Adopt- A-School charter signing Sept. 11at Lew Lane Field. More than 50 Soldiers from the “Durable” brigade came out tosupport the Indians in their football game against the Seaman Vikings. The 1st Inf. MORE
Lt. Col. Clint E. Tracy, 1st Sustainment Brigade, the 1st Infantry Division rear detachment commander (left), Greg Hoyt, Manhattan High School principal (center) and Robert Shannon, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 superintendent, cut a cake using a saber Sept. 11 at Lew Lane Field during the charter-signing and cake cutting ceremony signifying their union at the Indians football game halftime.

Lawrence Kansas – A mixture of fun and culture

October 28, 2015 — When most localpeople think of Lawrence, Kansas, the crimson and blue of the University ofKansas comes to mind. But there is so much more to Lawrence than nationaltitles and Final Four basketball championships. There is a mixture of cultureand fun for residents and visitors. Massachusettsstreet, or Mass street as the locals call it, has everything MORE
Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas.

1st Infantry Division Soldiers visit Kansas City Royals

October 15, 2015 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thecrowd at the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium typically cheers and applaudsfor all-stars or spectacular plays, but on Sept. 7, another uniformed group hadfans on their feet before one player even took the field. The organization took timeto honor troops during its annual Armed Forces Night at Kauffman Stadium.Soldiers, MORE
Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals manager, and Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, shake hands after Yost presented Grigsby with a game ball Sept. 7 during pre-game ceremonies as part of the Royals’ Armed Forces Night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Service members representing every branch of the Armed Forces accepted game balls from Yost and Royals players.

Grinston thanks community at luncheon

October 1, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Cheersand applause erupted from the audience after Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston,1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer opened with, “I am Sgt.Maj. Grinston and I am a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier,” Sept. 2 during the ManhattanArea Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon. The Manhattan MRC is MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, right, 1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer, speaks to Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, center, prior to speaking to an audience at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon Sept. 2 in Manhattan, Kansas. “Sometimes people say, ‘thank you, sergeant major, for your service,’ ” Grinston said. “I say thank you for letting me be a part of your community and looking out for my family.”

Travel to Tuttle Creek Lake

September 16, 2015 — For those who enjoyspending time outdoors or taking a day to be in the sun, The State Park atTuttle Creek Lake is worth visiting.  During the warmer months,the lake is a favorable spot for swimming and boating.  There are beaches wherepeople are permitted to swim.  Along withboating, visitors can also ski in certain areas of the lake. This MORE
Tuttle Creek Lake at Manhattan, KS.

Cub Scouts end summer with campout by Moon Lake

September 1, 2015 — The boys of Cub Scout Pack660 got to wind down their summer events with the annual campout at Moon Lake.During the campout cub scouts, den leaders and parents got together to teachthe boys about hiking, fishing and other outdoor skills. “The campout offersreal life experience for the boys and teaches them about camaraderie andteamwork,” said den MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Sullivan, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division helps Webelos members raise the flag to kick off the Cub Scout Pack 660 camping event.

Kayaking, fishing event on tap – Sept. 19

September 1, 2015 — The Kansas Chapter of Heroeson the Water is hosting a kayaking and fishing event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,Sept. 19, at Tuttle Creek State Park River Pond area, 5800 River Pond Road, Manhattan,KS 66502. This event is free toVeterans of all military branches and their families. Everything needed to enjoy aday of kayaking and fishing will be MORE

Fort Riley touts the role personnel in USD 475 play in helping military families

August 25, 2015 — Staff members at USD 475 ofGeary County are ready for the 2015-16 school year. On Aug. 12, Fort RileyGarrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole Jr. addressed the USD 475 General Sessionfor school district board members, teachers, and staff. The 8 a.m. session washeld at Junction City High School’s Shenk Gymnasium. Hugh Davis, USD 475Executive Director of MORE

Area Art Season

August 25, 2015 — As the triple-digit heatindex gives way to cooler temperatures, the fine arts season in Kansas is setto begin, during which you can attend musical and theatrical performances that appealto a wide variety of art patrons. This week’s Travel and Funin Kansas page is dedicated to helping you find the cultural events you andyour family may enjoy. You MORE

Castle Rock – Kansas Badlands

August 20, 2015 — Located about two hourswest of Hays, Kansas, the countryside gets wilder south of Interstate Highway70 between Quinter and Collyer. For a little off-roading experience travel the40-mile Castle Rock scenic drive. The dirt roads are rough and when it rainsthey become muddy and rough. Portions of the track have ruts that are 18 inchesdeep. It requires MORE
Castle Rock is a formation left behind from a time when Kansas was covered by ocean waters.

Area superintendent wins award

August 12, 2015 — Corbin Witt, superintendentof Geary County Schools, Unified School District 475, is this year’s recipientof the prestigious Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational AdministrationAward. The award recognizes Dr.Witt, as well as the Yunks, who were both exemplary teachers and administratorsthroughout their careers in the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 MORE
Corbin Witt, superintendent of Geary County Schools, Unified School District 475, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration Award.

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