Sun September 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Homestead Act Sewed Its Way Into U.S. Fabric

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 6:36 am



Of course, the Homestead Act was born during troubled times in American history. It passed during the Civil War, but just barely. And it came at the expense of Native Americans, who were displaced from lands they have settled for generation. We spoke to Jonathan Earle, an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, and asked him why the Homestead Act was so difficult to pass.

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Sun September 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Still Home Sweet Home More Than A Century Later

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 6:36 am

Lee and Shirley Wohler in the kitchen of their farmhouse south of Waterville, Kan.
Becky Sullivan NPR

This year, the Homestead Act of 1862 turned 150. That landmark piece of legislation opened up the Western territories to settlement. Almost anybody could receive up to 160 acres for free if they built a house and "improved" the land over the course of five years. Millions took part, and eventually, more than 10 percent of all U.S. land was given away.

A German peasant named Frederick Wohler was one of those early homesteaders. Wohler received the deed to 80 acres of farmland in north-central Kansas 138 years ago this weekend. And today, the Wohlers are still there.

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Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Congressman Who Took Nude Dip In Sea Of Galilee Apologizes

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 6:40 am

Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Saying he apologizes for "any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents," Kansas Republican Rep.

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Sat August 18, 2012
Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty

Valomilks: A Sweet Treat That Runs Down Your Chin

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 3:23 pm

The family-owned Russel Sifers Candy Company has been making Valomilks — and only Valomilks — for decades.
Melisa Goh NPR

The Valomilk was once advertised as "the 5-cent candy bar with the 50-cent taste." And while the price has changed, the product has not.

For more than 80 years, the family-owned Russell Sifers Candy Company has been using the same recipe to churn out a rich concoction of chocolate and creamy marshmallow goo.

The candy-making machines are busy on the factory floor in Merriam, Kan., just southwest of Kansas City. This is the headquarters of the century-old company, where Russell Sifers himself is a fourth-generation candy maker.

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Wed August 8, 2012

Conservatives Win In Kansas GOP Senate Primary

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 9:52 am


FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: And I'm Frank Morris. In Kansas, GOP primary election night was really a tale of two parties: one in a big, fancy hotel ballroom with a live band and lots of VIP soirees upstairs.


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