How does your garden grow? - Growing Sprouts

This topic seems fitting during a time when there is less certainty about the availability of fresh produce. Sprouts are the nutritional equivalent of fresh vegetables.
Sprouting seeds are supposed to have a two-year shelf life, but in ideal conditions you should be able to get older seeds to sprout successfully.
Sprouts are economical, easy to grow and tremendously healthy. They are low in calories, and high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, manganese, potassium, B vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals. All the nutrients of the mature plant are contained in the sprout, so the concentration of nutrients is very high. Those nutrients can contribute to a strong immune system.
Sprouts contain an estimated 100 times more enzymes than fresh fruits and vegetables. These enzymes allow your body to extract and absorb higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from foods you eat with the sprouts. When the seed starts to sprout, minerals such as calcium and magnesium bind to proteins in the seed, which makes both the minerals and the protein more readily available and efficiently absorbed.
Many seed catalogs and online sites carry sprouting seeds. Be sure to purchase seeds that are specifically labeled as sprouting seeds. 
While alfalfa and bean sprouts are the most familiar, there are many options. Each type has its own unique flavor and texture. Some have a bit more zing; some are more crunchy. The only way to know what you like is to try a variety. You might develop your own special blend.
You can buy a commercial sprouting tray, or you can use a glass jar. With the jar method, you will need cheesecloth and a rubber band, or a straining lid that will fit your jar. Places that sell mason jars also sell straining lids.
The seeds will expand, so use only one or two tablespoons of seeds for a quart jar. Don’t make more sprouts than you will use in a day or two. They don’t store well.
Cover the seeds with water, swish them around and strain them. Cover them again with water and soak. Strain and place in the jar. Stretch the cheesecloth over the top of the jar and secure with a rubber band or jar ring. Place the jar out of direct sunlight, upside-down, but at an angle to allow drainage and air-circulation through the mesh. 
Rinse and drain the seeds three or four times a day. Do not let them dry out. It will take from three to seven days for your sprouts to be ready. Use them from the time when they are still small until they just barely begin to turn green. Give them a final rinse, drain and store covered in the refrigerator. Use within a few days and rinse them each day.
Specific soaking and rinsing instructions are printed on the package.
The best way to use sprouts is to sprinkle them on a fresh green salad. But that isn’t the only way. Season them and eat them as a snack. Add them to a sandwich. Serve on crackers or stir into a spread. If you juice vegetables, a handful of sprouts can add an even greater nutritional punch to your juice. 
Sprouts can be cooked, but keep in mind that cooking destroys the very beneficial enzymes. They can be stir-fried or mixed into soups or noodle or rice dishes. They go especially well with Asian foods.

NEWS

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Local Covid-19 Information

Please look at the full newspaper under "Online Edition" to read more articles about Covid-19 and to see the local information section.

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Mote Honored With Quilt

On Saturday, February 29th, the High Plains Quilts of Valor Group honored Wallace Mote, along with 4 other local veterans. In an emotional ceremony, each veteran was wrapped in his quilt, receiving a “hug” from the volunteers.  His quilt was made by Darla Leubbers... [More]

A New Look in the Window at the Senior Center

The Wallace County Senior Center will remain closed until further notice.  However when no one was watching the window display did change.  The frogs, leprechauns, and pot of gold moved out and have been replaced with Easter fun.  There are many bunnies, easter... [More]

Saluting Wallace County’s Unsung Heroes

In spite of the uncertainty that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused, there are still many hard working members of our community who continue to put themselves at risk amid the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, most of our businesses fall within the “essential” business... [More]

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Finley Honored With Quilt

Delgar Finley enlisted in the Marines in 1951 before he was drafted.  He attended boot camp in San Diego, California. His training was in keeping the books for airplanes. In 1952, Finley was sent to Korea until 1953 when he returned to El Toro.  He then changed his... [More]

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NWKL Names All-League Teams

The Northwest Kansas League announced boys and girls All-League Basketball Teams. For the boys, Wallace County High School senior, Cody Seader, was selected to the 1st Team, with Landon Johnson, junior, selected to the 2nd Team.  For the girls, Wallace County High School... [More]

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Covid-19 Pandemic: What This Means For Wallace County

Public health is a day-to-day operation in every community that functions mainly in the background.  We plan, we prepare, and we train for large scale events that can affect our entire county, region, and state.   This novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory... [More]

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Akers Honored With Quilt

Akers was drafted into the Army in 1963 and went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for Basic Training. Vernon was trained with the self-propelled howitzer artillery. Akers then went to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas until that base was closed and he was then moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.... [More]

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COURT

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Apr 2, 2020

The Fort Wallace Museum continues to be closed to visitors until April 6th, when the Board will re-evaluate opening hours once more. We do have staff putting in hours at the Museum on most days, so do feel free to give us a call at 785.891.3564 to ask a question or leave a message. ... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 19, 2020

This past weekend, the Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum’s Fundraiser Banquet was compelled to greatly scale back their planned events, due to weather. as well as health concerns. The “Harvesting the Plains” History Symposium went on with a very limited audience.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 12, 2020

The Museum will host a Nex-Gen high school or college intern (age 16 and up) for the summer of 2020! The application process for this internship is open through March 15! We would love to have you on our team and help develop Museum interpretation, while making a good wage and... [More]

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Bugle Notes - History Symposium on March 14

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum are gearing up for a wonderful day of events on Saturday, March 14!  The day opens with a history symposium, with speakers from Arizona, Texas, and Kansas, and ends with a gala fundraiser banquet in honor of Capt. Myles Keogh of the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Upcoming Events

Wallace, Kansas….The Fort Wallace Museum continues its great tradition of exploring history with a twist of fun with a full day of activities on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The public is invited to enjoy the day’s historical Symposium and the evening’s fundraiser... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Henry B. Crawford presentation

Henry B. Crawford of Lubbock, Texas, will be the D. K. Clark lecturer at the Harvesting the Plains Symposium at the Fort Wallace Museum on Saturday, March 14. His presentation, "Buffalo Hunting--A Hands-On History: Materials, Methods, and Mooar" will be the third since the series... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jan 30, 2020

One hundred and fifty-four years ago, the beginnings of what would become Fort Wallace had been established on the bluffs two miles east of Pond Creek Station and south of the Smoky Hill River. Established by order of General Grenville S. Dodge on October 26, 1865, Camp Pond... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jan 16, 2020

This Sunday, the Fort Wallace Museum is looking forward to hosting Greg and Cee Heller from Kannapolis for the screening of the new documentary film “Fort Harker: Gateway Post to the Frontier.” Please join us at 2:00 pm MT for the 45-minute film, followed by discussion... [More]

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TIMES

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Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 2, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The annual 4-H Day was held at the grade school in Sharon Springs. Talks, demonstrations, public speaking, and musical performances were heard throughout the building. The 1st annual Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby was held at the Township Hall. The championship... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Mar 26, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) The family of Eileen Frasier honored her with a card shower for her 85th birthday. The Coyote Column Student Spotlight was on Cody Pancake. Some of his favorites included: food – pizza, color – red, class – science, team – Weskan,... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Mar 19, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) The Weskan 6th grade class made periscopes out of mirrors and foil boxes in order to see how light was reflected. It was a good learning experience and each student took home a neat toy. See the photos below of the WCHS Girls and WHS boys basketball teams... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Mar 12, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The fly that flew over the State Capitol on March 6, was flown in honor of Harry F. “Swede” Lutz’s 90th birthday. The flag would be presented to him at a future Rotary meeting. A birthday party was also held at the Sharon Springs Senior... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Mar 5, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) Clarence & Joy Sawyer of Tribune, KS, and Harold & Betty Baehler of Sharon Springs, announced the engagement of their children, Janine and Shawn. A September wedding was planned. The Strand Theater was showing “The War of the Roses”... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 27, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) The Coyote Column Senior Focus was on Beau Cox. He liked playing football and listening to all music. His dream car was a Cadillac Escalade EXT and Hawai’i was the place he most wanted to visit. The Wallace County Scholars’ Bowl team placed... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 20, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) Work continued on the new United Methodist Church with the congregation planning the consecration ceremony for Mid-March. The Strand Theater was showing “Down to You” starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles. The following movie was “Snow... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 13, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) Phil Hennick was recently awarded with a 35 year length of service award for reporting the weather of Sharon Springs to the National Weather Service. He reports maximum and minimum temperature as well as precipitation data. Elmer & Edna Akers celebrated... [More]

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