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Author will speak at Quinter library

9/21/2012

Author scheduled to speak at Quinter Library

QUINTER -- Author Ben Mikaelsen will speak at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Jay Johnson Public Library in Quinter.

Mikaelsen has authored several award-winning children's/young adult books including "Rescue Josh McGuire," "Sparrow Hawk Red," "Stranded," "Countdown," "Petey, Touching Spirit Bear," "Red Midnight," "Tree Girl" and "Ghost of Spirit Bear." His books address issues such as making difficult choices, wilderness/urban survival, heartbreak and friendship.

To develop his books, the author has been to South America and the North Pole, has gone undercover with narcotics agents, worked with dolphins in Florida and lived with homeless children on the streets in Mexico. Mikaelsen was born in Bolivia to missionary parents of Danish descent.  

He speaks about experiencing racial discrimination as a child, learning English as a second language, and of how a teacher encouraged him to overcome a learning disability.

Cycling event will hit six cities in Kansas

Hays is one of 13 communities participating in a three-state bike tour commemorating the life of Ted Jones, who was instrumental in opening Edward Jones' first branch office.

The 13-stage tour, beginning Sunday in Colorado Springs and concluding Oct. 6 in St. Louis, is named Tour de Ted: Ride the Wire.

The tour will be in Hays on Wednesday.

The route traces the path of a telegraph wire that stretched from Colorado to St. Louis in the early days of the firm, which was established in 1922. The event will help raise funds for cancer research.

For more information, visit www.tourdeted.com.

Blogs highlight need for safety on roadways

A discussion of traffic safety is under way on the Kansas Department of Transportation's Blogspot website leading up to the Oct. 10 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.

Bloggers include Holcomb Fire Chief Bill Knight, Officer Rande Repp with the Salina Police Department, KBUF Farm Director Lory Williams in Garden City, Kansas State University coaches Bill Snyder and Bruce Weber, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and others.

New entries are posted each weekday at ksdotblog.blogspot.com.

Tree-planting demo will be next month

The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays will have a tree-planting demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

The event at the research center, 1232 240th Ave., will highlight the tree-line planting program, which focuses on trees recommended for growing in utility line areas.

K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent Holly Dickman and Kansas Forestry Service forester Jim Strine will show proper tree planting techniques.

For more information, call Joe Becker at (785) 625-3425, Ext 222.