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Help Us Choose the Next KPR Mug!

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2020 KPR Mug Design Contest. We saw such incredible talent from local artists in our listening areas. KPR staff members selected their top 5 favorite entries and now we need your help to decide the winner. Voting is March 11-16. Once the votes are tallied, we will announce the winner the week of March 23. So, make your vote count now!

(If you don't see the form, it is because you have already voted, and you may not vote more than once.)

February 21, 2020 - The Art and Fun of Farming

A threshing machine in operation. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Q: Sometime in the 1930s, a northeast Kansas farmer decided to invite people to his home, serve them food and give a demonstration of how his fancy farm machinery worked. The event was a big hit. So big, in fact, that it eventually became an annual festival that continues to this day in Jefferson County. What's the name of the farmer who started the McLouth Threshing Bee?

(Extra credit if you can tell us what "threshing" is!)

Titans of Industry - February 7, 2020

Q: This man grew up in southeast Kansas and later graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He tried becoming a small-town druggist, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, he got into the oil business and by 1907, was described as the richest man in Kansas. By World War I, his company was the largest independent oil company in the nation. What's his name and the name of his company?

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