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The Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development is pleased to present this collection of the "Kansas Profile" radio programs which have been taped since 1992.

Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature produced by the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development. The Institute's mission is to help rural people help themselves. Kansas Profile was conceived to help achieve that mission.

Each week the program describes the ideas and achievements of a local leader or entrepreneur in a rural community. By providing positive recognition to such leaders and sharing their ideas, we hope to encourage these and other Kansans to build on their examples. In doing so, rural Kansas can be made an even better place to live and work.

On May 22, 1992, "Kansas Profile" went on the air for the first time. Kansas Profile is broadcast weekly on several stations: KMAN in Manhattan, KCLY/KFRM in Clay Center, KBUF in Garden City, KDCC/KONQ in Dodge City, KGGF in Coffeyville, KJRG/KOEZ in Newton, KKAN/KQMA in Phillipsburg, KNDY in Marysville, KNZA/KMZA in Hiawatha, and KUDL in Kansas City. On KMAN, the program airs at 6:55 a.m. each Saturday but you would need to check with the other stations for their local broadcast times.

The links on the left side of this page will bring up the complete text of every person profiled during the year indicated. The profiles describe the situation as of the time when the profile was written. In many cases there have been subsequent changes which would not be reflected in the profile.

The Huck Boyd Institute would like to thank the KKSU staff for their help and cooperation in making this program possible. Special thanks to Southwestern Bell for the Community Enrichment grant which funded the computer equipment making it possible to access these profiles on-line.

We know there are many more excellent and interesting examples across the state of Kansas. We encourage the public to provide us with suggestions of Kansas people, businesses or communities which would make an interesting profile.

There is one phrase which the reader will find in some form in every one of these profiles. The phrase is: "Making a difference."

We salute all those rural Kansans who are making a difference. There are thousands of these people across the state: volunteers, entrepreneurs, unheralded, unsung, who care enough to make the world around them a better place. Each day, in countless ways, big and small, they are making a difference at the grass-roots level.

Schedule for 2013 Profiles:

  • January 10 - Kansas Leadership Center
  • January 17 - David Lambert, Furniture Repair Shop, Manhattan
  • January 24 - Rod Huse, Jake's Wire Tighteners, Vassar
  • January 31 - Dolph Simons Jr, Lawrence Journal-World, Part 1
  • February 7 - Dolph Simons Jr, Lawrence Journal-World, Part 2
  • February 14 - Perry and Sherry Wiley, Panhandle Railroad Museum, Wellington
  • February 21 - Darin Grimm, AgChat, Hiawatha
  • February 28 - K-State Leadership Seminar, Manhattan
  • March 7 - Bob Bunting, Bunting Magnetics, Newton
  • March 14 - Mike Braxmeyer, Williams Brothers Supermarket, Atwood
  • March 21 - Kathy Fox, Project Rescue of Amazon Youth, Topeka/Wamego
  • March 28 - Joan Nothern, PRIDE and Community Foundation, Glasco
  • April 4 - Nick Gerety, Gerety Tractor and Equipment, Nortonville
  • April 11 - Derek Klingenberg, Klingenberg Farm Studios, Peabody/Elbing
  • April 18 - Greg Peterson, Peterson Farm Brothers, Assaria
  • April 25 - Phyllis Hager, Stafford Mercantile, Stafford
  • May 1 - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford Entrepreneur and Economic Development Center, Stafford
  • May 9 - Clare Moore, Henderson Inn and Retreat Center, Stafford
  • May 16 - Butler County
  • May 23 - Jason Wiebe, Jason Wiebe Dairy, Durham
  • May 30 - Jeff Hanson, Baseball Museum, Muscotah
  • June 6 - Larry and Peggy Winkler, Meatloaf Festival, Paxico
  • June 13 - Matt Wilson, Invena Corporation, Eureka
  • June 20 - Randy Rundle, Fifth Avenue Antique Auto, Clay Center
  • June 27 - Becky and John Conway, Rafter JB Chuckwagon, Cambridge
  • July 4 - David Holthaus, KS Farms Manufacturing, Baileyville
  • July 11 - Pat Lyons, Lyons Twin Mansions, Fort Scott
  • July 18 - Lisa Johnson, Leap of Faith Soap Shoppe and Fiber Farm, Elsmore
  • July 25 - Randy Tosh, SmartVet, Olathe
  • August 1 - Bob Schmidt, Eagle Communications, Hays
  • August 8 - Gary Shorman, Eagle Communications, Hays
  • August 15 - Jerry and Debbie Brown, Rev Honey, Haddam
  • August 22 - Gary Musselman, Kansas State High School Activities Association, LaCrosse
  • August 29 - Dr. Fred Rohles, Manhattan
  • September 5 - Brenda Chance, League of Kansas Municipalities, Phillipsburg
  • September 12 - Carrie Sanborn, Rope Creations, Burden
  • September 19 - Lynda Sproules and Bruce Breslow, Moon Marble Company, Bonner Springs
  • September 26 - Matt and Bronwyn Douglas, Kistner's Flowers, Manhattan
  • October 3 - Carlos Navarro, Santa Maria Ranch, Woodbine, Part 1
  • October 10 - Carlos Navarro, Santa Maria Ranch, Woodbine, Part 2
  • October 17 - Lori Lennen, Trail City Bed and Breakfast, Coolidge
  • October 24 - Derral and Sheila Sommerfeld, Classic Reproduction Wagon Works, Tecumseh
  • October 31 - Ben Fallin, Motion Graphics Designer, Manhattan
  • November 7 - Don Dane, Artist, Olathe
  • November 14 - Liz Sosa, Inkt Graphics, Garden City, Part 1
  • November 21 - Liz Sosa, PowerUps, Garden City, Part 2
  • November 28 - Ed Thompson, Architect, Manhattan
  • December 5 - Christie Brungardt, Jana's Campaign, Hays
  • December 12 - Edwina Whitmer, Zenda Christmas Parade, Zenda
  • December 19 - Faye Minium, Morland Mercantile, Morland
  • December 26 - Mike Frakes, PacLeader, Morland
  • January 2 - Curry Sexton and Cody Whitehair, Football Players, Abilene
  • January 9 - Jeff Davidson, Western Music Association, Eureka
  • January 16 -Mark Remmert and Kevin Ireland, Green Dot Holdings, Cottonwood Falls
  • January 23 - Rani Force, Marie Antoinette's Bake Shop, Wathena
  • January 30 - Doug Routh, R-TECH, Wamego
  • February 6 - Brenda Edleston, TRAC-7, Junction City
  • February 13 - Ed O'Malley, For the Common Good, Wichita
  • February 20 - Katie Uhlaender, Olympian, McDonald
  • February 27 - Ben Weber, Completely Nuts, Yates Center
  • March 6 - Sue Smith, Emma Chase Cafe, Cottonwood Falls
  • March 13 - Julie Roller, Kansas Sampler Festival, Wamego
  • March 20 - Thad Wende, Wende Woodworking, Mayetta
  • March 27 - Scott Halsey, Adapa USA, Topeka
  • April 3 - Mike Hilderbrand, Roto-Mix, Mullinville
  • April 10 - Dennis Vanderpool, Associated Youth Services, Kansas City
  • April 17 - Jim Armstrong, Living History Day, Havensville