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Kicking Up Dust

Posted 5/11/2017

Record Staff

Hold your horses and heartstrings as Heartstrings Animal Advocates host its first Barrel Race benefit on Sunday, May 21 at the Newton Saddle Club Arena.  Exhibitions begin at noon and barrel races begin at 2 p.m.

The event also includes a silent auction, raffle, concession stand and Heartstrings will have adoptable animals at the event looking for new forever homes.

“This is much more than just our barrel racers,” said Dana Stahl, coordinator of the event.

All of the funds raised at the barrel race will be used to offset medical costs for Heartstrings animals. 

“We are going to have some really great things - gift cards to local eateries like the Lincoln Perk, 701 Cafe, Genova, a wine tasting at Grace Hill,” she said.  Bidding on silent auction and raffle items is open to all attendees. 

Stahl said anyone with a horse is welcome to participate in either the races or the exhibition.  She will be taking her appaloosa, Twister, around the arena for a barrel run.

“I’ve been a barrel racer for 15-plus years. Basically, the two things I’m most passionate about are combined for a great cause,” she said.

Stahl said she would like to see 50-100 racers come to support the event.

“Barrel racers will compete for 80 percent payback on entry fees, plus $250 added prize money.  First place in each division will receive a custom-made bronc halter that is embroidered and handmade,” she said.

Stahl said as with any outdoor event, unpredictable weather can be a show-stopper.

“We were supposed t have this event April 22, but due to the rainfall the arena was flooded and we had to reschedule,” she said.  

Stahl was determined to host a benefit for Heartstrings.

“I see the need.  The dogs we rescue are so sweet, lovable and thankful. Just seeing them safe, fed and happy makes me happy.  I can’t sit back and see all the need and not do something to help,” she said.

With Heartstrings animals at the event, as well as pet foster parents and volunteers, Stahl said it was a great opportunity for educational outreach.

“I think when people are educated and know what is happening, they will do the right thing and want to help, whether that’s choosing to adopt, foster or even spaying and neutering their pets,” she said.

Stahl said Heartstrings typically has between 20 and 30 animals up for adoption at any time.

Stahl said more information about the rescue can be found on facebook or by contacting the rescue at to schedule a visit with a potential pet or for information on becoming a fosterhome for animals. 

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Icon of Hesston History Going Digital

Posted 5/11/2017

Record Staff

The legacy of Lyle Yost and Hesston Corp will be going digital thanks to a grant from to the Hesston Public Library.

After Lyle Yost’s death in 2012, the family donated his Hesston Corp items to the library for archiving in 2014.  Today, they are part of Kansas State Historical Records Advistory Board’s Kansas Access to Historical Records Grant Program to be scanned, have gleaned for metadata and uploaded to the library’s Digital Special Collections and Kansas Memory - a site repository for the Kansas Historical Society.

Heston Public Library Director Libby Albers said much of the information is “truly some of the corporate ephemera. It wasn’t intended to live beyond its time or live beyond just being in a file cabinet.”  

Albers said the donated materials will take upwards of 200 hours to organize, scan, upload and compile metadata on. 

Items like hand-written ledgers, sales reports, newsletters and sales pamphlets were neatly preserved by Yost. Several scrap books, created by Yost himself, hold dozens of pages of neatly clipped and pasted newspaper articles, advertisements and promotions.

“No other cohesive collection of Corporation archives is known to exist,” said Albers.

Albers also noted creating a digitally accessible version of the collection ensures it cannot be lost or damaged.

“Although the collection, in its current condition, could be made physically accessible upon request, digitizing the collection will create a globally-accessible archive of 40-years of agricultural innovation and a behind-the-scenes look at an iconic brand,” she said.

The importance of “The Corp” was made clear, as Albers said there were three masters’ degree thesis papers included in the collection on the importance of Hesston Corporation in the community.  At one time, up to 70 percent of Hesstonians worked for The Corp.

Albers said the process of digitizing and making the Yost collection more easily available was a perfect fit for the grant.

“They were looking for unique projects that tell the State’s story. The Hesston Corp was a really good fit. It was a homegrown entity that had a lot of innovation, a lot of patents and became an international industry. The logo is one for our sports teams; it sponsored the Rodeo, which has outlived the corp itself,” said Albers.

Within the collection, Albers said some of the most interesting pieces of corporate history have survived.

“It’s fun because it’s not current information. It’s the kitschy 1960s. You see the fashion, the hairstyles, even the HR manuals,” she said.

In addition to seeing the broader culture, Albers said many of the names and faces are familiar.

“You see the names of people who are still here in the community who worked for the Corp as young people mid-century,” she said.

With many community members having direct connections to Hesston Corp, Albers said the hunt continues for items to add to the collection.

“We know more is sitting in peoples’ garages and attics. We have had some fun donations of shirts, jackets, coveralls - having those tangible items people can see and touch, it helps tell the Yost story,” Albers said. 

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Captains Put Ships To The Test At Heritage Park

Posted 5/11/2017

Record StaffTHE top-three captain for this year’s Raingutter Regatta were Spencer, Koby and Colin placing first, second and third. THE top-three captain for this year’s Raingutter Regatta were Spencer, Koby and Colin placing first, second and third.

Hesston Scouts tested their maritime skills on Monday evening at the annual Raingutter Regatta at Heritage Park.

The end-of-season event had boys blowing boats down the 15-foot gutter, putting sail power, and help from an intermittent Kansas breeze, to work to power their crafts.

The top three captains were Colin of the SV Colin in third place; Koby of the AFS Police Officer came in second and the winner of this year’s Regatta was Spencer, captain of the HMS Pirate.

Koby said this year’s ship was inspired by his Pinewood Derby car.

“I wanted to make a police boat. Next year I’ll be making a tank for my derby car and an Army boat,” he said.

Colin said this year’s boat was a carbon copy of last year’s craft.

“I copied it because my Raingutter Regatta set came with no wood for the boat, so I used the one I had last year,” he said.

Winner, Captain Spencer, said he cristened his boat earlier that day.

“I started out sanding it. Then we painted it last night and today we screwed on the parts and put it together,” he said.

Spencer took a look at last year’s boat and made adjustments to his craft.

“I thought the sail might be better if it was down, because it would push more.  The problem last year was my sail kept turning, so we glued it this year and it helped,” he said.

Each of the boys said they had fun building and racing their boats.

“It was fun because my dad had paint in his truck and I found paint in the garage. And I’m excited because I get to be in the newspaper,” said Koby.

Colin said the excitement was about the whole experience.

“You’re building and get done and you have the race and finish high, but it’s just a really simple boat,” he said.

Spencer said, “It was all fun.” 

Scout leader Erik Lang said the boys have an easy build that teaches more than just construction.

“I think it’s about learning how to win and lose appropriately - win graciously and lose with spirit,” he said.

Scout leader Derrik Birdsell chimed in, “at this age, it takes some work.” 

Both men agreed, however, the boys learned a lesson in wins, losses and independence.

“It’s a quicker build. It’s simple and the boys can do almost everything themselves. It’s a lot on them,” said Lang.

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