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The Range | May 27, 2022

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John-Michael Watson at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Observatory around sunset. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole station is in the background.

When we first talked with John-Michael Watson in January, he was preparing to travel to a National Science Foundation research station in Antarctica.

The kid who dreamed of exploring the world while growing up in McPherson County arrived there in February.

Also, in 1921, thousands of women in the mining country of southeast Kansas were nicknamed the Amazon Army by the national press.

The women marched to more than 60 mines, protesting unfair labor practices, hazardous working conditions and poor pay.

In this month’s Hidden Kansas, Beccy Tanner visits a museum dedicated to the miners of southeast Kansas.


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