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The Range | Dec. 11, 2020

Dec 11, 2020
Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

This week on The Range, we take a trip to western Kansas to visit the breathtaking "Cathedral of the Plains" that towers over the tiny town of Victoria.

Plus, we catch up with Lynn Hutchinson, a COVID-19 ICU nurse at St. Francis Hospital we first spoke to in July, to hear what the situation is like now, ten months into the pandemic.

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When we last talked with Lynn Hutchinson, a nurse working the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, it was July, and Sedgwick County was in the middle of its first big coronavirus wave.

"I think the last time I talked to you, I remember saying I wish I could get on my roof and yell, 'Wear your mask!'" Hutchinson recalled.

"Well, I apparently didn't yell loud enough."

Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

If you’ve driven west on I-70, you’ve probably seen two church towers off in the distance, about 10 miles east of Hays in the tiny town of Victoria, Kansas.

If you haven’t been curious enough to stop and check it out, you should.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File photo

Wichita’s minor league baseball team is set to become part of the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

The Wind Surge said Wednesday it has been invited to be Minnesota’s Double-A affiliate.

Carousel Skate Center In Wichita Offers Socially Distanced Workspace For K-5 Students

Dec 9, 2020
Fernando Salazar / Wichita Journalism Collaborative

Wichita’s Carousel Skate Center is now hosting elementary students for online learning in a socially distanced work space.

The Wichita School Board voted last week to transition roughly 13,000 elementary students to online learning as coronavirus infections surged, leaving many families scrambling to figure out childcare.

Courtesy Courtney Farr

EUDORA, Kansas — In 1979, a young boy fell asleep on his father’s chest in their Scott City, Kansas, home. His mother snapped a photo.

A week ago, that father died of COVID-19 in the local nursing home. Marvin Farr’s son, Courtney Farr, penned an obituary.

Carlos Moreno / KCUR

WICHITA, Kansas — The first of potentially several COVID-19 vaccines could get emergency approval by the end of the week.

But that major milestone is just the beginning of the work for local and state health departments in Kansas that will have to get the pandemic-stalling shots to people — and decide who gets it first, when and how.

Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service

If you’re buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Kansas, for 2021 you’ll have more options than ever — including a big player that sat out the Obamacare market the past few years.

The Range | Dec. 4, 2020

Dec 4, 2020

A Wichita sculptor is adding a little fantasy to Botanica's holiday glow.

This week on The Range, we talk to artist Connie Ernatt about her newest pieces at the annual light display.

Plus, a Wichita roofing and construction company runs on the philosophy of giving its employees second chances — and encourages other companies to do the same.

Courtesy Mahaney Group

For more than 130 years, the Mahaney Group has helped build Wichita.

The company — better known as Mahaney Roofing until a name change in 2019 — has worked on many local landmarks, like Wichita High School (now called Wichita East) in 1923, and the original University of Wichita roundhouse in 1955.

These days, the company is earning a reputation for its work in helping to build people as well.

Over the last decade, the Mahaney Group has pursued a philosophy to assist employees who want to create a better life for themselves and their families.

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