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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."

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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.

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.

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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.

The Range | Nov. 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas has doubled in the last five weeks. The spike has led to overcrowded hospitals and nearly 250 deaths this month. And African Americans are being hit particularly hard: Black Kansans are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white Kansans, and more than seven times more likely to die from the disease.

This week on The Range, we talk to one Wichita woman about her battle with COVID-19, and why she says sharing her story is so important.

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Black Friday normally acts as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

But 2020 upended that tradition ... like so many others.

The Range | Nov. 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020
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When KMUW's Beth Golay began taking the bus four years ago, she learned the ins and outs of the city transit system from veteran driver Troy Bowens.

This week on The Range, she goes en route the 17/27 bus with Troy once again to catch up.

Plus, in its 57 years, Connie's Mexico Cafe has never experienced one like 2020. Hear what new lessons the pandemic has taught this old Wichita restaurant.

The Range | Nov. 13, 2020

Nov 13, 2020
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Kansas' newest state park defies the stubborn misconception that the state isn't much to look at.

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When Hutton decided to build its new headquarters in the Delano District, it made a conscious decision to make it more than just a place to house its 50 or so Wichita employees.

"We thought if we're going to have a new office building, it should really be a showcase of not only our design skills, but our construction skills and all of the materials that we get to work with all over the place," said Ben Hutton, the company’s CEO.

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People say that western Kansas is empty and flat — and maybe it seems that way when you’re racing along on I-70. But if you venture off the interstate there are some surprising places that defy the Kansas stereotype.

One such place is Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, Kansas' newest state park.

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