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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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Former Senator, presidential candidate and Kansas native Bob Dole made a stop in McPherson Tuesday as part of his second Kanas thank-you tour.
Former Presidential candidate and Kansas Senator Bob Dole made a stop in McPherson Tuesday.

Former Presidential candidate and Kansas Senator Bob Dole made a stop in McPherson Tuesday.


Dole is 90 years old and can no longer hide his age or war wounds. He battled in WWI, served as both majority and minority leader of the U.S. Senate and battled President Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election. Unfortunately he was on the losing side of that latter.
But Dole is well remembered in the nation’s political landscape and well regarded among Kansas Republicans. He has been touring the state, sharing stories and thanking voters for their decades of support.
During his stop in McPherson, he made no formal speeches, opting to sit, answer questions and greet visitors. Dole made known his frustration with the current administration but he didn’t hold back from expressing thoughts on the in-fighting of the GOP.
I don’t personally remember much from Dole’s time in Washington but it was great to see a well-known and highly respected Kansas legislator in-person. Derek and I took our son, Evan, who I believe was the youngest in attendance. He won’t remember seeing Dole but it’s something to put in his baby book. I believe it’s important to take advantage of opportunities, such as this, to hear from former leaders and see historically significantly men of our great states.  Leaders like Dole don’t stop in McPherson all that often and and today’s politicians don’t retain the popularity and respect that Dole continues to enjoy.

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