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Common Ground by  Jennifer M Latzke

Jennifer M Latzke


Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke has been with the Journal since 2000. She grew up near Woodbine, Kan. Latzke writes a bi-monthly column, “Common Ground,” which has garnered several professional awards. In 2010 she was named the Communicator of Achievement by the Kansas Professional Communicators and in 2007 she was named a Master Writer by the American Agricultural Editors Association. She is also a graduate of Class X of the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership program. Latzke can be reached by phone at 620-227-1807, or by e-mail at jlatzke@hpj.com.

Beyond 'Flanders Fields'

By Jennifer M. Latzke I grew up surrounded by military veterans who had left the wheat fields of Kansas to fight on the battlefields of foreign lands. They made up the 40 percent of the American military who historically hails from


160 Articles:

NOV 3, 2014 —Beauty secrets of a High Plains woman

By Jennifer M. Latzke I chuckle when people back home complain about wind. Bless their hearts. I live in Dodge City, Kansas. A city the National Climatic Data Center crowned as the nation’s third windies [Read More]

OCT 20, 2014 —Still making the best better

By Jennifer M. Latzke For more than a century, millions of young people all over the United States have been challenged by one motto—“To make the best, better.” In our rural communities, our small towns, our urban hubs and [Read More]

OCT 6, 2014 —You won't break the camera

By Jennifer M. Latzke It never fails. The minute I haul out my camera in a social setting—wedding receptions, reunions, baby showers, parties, you name it—there’s one joker who makes the crack about being so ugly he or she wil [Read More]

SEP 15, 2014 —Beyond the cow and plow

By Jennifer M. Latzke I was an atypical agricultural communications student if there ever was one. Sure, I’d “grown up on a farm” and I’d “been a 4-Her”—two phrases, by the way, that lend credibility to anyone. But as far as agricul [Read More]

SEP 1, 2014 —Time to revive the Clean Plate Club

By Jennifer M. Latzke “You sit there, young lady, and don’t you move until that plate is clean. You hear me?” Oh, I heard her. And no matter how much I begged and bargained, there was no budging Mom when it c [Read More]

AUG 18, 2014 —Opportunities to learn and grow

By Jennifer M. Latzke “Requiring nothing of a child gives them no chance for failure or success. Give your kids opportunities to learn and grow.” —Dave Ramsey No one truly enjoys chores. I don’t care if you are 9 o [Read More]

AUG 4, 2014 —Pioneer pinning

By Jennifer M. Latzke Oh Pinterest and Google. What did rural mothers do without you all these years? Do you remember the days when the phrase “pinning” referred to college fraternity pins and engagements? Do you remember recipe cards quickly writ [Read More]

JUL 21, 2014 —Show your #FairThanks

By Jennifer M. Latzke Ribbons and trophies and banners and premiums—oh my. Whenever we tell the story of youth programs, we tend to focus on who won the rosette, whose name will be engraved on the trophy, who gets to place that placard [Read More]

JUL 7, 2014 —Let freedom boom

By Jennifer M. Latzke Is there anything more American than a small-town Fourth of July? It’s a specific recipe that calls for equal parts family, community pride and patriotism, with a dash of tradition and a heaping helping of local leadership t [Read More]

JUN 16, 2014 —Marshal Dillon didn't sleep here

JUN 2, 2014 —Leaving their marks on the world

MAY 19, 2014 —Chrome won't get you home

MAY 5, 2014 —Hanging up the phone

APR 21, 2014 —We're all in the same boat

MAR 31, 2014 —Water security will take collaborative efforts

MAR 24, 2014 —Making every drop count

MAR 17, 2014 —Ready for the big screen

MAR 10, 2014 —Export opportunities expanding for U.S. wheat

MAR 3, 2014 —Embrace the process

FEB 24, 2014 —Meteorologist: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

FEB 17, 2014 —Texhoma farmers hear about U.S. cotton concerns at Red River Crops Conference

FEB 17, 2014 —We should see other seasons

FEB 3, 2014 —Postcards from the couch

JAN 20, 2014 —Putting away the holiday

JAN 6, 2014 —Questions only farm kids would ask

DEC 16, 2013 —Hallelujah, where's the Tylenol?

DEC 2, 2013 —Help me, help you, help us all

NOV 18, 2013 —So, it has come to this

NOV 4, 2013 —Big rigs deserve your patience

OCT 21, 2013 —Step away from the camera phone

OCT 7, 2013 —Warping young minds

SEP 16, 2013 —Feeding the Class of 2017

SEP 2, 2013 —When will it be Farmer Week?

AUG 19, 2013 —Just whom are you calling an old-timer?

AUG 5, 2013 —Today's digital refrigerator door

JUL 15, 2013 —The things we ask guys to do

JUL 1, 2013 —Cricket, she's just not that into you

JUN 17, 2013 —My darling Clementine

JUN 3, 2013 —Have a Pin-spirational Father's Day

MAY 20, 2013 —Get in and drive

MAY 6, 2013 —Dear College Me…

APR 15, 2013 —Nothing really changes

APR 1, 2013 —Where's my party?

MAR 18, 2013 —That's hot

MAR 4, 2013 —Counting the blessings, one flake at a time

FEB 18, 2013 —Give her a heifer

FEB 4, 2013 —Poster board, PowerPoints and puppets

JAN 21, 2013 —Rural by choice

JAN 7, 2013 —A toilet paper movement

DEC 17, 2012 —Christmas confessions

DEC 3, 2012 —A Mayan Bucket List

NOV 19, 2012 —Food is food

NOV 5, 2012 —You don't have to attend every argument

OCT 15, 2012 —Porch sitting, Warrior style

OCT 1, 2012 —The Nanny Goat Diaries

SEP 17, 2012 —Temporary heartbreak, a lesson for life

SEP 3, 2012 —Have you 'tweeted' today?

AUG 20, 2012 —Dungeons and gym classes

AUG 6, 2012 —Doorway eyes

JUL 16, 2012 —Dark and stormy mornings

JUL 2, 2012 —A mark on the wall

JUN 18, 2012 —A peek into the past

JUN 4, 2012 —A 'Siri-ous' situation

MAY 21, 2012 —A supermoon to remember

MAY 7, 2012 —Zumba at your own risk

APR 16, 2012 —Two platypi are more fun

APR 2, 2012 —The ick factor

MAR 19, 2012 —Farmers rock

MAR 5, 2012 —Regional snobbery

FEB 20, 2012 —Progress trumps the mail

FEB 6, 2012 —Sorry, Kodak

JAN 16, 2012 —Organizing the un-organizable

JAN 2, 2012 —Worrier or warrior?

DEC 19, 2011 —Wading through the noise for a real Christmas

DEC 5, 2011 —The little book

NOV 21, 2011 —A simple prayer of thanks

NOV 7, 2011 —Everywhere you look is a friend

OCT 17, 2011 —The record book routine

SEP 19, 2011 —Ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds

SEP 5, 2011 —Show and tell

AUG 15, 2011 —Project Runway meets the sheep project

AUG 1, 2011 —To the stars through difficulty

JUL 18, 2011 —To have a friend you must be one

JUL 4, 2011 —Animals will break your heart

JUN 20, 2011 —Side trips and detours

JUN 6, 2011 —Frame-worthy reminder

MAY 16, 2011 —Playing in dirt

MAY 2, 2011 —Unexpected leadership lessons

APR 18, 2011 —Appreciation for the minor things

MAR 21, 2011 —They're sending us to Vietnam

MAR 7, 2011 —A holiday we can all get behind

FEB 21, 2011 —Bring it on, February

FEB 7, 2011 —Zen and the art of painting

JAN 17, 2011 —Snow days on the farm

JAN 3, 2011 —Whom should I sue?

DEC 20, 2010 —He really does exist

DEC 6, 2010 —I've really been good this year

NOV 15, 2010 —More than the menu

NOV 1, 2010 —The end of schnitzel

OCT 18, 2010 —Adults make 4-H possible

OCT 4, 2010 —Consumer education on the midway

SEP 20, 2010 —Beef, the new fabric of our lives

SEP 6, 2010 —The midnight train to Chicago

AUG 16, 2010 —Read the instructions and believe them

AUG 2, 2010 —The most bizarre promotion ever

JUL 26, 2010 —It's about the kids

JUL 5, 2010 —The AB Positive Cafe

JUN 21, 2010 —I fought the lawn, and the lawn won

JUN 7, 2010 —Monumental lessons

MAY 17, 2010 —The hand-me-down kid

MAY 3, 2010 —Mommy Fix-It

APR 19, 2010 —Sniff, sniff, ahhh...

APR 5, 2010 —Spring renewal

MAR 15, 2010 —Comfort isn't only from ingredients

MAR 1, 2010 —House gnomes and fairies

FEB 15, 2010 —Pickup 'man'

FEB 1, 2010 —Advanced laundry skills grow from farm experience

JAN 18, 2010 —Get past the fear

JAN 4, 2010 —Similar tastes but individual processes

DEC 7, 2009 —The way to a man's heart is through a gadget?

NOV 16, 2009 —Farming with a mouse click

NOV 2, 2009 —At my best

OCT 19, 2009 —Small town Halloweens were the best

OCT 5, 2009 —What would Dorothy do?

SEP 21, 2009 —The yard sale

SEP 7, 2009 —Have you "Tweeted" today?

AUG 17, 2009 —The adventure of camping

AUG 3, 2009 —There's always next weekend

JUL 20, 2009 —The best part of the county fair

JUL 6, 2009 —A tradition 50 years strong

JUN 15, 2009 —Fatherhood in the land of Make-Believe

JUN 1, 2009 —Plans can change

MAY 18, 2009 —Cow dog leadership

MAY 4, 2009 —A limestone foundation

APR 20, 2009 —Potlucks are key to family status

APR 6, 2009 —Dance, cowboy, dance

MAR 16, 2009 —The case of the missing Cool Whip

MAR 2, 2009 —Choose your 'tude

FEB 16, 2009 —Valentine from the heart

FEB 2, 2009 —Can't put a good book down

JAN 19, 2009 —Catwalk-worthy coveralls

JAN 5, 2009 —More fun than a platypus

DEC 15, 2008 —Re-lighting the Christmas spirit

DEC 1, 2008 —Staying home on Black and Blue Friday

NOV 17, 2008 —Show thanks for our "treasures"

NOV 3, 2008 —I just wanted a s'more

OCT 20, 2008 —Revenge of the elm trees

OCT 6, 2008 —Dear Mr. or Ms. Politician-

SEP 1, 2008 —Grandma's carbon footprint

AUG 18, 2008 —The sentinels of the fair

AUG 4, 2008 —Entertainment world can translate into agriculture

JUL 14, 2008 —A serial concern

JUL 7, 2008 —Greener pastures

JUN 16, 2008 —The year of discovery

JUN 2, 2008 —Conversations with Dad

MAR 3, 2008 —Secrets to the universe found in a handbag

FEB 4, 2008 —Single life in farm country

JAN 21, 2008 —Seed catalog mania

JAN 7, 2008 —Counting down to t-h-i-r-t-y


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