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Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature hosted by Ron Wilson, Director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.
Each week the program describes the ideas and achievements of a local leader or entrepreneur in a rural community. By providing positive recognition to such leaders and sharing their ideas, we hope to encourage these and other Kansans to build on their examples. In doing so, rural Kansas can be made an even better place to live and work.
We know there are many more excellent and interesting examples across the state of Kansas. We encourage the public to provide us with suggestions of Kansas people, businesses or communities which would make an interesting profile. Below are the most recent editions of Kansas Profile in mp3 format.
 
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Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas entrepreneur who is finding success in the roofing business.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at some rural Kansans who are turning a run-down building into a community resource.
 

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a man who is providing community leadership to his rural Kansas hometown.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an auto repair business serving the nation from rural Kansas.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a new Kansas medical facility that is providing innovative treatment to patients from all over the world.                                 

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at how high-speed internet service is making a difference for one rural entrepreneur.

Ron Wilson of K-State's Huck Boyd Institute looks at a decades-old event that generates pride in a rural Kansas community.

Ron Wilson of K-State's Huck Boyd Institute introduces a pair of Kansans who are hand-making metal objects for rodeo performers and more.
 

- 3/27/2015

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a sports mascot that provides inspiration to people around the world.


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an entrepreneur who is using aerial drones to help firefighters do their jobs more safely and effectively.

- 3/14/2015
Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas woman whose love for basketball has led to one of the largest home school basketball tournaments in the nation.

The average hospital generates 16 pounds of plastic waste every day—most of it in the “surgical blue wrap” that covers sterilized surgical instruments and other items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about a rural entrepreneur who helps manage this and other specialized waste, saving space in local landfills.

- 2/27/2015
Increasingly, rural residents find themselves traveling farther from home to buy even the most essential groceries and household items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about one successful effort to bring a hometown grocery store to one small Kansas community.

When an old Army air base near Herington was transformed into a beef cattle feed yard, it altered the lives of a man and his two sons.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how two brothers took over a thriving business from their father.

The typical rodeo features cowboys, cowgirls, horses, bulls, calves—but one rodeo coming to Kansas will featuring rhyming and recitation, rather than roping and riding.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how prize-winning beef led to a new restaurant business.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansas company which makes heavy transport easier.          

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan whose robotic aviation product is improving agricultural production from the sky.        

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan whose robotic aviation product is improving agricultural production from the sky.        

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a couple whose local transportation business is making a difference for visitors to their rural Kansas community.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute examines a couple whose local wine business and building renovations are re-vitalizing a rural Kansas community.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an award-winning winery located in rural Kansas.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan who uses new technology to improve old grain elevators and create new ones.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at the music of a rural Kansan who immortalizes the Flint Hills through music---including a song for the holidays.   

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a professor who shares her love of country dance with K-State students.                                                                        

- 11/26/2014
Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a man whose health challenges caused him to re-evaluate his life and return to his native Kansas, where he is making a difference for his rural community and state.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an educator whose community college program is helping entrepreneurs design and build new products.                                             

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas educator who provides training to budding entrepreneurs.   

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a farmer and ag pilot who is working to make products applied from the air safer for pilots, producers and consumers.                                                

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development profiles two small-town athletes who are providing leadership to the K-State football team.

- 10/24/2014
Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development profiles a rural Kansas woman who successfully went from the farm to the aerospace industry.                                                

Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, looks at Carl Reed, Kansas singer and songwriter.
 

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells the story of a Flint Hills Balladeer.

Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells of a Kansas construction company committed to excellence and principle.                         

Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd Institute at K-State reveals that a website in Kansas hosts and designs sites for some of the nation’s largest companies.

Huck Boyd Institute director Ron Wilson profiles a rural Kansas basketball player who traveled the world playing his favorite sport.                                          

Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd Institute at K-State profiles a successful singer-songwriter from rural Kansas.                                                

- 9/5/2014
Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a teacher of agriculture at Fort Hays State University.  

- 8/29/2014
What was once a local newspaper with only five employees and a little over one hundred subscribers, has grown into one of the nation’s premiere publications, with a unique focus on regional agriculture.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of the “High Plains Journal.”                                                

Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development takes another look at Roger Hubert and his work to preserve the state’s historic barns.

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