The Boelte Blog

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“Spirit That Can Ne’er Be Told”

...at 16th Annual Aggie... er, Agricultural Media Summit As mentioned in last week’s summary of the Ag Media Summit held recently in Indianapolis, Don, Paul, Terry and Ralph spent the four days preceding the Summit transporting attendees from the airport to the hotel. Every year during the shuttle service, travelers gather at the airport and invariably find themselves sharing a ride with someone they haven’t seen since the last Summit or meeting someone new who happens to work for a customer of theirs. “As large as the ag industry world is,” says Don Norton, “it’s really a ... Read full article...

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Ag Media Summit 2014 Crosses the Finish Line!

The 16th annual Agricultural Media Summit was held July 26-30 and as always, Boelte-Hall went whole hog!  An airport shuttle (and shuttle logo!), gala festivities, trade show booth displays, a new app – we had it all at this year’s AMS! In keeping with this year’s theme, we thought we’d offer up a speedy summary of our Revved Up experience: In mid-July we mailed personalized postcards offering Ag Media Summit attendees a ride from the airport to the hotel and a chance to win a Garmin Vivofit. The Fab Four (Don, Paul, Ralph and Terry – who ... Read full article...

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Meet Katie, Boelte-Hall's 2014 Summer Intern

Say Hello to Katie George, Boelte-Hall’s 2014 summer intern. Katie comes to us from Pittsburg State University– her mom, dad and older sister are all Pitt State alumni – and will be a senior this coming year. We sat down with Katie to find out how her internship is going and talk about her plans for the future. Are you enjoying your internship? I’ve been beyond happy during my Boelte-Hall internship. I wasn’t sure what to expect at the beginning of the summer, but everyone has been very kind, helpful and welcoming. I’ve had a blast working here ... Read full article...

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Ag Media Summit is just one week away!

PREPARATIONS BEGAN IN FEBRUARY Whew! We’re putting the finishing touches on plans for the 2014 Agricultural Media Summit, a convention and trade show that Boelte-Hall participates in each year.  Months of planning have brought together a number of components with one common goal: a memorable experience for Ag Media Summit attendees. Conversation is key The Agricultural Media Summit is the largest meeting in the United States of the agricultural industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and ag communicator specialists. Every year, the best of the best from all over the country come together to reminisce about previous Summits and see what’s ... Read full article...

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A Fond Farewell...

Early yesterday morning, several folks from Boelte-Hall met at the shop and headed down to Bartle Hall to judge the Graphic Communication portion of the SkillsUSA Conference for the final time. After twenty years in Kansas City, the 2015 conference will be moving to Louisville. Each year since 1965, some of America’s best and brightest students have competed in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase for the nation’s top state champions in high school and college. Events run all week, but the conference’s main event is always the championship competition that takes place on ... Read full article...

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Lottie Polk: A lifelong legacy of love and learning

Last Wednesday was a big day for Lottie Polk. She celebrated her 90th birthday and received the Honorary Alumna award from Baker University! “After my dad died, Mama had eight kids to raise,” says Boelte-Hall die cutter operator and saxophonist Oscar Polk. “She was working at St. Luke’s Hospital during the day, and studying and going to evening classes at Baker.” Only twelve credits shy of earning her Master’s degree, Lottie felt like she was taking away from her family by pursuing her own dreams, so she never finished at Baker. Lottie may have put her own education ... Read full article...

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Tanks For The World

The past 24 soggy hours bring to mind a day years ago when Kansas City, particularly the West Bottoms, found itself under a LOT of water. We ran across this booklet published very soon after the July 13, 1951 flood that engulfed the West Bottoms. The Columbian Steel Tank Company publication chronicles events of the day and assures the public that Columbian would soon recover and continue building “Tanks for the World.” The Foreword, written by Columbian Steel Tank Company president Joseph Kramer, offers a fascinating first-hand account of the devastating 1951 flood. Foreword BLACK FRIDAY THE 13TH... July 1951.     ... Read full article...

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Trivia Answer for June

This month’s bridge is the 12th Street Bridge, one of the earliest examples of a concrete double-tiered bridge in the United States. The dilapidated cable-car trestle built in the late 1880s to connect the city’s business center with its industrial district had been engineered for cable, railway and pedestrian traffic, not the vehicular traffic of the early 20th century. By 1909, the harrowing thoroughfare provided neither safe nor direct passage for transporting people and merchandise, and the decision was made to replace it. When completed in 1915, the double deck reinforced concrete 12th Street Bridge was hailed as ... Read full article...