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St. Joe students earn award for their future city

Sixth-graders at St. Joseph Catholic School received top placements in an engineering competition this month for their creation of the future city, Hydropolis.

Hydropolis is located north of San Francisco and is set in year 2551. Its population is 450,000.

The students had addressed the issues of drainage, transportation and energy in their future city.

The students won $300 to be used for the purchase of technology for their school.

We congratulate the students on their creativity and ingenuity.

Women give the gift of hair

We are giving a thumbs up this week to Laraine Erickson of rural McPherson and Diane Miller of Inman for their gifts of hair to charities that provide wigs for women who can’t grow their own hair.

These women gave up a little bit of their own vanity to pass on love and kindness to other women.
We urge other women and girls to consider making a gift of their own.

Some hair donation charities include Locks of Love, Wigs 4 Kids, Beautiful Lengths and the Angel Hair Foundation.

Lindsborg building new conference center

A new conference center is going up in Lindsborg.

The new $1.2 million Sundstrom Conference Center is on the corner of Lincoln and Main streets in Lindsborg.

When the first phase of the project is completed, it will be able to accommodate up to 300 people for conferences, wedding receptions or reunions.

The city is working to put an important frontage on Lindsborg’s Main Street back in business.

The new conference center is certain to boost the Lindsborg economy and might help the surrounding communities as well. We give the project a thumbs up this week and look forward to seeing its completion sometime in July.

Mac College debuts Etch program

McPherson College has created a new program that will give students valuable practical experience, as well as help area nonprofits.

It’s called Etch and will offer professional graphic design and marketing services to non-profit organizations, asking only they consider a donation to help cover costs.

This project serves students by giving them on-the-job experience and helping them build portfolios.
It also will help the community by helping nonprofits better market their organizations and services at minimal costs.

This is a great extention of McPherson College’s Freedom to Jump entrepreneurship initiative. Other colleges from around the nations should take note of this creative program.

Kan. Senate   supports tougher human trafficking law

We give a big thumbs up to the Kansas Senate for approving legislation that increase the penalties for child sex trafficking and provides help for victims of human trafficking.

The bill creates the crime of felony commercial sexual exploitation of a child, punishable by a minimum sentence of 25 years if the victim is less than 14 years old, according to the Associated Press. It also establishes programs to help victims of human trafficking through the attorney general, Department of Children and Families and the Department of Labor.

We urge the Kansas House to also pass the bill.

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State ends free HIV testing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment discontinued free processing of the HIV tests Jan. 1 for many medium- to low-incident counties, including McPherson County.

HIV is a community health concern. Identifying infection as early as possible is in the best interest of the community.

Although, we do not support the discontinuation of state support for the HIV testing, we do praise the local health department for its efforts to continue testing with other labs in the state.

Although the cost for the testing has increased, it will still be available in McPherson County.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board