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Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

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Thanks to Midway Motors, McPherson, a family-owned company, for loaning a 2012 GMC Terrain for our research trip. 

Thanks for major contributions from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Topeka.
Thanks to Ragnar Thorisson, Seattle, WA for a donation.
Thanks to Mr. Anonymous for several donations.
Thanks to Miss Pat at Lyons Twin Mansion for the night's stay!
Thanks to the Chanute Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism for the support check!
Thanks to Todd Johnson for the two nights at Nest Extended Stay in Chanute!
Thanks to Jane Brophy for taking us out to Red Pepper Mexican Restaurant in Chanute!
Thanks to Southeast Kansas Tourism for the gas card!
Thanks to Gene Merry for the meal at Across the Borders in Burlington
Thanks to Deb Firebaugh for buying our meal at Sassy Lady in Burden!
Thanks to Nadine Reimer Penner (Doo Dah Diner) and Sarah and Chris Green (Mediterranean Grill) for taking us out for research meals in Wichita.  Thanks to these two restaurants for the extras, too!
Thanks to Coca Dolce for the additional chocolates!

Thanks for filling the gas tank, Roger and Rooks County Economic Development.
Thanks for the apple pie ala mode, Barney's in Palco!
Thanks to the Winfield Convention & Visitor's Bureau for mileage, lodging, and food support!
Thanks to Cars on the Route in Galena for the burgers!
Thanks to Streetcar Station in Galena for the Dreamcicle Smoothies!Thanks for the meal, Paolucci's in Atchison
Thanks to the Bunkhouse at Wildfire Ranch for the overnight stay and breakfast in Barber County.
Thanks for the lodging and great meal and fun, Visit Goodland.

Thanks for the lodging, Colby Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thanks for the the lodging and expenses help, Visit Kansas City, KS!
Thanks for lunch, Suzan Barnes, at Grand Central Hotel in Cottonwood Falls.
Thanks for the help with lodging expense, Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Thanks for the treats, Sweet Granada, in Emporia!
Thanks for treating us at Bobby D's BBQ in Emporia, Dave Leiker and Cheryl Unruh!
El Dorado CVB, thanks for lunch at Dilly Dally.

Thanks for "watering" us, Wava and Kim at Longford Water.

Thanks for paying for our lodging at Herington Inn & Suites, Dick & Norma Mosier. 
Thanks, Tim and Deb Sanders, for letting us stay at the Windmill Inn near Chapman.
Thanks for the falafels, Aladdin's in Lawrence.
Thanks for the appetizers and dessert, Limestone Pizza.  Thanks for the meal at Limestone Pizza and lodging, Anne and Rich Bailey of Lawrence. 

Thanks for the meal at Milford Tropics, Rick Dykstra.
Thanks for the meal at Elliot's Gastro Pub in Tribune, Christy Hopkins.

Thanks for the lodging, Lori Lennen, at your Trail City Bed and Breakfast in Coolidge.
Thanks to the Shawnee Convention & Visitors Bureau for paying for two night's lodging.
Thanks to Susan Marshall for the meal at the Coneburg, Peabody and to Gypsy Antiques, Peabody for a few informative items.
Jerry K., thanks for lunch at the Dinner Bell in Wetmore. 
Thanks for helping with Osborne County Judy & Ronnie Dayhoff
Thanks for help with Riley County Rich Williams.
Thanks to Dave & Sandy Procter for treating us at Bourbon and Baker.
Thanks for the lodging, Lidia Hook-Gray. 
Thanks to the the Liberal Convention & Visitors Bureau for mileage. 
Thanks to the Heritage Real Estate Group for meals and more.
Thanks for the meal, Midway Cafe in Selden.
Thanks for the scone, Oscar's in Hoxie.

Thanks to these underwriters for being blog day sponsors

Marquette Chamber of Commerce
Liz King
Michael J. Fox & Sue Schlegel, Lindsborg
Wamego's 4th of July
John and Chris Hershberger, Inman

Kansas Wheat Festival, Wellington
Janet Krack, Wichita
Don & Shelia Lampe, Piqua
Lidia Gray, Liberal
Manhattan Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Gooch's Foods, Tribune
Robert Burket, Santa Monica, CA
Small World Gallery, Lindsborg
Marion County Economic Development, Marion
Marshall County Economic Development
Heritage Real Estate Group, Liberal
Tour Butler County

Murray & Nadine Reimer Penner, Wichita
Leslie & Dick Ward, Wichita
Ken & Nina Warren, Manhattan
Lecompton Historical Society, Lecompton
John & Kathy Slaymaker, Wichita and in memory of Haynes and Eileen
   Pruitt, wheat and soybean growers
Jim & Sandi Coast, Cimarron
Eileen Robertson, Humboldt
Day sponsors who have not been assigned a day yet:
Bill & Susan Bunyan, Dodge City
Jim & Sandi Coast, Cimarron
Hemslojd, Lindsborg
Kermit & Kathleen Wedel, Minneapolis
Dollie Mathes, Harper
Nanette Krumsick, Frontenac
Hal & Eleanor Berkley, Tescott
Liberal Convention & Visitors Bureau
James and Karen McClain, Bennington
Nita Jones for Yellow Brick Road Visitor Center
Maleta Forsberg, Lindsborg
Washington County Tourism x 2
Joe Thomas, St. Marys
Deb & Tim Sanders, Windmill Inn, Chapman
Roger Hrabe, Rooks County Economic Development, Stockton
Hardy Howard, WaKeeney
Susan Draper, Colby
Ken Brown, Coffeyville

Russell & Arlene Taylor, Eskridge
Nancy Cole, Topeka
Connie Grafel, Oberlin
Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings, Belleville
Jim Stukey of Burlington did the cartoon artwork.
Stiner Embroidery Works in Burlington added the color to the cartoon logo and prepared it for use.
Gregory in Buhler did the car wrap.
Tamara Heitschmidt did the blog design.
The result of the trip will be the next edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.  It doesn't cost anyone to be in the book. We appreciate any help to cover our costs of the travel and research of your towns.  Thanks!