Diamond S. Vineyard & Winery

Elsa Schmidtberger, owner of Diamond S. Winery, helps me find my favorite wine!

My next exploration…. Diamond S. Vineyard & Winery, right here in Russell.  One of the newest wineries in Kansas! I even brought along my friend, Roger Hrabe, from Rooks County Economic Development.  It was both Roger and I’s first time at the winery and we had soooo much fun with Elsa.  She does a great job of helping you find your FAVORITE wines, but she doesn’t have to work too hard because all of the wines are FABULOUS!  So, if you are looking for a FUN and RELAXING Fall activity, the winery is the place to be, if I do say so myself 😉

My friend Roger Hrabe, Rooks Cty. Eco Devo, joined me at Diamond S. Winery!


Northwest Travel Council Meeting

Russell hosted the Northwest Kansas Travel Council meeting today at Lasada and I was there!  It was a great meeting.  They just completed the NEW Ultimate Guide.  It is an attractive marketing tool for NW Kansas  and you can check it out on their website!

Scott & Roxanne Young, owners of Lasada, made an EXCELLENT meal for us and Scott spoke about all the great things they provide at Lasada!  Jim Millensifer was also there to inform us on the latest details with the KS Governor’s Ringneck Classic in Oakley. It will be held on November 18-20. Linda Brant brought DELICIOUS meats from Brant’s Meat Market!  They are located in Lucas, KS and have been in business for 89 years. Afterwards, everyone visited Diamond S Vineyard & Winery.   It was a day full of RUSSELL COUNTY FUN!

I would like to thank the travel council for everything they do for Northwest Kansas!  Follow them on Facebook.  You will find that there is lots to see and do in NW KS!

Bricks, Broncs, BBQ

Barry & Amanda from K-18/Moonshiners Bar in Lucas, KS

I joined the K-18/Moonshiners Bar from Lucas this morning!  They taught me how to do some REAL BBQing.  It smells so good down here!  If you love BBQ, come out to Russell today and get the best in the area!!

There are a lot of great cars up here, too!  I really enjoyed looking at all of the HOT RODS!  It is a great day to be in RUSSELL!!


RHS Homecoming Parade

It was a BEAUTIFUL Homecoming Parade today in downtown Russell!  Lots of people came out to cheer on their BRONCOS!  Don’t forget tonight’s game at 7pm!  Come early for tailgating at 6pm, good hamburgers, brats & hot dogs. GO BRONCOS!!

Lenny Tyson (County Administrator) & Vicki Frohling (Chamber Director)










Join me downtown tomorrow for the Flatland Car Show and Sanctioned BBQ Contest!

Russell Cty Sheriff’s Department

Getting fingerprinted as the NEW Cty employee

I know, it doesn’t look good does it?  You would think I am in a little bit of trouble, but I am actually at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office getting fingerprinted as the Newest Russell County Employee. Nathan Keener, Court Security, assisted me with the finger printing. He did an excellent job!

Max Barrett (Undersheriff) and a few other officers stopped in to say hi as well. If you ever see these guys out and about make sure you stop and thank them for serving and protecting Russell County. They do a great job!  Check them out on the Russell County Sheriff Department website 🙂

Damian Morgenstern (Deputy), Russ Co, Max Barrett (Undersheriff), Nathan Keener (Court Security), Trevor Dinkel (Deputy)

RHS Bronco Homecoming…….

It is Russell High School Homecoming week!  At the end of the week the stands will be FULL of Bronco fans cheering on their team to victory!  The coronation of King and Queen begins at 6:30 and the kick off is at 7pm Friday, Sept. 19.  The Broncos will be taking on the Minneapolis Lions. 

Don’t miss the Homecoming Parade at 2:30 on Friday, you just might see me there 😉

What’s Up In Russell Coffee

Reposted from Veez Unlimited Facebook Page:

Thanks so much to everyone who turned out to the Russell Main Street What’s Up In Russell Coffee this morning! It was so exciting to see Russ Co! And he was such a gentleman, when he won the door prize, he DEMANDED that we draw again!

Thank you to Encore Antiques & Collectables/VEEZ Unlimited for hosting the What’s Up In Russell Coffee this week.  It is always great to hear about all the local events going on in Russell.  I always enjoy visiting with the locals!

Economic Development Board Meeting

I attended my first Economic Development Board meeting today.  It was a beautiful morning in Dorrance!  For those of you who do not know, the Economic Development Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 am.  The meetings are open to the public and the board meets at a different town every month in hopes that community members will attend to give an update on what is going on in each community.  If you are interested in attending an Economic Development Board meeting  please call our office at 785-483-4000.  The next meeting will be held on November 10 at Meridy’s in Russell.

Business Appreciation Event

I had a GREAT time at the Business Appreciation Event in Lucas!  It was held at the Garden of Eden courtyard.  I met a lot of people, including Senator Allen Schmidt.  Approximately 70 people were in attendance.  The food from K-18 Restauraunt and Brant’s Meat Market was DELICIOUS.  Diamond S. Winery was there with AMAZING wine!   Russell County is loaded with many GREAT businesses.  Check out all the great businessses nominated in the County:

Winners of the 2011 Business Appreciation Awards are –

Myer’s Furniture, KRSL Radio, Livinity, White Energy, Post Insurance – Paradise, Pro Bound Sports – Dorrance, Brant’s Meat Market – Lucas

Northwest Kansas Regional Winner is……….Gorham Telephone!


Meet Russ Co

Hello Everyone!  My name is Russ Co.  I love to hunt, fish, ride bike trails, help harvest Kansas wheat, and pump Russell County oil!  Russell County is HOME to me!  

When I’m not out enjoying all the beauty of Russell County, I like to attend as many community events and businesses as I can.  This is where I get to meet the GREAT people of Russell County.

I like to call myself the Russell County Promoter!  I want to let everyone know how great it is to live in this area!  I hope you enjoy following me in my new adventures!