September2014


Fall 2014: “Erie Dinosaur Park” sneak peek!

Posted on September 15th, by admin in Magazine, People, Places. No Comments

Erie Dinosaur Park
Dorris dinosaurs donated to Erie to create new public park

People who knew the late Robert Dorris describe him as honest and hard-working, imaginative and adventurous: a stand-up Christian husband and father.

But an artist? That’s not how Bob saw himself, anyway. His wife, Elveta, says he “didn’t want to be called an artist in any form.”

Still, some may beg to differ.

From 1989 to the early 2000s, Bob was responsible for the conception, construction and installation of 15 larger-than-life dinosaurs along Hwy. 47 near Erie. Using only metal scraps – mostly old car parts – Bob sculpted the now-famous dinosaurs “just for fun,” Elveta says. “We never dreamed it would be so (popular).”

Fondly known by many as the “Dinosaur Not-So-National Park,” the sculptures have remained on the family’s private property since Bob’s passing in 2007. Soon, though, 12 of … Read More »


Fall 2014: “Vogel Family Vineyards” sneak peek!

Posted on September 15th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Places. No Comments

Vogel Family Vineyards
Vines flourish on Galena family’s land

Ten years ago, Steve and Sheryll Vogel took a trip to Napa Valley.

Like millions of wine enthusiasts, they were impressed with the beautiful northern California landscape. Unlike many of those other visitors, however, they decided to try to replicate what they saw back at home – in Southeast Kansas.

“We went out to Napa and thought, ‘That’d be pretty on our hill,’” Steve says. “We thought we’d grow some grapes and that it wouldn’t be much trouble. It was a lot of trouble! But we decided to take a chance.”

The trouble was well worth it. Today, Steve, Sheryll and their son Phillip run Vogel Family Vineyards on 6.5 acres south of their hometown of Galena. As you turn the corner toward their home and vineyard, a sign proclaims that you’re in “Wine Country” now … Read More »