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Bluestem PACE to open new location with services for seniors in Hutchinson

Bluestem PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) of McPherson and part of the Bluestem company of North Newton and Hesston will expand its services by opening an alternative care site in Hutchinson in spring of 2021.

The PACE program, which partners with individuals aged 55 and better and their caregivers so seniors can remain safe and independent in their homes for as long as possible, has been serving seniors in McPherson, Harvey, Marion, Reno, Rice and Saline counties for four years. PACE participants are nursing home-eligible; however, more than 95% are able to live in the community with the services and support they receive from PACE.

“Establishing a location in Hutchinson was part of the plan for the next year and a half, but the process was expedited, in large part because of COVID-19,” said Bluestem PACE executive director Justin Loewen. “With social distancing restrictions, we’ve had to significantly reduce the number of participants we can serve at once in our McPherson day center. Adding the alternative care site in Hutchinson will allow us to more regularly serve a greater number of participants with the health care services and socialization we provide, and do it right in the community many of participants live in.”

Bluestem PACE provides participants with a variety of services from primary care physicians to prescription drug services, all from one source. Participants can also spend time at the PACE Center, allowing their in-home caregivers some respite while receiving personal and medical care and enjoying social activities.

The Bluestem PACE location in Hutchinson will provide similar services as the center in McPherson, including health care services, activities, meals and transportation, so participants more local to Hutchinson will have to travel less frequently.

KCC workshop series for Evergy’s Sustainability Transformation Plan

TOPEKA — The Kansas Corporation Commission has scheduled a series of virtual workshops to learn more about Evergy’s Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) and how it will affect electric ratepayers. Each workshop will cover a specific set of topics related to the plan.

Evergy representatives will make a presentation at each workshop followed by questions from Commissioners and intervenors in the general investigation docket. The Commission opened the investigation to evaluate whether the STP is in the public interest.

The public is invited to view the meetings, which will be broadcast on the Commission’s YouTube Channel ( They will also be available on the site for later viewing.

The workshops schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. Dec. 3: Grid Modernization Investments

10 a.m. Dec. 21: Operational Efficiencies

10 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021: Enhanced Customer Experience

10 a.m. May 5, 2021: Evergy update presentation on STP after incorporation of feedback

AGCO introduces compact tractors

DULUTH, Ga. — AGCO Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment with facilities in Hesston, recently announced a new family of compact tractors — the Massey Ferguson 1800E and 2800E Series. The new lineup replaces the 1700E and 2700E Series and includes five models ranging from 24 to 57.3 engine horsepower. All are equipped with Iseki diesel engines.

A cast steel rear end and cast front axle, four-wheel drive and high-capacity hydraulics provide the weight and traction to tackle jobs, such as transporting round bales, skidding logs or moving heavy gravel, topsoil and other bulk materials.

“The E Series tractors are powerful, easy to operate and offer a down-to-earth price that will appeal to budget-minded customers,” said Jeffrey Ratliff, AGCO tactical marketing manager. “Plus, these heavy-duty, no-nonsense work horses provide capabilities you might only expect from larger-horsepower utility tractors.”

Leading the lineup is the 1825E. It features a naturally aspirated 1.49-liter, 3-cylinder diesel engine producing 24 horsepower. The 1835E and 1840E feature turbocharged 1.83-liter, 3-cylinder engines that provide 34.5 and 39.4 engine horsepower, respectively. The larger-chassis 2850E and 2860E models are each equipped with a brawny 2.43-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, delivering 48.8 and 57.3 engine horsepower. Liquid-cooled for increased durability, the clean-burning Iseki engines meet final Tier IV emissions standards and can be found in specialized equipment used worldwide in a broad range of demanding ag, turf and commercial applications.