Dan Simon

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De Soto tennis team dominates Olathe Northwest
September 16, 2004
The Wildcats have been consistently good this season. In fact, adding up this year’s individual records calculate to a 10-2 mark.
Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
August 8, 2002
When I was in high school, I was in The Sound of Music. No, I wasn’t the elegant Captain von Trapp or the boyish teen idol Rolf. I was some random Nazi with perhaps one line. Mostly, I hung out with the roadies, building sets and pretending to be rock stars after shows by taking turns on stage lip synching to Iron Maiden while another roadies ran the spotlights.
Seeking community consensus
Residents invited to speak out on Sunflower’s future
January 17, 2002
The city of De Soto, De Soto USD 232 and the Explorer hosted a community forum on the future of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant Monday.
Newspapers a place for dialog
Keep those cards and letters coming …
October 25, 2001
A community is made up of many elements. The folks who live there of course. The businesses, the sometimes thriving engines of the economy. Then there are those who visit the community, some on a daily basis.
A look back at a memorable year
Proposed Oz development tops list of notable 2000 stories
December 28, 2000
Board ponders DeSoto’s future
August 24, 2000
I recently got a mouthful of Doc and Brutie’s barbeque and an earful of feedback.
Fireworks issue handled poorly by all
July 6, 2000
Last week, The DeSoto Explorer took the Watermelon Festival Committee to task for selling fireworks in Leavenworth County.
I swear: it was still a fun round of golf
June 22, 2000
Every golfer knows the feeling of a miss-hit after a big drive. You crank one down the fairway on a short par five and know you can reach it in two.
Gardner: It’s not Pebble Beach, but not bad, either
Johnson County course has come a long way in 11 years
June 22, 2000
About 11 years ago, Jim Pruitt bought a nine hole golf course. The course was typical of small town Kansas courses: sand greens and a wide open shooting gallery that left participants ducking for cover as the holes ran back and forth.
A time to live in the moment
June 15, 2000
I went dancing last week with another woman right in front of my wife, Heidi. I danced with a woman named Naomi and made her giggle with delight.

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