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Dole to complete 105-county Kansas tour

Let’s take a time out from all the mud-slinging that is increasingly dominating Kansas politics right now to applaud a singular achievement.

Bob Dole is on the brink of wrapping up his 105-county tour of his home state. That he’s doing this at 91 is worth noting — and maybe a round of applause or two.

The former Senate majority leader announced Thursday that he’ll make his 10th — and — final trip to Kansas this year with a series of stops that will ensure he’s made it to all 105 counties.

The trip, to southeast Kansas, will begin Tuesday in Mound City. It’ll include Fort Scott, Pittsburg, Columbus and Oswego on Tuesday and then Fredonia, Chanute, Iola and Garnett on Thursday to wrap it up.

“I look forward to being back in Kansas this week and wrapping up my thank-you tour,” Dole said in a statement. “It’s been a tremendous experience reconnecting with old friends and seeing so many new faces, too. I am grateful to have had this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to so many.”

The final trip is pretty typical. Dole has usually made his visits in three-day bursts spaced several weeks apart.

For the record, it’s been great having you, senator. As Andy Griffith would say, “Now come on back real soon. Don’t be a stranger.”