eFreePress 08.18.11.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press


eFreePress 08.18.11.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press

Publishers Free Press

Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 3 Number 7 Thursday, August 18, 2011

Committee Holds Pool Meeting

It was not a large meeting

but several citizens did

attend a Pool Committee

showing Tuesday night.

Cary Dennis of Capri

Pools & Aquatics gave a

presentation on what his

company could build for the

City of Blue Rapids.

Capri Pools built the new

Frankfort pool that opened

last week and the Manhattan

pool that has been open all


Dennis used a slide show

and telling about all of the

extra features a City

Swimming Pool could add to

bring in all areas of the community.

Dennis said Frankfort

started out with an $800,000

budget but add features as

extra money come into the

City. Manhattan pool was a

multi-million dollar pool

voted on by the citizens.

The Pool Committee is

trying to get more people

involved in the planning of a

new pool.

John Nowak, Jean Gallagher, Mandy Hartloff talk with Cary Dennis after the meeting

Tuesday night about a new swimming pool for Blue Rapids.

Waves and slides add a lot to a swiming pool. These are two features that were show at the meeting Tuesday


Cary Dennis of Capri Pools & Aquatics (left photo) talks with citizens at the Pool Meeting. On the right is one

of the many water features that can be added to a swiming pool.

It is interesting to look at the

Marshall County Delinquent

Tax list. Marshall County

Treasurer Linda Weber said the

total of taxes (State, city, school

districts, cemetery) for 2010 in

Marshall County was


The total delinquent taxes for

2010 and all past years is

$159,926.63 or about 1%.

Many cities in the state plan on

2 to 4% of their taxes will be


Compared to the other cities

in Marshall County, Blue

Rapids figures look a little

high. Blue Rapids delinquent

tax for all years is $35,217.29.

Marysville with a population

about three times larger only

has $40,746.34 delinquent.

Here is a look at the population

and delinquent taxes for

each of the nine cities in

Marshall County.


Population: 406

Delinquent Taxes: $1,907.84

Boulders Moved For Ice Age Monument

Volunteers worked Tuesday afternoon to bring four big boulders into the Blue Rapids

City Square Park that will be part of the new Ice Age Monument. Construction will

start soon on the project. The final design concept for the monument has been completed.

Professor George Callison, a member of the Blue Rapids High School Class of

A Look At

Delinquent Taxes


By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — Fewer Kansas

schools flunked the federal

achievement standards for math

and reading set by the federal

No Child Left Behind Act, but

Kansas state school board

members say they want out of

the program anyway.

“Now we need to show how

we intend to measure progress

with the whole student in

mind,” said Kansas State Board

of Education Chairman Dave

Dennis, of Wichita.

Parents frustrated by No

Child Left Behind’s raisescores-or-suffer

approach will

welcome such a change, said

Karen Wagner, of Overland


People move to the upscale

section of Kansas City, so their

children attend Shawnee

Mission USD 512 schools.

Wagner’s children have

received their education in this

district. Yet, this year, this district

and specifically the middle

school her youngest son attends

came up short of the federal

standards, Wagner said.

Wagner said she believes the

federal standards don’t adequately

measure what schools

Population: 200

Delinquent Taxes: $3,643.77

Blue Rapids:

Population: 1,019

Delinquent Taxes: $35,217.29


Population: 726

Delinquent Taxes: $17,668.52


Population: 3,294

Delinquent Taxes: $40,746.34


Population: 66

Delinquent Taxes: $4,538.16


Population: 156

Delinquent Taxes: $4,170.62


Population: 112

Delinquent Taxes: $586.72


Population: 680

Delinquent Taxes: $14,881.49

Shedding No

Child Left Behind


“They measure how one

group of seventh-graders did

on their tests compared to seventh-graders

a year earlier, but

they don’t measure how much

those seventh-graders improve

during the year,” she said.

“That’s the growth model that

should be our top priority.”

And that is the direction state

School Board members say

they want to go if, as they

expect, they seek a waiver from

No Child Left Behind standards

next month.

During the 2011 school year,

213 of Kansas’ 1,367 public

schools and 77 of its 289 school

districts failed to meet annually

rising federal standards for

increasing the number of students

achieving reading and

math proficiency, Tom Foster,

the state Education

Department’s research and

evaluation director told board

members at their August meeting

this week.

If a school fails to meet the

federal standards, parents can

transfer their children to other

schools or districts, which ultimately

could reduce the

amount of federal and state aid

those schools receive.

1958 has been instrumental in bringing the monument to Blue Rapids. Cost of the

project is $40,000 and will be located across from the State Bank of Blue Rapids.

(Photos by Deb Barrington)

NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blue Rapids City Minutes - August 10, 2011


The governing body of the

City of Blue Rapids met in regular

session August 10, 2011 at

7:00 p.m. in the Council Room

of the Community Center.

Council members present were:

Amy Bishop, Mike Minihan,

Jerry Pope and Bob Roepke.

Mayor Nowak presided. Jon

Brake was sworn in as a council

member. The minutes of the

July 13, 2011 regular meeting

were approved as presented.

The following items were

added to the agenda: streets and


At 7:02 Mayor Nowak

opened the public hearing on

the proposed 2012 budget.

There being no further questions

from the audience, the

hearing was closed at 7:05 p.m.

In other business, the council:

•Approved the proposed

•98% Lean Longhorn ground chuck

$5.00/lb.-20# box $4.50/lb.

•Beef summer sausage $5.50

•Cheese & jalapeno summer sausage


•Brats-Spicy cheese & jalapeno $6.00

Beer & Italian $5.50

•Hot Dogs- reg. $5.00 -w/cheese $5.25

•Beef sticks- Regular & Spicy

jalapeno $1.99 2 oz.- $3.99 4 oz.

•Jerky- Traditional & Spicy jalapeno


•Sirloin $8.00 lb. •T-bone $11.50 lb.

•KC Strip $12.50 lb •Ribeye $12.99

lb. •Filets $14.99 lb.

•Beef bacon $6.00 lb.

•Doggie treats (sticks) 4 0z. $3.98 (a

healthy treat for your pet)

• Smoked Bones -small $3.98 Med.

$5.98- Lg. $9.98

•We also have free range fresh chicken

for sale in the spring & fall.

Gift certificates and meat baskets

available. Can do shipping.

2012 budget.

•Approved letters of understanding

with Sink, Gillmore

and Associates for the following:

2013 budget - $95 per

hour; and 2011 audit - $8080.

•Connie Cyr from North

Central Regional Planning

Commission opened the public

hearing on application for

Housing Preservation Grant

funds from Rural Development

in the amount of $48,000.

Connie answered questions

from the audience and the


•Decided to demand a

$10,000 surety from all contractors

involved in the HPG

and CDBG grant project for the

protection of the city and the

grant applicants.


Louis Charles


Louis Charles Edwards, 86,

of Marysville, KS, passed away

Sunday, August 14 at

Cambridge Place in Marysville.

Visitation will be Sunday,

August 21, from 10 a.m. to 9

p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in


A funeral service will be held

at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August

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•Approved the residential

structure demolition plan and

the master housing plan for

CDBG grant #11-HR-030.

•Approved the City of Blue

Rapids Civil Rights Fair

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CDBG grant #11-HR-030.

•Alice Nemechek was present

to request a refund on a

reconnect fee that was charged

to turn her water service back

on. No action was taken to

approve a refund.

•Approved resolution 2011-

05 giving legal authority to

apply for the Housing

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Rural Development and authorizing

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•Approved pay ordinance

22, at St. Gregory's Catholic

Church in Marysville.

Burial will be in the

Marysville City Cemetery.

Lou was born March 9, 1925

in Sterling, Nebraska, to Sadie

and Louis C. Edwards, Sr. He

was the eldest of four sons. He

graduated from Pawnee City

High School in Nebraska with

an Agriculture Course of Study.

Lou was inducted into the

Navy on January 13, 1944.

While serving on the Anna H.

Branch, he received the

Ancient Order of the Deep on

February 2, 1945, when he

crossed the equator. He also

served on the USS LC (FF)

535. He was honorably discharge

on May 3, 1946, as

Signalman 2nd Class.

After the discharge from the

Navy, Lou attended telegraphers

school and was hired by

the Atchison, Topeka and Santa

Fe Railroad. He later worked

for the Missouri Pacific

Railroad as a telegrapher, and

was hired by the Union Pacific

in Marysville, as the Chief

Clerk to the Trainmaster. Later,

he was transferred to Omaha,

Nebraska, where he worked as

the COIN Systems Supervisor

for Union Pacific. He retired in


(Griffee) Volk

Sherrie (Griffee) Volk, 57, of

Kansas City, Missouri and formerly

of Marysville, Kansas,

died Thursday, August 11, 2011

at the Truman Medical Center

in Kansas City.

Visitation will be Monday,

August 15, from 4 p.m. until 9

p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in


A graveside service will be

held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday,

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent


•The Marshall County Fair

Association will have a truck

and tractor pull at the fairgrounds

arena on Sunday,

September 4 at 4:00 p.m.

•The planning commission

requested direction from the

council on fencing setback

requirements in the zoning

ordinance. The council recommends

the fencing be placed up

to the property line of the person

installing the fence.

•Approved Uniform Public

Offense Code Ordinance 2224

and Standard Traffic Ordinance

2225 for approval.

•Mayor Nowak appointed

Mike Minihan and Amy Bishop

to a committee which will work

with him and the city clerk on a

1985, and moved to Hastings,

NE. In 1989, he returned to


In 1999, he began serving as

Mayor in Marysville. Lou’s

platform for election was “No

Secrecy…a sound city government

has nothing to conceal.“

He served as Mayor until 2007.

He married Elizabeth (Betty)

Strohecker on June 23, 1946.

They had two sons, Chuck and

Jay. Betty passed away on

February 21, 2003. He later

married Geraldine Clancy, on

September 24, 2004.

Lou was preceded in death

by his parents, Sadie and Louis

Edwards; brothers, Donald and

George Edwards; grandson,

Cameron Edwards; and greatgrandson,

Dakota Cornelison.

Survivors include his wife,

Gerri; sons, Chuck (Carol)

Edwards, Rio Rico, Arizona,

and Jay (Debi) Edwards,

McPherson, Kansas; six grandchildren,

and fourteen greatgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may

be made to Meadowlark

Hospice or to St. Gregory's

School and can be sent in care

of Kinsley Mortuary in


August 16, at the Marysville

City Cemetery.

Sherrie was born on March

16, 1954 at Marysville, the

daughter of Byron and Mary

(Peeks) Griffee. She graduated

from Marysville High School

in 1972.

Survivors include her brother,

Jon Griffee, Marysville; and

special friend, Norman

Rinhard, Kansas City, KS.

Memorials will be designated

later and can be sent in care

of Kinsley Mortuary.

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•Approved accruing the

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At the same time as Gov.

Sam Brownback's administration

announced it would return

a $31.5 million federal grant

that would help implement the

new health care law, it was

applying for a $6.6 million federal

grant to promote marriage.

When Brownback

announced last week that the

state would reject the health

care grant, he cited a concern

that the federal government

would not be able to meet its

financial commitments. He also

said states should be preparing

for fewer federal dollars, not


But those concerns did not

prevent the Kansas Department

of Social and Rehabilitation

By Gene Meyer


TOPEKA — A federal

appeals court ruling in Georgia

that overturned a portion of the

nation’s latest health insurance

law Friday did little to end confusion

over how to follow that

law in Kansas.

A three-judge panel of the

11th U.S. Circuit Court of

Appeals ruled that the Patient

Protection and Affordable Care

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New City Council Member Valley Heights Recycling

Jon Brake was sworn in as the newest member of the Blue Rapids City Council.

(Photo by Deb Barrington)

Kansas to Seek Federal Grant to

Promote Marriage

Services from seeking $2.2

million a year for three years to

pay for counseling that encourages

unwed parents to marry,

The Kansas City Star reports

(http://bit.ly/oXgJTl ). State

officials said the effort would

help reduce child poverty by

encouraging stable families.

Kansas Sen. Anthony

Hensley, a Topeka Democrat,

said the Brownback administration's

worldview is influencing

which federal dollars the

state pursues.

``When it benefits their

philosophical ideology, everything

is fine,'' Hensley said.

``Where it doesn't fit in or goes

against them _ either from a

policy or political standpoint _

then the federal money isn't

Act, which requires all

Americans to carry health

insurance or face penalties, is

unconstitutional. The Court

ruled that Congress exceeded

its constitutional powers by

requiring people to buy health

insurance when they choose

not to do so.

Other federal courts, including

the 6th U.S. Circuit Court

of Appeals, have upheld the

law, saying it falls within

Congress’ authority to regulate

interstate commerce. This circuit

consists of Michigan,

Ohio, Kentucky and

Tennessee. When two lower

federal courts conflict, the U.S.

Supreme Court makes the final


Kansas is one of 26 states

suing the United States to overturn

the health plan law, and

Friday’s ruling “makes

Supreme Court review of the

law almost certain,” said

Kansas Attorney General

Derek Schmidt.

If the federal law is upheld,

Kansas is one of 49 states proceeding

with plans to set up


In statements issued to the

Star, Brownback's staff said the

administration does not have a

blanket policy regarding grants.

``Each potential grant and

the federal requirements that

come along with them are evaluated

on a case-by-case basis

with an increased watchful eye

toward long-term mandates

with short-term funding

streams,'' the statements said.

When asked if the state had

rejected other grants,

Brownback's staff said it's more

accurate to say the state has

declined to apply for some


For example, the state isn't

pursuing any part of the $900

million that the federal govern-

U.S. Verdict Leaves Kansas

Health Exchange Plan Unclear

Blue Rapids


Come to the Blue Rapids

Historical Museum Saturday

morning, August 20th between

10 - 11:30 am and enjoy a free

Krispy Kreme doughnut and

coffee as you view the current

display of sports memorabilia.

The exhibit is a compilation of

donations and loans from local

patrons. There will also be

doughnuts for sale with the

proceeds going towards Twin

Valley Developmental Services

trip to Branson in September.

electronic insurance exchanges

where businesses and consumers

could buy health insurance.

States have until Jan. 1,

2013, to create a proposed

exchange plan for the federal

government to approve, or the

federal government will

impose one of its own on Jan.

1, 2014, when the exchanges

are scheduled to become operational.

“Ideally, the courts will

never let that happen.” said

Ken Daniel, chairman of

Midway Wholesale, a Topeka

building materials distributor.

“I think we’re headed for the

damnedest train wreck you’ve

ever seen otherwise.”

Many other business owners

agree, said Dan Murray, chief

spokesman for the National

Federation of Independent

Business in Kansas. The federation

is the nation’s largest lobbyist

for small and independent


“But if we have to have an

exchange, we prefer one that is

designed and based in Kansas,

Ms Co Partnership for Growth

The following were in attendance:

Dr. Bill Oborny; Lori

Huber, Clay County Economic

Development Director; Rob

Peschel; Doug McKinney,

Director of North Central

Regional Planning

Commission; Sarah Kessinger;

Phil Osborne; George McCune;

Pat Osborne, Curator of Blue

Rapids Historical Society;

Nancy Nolte; and Renee

Lippincott, Rural Opportunity

Office, Kansas Department of

Commerce; Charles

Frederichs, Director of

Marshall County Housing

Development Organization;

Deborah Barrington, and

Juanita McCune.

The meeting was held at the

Blue Rapids Historical Society

Building in Blue Rapids. There

was not a quorum present at the

meeting, therefore, the minutes

were not approved, but the

financial report was given, and

no vote was taken.

Charles Frederich reported

on housing progress in

Marshall County. The Senior

Duplex Units are close to completion

and people are beginning

to move in. Charles also

discussed the need for workforce

housing in Marshall

County. These options are

being looked at.

There will be a Chamber

Mixer on September 14, 2011

and ribbon cutting at the Senior


Doug McKinney reported on

projects in Marshall County

that the North Central Kansas

Regional Planning

Commission are working with.

He indicated they are working

on their second project in Blue

Rapids and have completed a

project in Frankfort.

He discussed changes in

existing programs and some

new programs available and

The Valley Heights recycling

day is Saturday, August 20 th

from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The

collection trailer will be in

Waterville south of the city

shop building.

All typical recycled items

will be collected including

paper, cardboard, cans, junk

mail, glass etc. Plastics are

limited to numbers one (1) and

Hunter’s Safety Class

Waterville, KS, August 9,

2010 — Valley Heights

Community Education is once

again hosting a Hunter’s Safety

Course September 24th & 25th

at Valley Heights High School

from 8am-4pm each day. Scott

Hedke, a certified Hunter’s

ment will disburse in the next

five years to help communities

reduce chronic diseases such as

diabetes and heart disease. A

spokeswoman for the state

health department said the

grant wasn't in line with state

priorities and concerns were

raised about strings attached to

the money. She also said the

state could use existing funds

to implement some of the same


Brownback has long been an

advocate of promoting healthy

marriages, contending that children

raised by married couples

are more likely to succeed in

school, less likely to have

behavior problems or live in


not one from Washington,”

Murray said.

Kansas’ work on developing

such an exchange was jolted,

when Gov. Sam Brownback

earlier this week unexpectedly

announced that the state was

giving up a one-time, $31.5

million grant the U.S.

Department of Health and

Human Services awarded it in


The money was awarded to

help Kansas develop the technological

infrastructure needed

for a one-stop electronic marketplace

and clearinghouse for

health insurance, where consumers

could shop for health

plans and be screened for eligibility

in Medicaid or Children’s

Health Insurance Plans. None

of the funds would help pay for

insurance to reduce those consumers’


The federal offer came with

too many strings attached, provided

too little relief for rising

health-care costs, and would be

risky to depend on, given

Washington’s current budget

problems, Brownback said.

also indicated that the weatherization

program in Marshall

County is covered by NEK-


Phil Osborne discussed the

Ice Age project which is being

constructed in Blue Rapids.

The next meeting is scheduled

for August 25, 2011, 5:30

p.m. in the Courthouse


Submitted by,

Juanita McCune

Marshall County

Community Development

two (2). Please rinse food containers

to reduce odors. Presorting

material allows the line

to move smoothly for everyone.

The Valley Heights

Recycling Program collects

unwanted, out-dated, left over

or unusable prescription medications

to be destroyed according

to KDHE guidelines. This

Safety Instructor, will be teaching

the class to any hunter 11

years and above who is interested

in taking this course.. All

11 to 15 year olds must be

accompanied by an adult.

Registration for this course

is a must! Registration and a

VH Booster Club

The Valley Heights Booster

Club will hold their kickoff

rally to elect class representatives/committee

leaders and

organize activities for the new

school year on Monday, August

22nd, 7:00pm at the VHHS

Commons Area. This event is

for BOTH the Colt Booster

Club (serving grades K-6) and

the Mustang Booster Club

(serving grades 7-12). All

Iva Wanklyn, Country Place

Senior Living of Marysville, is

an active participant in the

recycling program recently

started at Country Place.

prevents medications from

becoming a contaminant in soil

or water.

We thank all our community

volunteers for their dedication

to this effort benefiting the

Valley Heights community.

For more information call Phil

Osborne at 363-7949 or

Sammy Parker at 363-2333.

$5.00 deposit must be turned in

by September 17th to the

Community Education office.

$5.00 will hold your spot in the

course. The class is limited to

the first 15 people who sign up.

To register you may contact

Ryan Bulson at 363-2211.

VH Community Ed

Youth Calendar

September 2011

6 First Quarter of Colts Round-Up Begins

October 2011

20 First Quarter of Colts Round-Up Ends

31 Second Quarter of Colts Round-Up Begins

November 2011

21 Frankfort Basketball Registration Deadline

December 2011

8 Santa’s Gift Shop

15 Second Quarter of Colts Round-Up Ends

17 Dodgeball Tournament

26-29 Holiday Basketball Clinic

January 2012

9 Third Quarter of Colts Round-Up Begins

February 2012

5 Open Gym Begins

March 2012

1 Third Quarter of Colts Round-Up Ends

26 Summer Baseball/Softball Registration Deadline

26 Fourth Quarter of Colts Round-Up Begins

April 2012

21 Prom & After Prom

May 2012

10 Fourth Quarter of Colts Round-Up Ends

12 Graduation

*Dates are subject to change

parents and teachers of VH students

are encouraged to attend.

Anyone willing to serve as a

committee leader (or would

like to nominate leaders) for

this year’s school term should

contact Kris Hargrave at 785-


Prior to the kickoff rally, the

VH Booster Club board of

directors will hold their annual

meeting at 6pm.

Recycling for The Future

Junk mail, cardboard and

newspapers are collected and

then picked up and taken to the

Twin Valley recycling center in


Iva Wanklyn recycles old papers. (Photo courtest of

Country Place Senior Living of Marysville)

NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Valley Heights Board Of Ed - August Board Notes

The budget hearing was conducted

at 5:45 p.m. for the

2011-2012 USD #498 district


1. The Board of Education of

Unified School District No.

498 met in regular session on

August 8, 2011 at the Board

office in Waterville. Board

President Tim Manley called

the meeting to order at 6:02


2. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by John

Walsh to approve the agenda

with additions to Item XI. of

Acceptance of Board Member

Resignation and Approve the

Board Vacancy Resolution. The

motion carried unanimously.

3. No one was present for

Public Forum.

4. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by

David Vermetten to approve the

Consent Agenda. The motion

carried unanimously. Items on

the Consent Agenda were as


-USD 498 Board of


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Good, Carol Hood, Jill Hull,

Kristel Mick, Chris Nelson,

Sharon Osborne and Robert


-Acceptance of Cash

Donations from Guise-Weber

Foundation in the amount of

$3,000 and $500 from the

Helvering Trust to the PAT program.

-Supplemental Contract for

Chris Nelson as mentor teacher

for the 2011/2012 school year

-Application for

Reimbursement for Advanced

Degree for Dawn Tryon

- Declare designated monitors

and computer equipment

as surplus equipment

5. The Curriculum Corner

was presented by Community

Ed Director Ryan Bulson. Mr.

Bulson gave a Valley Heights

Summer Recreation and Camp

Exploration update and also

discussed the upcoming fall

Community Ed activities.

6. Superintendent Bergkamp

gave the financial report.

7. Principal Rhonda Trimble

and Principal Don Potter gave a

summer school update.

Principal Trimble also updated

the Board on the Early

Childhood summer program.

Principal Potter and Principal

Trimble discussed the Kansas

Common Core Standards and

the transition timeline.

8. Superintendent John

Bergkamp discussed the Whole

Board training session and

Goal Setting session that is

scheduled for August 15th at

5:00 p.m. and invited the Board

to the beginning of school staff

development luncheon on

August 23, 2011.

Superintendent Bergkamp

also discussed the possible

installation of age appropriate

playground equipment at the

preschool. It was the consensus

of the Board to move forward

and install age appropriate

playground equipment at the


The Board was also invited

to the Dan Palmateer Hall of

Fame Induction and Benefit to

be held on August 18, 2011.

9. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by Joe

O’Toole to approve the 2011-

2012 USD #498 district budget

with the total mill levy as 58.33

and General fund budget total-

ing $3,068,698 and

Supplemental General fund

totaling $1,046,173. The

motion carried unanimously.

10. It was moved by David

Vermetten and seconded by

John Walsh to approve the following

amendment to policy

EE-R: Unpaid meal balances

will be capped at $50 per family.

If an unpaid balance reaches

$50, a school meal will not be

served until the balance is paid

or falls below the $50 maximum.

The motion carried unanimously.

11. In Additions to the

Agenda- Acceptance of Board

Member Resignation - It was

moved by Kenny Steinfort and

seconded by Mike Vermetten to

accept the resignation from

Stephen Hendrickson as a

Board member with thanks for

his service to the Valley

Heights school district. The

motion carried unanimously.

In Additions to the Agenda-

Approval of Board Vacancy

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12. In Individual Board

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he wasn’t present when bills

payable were approved. David

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immunization policy and

Kenny Steinfort and the Board

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wanted to thank the janitorial

staff for all the work they do to

keep the district’s facilities

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14. There being no further

business the meeting adjourned

at 7:47 p.m.

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The End of Progress?

By Richard W. Rahn

The Cato Institute

Have things stopped getting

better? Americans had become

used to ever-increasing living

standards, but there is evidence

that for many people, life is not

improving. There is also a

growing pessimism about the

future with surveys showing

that Americans do not think

their children and grandchildren

will be better off.

Last week, there was a most

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two of the world's leading tech

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Peter Thiel — at FreedomFest

in Las Vegas. Mr. Gilder has

written some of the most influential

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including Wealth and Poverty,

Microcosm and Telecosm, and

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By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Have you ever found yourself

sitting in the dentist chair

and the dentist tells you your

blood pressure is to high? Then

you find yourself asking is it

really too high? They checked

it again at the end of the

appointment and said it is still

higher than it should be. They

suggest you talk to your primary

care physician. Well you

are not alone.

So is your blood pressure to

high? What do you do if it is?

Here is an example. The average

of three readings is 145/90.

The first number, 145, is the

systolic pressure that occurs

with the beat of the heart; the

second, 90, is the diastolic or

lowest pressure between beats.

What is normal blood pressure?

This is an excellent question

as many different health

professional can’t agree on

what is normal. In general,

normal blood pressure is considered

120/80. Borderline is

between normal and 159/89.

High blood pressure is 160/90

and higher.

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rechecks whether you really do

have high blood pressure.

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He also has gained attention by

offering $100,000 grants to college

students who drop out to

form companies.

Mr. Thiel argues that, in

many areas, progress has

stopped or almost stopped. For

instance, for hundreds of years,

mankind has sought to travel

faster and faster — first with

faster and faster sailing ships

and then with powered sea vessels,

and subsequently with

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ious or nervous. Even if the

numbers are normal but on the

high side, consider making

lifestyle changes that will help.

If the numbers are definitely

high, make as many of the

changes as necessary to get

your blood pressure under control.

Prescription drugs may be


Next, if you are overweight

make an effort to lose the fat.

Losing even 10 pounds may be

more important than anything

else you can do to lower blood

pressure. Find out about group

classes for weight loss. We

have two weight loss groups in

our community; TOPS - Taking

Off Pounds Sensibly and

Weight Watchers. Group

classes can be the motivation

some need to get with this

process. Dietitians, some physical

fitness and wellness

instructors and other health

educators may have had good

training, but check the instructor’s

qualification. Many commercial

diet counselors do not

have the professional background

needed but are lay persons

who have been through

the company’s training program

or they are primarily

salespersons for the products.

Does the program teach you

how to change your eating

habits for a lifetime, stress

good nutrition and emphasize

the importance of exercise in

losing weight?

Lastly, cut down on salt or

sodium and make other diet

changes as suggested by your

doctor or dietician. If your

blood pressure is influenced by

salt, cutting down on salt or any

form of sodium can bring down

your blood pressure. Sharply

reducing salt intake for a few

weeks and then checking your

Carter Lee Winslow was

born on July 30, 2011 at

Nemaha Valley Community

Hospital in Seneca, KS weight

6lb 14oz and 20 in long.

His parents are Alyssa

Olberding and Michael

Winslow of Summerfield, KS.

Maternal Grandparents:

Keith and Julie Olberding and

Lauretta Olberding of

Summerfield, KS.

Paternal Grandparents:

that commercial airplanes

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The Concorde, which became

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Nuclear power was supposed

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blood pressure may tell you

how salt sensitive you are.

Other nutrients believed to be

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not enough potassium, not

enough calcium, and too much

saturated fat.

It is important to eat a well

balanced diet and limit

amounts of sugar, fat, and alcohol.

People need to eat more

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low fat milk into their

diet. Eating a variety of nutrient

rich foods will provide

other essential nutrients and


If lifestyle and eating habits

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down, prescribed drugs will be

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finds the right combination or

level for you.

Besides changing your eating

and drinking habits you can

control blood pressure by modifying

other lifestyle habits

such as increasing exercise,

lowering stress, and avoiding

tobacco. Moderate exercise

can improve blood pressure.

Anything that involves motion

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week for 20 to 30 minutes. Be

sure to start slowly and for only

five to ten minutes if you have

not been exercising.

Reducing chronic stress can

improve blood pressure. Avoid

tobacco to improve lung and

heart health and increase drug


All of these changes may be

just as or even more important

than any drugs prescribed.

For more information on

health and wellness contact the

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Carter Lee Winslow

Edwin Winslow of Plainville,

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Great Grandparents: Mary

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Sondra and Elmer Menninga of

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Shirley Bishop and Martha

Winslow of Blue Rapids.

Great Great Grandma: Mona

Anderson of Waterville, KS.

Great Great Grandpa: Edwin

Holly of Fairbury, NE.

sively costly regulation have

driven up energy prices in real

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energy prices. After the first

moon landings, many confidentially

predicted that the moon

would have permanent manned

bases by now and, perhaps,

even be colonized — but now

the space shuttle has been

abandoned with no replacement.

Drug approvals are dramatically

down at the Food and

Drug Administration compared

with where they were a decade

or more ago. Meanwhile, the

promised cure for cancer is still

in the future, even though

progress has been made.

Some industries, notably

education, have been showing

negative productivity, in that it

now costs more in real terms to

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Extension Office in Marshall


provide the same level of education

in primary and second-

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Marshall County Minutes

August 8, 2011

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Charles R. Loiseau, Chairman;

Robert S. Connell and Thomas

K. Holle members; and Sonya

L. Stohs, County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Thomas K.

Holle moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell.


County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes met with the Board.

Jessie Capp, Capp Masonry

met with the Board to present

the following additional two

bids on tuck pointing the

Health Department at their


Entire front of building plus

all from original bid -


Entire building - $32,269.50

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the bid to tuck point

the entire front of the building,

spot tuck the remainder, brick

in the north side windows and

doors. Unanimous.

County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes also presented the following

bids for building an

Jail Report

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: August 8, 2011 to

August 14, 2011

Name: Sparks, Wade

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 10-20-83

Charge: Warrant

Date of Arrival: 8-8-11

Date of Release: 8-9-11

Reason: $5000.00 Cash

Surety Bond

Name: Hartman, Mark

Address: Home

Date of Birth: 1-26-83

Charge: 48 hrs

Date of Arrival: 8-12-11

Date of Release: 8-14-11

Reason: Time Served

Name: Busch, Monty

Address: Manhattan

Date of Birth: 12-13-73

Charge: 48 hrs

Date of Arrival: 8-12-11

Date of Release: 8-14-11

Reason: Time Served

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office and storage room at the

Health Department:

Argo Construction and

Remodeling, Marysville, KS -


Ground Up Construction,

Marysville, KS - $6,395.29

F & A Construction, Inc.,

Frankfort, KS - $14,369.62

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to accept the low bid from

Ground Up Construction,

Marysville, KS in the amount

of $6,395.29. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Ground UP, Marysville, KS

for construction work at Health

Dept. $6,395.29-Health Bldg.

Fund-P.O. # 3959

Capp Masonry, Marysville,

KS for masonry work at Health

Dept. $13,904.50-Health Bldg.

Fund-P.O. # 3958

View Brite, Pampano Beach,

FL for 12 traffic cones

$785.36-Health fund-P.O. #


Commenco, Kansas City,

MO for 911 equipment maintenance

$10,872.00-911 Local

fund-P.O. # 3937

Intrado, Denver, CO for

annual MapSAG and

QuickPoint maintenance

$3,796.00-911 Local fund-P.O.

# 3938

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Glaxo Smith Kline, Atlanta,

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$8,997.40-Health fund-P.O. #


Frontier Forensics, Topeka,

KS for two autopsies

$1,275.00-General (District

Court) fund-P.O. # 4004

Election System and

Software, Chicago, IL for

machine maintenance $585.00-

Election fund-P.O. # 4005

Nelson Power & Lights,

Marysville, KS for new circuit

& wire for outlet strips

$1,510.42-Courthouse General

fund-P.O. # 4003

Caffrey Bros., Frankfort, KS

for plumbing work $1,461.98-

General (Sheriff) fund-P.O. #


Merck, Carol Stream, IL for

private vaccine $4,285.02-

Health fund-P.O. # 3955

Oehm Plumbing and

Heating, Marysville, KS for

plumbing work $1,407.85-

Health Bldg. fund-P.O. # 3556

Quill, Philadelphia, PA for

shredder $1,199.99-Special Co.

Attorney fund-P.O. # 4002

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the voucher for the

Home Sewer District and

instruct the County Treasurer to

pay these bills out of funds

available for this purpose.


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

M & R Auto Parts, Frankfort,

KS for fenders and braces

$918.81-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 107367

Koch Excavating, Axtell, KS

for machine hire $1,375.00-

Road & Bridge fund-P.O. #


Truck Repair Plus,

Marysville, KS for repairs

$2,006.48-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 106498

Schwab-Eaton, Manhattan,

KS for engineering services

$535.00-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 107371

Dane’s Auto, Waterville, KS

for tires $678.00-Road &

Bridge fund-P.O. # 107333

Mike’s OK Tire Inc.,

Marysville, KS for tires

$630.50-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 107364

Clyde Adams, VL Phillips

Name: Howard, Jeremy

Address: frankfort

Date of Birth: 3-18-93

Charge: 48 hrs

Date of Arrival: 8-12-11

Date of Release: 8-14-11

Reason: Time Served

Name: Bradley, Althea

Address: Blue Rapids

Date of Birth: 2-1-77

Charge: Driving While

Suspended, Reckless Driving

Date of Arrival: 8-14-11

Date of Release: 8-14-11

Reason: $875.00 C/S Bond



Co.; Randy Jordan, Foley

Equipment Co.; and Bryndon

Meinhardt, Kan-Equip were

present for the discussion for

the purchase of a backhoe for

the Public Works department.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the purchase of a

2003 CAT 420 D in the amount

of $62,400.00 after the

$6,600.00 trade-in of the 1985

Ford backhoe. Unanimous.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve Resolution # 11-08-

08-1 reducing the speed limit

on certain road beginning at

10th Street (the N Boundary of

the City of Frankfort) from

Kansas Hwy 99 running west

on Tumbleweed/10th Street to

the 21st Road intersection.


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig presented the following

information on a bridge

package and the driving of the

piling, setting the caps and the

stringers on the Winfred bridge

which is located west of 18th

Road on Pheasant Road in

Center Township that the

County does not have a big

enough crane to do:

Driving the piling, setting

caps and stringers:

Norfolk Construction,

Norfolk, NE -$9,878.00

Bridge package:

Husker Steel, Columbus,

NE- $129,888.00

The Board asked Public

Works Administrator Mike

Craig to get more information

on the bridge project.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

order. Unanimous.

Foley Equipment, Topeka,

KS for 2003 CAT 420D backhoe

$62,400.00-Solid Waste

fund-P.O. # 107373

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve 2011 cereal malt

beverage license for Home City

Recreational Park, Inc.,

(Franklin Township).


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Roy Buessing, Axtell with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant

and the Neighborhood


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The Board reviewed the

Network Solutions bill and designated

the 4 hours of prepaid


The Board conducted a 2012

budget workshop. The proposed

budget contains a current

budget request in the amount of

$9,737,055.00 in expenditures.

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

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met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue warrants from

the respective funds.


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn the meeting at 1:35

p.m. Unanimous. The next

scheduled meeting will be

Monday, August 15, 2011 starting

at 9:00 a.m.

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Relay For Life Golf Tournament Was a Hole In One

The first place team with an outstanding score of 15 under Par consisted of Leonard Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, Mark Antione and Darcy Claycamp.

Nice putt.

Looks like everyone had a great time at the golf tournament.

An excellent shot down the fairway.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

A good time was had by all

at the second annual “Swinging

for a Cure” golf tournament on

August 13th at the Waterville

Golf Course. 36 golfers were in

attendance at the event.

The first place team with an

outstanding score of 15 under

Par consisted of Leonard

Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, Mark

Antione and Darcy Claycamp.

In second place with 11

under Par was the team of Rick

Seliska, Darcy Dobrovolny,

Dallas Dobrovolny and

Brenden Dobrovolny.

Longest Drive was taken by

Rick Seleska and Closest to the

Pin was Amy Dasever. With

numerous prizes donated by

generous sponsors, nobody left

empty handed. The big winner

of the day was Marshall

County Relay for Life which

received $765.

Tournament Coordinator and

cancer survivor Mike Waters,

wishes to thank everyone for

A good tee off.


their donations and participation.

He says bigger and better

plans are already in the works

for next year. Mike’s goal is to

help us all see a day where no

one will have to go through the

fight he went through. Events

such as this and others put on

through Relay for Life help

make this a possibility. Hope to

see everyone at Next year’s

“Swinging for a Cure”

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