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Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Shelli Miller and Wendy Hale received 1’s for their solo performances.

The Valley Heights Chorus. Back Row (Left to Right): Mariah Parker, Kendal

Bowers, Casy Flower, Trysta Molthan, Skyler Smith, Alex Laughlin, Brooke

Claycamp, Isacc Medina, Treg Arganbright and Jesse Weeks.

Front Row (Left to Right): Casi Cochrane, Shelli Miller, Taylor Kenworthy,

Kourtney Fry, Stephanie Boren and Cari Cochrane.

Not pictured are Aaron Long and Jessie Zidek.

Attempted Scams In Ms. Co

Marshall County Sheriff’s

Office

PH- 785-562-3141

There have been several continued

attempts at phone scams

that have been reported to law

enforcement over the last couple

of months in Marshall

County. Two have been similar

in nature in the fact that the

caller has stated that the individual

has won a substantial

amount of money and all that

they need to do is money gram

them with money to finish the

administrative process. This

Marysville, KS - Community

Memorial Healthcare (CMH)

South Plaza is slated to open

June 1st. The South Plaza

building is located at the south

end of the CMH campus. When

completed, the main entrance

will be on the north façade.

Services in the South Plaza

include physical, occupational,

and speech therapies, a dialysis

clinic, sleep lab, office space

for corporate compliance and

foundation, conference room,

and sleeping rooms for students

and staff members. The dialysis

clinic, with six stations, will

open sometime late

summer/early fall pending certification

from Centers for

has been a very common way

to try and get to the public,

mainly the elderly that are on

fixed income. It seems like a

dream come true and it never

is. Our advice is relatively simple.

A lot of people never want

to be rude, but when you get

those kind of calls, just hang

up. Don’t even let them get

started and preferably don’t

even say a word. It is easy to let

them start talking and before

you know it your buying into

the scam. If you have caller i.d.

and you don’t recognize the

Medicare and Medicaid

Services (CMS). Crist &

Pieschl Physical Therapy

opened in the South Plaza earlier

this year in February. Their

new office space includes

seven treatment rooms, two private

treatment rooms, a

whirlpool room, gym, reception

area and office.

Speech therapy (McKinley

Speech Services) and CMH

sleep lab are slated to move

into their new space April 6th.

EIFS (Exterior Insulated

Finishing System) building

exterior application will begin

April 6th, as well as landscaping

and irrigation projects. The

entire South Plaza is scheduled

number don’t even answer it. If

you don’t have caller i.d and

they call, hang up immediately

if you don’t recognize them as

an acquaintance. There is

something said for knowing

who you do business with,

familiar people, and local businesses.

Never send anybody

money like that in a money

gram and notify your local law

enforcement of the attempt on

your personal finances.

Thank You ,

Sheriff Dan Hargrave

CMH South Plaza Nears Completion

Editor’s Note: Jim Weeks is

the son of the late Donald

Weeks (Class of 1950?) and is

the nephew of Marvyn and

Ruth Weeks of Blue Rapids.

Doane Sports Information

Doane College Athletic

Director Greg Heier announced

today the hiring of Jim Weeks

as head men's basketball coach

for the Tigers. Weeks, a 1985

Doane graduate, joins the Tiger

coaching staff following a long

tenure at Beatrice High School.

Coach Weeks has set the

standard of how to build a program.

In 26 years, 24 at

Beatrice, he won 441 games

and lead Beatrice to three state

titles (1998, 2005, 2008), three

runner-up finishes, 13 Class B

semifinal appearances and a

3rd Place finish at the Class B

Boys State Tournament this

past season. Beatrice has qualified

for the state tournament in

15 of the past 17 years.

"The most successful coaches

I have worked with have two

common characteristics," Heier

said. "Those characteristics are

an incredible work ethic and an

undeniable passion for their

sport. I see in Coach Weeks

both of these qualities. We are

excited to have a coach of his

caliber joining us as we continue

to build a culture of values

and success at Doane College. I

have no question that Coach

to be 100% complete by June

1st.

“We look forward to completion

of the South Plaza building

in June, said Curtis Hawkinson,

hospital administrator. “We’re

delighted to finish this phase of

our hospital rebuild project. A

tremendous amount of planning

and design work has gone

into the South Plaza to ensure

its important role in hospital

operations and in the architecture

of the campus environs,”

he added.

Plans are being made for an

open house and chamber mixer

for the community in

September.

Doane Names New Men's Basketball Coach

Weeks will continue his long

track record of producing winning

teams and great studentathletes

as he transitions from

high school to the college

level."

Weeks' teams have been consistently

rated in the Top 5 of

the final Class B state rankings,

posting that mark in 17 of the

past 18 years. The 2005

Beatrice team is the last squad

to finish a season undefeated in

Class B (24-0). Weeks has

coached 16 Class B First Team

All-State players and led the

Orangemen to a 67-game home

win streak from 2002 to 2008.

See Doane Page 3

Blue Rapids Easter Egg Hunt Was A Hopping Good Time

The Annual Blue Rapids

Chamber of Commerce Easter

Egg Hunt was held last

Saturday in the City Square.

Toddlers to 4th Graders took

part in the event as they ran

from curb to curb and tree to

tree finding Easter Eggs and

having a great time.

The Blue Rapids Chamber of

Commerce would like to thank

the following businesses for

their donations of candy.

The State Bank of Blue

Rapids; Terry Christie Chapel

& Funeral Home; Yungeberg

Drug; Blue Valley Seamless

Gutter; Blue Rapids Auto and

Hardware; Blue Valley Senior

Living; T’s Liquor; Blue

Rapids EEU Club; After Hours

Feed Supply; Casey’s General

Store; Gunn’s Service; Farmers

Service, Waterville; Gunn’s

Muffler; Holliman Tree

Service; Blue Rapids Museum;

Jean’s Hair Horizon; The

Corner Store; JB Greenhouse;

Sharp’s Manufacturing;

Tryon’s Pour House; Prairie

Valley Vet Clinic

The Blue Rapids Chamber of

Commerce would like to thank

the following groups for helping

with the Easter Egg Hunt.

The Wide Awake 4-H

Members for hiding eggs; The

residents of Blue Valley Senior

Living for filling eggs; The

Valley Heights Rotary Club of

Blue Rapids for donating plastic

eggs.

The Easter ham winners

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Free Press

VH Soloists And Choir Receive

1’s at Regional Music Contest

were Maddox O’Toole, Pam

Orr, Treven Breasseale,

Eleanor Toerber, Shelly

Schrair, Brandi Plante, Camren

Hanson and Rachel Heston.

Those donating hams for the

give away were: Terry Christie

Chapel and Funeral Home,

Nancy & Larry Nolte, Sharp

Mfg, Mel & Liz Bartz, Blue

Rapids Auto and Hardware,

Blue Valley Auto Glass and

The Blue Rapids Free Press.

The winners of the Chamber

Bucks were Eldon Davis,

Loralett Prell, Michelle Smith,

Dana Swearingen and Patsy

Jackson.

The Blue Rapids Chamber of

Commerce would also like to

thank Chairpersons Mark and

Janice Rowe for a successful

and fun filled event for all.

Shelly Schrair won one of the eight hams.

Blue Rapids

Vol. 3 Number 41 Thursday, April 12, 2012

Loralett Prell was one of the Chamber Bucks winners.

The Easter Bunny was giving away candy to the kids. All of the kids rushed the square to get as many eggs as they could.


News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012

News

Obituaries

Glen L. Isaman

Glen L. Isaman, 85, of

Vermillion, KS, died Tuesday,

April 3, 2012 at the Frankfort

Community Care Home, following

a short battle with

leukemia. At the hour of his

passing he was surrounded by

all of his children.

Visitation was Thursday,

April 5, from noon until 8:00

Donald D. Kramer

Donald D. Kramer, 79, of

Washington, KS, died Monday,

April 2, 2012 at the Washington

County Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, April

6, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at

Donald R. Dulaney

Donald R. Dulaney, age 73,

passed away on Saturday, April

7, 2012 at the Good Shepherd

Hospice House in Manhattan,

Kansas.

Don was born September 12,

1939 at Jackson, Ohio to Noah

R. and Ina Mae E. (Markham)

Dulaney.

Survivors include his four

children; Dana Loy and husband

Lee of Killeen, Texas,

Rick Dulaney and wife Amie of

Manhattan, Kansas, Carl

Dulaney and wife Stacey of

Jackson, Ohio, and Donna

Moravck and husband Tom of

Belleville, Kansas, by five

grandchildren and one great

grandson. By four brothers;

Noah Dulaney, Larry Dulaney,

Jerry Dulaney, and Earl

Dulaney, and four sisters;

Odessa Burres, Nancy Taylor,

Juanita Moboely and Libby

Malone.

He was preceded in death by

his parents, four brothers; Bob

Markham, Charles Dulaney,

Steve Dulaney, and Tom

Dulaney, a sister Bertha Cline,

and a grandson, Brian

Moravek.

Graveside inurnment services

are planned for 11:00 am,

Friday, April 13, 2012 at

Riverside Cemetery in

Waterville, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to

the Good Shepherd Hospice

p.m. at Padden Funeral Chapel

in Frankfort. The family

received friends from 6:00 to

8:00 p.m.

A funeral service was held at

11:30 a.m., Friday, April 6 at

the Vermillion School in

Vermillion.

Burial with Military Honors

was in the Vermillion City

Cemetery.

Glen was born June 11, 1926

at Vliets, KS, son of Fred and

Bernice (Martin) Isaman.

He attended the Vermillion

Schools until his senior year at

the age 18 when he was drafted

into the U.S. Army during

World War II. While in the

Army, he served in the

Phillipines and Japan, after the

bombing of Hiroshima.

Upon returning home, he

Ward Funeral Home in

Washington. The family

received friends from 5 to 7

p.m. at the funeral home.

A funeral service was held at

10 a.m., Saturday, April 7, at

Ward Funeral Home in

Washington.

Burial was in the

Washington City Cemetery.

Donald was born February

21, 1933 at Agenda, KS, son of

Ralph and Millie (Byrd)

Kramer. He graduated from

Washington High School in

1951.

On December 17, 1955 he

married Sandra L. Lindsey at

Washington, KS.

House in Manhattan and may

be sent in care of Terry-Christie

Funeral Home a PO Box 61,

By Lexi Hartloff

VHHS Journalism

“Be yourself, everyone else

is taken.” This statement

describes that Senior

Kourtney Fry is not afraid to

be different from other people.

Kourtney Kay Fry was born

on October 22, 1993 and her

parents are Kim Nolte and

Kirk Fry. Fry works at DMD

Designs and Graphics every

day after school. She has been

in Volleyball 3 years, Track 1

year, and Golf 1 year. Fry has

participated in KAYs 1 year,

FCCLA 1 year, Library

Assistant 1 year, Peer Mentor

1 year, Art 1 year, Vocal 3

years, and In House Training 1

year.

After graduation, Fry plans

to go to Manhattan Area

Technical College (MATC) to

get an Associate’s Degree in

Business/Accounting. One of

Fry’s future dreams after high

school is to “Have a successful

life, enjoyable job, and a

health family,” says Fry. The

person who has influenced

this senior is her mother, Kim

Nolte.

Some people haven’t got

the chance to fly on an airplane

by themselves, but not

this senior. Fry has been flying

on a plane by herself for the

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Homeade Fudge

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met and married Lois M.

Fairchild on February 24, 1950.

They shared 55 loving years

together till her death in 2005.

Glen worked for Marshall

County as a Bridge Foreman

and crane operator.

Glen was a member of the

Frankfort American Legion

serving as a Honor Guard for

20 years and also helped with

the Vermillion American

Legion.

He served the community of

Vermillion in many capacities,

such as being the mayor, fireman,

dog catcher, and was very

active in the community club.

Glen was an avid gardener

and enjoyed fishing, hunting

and many other outdoor activities.

Survivors include his son,

Donald worked on a pipeline

until 1956 when he purchased

his parents farming operation

and moved back to

Washington. He later worked

for Kansas Department of

Transportation in Washington.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting,

farming and playing games

with his grandchildren.

He was a member of the

Greenleaf American Legion.

He was preceded in death by

his parents; infant daughter,

Cindy; infant brother, George

Henry Kramer; and a sister,

Maxine Bower.

Survivors include his wife,

Sandra; four children, Douglas

Waterville, KS 66548.

Condolences may be left at

past 13 years to and from

Arizona. Another thing that sets

Fry apart from others is going

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

Michael Isaman, Topeka; five

daughters, Sandy (Kenny)

Vernon, Judy (Alva) Meade,

and Marsha Isaman, all of

Centralia, Connie (John)

Smith, Manhattan, KS, and

Brenda (Jeff) Branstetter,

Kingman, KS; fifteen grandchildren

and thirty-seven greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by

his parents; wife Lois; granddaughter,

Karla Barnes; and his

only brother, Robert Isaman.

Memorial contributions may

be made to the Frankfort Boys

World War II Memorial

Highway Project or to the

Veterans Hospital and can be

sent in care of Padden Funeral

Chapel in Frankfort.

(Diane) Kramer, Belleville,

KS, Michael Kramer,

Greenleaf, KS, Mary Beth

(Mose) Allen, Manhattan, KS,

and Tim (Dawn) Kramer,

Washington, KS; one brother,

Loren (Velda) Kramer, Smith

Center, KS; three sisters,

Lorene Carlson, Manhattan,

Marcele Harry, Wichita, KS,

and Betty O'Grady, Yankton,

SD; fifteen grandchildren and

seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home.

www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com

Senior of the Week: Kourtney Fry

Kourtney Fry

to Mexico and getting stung

by a jelly fish.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012 3A

News

4-H Wide Awake Club

County Club Days Participants Recognized During the Wide Awake 4-H Club meeting on March 5

members were recognized for

participating in County 4-H

Days.

Wide Awake club members

representing Marshall County

at regionals will be Wesley

Denton with his project talk,

Addie Wassenberg with her

senior demonstration and public

speaking as well as members

of the club skit and vocal

ensemble.

Members of the Wide Awake 4-H Club earned top blue at County 4-H Days and a

blue at Regionals. The kids demonstrated the importance of communication and

team work performing a pirate skit. Pictured Left to Right: Isaac Perry, Megan,

Sibley, Jason Sibley, Abby McNary, Dylan Wagner, Audra Steinfort, Emma Toerber,

Logan Sibley, Catherine Toerber, Addie Wassenberg, Riley Wagner, Trey Perry,

Emma Yungeberg, Aiden Nemecheck, Abigail Steinfort, Tyler Wagner, Claire Nolte,

Wesley Denton and Connor Nolte. (Photo courtesy of Angie Denton)

Doane____From Page 1

"I love Doane and it was a

great experience for me,"

Weeks commented. "The success

that so many of the coaches,

from track to volleyball to

football to baseball, are having

is very intriguing. I believe rising

tides raise all the boats and

they have set a standard that I

want to achieve with men's basketball."

Weeks added the support and

belief in his abilities that Heier

displayed made his decision a

simple one.

Graduating from Doane with

a degree in education gave

Weeks a variety of opportunities

following his time as a

Tiger. He was a four-year member

of the track and field team

and attributes much of his successes

to former coach Fred

Beile. In 2000, he earned his

Master of Educational

Leadership degree from Doane.

"Coach Beile taught me

toughness and made me earn

All Your Ag Needs

everything," Weeks recalled.

"He was there in a time in my

life when I needed it and made

a great difference for me. He

installed confidence in me

which helped me accomplish

many things in my life."

Doane is a special place to

Weeks and he is very thankful

for everything he learned, especially

from Beile, Kay Hegler

and Doc Dudley. He says they

found his talents and strengths

and taught him to build on

those areas while believing in

him.

He replaces Ian Brown who

resigned after 10 years at the

helm of the Tiger program.

Doane returns three starters,

including a pair of all-conference

players, from this year's

team.

Weeks and his wife, Kim,

have five children, Jackson,

Jalen, Cooper, Callahan and

Chloe.

Valley Heights

Spring Events

APRIL

12 High School Athletic Banquet

14 JR/SR Prom/After-Prom

16 Bloodmobile @ VHHS: Noon—6:00 pm

16-20 Kindergarten Round-Up

18 Envirothon @ Holton

26 Highland Art Day

MAY

1 Forensics Night

2 All School PLC: 2:00 pm Dismissal

3 National Honor Society Induction & Banquet

8 Play Day

Spring Fling/JH Music Concert: 7:00 pm

9 Seniors Last Day/Awards Night: 7:00 pm

11 Last Day for PreSchool & KinderPrep

12 Graduation: 2:00 pm

14 Preschool/KinderPrep Pre-Enrollment

BOE Monthly Meeting: 6:00 pm

15 End-of-Year Award Assemblies: PreSchool-6th

17 JH Awards Assembly: 11:00 am

Last Day: Noon Dismissal

City Wide Garage Sales

If you would like to participate in the Blue

Rapids “City Wide Garage Sales” May 5th

Please Contact

Deb Barrington at 363-7149 or

Georgena Lindquist at 363-7344

You may leave a message with your name

address and times you will be open so that it

can be added to the list by April 28th

See us for range cubes, salt, mineral and creep feed.

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Marshall County Sheriff’s

Department

Jail Activity Sheet

April 2nd to April 8, 2012

Name: DeKat, Skylar

Address: Belvue, Kansas

Date of Birth: 06-05-1991

Charge: 60 Days

Date of Arrival: 04-03-2012

Date of Release: Still

Incarcerated

Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Holle, Dakota

Address: Axtell, Kansas

Date of Birth: 07-14-1992

Charge: 60 Days

Date of Arrival: 04-03-2012

Date of Release: Still

Incarcerated

Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Martin, Dominick

Address: Beattie, Kansas

Date of Birth: 08-14-1992

Charge: 14 Days

Date of Arrival: 04-03-2012

Date of Release: Still

Incarcerated

Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Shanek, Robert

Address: Waterville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 11-08-1958

Charge: 48 Hours

Date of Arrival: 04-06-2012

Date of Release: 04-08-2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Bowling, Vince

Address: Greenleaf, Kansas

Date of Birth: 08-05-1963

Charge: 48 Hours

Date of Arrival: 04-06-2012

Date of Release: 04-08-2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Curtis, Brandon

Address: Manhattan, Kansas

Date of Birth: 02-19-1978

Charge: DWS

Date of Arrival: 04-06-2012

Date of Release: 04-06-2012

Reason: $500 Cash Bond

Name: Yaussi, Toni

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 02-19-1978

Charge: DUI

Date of Arrival: 04-07-2012

Date of Release: 04-07-2012

Reason: $800 Surety Bond

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Twenty-one members and

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The club decided to do a food

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Blue Rapids.

— Wesley Denton, Historian

and Junior Reporter

The Wide Awake vocal ensemble got top blue at County 4-H

Club Days and then received first alternate blue at Regionals.

Members of the ensemble are:

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NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Donkey Basketball At Blue Rapids Gym

Kaitlyn Wilson and Joey Aguirre were named

Queen and King of the Donkey Basketball.

Alex Nolte takes a shot from the

foul line on his donkey.

More Americans Dependent On Federal

Government Than Ever Before

The Heritage Foundation

WASHINGTON —The

average American relying on

federal government assistance

receives more in benefits than

the average American’s disposable

personal income, according

to The Heritage

Foundation’s newly released

2012 Index of Dependence on

Government.

The Index reports Americans

who rely on government

receive an average $32,748

worth of benefits, surpassing

the average American’s disposable

personal income of

$32,446.

Overall, the Index—which

scores the nation’s dependency

across numerous federal assistance

programs that were once

done through communities,

churches, neighborhood groups

and the private sector—rose 8.1

Terry & Karla Bishop along

with Gary and Julie Hutson are

pleased to announce the

Marriage of their children

Jessica Ann Bishop and Gary

Alan Hutson. Bishop is a 2010

graduate of Frankfort High

school and a 2012 graduate of

Kaplin University with a

degree as a Licenced Practical

Nurse. Hutson is a 2010 graduate

of Valley Heights High

School. He is employed at

Nemaha Co. Coop in Vliets Ks.

They will make their home in

Frankfort. The wedding will be

held June 16th 2012 at the

Salem Lutheran Church

percent in 2010 from the most

recent data available.

It found more than 67.3 million

Americans depend on federal

assistance for everything

from food, shelter and clothing

to college tuition and health

care. These benefits cost federal

taxpayers roughly $2.5 trillion

annually.

While the number of

Americans receiving federal

aid rises, the number of federal

taxpayers continues to drop,

with nearly half of Americans

(49.5 percent) not paying any

federal income taxes. “The

danger of a growing government-dependent

population is

that it’s voting for more benefits

that end up being paid by

fewer taxpayers,” says William

Beach, Index co-author and

director of The Heritage

Foundation’s Center for Data

Analysis. “At some point, this

unsustainable fiscal model will

collapse.”

To reverse the disturbing

course, Beach says Congress

must rein in federal spending,

reform welfare and entitlement

programs, and encourage more

community-based aid and personal

responsibility.

“Dependency isn’t a bad

thing—but when aid from private

charities, communities and

neighbors is replaced with

bureaucratic programs,

research shows that Americans

are less likely to prosper and

achieve true independence,” he

adds.

See the Index’s full findings

at www.heritage.org. And learn

about Heritage’s long-term fiscal

plan, “Saving the American

Dream,” to cut debt, reduce

spending and restore American

prosperity at www.savingthedream.org.

About the Heritage

Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is

the nation’s most broadly supported

public policy research

institute, with nearly 700,000

individual, foundation and corporate

donors. Founded in

1973, it develops public policy

solutions that advance free

enterprise, limited government,

individual freedom, traditional

values and a strong national

defense.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012 5A

News

Senior of the Week: Wendy Hale

By Isacc Medina

VHHS Journalism

It’s true when people say talent

can come from anywhere at

any time. Valley Heights is

host to one of the sweetest,

smartest, and talented young

woman. The senior I am

describing is Wendy Hale.

Hale was born to Doug and

Irene Hale on February 20th,

1994; she also has a younger

brother named Patrick who is a

sophomore here at Valley

Heights. She has participated

in volleyball, 1 year, volleyball

manager, 1 year, golf, 2 years,

KAYS, 3 years, world service

leader for KAYS, 2 years,

FCCLA, 2 years, library assistant,

1 year, band, 4 years, K-

State band clinic, 4 years,

LIONS band camp, 4 years,

KMEA honor band, 1 year,

Marshall County community

band, 1 year. She is a proud

server of her community and is

very talented at playing the

clarinet; this young woman has

a bright future ahead of her.

“Today you are you, that is

truer than true. There is no one

alive who is youer than you,”

this quote by Dr. Seuss is what

Wendy Hale believes in avidly.

There are so many characteristics

that this girl has gained

**UNAPPROVED**

RECORD OF THE PRO-

CEEDINGS

OF THE WATERVILLE

CITY COUNCIL

City of Waterville, Kansas

April 9, 2012

The Waterville City Council

met in regular session, April 9,

2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the

Community Center. Council

members present were Tony

Mann, Jim Oatney, Sammie

Parker, and Terry Blaser.

Council member Kris Hargrave

was absent. Mayor David

Whitesell presided.

The Council approved the

minutes of the March 12, 2012,

regular meeting.

Sandra Isaacson-Bynum was

present as ambassador for the

Waterville Chamber of

Commerce. She asked the

council if they had sent a letter

to the state about the Coon

Creek Bridge being closed. The

council did send a letter to

KDOT, State Representative

Schwartz, and Senator

Taddiken; there has been no

reply to date. Sandra also

reported on several Chamber of

Commerce events coming up.

Jim Oatney reported that

there was a water leak during

the winter months at the old

lumberyard location. He made

a motion to waive the charge

for the water that went through

the meter as there are three

businesses on that meter. Tony

Mann seconded, motion carried.

Terry Blaser discussed the

possibility of building a new

fire department building. They

discussed raising the mill levy

by 2.5% for the city and also

the rural fire department to help

fund the project.

There will be several Valley

Heights students working at

leveling out sand in the park

play area during a class.

Sammie Parker asked that the

city crew provide the equipment

they will need that day.

Tony Mann reviewed street

work and the increased cost of

Farmers Service

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Waterville, KS

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Complete Car Care, Car Wash, Licensed Gun Dealer,

Interstate Batteries, Hydraulic Hoses, Roller Chains,

Oils and Greases

Blue Valley

Senior Living

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Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

Tony Mann made a motion

to pay all bills presented;

motion was seconded and carried.

The Council agreed by

motion to replenish the Petty

Cash Fund with $122.16.

On motion by Blaser, the

Council unanimously approved

the March financial statement.

Motion to adjourn carried.

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while spending time here at

Valley Heights. For example,

Ms. Hale has started taking

CNA (Certified Nurses Aid)

classes to better her career as a

nurse. She dreams to go to

Cloud Community College and

earn her associates and bachelor’s

degree in the field.

“…Most kids my age don’t

have the guts or heart to do the

job I do. It takes a special person

to do it. I have worked at

two nursing homes for the past

year,” says the confident senior.

She loves helping out people

who cannot help themselves or

people who are naturally disabled.

Another thing that Hale

does to help out the community

is help at Twin Valley.

Although she has a lot of

work, Hale has some time for

play. Music is one of her best

hobbies and she has every reason

to be in love with it. She is

a gifted player of the clarinet

and her honors show for it. The

local LIONS club has sent her

all four years to the band camp

that they put on during the summer.

She has been a 4 year veteran

of the K-State concert

band clinic where she bettered

her skills as a concert musician.

Hale was also a part of the

Marshall County community

oil and sand this year. He also

noted that the sidewalk program

work will begin again

soon.

Terry Yungeberg reported

that the city dump truck bed

needs replaced. Mann made a

motion to approve the purchase

of a dump bed for $2,500 plus

the cost to install it. Oatney

seconded, motion carried.

Nori Blackburn reported that

credit card and electronic check

payments can now be made at

the city website, www.cityofwatervilleks.org.

Convenience fees for utility

payments will be $4.50 for

credit and debit card payments,

and $1.50 for electronic check

payments. City court payments

will have a $3.50 convenience

fee; other miscellaneous payments

will be charged 2.5%

with a minimum fee of $1.95.

All fees go directly to the

provider, the city will not collect

any portion of the convenience

charges.

Mike Vermetten asked the

council to consider placing

speed bumps in front of the

pool on Walnut Street for safety

reasons. The council agreed

that they need to do something

at that location and will review

all ideas at the May 14th meeting.

Sammie Parker made a

motion to enter into an executive

session for ten minutes to

discuss acquisition of real

estate. They entered into an

executive session at 7:52 p.m.

and returned at 8:02 p.m. By

motion the council agreed to

enter into an executive session

for ten minutes to discuss

acquisition of real estate. They

entered into an executive session

at 8:02 p.m. and returned

at 8:12 p.m. No action was

taken.

Sammie Parker made a

motion to donate $100 to the

Valley Heights After Prom

Party. Mann seconded, motion

carried.

Terry Blaser made a motion

to approve payment of the

Owners: David & Christina Hartsook

Brakes

Tue ups

Exhaust

Engine repair

band which showcased her talent

locally. She has played for

the LIONS state conventions

all four years and also got her

talent recognized by KMEA

(Kansas Music Educators

Association). She was invited

Waterville City Minutes

Weaver Hotel second half 2011

Real Estate Tax of $2,777.17

with the Waterville

Preservation Society reimbursing

the city $1,796.45. Oatney

seconded, motion carried.

By motion, the council unanimously

approved a cereal malt

beverage license to the

Waterville Chamber of

Commerce for on premises

consumption.

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Wendy Hale

to play in their honors band for

one year. One of the things that

she would like to be remembered

for is spending a lot of

her time in the band room trying

to become the best musician

she possibly could.

Reid Blackburn Is

Riley County All Star

Reid Blackburn scored 15 points, had 6 boards and 3

assists during the All Star game held at Cloud

County Community College on March 25th. Reid will

also be playing in the Riley County All Star game

Sunday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Riley County

High School. (Photo courtesy of Nori Blackburn)

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Marshall County Minutes

April 2, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Thomas K. Holle Chairman;

and Robert S. Connell member;

and Sonya L. Stohs, County

Clerk present.

Commissioner Loiseau was

absent from the meeting.

The meeting was called into

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 Robert S.

Connell moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle. Motion carried.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

order. Motion carried.

Slup’s Repair, Marysville,

KS for rack and pinion replacement

$520.00-KDOT fund-P.O.

# 3836

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp went

through changes that she is proposing

in the Rider Information

Handbook for the Agency on

Agency bus service.

Czech 101

Dr. Glen Lojka, third generation

Czech, will present Czech

101 at the Blue Rapids

Museum on Saturday, April

28th at 10:00 and 2:00. If your

language skills are up to it,

come have a conversation with

him in Czech. He will also be

teaching basic words for those

Dane’s Automotive

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welding supplies and tires.

All Automotive Repairs.

Your Drop and Lock Hitch Dealer

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Vicki Gross, Marysville was

present for the meeting.

Commissioner Loiseau

placed a call to the Board.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

2nd District Public Works

Supervisor Colby Hearn and

3rd District Supervisor Dave

Younger met with the Board to

have a Supervisors meeting.

The Board held a Public

Hearing at 10:00 a.m. to discuss

a road vacation in Blue

Rapids City Township. No

public was present for comment.

Thomas K. Holle

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to approve Resolution

# 12-04-02-1 vacating 10th

Road, beginning at a point

intersecting with Yonder Road,

twenty feet North of the section

line between Section 33

Township 4 South Range 7

West and Section 4 Township 5

South Range 7 East going

Northeasterly to the section

line dividing Sections 33 and

34 Township 4 South Range 7

East, thence North of the section

line to where intersects at

the South right of way to the

road running from old Irving

town site to Blue Rapids, now

of who would like to learn. Dr.

Lojka is very active and instrumental

in the development of

the community of Cuba, KS.

His teaching duties have been

at Ft. Hays, KSU and Emporia

University and he has studied

in 13 foreign countries—unfortunately

not including

known as Vista Road. Original

road established in Road

Record 189E filed in the

County Public Works office.

Motion carried.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve purchase order.

Motion carried.

National Sign Co., Ottawa,

KS for assorted signs

$3,341.84-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 106772

Orscheln Farm and Home,

Marysville, KS for fuel pump

$569.99-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 106739

Marysville Ready Mix Inc.,

Marysville, KS for concrete

$762.00-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 106770

Welborn Sales, Salina, KS

for corrugated pipe $2,626.16-

Road & Bridge fund-P.O. #

106774

The Board held a Public

Hearing at 10:10 a.m. to discuss

a road vacation in Blue

Rapids Township. No public

was present for comment.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded

by Robert S. Connell to

approve Resolution # 12-04-

02-2 vacating 10th Road,

beginning at a point intersecting

with Zenith Road, thirty

feet North of the section line in

the Southeast quarter of

Section 4, Township 5 South,

Range 7 East, thence North on

the section line to where road

intersects at the South right of

way of the road now known as

Yonder Road between Sections

4 and 3, Township 5 South,

Range 7 East. Original road

established in Road Record

189E filed in the County Public

Works office, this is vacating

only a portion of the established

road. Motion carried.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

ten minutes at 10:27 a.m. to

discuss non-elected personnel

with Public Works

Administrator Mike Craig,

Public Works Coordinating

Supervisor Larry Polson, and

County Clerk Sonya L. Stohs

present. Motion carried.

County Sanitarian Donnie

Wolfe met with the Board to

give a monthly update.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Home City

Sewer bills and pay them from

Czechoslovakia.

Join us for other special

events at our 2nd Annual Czech

Festival. A Czech meal will be

from 11:00-2:00. Kolaches

will be for sale starting at 10:00

a.m.

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the appropriate funds available.

Motion carried.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

order. Motion carried.

Eakes Office Plus, Beatrice,

NE for 40 cases of paper

$1,279.60-General

(Courthouse) fund-P.O. # 4135

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue manual warrants

from the respective funds.

Motion carried.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Paul Ruetti, Frankfort with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant.

Motion carried.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve Resolution # 12-04-

02-3 encouraging the Governor

of the State of Kansas to carefully

consider any change in

the Medicaid or Health Care

provisions for persons with

intellectual and developmental

disabilities, to remove longterm

care services for said persons

from the proposed privatized

managed care plan, and to

continue present state/countyappointed

CCDI

Administration of this service

delivery system. Motion carried.

Economic Development

George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

ten minutes at 12:07 p.m. to

discuss potential land acquisition

with County Clerk Sonya

L. Stohs present. Motion carried.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to adjourn at 12:17 p.m.

Motion carried. The next

scheduled meeting will be

Monday, April 9, 2012 starting

at 9:00 a.m.

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Classifieds Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Classifieds

Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension

Agent

Communication is on everyone’s

list of qualities of strong

families. Open, honest,

straightforward, and clear communication

is important but

positive communication is the

key to success.

A family therapist shared a

story about a family she had

been working with. When the

therapist asked them if they felt

their communication with each

other was open, honest, straight

forward, and clear, they all

agreed it was. The therapist

then replied smiling, “Yelling

at each other all the time may

have all of the above qualities,

but it still doesn’t work.”

In the world of words, there

is a way to say precisely what

one would like to say but in a

positive manner that ensures

we will make progress in our

relationship with each other.

Therefore, we need to stop and

think for a few seconds how to

re-state our feelings in a way

that is not hurtful to the other

family members and will help

build our love for each other,

rather than tear it down.

The most important talk in

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension

Agent

People have noticed dead

spots in their yards this spring.

We have had a mild winter, so

winterkill is probably not the

cause of the dead spots.

However, with the mild winter

some insects managed to overwinter

quite well. One of those

insects and possibly the cause

of some of the dead spots in

lawns could be the winter grain

mite.

Though most mites are most

active during the summer, a

few actually prefer cooler

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families tends to be spontaneous

talk. This is communication

when no one is really

working at communication, but

simply enjoying talking and listening

for talking and listening’s

sake. When was the last

time you just asked the young

person in your life what they

thought about different things

such as: How do you feel about

a controversial issue in your

community? Or grades? Or her

future? If parents and children

are comfortable around each

other and genuinely enjoy each

other’s company then all kinds

of interesting and important

issues will come up in the conversation.

Communication in strong

families does not always produce

agreement on important

issues. Family members are

each individuals and have

unique ways of looking at the

world. Communication works

best if they all can speak directly

with each other without

blaming or condemning. Even

in strong families, some disagreements

simply don’t get

resolved. People can still love

each other and remain friends

and loyal family members

while agreeing to disagree on

weather. The winter grain mite

feeds on a number of lawn

grasses including Kentucky

bluegrass, perennial ryegrass,

and tall fescue from mid-fall to

late spring. Summer is passed

in the egg stage.

Damage is masked during

the winter months because the

grass is brown. When growth

begins in the spring, the injury

can give a silvery cast to the

turf. Mites actively feed on

cloudy days or at night. Look

for them at the edge of damage.

Young mites are reddishorange

but become black with

reddish legs in later stages.

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various issues. Religion and

politics are two perennial hot

topics and the strongest of families

can have members diametrically

opposed in their world

views. So the question

becomes, do you want to see

the situation as a terrible battle

that just has to be fought and

won or as an opportunity for

personal growth and interesting

discussions? Take your pick?

Troubled families tend to be

overly critical and hostile in

their communication with each

other or deny problems and

avoid verbal conflicts. Either

extreme gets families into trouble.

A middle ground

approach, in which family

members speak openly about

their differences but have the

grace to agree to disagree in

some areas, generally works

better. Parents, of course, are

in charge of the family. In

some cases they will find it

necessary to pull rank on the

children or young adults in the

family by making the final

decision on important issues.

This has to be done with skill

and care, because no one, no

matter how young or inexperienced

they may be, likes to feel

that their thoughts and feelings

Presence of this mite does

not necessarily warrant spraying

as plants most often grow

out of the injury. However, I

have looked at some area

lawns, including my own, and I

think those lawns are dead and

will not regrow. I used the

dead area of my lawn as an

excuse to replant to better grass

since the area did not grow

good grass anyway.

If the grass is not dead and if

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become unsightly, applying a

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Perhaps the best way to prevent

communication difficulties

in a family is for everyone

to learn to be extremely good

listeners. Communication, first

and foremost, is about listening.

As one father is fond of

saying, “God gave us two ears

and one mouth so we would listen

twice as much as we talk..”

I sometimes think God should

have given us 10 ears for every

mouth. We would get along

better as human beings. Family

members in strong families are

adept at asking questions and

do not try to read each other’s

minds. They also know that

people’s views change over

time, and the only way to avoid

mind reading is to check out

positions regularly by asking

questions.

Positive communication in

strong families is about sharing

feelings, giving compliments,

not blaming each other, being

able to compromise, and agreeing

to disagree. We always

need to remember that it’s not

about winning or losing arguments.

It’s about working

together in the family so we all

can feel love toward each other

and want the best for everyone.

Are Winter Grain Mites Causing Dead Spots in Lawns?

The Blue Rapids Historical

Society wants to document

information concerning some

of the history of farming in our

area. We would like to hear

from present and former farmers.

Does (or did) your family

farm have a name? It has been

a common practice to name

family farms. How long has

Classifieds

(or had) your farm been in your

family? We would be interested

in learning what crops have

been grown on your farm. Do

(or did) you raise livestock?

Many Marshall County cattle

brands are registered with the

Kansas Department of

Agriculture. Brands are usually

chosen for a particular rea-

son. If you have a brand, how

did you choose the design of

your brand? If you would be

willing to share your family’s

farming history, please contact

Nancy Nolte or stop by the

museum some Saturday morning.

Your family farm story is

for historical purposes, only. It

may be used, with your permis-

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Winter grain mites are one of

the possibilities of which can

cause dead areas in lawns after

a mild winter. There are other

possibilities and it would be

good to check the problem out

before replanting a lawn.

For more information, you

can contact me at the Marshall

County Extension Office by

calling (785) 562-3531, or Email

me with your questions at

mvogt@ksu.edu.

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Jr. High Track Went To Washington County

Taylor Doner hits the top of her jump. Harrison Blaske takes off for his jump. Shea Manley gets ready to hit the sand.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Blue Valley Senior Living Holds Easter Egg Hunt

Because of the cold the day of the Easter Egg Hunt at Blue

Tessa Bigham gets her picture with the Easter Bunny. Valley Senior Living most of the residents watched from inside.

Photos by Linda Brake and courtesy of Blue Valley Senior Living.

By Coach Noel

Brenden Dobrovolny captured

the first meet championship

of his career, shooting 7

over on the front and 6 over on

the back for a total of 85.

Playing without his driver,

which is being repaired, he

handled adversity well and

paced all players for the day.

Patrick Hale brought home the

8th place medal, firing a 97.

As a team, Valley Heights

was 30 strokes above where

they finished last meet, posting

a 391. That score was second

to Onaga's 374, using the top

four scores of our six-man

team. Levi Berger (106) and

Alec Doner (103), then adding

Dobrovolny and Hale's scores.

The JV had a very successful

first outing, bringing home 4 of

the 8 individual medals given.

Devin Griffee paced the Valley

Heights group, earning second

place with a 9-hole score of 59.

Treg Arganbright was 3rd with

a 63. Bailey Boucek and

Katlynn Treff medaled in their

first-ever golf meet, shooting a

65 and 67 respectively.

The JV has a meet at Onaga

on Friday, and the Varsity will

return to action next Tuesday at

Belleville.

The Valley Heights Kinder-Prep classes and local daycares

were invited to the Easter Egg Hunt.

Valley Heights Golf At Onaga On April 9th

Brenden Dobrovolny captured his first championship of his

career without his driver. (Photo courtesy of VHHS Journalism)

VH FFA Gets New Officers

The new FFA officers for the year. Back Row (Left to Right): Drew Obermeyer,

Cole Maddox, Charles Musil, Alec Doner, Mike Clark and Dylan Parker.

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Flint Hills Discovery Center To Open Saturday

MANHATTAN —The much

anticipated Grand Opening of

the Flint Hills Discovery

Center has arrived! As one of

Kansas’ most anticipated new

attractions, the Flint Hills

Discovery Center will open

Saturday, April 14, 2012. The

Grand Opening will be a free

public event for the community,

so everyone can take part in

this once in a lifetime celebration.

“We are planning a very

special day to mark the public

opening. It is a great honor for

all involved to now share this

great new attraction and

resource about our glorious

Flint Hills with everyone,” said

Bob Workman, Director of the

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Exterior Building

Shot.jpgThe Grand Opening

ceremony will be held from 10

a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the heart

of Blue Earth Plaza, near 3rd

and Colorado Streets. The

Ceremony will include remarks

by Governor Sam Brownback,

City Manager Ron Fehr, Mayor

James E. Sherow, Former

Mayor and Flint Hills

Discovery Center Foundation

President Bruce Snead and

Former Flint Hills Tourism

Coalition President Suzan

Barnes. In addition, Curtis

Kekahbah, Kaw Nation member,

will conduct a blessing of

Blue Earth Plaza and members

of the Kaw Nation will perform

a dance to honor this new addition

to the Flint Hills’ regional

community. Also included in

the ceremony will be three live

music performances. Special

guest musician Kelley Hunt

will perform, local vocalist

group, In A Chord will sing The

Star-Spangled Banner and the

Kansas Chapter of the Western

Music Association will perform

Home on the Range. The Grand

Opening ceremony will conclude

with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thanks to ESB Financial, the

proud sponsor of Grand

Opening day, free admission to

the exhibits will be provided

for all visitors and familyfriendly

activities for all ages

will be held both outside and

inside the Discovery Center.

ESB Financial will be leading

kite-flying for kids, fossil-rubbing

and will even feature an

award-winning Lasso professional

to demonstrate how roping

is done in the Flint Hills.

The Manhattan Convention &

Visitors Bureau has also donated

a Grand Prize Package to be

raffled off on Grand Opening

day. Other festivities throughout

the day will include: activities

led by K-State Athletics

such as photo opportunities

with player cut outs, coloring

pages of Willie the Wildcat,

face painting by the K-State

Cheerleaders and a raffle for K-

State memorabilia. In addition,

there will be a meet and greet

with Miss K-State

Wildcat/Miss Manhattan, horse

and carriage rides by 3C

Carriages, and a variety of live

music and entertainment.

Concessions for food and

drinks will also be available, as

well as outdoor restrooms, and

trash/recycling receptacles.

Volunteers will be on hand in

Flint Hills Discovery Center tshirts

to answer questions and

be of any assistance.

To ensure a positive experience

for all, timed tickets will

be available outside of the Flint

Hills Discovery Center starting

at 9 a.m. Although the

Discovery Center will officially

be open at 11:30 a.m. with

extended hours until 7 p.m.,

with an estimated of 1,000

expected visitors, timed tickets

The Flint Hills grass has a good understanding. Different grasses of the Flint Hill are displayed

in glass cases that show root systems from 4 to 8 feet long.

This wall photo shows the Kansas cowboys at roundup time branding cattle.

have been organized to assure

that all individuals truly enjoy

their experience. Upon arrival,

visitors can select which time

they would like to enter the

Discovery Center.

Approximately 225 tickets will

be available for each hour

from, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After 5:30 p.m., doors will be

open to the public without

timed ticket entry.

A complimentary shuttle will

run every 10 minutes and pick

up visitors at several local

parking lots, near the

Manhattan Town Center Mall

parking lot and other nearby

locations. For directions to the

Flint Hills Discovery Center

and/or to print a map of the

parking shuttle route, please

visit the City of Manhattan

website. There, you can also

view a map of placement for

the day’s entertainment.

“With over 3,000 youth

scheduled to visit the Flint

Hills Discovery Center

between April and June, the

Flint Hills Discovery Center is

bound to be a wonderful

resource for you and your family.

Grand Opening will serve

as a great day to get in free and

enjoy the free activities,” stated

Travis Young, History and

Culture Education Specialist.

And for those who already

have something planned for

April 14, the Flint Hills

Discovery Center will be open

for Members-Only Day on

April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and during extended hours on

Sunday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to

8 p.m. “With over 500 members

prior to Grand Opening,

you don’t want to miss out on

the fantastic early-bird specials,”

said Richard Dean

Prudenti, Membership

Coordinator. Memberships

may be purchased over the

phone at 785.587.2726 and at

the Flint Hills Discovery

Center starting April 13. For

those who have already purchased

memberships, membership

cards will be available for

pick-up on April 13 as well.

Volunteer applications are also

now available on the Flint Hills

Discovery Center website.

The Flint Hills Discovery Centers shows how the Rodeo was a big part of the area.

Photos by Jon A. Brake


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Discover What Walked, Grazed In The Flint Hills

The area Media attended an open house at the Discovery Center last Thursday.

This display shows the animals that grazed the Flint Hills over the years.

This Green June Beetle is a display showing the bugs and animals in the Flint Hills.


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The Discovery Center, A Window To The Hills

An early Indian pottery shows the early years in the hills.

Hat, bandana, lariat, chaps, cuffs, boots, spurs are all part of the Cowboy’s tool kit.

Three stories of windows gives a beautiful view of Manhattan.

The Discovery Center give a complete history of the Flint Hills.


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The Discovery Center Is A Showplace For History

The Flint Hills Discovery Center welcomes visitors into a grand circular glass-walled lobby with a ceiling height of 65 ft and

balcony overlooks at the 2nd and 3rd floors.

• Major Design Features

The Flint Hills Discovery

Center welcomes visitors into a

grand circular glass-walled

lobby with a ceiling height of

65 ft and balcony overlooks at

the 2nd and 3rd floors. The

Third Street and Colorado

Street facades feature elaborately

stacked limestone walls,

pieced by irregular and trapezoidal

shaped windows.

Views through the curtain wall

and the windows afford sweeping

vistas of the downtown and

southern landscapes.

The entire exhibits areas of

the first and second floors are

situated beneath green roofs

that are terraced with undulat-

ing limestone retaining walls

and elaborate native plantings.

At the third floor level, the

office wing provides a backdrop

along the south and west

to create a partially enclosed

terrace designed for casual

enjoyment and organized programs

and functions. The

stairs, ramps and pathways

over the terraced green roof

creates a stunning vista of the

project for visitors arriving into

Manhattan after crossing the

Kansas River bridge.

The project has a LEED 2.2

silver ranking goal, and incorporates

numerous sustainable

design and operations features.

The HVAC system is supported

by a geo-thermal well field and

heat pump technology. Much

of the exhibit, architectural and

landscape lighting is LED or

low voltage. And a complex

“green” roof of soils, gardens

and terraces cover a large area

of the project. The grounds

include two bio-swales for

groundwater filtration.

Responsibly stewardship of our

natural resources is a dominant

theme throughout the project

and the building and its green

features will be interpreted for

the visitor throughout the experience.

Rocks from the Flint Hills and color, lots of colors help display the every day life in the hills.

The Flint Hills region

encompasses about 4 million

acres extending throughout

much of eastern Kansas from

near the Kansas-Nebraska border

south into northeastern

Oklahoma. It contains the

largest remaining area of

unplowed tall grass prairie in

North America. The Flint Hills

Discovery Center – a project of

the City of Manhattan and its

South End Redevelopment

Project – will chronicle the

geology, biology and cultural

history of this last major vestige

of the Great Plains.

“The Flint Hills Discovery

Center inspires people to celebrate,

explore and care for the

Flint Hills.” -Mission

Statement, April 2009

Extensive interactive permanent

exhibits, a robust temporary

exhibitions schedule,

engaging community programs

and dynamic outreach activities

will make the Discovery Center

the core of long term regional

study and promotion of this key

natural resource for much of

eastern Kansas. The Discovery

Center is also part of a broader

vision for preserving the very

landscape that makes the Flint

Hills unique and helps the

region to establish an identity

that is grounded in ecology,

history and culture of the

region. A major goal is for visitors

to become catalyses for

positive social action and

proactive environmental stewardship.

The Discovery Center walls are filled with photos, drawings

and painting of the history of the Flint Hills.

The lobby is three stories high and an impressive welcome to guests

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