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Vol. 3 Number 48 Thursday, May 31, 2012

Military Honored On Memorial Day

Area Veterans paid their respects to past Military members with a gun salute during Memorial Day Ceremonies.

Phil Osborne spoke words of rememberance.

The kids watched on as some of the older kids put on a skit.

Betsy Blaser played her saxaphone during the ceremonies.

Photos by Jon A. Brake and Linda Brake

The Waterville American Legion Post # 332 walked up the road to the cemetery under the sea of flags.

Jolly Jogathon

The Blue River Valley annual

Jolly Jogathon will be held

on Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at

the Marysville High School


Registration for the Field

Events will be from 10:30 a.m.

through 12:00 noon with the

events starting at noon.

Registration for the Running

Events will be from 10:30 a.m.

through 2:30 p.m. with the running

events starting at 3:00

p.m.. There isn’t a fee for registration

but donations will be

accepted. Men, women and

children are welcome to participate

in the days events.

The age brackets are 5-6, 7-

8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16,

17-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-

59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80-89.

The Blue Rapids High

School Alumni Association

gathered Saturday, May 26,

2012 at the Blue Rapids

Community Center for their

annual meeting. More that 100

meals were served to members

and guests. Catering was

through Rickey’s Cafe and

serving was by friends of the


A brief business meeting was

held. Several were recognized

Children from 5-8 years old

will not run any distance over

800 Meters. Children 9-11

years old will not run any distance

over 1600 Meters.

There will be medals awarded

for 1st Place and ribbons

will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd


The Jolly Jogathon is sponsored

by the City of Marysville,

Marysville Sports &

Recreation, and Marysville

Health & Fitness.

For more information

regarding the Jolly Jogathon

please contact Cleve Walstom

at 785-562-3021, Marysville

Health & Fitness at 785-562-

2424, or the City of Marysville

at 785-562-5331 or 209 North

Eighth, Marysville, KS 66508.

Blue Rapids High

School Alumni Assn.

Great Success!! This is the

comment the Valley Heights

Alumni Committee heard over

and over with the change of

format of the Alumni Banquet.

The dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs

and all the trimming was

held at the Waterville Golf

Course on May 26th, 140 dinners

were served to alumni and

their significant others. The

beautiful evening brought

approximately 135 alumni out

to visit and reminisce, an actual

count was hard to get with

alumni coming and going all

evening. Several anniversary

classes held their class parties

with us which was what the

committee hoped would happen.

Rick Lister VH class of

1978, Lucas Brooks VH class

of 2004 and Sterling Clark of

for their participation. Newly

elected officers are; co-presidents,

Marilyn (Newman) and

Charles Land; secretary is

Kenneth Lamoreaux and treasurer

is Linda (Miller) Brake.

The meeting closed with the

singing of The Blue and the

Gold. The association will

meet again next year on the

Saturday of Memorial Day


Valley Heights High

School Alumni Assn.

Doniphan West and Troy

have been formally invited to

joing the Twin Valley League.

There was a special meeting

held on May 16th to decide

Marysville, kept everyone

entertained with music on the


A short business meeting

was called to order by

President Bob Lindquist to

have election of officers and

discuss any changes that the

members would like to see.

Officers for 2013 are President

Tony Yungeberg, VP Scott

Blaske, Sec-Treas Dava

Whitesell-Warders. It was

decided to move next year’s

Alumni Banquet, to have a little

more room, to the 4-H

Achievement Building at the

Fairgrounds in Blue Rapids.

Lots of hugs, stories and

laughs were being passed

around which made the 2012

Valley Heights Alumni

Banquet a “Great Success”.

TVL League Might Grow

whether or not to invite the

schools to join the league. They

have been given a deadline of

June 15th to have their final


Vacation Bible School At United Presbyterian Church

The kids enjoyed a nice treat during Vacation Bible School. (Photos by Deb Barrington)

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2012


The Bob Hope Road Show

Remember the family gathering

around the radio in the

1940s listening to comedy

stars, Bob Hope. Jimmy

Durante, W. C. Fields, Jack

Benny and Red Skelton?

Thanks to the very talented


Eugene C. “Red” Adams

Eugene C. “Red” Adams, 70,

died May 22, 2012 at the Linn

Community Nursing Home.

Services are pending.

Eugene was born on April

25, 1942 at Wakefield, NE, to

Carl and Mary (Kudlac)

H. Geraldine “Gerri”

Caffrey, 90, of Frankfort, KS,

died Monday, May 21, 2012 at

Lynn Roberts and The Bob

Hope Road Show you can turn

back the clock, turn on your

imagination and revisit those

golden days of broadcasting

when an on-stage announcer

introduced the stars and kept


He worked as a truck driver

and for a sawmill. He then

bought land to farm. Later he

rented out his farm ground and

worked construction and traveled

to several locations around

H. Geraldine "Gerri" Caffrey

the Frankfort Community Care


Visitation was Friday, May

25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at

Padden Funeral Chapel,


A rosary service was held at

7 p.m., Friday, at Annunciation

Catholic Church, Frankfort.

Mass of Christian Burial was

held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May

26, at Annunciation Catholic

Church. Father Jim

Shaughnessy officiated.

Sterling Clark played the

organ while the cantor, Lynn

Bramhall, led the congregation

singing “Amazing Grace”,

“How Great Thou Art”,

“Behold the Lamb” and “Sing

With All the Saints.”

The pallbearers were Joe

Maas, Lee Borck, Pat Caffrey,

Fred Borck, Mike Caffrey and

Maxine Brokenicky

In the early morning hours

of May 24, 2012 Maxine

Brokenicky went to be with her

Lord. She was 95 years old at

the time of her passing.

Maxine was born in Waverly,

Kansas on January 30, 1917 to

parents Miles and Grace (Nutt)

Nichols. Although her given

name was Grace Maxine, she

was soon known to all as

Maxine. At the age of 12,

Maxine’s mother passed away,

thrusting her into a role of helping

to care for her two younger

brothers and learning to be a

homemaker. While difficult,

this role increased her bond

with her dad and brothers.

Maxine graduated from

Waterville High School in 1936

and then attended school to

become a “beautician” as it was

then called. She worked in this

profession until she became a

homemaker and mother.

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the country. Eugene also

worked as a ship mechanic in a

shipyard in Seattle. He loved to


Preceding him in death were

his parents; and brother,

William Adams.

Gwynn Hazen.

Burial was in Mt. Calvary

Catholic Cemetery, Frankfort.

Gerri was born October 23,

1921 at Blue Rapids, KS, the

daughter of Glenn and Ester

(Radford) Yungeberg. In 1940,

she graduated from Blue

Rapids High School.

On June 10, 1943, she married

Dannie F. Caffrey at Lillis,

KS. They lived and farmed

southeast of Frankfort. Gerri

was a farmwife and sales rep

for Fashion 220.

She was a member of

Annunciation Catholic Church

and Altar Society where she

was very active. Gerri was a

49-year member of the

American Legion Auxiliary,

RSVP and active in the

Democratic Party.

Gerri enjoyed helping her

Maxine was united in marriage

to Milan Brokenicky on

June 30, 1940. They made

their home in Blue Rapids,

Kansas and had a loving marriage

for 46 years until Milan’s

death in 1986. Maxine and

Milan not only raised their two

children together, but also

worked alongside each other in

the family business known as

Broky’s Hardware. After

Milan’s death, Maxine moved

to Manhattan to be nearer her

children Lana Viers and Phil

Brokenicky and their families.

Maxine quickly became

active in the First Presbyterian

Church of Manhattan where

she served as a Deacon and on

the Pastoral Nominating

Committee and later was a

member of Westview

Community Church. She also

was active in Christian

Women’s Club of Manhattan

where she was a greeter.

Maxine loved K-State sports

and particularly the women’s

basketball team and their

coaches. She was best known

for always greeting her

friends—both old and new—

with a hug. Her deep faith in

God was evident to all who

knew her.

Preceding Maxine in death

were her brothers Phil and

Gerry Nichols, her father and

mother Miles and Grace

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He is survived by his sister,

Mary Kellogg, Washington;

nieces and nephews.

A memorial fund is established

in his name.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home.

church and community, selling

poppies for veterans, driving

and going to the farm.

She was preceded in death

by her parents; husband,

Dannie F. Caffrey, on Dec. 22,

1988; son, Duane; daughter,

Dana Jean McCants; and two

sisters, infant Imogene

Yungeberg and Marjorie Borck.

Survivors include two sons,

Dannie (Mary) Caffrey,

Marysville, and Frank (Sharon)

Caffrey, Asheville, NC; two

sisters, Ada Glanzer, Randolph,

KS, and Verna (Dale) Brown,

Barnes, KS; seven grandchildren

and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Padden Funeral Chapel.

Nichols, her stepmother Gladys

Nichols, her infant daughter

Elizabeth Brokenicky, and her

husband, Milan Brokenicky.

Maxine is survived by her

daughter and son-in-law Lana

and Roger Viers of Nathrop,

Colorado; her son and daughter-in-law

Phil and Karen

Brokenicky, Manhattan; grandchildren

R.J. Viers (and

Tammy) Nathrop, Colorado;

Stacy Neufeld, Titusville, Pa.;

Drew Brokenicky (and

Shellee), Manhattan; Erin

Stadel (and Todd), Manhattan;

Cole Brokenicky (and Janie),

Manhattan. She leaves nine

great-grandchildren, and five

nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be

held at 10:00 AM, Friday, June

1, 2012 at the chapel in Via

Christi Village (formerly St

Joseph’s). Graveside Services

will be at 3:00 PM that afternoon

in Prospect Hill

Cemetery, Blue Rapids

Kansas. In lieu of flowers,

Memorial Contributions can be

made to the KSU Foundation

for Women’s Basketball.

Services arranged by Terry-

Christie Funeral Home,

W a t e r v i l l e ,

Kansas, Condolences may be

left on line at www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com

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June 25th

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Coach Pitch 6:30

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May 29th

Wash. Red vs.

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Linn 2 vs. VH

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June 5th

Han. Red vs. VH

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Wash. 1 vs. VH

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New Tax Plan: Job Creator or Budget Killer?

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov.

Sam Brownback signed tax-cut

legislation Tuesday, which, he

predicts will save Kansans $1.1

billion over the next two years.

“My faith is in the people of

Kansas, not the government’s

ability to tax and redistribute,”

Brownback said in a news conference.

“Now is the time to

grow our economy, not state

government, and that is what

this tax cut will do.”

The Kansas Legislative

Research Department, whose

analysts are the official vetters

of state budget numbers, calculates

the new plan could leave

Kansas with a $2.5 billion

budget deficit in five years.

That won’t happen, said J.G.

Scott, the department’s chief

fiscal analyst. Kansas’ constitution

forbids deficit spending, so

$2.5 billion really represents

how much additional revenue

Kansas will need to raise from

other sources, or how much

spending it will need to cut to

balance its budget in 2018.

“The tax plan will be devastating,”

said Mike Marvin,

executive director of the

Kansas Organization of State

Employees, the state’s largest

government workers union.

The projected deficits equal

more than 40 percent of state

tax revenues. Vital services will

be lost and Kansans will suffer

if future budgets are cut that

much to achieve balance,

Marvin said.

Not so, said Brownback.

“We will meet the needs of

our schools ... Our roads will be

built,” the governor said.

So, who is right?

Hard to tell, said Mark

Robyn, a state tax policy specialist

at the Tax Foundation, a

nonpartisian Washington, D.C.,

tax research group.

“Taxes do have cost-benefit

consequences,” Robyn said.

“Reducing Kansas’ taxes

will influence decisions and

stimulate economic activity in

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the state,” he said. “But that

doesn’t mean the tax cuts will

pay for themselves.”

Bernie Koch, head of the

Kansas Economic Progress

Council, which most often

advocates moderate solutions

to state policy issues, bets the

cuts won’t pay off.

Basic back-of-the-envelope

calculations show the numbers

don’t add up, Koch said. He

calculates that employers

would need to create 550,000

new jobs, all paying a median

Kansas household income of

$50,000 to generate enough

taxes to fill the projected $2.5

billion shortfall.

“Our workforce is about 1.1

million now,” Koch said.

“We’d have to increase jobs 50

percent by 2018, and no one

has done that.”

Kansas Labor Secretary

Karin Brownlee said she had

not heard about Koch's 550,000

jobs estimate before Kansas

Reporter asked about it, but she

questions its accuracy.

“They’re not recognizing

what happens when people

have more money to invest in

their own businesses,”

Brownlee said.

Brownback projects 25,000

news jobs, based on computermodeled

economic projections

from Kansas tax revenue


Brownlee and Kansas

Revenue Secretary Nick

Jordan, who both earlier urged

legislators to pass big income

tax cuts, say cutting taxes for

small businesses especially

leads to innovation and job creation.

“High income tax states have

slow economic and population

growth; no-income-tax states

have high economic and population

growth.” Jordan said.

Neither he nor Brownlee

chose to predict what kinds of

jobs will be created by the tax


“We can’t tell,” Jordan said.

“The changes are so broad,

they apply to everyone.”

KS House Rejects UN Climate Change Proposal

By Paul Soutar


TOPEKA — The Kansas

House on Friday approved a

controversial resolution to condemn

Agenda 21, a 20-year-old

United Nations statement with

implications for state, county

and local planning.

House Resolution 6032 calls

the UN initiative “radical” and

requires state lawmakers to

expose “its destructiveness to

the principles of the founding

documents of the United States

of America.”

Opponents say the House

resolution is a right-wing distraction,

but three House

Democrats voted for it anyway.

Vince Wetta, Wellington; Stan

Frownfelter, Kansas City; and

Jerry Williams, Chanute; joined

the majority in passing the HR

6032 by a vote of 76-41.

Ten House Republicans

voted against the resolution:

Barbara Bollier, Mission Hills;

Bob Brookens, Marion; Mike

Burgess, Topeka; Don Hill,

Emporia; Don Hineman,

Dighton; Steven Johnson,

Assaria; Tom Phillips,

Manhattan; Charles Roth,

Salina; Vern Swanson, Clay

Center; and Ron Worley,


Supporters of the UN initiative

say Agenda 21 is necessary

to avert climate change.

Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-

Wichita and the resolution’s

sponsor, noted that most U.S.

citizens are unaware of the

agenda or the implications of

what he called a “massive

attempt to restructure human

activity on the planet.

“There is no other way to put

it — this is the most aggressive

attack on individual liberty and

the foundations of our country

we have ever seen,” Hedke said

in the days leading up to

Friday’s vote.

Lured by the promise of federal

money, local governments

around the state already are

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committing resources to planning

in support of Agenda 21′s

sustainability goals. That trend

has produced a backlash.

County Commissioner

Richard Ranzau recently led an

unsuccessful effort to keep

Sedgwick County from participating

in a federal regional

planning grant linked to

Agenda 21. He told

KansasWatchdog the House

vote was, “Another step in the

right direction.”

But he also said it’s unlikely

to make a difference in

Sedgwick County.

“Unfortunately local officials

don’t seem to care about the

opposition to Agenda 21,

whether it’s from the House or

the Kansas people.”

Sedgwick County approved

the regional planning grant

application in September and

the grant agreement in April,

both by a 3-2 vote with Ranzau

and fellow commissioner Karl

Peterjohn opposing.

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The Wichita City Council

voted 6-1 to April 17 to

approve the grant agreement.

Council member Michael

O’Donnell cast the opposing



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Household & Collectibles


10:00 AM, Saturday, June 2, 2012

At the place, 7747 Coyotee Lane, Randolph, Kansas

(From the Marshall/Riley County Line on US 77, go 2 miles south to

Swede Creek Road, 2 miles east to the Swede Creek Church corner (Hall’s

Ravine Road), 1 mile south to Coyote Lane, then 1/2 mile west.)


Brinkmann Pro Series 2500 gas grill; child’s saddle; saddles; saddle blankets; Delta 8”

drill press; Wagner power painter, new; hand tools; Mr. Heater; Stall Safe disinfectant

system, new; Rubbermaid yard shed; garden archway; flower pots; whiskey barrels;

lawn mower trailer; Craftsman 42” lawn tractor 19.5 hp; large wooden box; gas cans;

step & ext. ladders; garden wagon; wheel barrow; Rubbermaid cabinet; water tanks,

100 gal. & 40 gal.; wool; scoops; heated water buckets; tank heaters; sprayers; ext.

cords; AC Delco 2 ton floor jack; Poulan Pro push mower; B&D Edge Hog; Craftsman

heavy duty rear tine garden tiller; Harley Davidson side pipes; lawn spreaders; hole

cleaner; post puller; post driver; garden harrow; Weed Eater trimmer; long handled

tools; live trap; Craftsman shop light; 2 – large tool boxes; McCulloch chainsaw; jack

stands; ball hitches; levels; bolt cutters; dolly cart; nippers; trimmers; 6’x6’ plant growing

tent; Clarke router, new; Craftsman socket sets; wrenches; Poulan elec. chainsaw;

long handled tree saw; oars; Weed Eater leaf blower; vise; clamps; chain hoist; garden

hoses; 14 – 12’ portable cattle panels; 1 – walk-thru gate; wood cart; axes; welded wire

cattle panels; t-posts.


Savage Model 64 .22 long rifle, auto; Western Field single shot rifle; Red Ryder BB

gun; ammo; 6 gun cabinet.


China cabinet; Moderntone dishes; pie safe, new; wicker patio set, table, 4 chairs,

loveseat; pots & pans; bakeware; bar stools; area rugs; Wynwood bedroom set, king

size bed, large dresser w/mirrow, 6 drawer chest; lamps; window AC unit; copper boiler;

old windows; mannequin; weather vanes; wrought iron loveseat; wrought iron bakers

rack; wicker rocker; antique rocker; kitchen stool; Harley Davidson ladies leather

coat, new; sewing machine, new; fireplace tools; painted armoire; Whirlwind digital

exercise bike, new; lots of arts & crafts items; lots of home décor items; more household



Terms: cash or check. Announcements the day of the auction take precedence over previous

advertising. Lunch.

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2012 5A

Ms. Co. Development Corporation/Tourism May Minutes

Georgena Lindquist

The Marshall County

D e v e l o p m e n t

Corporation/Tourism meet on

May 10, 2012 on the west patio

of the Koester House at 7 pm.

The meeting was started by

Bruce Dierking telling us about

the Quick Response Code

blocks (QRC). He talked to

John Denton who gave him a

web site where the directions to

make a QRC are. Bruce was

able to produce a QRC for our

website at no cost. A committee

of Bruce, Ann and Brenda

was created to look into how

we should use the QRC at our

county sites.

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: May 21, 2012 to

May 27, 2012

Name: Lackey, Steven

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 7/9/1971

Charge: Disorderly Conduct

Date of Arrival: 5/21/2012

Date of Release: 5/21/2012

Reason: Book and Release

Name: Dowd, Marcie

Address: Frankfort

Date of Birth: 12/18/1989

Charge: Disorderly Conduct

Date of Arrival: 5/21/2012

Date of Release: 5/21/2012

Reason: Book and Release

Name: Wetmore, Daniel

Address: Bullhead City AZ

Date of Birth: 7/3/1971

Charge: Violation of

Protection Order

Date of Arrival: 5/23/2012

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Allgood, Keith

Address: Beattie

Date of Birth: 5/18/2012

Charge: 120 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 5/25/2012

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Wilcox, Michael

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 6/21/1979

Charge: 48 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 5/25/2012

Date of Release: 5/27/2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Bottom, Charlie

Address: Beattie

Date of Birth: 10/25/1987

Charge: 48 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 5/25/2012

Date of Release: 5/27/2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Sutterlin, Justin

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 8/2/1977

Charge: 72 Hrs

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Address: Waterville

Date of Birth: 5/4/1960

Charge: DWS, Distribute,

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Date of Arrival: 5/26/2012

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Smith, Leroy

Address: Council Bluffs IA

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Date of Arrival: 5/26/2012

Date of Release: 5/26/2012

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Name: Zimmerling, Terry

Address: Wymore NE

Date of Birth: 5/30/1970

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Date of Arrival: 5/26/2012

Date of Release: 5/26/2012

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Name: Boyd, James

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Website is holding its own,

with the implementation of the

QRC hope to see use of website

to go up in hits.

Sandy Harding and Bill

Oborny talked to Kenny

Winkenwader about the bill

board sign at the visitor center.

It needs to be touched up and

sealed. After the work is done

we will take a photograph of it

to have a vinyl sign made for

later use.

The Sampler Fest was

deemed a success. Those that

attended said they were treated

very well, our display looked

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centerpiece of some kind for

the table. We may need to

rethink the scavenger hunt

game to give a prize from

Marshall County in place of the

Explorer membership. Also

need to have the cards printed

with a place for people to fill in

their personal information.

John Howard reported on the

Diane Montague meeting. He

said that she was very interested

in Marshall County and

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planned on bringing small tours

here. She is bringing a small

mystery group through here on

May 16 and will stop at several


John Howard reported on the

last NCK meeting it was held in

Scandia, it was a good meeting.

Georgena Lindquist reported

on her Leadership Marshall

County activities and invited

suggestions for members for

the next session.

Show & Tell, Nancy Nolte

reminded everyone about the

Ice Age Monument Dedication

to be held on May 19 on the

square in Blue Rapids.

Next meeting will be June 7,

Marshall County Sheriff’s Jail Log

Blue Rapids Class of 1962

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Lamoreaux, Wayne Broky, Ron Claycamp, Gerry Mather and David Walker.

Middle Row (Left to Right): Carolyn (DeValt) Walker, Helena (Merrill) Lamb,

Carol Ann (Cohorst) Patterson, Mary Lou (Tillotson) Armstrong, Claudia (Brooks)

Atkinson and Jan (Brooks) Mather.

Front Row (Left to Right): Pam (Ball) Bulson, Robin (Baldwin) Foley, Joyce (Hale)

Haxton, Marilyn (Newman) Land and Shirley (Reed) Kessinger.

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Marshall County Minutes

May 21, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Thomas K. Holle Chairman;

Charles R. Loiseau and Robert

S. Connell 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 seconded by Robert S.

Connell. Unanimous.

Dave Seagren, Marysville

met with the Board to ask about

dust control being put on the

driveway of the Habitat for

Humanity. The Board suggested

they should talk to the City

of Marysville since that property

is in the City limits.

Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

and County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S Connell

to go into executive session for

ten minutes at 9:07 a.m. to discuss

matters of potential litigation

and attorney client privilege

with County Attorney

Laura Johnson-McNish and

Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

present. Unanimous.

Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

met with the Board to request a

step increase for Corrections

Officer Dave Baier from

Corrections Officer at $12.14

an hour to Corrections Officer I

at $12.37 an hour as of June 1,

2012. Robert S. Connell

moved, seconded by Thomas

K. Holle to approve a step

increase for Corrections

Officer Dave Baier from

Corrections Officer at $12.14

an hour to Correction Officer I

at $12.37 an hour effective

June 1, 2012. Unanimous.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board to discuss the following

change to the Ridership


Hours change to 8:00 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.

Dates of out of town travel

From door pickup – curbside


Reduce packages to one trip

and no more than 15 lbs.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the changes and

publication for public comment

to the Agency on Aging

Ridership Handbook with proposed

changes set to be effective

June 24, 2012.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the

Neighborhood Revitalization

Dane’s Automotive

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Your Drop and Lock Hitch Dealer

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application for Daniel

Rottinghaus, Axtell, KS with

the preconstruction pictures

that were provided by the

applicant. Unanimous.

Jim Taphorn, Beattie met

with the Board to discuss

bridge structures being

replaced with tubes only and

not tubes with wing walls. He

was specifically talking about a

structure located in Franklin

Township on Granite Road a ½

mile east of 14th Road.

Public Works Coordinating

Supervisor Larry Polson met

with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Newman Signs, Jamestown,

ND for 911 signs $622.00-911

Local fund-P.O. # 106952

Mike’s OK Tire, Marysville,

KS for tires $771.60-Road &

Bridge fund-P.O. # 106880

Public Works Coordinating

Supervisor Larry Polson asked

the Board about replacing a

structure located on Pawnee

Road ½ mile east of 30th Road

in Section 25 of Lincoln

Township. The Board decided

to discuss the possible replacement

of the structure next


Terry Hughes, Marysville

joined the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

and left at 10:30 a.m.

Dave Claeys, Oketo; Kenny

Claeys, Marysville and Ralph

Plegge, Marysville met with

the Board to discuss whether a

½ mile of Harvest Road west of

10th Road which starts at the

Gustoff Claeys Trust property

line is a road. Commissioner

Connell showed pictures of

other parcels in the County that

have what looks like maintained

roads, but they are lanes

to private property.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board during their discussion

of Harvest and 10th Road and

informed the group that they

need to file a petition for closure

because of case law findings

and that all parties

involved need to sign letters

that they will not request damages

from the County. She also

stated that the landowners and

trail group need to communicate.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Midwest Mobile, St. Joseph,

MO for service calls $994.45-

911 fund-P.O. # 4122

Manatron, Portage, IL for

computer maintenance and

mileage $700.00-General

(Computer Maintenance)fund-

P.O. # 4173

Miller Electric, Marysville,

KS for electrical work on

remodel $2,182.56-Health

Building fund-P.O. # 4110

Marshall County Infant &

Toddler Services, Marysville,

KS for supplies $1,132.13-

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County Treasurer Linda

Weber and County Clerk Sonya

L. Stohs met with the Board to

discuss the Neighborhood

Revitalization parcels that did

not have their taxes paid in full

and were on the delinquent list

ran by the County Treasurer

and cross checked to the

Neighborhood Revitalization

parcels by the County Clerk

Sonya L. Stohs.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

that all real and personal properties

that were not paid in full

and were all on the delinquent

list printed by the County

Treasurer on May 15, 2012 are

out of the Neighborhood

Revitalization program.

Unanimous. They also stressed

the need that all real and personal

property owned by the

applicants be paid in full by

May 10th of every year.

North Central Regional

Planning Commission Director

Doug McKinney, Economic

Development George McCune,

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

and County Appraiser Janet

Duever met with the Board to

discuss the County filing an

application for the HOME


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the vouchers,

as presented, and issue

warrants from the respective

funds. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn the meeting at 12:05

p.m. Unanimous. The next

scheduled meeting will be

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 starting

at 9:00 a.m.

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Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Rumors, Rumors, Rumors, It

seems like sometimes they

never end. The rumor about the

increase in medicare premium

has been going on for the last

five months so I decided it was

time to write an article about it.

Whenever someone reads an

article, receives an email, or

hears something on the radio or

TV it is important to find out

exactly where the information

is coming from so you can

decide whether to believe the

information or not.

The untrue email that has

been circulating for months

basically states that in 2014 the

Medicare Part B premium will

increase to $247, because of a

provision in the 2010

Affordable Health Care Act

(ACA). The reason this

increase is delayed to 2014 is

because of the 2012 election.

In truth, Congress sets the

Medicare Part B premium each

fall usually in September or

October. There is no provision

in the ACA to cause such an

increase in the Medicare Part B

Premium. Also, a whopping

jump of over 100% has never

happened in the history of


Medicare beneficiaries, as a

group, are required to pay one

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


Soils are warm enough now

that tomatoes can benefit from


Tomatoes prefer even levels

of soil moisture and mulches

provide such by preventing

excessive evaporation. Other

benefits of mulching include

weed suppression, moderating


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fourth of the cost of running

Medicare, and annual premiums

are set at a figure calculated

to achieve that level of revenue.

The annual premiums are

not officially set until they are

announced each fall, however,

Medicare administrators track

trends and anticipates changes

and uses them to formulate projections

of Medicare premiums

for the next several years.

Those projected premiums are:

2013: $110.50

2014: $115.80

2015: $120.80

2016: $126.00

2017: $132.70

2018: $140.30

2019: $148.40

2020: $158.60

In the past couple of years,

the Medicare Part B premium

did not raise to the amount projected

for current Medicare


If, for some reason, Social

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then many Medicare beneficiaries

may not see an increase in

their Part B Premiums because

of the Hold Harmless Law.

This Law states that individuals

cannot make less than they did

the previous year. So, if there is

no COLA, then Medicare premiums

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those who have their Medicare

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Mulching Tomatoes

The following were in attendance:

Anthony Ring; Jeff

Crist; Carol Hill; Wayne Hill;

Bill Phillipi; Rob Peschel;

Angie Armstrong; Phil

Osborne; George McCune; and

Juanita McCune.

The meeting was called to

order by Chairman Peschel.

The minutes of the 3/14/12

meeting were reviewed. Bill

moved the minutes be

approved. Jeff seconded.


Wayne presented the treasurer’s

report. Jeff moved the

treasurer’s report be approved.

Angie seconded. Unanimous.

Summer is a great time to

come to the library! The

Summer Reading program,

Dream Big READ! will be

starting on June 4th and continue

through the 27th of July.

Children’s story times and

adult book clubs are being

planned; possibly even a ‘Night

at the Library’. For those who

sign up we will be giving prizes

soil temperatures and preventing

the formation of a hard

crust on the soil. Crusted soils

restrict air movement into and

out of the soil and slow the

water infiltration rate.

Hay and straw mulches are

very popular for tomatoes but

may contain weed or volunteer

grain seeds. Grass clippings

can also be used but should be

applied as a relatively thin

Jeff moved that a yearly

membership to MCPFG be

given to a new business, or a

business with an ownership

change. Phil seconded.


George presented information

concerning the Marshall

County Economic

Development office organizing

a seminar designed to teach

small business owners effective

ways to use social media to

increase revenue. The seminar

is scheduled for May 15, at

12:00 p.m., brown bag lunch at

the Marysville City Building.

The cost for the seminar is

to children who read for an

allotted amount of time or if

they read a certain number of

books. For the teens and

adults, a drawing will take

place each month for a $20 gift

card! Again this year, Adam

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(anyone on Medicare with

Social Security) their Medicare

Part B premium remains the

same while those who pay

Medicare directly, or are new to

Medicare, will see the increase.

So, there are no truths to the

scare that Medicare Part B

Premiums will double in the

near future.

What we do know for

Medicare Part D Prescription

Drug Coverage from 2013.

The Center for Medicare and

Medicaid Services has defined

Standard Benefit Plan changes

from 2012 to 2013. This

“Standard Benefit Plan” is the

minimum allowable plan to be

offered. There will continue to

be plans that offer no deductible

and that have different copay

options. So, you need to pay

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when the new plans will be officially


* Initial Deductible: will be

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* Initial Coverage Limit: will

increase from $2,930 in 2011 to

$2,970 in 2013

* Out-of-Pocket Threshold:

will increase from $4,700 in

2012 to $4,750 in 2013

* Coverage Gap (donut

hole): begins once you reach

your Medicare Part D plan’s

initial coverage limit ($2,970 in

2013) and ends when you spend

layer – only 2 to 3 inches thick.

Clippings should also be dry as

wet clipping can mold and

become so hard that water can’t

pass through. Also, do not use

clippings from lawns that have

been treated with a weed killer

until some time has passed.

With most types of weed

killers, clippings from the

fourth mowing after treatment

may be used. If the lawn was

Marshall County Partnership for

Growth, Inc. Meeting – 4/18/12

$10.00. Karl Klein, Director of

the Small Business

Development Center at

Washburn University, will lead

the session. To register for the

seminar people can mail a

check made payable to

“Washburn University SBDC”

to the Marshall County

Economic Development office.

George presented information

concerning advertising to

bring professionals to Marshall

County. He presented information

on advertising in the K-

State Paper, KU Paper and

Washburn University Paper.

Phil moved this marketing

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a total of $4,750 in 2013. In

2013, Part D enrollees will continue

to receive a 52.5% discount

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brand-name drugs while in the

donut hole. The full retail cost

of the drugs will still apply to

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* Minimum Cost-sharing in

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* Maximum Co-payments

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2012 8A

Sunset Zoo Opens New Nature Exploration Center Sunday

May 29, 2012, Manhattan,

KS – June is National Zoo &

Aquarium Month and Sunset

Zoo has a weekend full of historic

celebrations planned. On

Sunday, Sunset Zoo will unveil

its new entryway and education

facility, The Nature Exploration

Center, to the public. The Zoo

will open at Noon with a formal

ribbon cutting and dedication

ceremony; guests be invited to

use the new ticket booth immediately

following the ceremonies.

Zoo Ambassadors will

be stationed throughout the

facility to answer any questions

as guests explore; regular Zoo

admission rates apply for this


“We can’t wait to show off

this new building to the commu-

nity,” said Scott Shoemaker,

Zoo Director. “We’re excited

for folks to see how this new

space will enhance their connection

to Sunset Zoo and I cannot

thank our guests enough for

their patience throughout the

construction process.”

In addition to Sunday’s festivities,

community members

can get an exclusive first look at

Sunset Zoo’s Nature Exploration Center at night. Photo by Michael Marish.

the new facility during Friends

of Sunset Zoo’s Wine in the

Wild Saturday evening. The

event’s VIP reception will begin

at 6pm in the Nature

Exploration Center with wine

and food tasting stations set up

throughout. General Admission

begins at 7pm with additional

tasting stations throughout the

main Zoo. To purchase tickets

Wide Awake Visits Happy Harvesters

Members of the Wide Awake

4-H Club traveled to

Marysville May 7 to attend an

exchange meeting with the

Happy Harvesters.

Thirteen members and three

leaders attended the meeting.

Wide Awake officers presided

over the meeting. Kristena

Crumbley gave a demonstration

on how to make a healthy

peanut butter sandwich and

Aleah Staggenborg gave a

demonstration on how to wash

dark clothes.

Discussion during the meeting

included the food stand on

June 14 when Bike Across

Kansas travels through Blue

Rapids and the fair food stand.

The club also voted to do a club

tour followed by a potluck and

swimming party. The date will

be determined at the June meeting.

— Wesley Denton, Historian

and Junior Reporter

Redistricting Snafu Roils Local Elections

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter


Candidates for the 165 seats up

for grabs in the Kansas

Legislature are eager to see

what the political boundaries for

state lawmakers and U.S.

Congress will look like.

But they aren't alone in their

curiosity. An unknown number

of people aspiring to serve on

precinct committees want to

know, too.

The legislative candidates

Tuesday packed into a Kansas

City, Kan., courtroom where

three federal judges are expected

to decide on the lines. Those

candidates have the relative luxury

of waiting until the judges

rule before deciding whether to

hit the campaign trail.

State election officials said

they hope word comes by June

11, because ballots must be

printed and sent to military

members overseas in advance,

beginning June 23.

The precinct hopefuls must

decide by Friday, the filing

deadline for most office seekers

in Kansas. Candidates must file

by then to get on the Aug. 7 primary

ballot, even if they aren’t

sure about who they will be

wooing, or where.

“I’ve never seen a situation

quite like this ever before,” said

Tyler King, an associate

researcher at Ballotpedia.com,

an online self-proclaimed

“interactive almanac of state


Kansas, like all states, must

redraw its congressional and

state legislative districts after

each U.S. census to ensure political

districts represent equal

numbers of voters.

Kansas legislators ended the

2012 session May 20 without

passing a redistricting plan,

becoming the only state that

failed to do so. Legislators

accused one another of jiggering

proposed boundaries to drive

opponents from power.

Tuesday, a panel of three federal

judges in Kansas City, Kan.,

began hearings in a lawsuit over

redistricting. It's expected the

judges will come up with a plan

of their own, the first in Kansas

history not passed by legislators.

Robyn Renee Essex, a member

of the Olathe Republican

precinct committee, filed the

lawsuit in early May, alleging

the Legislature’s inaction violates

her constitutional rights to

cast a vote that counts as much

as anyone else’s. Twenty-six

interveners have since joined

the lawsuit, each supporting one

side or another.

The three judges hearing the

lawsuit, Chief Judges Kathryn

3rd Rally

In Riley

This year county and state

representatives and candidates

have been invited to speak at

the Third Annual Rally in

Riley. This is a bipartisan event

and an opportunity to discuss

local issues and get viewpoints

from all sides.

Saturday, June 9 at the Riley

County High School north of

Riley on Hwy 24 and Falcon

Road. 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch

and refreshments available.

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Vratil and Mary Beck Briscoe,

and Senior Judge John W.

Lungstrum, are looking at more

than a dozen plans for redrawing

the boundaries of Kansas’

four congressional districts, 40

state Senate and 125 state House

districts, and 10 state board of

education districts.

The judges may pick one of

the plans before them or create

one of their own.

Kansas Secretary of State

Kris Kobach, the state’s chief

elections officer and a defendant

in the Essex lawsuit, hopes a

plan can be chosen quickly, said

Kay Curtis, Kobach's chief

communications officer.

Election officials in Kobach’s

office say the district lines need

to be decided by June 11 in time

for candidates to get on ballots

and for the ballots to be printed

and mailed overseas.

Precinct workers and candidates

for any office not involved

in the Kansas City lawsuit must

file by June 1, said Bryan

Caskey, who heads the secretary

of state’s election division.

“It’s the law,” Caskey said.

“The only exemptions are those

specific congressional, state legislative

or school board districts

that are affected by redistricting.”

Redistricting won’t be a problem

for 600 or more county

offices up for grabs this fall

across the state, because all voters

in each of those counties

already cast equally weighted

ballots, Caskey said.

The problem involves

precinct workers, the locally

elected volunteers who host the

more than 13,500 voting stations

in the state where voters

cast ballots.

Precinct workers, like county

sheriffs, treasurers or county

commissioners, are elected

according to where they live,

Caskey said. But redistricting

can change precinct boundaries,

where county city or other lines

are more firmly fixed.

to this historic celebration, visit

SunsetZoo.com or call

785.587.APES. VIP tickets are

$80 in advance ($100 at the

gate) and General Admission is

$40 in advance ($50 at the gate).

Sunset Zoo’s new Nature

Exploration Center will house

an interactive distance learning

lab, expanded education offerings,

a year-round gift shop and

ticket booth, and provide a

unique venue for private events,

including weddings, family

reunions and corporate gatherings.

The project is funded primarily

through a sales tax initiative

that was passed by Manhattan

citizens in 2009. Private support

is also a crucial aspect of the

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and individuals providing

funding. For more information

about the Nature Exploration

Center, the Zoo’s new Gibbons

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Blue Rapids Holds Alumni Banquet

Look at all that delicious food. Orville Thomas was the oldest Alumni to attend.

What a great turnout. (Photos by Deb Barrington)

Everyone stood to sing Blue and Gold.

KPERS To Get Fewer Chips From Casinos

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

FAIRWAY — Ever dream of

hitting it big at the craps table,

or while playing roulette?

Kansas legislators have.

In the final days of the session,

lawmakers pushed

through a plan that would use

almost half of the revenue from

three state-owned casinos to

fund the Kansas Employees

Retirement System, which is

facing a $8 billion shortfall.

The money would go toward

retirement benefits promised to

more than 250,000 teachers and

government workers over the

next two decades.

But there are only so many

chips to play.

New budget projections

from the Kansas Legislative

Research Department, the state

government’s official number

crunchers, show the planned

lifeline from the casinos will be

about $5 million less than legislators

first expected.

It’s not a fatal flaw, but “I am

disappointed,” said House

Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-

Lawrence, who originally proposed

tapping casinos for the

pension fund.

The plan capped a two-year

legislative battle over how best

to keep those pension fund

promises from overwhelming

the state budget. KPERS officially

was estimated to be $8.3

billion short of what it would

need to pay all of the pension

benefits promised by 2033.

Some economists, most

famously Joshua Rauh of

Northwestern University and

Robert Novy-Marx of the

University of Chicago, calculated

the actual shortage is

more than $20 billion, if the

full effects of the 2008 financial

crisis were counted.

Either way, Kansas taxpayers

had a lot riding on the

debate. Their tax payments are

used to pay the 8.77 percent of

each teacher's or worker's paycheck

that schools, state agencies

and local governments

contribute to their pensions.

That amounts to $392 million.

Doing nothing would boost

those contribution rates to nearly

21 percent, and the price tag

above $2 billion, according to

KPERS projections. On the

97th day of what was intended

to be a 90-day session, lawmakers

closed the traditional

pension plan to new workers

hired after 2014, installed in its

place a less expensive guaranteed

interest retirement savings

account, and voted to use casino

money to attack the funding


“I don’t think there will be

much interest in taking up

KPERS again,” Davis said.

Davis, state pension officials

and the state’s legislative

researchers originally believed

the plan would provide about

$40 million in casino money

initially and larger amounts

after that, as business increased

KS Extends Car Tag

Deadlines After More

Computer Problems

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

MISSION — Kansans facing

deadlines for getting new or

renewed car tags have an additional

30 days, as the state deals

with some hard-to-kill bugs in

its new $40 million computer


The state Department of

Revenue said renewal deadlines

for motorists, who’ve

been shut out of the system

since May 1, would be extended.

On Monday, Kansas experienced

another “prolonged

slowdown” in service, tax collectors


Motorists whose tags

expired April 30 now have until

May 31 to renew; those whose

tags will expire May 31 have

until June 29.

“We’re glad to see things got

extended,” said Jim Hanni,

executive vice president of

AAA-Kansas in Topeka. “This

was really starting to affect a

lot of people.”

The problems could have

affected as many 275,000 car

owners, based on statewide

registration totals, Hanni said.

State revenue officials closed

all 109 Department of Motor

Vehicle stations from May 1 to

7 to move the records from

1980's vintage mainframe computers

to a new system

designed by 3M Co. The weeklong

shutdown created a backlog

of license and tag applications,

which continues to create

long lines and extended waiting

times across the state.

DMV offices reopened on

schedule Tuesday, and lines

formed quickly at two of the

state’s busiest offices — in

Mission and Olathe. Some 90

minutes after those offices

opened, wait times were estimated

to be five and a half

hours in Mission and more than

six hours in Olathe. The two

offices, both in Johnson

County, together register about

483,000 vehicles annually.

at three state-owned casinos in

Kansas City, near Wichita and

in Dodge City.

Kansas leases those casinos

and collects 22 percent of the

revenue through a special fund

called the Expanded Lottery

Act Revenue Fund, projected to

hit $81 million dollars by June

30, 2013.

The $5 million cut in

KPERS’ share of that money is

a result of how the last-minute

law ordered division of the

casino revenue, said Kristen

Basso, the pension fund's communications


Lawmakers originally proposed

devoting 75 percent of

the casino money to pay down

KPERS’ liability, leaving the

rest for other debt reduction or

capital improvement projects

that legislators approve each


But that formula changed in

the ebb and flow of the 11thhour

negotiations to 50 percent

of the money left after the first

$10.5 million of the casino revenue

was paid to Kansas universities

to help turn out engineering


“That works out to about $35

million,” Basso said.

Don’t bet on how quickly

new business at the Kansas

casinos, all of which have been

open two years or less, will

boost funding for KPERS,

gaming officials say.

Gambling revenue nationally

fell in 2009, leveled off in

2010, then rose 3 percent in

2011, the American Gaming

Association reported in its latest

annual industry review

released last week. Kansas’

revenue, in contrast, rose 28

percent last year, primarily

because the state opened its

second casino, near Wichita,

said Holly Wetzel, the gaming

industry association’s communications

vice president.

“What we think we are looking

at is a continued long, slow

recovery,” Wetzel said.

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Happy 90th Birthday

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A celebration of Helen’s 90th Birthday will be held

on June 3rd at the Blue Rapids Community Center

from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

“No gifts, please just your presence.”

State Track Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2012 10A

Valley Heights Puts In Great Effort At State Track & Field

Kelsey Potter got 11th in the Girls Triple Jumpwith a jump of 33-03.00

Sidney Blackburn had a distance of 31-07.50 for the Girls Shot Put.

Elijah Smith jumped to 2nd during the Boys Triple Jump with 43-04.00.

Elijah also placed 3rd during the 110 Meter Hurdles with 15.39 and 4th during the

Long Jump with 20-11.50.

Drew Mann got 9th in the Girls Javelin Throw with 109-07.

Tanner Trimble placed 10th during the Boys Triple Jump with 40-07.25

Tommy Tryon placed 4th during the Boys Shot Put with 47-02.50.

(File Photo by Deb Barrington)

Photos courtesy of Darin Blackburn, Nori Blackburn, Kerry Potter and Angela Harrison.

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