eFreePress 06.14.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press


eFreePress 06.14.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press

Publishers Free Press

Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 3 Number 50 Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

American Legion members were

out early this morning Thursday,

June 14th putting up flags to celebrate

Flag Day.

This certainly made a colorful

and patriotic setting for the 800

bicycle riders with Bike Across

Kansas that were in town.

Blue Rapids American Legion

Post #169 purchased 30 new flags

recently to replace those that had

faded and this is the first time they

were flown.



The Blue Rapids Public Library

summer reading program for

youngsters has begun, and this

year¹s theme is “Dream Big ‹-


The program, which is for children

up to age 16, runs through

Aug. 1. The goal of the program is

for youngsters to read 20 books or

2,000 pages.

All participants will get a prize.

The Infant & Toddler Services Read

to Me program is a co-sponsor of

the summer reading program.

For information, people can call the

library, 785-363-7709.

Pony Express

Rides Again

Between June 13-23 Pony

Express riders will carry the mail

between Sacramento, Calf. and St.

Joseph, Mo., a distance of 1966

miles, riding day and night.

The rider will hit the Nebraska

State Line at 2:00 p.m. on June

22nd. He will be at the Hollenberg

Station at 3:00 p.m. until 3:15. He

will arrive in Marysville at 5:15 and

depart at 5:30 p.m.

The mail is still carried in a

Mochila which is laid over the saddle

so that the rider is sitting on it to

insure that it does not fall off the


It was 152 years ago that one

could hear the hoof beats of the

Pony Express riders as they galloped

across the mountains and

deserts of, what is now, northern


The Pony Express back in the

mid 1800s only lasted for 18

months when it was put out of business

by the Trans Continental

Telegraph in 1861. Now, 152 years

later one may still hear the sound of

those hoof beats in the desert, if you

listen with your heart.

In 1859 the freighting company

of Russell, Majors and Waddell

established the Pony Express Route

in hopes of winning a postal contract.

In early 1860 they ran ads asking

for ‘young, skinny fellows who

weighed no more then 115 pounds.

Of course orphans were preferred,

be cause of the danger, and the pay

was $25 per week. The riders rode

80 to 120 miles per day, stopping at

a home station to await the mail

going back in the directions from

which they had come. Horses were

changed at relay stations every 5 to

25 miles. The ages of the riders

ranged from 11 to 44 years old with

the average age at about 22 years.

In the world of the Pony Express

rider of today here in Nevada, the

riders are men and women, no concern

as to the weight and the ages

run from 14 to 89. The length of a

ride may be anywhere from one

mile to as many as 12 to 20 miles. It

depends on the rider and the terrain

where they are riding.

In the world of the Nevada Pony

Express, we are looking for riders,

male or female, for the annual reride

which is 1,996 miles through

eight states. The Nevada portion is

400 miles and will be ridden from

the California/Nevada state line to

the Nevada/Utah line from June 14-

16. We need riders that would love

the excitement and adventure of

carrying the mail on horseback.

Riders must maintain a fast trot or a

lope in order to maintain a speed of

8 mph.




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KS: Judicial Remap Scrambles State

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

FAIRWAY — Elaine Bowers’ plan

to run for the Kansas Senate this fall

changed abruptly late Thursday.

A federal court in Kansas City, Kan.,

moved the Senate District 21 seat —

that Bowers intended to seek — more

than 200 miles east to a fast-growing

Kansas City suburb, minutes from the

Kansas-Missouri line. The district had

been in primarily rural north-central


Ordering the change were Chief

Judges Kathryn Vratil of the U.S.

District Court of Kansas and Mary

Beck Briscoe of the 10th Circuit U.S.

Court of Appeals, as well as Senior

Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S.

District Court of Kansas.

The District 21 move was one aspect

of a total remapping of Kansas’ congressional,

legislative and state school

board voting districts, adjusting for

population changes recorded in the

2010 U.S. Census.

The Kansas Constitution requires

the Legislature to make those changes

after each census to protect equal voting

rights statewide. But legislators in

the most-recent session did not agree

on a redistricting plan, and last month

adjourned for the first time in state his-

On Monday, June 18, K-9 will be

closed at the US-77 junction for intersection

reconstruction work. This

intersection reconstruction work is

part of the US-77 Big Blue River

bridge replacement project northeast

of Blue Rapids in Marshall County.

United Contractors Inc. (Johnston,

Iowa) is the primary contractor on this

bridge replacement project with a total

contract cost of $7.558 million. The

new US-77 bridge is scheduled to

open to all traffic in mid-September

2012. The old bridge is scheduled to

be demolished in November 2012.

Overall project work is scheduled to

be completed in late December 2012,

weather permitting.

Beginning on Monday, June 18 at

4:00 p.m. through early September

2012, westbound and eastbound K-9

will be closed from the city of

Frankfort to the US-77 junction to

ALL through traffic. Access will be

maintained for local traffic only on the

closed portion of K-9. A 48-mile

marked detour on state highways will

be provided. See the map below for

the marked detour route.

Advance message boards will alert

drivers to the K-9 roadway closure.

Drivers must use alternate routes during

the roadway closure.

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tory without passing one.

Monday at noon is the deadline for

candidates for Congress, the

Legislature and the Kansas State Board

of Education to file for their respective

offices. That means that many wouldbe

candidates, such as Bowers, will

have to decide quickly whether to run

in what could be a radically altered


No problem, said Bowers, a

Concordia Republican who has represented

Kansas House District 107 in

the Legislature since 2007. She’ll just

run for the geographically larger

Senate District 36, which the judges

drew around Concordia instead.

“If you are a rural legislator, it’s a

dream district,” Bowers said of the

now 10-county Senate district sprawling

across almost a third of northern


“I’m going to Topeka to file

Monday,” she said.

Scores — perhaps hundreds — of

other candidates may not be so lucky,

said Kansas Secretary of State Kris

Kobach, the state’s chief election officer.

“The good news is that the courts

have reached a decision in time to hold

Aug. 7 primaries,” Kobach said. “The

bad news is that the timing is going to

replacement project began on US-77

over the Big Blue River located onehalf

mile east of the city of Blue

Rapids in Marshall County. The new

bridge and realigned US-77 roadway

are being built just east of the existing

bridge and highway, along with the

portion of K-9 that will be realigned to

tie into the new roadway. (See the

attached map for the new bridge and

roadway alignment.)

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be unusually disruptive.”

In the newly redrawn 125 districts

for the Kansas House, for example, 48

of those districts are home to more than

one incumbent legislator, whose political

fates could be determined in primary

or general election battles. And

25 new districts have no incumbents

living in them.

Kansas has no way to delay the filing

deadline, so decisions that candidates

and voters might have had two

months to make now must be made in

just two working days, Kobach said.

“This is disruptive for legislators

and it’s disruptive for voters who now

may be represented by someone they

don’t even know,” Kobach said.

The judicially drawn maps also raise

the possibility, said Kansas State

University political science professor

Joe Aistrup, “of a fundamental shift in

the state’s political topography.”

“You’ve got 48 districts (with more

than one incumbent resident) in which

one incumbent may lose, and you’ve

got 25 other districts that are completely

open,” Aistrup said. “That is huge.”

The judges’ orders for redrawing

boundaries of the state’s four congressional

districts, 40 state Senate districts

and 10 state board of education districts

may be less far reaching , he said.

The new US-77 bridge will be 40foot

wide, with two 12-foot lanes and

8-foot shoulders, providing more

room for today’s wider vehicles and it

will have shorter bridge railings as

well. In addition, project work

includes a deceleration lane for northbound

drivers turning east onto K-9

and an acceleration lane for eastbound

drivers on K-9 turning north onto US-


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Marshall County is one of only a few Kansas Counties that end up in two Congressional Districts the Big 1st and 2nd Districts. Home City

will be divided between the two Congressional Districts. Blue Rapids, Waterville, Frankfort, Vermillion, Beattie and Axtell will all become

part of the Second Congressional District, and Marysville, Oketo and Summerfield will be in the Big 1st District.

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“In the congressional maps,

Manhattan is the big loser,” Aistrup


Manhattan, which includes both

Kansas State University and families

of nearby Fort Riley, will become the

biggest city in the sparsely populated

1st Congressional District, which covers

most of the western half of the


Representatives of that city previously

lobbied legislators and testified

before the federal judges arguing to

remain in the 2nd Congressional

District— basically northeastern

Kansas, excluding Johnson and

Wyandotte counties — because of

claimed ties to eastern Kansas and the

Kansas City-Lawrence area.

But in Thursday’s opinion, the court

said keeping Manhattan in the 2nd

District “would cause adverse affects

elsewhere in the state,” and pointed to

one alternative, which lawmakers proposed,

that would have extended a sliver

of Kansas’ far western 1st

Congressional District along the state’s

northern border to Leavenworth, on the

state’s eastern border. That “extremely

contrived First District” would be

“inappropriate,” the court order said.

Highway K-9 To Close For Bridge Work

Blue Rapids

New Bridge




This project is funded by T-

WORKS, the transportation program

passed by the Kansas Legislature in

May 2010. Find out more about this

and other T-WORKS projects at:


Kimberly Qualls, Northeast Kansas

Public Affairs Manager, at (785) 640-

9340, or Kevin Palic, Construction

Manager, at (785) 336-2183. (KDOT

Project # 77-58 KA 0716-01)

To Frankfort

To Marysville

Highway K-9 will close for 3-months to finish on the intersection at the new bridge northeast of BR.

Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 14, 2012

LaVonne Steenson

LaVonne G. Steenson, age

67, of Mentor, Kansas, passed

away on Saturday, June 9,

2012, at the Salina Regional

Health Center, after a long bat-

Michael Joyce

Michael P. Joyce, 54, of

Marysville, died Monday, June

11, 2012 at the Blue Valley

Nursing Home, Blue Rapids,


Visitation will be Wednesday

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

Kinsley Mortuary.

A rosary service will be held

at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13

Seth Steinfort

Seth Steinfort, age 3 days,

died June 3, 2012, in Kansas

City, Kansas. He was born on

May 31, 2012, the son of

Marvin Steinfort and Erica

(Tabares) Steinfort, they survive

of Nalchik, Russia. He is

also survived by two brothers,

Calvin and Micah Steinfort of

the home; paternal grandpar-

Norman Nork

Norman R. Nork, 88, of

Marysville, KS, died Thursday,

June 7, 2012 at Cambridge


Visitation will be Sunday

from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at

Kinsley Mortuary.

A funeral service was held at

10 a.m., Monday, June 11 at

Memorial Presbyterian Church,


Burial was in the Marysville

City Cemetery.

Norman was born July 4,

Dixie Adolph

Dixie L. Adolph, 76, of

Marysville, KS, died Friday,

June 8, 2012 at her home surrounded

by her family after a

long battle with cancer.

Visitation was Monday, June

11, from noon until 9 p.m. at

Kinsley Mortuary. The family

received friends from 5 to 7

tle with cancer.

LaVonne was born July 1,

1944, at Blue Rapids to James

O. and Catherine L. (Behrens)

Terry. She graduated from

Waterville High School in

1963. She married Shelby L.

Steenson on December 15,

1963 at St. Mark’s Lutheran

Church in Waterville. After

Business School in Kansas City

she helped Shelby with his auto

repair business and later with

his trucking business doing the

books for the business.

She was a member of St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church in

Waterville. LaVonne loved her

cats, her garden and dirt track

at St. Gregory’s Catholic

Church, Marysville.

Mass of Christian Burial will

be held at 10 a.m., Thursday,

June 14, at St. Gregory’s.

Burial in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two children,

Jessica (Rob) Reeves,

Kansas City, MO, and

ents, Harry and Kathy Steinfort

of Blue Rapids, Kansas; maternal

grandparents, Ed and

Ginger Tabares of Emporia,

Kansas; paternal great grandmother,

Jean Lockey of Seneca,

Kansas; maternal great grandparents,

Wendell and Claire

Davis of Williamsburg,

Kansas; five uncles and three

1923 at Marysville, the son of

Hjalmer and Linna (Ackerman)


A graveside funeral service

was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday,

June 12 at the Marysville City

Cemetery. Rev. Donnie

Stuart officiated.

The pallbearers were Ron

Prothe, Justin Welch, Jim Hall,

Merlin Wall, Travis Edwards

and Allen Benkendorf.

Dixie was born November

24, 1935 at Lesterville, MO,

daughter of Harmon Sylvester

and Anne (Wright) Christian.

In 1961, she graduated from

St. Mary’s Hospital School of

Nursing at Kansas City, MO.

She worked at North Kansas

City Hospital for 14 years

before moving to Marysville in

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Survivors include her husband

Shelby, son, Tony and

wife Lynn of Mentor, three

grandchildren and one greatgrandchild,

a sister, Sarah

Whiting and husband Carroll of

Blue Rapids.

Preceding LaVonne in death

were her three brothers, James

Terry, Donnie Terry and

Norman Terry.

A Graveside Service is

planned for 10:00 am,

Thursday, June 14, 2012 at

Riverside Cemetery in

Waterville with Pastor Gordy

Sandquist officiating. Prerecorded

selections of “When I

Christopher Joyce, Reno, NV;

mother, Carol L. Joyce,

Marysville; sister, Jan (Kerry)

White, Marysville; and four


A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary.


A Celebration of Life was

held 10:00 a.m., Monday, June

11, 2012, at First Baptist

Church of Ottawa. Burial followed

at Mt. Olivet Cemetery,

rural Williamsburg, Kansas.

The family received friends

from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday prior

to the service at the church.

Nork. In 1941, he graduated

from Marysville High School.

He then attended Watchmaker

school at Elgin, IL.

He served the U.S. Navy on

a PT boat in the Pacific


After his honorable discharge

Norman returned to

Marysville and worked with his

family at Ackerman Jewelry

Store. He later owned the jewelry

store and operated it until

his retirement.

1970. She worked at Mary

Marshall Manor and retired

from nursing in 1992. She later

worked as a caregiver for Twin

Valley Developmental Services

in Marysville and Beattie.

She was a member of

Business and Professional

Women’s Organization and

various nurses’ organizations.

Dixie enjoyed traveling

extensively including trips to

the Caribbean, Europe and the

Mediterranean, gardening,

flowers, cooking, camping,

ceramics, the Kansas

Jayhawks, and her family and


She was preceded in death

by her parents; daughter,

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

Get Where I’m Going” and

“You’ll Be there” will be

played during the service.

Honorary Bearers are Sam

Baxter and Gary Fletcher.

Memorials are suggested to the

Tammy Walker Cancer Center

of Salina and may be sent in

care of the funeral home at PO

Box 61, Waterville, Kansas


Services arranged by Terry-

Christie Funeral Home,

Waterville, Kansas.

Condolences may be left on

line at www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com

The family suggests memorial

contributions be made to

Seth Steinfort Memorial Fund,

c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral

Home, 325 S. Hickory, Ottawa,

Kansas 66067. Condolences

may be sent to the family

through www.lambroberts.com.

Norman enjoyed flowers and


His parents preceded him in


Survivors include his brother,

Robert (Patricia) Nork,

Marysville; two nieces and

many friends.

A memorial fund has been

established to the Memorial

Presbyterian Church.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary.

Michelle; four brothers,

Raymond Tinker, Carl Tinker,

Danny “Dane” Nardico and

infant brother Wendell; infant

sister, Thelma; and grandson,

Michael Prothe.

Survivors include her husband,

LeRoy; daughter,

Kimberly (Ron) Prothe,

Marysville; stepdaughter,

Marcina (Merlin) Wall,

Overbrook, KS; seven grandchildren

and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established to Meadowlark

Hospice. Contributions may be

sent in care of Kinsley


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Road Work Continues.....

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company removing dirt from the fill that makes up the present US-77 Highway west of the bridge.

May School Board Meeting Notes

May Board Notes

1. The Board of Education

of Unified School District No.

498 met in regular session on

May 14, 2012 at the Board

office in Waterville. Board

President Tim Manley called

the meeting to order at 6:01


2. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by

David Vermetten to approve the

agenda. The motion carried


3. No one presented during

Public Forum. .

4. Superintendent Bergkamp

received questions regarding

refinancing the Series 2004

Bonds. The Board declined

calling Dustin Avey, representing

Piper Jaffray.

5. Curriculum Corner was

presented by Technology

Director Ron Hardin.

6. It was moved by Chris

McNary and seconded by

David Vermetten to approve the

Consent Agenda. The motion

carried unanimously. Items on

the Consent Agenda were as


-USD 498 Board of

Education regular meeting

minutes from April 9, 2012

-Bills Payable

-Certified Resignations for

Ryan Noel and Adam Schreiner

as Elementary Instructors

-Non-Certified Resignation

for Sue Ealey as Custodian

-Contracts for Summer Early

Childhood program, Camp

Exploration and Summer


-Summer Recreation

Contract for Tony Yungeberg as

Summer Recreation Director

-Applications for Advance

All Your Ag Needs

Degree for Megan Zierlein and

Katina Gros

-Declare the convection

oven in Waterville Elementary

as surplus equipment

-Summer Temporary

Contract for Eric Stoddard as

Technology Assistant

-USD 498 Willson Fund

Request in the amount of


-Non-Certified Contract for

Megan Ring as Custodian

7. Superintendent Bergkamp

gave the financial report.

8. Principal Rhonda Trimble

gave an update on Camp

Exploration, Early Childhood

Summer Progam and

Elementary Summer School

and presented preliminary 4th

Grade Science Kansas State

Assessment scores.

Principal Don Potter gave a

Driver’s Ed update and discussed

the possibility of adding

districts in the Twin Valley

League. It was the consensus of

the Board that the addition of

districts would be beneficial to

the Twin Valley League.

Mr. Potter also requested that

the scale for Advanced

Placement courses as 5.0-A,

4.0-B., 3.0-C, ect. be adopted.

It was moved by Chris McNary

and seconded by Kenny

Steinfort to adopt the scale for

Advanced Placement courses

as 5.0-A, 4.0-B, 3.0-C, ect. The

motion carried unanimously.

9. Superintendent John

Bergkamp discussed the status

of the security review of district

buildings and informed the

Board the Valley Heights

Virtual Program was approved

by the state.

10. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by

Sharon Osborne to approve the

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motion carried unanimously.

11. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by

Sharon Osborne to approve

Certified Contracts for Tiffany

Gunn and Jake Pannbacker as

Elementary Instructors. The

motion carried unanimously.

12. It was moved by Chris

McNary and seconded by

Kenny Steinfort to approve the

USD 498 Budget Amendment

for publication and to establish

June 11, 2012, at 5:45 p.m. in

the district office for the budget

hearing. The motion carried


13. It was moved by Chris

McNary and seconded by

David Vermetten to table possible

refinancing of the Series

2004 Bonds until the June regular

Board meeting. The

motion carried unanimously.

14. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by Mike

Vermetten to approve the

Willson Fund application from

the Waterville Opera House in

the amount of $100,000 to be

paid in 4 allotments of $25,000

over 4 years. The motion carried


15. There were no Additions

to the Agenda.

16. In Individual Board

Member Issues Mike

Vermetten inquired about problems

with the water well at the

Jr./Sr. High School and Chris

McNary inquired about students

receiving keyboarding

skills, hiring a full time substitute,

retention of teachers,

teachers responsibilities after

receiving reimbursement for

advance degree, school property

being used for private use,

and Board policy regarding

certified teachers and supplemental


17. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by Mike

Vermetten to go into executive

session to discuss personnel

matters of nonelected personnel

in order to protect the privacy

interests of an identifiable

individual and to discuss negotiations

in order to protect the

public interest in negotiating a

fair and equitable contract and

that the Board return to open

meeting at 7:45 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp and Mr.

Potter were invited into executive

session. The motion carried


18. There being no further

business the meeting adjourned

at 7:45 p.m.

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Annual Inspection...

Each year the Blue Rapids Rural Fire Department has two fire trucks inspected to make sure everything is in good

working order. Monday the inspections took place on the square. This is a good idea for a very important job.

Schedule For Relay For Life

The 2012 Relay for Life will

kick off at 6:00 p.m. Friday,

June 15th at Homer Hanson

Stadium in Marysville.

Here is the schedule of

events for the evening.

5:00 pm

BBQ opens


Teams head to grandstand

6:00 pm

Start opening Ceremony

National Anthemn


Call teams down to line the


Blue Rapids Auto & Hardware

NAPA Auto Parts

Do It Best Hardware

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Hydraulic Hoses • Saw Chains

Corn Stoves • Ammunition

Infrared Heaters

Call Survivors down to track


Legion Riders lead Survivor


7:00 pm

Silent Auction opens

8:00 pm

All games start

Magic Castle Contest begins

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

8:30 pm

Wet Shirt Relay

9:00 pm

Keep Your Bottle Relay

10:00 pm

Luminary Ceremony

10 Public Square, Blue Rapids, Kansas 66411


Prairie Valley

Veterinary Clinic

Don Musil, DVM

Nicole Porter, DVM

821 Hwy 9

Phone: 785.363.7903 Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

We have Hill’s Prescription and Science Diet Dog & Cat Food

Boarding and Grooming Services Available

11:30 pm

Silent Auction ends

Head Catch Relay

Scavenger Hunt begins

11:30 12 Midnight

Fight Back Ceremony

12:00 Midnight

Magic Castle Contest Ends

Mr. Relay begins

12:30 am

Backyard Bowling

1:00 am

3-Legged Race

1:30 am

Tunnel Ball Relay

Mr. Relay Ends

Valley Heights Virtual Program

USD 498 Valley Heights is

joining a ground breaking initiative

to offer a new virtual

school program starting in the

2012-13 school year. Through

this new virtual program, USD

498 will be able to enroll online

students in grades 6-12 to provide

continuity of services and

new learning opportunities.

Students seeking online junior

high or high school education

have often turned to out-

Donald Brooks

Donald E. Brooks, 87, of

Oketo, KS, died Saturday, June

9, 2012 at his home.

Visitation was Tuesday, June

12, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at

Kinsley Mortuary. The family

received friends from 5 to 7


A funeral service was held at

10 a.m., Wednesday, June 13 at

side companies in the past,

because few school districts

have been able to offer their

own online programs. But by

joining the new Virtual

Partnership from Greenbush,

USD 498 will be able to have

its own online program.

Students enrolled in the virtual

school will be able to get a

diploma from USD 498 just

like students in the district’s

traditional school buildings.

the United Methodist Church in

Oketo. Rev. Dale Lewis officiated.

The congregation sang

“Blessed Assurance” and “I’ll

Fly Away.”

The pallbearers were Allen

Oltman, Doug Totten, George

Eichelberger, Denny Smith,

Allen Prell and Bob Young.

Burial was in the Oketo

Cemetery with Masonic

Funeral Rites and Military


Don was born May 13, 1925

at Binkleman, NE, to Lester

and Clarice (Outhet) Brooks.

He graduated from Oketo

High School. Don served in the

Navy during WWII and was

honorably discharged in 1945.

USD 498’s virtual school

will be fully accredited, and it

will be audited and approved

by the Kansas State

Department of Education just

like any other school.

Valley Heights is one of the

few districts to offer such a program.

This program is not

designed to take place of our

regular classroom schedule, but

simply is available for those

currently not attending Valley

On January 8, 1947, he was

united in marriage to Dora

Rodehorst at Mt. Calvary

Lutheran Church in Marysville.

Donald worked road construction

as a heavy equipment

operator and road superintendent

for many years. His work

took him too many states. After

retiring he worked road maintenance

for the township and

helped local farmers with harvest.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing

and watching the wildlife. Don

loved to be with family, going

to the farm and helping people.

He was a member of

Masons, Grand Lodge A.F. &

A.M. of Kansas, Barneston

American Legion and Oketo

2:00 am

Scavenger Hunt Ends

2:30 am

Life Saver Relay

Magic Castle Contest begins

3:30 am

Gift Wrap Relay

4:00 am

Kick-ball Tournament begins

4:30 am

Steal the Bacon

Magic Castle Contest Ends

5:00 am

Prize Awards

6:00 am Closing Ceremony

Heights to take advantage.

Enrollment in the program is

application based.

Below are some links to various

information materials

relating to the program.

• Parent/Student Information

• Virtual Program Flier

• e2020 Parent Newsletter

• Student Quickstart Guide

• eWriting Student Guide

• Troubleshooting Guide

United Methodist Church. Don

served several years on the

Oketo City Council and Oketo

Cemetery Board.

Survivors include his daughter,

Sarah Brooks, Marysville;

son, Dennis (Tania) Brooks,

Salina, KS; sister, Betty

(Lonnie) Rae, Axtell, KS; five

grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.

Preceding him in death were

his parents; wife of 51 years,

Dora; an infant son; and brother,

Robert Brooks.

Memorial contributions may

be made to the Oketo Cemetery

or Meadowlark Hospice and

may be sent in care of Kinsley


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Marilyn Whitesell

Marilyn J. Whitesell, age 77,

of Blue Rapids, passed away on

Monday, June 11, 2012, at

Community Memorial Health

Care in Marysville.

Marilyn was born April 20,

1935, at Bigelow to George R.

and Vera M. Twidwell Nester.

She graduated from Blue

Rapids High School in 1953.

On June 22, 1952 she married

William J. Whitesell at Blue

Rapids, he passed away on

October 20, 2006. She had various

jobs including being a

cook and waitress and had

worked at the Blue Valley

Nursing Home.

She was a former charter

member of the Blue Rapids

VFW Auxiliary and member of

the Blue Rapids American

Legion Auxiliary. She had also

been a Cub Scout Den Mother.

Marilyn is preceded in death

by her husband William J.

“Bill” Whitesell, a son,

Mitchell Whitesell, five grandchildren,

two step-grandchildren

and a step great grand-

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Survivors include her children,

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Midwest City, Oklahoma. Two

brothers, Dayton Nester and

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Kent Nester and wife Laura of

Marysville, two sisters,

Marjorie Schuh of Blue Rapids,

Linda Mitchell and husband

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grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren,

ten great grandchildren

and 10 step-great


Graveside Services are

planned for 10:00 am Friday,

June 15, 2012 at Riverside

Cemetery in Waterville with

Pastor Jerry Zanker officiating.

Memorial contributions are

suggested to the American

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be sent in care of the funeral

home at PO Box 61, Waterville,

Kansas 66548.

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Kirk, Lisa and Big Jay

The Big Jay (Kansas Jayhawk Mascot) was in town to help Kirk Duensing and Lisa Curran tie the knot. As

everyone in Blue Rapids and Waterville knows the Duensing family have been big KU fans for a long time.

Kansas Wheat Harvest Report: Day 13

This is Day 13 of the 2012

Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports,

brought to you by the Kansas

City Board of Trade, the

Kansas Grain & Feed

Association, the Kansas Wheat

Commission and Kansas

Association of Wheat Growers.

While farmers are working

to bring in the 2012 wheat crop,

the USDA on Tuesday forecasted

the Kansas crop at 387 million

bushels, unchanged from

the May estimate but 40%

more than the 2011 crop. If

realized, this would be the

highest production since 2003.

Farmers are expected to harvest

an average 43 bushels per acre

from 9 million acres in


David Schemm, Kansas

Association of Wheat Growers

President, says combines are

rolling in the Sharon Springs

area as the winds have been

drying down the wheat quickly.

His crop has had average yields

of 35 bushels per acre, with test

weights averaging 61 pounds

per bushel and protein of 13.1.

Schemm has been surprised by

the yields coming from early

fields and is excited to get to

his better wheat later this week.

Farmers in Greeley County

have been going strong since

Saturday, according to Tammy

Hild at the Tribune Grain, LLC.

The crop is below average in

yield, total bushels and quality,

as test weights average 58

pounds per bushels and protein,

11.5. Hild expects the crop to

improve as progress heads into

the northern part of the county.

Kansas Wheat Commissioner

Mike McClellan, Palco,

is about two thirds done with

harvest. So far, his crop has

averaged 38 bushels per acre,

with test weights ranging from

60 to 62 pounds per bushel.

McClellan says the varieties

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Armour and Hawken have been

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Shane Ohlde, certified seed

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wheat in Clay and Washington

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with yields averaging between

50 and 60 bushels per acre and

test weights, 61 to 64 pounds.

Ohlde says the varieties Cedar

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while a three-way blend of

Everest, Armour and Hitch has

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Wheat has been steadily

rolling into Cargill’s North

Topeka facility, according to

company spokespersons. About

50% of the fields from Topeka

north to Highway 36 are harvested,

with farmers reporting

yields of about 55 bushels per

acre on average. Test weights

average 60 pounds per bushel,

with protein averaging 10.5 to

11. Rain Monday morning

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although it was picking up

Tuesday afternoon.

The 2012 Harvest Report is

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Marshall County Minutes

June 4, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular 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 Charles R.

Loiseau seconded by Robert S.

Connell. Unanimous.

Pawnee Mental Health

Director Robbin Cole, Pawnee

Marshall County Sheriff‒s


Jail Activity Sheet

Activities for the week of:

June 4, 2012 to June 10, 2012

Name: Pyle, Robert

Address: Tahlequah, OK

Date of Birth: 8/13/1970

Charge: Driving While

Suspended, Allen Co Warrant

for Failure to Appear

Date of Arrival: 6/4/2012

Date of Release: 6/4/2012

Reason: $565 Surety Bond

and $698 Cash Bond

Name: Bussmann, Jeffery

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 11/6/1970

Charge: 48 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 6/5/2012

Date of Release: 6/7/2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Reedy, Bruce

Address: Blue Rapids

Date of Birth: 1/2/1949

Charge: Lewd and

Lascivious Behavior

Date of Arrival: 6/6/2012

Mental Health Board members

Lucy Papes and Bill Oborny

met with the Board to present

the 2013 Pawnee Mental

Health budget in the amount of

$80,738.00 which is the same

as the 2012 budget.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board. Thomas K. Holle

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to go into executive

session for fifteen minutes at

9:32 a.m. to discuss pending

litigation with County Attorney

Laura Johnson-McNish present.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

Date of Release: 6/6/2012

Reason: $20,000 Surety


Name: Brookman, Russell III

Address: Smithfield, IL

Date of Birth: 5/13/1986

Charge: DWS, Possession of

Marijuana, Methamphetamine,

and Paraphernalia

Date of Arrival: 6/6/2012

Date of Release: Still incarcerated

Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Jacobs, Justyne

Address: Smithfield, IL

Date of Birth: 2/6/1987

Charge: Possession of

Marijuana, Methamphetamine,

and Paraphernalia

Date of Arrival: 6/6/2012

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Anderson, Dennis

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 11/26/1955

Charge: Theft

Date of Arrival: 6/7/2012

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to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Mark Bigham, Blue Rapids

with the preconstruction pictures

that were provided by the

applicant and the

Neighborhood Revitalization

application for Errol and Mary

Remsing, Blue Rapids with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant.


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and 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.

Ohlde Tractor Repair, Linn,

KS for replacing injectors


Road & Bridge fund-P.O. #


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

five minutes at 10:20 a.m. to

discuss matters of non-elected

personnel with Public Works

Administrator Mike Craig present.


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig recommended step

raises for Rob Roever,

Marysville and Jim Radar,

Frankfort from Laborer at

$13.29 an hour to Operator at

$13.40 an hour effective July 1,

2012. Thomas K. Holle

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to approve the step

raises for Rob Roever,

Marysville and Jim Radar,

Frankfort from Laborer at

$13.29 an hour to Operator at

$13.40 an hour effective July 1,

2012. Unanimous.

County Sanitarian Donnie

Wolfe met with the Board to

give a monthly update.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

Ms. Co. Sheriff’s Jail Report

Date of Release: 6/10/2012

Reason: O/R Bond

Name: Bowling, Vince

Address: Greenleaf

Date of Birth: 8/5/1963

Charge: 48 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 6/8/2012

Date of Release: 6/10/2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Wilcox, Michael

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 6/21/1979

Charge: 48 Hrs

Date of Arrival: 6/8/2012

Date of Release: 6/10/2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Privett, Heather

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 9/22/1986

Charge: DUI, DWS,

Disorderly Conduct

Date of Arrival: 6/9/2012

Date of Release: 6/9/2012

Reason: $1250.00 Surety


Name: Voter, David Nelson


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to approve the Home City

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Robert S. Connell moved,

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purchase orders.


Oce Imagistics Inc., New

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Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue manual warrants

from the respective funds.


Historical Society representative

Lloyd Shubkagel met

with the Board to present the

2013 Historical Society budget

request of $12,000.00 which is

the same as the 2012 budget.

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue warrants from

the respective funds.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn the meeting at 11:55

a.m. Unanimous. The next

meeting will be Monday, June

11, 2012 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 8/28/1970

Charge: Disorderly Conduct,

Obstruction of Justice,

Criminal Damage to Property,

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Date of Arrival: 6/9/2012

Date of Release: Still


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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kansas Requires An ID Before You Can Vote This Year

Beginning this yeaar, every

voter must show photo ID

when voting in person at the

polls. Individuals who vote by

mail will provide either their

driver’s license number or a

copy of their valid photo ID

with their ballot applicaion.





Certain individuals are

exempt from the ID requirements:

Permanent advance voters

(voters with illnessess or disabilities)

Overseas military voters and

their spouses and dependents

Voters with religious objections

who sign declarations.

The declaration has to be

turned into the County Clerk’s

office, or at the polling location

prior to receiving a

ballot. Religious Objection


Valid Photographic

Identification Documents

A Valid Driver’s license or

ID card issued by Kansas or by

another state or nondriver’s

identification card

U.S. passport

Student ID card from an

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U.S. Military ID

Employee Badge or identification

document issued by a

goverment office

Concealed carry of handgun

license issued by Kansas or by

another state

Public assistance identification

card issued by a government


Photo ID Examples

Requesting a Free Non-

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A registered voter who does

not possess any of the approved

government-issued photographic

identification documents

may apply for a free nondriver

identification card at the

Division of Motor Vehicles.

The Manhattan Division of

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Whooping Cough Reported

Kansas has joined several

states this year in identifying an

increase of pertussis cases (also

known as whooping cough).

Fifty-six confirmed cases have

been reported to the Kansas

Department of Health and

Environment (KDHE) as of

June 11. In 2011, only 52 confirmed

cases were reported for

the entire year. During 2011

and 2012, KDHE and local

health departments have investigated

eight outbreaks, including

the ongoing outbreak in

Johnson County. KDHE is

encouraging everyone, including

adults, to check with their

health care provider on their

vaccination status and to get

vaccinated if not up to date.

Vaccination is an effective

way to prevent the spread of

pertussis. Pertussis vaccines are

recommended for all children

and adults. The pertussis vaccine

is given in combination

with diphtheria and tetanus

vaccines, called DTaP, and is

recommended for children age

two months through six years

old. A pertussis vaccine for

adolescents and adults, called

Tdap, is recommended as a

one-time booster. It is especially

important for anyone who

has close contact with babies

younger than 12 months to get

a dose of Tdap to help protect

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Relay For Life Is A Water Sport...

As you can see Saturday’s Relay For Life’s river flot had another big turnout. The money raisedgoes to the Marshall County Relay for Life.

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Again this year, the crowd

poured in to participate in the

2nd Annual River Run that was

held, Saturday, June 9 th in

Waterville. An estimated 170

people came from near and far

to support the fundraiser. The

proceeds for the event go to

Relay for Life of Marshall

County. The event is organized

by The Crew for a Cure team.

Registration was held from 11

am to 1 pm at the home of

Kerry Roepke.

As before, people brought all

sorts of usual and unusal things

to float down the Little Blue

River. A contest was held for

the most creative group and the

most creative individual. The

winner of the group contest

floated down the river in a

horse tank. They were Donnie

Stryker, Dana Bishop, Jean

Gallagher, Shelly Rodriguez

and Beth Wanamaker. The winner

of the individual was

Chuck Martin, who created his

one man vessel out of Motor

Oil Jugs and dubbed it as the

“Oil Rig”.

The cost to float was $20 per

person and small gifts & trash

bags were given to the participants

as a thank you for joining

the event. Willie Farrant of

Frankfort, provided the bus

transportation too and from the

Little Blue.

Volunteers, Clayton Dick,

Kevin Height & Kerry Roepke

used trailers, owned by Titan

Trailers, to haul the boats and

tubes out to Yungeberg bridge,

which is on the northwest side

of Waterville. Everyone

entered the water there.

This year the river was down

so the travel time down the

river was approximately 5 – 6

hours. The get out point was at

the Waterville bridge, where

transportation was waiting to

take them back to the registration


As another part of the

fundraiser the team sold banners

to businesses to display at

the River Run and also at the

Relay for Life of Marshall

County Walk which will be

held Friday, June 15th in

Marsyville. The Relay team

would like to thank those sponsors.

They are Mitchell Liquor,

Tammy Parker Realty, The

Wagon Wheel, Vintage Charm,

Citizen’s State Bank,

Arganbright Farms, Stateline

Promotions and The Corner


We’ve make it this far, lets take some time and get some sun.

2nd Annual River Run Make Big Splash

The Crew for a Cure team

consists of 9 members. They

are Paula Watt, Darla Dick,

Brenda Miller, Linda

Smerchek, Scott Farrant, Kerry

Roepke, Monty Shanks, Cheri

Shanks & Steve Bruna. They

would like to thank all of the

participants and the many volunteers

that came and helped

with The River Run or helped

in the planning of the event.

You helped make it a huge success

once again and everyone is

already excited for the next


Thanks to all the “river rats”

who helped keep the river clean

by picking up any trash that

was floating along the way.

Trash bags were once again

handed out to help keep the

river free of debris It is important

to keep the river clean so

that the people who frequently

use the river to float or boat or

This is better than being here without a paddle.

even fish can continue to do so.

This Relay team has worked

very hard this year to reach

Platinum Team Fundraising

Club Level. This is done by

raising more than $7,500. They

held several events throughout

the year, such as a Bowling

Trip, Minute To Win It Event,

A Trapshoot, Guest Bartending

and a Pampered Chef

Fundraiser. They sold luminaries,

t-shirts and banners. They

would like to thank everyone

who participated in any of

these events, bought something,

made donations to their

team or just gave them support.

You are also invited to come

walk with them on Friday, June

15th for the Relay for Life


Come show your support for

such a great cause! They look

forward to seeing you there.

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State Of Kansas Congressional Map

The black lines are the old Congressional Districts. The different colors shows the new Congressional Districts. The Congressional Distrcts are very close to being the same

in population. Population of District 1 is 713,278. District 2 has a Population of 713,272. District 3’s Population is 713,287 and District 4 has a Population of 713,281.

Kansas Leads In Tax Cuts

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

FAIRWAY — Kansas’ unexpectedly

quick passage of

major tax cuts last month put

the state ahead of many of its

like-minded neighbors.

The findings are in a report

by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan

Washington D.C.

research organization.

How long the state might

stay ahead of those neighbors

isn’t clear, though, said Mark

Robyn, economist and state tax

policy specialist for the foundation.

“I didn’t think Kansas would

pass all the cuts it proposed this

year, which may tell you something

about my policy forecasting

ability,” he said.

Even so, Kansas legislators

last month passed, and

Republican Gov. Sam

Browback signed, legislation

for big tax cuts. The legislation

cuts the top rate Kansans pay

on income taxes by almost 25

Farm Pond...

Needing dirt for the

approaches to the new bridge

the construction company has

purchased dirt from Lee Borck

and Jerry Stump. When done

the farm ground will be a 4 to 5

foot deep farm pond.

The land is just across the

road south of Masa View housing.

The Blue Rapids City

Council took up what they considered

a problem at last weeks

work session. The item was put

on hold because it is private

property and the City can not

do anything unless it become a


The pond was not in the original

contract but the contractor

need more fill dirt.


Garage Sale

Friday & Saturday

June 15,16

8:00am till 5:00pm

601 Western Ave.

Blue Rapids

Lots of glassware including

Wexford, ladies cowgirl

boots 91/2, many historical

paperbacks, air purifier,

computer bag, and far to

much to list.

percent; ends as scheduled a

temporary sales tax increase

passed in 2010; and abolishes

many business income taxes

entirely for taxpayers who

report that income on their personal

income tax returns.

Backers say they intend to

eliminate Kansas income taxes


But Kansas’ cuts are just one

set among several tax-cut plans

Midwestern states envision.

Oklahoma is considering

some Kansas-like rate reductions,

though Republican Gov.

Mary Fallin said in an interview

that work on the biggest

cuts may be delayed until next

year. Missouri proposed a ballot

initiative that would have

eliminatined its state income

tax and replaced it with higher

sales taxes. That proposal was

taken off the ballot after a state

district judge ruled proposed

descriptions of the rule were


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