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Vol. 4 Number 43 Thursday, May 2, 2013

New School Security System

All of the Valley Heights School building have a new automated system installed that must be activated before anyone can

enter the buildings. Here Amber Borgerbing shows to outside buzzer with camera at the BR Grade School.

Visitors to the Valley

Heights school buildings

will have to exercise some

patience in the future when

they visit the buildings during

school hours. The district

has installed a new

security access program to

strengthen security for students

and staff during the

school day. The automated

system involves a buzz-in

procedure for visitors prior

to entering the building. The

visitors will be allowed in to

the building once they have

been identified.

The new system has been

put in place for several reasons,

one being to enhance

security for our students

based on national and world

events that have taken place

over the years, especially within

the last year with the Sandy

Hook tragedy that occurred in

December. This system came

highly recommended from

EMC Insurance Company, who

provides insurance for the

school district. They conducted

a security review earlier this

fall. In that review, EMC recommended

that the district

implement policy that all district

doors be closed and locked

24 hours a day. The suggested

program, at a minimum, should

require full-time access control

at all attendance centers.

This is one step the district

has taken to develop a formal

secure building program. The

district has already implement-

ed a sign-in procedure for visitors

as well as a badge system

that visitors wear while in the

buildings. The district continues

to ask for patron coopera-

tion with the new system as

the ultimate goal is to provide

a safe and orderly environment

for students, staff

and parents at all times.

Blue Rapids Alumni Annual Meeting Is May 26th

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

On the inside Amber can see who wants to enter and

can unlock the doors. (Photos by Deb Barrington)

held. Several were recognized

for their participation. Newly

elected officers are; co-presidents,

Marilyn (Newman) and

Charles Land; secretary is

Kenneth Lamoreaux and treas-

Doing Well At State Music Contest

urer 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


The State Music Contest was held Saturday, April 27th athe the Stucky Middle School in Wichita. Adrian Young

(left) took a I for a Tuba Solo and Kim Enoch received a II for her Clarinet Solo. Mrs. Kim Oatney is their teacher.

May 11-13

Marysville To Hold

38th Flea Market

Marysville City Park could

be bursting at the seams again

when the 38th annual Mother’s

Day Weekend Flea Market

opens May 11 for a two-day


Only five of the park’s 130

spaces remained earlier this

week, and market organizer

Mary Weickert said she expects

more vendors to take them

before the event starts. Early in

the week, Weickert said, vendors

had signed up for several

food booths, including kettle

corn, funnel cakes, tacos, sandwiches

and other goodies to be

eaten while shopping or just

browsing. Filling out the park

will be booths selling bedding

plants, yard art, wireworks,

antiques, collectibles, face

painting, pony rides for kids

and other typical flea market


“We were chock full last

year,” Weickert said Monday.

“We had no place for anybody.”

All booths were filled and

spilled over to Walnut Street.

Weickert encourages anyone

who wants a booth to call her at

785-562-5593 because there is

always a chance that someone

who signed up early will have

to cancel.

As usual, Weickert said,

she’s hoping for good weather,

but rain or shine, the vendors

will be pulling into the park

starting at midweek to claim

their space to get ready for the

weekend. A big rental tent, a

thousand chicken halves and

other fixin’s have been ordered

for the Mother’s Day Barbecue,

which runs from 11 a.m. to 2

p.m. Sunday or until the chicken

runs out. Van’s Barbecue

Aces of Beatrice will be there

again to season and gently roast

the chicken and potatoes from

dawn until the feed starts. The

tent will be set up near the playground

in City Park, which is

right in the middle of the market.

“It’s a great time and place

to treat your mom to a day out

for shopping and dining,” said

barbecue organizer Sharon

Kessinger. The weekend events

benefit the Koester House

Museum & Gardens, downtown

at 10th and Broadway.

The Museum is oopen 10 a.m.

to 4:30 p.m. Monday through

Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday. Admission and guided

tours during open hours are

$2.50 for adults and $1 for children

under 12.

There are reduced prices for

larger tours, and large and

small events can be arranged

by calling curator John Howard

at 785-562-2417 or 562-3637.

“The museum is a great place

to absorb some really good stories

and learn what life was like

in earlier times in Kansas,”

Kessinger said.

Artist To Be At Lee

Dam Center May 9th

The Marshall County Arts

Cooperative and the

Evangelical United Church of

Christ are partnering to present

a special handbell concert. The

groups are hosting guest artist,

Kristine Stout, handbell soloist

from Joybell on Thursday, May

9, 2013 for a concert entitled

“In-Cred-i-Bell!” The concert

is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the

Lee Dam Center for Fine Art,

201 South 9th Street,


Stout is a handbell soloist,

playing three octaves (thirtyseven

bells) of English

Handbells all by herself. She

and her husband, Kirt, own and

operate Joybell, a traveling

handbell program based out of

Clinton Township, Michigan,

and together they have been

sharing her incredible music

with audiences all over the

United States.

A visually pleasing program,

Stout combines traditional

handbell weaving techniques

with a special form of ballet.

She amazes and delights audiences

with her artistry, humor,

and talent.

In addition to the bells, Stout

writes and performs all the

arrangements for her digital

keyboard orchestral accompaniments.

She is truly a symphony

of one!

“We are excited to partner

with EUCC for this unique

concert,” said Wayne Kruse,

the arts cooperative’s executive

director. “For the arts cooperative,

this is the first time that

we’ve brought a handbell artist

to our county. Since the church

has a handbell choir we thought

this would be a beneficial partnership.

We’re looking forward

to the program.”

The concert is free and open

to the public.

For more information about

the concert people can contact

Kruse at 785-713-2077.

Brownback Tax Cuts

Are Working In ‘13

Kansans taxpayers not only

have more money in their

pockets from this year’s

income tax rate reduction, but

the state’s economic growth is

offsetting the fiscal year 2013

impact of those cuts.

April’s revenue receipt collections,

released Tuesday,

showed individual income tax

receipts had grown almost 6

percent from the prior fiscal

year to date. Overall, the state

collected $25 million more in

individual income tax receipts

in April 2013 versus April 2012

Corporate income tax

receipts for April 2013 are also

about 44 percent more than

those for April 2012.

Overall, the state collected

$41.7 million more in revenue

receipts for April 2013 compared

to April 2012.

“We’ve predicted that a fiscal

environment where

Kansans get to keep and invest

more of their paycheck would

bring economic growth to the

state,” said Revenue Secretary

Nick Jordan. “The first quarter

of 2013 met those expectations.”

The Kansas Department of

Revenue has also processed

almost 40,000 more tax return

payments this year than in 2012

and there is about one week of

checks still left to process. That

revenue will be included in

May's report. Tax balance due

amounts are averaging 40 percent

more than those filed in


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Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 2, 2013

Valley Heights Baccalaureate Is May 12th

Baccalaureate for the Valley

Heights class of 2013 is schedule

for Sunday, May 12th,

2013, at the Valley Heights

Commons at 7:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate is a worship

service for graduating seniors.


Dr. Keith B. Beeman

Dr. Keith B. Beeman DVM

was born in Morrowville,

Washington County, Kansas in

1929 to Everett and Mabel


He married Janet Bonar on

June 25, 1950 and after a few

years of farming he graduated

from Fairbury Junior College

and then the School of

Veterinary Medicine, Kansas

State University in 1958. He

owned and operated the

Frankfort Animal Clinic from

1958 until 1975. He was also a

lifelong cattleman and land

owner and sold his hog operation

and his vet clinic in 1975

to become the Director of the

Veterinary Technician Program

at Colby Community College.

In 1977 he became Assistant

Professor and later the

Associate Professor of

Veterinary Medicine at K-State,

where he served on the faculty

until his retirement in 1995.

“Doc” Beeman, as he was

widely called, was active in his

profession, serving in a number

of capacities in the American

Veterinary Medical Associa-

Elnora M. (Stryker) Perry,

88, of Blue Rapids, KS, passed

away Monday, April 29, 2013,

at Shawnee, KS.

The family will receive

friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday,

May 3, at the Kinsley

Mortuary, Marysville.

A graveside service will be

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

May 4, at Prospect Hill

Cemetery, Blue Rapids.

Students, parents, faculty,

board members and the community

are invited.

Pastor Dick Coleman from

New Hope Evangelical

Presbyterian Church, Blue

Rapids, will give the message.

tion. He also served as president

of the Kansas Veterinary

Medical Associa-tion. He was a

Board Certified Theriogenologist

and among his professional

duties he served on the board

that accredited Veterinary

schools around the world.

Keith was a beloved and kind

teacher. His particular strength

was teaching his vet students

the practical issues of dealing

with clients, making accurate

diagnoses, and running a successful

practice. He also wrote

a weekly column for the

regional news paper, Grass and


Professional success was

only a minor part of Keith’s

life. He was an active community

member, including school

board member, city councilman,

and Sunday school

teacher. Keith was also an

active member of Grace Baptist

Church in Manhattan, and his

love for Jesus informed every

aspect of his life. After retirement

he served as a hospice

volunteer and worked at the

local food bank. Keith’s sense

Elnora M. (Stryker) Perry

Mildred Gallup

Mildred L. Gallup, age 85, of

Blue Rapids, passed away on

Friday, April 26, 2013, at the

Blue Valley Senior Living in

Blue Rapids.

Millie was born February,

16, 1928 to Otto and Agnes

Alene (Szopenske) Keller at

Home, Kansas. She graduated

from Moody Bible Institute at

Chicago, Illinois in 1949. She

then attended the Swedish

Covenant Nursing School, now

North Park College, in

Chicago. In 1954 she was certified

as a Registered Nurse.

Millie then went to work as a

missionary with the

Elnora was born May 4,

1924, daughter of Alva and

Florence (Skelton) Stryker. She

grew up in Blue Rapids and

graduated from Blue Rapids

High School and attended

Ottawa University.

On September 15, 1945, she

was united in marriage to

William J. Perry. They shared

over 49 years of marriage

before his death on April 11,

Evangelical Union of South

America, today known as

Gospel Missionary Union. She

spent two years working in

Bolivia and Costa Rica in

South America before having

to return home for health reasons.

She married Calvin H.

Gallup on November 7, 1961 at

the United Presbyterian Church

in Blue Rapids.

Millie is a member of New

Hope Evangelical Presbyterian

Church in Blue Rapids.

Survivors include a brother

John W. Keller of Easton, a sister

Marcia Finnigin of Beattie

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Baptist Church of Blue Rapids,

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Elnora was an active member

of the American Legion

Auxiliary and a member of the

Blue Rapids Library Board.

She enjoyed traveling and

spending time with her children

and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death

by her husband; three brothers,

Russell, Floyd and Ted Stryker;

and sister, Frances Stump.

and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death

by her husband, Calvin in 2011

and two brothers Clifton E.

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Funeral services are planned

for 10:00am, Tuesday, April 30,

2013, at New Hope,

Evangelical Presbyterian

Church in Blue Rapids with

Pastor Dick Coleman officiating.

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his parents, brother Don, and

his sister Alberta.

He is survived by his wife

Janet; son Rick (Linda)

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Ron (Beth) Beeman of Wichita,

daughter Robbi (Ralph) Leno

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Randal (Monica) Beeman of

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grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

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sons, Robert (Nancy) Perry,

Shawnee, KS, and Michael

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five grandchildren; a greatgranddaughter;

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Tuttle Creek Dam Will Be 50 This Year

Blue Valley Belles Campaign Against The Dam

At first it was men who were

most active in the fight to save

the valley. After the 1951 flood,

when Kansas Congressman

Albert Cole changed his mind

and voted in favor of building

the dam, women entered the

picture. As men worked in the

fields planting and harvesting

the crops, women continued

their campaign to save their

homes. From the Blue River

Valley to Washington, D.C.,

people were hearing from the

Belles of Blue Valley.

They first decided to travel

to Kansas City to meet with

President Harry Truman.

Inexperienced with the protocols

of meeting with a president,

17 of the Blue Valley

women got into their vehicles

and headed east. They knew the

president would be staying at

the Muehlebach Hotel, so they

waited in the lobby hoping to

have a meeting. Eventually

they were able to send word to

the president and he agreed to a

five-minute meeting with the

leader of the group. Truman

was courteous during the meeting,

but didn’t appear interested

in hearing their views.

The persistence of the

women did get the attention of

national newspapers. The New

York Times described the scene

as “the good ladies from the

Big Blue River Valley who

stormed into President

Truman’s Kansas City Hotel to

protest construction of a dam

Local students have been

awarded scholarships to Fort

Hays State University for the

2013-2014 academic year.

Waterville (66548): Treg

Arganbright, a 2013 Valley

Heights High School graduate,

was awarded a $700 Fort Hays

Bronze Academic Award.

Arganbright is the son of Thad

and Tabitha Arganbright,

Waterville. He plans a career in

software engineering.

Beattie (66406): Wyatt

Bowles, a 2013 Marysville

High School graduate, was

awarded a $500 Academic

Opportunity Award in leadership.

Bowles is the son of

Corey and Dale Ann Bowles,

Beattie. He plans to major in

leadership studies.

Beattie (66406): Brandon

Griffee, a 2013 Marysville

High School graduate, was

awarded a $500 Academic

Opportunity Award in agriculture.

Griffee is the son of Mike

and Deb Griffee, Beattie. He

plans to major in agribusiness.

Marysville (66508): Caitlin

Blue Valley Belles meet with other delegates on the Capitol steps, Washington, D.C.

that would flood their homes

were not cranks trying to block

the march of progress. On the

contrary, they were making a

very serious point which

deserves nationwide attention—a

point which the

President himself has perhaps

insufficiently considered . . .”

Perhaps the most influential

newspaper in the country at

that time, The Times followed

the article with an editorial, “Is

This Dam Necessary?” The

editorial questioned the “dubious

project” and suggested that

“rushing into construction at

this juncture is hardly the way

Taylor, a 2013 Marysville High

School graduate, was awarded

a $500 Academic Opportunity

Award in justice studies. Taylor

is the daughter of Mike and

Michelle Blumer, Marysville.

She plans to major in justice


Leonardville (66449): Cyan

Bassett, a 2013 Riley County

High School graduate, was

awarded an $800 Hays City

Silver Academic Award.

Bassett is the son of Neal and

Anita Bassett, Leonardville. He

plans to major in physics.

Manhattan (66503): Toniee

Boyle, a 2013 Manhattan High

School graduate, was awarded

a $500 Academic Opportunity

Award in sociology and social

work. Boyle is the daughter of

Dorothy Boyle, Manhattan.

She plans to major in social


Manhattan (66503): Killian

Gorman, a 2013 Manhattan

High School graduate, was

awarded a $1,200 Miller Black

and Gold Academic Award.

Gorman is the son of Patrick

to insure a considered floodcontrol

program for the

Missouri Valley.” They asked

the president to consider waiting

until the report he had commissioned,

the Missouri Basin

Survey, had been made.

This nationwide support

encouraged the Blue Valley

Belles to attempt to set a meeting

with Republican presidential

candidate, Dwight

Eisenhower. After receiving no

reply to several phone calls and

telegrams, the ladies sent this



Local Students Awarded Fort

Hays State University Scholarships

Women of Kansas

Watersheds Association, spearheaded

by Blue

Valley, will be in Denver

Friday, Aug. 22, to present to

you our views on rational

water policy as it affects our

agricultural midwest. If we

receive no answer by Aug. 16,

we shall consider appointment


Eisenhower responded that

he would meet with them. This

time, 60 Blue Valley women

chartered a bus. As reported by

the Denver Post, the women

“swept into town like a crack-

New Laws Same Old Gun Laws

By Calvin Thompson |

Colorado Watchdog

DENVER — Colorado

passed its fourth gun-control

bill Monday.

Senate Bill 195, which forbids

concealed carry classes

from being taught online, survived

the House. The same day,

one last bill, SB 197, was

amended by the House and

scheduled to go back to the

Senate for final approval. If

approved again as expected, it

will mark the fifth and last gun

control bill passed in a single

Colorado legislative session.

But in spite of all the hype

about Colorado gun control,

not much has changed. Some

laws only modify existing laws,

and others are rendered effectively

pointless by neighboring


The most controversial of

Colorado’s gun-control measures,

HB 1224, will ban the

transfer of firearm magazines

that hold more than 15 rounds.

But any magazine owned by a

resident before the law goes

into effect July 1 will still be

permitted, legally grandfathered


In spite of confused comments

from legislators such as

Democratic Rep. Diana

DeGette, high-capacity magazines

and clips will not quickly

run out after the ban goes into

effect. Both magazines and

most every type of clip can be

UNAFFECTED: The Smith and Wesson .38 revolver,

which Time reports is the gun most used in crimes, is

neither an “assault weapon” nor even a semiautomatic.

It is a 110-year old design that remains unaffected by

Colorado’s magazine ban.

refilled with more ammunition

and reused hundreds or thousands

of times.

The effectiveness of the

issue is further thrown into

question by the grandfathering

clause of the bill. As parties on

both sides of the issue, including

the National Institute for

Justice, have noted, any magazine

ban that allows previously

owned equipment is ineffective.

Such a ban would take

decades to curtail magazine

availability, because existing

magazines can last for years.

Some sheriffs have already told

the Colorado Watchdog they

would refuse to enforce the

magazine ban anyway, a further

complication to an already

clumsy law.

Aside from its established

impracticality, evidence suggests

that a magazine ban may

not affect the firearm choices of

criminals, either. As Time magazine

reported in 2002, the

most commonly used gun in

crime in America was the

Smith and Wesson .38 revolver,

an old-fashioned six-shooter in

production for more than 110

years. Two other older types of

firearm, the Mossberg 12-

Guage shotgun and the Smith

and Wesson .357 revolver, also

made the top-10 list. While the

widely-available revolver is

used in more crimes than any

other firearm, it remains

untouched by HB 1224, as do

most of the others on the list.

and Kathleen Brennan,

Manhattan. He plans to major

in health promotion and wellness.

Riley (66531): Stacy Pachta,

a 2013 Riley County High

School graduate, was awarded

a $500 Academic Opportunity

Award in leadership studies and

$500 Copper Academic Award.

Pachta is the daughter of Mike

and Tammy Pachta, Riley. She

plans to major in leadership


Manhattan (66502): Bailey

Snyder, a 2013 Manhattan

High School graduate, was

awarded a $900 Academic

Opportunity Award in nursing

and an $800 Hays City Silver

Academic Award. Snyder is the

daughter of Scott Snyder,

Manhattan, and Sherilyn

McRell, Manhattan. She plans

to major in nursing.

The scholarship process for

the 2013-2014 academic year

will continue into the fall.

Many students who have

already accepted some scholarships

continue to apply for and

accept different awards.

For a bill purported as an anticrime

measure, it does not

restrict magazines for the

firearms used in the most


The next bills, HB 1228 and

HB 1229, require background

checks on all firearm sales in

Colorado. Sherriff John Cooke

of Weld County explained to

the Colorado Watchdog that

Colorado’s borders with other

states make this requirement

nearly impossible to track with

private sales. For instance, two

Coloradans could drive up to

Wyoming and transfer a gun

there without any background

check, and then come back to

Colorado. The entire transaction

would be within the limits

of the new law. Six of the seven

states bordering Colorado are

similarly lenient, making the

law virtually useless, according

to Cooke. Gun shows and

firearm dealers would still have

to comply with the new law,

but they were already required

to run background checks on


SB 195, which forbids online

concealed carry classes, promises

to have the most immediate

impact. Even so, Colorado

honors concealed-carry permits

from 30 other states, many of

which allow online classes for

their permits. Chief among

them is Virginia, which even

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Virginia-issued permits. So

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to the bills that have

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would have banned concealed

carry on campus, while the

other, SB 196, would have held

dealers liable if they sold a gun

used in a crime. Both were

killed by their own sponsors.

When President Obama

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“We’ve got to get past some

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Home Notes...

Grief Is A Natural Response

Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Every morning I get up and

listen to the National News,

Kansas News, Nebraska News,

and the local news. I always

listen closely to hear those that

have passed on. Some weeks

there are a lot of deaths and

some just a couple. When I

know the people that have

passed on I feel a certain

amount of sadness for the families

and those left behind.

Every once in a while a feeling

of shock. I can’t believe someone

age 60 or age18 have died.

It seems like they are so young

and can’t believe God would

think their work here on earth

could possibly be done.

Every day someone is going

through the mourning process.

It may be the loss of a loved

one, loss of a job, retirement,

loss from a divorce, or a child

going to college or the military.

Grief is the physical pain, emotional

upset, and social loss we

feel after the death of a loved

one. Mourning is the outward

expression of our grief. It is

our conscious and unconscious

efforts to adapt to the loss of

someone we love.

Grief is a natural response to

all losses in life, but the grief

we feel when a loved one dies

evokes the deepest and most

painful feelings. In fact, the

depth and intensity of our grief

may even be frightening.

While understanding grief

doesn’t make the pain go away,

it may help to know that deep

and sometimes frightening

reactions are not unusual for

someone in grief.

As difficult as it may seem,

we need to grieve. It is important

to experience the pain of

our loss and to express our

emotions after a loss. Grief

helps us recognize the importance

of our loss, and mourning

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helps us find ways to continue

our lives. Not to grieve, to

deny, or avoid the pain or grief,

leaves us vulnerable to physical

ills and emotional distress from

unresolved grief.

Grief is hard work. It is

physically exhausting and emotionally

draining. Almost any

type of physical reaction can

occur during grief. Immediate

physical responses to the news

of a death include numbness,

heart palpitations, tearfulness

and crying, an inability to eat,

and other stomach problems.

Some mourners report feeling a

shortness of breath, sighting a

lump in their throat that won’t

go away, or even a choking


Fear and anxiety, anger,

guilt, depression, and confusion

are emotional responses

we may have to news of a

death. We search our minds for

some meaning to this tragedy.

We long to see our loved one,

How May Fish To Put In A Pond?

Michael L. Vogt

Marshall County Extension


With the drought during the

last year, there have been ponds

that have been dug out and with

the recent moisture ponds are

beginning to fill with water.

With ponds being redug or filling

with water, I am getting

questions about stocking or

restocking ponds with fish.

The first thing that has to be

considered before stocking or

restocking a pond is there habitat

for the fish? If a pond is

redug, it might not have habitat

for fish. Many fish prefer to

have a place to hide and will

tend to congregate around tree

roots and rocks. If you include

some stumps, rock piles, concrete

blocks, or other relatively

stable three-dimensional structures

in your pond, the fish will

tend to hang out nearby. This

creates more stable habitat and

predictable locations for your

fish and makes it easier to find

them when you go fishing. It is

important to remember that any

structures that you use must be

safe for swimmers and boaters,

and that the structures may

snag your hooks and lures. It

may improve your fishing success

to an established 1-acre

pond by adding a couple of 5foot

diameter brush piles with

cedar or osage-orange trees.

However, it is important not to

leave too much brush in a

newly constructed pond or add

too much to an older pond.

When the brush decomposes, it

will use up too much oxygen

and kill your fish.

Next, you need to decide

what species of fish you want

in your pond. Probably the

most popular pond mix of fish

is Largemouth Bass/Bluegill

/Channel Catfish. It probably

wouldn’t hurt to have some

minnows included to help with

the growth of the bass. Also,

you could include grass carp in

the mix as well. Also, you need

to consider if there are fish

already in the pond and what

species. Fish like largemouth

bass can and will eat the fingerlings

and you wind up feeding

the largemouth bass instead of

stocking the pond.

This time of year there are

businesses that facilitate the

purchase of young fish. This is

a good time to stock/restock

ponds with some species of

fish. In a new pond, you can

stock bluegill fingerlings in the

fall. Stock the bass fingerlings

in the following spring. This

allows the bluegill to grow

large enough to avoid predation

and spawn late the next spring

when the bass are stocked. The

baby bluegills provide food for

the newly stocked bass.

Channel catfish fingerlings and

grass carp can be stocked in the

fall or the spring, but it is a

good idea to get them into the

pond before the bass get too


Below is a suggested fingerling

stocking rate for some

species of fish. If larger fish

are used you will want to

reduce the stocking rate.

Once the fish are purchased,

it is important that the water

temperature of the fishes’ container

and the pond water temperature

be close to the same.

A sudden change in water temperature

will cause fish to go

into shock and will often result

in death. Half the water in the

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container used to transport fish

should be poured out and

replaced with water from the

pond. The fish should then be

given 5-10 minutes to adjust to

the temperature change. This

procedure should be repeated

until the water temperature in

the container is within 3°F of

that in the pond. The fish can

then be released into the pond

without going into shock.

All ponds produce some natural

food for fish. The amount

of food produced is a function

of the pond’s productivity.

Newly dug ponds may not

have enough initial food to support

the fish, so supplemental

feeding may need to occur.

The most common feed is formulated

for catfish, but it is

also suitable for bluegills.

These feeds are available in the

form of sinking pellets or floating

pellets. The advantage of

floating pellets is that the person

feeding the fish can determine

whether the fish are eating

the feed.

Probably for the next couple

of years pond owners will not

want to harvest the fish in the

stocked/restocked fish pond, or

at least have a catch and release

program. This will give the

fish time to grow, especially

largemouth bass.

There are many things to

consider when

stocking/restocking ponds with

fish. Some other things to consider

might be fencing a pond

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or to hear that familiar voice.

Many people find themselves

searching for their loved ones

in crowds, or hearing their

voices, or even seeing them or

feeling their presence.

The level of grief we experience

after a loss in our life

depends more on the meaning

we attach to the loss versus the

type of loss itself. For some,

intense grief results when a

friend moves away, or the children

leave home. Others grieve

the loss of work roles when

they retire. For one person the

death of a dear friend triggers

more intense grief than the

death of a parent who had left

the family years before.

The mourning process takes

a long time. It begins with

news of the death, continues

through the ritualized funeral

and burial period, and endures

for years to come. Even after

the symptoms of grief have

subsided and the mourning

process seems complete, the

world is never the same.

The process of mourning is

similar for all of us, but our

style of mourning depends on

our own experiences and cop-

off and allowing livestock to

drink water from a tank that

comes from the pond via a tube

in the pond dam. This is good

for the pond, improves the

water quality that the livestock

drink, and even improves livestock

average daily gains.

Controlling aquatic weeds,

aerators for oxygenating and

reducing water temperature,

fish food feeders, and muddy

water are other things that need

to be addressed when managing

a pond for fish.

There are a lot of good

sources of information about

managing a pond for fish and

fishing. Here are a few that I

used to write this article:

“Producing Fish and Wildlife

from Kansas Ponds” by the

Kansas Department of Wildlife

and Parks. The Kansas

Department of Wildlife and

Parks has a lot of good information,

programs, and technical

expertise. “Missouri Pond

Handbook” by the Missouri

Department of Conservation.

So, before you dump fish

into your pond make sure you

have proper habitat, the right

mix of fish, and a good management

plan, or all of the work

and expense of having fish may

be for nothing.

If you have any questions,

please contact me at the

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beliefs, and circles of support.

As we grow older, we experience

other losses in our lives,

the deaths of our parents, other

family members and friends,

we come to recognize the pain

of grief and remember what

helps us cope as we mourn.

But mourning is more difficult

when we have other stresses,

such as illness or other family

problems. The support of family

and friends and our spiritual

beliefs influence our feelings of

grief and guides our style of


In mourning we feel a sense

of disbelief that our loved one

has died while simultaneous

reacting physically, emotionally,

and socially to our loss. The

process is often one step forward,

two steps back. But it is

through the process of mourning

that we find ways to adapt

to life without our loved one.

K-State Research and

Extension has a couple of publications

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are supporting those who have

lost a family members or close

friends. The first publication

explains the grief and mourning

process and how to be supportive

to those who have lost a

loved one. The other publications

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understanding men who grieve,

helping teenagers face the loss

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helping children understand

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Although each person experiences

grief uniquely, most

follow a pattern of mourning.

Understanding that the mourner

will likely go through the

phases of denial, reaction, and

adaption will help you understand

how to respond as a caring


Because mourners

move toward adaptation at different

rates and in different

ways it can be hard to know

how or when to offer help. At

this point in the mourning

process the person may be

ready to talk about the loved

one. Unfortunately, people are

often hesitant to talk about the

deceased. They may be afraid

they will upset the mourner, or

are simply uncomfortable talking

about someone who has

died. The mourner sometimes

feels that others have forgotten

about the loved one. Caring

people are good listeners who

can encourage the mourner to

share memories of the past and

can encourage plans for the


Remember that you

cannot take away the pain. You

must reach out to the mourner,

even though you cannot provide

the solution they really

want. You need patience, the

mourner may be angry and lash

out at you. The “gift of presence”

may mean more than the

gift of words and deeds. Each

mourner is unique.


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Marshall County Minutes

April 22, 2013

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Robert S. Connell, Chairman,

Charles R. Loiseau and

Thomas K. Holle members and

Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk


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.

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Loiseau seconded by Thomas

K. Holle. Unanimous.

Emergency Management

Director William

Schwindamann Jr. met with the

Board to discuss the possible

need to fix or repair the wire for

the radios on the south tower in

the County. He also presented

to the Board the Local

Emergency Planning

Committee (LEPC) Bylaws to

be gone over and approved by

the Board. The Board will

have the County Attorney

review the bylaws before

approval and signing.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board to discuss the 2001

Chevy Venture van that she is

trying to sell. She is having no

movement and wanted to know

how to proceed. The Board

asked her to put it on the For

Sale Marshall County site and

see if she can sell it there.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into executive

session for ten minutes at 9:13

a.m. to discuss matters of nonelected

personnel with Agency

on Aging Director Heather

Ruhkamp present.

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met with the Board. Charles

R. Loiseau moved, seconded

by Robert S. Connell to go into

executive session for five minutes

at 9:25 a.m. to discuss matters

of non-elected personnel

with County Sonya L. Stohs

present. Unanimous.

County Clerk Sonya L. Stohs

recommended hiring Mary Ann

Heinen, BlueRapids as Clerk I,

Step I at $12.86 an hour effective

May 13, 2013 to fill the

vacancy in her office.

Robert S Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the hiring of Mary

Ann Heinen, Blue Rapids as

Clerk I, Step I at $12.86 an

hour effective May 13, 2013.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


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Immigration Bill Doesn’t Secure The Border

James Carafano

Heritage Foundation

Must Washington fix our

broken southern border? You


Will the comprehensive

immigration reform bill help?

You bet it won’t.

The number one flaw of the

bill is it starts by giving

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Jail Activity Sheet

Activities for the week of:

April 22, 2013 to April 28,


Name: Rinke, Susan

Address: Syracuse, Nebraska

Date of Birth: 07-24-1971

Charge: Marshall County


Date of Arrival: 04-24-2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Seng-Noble, Linda

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 10-25-1961

Charge: Disorderly Conduct

Date of Arrival: 04-24-2013

Date of Release: 04-25-2013

Reason: $500 Cash Bond

Name: Kindle, John

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 03-12-1974

amnesty to the unlawfully present

population in the United

States. As soon as the bill passes,

those in the country contrary

to U.S. immigration law

are granted status to stay.

Amnesty immediately creates

an incentive for illegal border

crossings and overstays.

Thus, the bill’s strategy would

Charge: Marshall County


Date of Arrival: 04-24-2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Busby, Dannon

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 04-25-2013

Charge: DWS

Date of Arrival: 04-25-2013

Date of Release: 04-28-2013

Reason: $3125 Surety Bond

Name: Gallion, J.D.

Address: Winifred, Kansas

Date of Birth: 09-11-1958

Charge: DUI

Date of Arrival: 04-26-2013

Date of Release: 04-26-2013

Reason: $750 Surety Bond

Name: Mathis, Crystal

Address: Washington,


Date of Birth: 11-05-1982

Charge: Disorderly Conduct

Date of Arrival: 04-26-2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

drive up the cost of securing the

border. To make matters worse,

the draft law states that anyone

who was present in the U.S.

before 2012 qualifies—creating

massive opportunity for

fraud, since there is no proof

required that applicants have

been here for several years.

While supporters of the bill

trumpet its “border security”

features, in reality, the law

delivers nothing new—other

than the promise of spending a

lot more money and running up

our debt.

The bill trashes fiscal discipline,

exploiting “a loophole in

the Budget Control Act (BCA)

that allows Congress to spend

more than allowed under the

spending caps adopted in


In other words, Washington

is willing to draft a bounced

check to justify an amnesty bill.

To make matters worse,

there is very little likelihood

that that Americans will get

much for the next border security

buck spent.

The Secretary of Homeland

Security has repeatedly stated

that our borders “have never

been more secure.” In the past

five years, the White House has

never asked for this additional

border security funding. Yet,

this bill lavishes billions of

additional spending on the

department with no clear

requirements on how the

money is spent. At least $2 billion

could legitimately be

labeled the Secretary’s slush


Supporters of the bill trumpet

requirements to “certify”

border security, yet its stan-

dards are in some ways weaker

than existing law. Present law

requires gaining “operational

control” of the whole border,

while this bill sets standards

only for “high-risk” sectors.

Since smuggling trails shift to

where the security is not, even

if the standards were attained in

one area, the traffic would just

go somewhere else.

In addition, the Department

of Homeland Security has been

trying unsuccessfully to define

credible metrics for border

security since 2004. Even if it

had effective “triggers,” that

does not guarantee a secure

border. Border crossing conditions

constantly change. Even

if the goal is achieved, there is

no guarantee it will stay that


We can do more to secure

our borders. But we don’t need

an amnesty bill and bogus border

triggers to make our borders

safe and sovereign. Nor

does Washington need to throw

more buckets of money toward

border security.

Our government could cooperate

more effectively with

Mexico and the border states.

Congress could modernize our

legal immigrant and non-immigrant

programs, including

effective temporary worker

programs. The government

could enforce our workplace

and immigration laws.

In short, the promise of border

security in this case is

merely an excuse for a bloated

bill that would promise anything

to push amnesty, regardless

of cost or practicality.

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Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

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Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig presented agreement

for signing between

Marshall County and the Kansa

Department of Transportation

for a bridge replacement

between Sections 25 and 36 in

Vermillion Township on

Wildcat Road (known as Hasen

bridge) it is a five year 80/20

State funded project.


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve signing the agreement

between Marshall County

and the Kansa Department of

Transportation for a bridge

replacement between Sections

25 and 36 in Vermillion

Township on Wildcat Road

(known as Hazen Bridge) it is a

five year 80/20 State funded


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig informed the Board

he would like to look at purchasing

a Case 586G Rough

Terrain Forklift in Lincoln, NE

that he found on Machinery

Trader they are asking

$23,950.00. The Board

approved him going to look at

the Forklift and report back his


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn at 10:45 a.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduled

meeting will be Monday,

April 29, 2013 starting at 9:00


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Arbor Day...Tree

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And then the 4th graders got to help. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Kansas Pension Blunders $300,000

By Travis Perry

Kansas Watchdog


Kansas Public Employee

Retirement System wrongly

awarded nearly $300,000 in the

past six years – and that’s just

the start.

Since 2007, KPERS has

allowed 13 former public

employees to buy service credits

after they were terminated,

state officials said this week.

The credits – measured quarterly

– count toward an employee’s

overall standing in the pension

system and, ultimately,

their payout after retirement.

The revelation stems from

the dismissal of Dennis

Casarona, former deputy commissioner

for the Juvenile

Justice Authority and a

holdover from the administrations

of Democratic Govs.

Kathleen Sebelius and Mark


Gov. Sam Brownback fired

Casarona in March 2012, only

months before state auditors

announced a litany of issues

uncovered at the state’s juvenile

detention facility in

Topeka. However, KPERS

ignited a firestorm by allowing

Casarona to buy a year’s worth

of service credits after his termination,

making him eligible

for pension benefits he would

not have otherwise received.

KPERS officials initially

defended the action, saying

they were simply following

state statute. But Kansas

Attorney General Derek

Schmidt set the record straight

in December after he released

an opinion stating KPERS’

interpretation of the law was

flat wrong. Since then the state

agency has implemented policy

and procedural changes to prevent

such mistakes.

“It will never happen again,”

said Alan Conroy, KPERS

executive director. “The door

has been closed, and it will not

happen in the future.”

But the damage has been


Kristen Basso, KPERS communications

director, emphasized

that service credits don’t

harm the state’s $9.3 billion

unfunded pension liability

because employees assume the

full cost.

Indeed, such purchases

aren’t cheap. Employees must

pay not only their contribution

to the pension system but the

state’s share, as well. The

employee also has to pony up

the amount that money would

have earned had it been on

deposit with pension managers.

Of the 13 individuals examined,

the most expensive purchase

topped-out at nearly

$75,000, though the average

was closer to $17,000. But

while it may seem pricey, it

really isn’t. There is but one

requirement to recoup the cost:

stay alive.

Total benefits incorrectly

awarded by KPERS already

exceed the $226,000 in service

credit payments made by the 13

former state employees; the

nearly $300,000 figure will

only increase. Conroy said the

state has no plans to reclaim the

wrongly awarded pension benefits.

Once an employee has been

on the state’s payroll for a

decade, he qualifies for a pension.

That pension pays from

the day of retirement until the

day that person dies.

“Some people die eight

months after they retire, and

some people die 30 years after

retirement,” Basso told Kansas

Watchdog in a previous inter-

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Dear Editor:

May is National Mental

Health Month. Pawnee Mental

Health Services has provided

community mental health services

to individuals in ten counties

in north central Kansas for

more than 56 years.

The issue of mental health

has recently received increased

attention due to widely publicized

events, most recently the

December 14, 2012 tragedy

where Adam Lanza shot and

killed his mother in their home,

then shot and killed 20 children

and six adult staff members at

Sandy Hook Elementary

School in Newtown,

Connecticut, before killing


In the months that have followed,

The Mental Health First

Aid Act (S. 153/H.R. 274) was

introduced in Congress and

would authorize $20 million to

support public education and

training on how to respond to

individuals experiencing a

mental health or substance use


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Another response of

Congress includes The

Excellence in Mental Health

Act (S. 2257) which would create

Federally Qualified

Behavioral Health Centers

(FQBHCs.) The act would

establish national standards and

oversight for FQBHCs.

Proponents say FQBHCs will

reduce costs to taxpayers

through integrated care strategies

that prevent the development

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model, where providers are

paid based on how many units

of service they provide, to an

outcomes based model, where

providers are paid based on the

health outcomes (results) in

their member population.

A response of the Governor

to the Newton tragedy is the

Governor’s Mental Health

Initiative which allocates $10

million to the Kansas

Community Mental Health

System for the creation of five

regional recovery support centers

which would provide


services to some of the

state’s most difficult to treat

individuals. This is not new

money. The Family Centered

System of Care (FCSC) program

($4.75 million) will not

be funded in FY2014 and $5

million will be cut from Mental

Health Reform funding.

FCSC funding provides

mental health services for over

6,300 children annually in

Kansas with serious emotional

disturbances (SED) and their

families. Mental Health

Reform funding provides community

mental health services

for individuals who might otherwise

require treatment in the

state psychiatric hospitals.

State Mental Health Reform

funding has already been cut by

50% or $15 million since


We appear to be experiencing

elevated levels of mental

health distress in our society. It

can be debated whether this is

an objective reality or the result

of increased media coverage.

There does, fortunately, seem

to be increased awareness of

the issue and its impact on the

individual, the family and the

community, at both the state

and national level. There may

even be elementary consensus

on how to respond.

There are new initiatives.

Sometimes these initiatives

complement each other, sometimes

they don’t. Sometimes

these initiatives address the

issue of stigma, sometimes they

don’t. Sometimes these initiatives

possess the potential for

real change, sometimes they

don’t. No doubt, any effective

change effort will be complex,

will require vision and courage

from its leaders and the cooperation

of multiple stakeholders.

Please contact your U.S.

Senator and Representative and

urge them to support the

Mental Health First Aid Act

and the Excellence in Mental

Health Act. Please contact

your Kansas Senator and

Representative and urge them

to support the $10 million in

funding to the Kansas community

mental health centers

which is contained in the

Governor’s Mental Health


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Nine Valley Heights Forensic Students Are Going To State

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Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 2, 2013 10A

Spring Game: White Tops Purple, 41-38

KSU Sports Informaation


Kansas State football fans got

their first taste of what their

2013 Wildcats will look like on

Saturday at the annual Purple-

White Spring Game. The game

ended with a 41-38 victory for

White after the score was

reversed at halftime, with the

first string offense and defense

playing for the Purple and second

stringers on White.

Quarterbacks Jake Waters

and Daniel Sams shined as the

duo combined for 699 yards of

total offense and eight combined

touchdowns, while splitting

time between the two

squads in the first half and then

trading possessions for the

Purple in the second half.

Purple was in control of the

game on offense with 855 yards

of total offense against the

White defense. Sams completed

18-of-28 passes for 391

yards with four touchdowns

and one interception for Purple,

and Waters also was efficient

on a 14-of-18 performance

throwing for 249 yards and

three TDs. Sams also ran for 28

yards with Purple including

one touchdown and one 2-point


Robert Rose was the star

running the ball with 141 yards

to average 8.3 yards per carry

for Purple. He also had one

touchdown run, and his longest

carry of the day was 33 yards.

Three different receivers surpassed

100 yards for Purple

with Tyler Lockett leading the

way. The speedster had nine

catches for 231 yards and 2

touchdowns. His longest reception

came on the first play of a

drive to reach the endzone on a

76-yard play. Tramaine

Thompson had 161 yards

receiving on six catches and

two scores, while Torell Miller

was an early target often before

finishing the day with five

catches for 108 yards and two


After forcing the White

squad to punt after six plays,

Waters led Purple down the

field, capping a seven-play, 80yard

drive as he scampered in

from seven yards out for the

first score of the game. The

opening drive was highlighted

by a 33-yard run from the senior


Purple’s defense again

turned up the pressure, this

time forcing White into a threeand-out.

Waters again took control

of the offense, leading his

team on a nine-play, 85-yard

scoring drive. Waters connected

with Thompson for a 35yard

touchdown pass with just

over nine minutes left in the

opening period. After one quarter,

Purple led White, 14-0.

To start the second quarter,

Sams switched from White to

Purple at quarterback, and

immediately made an impact

on his new squad, finding fellow

Louisiana native Miller for

a 55-yard touchdown score.

Purple’s drive was a quick one,

spanning five plays and 93


Sams kept Purple’s offensive

momentum going as he added

Quarterback Daniel Sams (4) takes off around right end. (Photo by Ben Brake)

back-to-back scores, including

a 21-yard touchdown strike to

Thompson and a 10-yard

touchdown keeper to open the

Purple lead to 35-0. Following

another White three-and-out,

Fullback Glenn Gronkowski 48 dives for more yards. (Photo by Ben Brake)

Tramaine Thompson (86) received 6 passes for 161 yards. (Photo by Ashley Wells)

Sams led the Purple team into

the White red zone, this time

capped off by a 24-yard field

goal from Jack Cantele just

before the half.

As with the three previous

Purple-White spring games, the

score was reversed at halftime

to reflect White in front, 38-0.

Waters started the Purple comeback

effort as he found Lockett

open down the left sideline for

a 76-yard touchdown. Three

and a half minutes later, Waters

found Glenn Gronkowski with

a shovel pass from seven yards

out for his third touchdown

pass of the game.

With one quarter left to play,

White led Purple, 38-14.

The start of the fourth quarter

was more of the same as the

Purple offense moved the ball

down the field with little resistance,

as Sams guided Purple

down the field on a six-play 65yard

drive, with Rose punching

it in from four yards out.

Once again, Purple forced

White into a short possession

as Purple’s defense limited the

White squad to only 183 yards

of total offense with only 62

passing yards.

Sams took immediate advantage

of the quick turnaround as

he found Lockett in the back

corner of the end zone from 38

yards out. Lockett made a highlight-reel

grab to pull the

Purple within 10 points. Sams

would then carry the ball in on

a 2-point conversion to make it

38-30 in favor of White with

just under 12 minutes to play.

The White team earned its

first points of the game midway

through the fourth quarter

when Cantele kicked a 51-yard

field goal to pull ahead 41-30.

The field goal could have been

a much shorter attempt but

quarter back Kody Cook was

called for intentional grounding

on third down losing 14 yards

on the play.

Sams would lead Purple

down the field on another scoring

drive, this time with assistance

from Rose as he had multiple

slashing runs to keep the

defense at bay. Miller would

get his second touchdown

reception of the day on a fade

route to the corner. He was just

able to keep his feet inbounds

on the three-yard touchdown

catch from Sams. Purple would

then use a 2-point conversion

to pull within three points trailing

41-38 after a catch by

McDonald on a quick slant.

With 3:44 to play White

would attempt to run out the

clock holding its three-point

lead. On third and one, Adam

Weber ran for four yards to

move the chains. After three

more plays, White punted with

28 seconds left on the clock to

Lockett, Tyler (16) had 9 passes for 231 yards. (Photo by Ben Brake)

give Purple one last chance.

Purple made a valiant effort

with a 29-yard pass from Sams

to Kyle Klein on the first play

of the drive, and a last Hail

Mary attempt was intercepted

at the 5-yard line to end the

game, 41-38 White.

With a 2012 Big 12

Championship trophy now on

display in the Vanier Football

Complex, fans and Head Coach

Bill Snyder all have high

expectations for the fall, and

fans can purchase season tickets

now for 2013 with ticket

options starting at $200.

Payment plans are available

to divide the cost into affordable

monthly payments. Singlegame

tickets are also available

for purchase as well as combo

packages. Two different combo

packages can be purchased for

$90 with one offering tickets to

the Iowa State and Oklahoma

games and another package

with tickets to the Baylor,

Louisiana or UMass games and

West Virginia or TCU games.

For more information on

purchasing season tickets or

single-game tickets please contact

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(2287) or go online to kstatesports.com/tickets.

Tickets can

also be purchased in-person at

the Ticket Office located in

Bramlage Coliseum.

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