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Vol. 4 Number 24 Thursday, December 20, 2012

Girls Head Basketball Coach Don Potter talks to the team at a time-out during the 67-26 win Friday night

against Blue Valley. In the photo center to left are: Kelsey Potter (24), Sidney Blackburn (23), Brandi Roepke

(55), Drew Mann (30) and Cassidy Coggins. Standing left to right are: Lesley Frohberg (14), Coach Jenny

Yungeberg, Madison Hargrave (35), Taylor Donor (15), Sydney Chartier (22), Becky Atkinson (21) and Katlynn


Teams Ranked In State, For A Time

Both the Valley Heights

Boys and Girls started the

basketball season ranked in

the Kansas Basketball

Coaches Association poll.

Tuesday night the teams

traveled to Linn where the

Boys won and the Girls lost

for the second time by a

score of 41-39.

The Boys started the

week being ranked 4th in

1A Div. 1 Boys. After the

Linn victory they should

stay the same next week.

With the loss the Girls

will drop from 7th to only

the Coaches know. It could

be they will be out of the


Looking at the rankings

the Twin Valley League

should be strong this year.

The Washington County

Girls are ranked 1st in 2A

Girls. Republic County

which beat both the Valley

Heights teams last week is

ranked 2nd. B&B is ranked

4trh, with Wetmore 5th and

Frankfort coming in at number


On the Boys side, Onaga

is 7th in 2A Boys and B&B

is ranked 4th in 1A Div 2.

Kansas Basketball

Coaches Association


December 17, 2012


2A Girls

1. Washington Co.

2. Republic County

3. Sterling

4. Northern Hts

5. Smith Center

6. Ell-Saline

7. Ness City

8. Doniphan West

9. Ellis

10. Valley Falls

1A-Div 1-Girls

1. Olpe

2. Hoxie

Sandy Hook: “This Must End Now”


An Adversey Group

Speaking Out For People

With Intellectual & Developmental


VOR joins the chorus of

heartfelt sympathy expressed

for the families and friends of

the victims of the Sandy Hook


With so much “politics” (you

name the issue) dividing our

country, VOR prays that this

tragedy finally unites parents,

families, advocates, professionals,

organizations, and policymakers

in a way never before


There can be no real justice

for the senseless killings in

Connecticut and elsewhere, but

uniting as a nation will get as

close to healing as possible and

will help prevent such senseless

tragedy in the future.

As the President stated,

“We can’t tolerate this anymore,”

he added. ˜These

tragedies must end, and to end

them, we must change. We will

be told that the causes of such

violence are complex, and it is

true. No single law, no set of

laws can eliminate evil from

the world or prevent every

senseless act of violence in our

society. But that can’t be an

excuse for inaction. Surely we

can do better than this.”

VOR agrees and central to

necessary change is disability

policy and mental health

reform. Too many people, who

need help have nowhere to go,

are turned away, are displaced

from specialized care, or are

not adequately treated and

monitored. Patient’s rights have

trumped almost completely

safety “to self and others — in

the name of “deinstitutionalization”

and “integration.” As stated

by the Treatment Advocacy

Center (TAC) (Dec. 14, 2012):

˜Our mental health system has

completely failed individuals

3. Waverly

4. Dexter/Ceder Vale

5. St. John

6. Pike Valley

7. Valley Heights

8. Victoria

9. Centre

10. Lebo

1A-Div 2- Girls

1. Wilson

2. Argonia

3. Ingalls

4. B&B-Baileyville

5. Wetmore

6. Norwich

7. Weskan

8.Golden Plains

9. Frankfort

10. Ashland


2A Boys

1. Meade

2. Lyndon

3. Ness City

4. Bennington

5. Moundridge

6. Central Burden

with severe mental illness and

their communities,” said Doris

A. Fuller, [TAC] executive

director. ‘We have emptied the

nation’s hospitals, gutted state

and local mental health programs,

and turned involuntary

treatment into a debate point

instead of using it as a viable

option to prevent tragedy

involving those too ill to help


The Washington Post (Dec.

17, 2012), also quoting TAC

added - “treating the rest in the

least-restrictive settings possible,

the thinking went [in

1963], we would protect the

civil liberties of the mentally ill

and hasten their recoveries . . .

But in the decades since, the

sickest patients have begun

turning up in jails and homeless

shelters with a frequency that

mirrors that of the late 1800s.

“Were protecting civil liberties

at the expense of health and

safety,” says Doris A. Fuller,

7. Onaga

8. Oxford

9. Rock Hills

10. Little River

1A-Div 1-Boys

1. St. John

2. South Haven

3. Waverly

4. Valley Heights

5. Centralia

6. Stockton

7. Centre-Lost Springs

8. Olpe

9. Udall

10.Pretty Prairie

1A-Div 2-Boys

1. Fowler

2. Dighton

3. White City

4. Baileyville-B&B

5. Wallace County

6. Colony-Crest

7. Weskan

8. South Barber

9. St. John’s-Tipton

10.Central Christian-Hutchinson

the executive director of the

Treatment Advocacy Center, a

nonprofit group that lobbies for

broader involuntary commitment


“Deinstitutionalization has

gone way too far.“ (emphasis


A mother of a young man

with serious mental illness

agreed, writing this in her blog:

“With state-run treatment

centers and hospitals shuttered,

prison is now the last resort for

the mentally ill, “Rikers Island,

the LA County Jail, and Cook

County Jail in Illinois housed

the nation’s largest treatment

centers in 2011.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore.”

For 30 years, VOR has been

calling on Congress to support

specialized treatment options

for people with profound intellectual

and developmental disabilities.

Decades of deinstitutional-

Council Holds

December Meeting


Record of the Proceedings

of the Governing Body

City of Blue Rapids, KS

December 12, 2012

The governing body of the

City of Blue Rapids met in regular

session December 12,

2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the

Council Room of the

Community Center. Council

members present were: Jerry

Pope, Amy Bishop, Jon Brake

and Bob Roepke. Mike

Minihan was absent. Mayor

Nowak presided

The minutes of the

November 14, 2012 regular

meeting were approved as presented.

No additions were

made to the agenda.

Mandy Hartloff was present

to ask permission to have a

birthday party with a live band.

The band will be inside a

building and will cease playing

at midnight. By consensus the

council approved her request.

Brake moved and Pope seconded

to approve pay ordinance

2254. Motion carried

Bishop moved and Pope seconded

to approve resolution

2012-05 which grants the

owner of 309 West 3rd 60 days

to abate the nuisance residence

after which time the city can

proceed with demolition of the

buildings on the property.

Motion carried.

(Editor’s Note: The owner

of this property has not

repaired or contacted the

City after notification)

Pope moved and Roepke

seconded to continue the hearing

on a nuisance notice at 504

Lincoln to January 9, 2013.

Motion carried.

(Editor’s Note: The prop-

The City of Blue Rapids will

be holding a city-wide election

in April 2013 for the positions

of three council members.

The filing deadline is

January 22, 2013 at 12:00


The three seats are now

erty owner has shown that

they are fixing the property

but needs more time.)

Bishop moved and Brake

seconded to have Gary

Jorgenson install an after-market

transmission charge pump

on the state road grader for an

estimate of $6296.07. Motion


(Editor’s Note: The road

grader has been having problems

with the transmission

and the City Crew wanted to

have it fixed before it starts


Bishop moved and Roepke

seconded to approve the following

payments out of the

storm sewer 2012 capital project

bank account: $120 to

Kansas State Attorney General

and $1200.72 to Triplett, Woolf

Garretson. Motion carried.

Pope moved and Brake seconded

to pay Ebert

Construction $214,489.67 out

of the storm sewer 2012 capital

project bank account. Motion


Roepke moved and Pope

seconded to renew CD

14579318 as a 6-month CD.

Motion carried.

(Editor’s Note: The

Council may need the money

from this note but not for

another 6 months.)

Cereal malt beverage license

applications for Route 77

Corner Store and for Gator’s

Hometown Foods were

approved on a motion by

Bishop and second by Pope.

Motion carried.

Pope moved and Bishop seconded

to ratify the 1st and 2nd

bids approved by the Housing

Board for grant 2011-HR-030.

See Letters page 3

Three Council Seats

Up For April Election

ization has resulted in the

depletion of an adequate safety

net for people who need our


Tragedies will continue to

befall people with I/DD, children,

adults, and citizens if our

laws and policies continue to

support deinstitutionalization,

depriving people with disabilities

of needed specialized, residential

care and treatment.

This concern is a real and

present one. Just last month

(Nov. 2012), the National

Council on Disability, an independent

federal agency,

released a 300 page policy document

and toolkit recklessly

calling for the closure of all

specialized homes of four or

more residents for people with

disabilities. For several years,

the U.S. Department of

Justice’s Civil Rights Division

has pursued more than 30 legal

actions which at their core aim

to displace individuals from

being filled by Jerry Pope, Bob

Roepke and Jon Brake.

Interested persons may file

at the county clerk’s office in

Marysville or at the Blue

Rapids city office. Call 363-

7736 with any questions.

Disability Policy & Mental Health Reform Now

specialize care options. In

2010, the Justice Department

and the State of Georgia

entered a federal settlement

agreement which will displace

9,000 people with mental illness

from psychiatric facilities

by 2015; and nearly 1,000 people

with I/DD by 2015.

VOR urges the President to

use “whatever power this office

holds,” to address senseless

tragedies with meaningful disability

policy and mental health

reform and re-think the purported

virtues of “deinstitutionalization,”

beginning with the

actions of his own federal


“This must end.”

VOR is a national organization

that advocates for high

quality care and human rights

for people with intellectual and

developmental disabilities.

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, December 20, 2012

Virginia M. Woborny

Virginia M. Woborny, age

88, of Blue Rapids, passed

away on Friday, December 14,

2012 at Blue Valley Senior

Living in Blue Rapids.

Virginia was born on

November 10, 1924, at

Louisville, Nebraska to

Lawrence A. and Minnie

(Gray) Christensen. She married

Roy W. Woborny on

December 15, 1940 at

Waterville. In addition to being

a wife and home maker she

owned and operated Christian

Books & Gifts in Waterville for

many years as well as selling

Stanley Home Products.

Virginia was a member of

Marysville Christian

Fellowship in Marysville. She

taught Sunday School for many

years. She was also a member

Thomas Calvin Lay, 67, of

Blue Rapids, died December

18, 2012 at his home.

Services are pending at

Kinsley Mortuary.

Thomas was born in

Atchinson, Ks, to Austin and

Velma (Abby) Lay on

September 26, 1945. He graduated

from Chapman High

Naomi J. Burke

Naomi J. Burke, 73, formerly

of Hanover, KS., and

Beatrice, Neb., died Saturday,

Dec. 15, 2012, at the

Wheatland Nursing Center in

Russell, KS.

Visitation will be Tuesday,

Dec 18, from noon unti 8:00

p.m. at the Hanover Mortuary

in Hanover, KS. The family

will receive friends from 5:00

to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services was held at

10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19,

at the United Methodist Church

in Barnes, KS., with the Rev.

Sandra Jellison-Knock officiating.

Burial was in the Hanover


Naomi Jeanne Erickson was

born Jan. 14, 1939, to Osborne

and Anna (Morlan) Erickson,

on their farm outside of Leona,

Nancy Ann Lauer

Nancy Ann Lauer, 64, of

Blue Rapids, Kansas, formerly

of Westmoreland, Kansas, died

Monday, December 17, 2012 at

Community Memorial Heath

Care in Marysville. She was a

life-long resident of the area

Nancy was born April 3,

1948, in Westmoreland, the

daughter of Arthur and Blanche

Erichsen Luthi. She attended

local schools and graduated

from Westmoreland Rural High

School in 1966. She lived in

Westmoreland until moving to

Blue Rapids six years ago.

Nancy worked for almost

thirty years as a custodian for

the USD #323 in

Westmoreland. She also

worked for the Kansas State

University Foundation and as

manager of Coach House Gifts

of Women’s Aglow, and the

Happy Home EHU in

Waterville. She enjoyed spending

her many summers canning

produce from the family’s garden.

Survivors include seven

children Clione Billau of

Topeka, Cheryl Yungeberg and

husband Bill of Waterville,

Linda Holliman and husband

Pierce of Waterville, Kristin

Woborny of Marysville, Mary

McKeever and husband Brad

of Marysville, Marte Becker

and husband Rick of Billings,

Missouri and Chris Woborny

and wife Elizabeth of Fremont,

California, a sister Grace

Ensley of Manhattan, and

daughter-in-law Virginia

Woborny, seventeen grandchildren,

thirty-one greatgrandchil-

Thomas Calvin Lay

School, where he was a four

time state wrestling champion.

Thomas was honorably discharged

from the U.S. Navy.

He drove a truck for Grand

Island Express. In his spare

time he enjoyed fishing, doing

plumbing projects, and playing

video games. He was married

to Claudia Pierson in 1964 and

KS. After Osborne’s death in

1944, Anna and daughters,

Lois, Naomi and Nancy, moved

to Leona, KS. The family

moved to Shawnee Mission,

KS., in 1955, where Naomi

attended and graduated from

Shawnee Mission High School

in 1957. After two years of college

at Emporia State

University, she graduated from

Kansas State University with a

degree in home economics. She

taught the subject at

Minneapolis High School in

Minneapolis, KS., for two


She married William Jerome

“Jerry” Burke on June 7, 1964,

in Roeland Park, KS., after

meeting him two years earlier

at a camp for Evangelical

United Brethren young people

in Topeka, KS.

Hallmark Store in

Manhattan. In later years, she

worked at Blue River Sand and

Gravel in Blue Rapids. Prior to

moving to Blue Rapids Nancy

was an active member of St.

Joseph’s Catholic Church in

Flush and the Church Altar

Society. While living in Blue

Rapids she attend St. Monica-

St Elizabeth Catholic Church.

Nancy married John Joseph

Lauer on October 22, 1966, in

Flush, Kansas. He preceded

her in death on November 24,


She is survived by her

daughter, Theresa “Cissy”

Figge and her husband, Craig,

Holton; her sons, Rob Lauer

and his wife, Allyson and Jake

Lauer and his wife, Jody, all of

Marysville; her sister, Connie

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Virginia was preceded in

death by both parents, her husband

in 1982, her son Larry

Woborny earlier this year, a

brother, George Bath and two

sisters, Lula Thomas and

Christine Gladwell.

Funeral services were held

at 10:30 am, Tuesday,

December 18, 2012, at

Marysville Christian

Fellowship with Pastor Brad

Wicks and Pastor Dick

Coleman officiating. Music

was provided by soloist Shelley

Doyle who will sing “I Can

Only Imagine”. The congregation

sang “Victory in Jesus”.

Casket Bearers are Virginia’s

grandsons, Scott Woborny,

Darren Schuh, Roy Yungeberg,

Wendy Clausen in 1967. In

1976, Tom was united in marriage

to Cheryl Holliday at

Wetumpka, AL. She survives.

His survivors also include

daughter, Laura Ground of

Marysville; son Todd Lay of

Waterville; four grandchildren

and two great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were

They made homes in several

farms north of Hanover. They

farmed outside Hanover, raising

two sons. As they grew

older, Naomi worked at Twin

Valley Development Services

in Greenleaf, KS., and as a substitute

teacher for Unified

School District 223. Jerry and

Naomi moved into Hanover in

1987, and to Beatrice, Neb., in

1990. While in Beatrice, Naomi

worked as a paraprofessional at

the Martin Luther

Home/Mosaic. She moved to

Manor Care Center in Eldridge,

Iowa, in 2007, near her son

David. In 2010, after hip surgery,

she moved to Wheatland

Nursing Center in Russell and

lived there until her death.

Survivors include her sons

and daughters-in-law, David

and Janice Burke of Davenport,

Phipps, Westmoreland; her

grandchildren, Daniel Figge,

Katherine Lauer, Kyle Figge,

Grace Lauer, John “Jack”

Lauer, Luke Lauer and Andrew

Lauer. She was preceded in

death by her parents and

her sister, Virginia “Ginny”


Mass of Christian Burial will

be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday,

December 21, 2012, at St.

Joseph’s Catholic Church in

Flush, Kansas. Father Pat

Sullivan and Father Jim

Shaughnessy will be the

Celebrants. Burial will follow

at St. Joseph’s Catholic

Cemetery. Mrs. Lauer will liein-state

starting at 2:00 p.m.,

Thursday, at Campanella-

Evans Mortuary in Wamego,

where the family will greet

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

Jimmy Holliman, Andrew

Holliman, Gabriel McKeever

and Anthony Norris. Honorary

Bearers are, Randy Bender,

Gary Ames, John Snellings,

Jack Boyle, Bob Boyle, and

Kenny Bender. Burial is at

Riverside Cemetery in

Waterville. A viewing is to be

from Noon to 8:00 pm,

Monday, at Terry-Christie

Funeral Home in Waterville.

Memorials are suggested to

the Virginia Woborny

Memorial Fund and may be

sent in care of the funeral home

at PO Box 61, Waterville,

Kansas 66548.

Services arranged by Terry-

Christie Funeral Home,

Waterville, Kansas.

Condolences may be left on

line at www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com

his parents; infant daughter,

Amy Lay; brother, Daniel Lay;

and sister, Rachel.

A memorial fund has been

established in his name.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary or

Blue Rapids State Bank.

Iowa, and Jim and Becky

Burke, Russell; three grandchildren,

Annie of Davenport;

and Bradyn and Alexander of

Russell; her sister and brotherin-law,

Nancy and Dale Doron,

Warsaw, Ind., four nieces and a

nephew and many great nieces

and nephews.

She was preceded in death

by her father; her mother, in

1997; and her sister, Lois Anne,

in 1996. Naomi was involved

in many activities, including

church and community groups.

She enjoyed attending her

sons’ activities, as well as gardening

and canning, cooking

and sewing.

Memorials may be made

through the funeral home to the

Michael J. Fox Foundation for

Parkinson’s Research.

friends from 6:00 p.m. until

8:00 p.m. A rosary prayer service

will be held at 7:00

p.m. They suggest memorial

contributions to St. Joseph’s

Catholic Church, and those

may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

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Darrell R. Claycamp

Darrell R. Claycamp, age 64,

of Blue Rapids passed away on

Sunday, December 16, 2012, at

his home.

Darrell was born on March

7, 1948 to Fred G. and Millie I.

(Garrett) Claycamp at their

home in rural Blue Rapids. He

graduated with the first class of

Valley Heights in 1967. He

was drafted in to the US Army

and served in Vietnam. On

May 29, 1971, he married

Karen M. Ahlvers at Frankfort.

Darrell was a person who

enjoyed working, whether it

was at Georgia Pacific,

Darrell’s Siding, Roofing &

Remodeling, as Maintenance

Supervisor for the Valley

Heights School District, the

Blue Rapids Greenhouse, in the

pasture or just helping friends.

He had a special way with his

grandkids and they will miss

his pies, cookies and brownies.

He is survived by his wife

Karen, his two sons; Troy

Claycamp and wife Whitney of

Shawnee, Tim Claycamp and

wife Kelly of Blue Rapids, five

brothers; Ron Claycamp and

wife BJ of Powell Butte,


Oregon, Wayne Claycamp and

wife Mae of Omaha, Nebraska,

Fred Claycamp, Jr. and wife

Ardean of Omaha, Nebraska,

Glenn Claycamp of Blue

Rapids and Larry Claycamp

and wife Carol of Blue Rapids,

and by six grandchildren.

Darrell was preceded in

death by his parents and by five

sisters; Anna Marie Taylor,

Verna Eichman, Marguerite

Mapes, Vesta Hula and Patty


A memorial service will be

held at 2:00 pm on Friday,

December 21, 2012, at the

United Presbyterian Church in

Blue Rapids. Innurnment will

be at Prospect Hill Cemetery,

north of Blue Rapids.

Memorial contributions are

suggested to the Blue Rapids

Swimming Pool Fund and may

be sent in care of Terry-Christie

Funeral Home at PO Box 61,

Waterville, Kansas 66548.

Services arranged by Terry-

Christie Funeral Home,

Waterville, Kansas.

Condolences may be left on

line at www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com

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Local Groceries Key To Community Health

Amanda Bouc, Graduate

Student Writer


2007, Kansas State University

faculty working with the university’s

newly formed Center

for Engagement and

Community Development

identified the closing of local

grocery stores, citizens’ subsequent

inability to access a variety

of foods, and economic

losses to communities as an

emerging issue in the state.

Since that time, 82 grocery

stores in the state have closed,

according to David Procter,

director of the center. And,

while many are located in rural

areas, urban neighborhoods

also are suffering.

Procter, who noted that grocery

stores typically anchor

community and neighborhood

business districts, said the loss

of a grocery store affects other

businesses, as grocery shoppers

might also plan a stop at the

local hardware store, bank

business, or insurance office.

Lost revenue affects an

entire community, he said.

After a fire destroyed the

grocery store in Onaga, Kan.,

Bob Cole, Pottawatomie

County economic development

director, said that Onaga was

losing about $20,000 per year

from lost sales tax revenues.

K-State’s CECD has hosted

three grocery summits in working

to address the issue and

assist communities seeking to

strengthen or re-open a grocery

store. A fourth summit is being

The Blue Rapids Museum

will host two history writing

parties and weâ€d like you to

come. Charley Kempthorne’s

LifeStory Writing Workshop

will be presented on Sunday

afternoon 2:00-4:00 January

6th and again on January

13th from 2:00-4:00. Charley

Kempthorne has been doing

history writing workshops

since 1976 when he started the

first such workshop in

Motion carried.

Brake moved and Roepke

seconded to appropriate the

2013 ambulance payments as

follows: $100 to Marysville

Ambulance and $900 to

Waterville Ambulance. Motion


Mayor Nowak opened the

bids for demolition of the

mobile home located at 800

Main. Demolition costs will be

covered by grant 2011-HR-

030. The bids were as follows:

Richard Giersch - $5600 and

Snell Contracting - $5400.

Roepke moved and Bishop sec-

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The work is ongoing, and

Procter noted that many Kansas

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on strengths, such as offering

locally-grown foods and making

customer service a priority

– strengths that set them apart

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Ray’s Apple Markets, a family-owned,

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The trio is following in the

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grandfather of Aaron, who

started the business nearly 48

years ago. These grocers work

to remain competitive with

other chain grocers in town by

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“We were brought up that

way,” Mike Floersch said. “We

think it’s a basic; it’s a thank

you for shopping with us.”

The roots of customer service

run deep in the family-operated

store and are emphasized

during employee training and

store management. Employees

will carry out groceries for

shoppers and prioritize conversation

with the consumer – two

practices the Floersch’s say

make their store unique.

“We have the eight-foot rule.

If somebody is within eight feet

of you, you speak to them,”

Mike Floersch said. “It’s what

we expect when you come and

work for us.”

But friendly relationships

with customers are only the

beginning of this store’s focus

on the consumer.

Ray’s Apple Market is a fullservice

grocery store, with a

bakery, deli, coffee shop, free

Wi-Fi, and video kiosk. On

Tuesdays and Thursdays, the

deli provides all-you-can-eat

dinner deals, with chicken, ribs

and side dishes, as well as daily

specials, such as preservativefree

salads made onsite.

The store’s meat department

is also internal, with all of the

cuts and packaging taking

place within Ray’s, Mike

Floersch said.

And, if there is a grocery

item a customer wants but the

store doesn’t have, they will

special order it for that cus-

Blue Rapids Museum To Host Writing Party

Manhattan. Since then, he and

his wife June have done hundreds

of workshops across the

USA and Canada. He is the

author of For All Time: A

Complete Guide to Writing

Your Family History.

Kempthorne specializes in

helping people write their life

histories but the Museum has

asked him to do something a

little different. The Museum

wants you to write the history

onded to accept the Snell

Contracting bid. Motion carried.

Public hearings were held on

the following properties:

701 Pomeroy – Bishop

moved and Roepke seconded to

continue to January 9 and

McNish will contact parties to

ask them to be present at the

January 9 meeting.

205 Union – Brake moved

and Bishop seconded to dismiss

this property from the

unsafe and hazardous list as all

of the house/houses you lived

in in Blue Rapids. All details

should be included such as

what years you lived there, special

memories of certain rooms,

decorating or remodeling done,

rented or owned, trees or bushes

planted, secret hiding places

and any other adventures. The

museum’s co-curator, Pat

Osborne, has lived in 6 homes

in B.R. so she has her writing

jobs cut out for her. One of her

requested actions had been

completed. Motion carried.

Brake left the meeting at

7:40 p.m.

Bishop moved and Pope seconded

to approve a 3% salary

and pay increase for all fulltime

and regular part-time employees.

Motion carried.

Bishop moved and Roepke

seconded to give fulltime

employees a $300 Christmas

bonus and regular part-time

employees a $75 Christmas


The following contractors

have been licensed in 2013:

homes was lived in by another

Museum board member, Pam

Bulson, and another is currently

lived in by co-curator, Nancy

Nolte. Their stories will span

different decades.

Kempthorne can bring out

the writer even in those who

claim they “canâ€t

write†. The museum would

appreciate a $15 donation

which will cover both workshops.

Council ____________________________________________from page one

Latta Plumbing; FHN Electric.

On motion, the meeting was

adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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tomer, he said.

The store’s services also

extend beyond foods, as the

Manhattan stores sell Kansas

State University and Manhattan

merchandise, and offer a drycleaning

drop-off and pick-up

service with a local provider.

Ray’s also has hosted events

in the store, such as a customer

appreciation carnival, free icecream

social, and “Donuts with

Dad” on Father’s Day, when

children can decorate donuts

with their fathers. The store has

also brought in the Easter

Bunny and Tow Mater, the

truck from the movie “Cars.”

While these events are hosted

to attract customers, they are

also held to thank local customers

and “put a little more

fun into grocery shopping,”

Tom Floersch said.

Though the focus is on the

customer, attention also is

directed toward impacting the

community. As the owners,

Aaron Floersch said it is easier

to make decisions regarding

community donations or

requests because the request

doesn’t have to travel to the

corporate level in another city.

“We support a lot of things

people don’t even know about.

It’s a lot of little things,” Mike

Floersch said. “We try and stay

connected to our customers’


Earlier this month the store

provided grocery carts for a

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food collection event and gave

tours of the store to elementary


Ray’s Apple Markets also

uses its deli to assist organizations

with fundraising, allowing

groups to take home a portion

of the night’s profits.

And while features and

events are the norm at the store,

the family trio prides themselves

most in the quality of

their groceries, Mike Floersch


“We have a passion for the

business. We feel like if you put

your heart and soul into it and

mean what you say, people will

return,” he said. “We do it the

best we know how.”

The Floersch family also

provides hometown service in a

smaller downtown store located

in Manhattan, and in Ray’s

Apple Markets in St. Marys,

Clay Center, Seneca, and

Council Grove (all in Kansas),

and in Fairbury, Neb.

More information about

local grocery stores, access to

food, and effect on community

health is available at K-State’s

Center for Engagement and

Community Development at

785-532-6868 and online:

www.ksu.edu/cecd and, also,

on www.ruralgrocery.org.

Center for Engagement and

Community Development

Kansas State University/K-

State Research and Extension


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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, December 30, 2012

Senior Of The Week... Jesse Medina

You can spend minutes,

hours, days, weeks, or even

months over analyzing a situation;

trying to put the

pieces together, justifying

what could’ve, would’ve

happened or you can just

leave the pieces on the floor

and move on. “Tupac

Shakur. This is a quote that

has always inspired Jesse

Medina. Medina is the son

of Mary and Steve Medina.

Along with them, he has

three siblings Isacc, Inez,

and Janelle. He was born on

June 6th, 1995 and says “he

has always been a jokester

and the wise guy of the


“What most people don’t

know about me.” states

Medina, “is my back-up

plan in life is to do stand-up

comedy and to be the next

Daniel Tosh. Medina has

By Morgan Wilkinson

Valley Heights High School

“Faith that doesn’t affect

your life really isn’t faith,”

by William Lee Barefield III

is a quote senior Katelyn

Musil lives by. Musil plans

to attend Kansas State

University and major in athletic

training with a minor in

kinesiology. After finishing

school she plans to become

a certified athletic trainer.

Musil stated that her parents

have been the ones that have

influence her the most to

pursue her dreams.

Musil is involved in many

activities, inside and outside

of school. She participates

in New Hope Evangelical

Presbyterian Youth Group,

Marysville Berean Youth

Group, and 4-H outside of

school. Inside school Musil

has participated in

Volleyball for four years,

Golf for two years,

Cleaning Up A Moddy Pond Or Water Tank

Michael Vogt

Marshall County

Extension Agent

This summer I received a

great question. It was a

great question because I didn’t

know the answer, but

willing to investigate.

I thought this was such a

great question that I should

write about it as my news

column. But, I never

seemed to get around to

writing about it, with

drought issues and other

topics being more important

to write about. So, this

week I am going to scratch

this topic off my To-Do List.

Back to this great question.

The cooperator had

heard that gypsum could be

used to clear muddy pond

water, but wondered if it

would be possible to use

gypsum to clear water in a

livestock water tank? We

have more ponds being

fenced to reduce cattle

access to ponds by cattle.

Many of these ponds have a

pipe coming from the pond

to a water tank. This

reduces the pond from silting

in from the cattle trampling

the shore, wading in

the water and doing their

“business” in the water, and

allowing grass to grow on

the banks. It has been found

that doing that fencing

ponds improves the quality

of water that the cattle

drink, which improves cattle

performance. Believe it or

not cattle and other livestock

like clean water.

The cooperator that asked

the question still had muddy

water in the livestock tank

after fencing the pond out

and would like to add gypsum

to the water tank. I was

a little concerned about

adding gypsum, which has

sulfur in it. Too much sulfur

can cause cattle health problems.

But, in consulting

with our Extension Beef

Veterinarian that should not

be a problem. So, now we

can move forward and try to

treat the problem.

How does gypsum

work in reducing turbidity,

i.e., muddiness of pond

water? Remember when

you were a kid and you

played with two magnets.

always loved watching the

game show Jeopardy, testing

what he knows compared

to the contestants. He

likes the game so much he

wants to be on that show

one day. Medina has always

been able to remember random

information, and

although it may be information

he will never need in

his life, you can count on

him to tell it you.

He’s also different from

others because he has gone

snorkeling and swam with

dolphins. But Medina also

has a serious side and some

characteristics that make

him just like you and I.

Medina’s father and

uncles have influenced him

to stand up for himself and

to be respectful. Most of all,

though, they have taught

him, “the value of an educa-

Cheerleading for one year,

NHS for two years, FCCLA

for one year, All School

Play for four years, Teens as

Teachers for two years, Peer

Tutor for two years, Student

Council for two years,

Model UN for one year,

Band for one year, Vocal for

one year, Show Choir for

one year, VH Club for four

years, In House Training for

one year, and FCA for four

years. Leadership roles

Musil has taken on are

Freshman and Senior Stuco

Rep, and Volleyball Captain

for one year.

When Musil gets free

time she likes to spend it

playing her violin, ministry,

running, quilting, and horseback

riding. Musil received

the opportunity to travel to

Brooklyn, New York and

Minneapolis, Minnesota to

participate in mission trips.

Musil stated, “Many people

don’t know that my favorite

music is Christian Rap and

that I’m a girl that loves

football.” When Musil

Jesse Medina

Senior Of The Week... Katelyn Musil

Like charges repelled each

other and opposite charges

attracted each other. The

same is happening in your

pond. Negatively charged

particles are repelling each

other and will not readily

settle out. So, using positively

charged particles like

gypsum, ag limestone, alum

also known aluminum sulfate,

and believe it or not,

hay will help form clumps

of clay particles and the particles

settle to the bottom of

the pond. These compounds

should be utilized according

to their costs, availability,

and effectiveness. I will

focus on gypsum because it

relates to the cooperator’s


Agricultural gypsum is

good for removing suspended

clay and does not cause

the concern of a fish kill

associated with adding hay.

Gypsum is also chemically

neutral and therefore does

not cause possible pH problems

associated with alum,

another commonly used

material. Typical application

rates are from 1,000-

1,500 pounds per surface

acre of water, depending on

the severity of the clay suspension.

It is wise to add

the gypsum at a conservative

rate of 250-500 pounds

per surface acre of water,

wait several days, and determine

if additional gypsum is

needed. This prevents

excessive application and

therefore helps keep costs

down. Apply gypsum in the

spring or early summer.

Apply gypsum over the surface

on a calm day. Late

evening is often an ideal

time to make the application

as wind speeds on most

nights in Kansas are lower.

Spread the gypsum from a

boat over the pond surface,

and stir with an outboard

motor if the pond is large

enough. The gypsum keeps

the water clear as long as the

gypsum is not washed from

the pond. When used

according to recommendations,

it does not kill fish,

change the pH of the water,

or harm livestock.

It would be best to treat

the pond with gypsum than

the water tank. Mainly

because there is very little

research that I have found

for adding gypsum to a livestock

tank. However, many

studies have been conducted

on the effect of sulfate

which is a component of

gypsum, which can have a

laxative effect on cattle.

However, if someone wanted

to try to clear up a muddy

livestock tank, try adding

one or two ounces per gallon,

which for a 100-gallon

tank would be 6.25 pounds

to 12.5 pounds of gypsum

and see what the water looks

like 12 hours after application.

You can try this with a

gallon jug before trying it on

livestock tank with muddy


The best long-term ways

to help make a pond less

muddy are to do some of the


• Remove undesirable

rough fish from your pond.

Bullheads and common carp

have a habit of “rooting

around” in pond sediment

while feeding. Channel catfish

may also cause the

same problem

• Fence livestock away

from the pond and avoid

pasturing them on the

pond’s watershed. Livestock

trample and compact pond

banks causing them to


• Establish moderate vegetative

growth of rushes,

sedges, and cattails to protect

pond banks and shoreline

areas from wave erosion

• Keep domestic ducks

and geese away from the

pond. Their feeding activity

may destroy shoreline vegetation

and re-suspend soil

particles from the pond bottom.

• Maintain good vegetative

cover throughout the

watershed. If you do not

have ownership of the entire

watershed, then establish

buffer strips of vegetation

around the pond

• Plant windbreaks to prevent

wind from causing

excessive wave action and

disturbing sediment in shallow


I focused on mainly on

gypsum, which is a compound

that is available

Katelyn Musil

leaves she wants people to

remember her as someone

that was helpful.

locally. But, so is limestone.

Using gypsum or

other products and the longterm

suggestions for helping

make a pond clearer are

techniques that can be used

for recreational ponds as

well as agricultural ponds.

I have another topic that

has been on my news column

To-Do List for a long

time maybe I can write

about it before 2013 arrives.

Oh yes, I believe we will be

reading the newspaper after

December 21, 2012.

The Marshall County

Extension Office will be

closed from December 24,

2012 to January 1, 2013 and

will reopen on January 2,

2013. If you can put that in

your newspaper that would

be great.

For more information

clearing muddy ponds, contact

me at the Marshall

County Extension Office at

(785) 562-3531 or E-mail

me at mvogt@ksu.edu.

tion,” says Medina, who

plans to go to K-State and

major in Financial

Assistance & Planning with

a minor in History. Medina

dreams of one day becoming

a loan officer and getting

his doctorate so, “people

will have to use the title

Doctor when talking to me.”

He doesn’t always want to

think about his future;

sometimes he likes just

remember his past memories

like going to football

practice every day and

bonding with friends.

Medina wants everyone to

remember him as, somebody

who always has a joke

or a funny story to tell.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wind Tax Credit Promotes Expensive Electricity

By Bob Weeks

Wichita Liberty

Conservative and free-market

groups are asking Congress

to oppose extending the

Production Tax Credit for production

of electricity from


The letter, presented below,

is designed for representatives

from states that don’t have a

Renewable Portfolio Standard,

which is a policy or law that

requires a certain amount of

electricity to be produced from

renewable sources, which is

primarily wind in most places.

Kansas has an RPS, and

Governor Sam Brownback

Fiscal Effects Of The Obama Tax Plan

By William W. Beach , John

L. Ligon and Guinevere Nell

The Hereitage Foundation

Abstract: On January 1,

2013, the Bush tax cuts will

expire and other new taxes that

congressional leaders have recognized

would damage the

economy will take effect.

President Barack Obama’s proposal

to increase taxes on only

“high-income earners” would

also be economically destructive,

reducing economic output

by an average of $196 billion

per year over 2013–2022 relative

to current tax policy.

Congress and the President

would better serve the country

by reforming the tax code in a

pro-growth, revenue-neutral

way and by reducing federal


Tom and Dixie Talbot will be

celebrating their golden wedding

anniversary on Sunday,

December 30, 2012, in the

lower level reception room at

the United Methodist Church,

1600 North Street in

Marysville. The reception is

from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The couple was married in

Marysville on December 30,

1962. They were both members

of the Marysville High

School Class of 1960 and have

been active in its Endowment

Tom and Dixie Talbot

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actively supports maintaining

this standard, which will

require that more Kansas electricity

be produced from wind.

Kansas Policy Institute has

found that RPS will result in

higher electricity costs, fewer

jobs, and less investment in

Kansas. Its summary is at The

Economic Impact of the

Kansas Renewable Portfolio

Standard, and the full report is


The letter points out that the

PTC has the effect of transferring

subsidy from states without

RPS to those states, like

Kansas, that do.

Nearly historic increases in

federal personal income and

payroll taxes combined with

modest reductions in federal

spending are set to begin on

January 1, 2013. This is the

“fiscal cliff”: a combination of

fiscal policy changes that many

analysts believe will send the

U.S. economy into a recession.

Understandably, President

Barack Obama and congressional

leaders in both political

parties are seeking a way to

avoid this policy-driven cliff.

In addressing the fiscal cliff,

President Obama and

Democratic leaders in

Congress have taken the peculiar

tack of pushing to increase

taxes primarily on “highincome

earners” and small

businesses, even though these

Talbot’s Golden

Wedding Anniversary

Fund. Tom is a retired insurance

representative for several

companies and Dixie is the

librarian at Valley Heights Jr/Sr

High School in Blue Rapids,


Their children and grandchildren

are Heath and Becky

Talbot, Abby and Jaxson of

Gypsum, CO. and Leslie and

Scott Wilson, Paige and Tige of

Frisco, TX.

Friends and family are invited.

The couple requests no

gifts, please.

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December 12, 2012

Dear Members of Congress:

We write to urge your opposition

to extending the wind

Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Created in 1992 by the Energy

Policy Act, the PTC has far outlived

its usefulness. Moreover,

as a member of Congress serving

a state that does not have a

renewable energy mandate, you

should be aware that the PTC

essentially transfers taxpayer

dollars from your constituents

and subsidizes the states with

such mandates. Renewable

energy mandates force utilities

to buy politically-favored

forms of energy such as wind,

same leaders argue that raising

taxes on all earners would damage

the economy. Somehow,

raising taxes only on highincome

earners is supposedly

not economically destructive.

This line of reasoning is simply

mistaken. The economy

will slow significantly whether

the federal government raises

tax rates on everyone or only

on high-income earners. The

analysis of the Obama tax plan

presented in this paper indicates

that the U.S. economy

would slow significantly if tax

rates on ordinary income, dividend

income, and capital gains

income rise for high-income


This study uses the Center

for Data Analysis’s microsimulation

model of the federal individual

income tax, which is

based on Internal Revenue

Service (IRS) data and the IHS

Global Insight (GII) short-term

U.S. macroeconomic model, to

evaluate the economic and

budgetary effects of the tax scenarios.

We compare the forecast

scenario to a baseline forecast

scenario representing the

indefinite continuation of the

current tax policy.

Relative to the economy’s

performance under the current

policy, we find that total output

and income would decline by

approximately $105 billion in

2012 and by an average of $196

billion per year over

2013–2022. The decline in economic

output is consistent with

prevalent recessionary concerns.

The slowdown in real

output occurs because:

Higher tax rates on investment

raise the cost of capital

investment, and higher tax rates

on labor income reduce the

incentive to work and supply

labor in the U.S. economy.

Over the long run, the decline

in private-sector investment

would reduce the capital stock,

leading to slower output and

labor supply in the U.S. economy.

Gross private-sector investment

would decline by an average

of $126 billion (4.1 percent)

per year, reducing real

capital stock in the U.S. economy

by an average of $229 billion

(1.2 percent) per year. The

reduction in private-sector

investment and capital services

over the long run would reduce

the labor supply at different

economic margins: Private-sector

employment in the U.S.

economy would fall by an average

1.1 million jobs (1 percent)

per year, and Americans would

work 2 billion fewer hours relative

to baseline levels.

The President believes his

tax proposal will increase federal

revenue by an average of

$160 billion per year. The

results of the dynamic simulation

indicate that the

President’s proposal would

while your state has wisely

chosen to allow the most abundant

and affordable forms of

energy to be purchased by consumers

and industries.

The wind PTC provides a tax

credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatthour,

and lasts for ten years for

anyone receiving it. With the

wholesale price of electricity

frequently ranging from 2.5 to

4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the

PTC is worth a large percentage

of the total price. This

makes the wind industry one of

the most heavily subsidized

forms of energy. In 2010, federal

subsidies paid $56 for every

achieve only about $68 billion

per year—less than one-half of

the President’s projection. The

dynamic result is due to a

smaller tax base commensurate

with the smaller economy. For

example, fewer hours worked

and lower real wages result in

less federal income and payroll

tax receipts.

As we have argued previously,

it is crucial that congressional

leaders avoid all potential tax

increases in the fiscal cliff. The

nation faces a severe long-term

fiscal imbalance, with elevated

spending today transitioning to

even higher entitlement-driven

spending tomorrow.

We cannot solve the long-run

fiscal imbalance with tax

increases, especially when tax

rate increases would leave the

U.S. economy weaker and federal

revenues lower than

assumed under static forecasts.

The best path forward is to

achieve fiscal balance by

implementing pro-growth, revenue-neutral,


reform of the U.S. tax code and

by setting federal discretionary

and mandatory spending on a

significantly slower trajectory

as detailed in The Heritage

Foundation’s Saving the

American Dream plan.

Punishing the Job Creators

The tax treatment of “the

rich”—the high-income earners

facing the top marginal tax

rate—has received a great deal

of attention. However, the discussion

generally ignores the

fact that many of “the rich” are

small-business tax filers who

report their income through the

individual income tax system

rather than the corporate tax


A significant portion of the

tax increases on small businesses

will be due to the

increase in the top marginal

rate and the other tax cuts

aimed at high-income earners.

(See Table 1.) Small businesses

tend to be owned by highincome

individuals, even if the

business losses and expenses

mean that total annual business

income is not high. This ownership

means that these small

businesses bear the highest

marginal tax rate on decisions

that their owners make on

expansion and business growth.

The best outcome for tax

policy this year would be to

prevent all of the scheduled tax

increases and address the

spending drivers of the deficit

now and over the early months

of 2013. President Obama and

Congress then need to implement

comprehensive, revenueneutral

reform of the tax code

featuring lower marginal tax

rates and reduced tax preferences,

which in their present

form distort decision making

and curry favor with the friends

of politicians and lobbyists.

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megawatt hour of wind energy

compared to $0.64 for coal and

natural gas electricity.

Despite having this generous

subsidy for two decades, wind

only produces 3 percent of

America’s electricity. This corporate

dependence on federal

subsidies not only harms the

taxpayers who finance the

PTC, it also creates an improper

incentive for wind companies

to focus on obtaining

lucrative subsidies rather than

long-term sustainability and

competitiveness. It is time the

wind energy industry stood on

its own and continued funding

by the federal government will

only hurt cost-effective energy

sources as well as American


Lastly, for the twenty-one

states that do not have a renewable

energy mandate in place

— states like your own — the

stakes are much higher. Under

the structure of the PTC, the

bulk of the tax credits flow to

those states that have the most



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Valley Heights Girls Beat Blue Valley, Lose To Linn

Valley Heights Girls’ fans

were pleased Friday as they

saw their basketball squad

bounce the visiting Blue Valley

Rams, 67-26 in a league bout.

With the victory, Valley

Heights upgrades its record to

4-1 on the campaign. The

Mustangs travel to Linn to play

the Bulldogs in a Twin Valley

bout on Tuesday, December 18.

The Bulldogs come into the

bout with a record of 2-3. Linn

won 39-25 in their recent

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Valley Heights Beat The Rams, Linn

The 5 and 1 Valley Heights

Mustangs won two games in 5

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then beating Linn Tuesday

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The Mustangs remain at 4th

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Marshall County Minutes

December 10, 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 Robert S.

Connell seconded by Thomas

K. Holle. Unanimous.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

fifteen minutes at 9:08 a.m. to

discuss matters of non-elected

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Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

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County Appraiser Janet

Duever met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

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ent. Unanimous. Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell to extend

executive session for five minutes

at 10:40 a.m. for the same

reasons with the same persons

present. Unanimous. No

action was taken as a result of

the executive session.

Terry Hughes, Marysville

met with the Board to ask a

question on a quote in the paper

in reference to the Intangibles

Tax and the contamination

clean up at the railroad depot in

Marysville. The Board asked

him to address the City of

Marysville about the railroad

depot and had him speak with

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish in reference

to his intangibles question.

Senator Dennis Pyle and

Representative Sharon

Schwartz were present to have

a upcoming legislative session

discussion with the Board and

the following persons: County

Appraiser Janet Duever ,

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp, Register of

Deeds Martha Roesch, County

Treasurer Linda Weber, County

Attorney Laura Johnson-

McNish, Economic Development

Director George McCune,

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune,

and Terry Hughes, Marysville.

Carla Grund, Marysville met

with the Board to ask questions

on the removal of the

Intangibles Tax.

County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes, Medical Records

Supervisor Mary Weeks and

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes presented an overview

of the services given on the

Marshall County Health

Department in 2012.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into executive

session for fifteen minutes at

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By Travis Perry

Kansas Watchdog

TOPEKA — Computer

hackers could have a field day

with sensitive data stored on

government computers in the

state, and it could go undetected.

State auditors Thursday

morning eviscerated nine

Kansas government agencies

for inadequate informationtechnology

security controls

guarding confidential data

maintained on the state’s computers.

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December 10, 2012 to

December 16, 2012

Name: Lacost, Monica

Address: Frankfort, Kansas

Date of Birth: 10/02/1969

Charge: Theft less than


Date of Arrival: 12/10/2012

Date of Release: 12/12/2012

Reason: $5,000 Cash Surety

Name: Wooten, Malcolm

The audit is dotted with

details of weak passwords,

insufficient staff training, sloppy

inventory records and inadequate

disaster planning.

Dan Bryan, principal information

technology auditor for

the state’s Legislative Division

of Post Audit, said the issues

were a significant breach in

state data security.

“State agencies, to conduct

their work and perform their

services to the state, they need

to collect volumes of information,

and much of what they

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Charge: Warrant/Parole


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Address: Centralia, Kansas

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Date of Arrival: 12/14/2012

Date of Release: 12/16/2012

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collect is confidential,” Bryan

said. “That’s the type of data

that needs to be protected.”

“Most agencies did not have

adequate IT security controls to

protect that confidential information,”

he said.

State agencies scrutinized by

the audit included:

Department of Commerce

Department of Corrections

Department of Education

Department of Labor

Department of Revenue

Juvenile Justice Authority

State Board of Indigents’

Defense Services

State Treasurer’s Office

Department of Wildlife,

Parks and Tourism.

Bryan said the departments

were chosen for audit based on

an annual rotation.

Legislative Post Audit

Committee members did not

discuss any specific problems

during the public meeting.

Instead, they opted to go into

executive session for one reason

— security.

Bryan outlined a series of

security risks uncovered by

state auditors, with insecure

staff passwords among the

most egregious. He said it was

an issue for more than half of

audited agencies. For three

agencies in particular, auditors

were able to crack more than 60

percent of staff passwords.

“Hackers know, and they

build their tools to attack passwords

in a way that people construct

them — a word with special

numbers or characters on

the end … we broke all of our

passwords using software that

is open and free on the

Internet,” Bryan said.

In a rare assignment of

blame, Bryan made the JJA the

poster child for shoddy inventory

management. He said the

agency not only failed to maintain

an inventory of all their IT

hardware, but that during the

course of the audit about 200

computers were found to have

been left sitting in the former

Atchison Juvenile Correctional

Facility, which has been closed

for more than three years.

“That doesn’t provide us any

assurance in our auditing,”

Bryan said.

The report also blasted agencies

for not keeping pace with

the most recent, high-priority

software updates for various

computer hardware, resulting

in further security gaps. Only

two of the nine agencies audited

met expectations, while others

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County Clerk Sonya L. Stohs

met with the Board to discuss

the purchase of four new computers

for her office.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the purchase

of four computers from

Manatron, Inc., Hays, KS in the

amount of $5,968.00 with

installation after the first of the

year. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the vouchers,

as presented, and issue


warrants from the respective

funds. Unanimous.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn the meeting at 1:31

p.m. Unanimous. The next

scheduled meeting will be

Monday, December 17, 2012

starting at 9:00 a.m.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

K-State Sports Information

Head Coach Deb


Opening statement…

“It is always very disappointing

to drop a game at

home. I felt as though this was

a game in which you felt like

we were playing a little bit with

fire. UTEP beat us quite frankly

in the work phases of the game,

and that separated us I thought

down the stretch. You look at

the rebound numbers and we

got beat there. You look at the

attempts at the foul line, and

the aggressive quotient, so to

speak, and we got beat there.

Quite frankly we just did not

finish well. It is a situation that

hopefully we will learn a great

deal from. We will look at this

film, and take a look at those

matters individually and collectively.

I think we are capable of

being more competitive than

what we brought to the floor

tonight. It is a great win for

UTEP to come in here and beat

us on our floor. We do not take

kindly to that kind of thing at

Kansas State. So we are

extremely disappointed. I know

we will learn a great deal from


On the last possession…

“I think too that the last possession,

as Haley (Texada) said,

we talked in the timeout about

getting across half court. She

came over to the bench, and

was looking like do you want

the timeout at that point, and

we decided against it. We

decided to play out of the flow.

That was unfortunate. I think

we still had plenty of ticks left

on clock, and plenty of offense

to run. In retrospect, when you

miss the shot you wish that you

had taken a timeout. She was

motoring over there for a purpose,

and probably mentally for

Haley at the point position, that

definitely took some time off

the clock. It felt like we had a

good flow and played out of it,

and we just, like we had really

in the last five minutes of the

game, did not space the floor

well and put ourselves in position

to score from any one of

five spots.”

On being concerned about

the number of 3-point, and

free-throw attempts…

“I think those two were key.

We got real finesse. You can

handle those three numbers if

you feel like you are being

aggressive and balancing the

scales a little bit, but tonight we

were just so passive in getting

to the line. I felt like our shot

attempts in the paint were so

tentative and slow. Early in the

game we over passed it, and

then we missed some easy

layups from our perimeter

players. Then our posts missed

Brittany Chambers (2) went out of the game after turning

her foot. Look at the way she fell on this play. Brittany did

not come back into the game after getting hurt. In the second

photo, Brittany is on the floor and in pain. Brittany is Kansas

K-State Sports

Coach Patterson Gives Postgame Quotes

Ashia Woods (23) Kansas State Guard drives in for a shot. (Photo by Tonya Ricklefs)

easy looks. We did not make

free throws when we got our

opportunity at the foul line.

Those are the areas that we

have to continue to figure out.

There are times in the games

that they are giving you threes,

and you are feeling like they

are good decisions. I would say

by and large, our decisions in

last eight minutes in the game,

certainly the last five were very

questionable, and we need to

learn a great deal from them.”

Sophomore Guard Haley


On the last possession…

“We were originally trying to

get the ball up the court as fast

as we could. I think we got it up

the court faster than we expected,

and we just tried to go out

of the flow from that. I did not

see the court as well as I should

have and caused a turnover.“

On stepping up for Brittany


“I just knew that I had to step

up for my team, but she is a big

part of our team. Seeing her go

out is never easy. It just means

that we all had to step up for


Freshman Guard Brianna


On the physicality…

“The physicality was one

thing that we talked about in

practice, and one thing we

focused on was that we needed

to rebound the ball, and tonight

we did not do that basically. We

let them win on the boards.

That is something that we definitely

need to get better at.”

On the winning ugly mentality…

“We definitely knew coming

into this season that it was not

going to be easy. We are going

to have to claw, fight and

scratch. A win is a win no matter

how you get to that win. We

just have to continue to work

hard and pick it up on the

defensive end and create that

identity that we did not have


UTEP Quotes

Head Coach Keitha Adams

On today’s game…

“First of all, K-State has a

great program. We have come

up here, and usually we go

home with a loss. So they are

so good on their home court.

My SID did me a great favor

for letting me know that they

had won a hundred games and

only lost nine in non-conference

games under coach

Patterson. We were not good

offensively all day. We struggled

and struggled. Probably

the thing that I am most proud

of our team is that we just kept

playing hard even though

things were not going very well

for us on the offensive end. It

was a really bad day on

offense, but I thought our composure

was good, and we kept

playing. You want to give yourself

a chance to win at the end

and that is what we did. We

came in when it counted. This

is just a great win for us. On a

day where we were not good

offensively, we kept playing

hard and we came out with the


On the performances of

Chrisauna Parker and Kayla


“I thought that their fight,

passion and just toughness

showed today. It was a tough

day but they just kept playing.

They came up big down the

stretch for us.”

Brittany Chambers Hurt In UTEP Game, Status Unknown

State’s leading scorer and rebounder and it is not

known if she will return for the next few games.

(Photos by Ben Brake)

Three Kansas State players are in position to get this

rebound. Kendra Spresser (13) ran away with the ball.

(Photo by Tonya Ricklefs)

Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, December 20, 2012 10A

Wildcats Trip In Closing Moments

K-State Sports Information


State held the lead the entire

game against UTEP on Sunday

afternoon until the closing seconds

when the Miners went on

a 5-0 run to take a 51-50 lead

with 26 seconds remaining in

the contest. UTEP would hand

K-State its first loss of the season,

52-50, escaping Bramlage

Coliseum with a victory and

notching its third win over a

team from a major conference

this season. The loss ended K-

State’s 17-game home court

winning streak against nonconference


With the Wildcats up four

points and just over a minute

remaining, UTEP (9-1) scored

a basket on a fast break and a

foul. After missing the layup,

UTEP would pull down its own

rebound for a put back by

Kayla Thornton to tie the game

at 50-50. K-State (7-1) missed

a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession

and UTEP would take

the lead on the previously mentioned

free throw.

Bri Craig and Haley Texada

both scored 12 points to lead K-

State on the day. Craig controlled

the first half for the

Wildcats with nine of her 12

points, and Texada led the second

half with nine points in the

second stanza. They were the

only two players to score in

double digits for K-State with

Kendra Spresser adding eight


K-State used its strong

shooting from long range to

build an early 16-4 lead on the

Miners and force UTEP into

using two timeouts just six

minutes into the contest. Three

different players got involved

in the 3-point shooting, and K-

State was able to force UTEP

into seven turnovers in that

opening spurt.

The Wildcats made that run

to a 12-point lead with star

Brittany Chambers in the locker

room, who left the game four

minutes in with an apparent leg

injury trying to save the ball on

a fast break opportunity.

Spresser and Craig gave the

Wildcats a lift in the first half to

enable K-State to hold off the

Brittany Chambers (2) Kansas State leading scorer and

rebounder only played 4 minutes of the game.

Kansas State Guard Haley Texada (1) drives for the basket and jumps to get the

height to avoid the block. (Photos by Ben Brake)

Miners. UTEP went on a 7-0

run after K-State built the 12point

lead, but 3-pointers from

Spresser and Craig maintained

the lead. The pair combined for

five 3-pointers in the first half

and 15 of K-State’s 25 points.

The Wildcats hit seven shots

from deep in the first half and

only two baskets inside the arc

as UTEP could not defend the

perimeter early on and K-State

could not match the Miners’

size inside. UTEP had 10 points

in the paint compared to K-

State’s four but it was not

enough to overcome K-State’s

shooting in the first half as the

Wildcats held a 25-21 lead at

the break.

In the second half, K-State’s

lead quickly disappeared with

the Miners scoring two quick

buckets to tie it at 25 points

apiece. Another 3-pointer from

Craig re-established the lead

for the Wildcats. From there

Texada helped take over the

game, setting the tone with a

drive to the basket with time

expiring on the shot clock and a

3-pointer from the corner to go

up 36-28. A layup from Texada

on a fast break lob pass from

Mariah White got the lead back

to double digits at 39-28 with

10 minutes remaining in the


Kansas State will close out

Kendra Spresser (13) gave the Wildcats a lift in the first



Brown Leads KSU

K-State Sports Information


Kansas State senior linebacker

Arthur Brown led a trio of

Wildcats to earn All-America

status as the Football Writers

Association of America

(FWAA) and the Associated

Press announced their All-

America teams.

Brown picked up first-team

accolades from the FWAA and

second-team honors from the

Associated Press. The AP also

placed quarterback Collin

Klein on the second team and

defensive back Ty Zimmerman

on the third team.

A native of Wichita, Kan.,

Brown earned his second and

third All-America designations

as he was named a Second

Team All-American by the

Walter Camp Foundation last

week. The linebacker is the

first Wildcat to earn first-team

honors from the FWAA since

Jordy Nelson was a consensus

All-American in 2007.

Leading the team in tackles

for a second-straight season,

Brown has 91 stops this season,

including six TFLs and one

sack. He also has two interceptions

this season, one against

West Virginia and the other he

returned for a touchdown a

week later against Texas Tech.

Aside from his All-America

honors, Brown was also a finalist

for the Lott IMPACT

Trophy, a semifinalist for the

Bednarik Award and was

named the Big 12 Defensive

Player of the Year by the

league’s coaches.

Klein’s designation by the

Associated Press was his sec-

2012 with four games away

from Bramlage Coliseum. The

Wildcats will travel to the

World Vision Classic in Las

Vegas on Dec. 19-21 at the Cox

Pavilion. K-State will face former

Big 12 member, Texas

A&M, on Wednesday at 2:30

p.m. (CT), with its opponents

on Thursday and Friday to be

determined. All of K-State’s

games at the World Vision

Classic will be available on the

ond All-America honor as he

was also a second-team selection

by the Walter Camp

Foundation. The second

Heisman Trophy finalist in

school history, Klein accounted

for 37 touchdowns this season

(22 rushing, 15 passing),

including at least three in eight

games. His 22 rushing touchdowns

are tied for second

nationally and rank first among

quarterbacks. The Loveland,

Colo., product has rushed for

890 yards on 194 carries and

thrown for 2,490 yards on 180of-272


Zimmerman was named an

All-American for the first time

in his career. A starting safety

since his freshman season in

2010, Zimmerman made 45

tackles, including three for

losses, while he picked off a

career-best five passes in just

10 games. His five interceptions

lead the Big 12 and are

tied for sixth nationally. The

Junction City, Kan., product

recorded an interception in

four-straight games

(Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa

State, West Virginia), the

longest streak by a Wildcat

since at least 1989. He

improved his career interception

total to 10, which ranks

seventh in school history.

No. 5 Kansas State (11-1, 8-

1 Big 12) will take on fourthranked

Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-

12) in the 42nd Annual Tostitos

Fiesta Bowl on Thursday,

January 3, 2013, at University

of Phoenix Stadium in

Glendale, Ariz. The game kicks

off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) and will

be televised by ESPN.

K-State Sports Network and for

free at kstatesports.com/allaccess.

K-State will return to

Bramlage Coliseum on

Saturday, Jan. 5 to host TCU at

6 p.m. For ticket information,

contact the K-State Athletics

Ticket Office at (800) 221-

CATS, visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets

or visit the K-

State Athletics Ticket Office in

Bramlage Coliseum.

Mariah White (22) goes high for a one-handed shot.

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