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Vol. 3 Number 1 Thursday, July 7, 2011

If this wasn’t a family newspaper we would say that “All Hell Broke Loose” at the Blue Rapids 4th of July

Celebration. But we can’t say that. (Photos by Deb Barrington and Linda Brake)

BR Celebrates The 4th

Keven Wessel and Don Musil pick upthe winning ducks (left) for the big 4th of July Duck Race. A large crowd

(right) took part in the Fireman B-B-Q, Duck Race, and the Fireworks.

The winners of the duck race were Chris Taylor, Waterville 1st; Amy Bishop, Blue Rapids 2nd; Melissa

McIntyre, Waterville, 3rd. The Duck drawn for the car was #309 no one had purchased that number. 433 ducks

were sold.

Barleens Return To Estes Park

Strike up the band, the

Barleen family has returned to

Estes Park, Co. with their

Rocky Mountain Opry.

The parents Lloyd and Ila

Marie Barleen operated the

Chevrolet dealership in

Waterville for 17 years.

The love of music ran

through the hearts of the family.

Brenda Barleen Doehring

(one of the twins) told the Free

Press Wednesday that she can

remember as a very small girl

hearing the jam sessions in the

family basement.

Lloyd and son Jim and many

friends would spend many

hours playing in the basement

and around the Waterville area.

In 1979 the family moved to

Estes Park, Colorado and

opened the Barleen Country

Music Dinner Theatre. Later

the family opened a winter theatre

in Apache Junction,


As the Apache Junction

operation grew the family

closed the Estes Park facility.

Ila Marie died in 1985.

In 2000 the twins Barbara

and Brenda along with Brother

Ben bought the business.

Brenda said the theatre in

Apache Junction is a dinner

theatre and they accommodate

1,000 fans every day.

This year the family has

reopened a facility in Estes

Park for the summer run. You

can call 970-577-8000 to make

reservations in Estes Park.

Barbara, Brenda, Jim and

Ben still work in the Apache

Junction productions. Brenda is

the General Manager of

Barleen Theatres.

The children and their spouses

are Jan Barleen, Waterville;

Jim and Karen Barleen, Estes

Park, Colo.; Ben Barleen,

Apache Junction, Ariz.;

Barbara Barleen Burrell, Estes

Park, Co.; Brenda Barleen

Doehring, Apache Junction,

Ariz.; and Jeff and Carrie

Barleen, Ruidoso, N.M.

Bill Barleen and Sister Beth

(Barleen) Schmitz are


City Council July 13

Meeting Agenda

The Blue Rapids City

Council will hold it’s regular

monthly meeting on

Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00


On Tuesday, July 6th the

Council met and discussed the

agenda in a Special Work

Session Meeting.

Here is the Work Session

Agenda, more items can be

added for the Regular Meeting:





Blue Rapids, Kansas

July 6, 2011 5:30 p.m.

Old Business

1. Police department building

interior repairs

2. Mobile home at 700


3. Review 1200 Genesee

(birds) for public hearing on

July 13

New Business

1. Joe O’Toole’s council


(Editor’s Note) Mr. O’Toole

was appointed last month to the

City Council. He is also a

member of the Valley Heights

School Board and the City

Atorney had to check to see if

there is a Conflict of Interest

setting on both boards.)

2. Consider Planning

Commission recommendation

to refund Phil Hanson’s $25

zoning permit fee

3. Charges on Bolton &

McNish invoice

(Editor’s Note) The City

Attorney is John McNish and

the Council needs to determin

if a bill should be paid by the

Drunk driving laws in

Kansas got a lot tougher beginning

July 1 as first-time offenders

will now be required to use

devices on their vehicles to prevent

them from driving while


The law, passed by the 2011

Kansas Legislature, requires

motorists convicted of driving

under the influence to use interlock

devices on their vehicles,

creates a system to track repeat

offenders and strengthens most


“The main reason to use

ignition interlock devices is to

saves lives by keeping drunk

drivers off the roads, but they

also provide another important

benefit,” said Pete Bodyk,

manager of KDOT’s Traffic

Safety section. “The offender

knows that without the ignition

interlock system, they will not

be able to drive. Since they are

able to drive, they can continue

to support their families by

driving children to school, driving

themselves to work and

running necessary errands.”

On May 25, Gov. Sam

Brownback signed Senate Bill

6 which partially revamps

Kansas DUI laws. Here are the

highlights of the new law:

• Failure of a breath test with

City or by a citizen.)

4. Review repairs needed to

inside of police building

5. Patsy Jackson and inoperable

vehicle (30 days from May


6. David Avery, Wayne

Whitesell re: “alley” that runs

east and west between East

Ave. & Chestnut

(Editor’s Note) The City has

been ask to determin if there is

an alley between the two


7. Alice Nemechek to protest

re-connect fee on utility bill

8. National Flood Insurance

change from emergency phase

to regular phase.

(Editor’s Note) The City has

received a letter from the

Kansas Department of

Agriculture asking if the City

would like to change from the

“emergency phase” of the program

to the “regular phase”.

Steve Samuelson, NFIP

Specialist who wrote the letter

said: “Regular phase would be

a bette deal for the community.”)

9. Consider raising mileage

rate to 55.5% per IRS change.

(Editor’s Note) The city pays

employees 51 cents for using

their own cars on City related

trips. The IRS has changed

their amount to 55.5 cents and

this item is to see if the Council

wants to increase to the 55.5


10. Placement of fifth wheel

on property at 708 Genesee

11. Budget transfer from

WSR to utility reserve fund? $

5,000 budgeted

12. Finalize if city wishes to

pursue grant for storm sewer

project on Main and determine

the source of matching funds

New Drunk Driving

Laws Take Effect

a result between .08 and .15, on

the first occurrence, is a 30-day

suspension followed by six

months of ignition interlock

device if your record is clear

and 12 months of interlock if

you have a prior open container

violation or three or more moving


• Failure of a breath test with

a result over .15 the first time,

or over .08 on a second or subsequent

occurrence is a oneyear

suspension followed by

ignition interlock (length of

interlock is dependent on priors).

• Refusal of a breath, blood

or urine test is a one-year suspension,

followed by ignition

interlock requirement (length

of interlock is dependent on

priors), regardless of how many

prior Kansas DUI occurrences

a person has.

The new law also creates a

central repository that will give

law enforcement, prosecutors

and judges access to drivers’

records, making it easier to

track repeat offenders. The

Kansas Department of

Transportation will fund the

repository with $2.5 million

and the Kansas Bureau of

Investigation will oversee it.

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Valley Heights Coach Pitch Softball Takes 3rd

Blanche F.


Blanche Florence (Ring)

Doyle, 93, of Marysville, died

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at

Community Memorial

Healthcare in Marysville.

A rosary service was held at

7:00 p.m., Friday, at St.

Gregory’s Catholic Church in


Mass of Christian Burial was

held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday,

July 2, at St. Gregory’s

Catholic Church. Father Jim

Shaughnessy officiated.

Bob Welch played the organ

while the church choir sang

“Amazing Grace”, “Ave

Maria”, “On Eagles Wings”,

“You Are Mine” and “How

Great Thou Art”.

The pallbearers were Joseph

P. Nick, Richard G. Nick, Chris

T. Nick, Justyn Carlson, Jared

Carlson and Austin Carlson.

Burial was in St. Gregory’s

Catholic Cemetery with

Military Honors provided by

American Legion Smnr Post


Blanche was born on July

21, 1917, on a farm near

Marysville, Kansas, the daugh-

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Back row: Coaches Dani Jones, Clint Jones, Stephen Hendrickson, Mandy Yungeberg, Mallory Yungeberg.

Middle row: Kaylynn Moctezuma, Gillian Zidek, Hannah Musil, Adrianna Haines, Alyson Potter.

Front row: Brandi O'Mara, Emily Hendrickson, Kate Wanamaker, Cora Jones,

Samantha Vermetten, Amanda Merrill. (Photo Courtesy of Dani Jones)


Robert Holle

Robert Holle, 73, of

Hanover, Kan., passed away

July 2, 2011 at the Hanover

Hospital surrounded by his


Visitation was Monday from

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the

Hanover Mortuary. The family

received friends from 6 to 8


A funeral service was held at

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, at

St. John’s Lutheran Church in

Lanham, Kansas. Rev. Jill

Menard officiated.

Mae Nieman played the

organ while Kelsey Goodwin

sang “Softly & Tenderly” and

“How Great Thou Art”. The

congregation sang “Face to

Face” and “My Course Is Run”.

The pallbearers were Justin

Holle, Jacob Holle, Dylan

Holle, Ben Pakkala, Tyler

Holle and Craig Holle.

The honorary pallbearers

were Ed Rettig, Larry Mueller,

Dale Cook, Vernon Nieman,

Delbert Grefe and Wilbur


Floral tributes were done by

Ashley Holle, Kirsten Holle,

Camry Holle, Abbie Pakkala

and Sydney Pakkala.

Burial was in St. John’s

Lutheran Cemetery, Lanham.

Robert was born on

November 4, 1937, the son of

Ben and Martha Holle. He was

baptized at Hermansburg

Lutheran Church in Bremen

and confirmed at Trinity

Lutheran Church in Hanover in

1951. Robert attended school at

Immanuel Lutheran School in

Bremen and Trinity Lutheran

School in Hanover.

On December 14, 1958, he

married Manetha Maatsch.

Robert was employed by

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ter of Dominic and Lillian

Emma (Schwindamann) Ring.

She was the eighth of thirteen

children. Blanche attended St.

Gregory’s Catholic School and

graduated from Marysville

High School. After graduation

she taught school in Marshall

County until enlisting in the

Womens Army Corp (WAC) on

May 18, 1943. She served her

country in WWII along with

one sister and four brothers.

Upon her discharge she attended

and graduated from Central

Business College in Kansas

City, Mo.

On April 17, 1948 she married

Ward M. Doyle of

Lebanon, Mo., at Kansas City,

Kan. They lived, worked and

raised their children in Kansas

City. Ward passed away on

Nov. 8, 1992. Blanche moved

Mueller Sand and Gravel for 33

years. In 1996, he partnered

with his son, Jay, to establish

Midwest Products.

Robert was a member of

many community organizations

including Hanover Chamber of

Commerce, Hanover City

Council, Friends of Hollenberg

Station, and many others.

Robert was dedicated to the

growth and development of

Hanover, and took pride in

being involved in local community

improvement projects.

He was preceded in death by

his parents; son, Daniel; brother,

Leroy; two sisters, Adeline

and Rosanna; granddaughter,

Kelsey; and an infant grandson.

Mary Ann


Mary Ann Seeberger, 90, of

Overbrook, Kansas, formerly

of Hanover, Kansas, died

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the

Brookside Retirement Home in


Visitation will be on Friday,

July 8, from 10:00 a.m. until

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

back to Marysville in 1994 and

has made her home here.

Her hobbies included making

afghans, rag rugs and sock


She was preceded in death

by her parents; husband; eight

brothers, Jacob, William,

Francis, Raymond, Wilfird,

Dominic, Leonard and Charles;

and two sisters, Lillian

Zawacki and Carolyn Barton.

Survivors include her son,

Chris (Vickie) Doyle, Council

Bluffs, Iowa; daughter, Linda

(Joe) Nick, Kansas City, Kan.;

two sisters, Eleanor Grauer and

Dorothy Martin, both of

Marysville; six grandchildren

and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials will be designated

later and may be sent in care

of Kinsley Mortuary,


Survivors include his wife

Manetha; dog, Flip; brother,

Willis (Berdean) Holle,

Hanover; twin sister, Roberta

(Verlin) Welch, Hubbell, Neb.;

sons, Jay (Deb) Holle,

Hanover, Randy (Phyllis)

Holle, Hutchinson, and Russ

(Ruth) Holle, McPherson;

daughter, Rhonda (Mike)

Pakkala, Lakeville, Minn.; and

grandchildren, Ashley, Justin,

Tyler, Jake, Kirsten, Dylan,

Ben, Camry, Abbie and


A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of the Hanover Mortuary.

5:30 p.m. at the Hanover


The Rosary will be held at

7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John's

Catholic Church in Hanover.

Mass of Christian Burial will

be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July

9, at St. John's Catholic Church

with Father David Metz officiating.

Burial will be at St. John's

Catholic Cemetery.

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Rehearsals Underway for

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

M-ACT’s Summer Musical

Written by Andrew Lloyd


Cast members in the

Marysville Area Community

Theatre’s summer production

of Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat are

spending their rehearsals

singing … and singing … and

singing. With a musical score

written by Andrew Lloyd

Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice,

the actors are spending a significant

portion of their rehearsals

learning the various melodies,

intricate harmonies, and complicated


The show takes a humorous

look at the Biblical story of

Joseph and his coat of many

colors. Told entirely through

music, the show uses twenty

songs to tell the tale of Joseph

whose jealous brothers sell him

into slavery. Through his faith

and ability to capitalize on each

moment, Joseph uses his

dream-interpreting abilities to

overcome his obstacles and

eventually become an influential

Egyptian leader.

Unlike the traditional musicals

they have directed in the

past, Wayne Kruse, the show’s

director, and Tam Gordon, the

Boil Water Advisory

Rescinded for Waterville

The Kansas Department of

Health and Environment

(KDHE) has rescinded the boil

water advisory for the city of

Waterville, which is located in

Marshall County.

musical director, are enjoying

the new artistic opportunities

this show provides.

Traditionally, the director

spends time with the actors

blocking the scenes and discussing

character development

while the musical director

works with the actors on vocal

interpretation of the songs. For

the first half of the rehearsal

process, the directors work in

isolation and then come together

to coordinate the singing,

acting, and dancing. Since

“Joseph” is told entirely

through song, this show provides

a different challenge.

“For me, doing an Andrew

Lloyd Webber show is somewhat

of a dream,” Gordon said.

“His shows are something you

travel to New York, Chicago,

Kansas City, or Omaha to see –

and we're doing it here. What I

thought would be such a challenge

- an entire show of music

- is actually turning out to be a

great collaboration of the directors

and choreographers. We’re

not so much working on the

parts individually and then trying

to put them all together;

we’re working as a team from

the beginning.”

According to Kruse, this

KDHE issued the advisory

on June 30 due to a water main

break which caused a loss of

pressure to the water distribution

system. Laboratory testing

on samples collected indicate

Blue Rapids Library

Holds Multicultural Day

In keeping with this summer’s

reading program theme

of “One World, Many Stories,”

the Blue Rapids Public Library

will have a multicultural day on

July 11.

Items that local people have

brought home from travels

abroad will be displayed.

Children who check out or

check in a book that day will

receive a coin from a foreign


Children and adults can try

using chopsticks. Librarian

Lynne Turner will provide


Special prizes that day will

be children¹s items from South


team effort is paramount to the

show’s success.

“In order for us to pull off

this show, we need to rely on

some solid methods of collaboration,”

he said. “Since the

community theatre has been

around for nearly thirty years,

many of us have developed

some pretty strong relationships.

It’s these relationships

that allow us to brainstorm

ideas, problem solve issues,

and, ultimately, work together

to put on a quality production.

It’s a really rewarding experience.”

Not only does this show provide

new artistic challenges for

the directors, it also provides

new opportunities for the


Brian Cook, who’s been

involved with the theatre for

nearly ten years, has played

various roles in previous summer

musicals. In several, he’s

played the leading role. In

“Joseph,” he plays a supporting

role as the second-oldest brother,

Simeon; additionally, he

doubles as one of the male chorus


“I’ve never been in so many

songs during a show,” Cook

said. “Even when I was the

no evidence of contamination,

and all other conditions that

place the system at risk of contamination

are deemed by

KDHE officials to be resolved.

The library¹s summer reading

program is under way.

Children who read at least 20

books, or 2,000 pages, will

receive a free book at the end

of the program in August. All

participants will receive a


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42 pound flathead catfish caught in the Big Blue river on June 28, 2011. It was

caught on a throw line by Ryan Woodyard, David Sanner and Logan Woodyard.

Logan is the one holding the fish.

Shea Manley Sets Record

Shea Manley wins and sets a record in the butterfly at the Marysville swim meet

Saturday, June 18th. (Photo courtesy of Denise Nordhus)

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Trying, I was in probably half

the songs I’m in for this production.”

According to Cook, the show

has “a lot going on” both for

the performers and for the audience


“This show requires a lot of

energy,” he explained. “This is

a short show, but it probably

won’t feel like it to the audience,

as the sheer size of the

numbers will make the show

feel bigger and longer than it is.

There are very few solos in this

show, whereas normally in

musicals the featured performers

each have a solo or two. In

this show all of the songs are

almost exclusively chorus

numbers with a featured soloist

mixed in; it doesn’t feel like a

normal show.”

For Gordon, the chorus numbers

are her favorite. “I love

the songs where the choirs get

to sing the intricate beautiful

harmonies that he (Lloyd

Webber) wrote. And they all

get stuck in my head from

morning till bedtime.”

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, July 7, 2011

Valley Heights Board Of Ed March Minutes

Unified School District

No. 498

School Board Meeting

March 14, 2011


Tim Manley, President

Stephen Hendrickson, V. Pres

(arr 6:09 p.m.)

Joe O’Toole

Kenny Steinfort

Chad Parker

Terry Roepke

John Bergkamp, Superintendent

Kerry Potter, Clerk

Absent: Ryan Woodyard

1. The Board of Education of

Unified School District No. 498

met in regular session on March 14,

2011 at the District Office in

Waterville. Board President Tim

Manley called the meeting to order

at 6:07 p.m.

2. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by Joe

O’Toole to approve the agenda

with the addition of Item VIII.

Approval of Substitute Teacher for

the 2010/2011 school year. The

motion carried unanimously.

3. No one was present for Public


4. It was moved by Joe O’Toole

and seconded by Chad Parker to

approve the Consent Agenda. The

motion carried unanimously. Items

on the Consent Agenda were as follows:

-USD 498 Board of Education

regular meeting minutes from

February 14, 2011 -Bills Payable -

Approval of Selling Surplus

Equipment-gym light fixtures -

Acceptance of the Non-Certified

Resignations of Katie McClellan as

Valley Heights Community Ed

Director as of May 31, 2011 and

Lorna Craft as bus driver as of

March 31, 2011 with thanks for

their service

-Acceptance of Supplemental

The Fear Factor competition is

held every year from 9pm - 10pm

by Trinda Chase with $100 given to

the winner. There is no entry fee for

this event and is open to the entire

public, age 18 and older, to participate.

I hold a sign-up prior to 9pm

because I limit the amount of people

to participate. All of the other

committee members are as surprised

as the community what is in

store for this year's competition

because I never share my plans

with anyone. This year's annual

Fear Factor theme was a meal

theme. I started with 5 participants

in the first round and eliminated 1.

I had each participant play a

"minute-to-win-it" game where

they had one minute to get as many

ping-pong balls in order into glass

jars as they could. They were to get

the ball in the jars with only one

bounce. Chuck Martin, winner of

Fear Factor the last 2 years in a row

was eliminated in this first round.

That left Justin Cooper, Mike

Tryon, Billy Neal and Lindsey

Coggins to compete. The second

round started with an "appetizer".

Each contestant was given one pig's

foot and a baby bottle that had clam

juice in it that they had to drink.

Just for fun, each bottle of clam

juice had a fish in it but they were

not required to eat the fish, just

drink the clam juice. No one was

eliminated on this round; however,

the first done or most eaten within

the time limit determined the order

in the next round. The next round

was a main course. Using nothing

but their mouth, they wore goggles

and dove into a roaster pan full of

spaghetti that contained meat balls

and fish balls. Each contestant was

to get 3 of the meat balls in their

mouth and transfer them to a plate,

the slowest transfer time was eliminated.

Justin Cooper was eliminated

in this round. The next round

came from another popular TV

show "MTV's Silent Library". I had

3 willing volunteers to help me

with this main course round. Tim

Laughlin came out without a shirt

and had peanut butter covering his

chest and stomach and jelly covering

his entire back. I took one slice

of bread and wiped peanut butter

from the front and used another

slice of bread to wipe jelly from his

back, slapped the pieces of bread

together and gave the contestants

their sandwich to eat. In addition,

Resignations of Katie McClellan as

high school girls’ assistant basketball

coach as well as high school

assistant track coach for the

2011/2012 season and Ryan Noel

as high school girls’ basketball


-Approval of Supplemental

Contract for Adam Schreiner as

assistant high school track coach

with salary as per the salary schedule

-Acceptance of the 2009/2010

USD 498 audit report presented by

Kickhaefer and Assoc. in the

February regular Board meeting -

Approval of PIV (Parent

Involvement Volunteer) Guidebook

(See Attached)

5. Superintendent Bergkamp

gave the financial report.

6. Principal Don Potter presented

information on proposed ZAP

(Zero’s Aren’t Permitted) program

changes, the 2011 Driver’s

Education class to be offered and

asked the Board to consider purchasing

tablets for two classes to

assist with learning and technology

integration. Principal Rhonda

Trimble gave an update on new

Olweus program implementations.

She also reported on the state

assessment schedule and the elementary

parent/teacher conference

attendance. Principal Trimble presented

the PLC (Professional

Learning Community) survey

taken by staff.

7. Superintendent Bergkamp

gave a Performance Contract

update and invited all Board members

to participate in distributing

diplomas at the 2011 graduation

ceremony. Tim Manley and Joe

O’Toole volunteered to participate.

8. In Additions to the Agenda-

Approval of Substitute Teacher for

the 2010/2011 school year. It was

moved by Chad Parker and seconded

by Joe O’Toole to approve

Todd Lay and Scott Blaske came

out wearing a fake mustache and

fake porkchops/sideburns covered

with an Asian hot chutney sauce.

Each contestant was to eat the

sandwich and lick the chutney

sauce from the fake mustache/porkchop.

The last contestant still eating,

Mike Tryon, was eliminated.

At this point, I knew the remaining

2 contestants would be thirsty so I

offered them a hot pepper sauce

snow cone in the next round. The

first one finished chose the order

for the final round competition.

Lindsey Coggins finished the

quickest and chose to go last. The

final round was the "dessert" round.

It consisted of cheesecake that was

Limburger cheese covered with

chocolate icing and a Rice Crispy

treat that was made with Rice

Crispy cereal, Wasabi horseradish,

and sweet relish. I believe

Limburger cheese must be the

worst thing I've ever smelled in my

life, and I believe I still can smell it

every once in a while, haha.

Quentin Blaske, a helper, walked

through the crowd with the wrapper

from the Limburger cheese to give

them a little idea on how bad it

smells and how difficult it would

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Derek Pretre as a substitute teacher

for the 2010/2011 school year. The

motion carried unanimously.

9. There were no Individual

Board Member Issues.

10. It was moved by Stephen

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 7:13 p.m. in this

room. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Stephen

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 7:43 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp was invited

into executive session. The motion

carried unanimously.

It was moved by Stephen

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 7:58 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp remained in

executive session. The motion carried


It was moved by Stephen

be to eat it. The ending to this year's

Fear Factor took a little twist. Each

contestant was given 3 minutes to

eat as much "dessert" as they could.

After both contestants finished the

3 minutes of eating, the amounts

left on their plates was basically

identical. My deciding factor for

choosing Billy Neal as the Fear

Factor Champion was due to the

fact that Lindsey Coggins had a

mouth full of food that she ended

up spitting out (and throwing up)

just after the 3 minute time.

However, Billy Neal knew how

close and tough it was to make it to

the final round. He ended up splitting

his $100 winning pot with

Lindsey Coggins, giving each of

them $50. Hats off to Billy for

being such an amazing sport!

This year's Waterville Fireworks

events were once again a huge success.

Some people do not realize

that this is not a City run event.

Many years ago, this event was

started by a few families that lived

near the park getting together for

some fireworks and fried chicken

potluck. This grew each year until

it became an event open to the

entire public; however, it is still ran

by only a few people. Terry and Val

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 8:10 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp remained in

executive session. The motion carried


It was moved by Stephen

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 8:20 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp remained in

executive session. The motion carried


It was moved by Stephen

Hendrickson and seconded by

Chad Parker to go into executive

session to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy interests

of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations in order

to protect the public interest in

negotiating a fair and equitable

contract and that the Board return

to open meeting at 8:30 p.m. in this

room. Mr. Bergkamp remained in

executive session. The motion carried


1. It was moved by Joe O’Toole

and seconded by Kenny Steinfort to

table the consideration of administrators’

contracts. The motion carried


2. There being no further busi-

Fear Factor at Waterville Fireworks

Yungeberg, Mark Critchfield,

Robert and Trinda Chase and Jim

and Tina Wilson have been doing

this event together for several

years. This year Steve and Mary

Medina joined our team. DJ’s for

the festivities were Lee Breasseale

and Shawn Weyer. We hold various

fund raising events throughout the

year, often including the baked

potato bar on Wooden Nickel Day

and a street dance/beer garden, running

the concession stands for all

the ball games held at Lipton Field,

as well as the meal and concessions

served the night of the event.

Otherwise, we all do our part to go

around seeking donations and

sponsors to hold this yearly event.

We are very grateful for the support

we receive and are very proud of

the accomplishments and succes of

the event each year. We are also

always looking for more volunteers

to sustain this event. If you are

interested in helping at any time

throughout the year, please contact

one of the committee members to

find out how you can help make

this event possible for many years

to come. And, please take time to

tell the committee members thank

you for all their hard work!

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, July 7, 2011

Marshall County Minutes

June 27, 2011

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Charles R. Loiseau, Chairman;

Robert S. Connell and Thomas

K. Holle members; and Sonya

L. Stohs, County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Thomas K.

Holle moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell.

MCDC June Minutes

The June MCDC/Tourism

meeting was held on June 2,

2011 at the Marysville Visitors’

Center. Bruce Dierking

circulated copies of last year’s

budget and the proposed budget

for this year, 2011-2012.

After review, the motion was

made to approve the proposed

budget. This was approved.

Brenda Staggenborg reported

working with a new computer

system which makes it easier

to amend information on a

website as well as update information.

Jail Report...

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: June 27, 2011 to

July 3, 2011

Name: Moore Jeffrey

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 8-17-1971

Charge: Trespass on RR

property, Disorderly conduct

Date of Arrival: 6-28-11

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Hutchinson Community

College has announced the

honor rolls for the Spring 2011

semester, including grades

through the end of the interterm

session. 1,234 students have

Sampler activities were

reviewed. Between 300 and

350 Tabloids were distributed

at the 2-day event. This number

was much too small and

needs to be increased since we

ran out before the end of the

second day. We also ran out of

Koester House info and Bar

BQ event info.

It was also suggested we post

a person to act as a greeter at

each entrance in the tent.

A review and assessment of

the 2010-2011 MCDC

Objectives was made. The

Name: Butler Jason

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth:1-16-1978

Charge:Inhalant abuse

Date of Arrival:6-29-11

Date of Release: Still


Reason:Still Incacerated

Name:Hartman Mark

Address: Home

Date of Birth:1-26-83

Charge: 48 hrs

Date of Arrival:7-1-11

Date of Release: 7-3-11

Reason: Time served

been honored with selection to

the two honor roll listings, with

665 achieving the President’s

Honor Roll with a 4.0 grade

point average for the semester.

The students selected to the

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Custodian Lou Wassenberg

met to discuss the landscaping

on the west side of the

Courthouse and presented her

2012 Custodian budget in the

amount of $39,170.00 which is

an increase of $1,100.00 from

the 2011 budget.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to go into executive session for

five minutes at 9:17 a.m. to discuss

matters of non-elected

personnel with Custodian Lou

Wassenberg present.


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County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes met with the Board.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

order. Unanimous.

Sellers Equipment, Salina,

KS for XH1000 10 ft. Schulte

rotary mower $15,250.00-Road

& Bridge fund-P.O. # 107260

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig presented to the

2012 budget request in the

amount of $2,697,850.00

which is an increase of

$115,600.00 from the 2011


Custodian Lou Wassenberg

met with the Board to discuss

how the trees on the west side

of the Courthouse should be


Ron Milner, Marysville,

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish, and Public

Works Administrator Mike

Craig met with the Board.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded

by Charles R. Loiseau to

go into executive session for

fifteen minutes at 10:52 a.m. to

discuss possible land acquisition

with Ron Milner,

Marysville, County Attorney

Laura Johnson-McNish, and

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig present.

Unanimous. No decisions were

made as a result of the session.

KCAMP Administrator Tom

Job met with the Board to present

them with a 20th

Anniversary wall clock honoring

Marshall County as one of

the charter members of

president requested that each

member review the list more

closely and bring suggestions

for improvements to the July


At the July Meeting, Board

Members who will be ending

their term will be Karen Trail,

Bob Carlson, and Kent

Obermeyer. New Board

members will be elected in the

July meeting.

Brenda Staggenborg reported

that the Flint Hills group

continues to seek news ways to

attract visitors. One project

Name:Flower Keith

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 5-19-1962

Charge: Dis. Cond.

Date of Arrival: 7-1-11

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Stell Courtney

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 1-28-1973

Charge: 48 hrs

Date of Arrival: 7-1-11

Date of Release: 7-3-11

Reason: Time Served

Chelsea Marquette Awarded

President’s Honor Roll

President’s Honor Roll are listed

below by hometown.

The President’s Honor Roll

(Students with 4.0 grade-point


Waterville: Chelsea Marquette



(KCAMP) Kansas County

Association Multi-line Pool.

He also presented the Board

with the property appraisal

reports prepared by Hirons &

Associates, Inc.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into execution

session for three minutes at

11:33 a.m. to discuss attorney

client privilege with County

Attorney Laura Johnson-

McNish present. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Keystone Investments, LLC,

Axtell, KS with the preconstruction

pictures that were

provided by the applicant.


The Board received a letter

of resignation from the Wells

Township Trustee Douglas


Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

The Board received a 2012

Marshall County Development

Corporation (MCDC) budget

request in the amount of

$4,200.00 which is the same as

the 2011 budget.

The Board received the 2010

Real Estate Appraisal/Sales

Ratio Study from the

Department of Revenue.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following 2010

abatements with a value of 698

with a total tax of $94.81 and

the 2009 abatements with a

they are currently working on

concerns increasing the number

of Trail Ride opportunities in

the Flint Hills. This group has

acquired a $900 thousand grant

to do this.

The New Frankfort swimming

pool is open.

The next MCDC meeting

will be held at Frankfort’s Elm

Street apartments on July 7,

2011, at 7 P.M.

There was no other business

so meeting was adjourned.

Name: Howard Jeremy

Address: Frankfort

Date of Birth: 3-18-1993

Charge: 72 hrs

Date of Arrival: 7-1-2011

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated


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Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue manual warrants

from the respective funds.


County Clerk Sonya L. Stohs

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presented the 2012

Commissioners budget in the

amount of $100,800.00 which

is an increase of $3,000.00

from the 2011 budget; the 2012

County Clerk budget in the

amount of $123,150.00 which

is the same as the 2011 budget;

and the 2012 Election budget in

the amount of $88,800.00

which is an increase of

$36,200.00 from the 2011


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the

County’s share of payrolls and

related vouchers, as presented,

processed the motor vehicle

payroll and issued manual warrants

from the respective funds.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to adjourn at 2:07 p.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduled

meeting will be Tuesday,

July 5, 2011 starting at 9:00


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Silent Sentinels on The High Plains

By John Schlageck

Kansas Farm Bureau

Perched atop the weathered wooden

posts, the western boots stretched

nearly one mile into the horizon.

Brown, black, green, gray and blue

were the colors. Torn and frayed was

their condition.

All the boot heels pointed toward

the blue, spring sky. Some of the toes

still held their shape – jutting out

from the fence post. Others dropped

toward the grass like the tongues of

cutting ponies after a full morning of

sorting cattle.

This boot fence can be found on

John Smith’s Boot Hill Ranch.

Located on K-25 about a mile and a

half north of Russell Springs, nearly

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barbed wire fence that runs

north and south.

“The number depends on how

many have been stolen on any particular

day,” Smith said with a glint in

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off the posts and walk away.”

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Home Notes -

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension Agent

Summer is a great time to think

about family fitness. The change in

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excellent opportunity to implement

these six simple steps to a healthy

weight for kids. Remember fit kids

equal happy kids.

1. Be active by playing together

inside and outside.

For a healthy weight, kids and

adults need 30 to 60 minutes of

physical activity every day. Play

with your kids every day because it

is fun for them and fun for you too.

Play inside by turning off the TV and

play an old fashion game of hideand-seek.

Clear a space for wiggling,

dancing, and playing with

soft-foam balls or squishy toys. The

options for outdoor play are unlimited:

bikes, trikes, scooter, balls, kites,

frisbees, jump ropes, squirt guns,

hula hoops, hopscotch, and tag.

Take time to enjoy the variety of different

parks in Marshall County.

Explore the parks and see what it has

to offer. Most people like to play on

some type of playground equipment

or take a walk or ride on the trail.

When the weather is nice, take a picnic

and play before dinner.

2. Make family meals a special

time to eat together.

Eating more meals together can

make a big difference in your family’s

health, happiness, and finances.

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Smith fitted his first pair of boots

on the fence line 20 years ago. The

boots were 1948 vintage and handmade

by Charles P. Shipley Saddlers

& Mercantile, Co. of Kansas City,


“They were located down by the

stockyards and they made boots for

ole’ Jesse James,” Smith said, proud

to have owned a pair of boots made

by the same company that had fitted

the famous outlaw. “I got married in

mine back in ’51.”

After Smith put the first pair of

boots on his fencerow, it seemed only

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left in them.

“Boots keep the water off and the

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fence posts last longer,” Smith told

me. “The boots shelter the post top so

the moisture can’t get into the post

and expand it and break it up.”

Yep, thanks to Smith, each post

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A few years back the Logan

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boots that laced up the front.

“I guess they were old and somewhat

of a collectible,” Smith said.

After this incident, he never fitted

a pair of boots next to one another on

the posts. Instead he’d put one boot in

the corner of his land and stick the

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To hear Smith talk about his fence

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“That way when a cowboy died

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People knew each other by the boots

they wore, and it was only natural to

put a cowboy’s boots near his grave

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