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Blue Rapids, Ks

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Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 3 Number 31 Thursday, Februay 2, 2012

The 2012 Pioneer Class of Leadership Marshall County Program are: Back Row: Rachel Wanklyn, Scott Toerber,

Coby Sedlacek, Austin Schotte, Mike Melcher, Erin Kroeger, Ali Argo Middle Row: Marilyn Sweet, Brenda

Staggenborg, Michelle Whitesell, Alison Slifer, Julie Popejoy, Georgena Lindquist, Lonny Hardwick Front Row:

Nolan Sump, Mandy Cook, Lesa Dierking, Barb Haines.

First Class Of Leadership

Marshall County Named

The 2012 pioneer class of

Leadership Marshall County

has been announced.

Leadership Marshall County is

a new organization to train

local residents in leadership.

Here is the 2012 Class:

Allie Argo

Allie lives in Marysville

with her husband, Jared. She is

the executive director for

Marysville Main Street and she

is the owner of Allie Belle

Creations. Allie received her

bachelor’s degree in recreation,

park, and tourism management

from the University

of Nebraska at Kearney. Allie

is a member of RSVP’s Board

of Directors, she’s a Cubbies

Leader for Awana, and she’s a

member of Power-Ups – 21- to

39-year old Kansans who are

“rural” by choice. In her spare

time, Allie enjoys camping and

any water sport, playing league

volleyball, shooting trap, and

junking with her family! Her

favorite place to be is sitting on

her boat in the middle of the

lake with her husband, Jared!

Mandy Cook

Mandy is a clerk and data

collector in the Marshall

County Appraiser’s office. In

addition to her full-time career

and responsibilities as a mother

to Ian and Natalie and wife

to Brian, Mandy finds time to

be involved in several local

organizations. She is a member

of the Little Black Dress

Alliance and actively participates

in many of the county’s

arts organizations – the

Marysville Area Community

Theatre, the Marshall County

Arts Cooperative where she

recently performed in their

annual fund-raiser, the

Marshall County Community

Choir, and Landmark

Enterprises, Incorporated.

Mandy says she stays active in

the arts community because

she wants her children to have

access to the arts. Mandy is a

graduate of Valley Heights

High School and Emporia

State University. Currently,

she resides in Marysville.

Lesa Dierking

Lesa lives in Marysville and

has one daughter, Allison.

Lesa received her bachelor’s

degree in education from

Emporia State University.

Before moving to Marysville

Lesa taught in Melvern and

Wamego. Currently, Lesa

works for the Marysville

Public Library where she is in

charge of the weekly family

story-time. She also oversees

the activities of the three-day

per week Homework Center

for school-age kids so they

have a place to come and do

their homework. Lesa volunteers

a lot of her time for our

daughter’s school, Good

Shepherd Lutheran School;

additionally, she shares her talents

with various boards. She

enjoys scrapbooking, cardmaking,

and going to the


Barbara Haines

Barbara is a Blue Rapids

resident and graduate of Valley

Heights High School. Barbara

is married to Daniel Haines

and they are the proud parents

of Adrianna, Evan, and Lance.

Barbara is active in many of

her children’s activities: she

serves as a Girl Scout leader, a

board member for the Boy

Scouts, plus she’s been a baseball

and t-ball coach. She is

also a board member for Valley

Heights’ Community Education.

Barbara says that her

interests include spending time

with her family, cooking, and

scrapbooking. Barbara works

in the marketing department at

Landoll Corporation.

Lonny Hardwick

Lonny the operation/maintenance

gatekeeper for Georgia

Pacific. Lonny lives in

Frankfort with his wife, Heidi,

and their four children: Kyla,

Austin, Joey, and Emma.

Lonny holds a degree in business

from the University of

Phoenix. In addition to his

work responsibilities and the

time he spends with his family,

Lonny stays active as a volunteer

firefighter; additionally, he

is a school board member for

USD 380. Lonny is also a

member of Frankfort’s Rotary


Erin Kroeger

Erin spends her time in several

parts of our county – she

lives in Home and works in

Waterville as an accountant at

Sink, Gordon, and Associates.

Erin holds an accounting

degree from Kansas State

University; while at K-State,

Kansas Day At Blue Rapids School

Dalton Molthan (left) Chris Whittaker and Shyanne Carter plant wheat for their

class at the Blue Rapids Grade School celebrating Kansas Day.

(Photo courtesy of Angie Reed)

Erin was involved with the

Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity

where she was the codirector

of Community

Involvement. Since moving

back to Marshall County, Erin

finds herself attending various

high school sporting events

and coaching the youth of our

community; Erin is a freshmen

volleyball coach at Marysville

High School. Erin says that

she finds a great sense of

accomplishment in learning

first-hand from these efforts.

Georgena Lindquist

Georgena lives in Blue

Rapids with her husband,

Robert; Georgena and Robert

have two children: Todd and

Tracy. She is the vice president

for the State Bank of Blue

Rapids. Georgena says that she

enjoys volunteering for whatever

the community needs.

Georgena’s influence has been

felt in many community organizations.

She is the current

president of the George

Bedford American Legion

Auxillary – interestingly, she’s

held all offices in this organization.

She is the current treasurer

for the Blue Rapids

See Leadership page 4

Smithsonian To

Document BR Work

The Blue Rapids Historical

Society has been selected as a

partner site for the

Smithsonian Institution’s traveling

exhibition, “The Way We

Worked.” The new project,

funded through a matching

grant from the Kansas

Humanities Council, will document

all Blue Rapids businesses

as well as their owners

and employees engaged in routine

day-today responsibilities.

The project is expected to take

about one year to complete

with a final exhibit scheduled

for summer 2013.

There is no cost to participate

in the project. The only

requirements are that you grant

access to our photographer for

several hours and that model

releases are signed.

The project is more than just

a snapshot of Blue Rapids at

the beginning of the 21st century—it’s

the story of who we

were, how we worked, how we

lived and how we faced the

future in an age of rural depop-

The Marshall County Arts

Cooperative is bringing the

Topeka Symphony Orchestra

to Marysville to give a free

concert for the public. The

concert, titled “Mozart and

More,” will be Sunday,

February 12, at 3:00 p.m. in the

Marysville High School auditorium.

The symphony will play a

series of compositions by

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

including the “Overture” to

“The Impressario” and

“Symphony No. 35 in D


“We are elated that we’re

able to bring an orchestra to

our county,” said Wayne

Kruse, the arts cooperative’s

executive director. “It’s a

remarkable experience to sit in

an auditorium and enjoy the

exhilarating sound of a full

orchestra. Plus, the concert

repertoire is top-notch –

they’re performing some of

Mozart’s most memorable


The concert will also feature

guitar soloist, Nicolas Ciraldo,

performing Richard Harvey’s

“Concerto Antico.”

ulation, youth outmigration

and small town marginalization.

The community will be

invited to a special slideshow

at the completion of the project

to see it in its entirety, plus 100

of the most evocative images

will be presented at the Blue

Rapids Museum.

Please accept this invitation

to participate in “The Way We

Worked.” Depending upon circumstances,

some businesses

will need additional photos

taken on a seasonal or special


Principal funding for this

program is provided by the

Kansas Humanities Council, a

nonprofit cultural organization

promoting understanding of

the history, traditions, and

ideas that shape our lives and

build our community.

For further questions or concerns,

please call Pat Osborne

at 363-7949, or Tom Parker

(the photographer) at 363-


Symphony To

Perform Concert

The Babies Have Arrived

At The Junior High School

Ciraldo is a classical guitarist

who is praised as “an

exceptionally musical and

accomplished guitarist.” He

has won awards and reached

high levels at several prestigious

solo competitions.

Additionally, he has enjoyed

numerous solo, chamber, and

concerto performances

throughout the United States,

South America, and Europe.

Ciraldo stays active in the

arts community and has held

various positions with several

arts organizations including

Artistic Director of the Boston

Classical Guitar Society and

Vice President of the Austin

Classical Guitar Society. He is

also the founder of the

Hammer/Nail Project, a program

that links student composers

with guitarists and

shows how to write for the guitar.

He currently serves as faculty

advisor to the USM Guitar


“This is an added bonus,”

said Kruse. “Not only do we

get to enjoy the sounds of the

symphony, we also get to hear

See Symphony page 5

Hannah Steenson (left) and Taylor Doner with their life experiencing dolls.

Junior High students enrolled

in Mrs. Joseph’s Intro to

Human Services class have a

new project they are performing

this year. Babies.

Thanks to a grant from Wal-

Mart, the Valley Heights

Foundation and FCCLA there

are 5 new electronic babies at

Valley Heights this year. The

baby simulation is not new for

Valley Heights students however,

new babies were necessary

to replace the ones that were

outdated and quit working.

The baby simulation is a lifechanging

experience for the students.

It allows the students the

chance to understand the

responsibility that is needed for

parenting. The students are able

to realize the sacrifices they

have to make when they have to

get up in the middle of the night

or that they just can’t go wherever

they want with a child. The

simulation is a step in preventing

teenage pregnancy.

Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 2, 2012

Elmer L. Dettmer

Elmer L. Dettmer, age 77 of

Randolph, Kansas, died Friday,

January 27, 2012 at his home.

He was born on June 2,

1934, at the family farm north-

Velma Theye Peeks

Velma Theye Peeks, 93, of

Marysville, Kansas, died

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at

Midland Hospice in Topeka,


Visitation was Wednesday,

Robert "Bob" D. Stohs, 60,

of Bremen, Kansas, died

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at

Community Memorial

Healthcare in Marysville.

Visitation was Friday,

January 27, from 10 a.m. until

9 p.m at Kinsley Mortuary. The

family received friends from 6

Mary Lou Roepke

Mary Lou Roepke, of

Waterville, passed away on

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at

age 79. She was born in

Waterville on June 21, 1932 to

Margaret and Victor Johnson.

She graduated from Waterville

High School in 1950.

A funeral service was

planned for 10:30, Wednesday,

February 1, 2012 at St. Mark’s

west of Randolph, the son of

Albert and Louie (Jenkins)

Dettmer. He graduated from

Randolph Rural High School in


Elmer was married to

Beverly Ann Dimon on August

24, 1969 at Topeka, Kansas.

She survives of the home.

He was a farmer and rancher

in the Randolph area for the

majority of life. He was a

member of the Clay Center

United Methodist Church and

Alcoholics Annonymous where

he had a medallion commemorating

his 27 years of sobriety.

In addition to his wife, he is

February 1, from 10:00 am.

until 9:00 pm. at Kinsley


A funeral service will be held

at 10:00 am., Thursday,

February 2, at the Evangelical

United Church of Christ,


Burial will be in the

Marysville City Cemetery.

Velma was born April 24,

1918 to Henry and Mary

(Meyer) Theye at their rural

Wymore home.

She went to Pleasant Hill

School in Nebraska. She was a

member of the last German

Confirmation class and was

confirmed at State Line

Robert "Bob" D. Stohs

to 8 p.m.

A funeral service was held at

10:00 a.m., Saturday, January

28, at the United Methodist

Church in Marysville.

Burial was in the Marysville

City Cemetery.

Bob was born on October 24,

1951 in Marysville, to

Normond G. and Loeda M.

(Spreer) Stohs. On November

18, 1951, he was baptized at

Trinity Lutheran Church,

Waterville. In 1969, he graduated

from Valley Heights High

School. On June 5, 1982, he

married Lori J. Giebler at

Marysville. They have lived in

Bremen since 1997.

He worked at Always

Freightline, owned Stohs

Liquor for 14 years, worked at

Lutheran Church in Waterville

with burial at Riverside

Cemetery in Waterville.

Viewing was from noon to 8:00

pm, Tuesday at Terry-Christie

Funeral Home in Waterville.

The late Milton H. Roepke

and Mary Lou were married

October 13, 1951. They were

parents of Richard C. Roepke,

and grandparents to Nina C.


Mary Lou was postmistress

of the Waterville Post Office

for 30 years from 1967 - 1997.

She was a member of the

American Association of

Postmasters. Upon retirement,

Mary Lou increased her volunteer

efforts to support the town

she truly loved. She was a

recent past president of the

Shakespeare Club, board member

of the Waterville Public

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survived by one son, Kevin

Dettmer and wife Kyra of

Manhattan, Kansas, one sister,

Helen DeWyke of Waterville,

Kansas; two grandchildren,

Kelbi Dettmer and Kaghen

Dettmer, both of Manhattan,

Kansas; three sisters-in-law,

Carol Dettmer, Betty Dettmer

and Peggy Dettmer and six


He was preceded in death by

five brothers, Donald Dettmer,

Marvin Dettmer, Neil Dettmer,

David Dettmer and Wesley


Funeral services were held at

10:30 AM, Tuesday, January

Lutheran Church.

She married Emil F. Peeks in

August of 1941; they were

partners in caring for the land,

crops, and livestock they raised

together. She continued being

an active and faithful steward

of the family farm up until the

time of her death.

Velma worked 18 years at

Mary Marshall Manor preparing

residents meals. She loved

planting colorful flowers and

feeding the hummingbirds

which returned each year to her

yard and watching the fireflies

as they arrived each spring.

Velma was a member of

EUCC church. She was active

the Herkimer Coop, was a

Maintainer Operator for Oketo

and Marysville Townships, a

trustee for Logan Township,

and enjoyed going on harvest

with area friends and farmers.

For the last 20 years, Bob

worked for the Marshall

County Public Works and later

became Supervisor.

Bob enjoyed spending time

with his friends and family,

spoiling the grandkids, following

his daughters to all of their

sporting events, country cruising,

and hunting. He enjoyed

the outdoors and was always

working on his farmers tan.

Lori and the girls would like

Bob to be remembered as the

fun and stubborn "Super Bob"

with a cheesy grin, a toothpick

Library, involved in fundraising

activities for the renovation

of the Opera House and served

on the Weaver Hotel renovation

committee. St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church was a special

place for Mary Lou; she was a

Sunday school teacher, a member

of the Ladies Aid Society,

and choir member. Mary Lou

also spent 61 years as a member

of the American Legion

Auxiliary in Waterville.

The activities associated

with Sorority, participating in

and planning Victorian Days

citywide celebrations, playing

bridge, working in her yard

were all activities from which

Mary Lou gained much pleasure.

She was predeceased in

death by her parents, husband,

Milton H. Roepke, niece Sandy

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

31, 2012 at the Clay Center

United Methodist Church with

Rev. Larry Meyers officiating.

Respect calls may be made

anytime Monday at the

Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home

in Riley, Kansas where the

family received friends from 7

to 8 PM. Burial will followed

in the St. John’s Cemetery,

northwest of Randolph,


A memorial has been established

for the Clay Center

United Methodist. Memorial

contributions may be left in

care of the Holmes-Pfeifley

Funeral Home.

in the EUCC quilting group

through December of 2011.

Survivors are daughters:

Vernita Peeks of Marysville,

Marilyn Di Pasquale of Topeka

and JoAnn Peeks of Houston,

Texas. 5 grandchildren and 3

great grandchildren. One brother

Clarence Theye of Odell,


She was preceded in death

by her parents, husband Emil

on Sept. 30 1985. Sisters: Rosa

Helmrichs and Clara Jurgens

and brother Albert Theye.

Memorial contributions will

be designated later and can be

sent in care of Kinsley

Mortuary in Marysville.

in his pocket, serious face and

the big ol'teddy bear that he


Survivors include his wife,

Lori; four daughters, Tish L.

Outhet, Oketo, Ashley M.

(Daniel) Holle, Hanover, Jenna

R. (Tom) Scheetz, Hanover,

and Haley R. (Tyler) Finley,

Fort Campbell, KY; brother,

Donald (Betty) Stohs,

Waterville; two sisters, Judy

Myers and Alice Stratton, both

of Baldwin City, KS; and four

grandchildren, Shaelyn,

Carson, Dillon, Brianna; and

baby Finley, due in July.

A memorial fund has been

established and can be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary in


Schuchart Ross, brother-in-law,

Jack Regnier, several brothers

and sisters-in law. Mary Lou is

survived by her son, Richard

and wife Sidonie, granddaughter

Nina of Rochester, NY, sister,

Marge Regnier of Marion,

KS and sister and brother-inlaw

Dorothy and John

Schuchart of Waterville, nieces,

nephews, great-nieces and

nephews, and a great-greatniece

and nephew.

Mary Lou took great pride in

her hometown of Waterville.

Memorials may be given to St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church or for

the preservation of the Opera

House. Memorials may be sent

to Terry-Christie Funeral Home

at PO Box 61, Waterville,

Kansas 66548.

Obituaries Continued

on Page 3A

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Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 2, 2012 3A


Caryl Toedter

Caryl Toedter, 98, of

Marysville, Kansas, died

Sunday, January 29, 2012 at

Community Memorial Health

Care in Marysville.

Visitation was Wednesday,

February 1, from 10 a.m. until

9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary

A funeral services was held

at 11:30 a.m., Thursday,

February 2, at Memorial

Presbyterian Church,


Burial was at the Marysville

City Cemetery.

Caryl was born on July 13,

1913, in a farm home north of

Matilda Talbot

Matilda Talbot, 99, died

January 31, at the Linn

Community Nursing Home.

A funeral service will be 10

Thelma R. Wiggans

Thelma R. Wiggans, 90, died

January 29, 2012 at the Linn

Community Nursing Home,


A funeral service will be

10:30 a.m., Friday, February 3,

at Ward Funeral Home,


Visitation is from noon to 8

p.m. Thursday at Ward Funeral

Home, Washington. The family

will receive friends from 5 to 7


Burial is in the Washington

Melanie Renee Graves, 34,

of Marysville, Kansas died

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at

her home in Marysville.

A graveside service will be

held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday,

February 4, at the Greenwood

Cemetery, south of Blue

Rapids, Kansas. Rev. Wendell

Sack will officiate.

William H. (Bill) Shubkagel,

90 of Frankfort, Kansas, died

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Anderson, who immigrated to

this country from Sweden.

Caryl attended Beattie schools

and graduated from Beattie

High School. At the time of her

graduation, she received the

highest grade on the Normal

Training Teacher’s exam that

had ever been received in the

state of Kansas. Following

graduation, she taught for two

years at the one room Snipe

Creek Elementary School.

She attended the University

of Kansas where she received

her degree and Phi Beta Kappa

honors in the spring of 1936.

She remained a loyal Jayhawk

fan and influenced many of her

family and students to become


During her teaching career,

Caryl was selected as one of

twenty-five teachers in the

country to attend the National

Foundation for Mathematics at

the University of Kansas. She

did graduate work in modern

a.m. Friday, February 3 at

Sacred Heart Catholic Church,


Visitation will be from 10

City Cemetery, Washington.

Thelma was born April 8,

1921, on the family farm southeast

of Linn, KS, to James

Harry and Amanda

(Schwerdtfeger) Alexander.

She attended country school

and graduated from Linn High

School. Thelma went to

Topeka, where she graduated

from beauty school. She met

Wm. Harley Wiggans at

Topeka and they were married

at Imperial, NE by her uncle,

who was a judge, on March 15,


During WWII she worked on

airplanes at Cheyenne, WY,

while her husband served in the

Army. After returning to this

area, she worked in a restaurant

in Linn, a retail business in

Washington and worked many

years at the Washington County


Thelma was a member of the

Melanie Renee Graves

Melanie was born on May

25, 1977 at Petersburg,

Virginia, the daughter of

Jackson Wayne Crowder, Sr.,

and Carol Sue Stumbo. She

graduated from Linn High

School in 1995. On August 17,

1997 she married Brian Graves

at Washington, Kansas.

She was a Certified Nurses

William H. (Bill) Shubkagel

Monday morning, January 30,

2012 at the Frankfort

Community Care Home in


Visitation will be on

Monday, February 6, from 2:00

p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the

Padden Funeral Chapel in


Funeral Services will be held

at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday,

February 7 at the Padden

Funeral Chapel.

Private burial will be at the

Antioch Cemetery at a later

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Bill was born on May 2,

1921 at Bigelow, Kansas, the

son of William and Elsie

(Rhodes) Shubkagel.

After his area schooling Bill

joined the Army Air Corp. He

was a A20 fighter plane gunner

in New Guinea. With the help

of the GI bill he was able to

graduate from electrical motor

school in Denver, Colorado.

He had a electrical motor and

air conditioning repair shop in

Frankfort for over 50 years.

He was a member of

Masons, VFW, and American

Legion. He enjoyed fishing,

hunting, playing his guitar and

wood carving.

Preceded in death by sisters:

Irene Saville, Blanche Burton,

Jessie Francisco. Brothers:

Charlie and George Shubkagel.

Survived by Nieces: Ruth

Ann Vopata of Frankfort, Diana

Braunschweig of Golden,

Colo., Sharon Rodman of

Orlando Fl. Nephew: Roland

Shubkagel of Frankfort.

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mathematics at Emporia State

and the University of Kansas.

In 1941 Caryl was married to

Wallace Toedter, who was a

farmer, stockman in the

Marysville area. During their

retirement years, they took

many trips and enjoyed traveling

all over the world, including

a trip to Sweden, to meet

many of her relatives.

Caryl had a strong Christian

faith and was active in many

church activities at the

Marysville Presbyterian

Church. She also participated

in many civic and charitable

activities. She and her husband,

Wallace, established scholarship

funds that have helped

many local students meet their

financial needs in college and

will continue to provide scholarships

in the future. She was

proud of the students she assisted

and kept a scrapbook with

their pictures and accomplishments.

Caryl dedicated her life to

a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the

Ward Funeral Home in


Rosary service will be 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Church and was a 29 year

member of the Linn American

Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed

quilting, having made quilts for

her children, grandchildren and

great-grandchildren. She also

quilted with the Good

Shepherd Lutheran quilters.

Camping, fishing, playing

bingo and doing word search

puzzles were some of her

favorite pastimes. Spending

time with her grandchildren

and great-grandchildren always

brought her great joy.

For the past thirteen months,

she resided at the Linn

Community Nursing Home,

where she enjoyed the wonderful

care and traveling to various


Preceding Thelma in death

were her parents; husband,

Harley; brothers, Leroy and

Virgil Alexander; and sister-in-

Aide and had worked at the

Linn Community Nursing

Home, Homestead Nursing

Home in Washington, and the

Hanover Hospital in Hanover.

Survivors include her husband,

Brian Graves, Greenleaf;

brother, Jack (Monica)

Crowder, Blue Rapids; sister,

Cindy Pettus, Marysville; step-


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her husband, her students and

her community. She was

extremely proud of those she

taught and continued throughout

the years to share and celebrate

their successes by attending

their class reunions. One of

her greatest joys was to have

someone acknowledge that she

had been their teacher and had

influenced their life in a positive

way. She will be remembered

as a lady with style and


Her contributions to

Marysville through her teaching

and generosity, will have a

lasting impact on the community.

Preceding Caryl in death

were her parents; her husband,

Wallace; sisters, Elizabeth

Campbell, Viola Dean, Ann

Jones Garrett, Jennie

Kupfersmith; and her brother

Elmer J. Anderson.

Surviving her is her sister,

Esther Wetzler of Marysville;

and many nieces and nephews.

Thursday at the church.

Burial will be in the Sacred

Heart Catholic Cemetery.

law, Nola Alexander.

Surviving her is a daughter,

Susan Kay (Thomas) Cooney,

Branson, MO; son, Maurice

Dean (Carlene) Wiggans,

Harbine, NE; grandchildren,

Michelle (Aaron) Staebell,

Thomas (Catherine) Cooney,

Kimberly (Chris) Behrends,

Kristy (Adam) Bolek, Angela

(Randy) Peitzmeier; and greatgrandchildren,

Emma ,

Caroline and Henry Staebell,

Thomas and Liliana Cooney,

Chase and Mason Behrends,

Rasine and Makenzie

Peitzmeier; and brother-in-law,

Joe (Jean) Wiggans of Derby,

KS; and several nieces and


Memorial Fund: Established

to the Good Shepherd Lutheran

Church or to the Linn Nursing

Home Resident Van Fund

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home.

father, Ray Overton,

Waterville; and father, Jackson

Crowder, Sr., Petersburg, VA.

She was preceded in death

by her mother, Carol Overton;

and brother, Gary Pettus.

Kinsley Mortuary of

Marysville is in charge of


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Leadership ______________________________________________from page one

Chamber of Commerce and

the secretary for the Marshall

County Development

Corporation. She plays an

active role in Marshall County

4-H and is a member of St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church and

the Friends of the Weaver.

Mike Melcher

Mike lives in Marysville and

is a teacher at Marysville High

School. Mike holds a degree

from Emporia State University

and is currently working on his

Master’s Degree. Mike enjoys

spending time with family and

friends, watching K-State basketball

and football, and coaching

young people. As a coach,

Mike is the head varsity boys’

basketball coach, head junior

high boys’ track coach, the

summer weights and conditioning

coach, and the assistant junior

high football coach. Mike

shares his leadership skills by

playing active roles as a member

for the school’s Multi-Tier

Systems of Support Team, as a

member of the Students

Assistance Team, as a Project

Stay Team Member, and as a

Faculty Advisory Committee


Julie Popejoy

Julie and her husband,

Frank, moved to Marshall

County from El Centro,

California, after they purchased

lovely home a Blue Rapids.

Julie and Frank have a son,

Carter. Julie is the manager

and owner of CJF Enterprises.

Julie is a board member for the

Blue Rapids Public Library and

is about to serve a four-year

term on the board of directors

for the Marshall County Arts

Cooperative. Julie loves

music, singing and performing.

She says that her community is

very important to her. She

wants to see this area thrive not

just survive.

Austin Schotte

Marshall County native,

Austin Schotte, is a graduate of

Marysville High School and

Kansas State University, Austin

is a loan officer at Citizens

State Bank. Austin grew up in

Marshall County where he says

that he learned great leadership

skills; he says, however, that he

still wants to become a better

Marshall County Sheriff’s


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Week of: 1/22/2012 to


Name: Brandon Schell

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 9/3/1991

Charge: prob. violation

Date of Arrival:1/23/2012

Date of Release: n/a

Conditions: still incarcerated

Name: Marcus Nolan

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 9/22/1985

Charge: Warrant

Date of Arrival: 1/25/2012

Date of Release: n/a

Turner’s liaison for the

Manhattan, KS Chamber of

Commerce where she represents

Turner at chamber events

and helps to establish relationships

with businesses and

organizations within that community.

In Marshall County

Michelle is the secretary for St.



Gregory’s Catholic Church’s

Altar Society. Additionally,

she’s a member of the Little

Black Dress Alliance and she is

the Online Chairperson for

Marshall County’s Relay for

Life. Plus, Michelle is a frequent

volunteer for our area’s

recycling program.

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leader. Previously, Austin held

leadership positions in his 4-H

club, church youth group, and

local FFA chapter. At K-State

Austin was active in

AgEcon/AgBus Club. Austin’s

interests include the outdoors,

sports, helping others, community

service, and helping on the

family farm.

Coby Sedlacek

Coby lives in Hanover with

his wife, Krista, and two children:

Brody and Ryder.

Although Coby lives in

Washington County, he works

in Marshall County at Landoll

Corporation. Coby is a graduate

of Kansas State University

where he played football for

Bill Snyder; while there, Coby

made the Big XII commissioner’s

honor roll. Coby is active

in Hanover’s Chamber of

Commerce and helps sponsor

Hanover’s annual fireworks

display. Coby is also the coowner

of Made 2 Grill and

Snappers Pub and Grub.

Allison Slifer

Alison lives in Vermillion

with her husband, Adam, and

two children, Dylan and

Alayna. Alison is the owner,

operator, and sole proprietor of

Alison Slifer Drafting and

Design. She is a member of the

Flint Hills Area Builders

Association as well as the

American Institute of

Architects where she served as

the relations director for the

National Associates

Committee. Alison enjoys

being creative and she likes to

spend time outdoors. Alison

enjoys watercolor painting,

making jewelry, hiking, kayaking,

and … then … sharing all

of these interests with her family.

Alison says that it is important

to her to instill in her children

the concept that it is the

simple things in life that bring

the most joy: to be kind and

empathetic, take care of what

we have, to share our gifts with

others, and do our part to help

out. Good lessons to learn.

Brenda Staggenborg

Brenda is the executive secretary

for the Marysville

Chamber of Commerce.

Brenda and her husband,

Frank, live in Marysville, and

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Conditions: still incarcerated

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Charge: Poss. of Meth, Para,

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Date of Arrival: 1/26/2012

Date of Release: 1/28/2012

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Address: Beatrice, Nb.

Date of Birth: 6/6/1985

Charge: Warrant

Date of Arrival: 1/26/2012

Date of Release: 1/26/2012

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have two grown children:

Adam and Lana. (name pronounced

with a short “a”)

Brenda has played an active

role in our community.

Currently, she is the vice president

for St. Gregory’s Altar

Society and also the vice president

for the North Central

Kansas Tourism Council.

Brenda is a board member for

the Flint Hills Coalition and is a

past president, secretary, and

treasurer for Beta Sigma Phi.

Plus, for many years, Brenda

helped organize Marshall

County’s Junior Miss pageant.

Brenda attends numerous conferences

and workshops to

strengthen her skills in promoting

our community. Brenda

says that her job is to promote

Marysville, to help make it a

better place to live and to draw

others to us.

Nolan Sump

Recently, Nolan married

Waterville native, Monica

Walter, and the two now reside

in Blue Rapids. Nolan received

his bachelor’s degree from

Bethany College and is currently

working on his master’s

degree from the same university.

Nolan is the gifted facilitator

for USD 498. Nolan is

interested in landscape design,

living history, theatre, and public

speaking. He is a member

of Oketo’s Masonic Lodge and

is currently the district deputy

of several lodges and a grand

lodge officer. Previously,

Nolan was on the board of

directors for Central Kansas

Fly Wheels and he was on the

Tree Advisory Board for the

city of Salina.

Marilyn Sweet

Marilyn is the administrator

and lead pastor for the Oregon

Trail Presbyterian Ministry

which is a partnership of the

four congregations in Marshall

and Washington Counties.

Marilyn lives in Oketo with her

husband, Dennis, and they have

four children: Margaret and

Lyall, Laura, and Chris.

Marilyn holds degrees from the

University of Kentucky and

from the Union Theological

Seminary. Marilyn has an

interest in the changing demographics

of the Great Plains.

She continually updates a

Name: James Davis

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 8/29/1954


Date of Arrival: 1/27/2012

Date of Release: 1/27/2012

Conditions: Released

Name: Robert Shanek

Address: Waterville

Date of Birth:

Charge: Serve 48 hours

Date of Arrival: 1/27/2012

Date of Release: 1/28/2012

Conditions: Time Served

Name: Jesse Hormann

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 3/1/1977

Charge: DUI, 2nd

review of Marshall County’s

economic, housing, and labor

market data that she started in

2003. She is preparing a new

analysis based on the 2010 federal

census and state economic

reports. Marilyn is an active

member of Marysville’s Rotary

Club where she is a past president.

Scott Toerber

Scott is married to Sarah and

they have five daughters:

Emma, Catherine, Margaret,

Anne, and Eleanor and they

live in Blue Rapids. Scott has a

degree in chemistry from

Bethel College and currently

works in the bioscientific field

for Waters Corporation, an

international company based

out of Milford, MA – they are

known as the premier leader in

chromatography and mass

spectrometry technology.

Scott’s profession has allowed

him to work closely with the

scientific community of Kansas

and the surrounding states of

Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa

where he vigorously follows

the development of the biomedical

and bio-agricultural

industries of Kansas. Scott is a

member of the American

Society of Mass Spectrometry

and is a member of the

President’s Club for Waters

Corporation where he participates

in round table executive

discussions to develop the

company’s 2012 business operations.

Rachel Wanklyn

Rachel lives in Winifred

with her husband Zach. Rachel

is the manager for Wanklyn Oil

Company which is based in

Frankfort. Rachel received her

bachelor’s and master’s

degrees from Kansas State

University. Rachel is a member

of the American Institute of

CPAs and participates in

Frankfort’s Summerfest


Michelle Whitesell

Michelle lives in Marysville

with her husband, Joe, and

daughter, Hannah. Michelle

received her bachelor’s degree

from Kansas State University

and is now the marketing coordinator

for Turner

Construction. Michelle is

Marshall County Sheriff’s Jail Report

Date of Arrival: 1/28/2012

Date of Release: 1/28/2012

Conditions: $1,000 c/s

Name: Ryan Nincehelser

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 5/13/1984

Charge: Dis. Conduct

Date of Arrival: 1/28/2012

Date of Release: 1/29/2012

Conditions: OR bond

Name: Matthew Woodyard

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 3/20/1981

Charge: Warrant

Date of Arrival: 1/29/2012

Date of Release: 1/29/2012

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Blue Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Annual Dinner and January Meeting

The Blue Rapids Chamber of

Commerce held their Annual

Dinner and Meeting January

24, 2012 at the Blue Rapids

Community Center.

President, Robert Lindquist

gave the Welcome, Rod

Christie-Prayer, Carter Popejoy

led the Pledge of Allegiance,

Opening Remarks by President

Lindquist, Election Of Officers.

The Blue Rapids Chamber

Officers for 2012 are:

President-Robert Lindquist,

Vice President-Rod Christie,

Four years ago this spring, it

was under consideration by the

Blue Rapids City Council to

close the city pool. At that time,

some concerned citizens

offered to share the responsibility

of managing the pool in

order to keep it open.

The City council gave us one

summer to see if we could turn

things around. It has been 4

summers and all is well. In the

first 2 years we worked on getting

the pool back to being a

fun place for the children and

parents. The last two years we

have really focused on repairs,

adequate seating and a volleyball

net. We were able to do

these things because of fund

raising. Fundraising has

included: bake sales, 2 kickball

tournaments including concessions,

pass the noodle (We

placed pool flotation noodles at

one home, that homeowner

then paid a fee to have the noodles

passed to another persons

house). We have also had 2

beer gardens at the Marshall

County fairgrounds and concessions

at several auctions.

The Pool Committee has also

been asked to provide concessions

for the Blue Rapids Ball

Field this summer. Also, we

hosted a Halloween party and a

haunted hayrack ride. We have

also put donation boxes at sev-

Blue Valley Tele-

Communications, Home, KS,

will award scholarships in the

amount of $500 and $250 to

graduating seniors in each of

Blue Valley’s twelve telephone

exchanges – Axtell, Beattie,

Centralia, Home, Linn, Oketo,

Onaga, Palmer, Summerfield,

Vermillion, Westmoreland, and

Wheaton. In addition, $250

Rec. Sec.-Deborah Barrington,

Correspondece Sec.-Karen

Swearingen, Treasurer-

Georgena Lindquist.

The Dinner was catered by

Moser's Catering of Waterville.

Guest Speaker was Jean

Gallagher for the Pool Project

accompanied by Joe O'Toole.

2011 in Review was:

February-Spaghetti Supper,

April-Easter Egg Hunt, May-

Community Garage Sales, July-

4th of July Celebration,

Marshall County Fair and

eral businesses in Blue Rapids.

There are currently two

accounts for the pool at the

State Bank of Blue Rapids. One

account holds the majority of

our funds and is operated by the

city for repairs and as a general

fund for the pool only. A second

account has been made to

be able to continue fund raising.

After spending two years

focused on keeping the pool

open and making it a fun place

for families, we have realized

that the pool’s current condition

is beyond repair and we

should really be focusing our

efforts on building a new pool

for our community. Our Pool

Committee then formed a

Board of Directors. The current

positions held are:

President, Jean Gallagher

Vice President, Joe O’Toole

Secretary, Dena O’Toole

Treasurer, Zita Duensing

Fundraising Coordinator,

Jaime Land

As a committee, we convene

every month in the summer and

every other month in the winter

to discuss plans, ideas and

future fundraisers.

Our pool is approximately

53 years old. It was originally

round and was replaced that

same year with the one we are

using now.

scholarships are available for

students in Marysville,

Bremen, Frankfort, Blue

Rapids, Waterville, Washington

and Hanover. Applicants will

be critiqued on their personal

achievements, future plans, and

financial need. All graduating

seniors are encouraged to


In addition, Blue Valley

ed under the name of the Topeka

Civic Symphony, and in 1980,

officially became the Topeka

Symphony Orchestra. Under the

direction of Dr. John Strickler,

the Symphony has come to host

a full seven-concert series,

including classical, pops, holiday,

and educational concerts.

Since Dr. Strickler assumed

leadership of the Symphony, the

Parade, October-Soup Supper,

December-Lighted Tractor

Parade, Baked Potato Bar, Visit

from Santa.

Winners of the door prizes


Vases of Flowers donated by

Rod Christie: Mel and Liz

Bartz, Ragena Smith, Pat

Osborne, Lyle and Janice

Brooks, Nancy Nolte, Tom

Parker, Rob and Karen


Pictures donated by Mel and

Liz Bartz: Jan Bergkamp, Don

Our pool is in really bad

shape. It consistently loses

water, the filtering system is

outdated and does not work

properly. Chlorine is put

through the system daily but

every other week the pool must

be “shocked” to keep the chlorine

levels up. This usually

happens when the pool is busy

on very hot days and the pump

house cannot keep up. The bath

house roof is leaking and deteriorating.

It has been sealed

with a roofing compound, but

is still deteriorating underneath

that. Our pool is not currently

handicapped accessible. Not

only would this be a nice feature

for anyone with disabilities,

but also the elderly.

We have been in contact with

a pool company from Kansas

City called Capri Pool. We

have discussed our ideas with

them and they have given us

feedback about our existing

pool and a new pool. They have

told us that there is really no

way to repair or change our

pool to bring it up to the standard

that the Department of

Health and Environment would

require. They also traveled to

Blue Rapids and spoke at a

public meeting to answer any

questions or concerns the community

may have.

At this time, we have taken

Tele-Communications will

award scholarships in the

amount of $500 to students

planning to attend technical

school in either Beloit or

Goodland to study a telephonybased


Scholarship applications for

the BVTC Scholarships as well

as PRIMO, and FRS are available

on-line at www.blueval-

and Laura Musil, Deborah

Barrington, Vic and Norma

Stanley, Mike and Teresa


Hat and Koozie: Jean


$10.00 Gift Certificate from

After Hours Feed: Rod and

Melinda Christie

$15.00 cash from Sharp

Mfg.: Jean Warders

Collectible Coins from the

State Bank of Blue Rapids:

Kristen Bigham and Carter


Jean Gallagher at BR Chamber Dinner

BVTC Scholarships Available

plans to the Manhattan Area

Technical College Drafting

class and they are working on

drawing up blue prints of a pool

for us. We also need to get soil

samples taken and tested. This

project will be pretty expensive,

so we are still looking for

different ways to fund it.

We are still continuing to do

fundraising and are seeking and

accepting private donations as

well. The Blue Rapids City

Council has plans to put a possible

sales tax increase on the

August ballot.

I think we would all agree

that Blue Rapids is a great

place to live. We have awesome

schools, strong businesses, and

a small town community that I

don’t think you will find in

many other places. What we

are missing is something for

the kids. What keeps or attracts

young families to a town? Fun,

safe activities for their children.

I think if we work together we

can accomplish this for Blue


In closing, on behalf of the

Pool Committee and Board of

Directors I’d like to thank the

Chamber of Commerce for

having me here tonight and for

your interest in helping us meet

our goal of a new pool for our


ley.net or can be picked up at

the office. For additional questions

or to have an application

mailed to you, please contact

Jada Ackerman at 877-876-

1228. Applications for the

BVTC scholarships must be

postmarked by March 16,

2012; winners will be

announced prior to May 1.

Symphony ______________________from page one

a classical guitarist. Every year

we get requests to bring a guitarist

to the area – this is the

chance to hear an accomplished

guitarist perform a piece that

showcases his amazing talents.”

The Topeka Symphony

Orchestra was formed in 1946 by

Dr. Everett Fetter, chairman of

the Department of Music at

Washburn University. It originat-

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

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organization has grown. The

Symphony has achieved a high

level of excellence and distinction,

prompting the press to call

performances “inspired” and

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Canadian Brass. Guest artists

regularly present in-school

demonstrations and master classes

to help music students

improve their skills.

Following the performance a

reception will be held at the Lee

Dam Center for Fine Art.

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Marshall County Minutes

January 23, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Thomas K. Holle Chairman;

Charles R. Loiseau and Robert

S. Connell members; and

Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk


The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell.


County Appraiser Janet

Duever and County Appraiser

Clerk Mandy Cook met with

the Board to discuss that

County Appraiser Clerk Mandy

Cook was excepted into the

five day Marshall County

Leadership program and they

would like the five days to be

covered under regular time

rather than having to take vacation

to attend the Leadership

Marshall County program.

Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded

by Robert S. Connell to

approve allowing County

Appraiser Clerk Mandy Cook

to use three of the five days of

the five day Leadership School

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and the remaining two days the

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used. Motion carried.

Commissioner Holle abstained.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board. Charles R. Loiseau

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to have the Board sign

a letter of commitment for the

Agency on Aging KDOT transportation

grant. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded

by Charles R. Loiseau to

approve signing a letter giving

Agency on Aging Heather

Ruhkamp permission to sign

the grant forms for the KDOT

grant on behalf of the County.


County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board. Thomas K. Holle

moved, seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve going into

executive session for twenty

minutes at 9:14 a.m. to discuss

matters of litigation and nonelected

personnel with County

Attorney Laura Johnson-

McNish present. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded

by Charles R. Loiseau to

extend executive session for

five minutes at 9:34 a.m. for the

same reasons with the same

persons present. Unanimous.

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Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

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Supervisor Larry Polson presented

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Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the low bid

from Bridge and Highway

Material, Enid, OK in the

amount of $13,123.60 for 250

piece assorted size bridge

plank. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


Truck Repair Plus, Inc.,

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ACZA treated bridge timber

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Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

met with the Board to recommend

the following step raises

for Lynn Feldhausen, Brian

Kenworthy and Donald Self

from Deputy Sheriff Step II at

$14.64 an hour to Deputy

Sheriff Step III at $15.24 an

hour effective February 1,

2012. Charles R. Loiseau

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to approve the following

step raises for Lynn

Feldhausen, Brian Kenworthy

and Donald Self from Deputy

Sheriff Step II at $14.64 an

hour to Deputy Sheriff Step III

at $15.24 an hour effective

February 1, 2012. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


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County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes met with the Board to

get clarification of what shots

they are suggesting (Hep B and

Tdap). If you do not have

insurance or what the insurance

does not cover the Health

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Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

five minutes at 10:46 a.m. to

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Nurse Sue Rhodes and County

Clerk Sonya L. Stohs present.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve moving Hannah

Largen cleaning wage at the

Health Department from

$13.35 an hour to $13.41 an

hour effective February 1,

2012. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to give a $50.00 a

month cost of living increase

for all full-time County

employees and prorated for

part-time employees within

County Departments not

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January 1, 2012. Unanimous.

Landoll Corporation

Administrative Assistant

Laurie Cudney, Landoll

Corporation Owner/President

Don Landoll and Landoll

Corporation Controller Dan

Caffrey met with the Board to

discuss a ten year tax abatement

for a new expansion of

32,000 square foot at the 1085

Pony Express Hwy. location

south side to be called Shop 80

for additional manufacturing

assembly and storage area to

that location.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve setting a

Public Hearing for February

13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss

approving a ten year tax

abatement for a new expansion

of 32,000 square foot at the

1085 Pony Express Hwy. location

south side to be called

Shop 80 for additional manufacturing

assembly and storage

area to that location.

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn at 12:10 p.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduled

meeting will be Monday,

January 30, 2012 starting at

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Senior of the Week: Alexandra Pishny

By Kaitlyn Wilson

Alexandra Pishny is the

daughter of Jeff and Jennifer

Pishny. She has been in

Cheerleading three years, Drill

Team three years, VH club four

years, FCCLA three years,

band two years, vocal two

years, FFA one year, All School

Play one year, Library

Assistant one year, Art one

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By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


With the mild winter we

have been experiencing this

year, people are looking for

things to do outside while it is

nice. Something people can do

this time of year is prune deciduous

trees, fruit trees, and


Pruning is on my to-do list

right now. I have some branches

I am tired of getting

whacked with while I am mowing

and I need to remove a few

branches to provide more sunlight

to one of our gardens.

This time of the year is truly

the best time of year to be pruning

our deciduous trees because

most of our area deciduous

trees were fully dormant by

early January. The trees achieving

that status began the part of

winter that many experts consider

the best time of the year

for pruning.

Owners of two tree types

tend to be the first to get out

saws and loppers. Their trees

and reasons are:

•Fruit trees. Pruning early is

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since she was three years old.

She is an avid member of the

Footloose Dance Studio in

Marysville and the Valley

Heights Drill Team. Along

with these activities, Pishny

also takes ballet and plans to try

out for the dance team at Cloud

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After high school, Pishny

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her masters in psychology. “I

want to have a career where I

can help people in some way or

another,” says Pishny. “I like

when people trust me with their


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part of working to achieve the

strongest branch structure possible

for holding heavy fruit.

With fruit trees you want to

selectively prune branches that

rub against each other, compete

for sunlight, or doesn’t allow

sunlight to reach the center of

the tree. You want to remove

the trunk sprouts. The trunk

sprouts rob the tree of water

and nutrients and are a nuisance

to work around. It also

allows owners time to apply a

scale-controlling dormant oil

before March 1 (the usual

deadline) without wasting any

spray on branches destined to

be to cut out and discarded.

•"Bleeder" trees, including

such maples as the silver, sugar,

amur, Norway, and hedge plus

such other species as the black

walnut, pecan, birch, mulberry,

and Osage orange (also called

hedge tree). Temperatures in

the 20- to 32-degree range help

limit the sap flow from these

trees fresh-cut wounds - a flow

that in warm weather can be

both plentiful and disturbinglooking.

I pruned my maple

trees when it was near 60

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it is due, and the interest rate

you are paying. If you owe

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month than you have income, it

maybe because you have taken

on too much debt. A helpful

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your debt is


Do you pay your bills in full

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degrees Fahrenheit one year,

after I would make my cut it

would start to “rain” on me.

But, to me it was still a good

day to prune the trees. The

temperature was right for me,

but maybe not for the tree.

Just before the year´s leaves

emerge is a good time to prune

almost any deciduous tree or

shrub, though. After all, without

any leaves in your way,

judging structure can be much

easier. You won´t be nearly as

likely to miss branches that are

weak, damaged, rubbing, or

badly attached.

Plus, spring will be rolling

around in a matter of weeks.

That´s when almost all pruned

plants have the best odds for a

quick, healthy recovery.

The one factor that should

delay any late-winter pruning

has to do with the weather.

Pruning when temperatures

are below 20 degrees is not a

good idea. Doing so brings the

risk of internal wood-tissue

injury. Besides, you yourself

could very well be too cold to

saw safely.

Remember, when pruning

for items that last a long time.

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trees and shrubs, be safe.

Nothing ruins a good day of

pruning outdoors than a trip to

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If a tree is too large for you

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don’t feel capable of pruning.

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Valley Heights Black Took On Marysville

Evan Haines drives the ball down court.


Photos and Story by: Jessica


VHHS Journalism

Achieving their New Year’s

Resolution, Teacher Mrs.

Joseph and her Junior High

Seminar students invited all 7th

and 8th graders to an activity


OUT. Joseph’s seminar came

up with this idea because they

feel everyone should be included

in school activities. “The

students need to look at their

Keaton DeWalt feeds his life experiencing doll during a

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Will Yungeberg (43) stays close to Linn’s Tanner

Spence (33) to keep him from moving down court.

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is being included and if

there is someone not included

to just invite them in on their

Junior High Takes On Linn

Brandi Ropeke (55) jumps high over the Bulldogs to score 16 points for the Mustangs.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

conversation,” says Joseph.

There was another purpose for

the NOLO games which was to

strengthen the bond between

Valley Heights 7th and 8th grade students participate

in the No One Left Out games.

Bradyen Boucek (55) and Garret Link (31) work on

keeping the Bulldogs from getting near the net.

Junior High Girls Beat Linn, 42 - 26

At Clifton on Thursday,

January 26, the B team started

off cold from the field. Unable

to put many points on the

board, the Lady Mustangs lost

8-18. They were led by

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During the A game, Valley

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much of a lead. They trailed at

half by 2 and ended up losing a

close game by a score of 24-27.

Chevelle Murk was high point

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turned into a 42-26 victory for

the Lady Mustangs behind

Brandi Roepke's 16 point performance.

Caison Hartloff fights to keep control of the ball.

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goes.” Messiah Little, 7th, said,

“I thought it was very exciting,

and I had a lot of fun with the


games, it showed me how to

work as a team.”

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Soil Fertility School

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


In order to strive for higher

crop yield goals having a good

understanding of the soil and

soil fertility is crucial to meeting

those goals and to being

successful crop producer.

To help producer reach their

yield goals and have a better

understanding of how fertilizer

nutrients function, K-State

Research and Extension in

cooperation the with Tuttle

Creek Watershed Restoration

and Protection Strategy

(WRAPS) Group will hold a

Soil Fertility School.

The Soil Fertility School will

be held on Tuesday, February

14, 2012 in Marysville, KS at

the Marysville American

Legion (310 N. 19th).

Registration and gathering will

begin at 9:45 A.M., and the

program will begin at 10:00

A.M. and conclude around 3:00

By Morgan Wilkinson

VHHS Journalism

Choosing to have after prom

at the Lincoln Champions Fun

Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, is

very expensive. The cost of the

Coach bus, the fee for getting

into the facility, and the purchase

of food all add in to the

budget, which is estimated to

be around $2,500. To help

fundraise for After Prom, the

Junior and Senior classes are

selling VH Discount Cards for


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consumers to purchase goods

and services from local businesses

such as Whitney’s Hair


Photos and Caption by:

Jessica Vines

VHHS Journalism

Donating their time and the

creative skills, Valley Heights

students spend their PLC time

making scarfs to give to grade

school students. KAY members

chose to do a creative activity

for their community service

project requirement that was

suggested by their sponsor,

Dixie Talbot. “I started the

scarf making activity because

my grandson gave me a tied

scarf for Christmas, and I

thought that it would be a great

creative project for the Kay

Members,” says Talbot. Tied

scarfs are made from one layer

of fleece with fringed edges

which are secured by tying

smaller strips of fleece to the

ends. KAYs donated money

earned from their magazines

sales and Mrs. Dobrovolny

pitched in money to buy fleece

for about sixty scarves. After

the scarfs were made, they

By Kaitlyn Wilson

VHHS Journalism

It’s not “elementary” but the

chemistry lab performed by the

juniors and seniors on January

16th did rely on some very

Shelock-esque skills. Students

were divided into several

groups. Each group was given

three liquids, four solids, and

ten mixtures of the four solids;

all the samples were common

household chemicals. The

pupils combined minute samples

of the solids and com-


The Marshall County Soil

Fertility School is a basic soils

101 school that will provide

training in basic soil fertility

providing information on soils

and soil nutrients. Topics will

include: soil basics, soil pH,

soil nutrients (N, P, K and

micronutrients), soil sampling

and testing, and manure nutrient


K-State Research and

Extension Specialists, Dave

Mengel, Soil Fertility, Dorivar

Ruiz Diaz, Nutrient

Management, and Stu Duncan,

NE Extension Crops and Soil

Agronomist, will be the presenters.

During the program we will

have a lunch sponsored by the

Tuttle Creek WRAPS and local

agricultural businesses such as

the Southeast Nebraska COOP.

We encourage producers,

consultants, dealers, landowners,

and Extension and other

Salon of Waterville, Subway in

Blue Rapids, and Pizza Hut in

Marysville, at discounted rates.

Tony Yungeberg, Community

Education Director, researched

this fundraiser and felt it would

be a great because the cards

benefit both the consumer and

local businesses.

VH Discount Cards are good

from February of 2012 until

February of 2013 and can be

used at participating businesses

without limit during this time.

Every junior and senior was

given six cards to sell; if they

do not sell all of them, the individual

student has to pay the

remainder of the $120 dollar

pounds with the liquids and

observed the chemical processes

taking place. The purpose of

the lab was to investigate the

chemical properties of the reactions

to determine the identity

of each substance. “It was a

pretty fun assignment,” says

Junior Jesse Medina. “We

were able to see the reactions

and deduce what they were.”

Medina says the lab will help

him learn the difference

between a qualitative (quality)

and quantitative (amount) lab.

agency personnel.

We have applied for

Commerical Pesticide

Applicator and Certified Crop

Advisor Continuing Education

Credits for this meeting.

If you are interested in

attending this meeting, please

fill out the registration form in

this issue of the Marshall

County Extension Service

General Newsletter, call the

Marshall County Extension

Office at (785) 562-3531, or Email

Michael Vogt at

Mvogt@ksu.edu. Please preregister

by Friday, February 10,

2012, so we may know how

many lunches to prepare.

If you want to learn how to

get the most out of your fertilizer

by understanding how fertilizers

work, you will want to

attend the Marshall County

Soil Fertility School on

February 14.

Discounts to Promote After Prom

fee. Each class is expected to

earn around $2,300 to go

toward the cost of After Prom,

and whatever money is left will

be saved for other class expenses.

Juniors are responsible for

generating enough money to

host a good Prom each year, but

with the extra cost of traveling

to Lincoln for After Prom, seniors

also have the responsible

of fundraising. Junior Class

Sponsor, Lori Dobrovolny stated,

“I believe this is the best

fundraiser we have done, other

than Krispy Kremes!”

were given to Mandy Hartloff, the school nurse, to give to the grade schools.

Investigating Chemistry

After 2 years of fund raising

and donations, the BR

Museum Leaky Roof fund

stood at about $7,000. The

local goal was to match the

$20,000 Larry Parsons would


A gift from Martha Petr

Kneuven’s will brought us to

the half way mark. When an

anonymous donor handed us a

Emporia State University

Fall 2011 Honor Roll



Emporia State University has

Students displaying the scarves that they made for the grade school students.

Back row (left to right): Kandace Haile, Jesse Zidek, Kylie Eckstrum, Brooke

Claycamp, Paige Claycamp, Sara Mann and Emily Steenson.

Front row (left to right): Inez Medina, Chevelle Murk, Riley Wagner and Kim Enoch.

Jesse Medina works diligently to figure out what each

chemical was.

Blue Valley Senior Living Activities

Lou Ann Roepke made peanut brittle for our residents to watch. Everyone had a wonderful time watching her

and it was very interesting to see her technique. Thank you Lou Ann! (Photo courtesy of Kristen Bigham)

check for $10,000 shortly after

Christmas, there was dancing

in the “Stanley’s building”. We

accepted a bid from Geisler

Roofing & Home Improvement

of Concordia and expect our

new roofing to be installed in

April. Then all that remains to

be done is floor repair, electrical

wiring and lights, insulation

and wallboard and furnace/air

released the honor roll for the

Fall 2011 semester. To qualify

for the semester honor roll, students

must earn a minimum

3.80 semester grade point average

in at least 12 graded hours.

Students from this area

named to the honor roll are:

•Landon Wright of Beattie,


•Shannon Mangnall of

Marysville, Kan.


B.R. Museum Reaches Goal

For Leaky Roof Fund

conditioning. Then we can get

to the fun stuff—museum


If you are interested in

being a part of this great project

for the people of Blue

Rapids, please call Pat

Osborne at 785 363 7949 or

Nancy Nolte at 785 363 7911.

The Blue Rapids Museum Leaky Roof Fund Speedometer is full and the new roof

will be put on soon. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Osborne)

Yungeberg Drug

Will be Closed

Sat. Feb 4

Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bennett Bargdill (11) jumps over the Falcons’ defense

to make a pass

Elijah Smith (22) watches the ball as it moves towards

the net after being shot by the Falcon’s offense.

Sidney Blackburn (23) takes a shot against the Falcons.

Elijah Smith (22) and Charles Musil (24) work to try

and steal the ball from B&B’s Corey Holthaus (20)

Tanner Trimble (10) jumps to block the Falcon’s from


Photos by Deb Barrington.

10A 10

Valley Heights Boys Lose against B&B, 43-49

Sheldon Kenworthy (30) jumps high while getting

sandwiched by the Falcons to take a shot.

Charles Musil (24) moves to keep Falcon’s Corey

Holthaus (20) from getting close to the net.

Lady Mustangs Lose to B&B Falcons, 38 - 57

In Friday's league outing, the

B & B Falcons (11-3) basketball

squad knocked off the host

Valley Heights Mustangs, by a

margin of 53-39. "I thought we

played very well at times, but

against quality teams you have

to be consistent throughout the

entire game. We had a stretch

in the second quarter where we

weren't at our best and of course

that hurt our chances of coming

away with a win." "Our kids

are tough, they will keep working

and continue to get better."

D. Mann-17

S. Blackburn-8

K. Potter-7

L. Frohberg-5

B. Atkinson-2

The Mustangs now own a 8-

6 record. They take the court

next when they travel to

Wetmore for a Twin Valley outing

on Tuesday, January 31.

Valley Heights will clash with a

Cardinals squad coming off a

50-35 league win over Blue

Valley. The Cardinals record

now stands at 11-2.

VHHS Basketball Schedule 11-12

BOYS Results Record


* 27 7:45PM B&B @ Valley Heights 49 - 43 3 - 10

* 31 7:45PM Valley Heights @ Wetmore 48 - 50 3 - 11


3 7:45PM Wamego High School @ Valley Heights

* 7 7:45PM Frankfort @ Valley Heights

* 10 7:45PM Valley Heights @ Hanover

* 14 7:45PM Onaga @ Valley Heights

* 17 7:45PM Washington County @ Valley Heights

21 7:45PM Valley Heights @ Linn

27 Valley Heights vs. TBA


GIRLS Results Record


* 27 6:15PM B&B @ Valley Heights 53 - 39 8 - 6

* 31 6:15PM Valley Heights @ Wetmore 38 - 57 8 - 7


3 6:15PM Wamego High School @ Valley Heights

* 7 6:15PM Frankfort @ Valley Heights

* 10 6:15PM Valley Heights @ Hanover

* 14 6:15PM Onaga @ Valley Heights

* 17 6:15PM Washington County @ Valley Heights

21 6:15PM Valley Heights @ Linn

27 Valley Heights vs. TBA


* Conference Event Event times are (CST)

Drew Mann (35) catches a rebound.

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