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Publishers Free Press

Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 2 Number 51 Thursday, June 23, 2011

The new Community Memorial Healthcare building.

CMH Invites Community

To Celebrate Grand Opening

Community Memorial

Healthcare (CMH) invites the

community to a ribbon cutting

and open house on Sunday,

June 26th from 2-5 PM to celebrate

completion of its brand

new $17.3 million hospital

facility at 708 North 18th Street

(18th and Jenkins).

The formal program begins

at 2 PM and will feature a welcome

by CMH Chief Executive

Officer Curtis Hawkinson; flag

raising by Marysville Boy

Scout Troop 180; singing of the

National Anthem by Molly

Cashier; and invocation by

Sister Eulalia Kloeker, St.

Gregory’s Catholic Church.

The program will feature guest

speakers representing the

Kansas Department of Health

and Environment, USDA Rural

Development Kansas Office,

Kansas Hospital Association

(KHA), Hoefer Wysocki

American Cancer Society

Relay For Life Marshall

County 2011 was held at the

Homer Hanson Stadium

Friday, June 17th. Our

Theme this year was

“Dancing Toward A Cure”

We started with a Sock Hop

Survivor Meal at 5pm.

Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork,

Baked Beans, Macaroni

Salad, Fruit Kabobs, & Ice

Cream Floats!

The Open Ceremony started

with the Marysville Cub

Scouts raising the Flag

while Ashley Maughlin

sang National Anthem

accompanied by the

Community Band.

We were honored by 2 of

our Special Survivors who

shared their incredible stories.

Jean Gallagher was

diagnosed with Breast

Architects, and JE Dunn

Construction. The CMH Board

of Directors Chair, CMH

Foundation Board of Directors

Chair, and CMH Chief of

Medical Staff will also speak.

“Over the past four years, the

community has watched with

curiosity and excitement as the

new hospital has taken shape,”

said CEO Curtis Hawkinson.

“It is our expectation that our

new hospital facility will allow

us to continue to attract quality

providers and medical professionals

to our community, providing

our citizens with exceptional

healthcare for many

years into the future.

Hawkinson added, “As we

accept the challenge of continuing

a healthcare presence in

Marshall and surrounding

counties, we will not forget

those who began our institution

and their vision for a better

Walkers start the Relay For Life at Marysville.


Finishing work on the hospital

campus continues with

installation of the parking lot,

landscaping, and exterior signage.

Renovation of the “South

Plaza” building (formally the

patient wing of the old hospital)

is on-going with completion

slated for sometime in

September, 2011.

The program and ribbon cutting

will be held outside the

main (south) entrance of the

hospital under large tents.

Seating will be provided.

Parking will be available in

designated lots along 19th and

May Streets, as well as street

side parking. Guests are

advised to wear comfortable

shoes for the guided tours,

which may take 30-35 minutes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information,

call CMH at (785) 562-2311.

Seventy Survivors Walk The

Marshall Co. Relay For Life

Cancer in December 3, 2010

and Courtney Carpenter was

diagnosed with 3rd Stage

Breast Cancer Jan. 11, 2011.

Frankfort Jazzy Cats

Danced to “Sarah Beth”

choreographed by the girls.

We had 70 Survivors start

the Survivor Walk and

Caregivers meet them at the

halfway mark on the other

side and finished the final

lap together.

Luminaria Ceremony was

beautiful with over 1500

hundred luminarias lit

around the track. The Empty

Table was read by the

Marysville Police Dept., a

memorial for Terry Douglas

and all of our loved ones

who have lost their battle to


Winning campsites were

1st Place Frog-Els-Polka-

Dots, 2nd Place Courtney’s

Crusader’s-Over the

Rainbow, & 3rd Place

Tracey’s Hooligan’s-1920’s


Top fundraiser’s Jenni

Heinen and Jamie


Even thou the 2011 Relay

For Life ended early this

year because of the threat of

bad weather. The running

total at Midnight was

$60,822.46 with more

fundraising till Aug.


Colleen Seematter,

Marshall County Event

Chair, and the Committee

would like to Thank

the Survivors, Teams,

Corporate Sponsors, and

Family & Friends for making

Marshall County - Relay

For Life 2011 A Great


Blue Valley Tele-Communications

To Open Business Incubator

The former home of Blue

Valley Tele-Communication

will soon be opening its doors

as the BVTC Business

Incubator. The facility will target

local entrepreneurs looking

to start a business with minimal


The BVTC Business

Incubator will strive to support

the entrepreneurial process

with a strong focus on increasing

survival rates for innovative

startup companies. The

selection process will be competitive;

admitting only entrepreneurs

with feasible projects

into the program. Once selected,

entrepreneurs will be

offered a specialized menu of

support, resources, and services

- including physical space,

management coaching, business

plan creation, technical

support, business networking,

and assistance finding sources

The Waterville Community

Center was the site for the

Fourth Annual Firemen’s

Appreciation Dinner on

Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

This was the first one held to

jointly honor the volunteer firemen

of Waterville and Blue

Rapids and the EMTs.

Approximately one hundred

Volunteers and their families

and the financial sponsors

enjoyed the evening with the

meal catered by Ricky’s of


Joe Krasny, of Waterville,

started this event four years ago

after several of his friends who

are volunteer firemen were

called to a fire at the Waterville

Co-op elevator. The presence

of the grain dust could have

caused an explosion with tragic

results. Joe felt compelled to

honor their dedication to the

training and execution of this

commitment in keeping our citizens

and their property safe.

Each year Krasny contacts

many individual and business

for donations of cash and services

to provide an evening of

fun, food and fellowship for the

firemen and their families.

There is no program and it is a

very casual event.

After the social hour and the

good meal, the firemen are further

honored with the door

prizes which have all been

donated or purchased with cash

donations. This year ‘s door

prizes and the winners of each


Rueger 10/22 rifle………

Evan Risdon

Game camera……………..

Terry Yungeberg

Two $50.00 gift certificates

from Route 77 Cornerstores ….

for supplemental financing.

The incubation process is

intended to last between 2-5

years but will not be limited.

The BVTC Business

Incubator will provide flexible

space and leases at very low

rates as well as reduced fees for

business support services such

as telephone, Internet, technical

support, fax and copy machine

access, and meeting rooms. The

environment will also provide a

networking-friendly environment

with other entrepreneurs.

The primary goal of the

BVTC Business Incubator program

is to produce successful

businesses that are able to operate

independently and are

financially viable. “The BVTC

service area has always been a

fantastic place to live and raise

a family. We are developing the

incubator to emphasize it is

also a great place to own a busi-

Waterville Bank Hires Austin Schotte

Citizens State Bank of

Waterville has announced

that Austin Schotte has been

hired as a loan officer.

Schotte grew up in

Marysville, graduating in

2007 from Marysville High

School and in 2011 from

Kansas State University in

Agricultural Business.

His father is Steve Schotte

who is a Farmer/Rancher in

the Marysville area. His

mother is Margaret Schotte

a 5th grade teacher at

Marysville Elementary


Schotte has a brother

Zach who is going to be a

junior at Kansas State

University next year. Sister

Maggie Schotte will be a

senior at Marysville High


Austin’s interests and

hobbies are being outdoors,

Area Holds Fourth Annual

Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner

Justin Fritzon and Donnie


Two $25.00 gift certificates

from Seven “R’s” restaurant…..

Brent Martin and

Jim Flowers

Four $25.00 gift certificates

from Casey’s………… Mike

Anderson, Josh Stoudt, Dane

Parker, and Tony Mann

Two $20.00 gift certificates

from T’s Liquor Store……

Aron DeWalt and

Mark Critchfield

Five $20.00 gift certificates

from HomeTown Foods…..

Dan Hargrave, Mike

Vermetten, Jim Oatney, Scott

Blaske and Dave Sanner

Three $15.00 gift certificates

from Wal-Mart…………….

Chuck Tryon,

Mike Minihan and, third name


At the close of the evening

Krasny presented the donated

funds remaining to the

ness,” commented Jada

Ackerman, public relations &

community development director

for BVTC. Dennis Doyle,

general manager adds, “We

have always been supportive of

our communities because that

is where our patrons and

employees live. When our

communities grow and remain

strong, our company does the


The selection committee

consists of two BVTC employees;

Dennis Kracht, and

Ackerman, one manager; Angie

Armstrong, and one board

member; Terry Force. The

startup process will be slow to

ensure the incubator’s success.

People interested in obtaining

information on the incubator

are encouraged to contact

Ackerman at 877-876-1228 or


Austin Schotte at Citizen State Bank - Waterville

playing and watching

sports, and helping on the

family farm where he grew

Joe and Beth Krasny


Austin is an avid KU,

Royals and Chiefs fan.

Waterville fire Department, the

Blue Rapids Fire Department

and to the local EMTs. Each of

these three entities received a

check for $335.20 to use as

they can for the benefit of their


Joe Krasny and his wife,

Beth, and Francis Hanke,

Waterville, plan and organize

the evening to be a good time

for all who can attend. Krasny

encourages all who attend each

year to make note of the sponsors

who donate the cash and

gifts for their enjoyment and to

thank the sponsors and patronize


“I feel we are very fortunate

to have these dedicated people

among us in our smaller communities,”

Krasny said, “They

give a lot of time to the training

and we can show our gratitude

with the fellowship and a good

time for everybody.”

NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011



Delight Berger

Jacqueline Delight

(Keefover) Berger, 86 of St

Augustine, Fl, passed through

the pearly gates of heaven into

paradise on the 18th of June

2011, at her home in the company

of her loving family. She

was born to the parents of

Irvil Dwayne


Irvil Dwayne West, 73, of

Marysville, Kansas, died

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at

Barton County Memorial

James L.


James L. ‘Jim’ Gronquist age

65, of Blue Rapids, passed

away Wednesday, June 15,

2011 at the Frankfort

Community Care Home.

Jim was born August 9, 1945

at Garrison to Gleed Q. and

Clara M. Burton Gronquist. He

joined the US Navy and served

in Vietnam. Upon return home

he completed his GED at

Valley Heights. He married

Wanda Russell they were

divorced. He married Laura

Blevins they were divorced.

Margaret E.


Margaret E. Schwartz, 95, of

Hanover, died Wednesday, June

15, 2011 at the Gardenside

Care Center in Fairbury,


A vigil service was held at

7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19 at

the Hanover Mortuary.

Mass of Christian Burial was

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

June 20 at St. John’s Catholic

Claude and Mary Keefover of

Waterville Kansas, in 1925.

Jackie resided in Topeka

Kansas with her late husband

Joe Berger until 1997 at which

time they moved to Crescent

Beach Fl. While in Topeka she

had an accomplished career as

a hair stylist owning and operating

two different beauty

salons: Jackie’s Beauty Salon,

and Jackie’s High Fashion

Hospital in Lamar, Missouri.

Visitation was Sunday from

noon until 5:00 p.m at Kinsley


A rosary service was held at

7:30 p.m., Sunday, at St.

Gregory’s Catholic Church in


Mass of Christian Burial was

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

June 20, at St. Gregory’s

Catholic Church. Father Jim

Shaughnessy and Father Gary

Pennings officiated0.

Burial was in St. Gregory’s

Catholic Cemetery.

Dwayne was born on April

27, 1938 at Belleville, Kansas,

the son of Irvil and Myrtle

(Allen) West. On September 1,

He had been a dairy farmer

before his health kept him from


Survivors include his two

children, Tina Gronquist of

Wymore, Nebraska and Jamie

Hanson and husband Phil of

Blue Rapids, a brother, Larry

Gronquist of Cheyenne

Wyoming, five sisters. Helen

Gano of Barnes, Ione Walker

and husband Bob of Clay

Center, Nancy Bergsten of

Humboldt, Nebraska, Alice

Nemechek and husband Hugh

of Blue Rapids and Mary Jean

Baker and husband Melvin of

Chilhowee, Missouri.

Jim was preceded in death by

Church in Hanover. Father

Randall Weber will officiate.

Janet Fritschi played the

organ while the church choir

sang “Amazing Grace”,

“Behold the Lamb”, “Eat the

Spread” and “On Eagles


The pallbearers were Mike

Rencin, Norbert Klipp, Robert

Lohse, Anthony Stamm, Larry

Schwartz and Harold Schwartz.

Burial was in St. John’s

Catholic Cemetery, Hanover.

Margaret was born April 14,

1916 near Hanover, the daughter

of Fred Jr., and Maggie

(Seitz) Wulff. She was baptized

and confirmed in the Zion

Lutheran Church in Hanover

by Pastor Karl Klinger. She

attended Hanover public


On February 25, 1936, she

married Paul Lohse at Hanover.

To this union three children

were born, Wilma Jean, Sarah

Jane and Harlan Dean. They

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She was a gifted and talented

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Jackie’s Ceramic Shop and

taught the techniques of porcelain

doll making. She was a

charter member of Cherished

Doll Club of Topeka Kansas,

member of the National

Association of Doll Makers

and Doll Artisan Guild..

After the retirement of her

1961, he married Patricia Jolly.

Along with his wife, Pat, her

brother and his wife, they

owned and operated Jolly West

IGA in Blue Rapids from 1971-

1975. They then moved to

Wichita and Dwayne worked in

the aircraft industry, working

for Boeing, Lear Jet, and

retired from Raytheon in 2000.

In 2001 they moved to


Dwayne was a member of St.

Gregory’s Catholic Church,

Knights of Columbus,

American Legion Riders and

the Blackhawks Motorcycle


He loved fishing, bird hunting,

riding motorcycles, being

a grandson, Garrett Logan

Gronquist and two sisters, Tina

Conn and Agnes Marie

Gronquist, who died in infancy

and a brother Jerome


Funeral services will be held

at 10:00 am, on Monday, June

20, 2011 at the Blue Rapids

United Methodist Church with

Reverend Bob Whitaker officiating.

Burial will be at

Fairmont Cemetery in Blue

Rapids. Viewing will be from

Noon until 8:00 pm, Sunday at

Terry-Christie Funeral Home in

Blue Rapids with visitation

from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

Memorials are to be desig-

lived near Lanham for 11 years,

then near Hollenberg until Paul

passed away.

On November 11, 1963, she

married Joe Schwartz of

Hanover. He worked in construction

so the next few years

were spent living in various

towns following his job. In

January 1967 they settled down

in Hanover.

Margaret worked part time at

Schwartz’s Store for several

years. She enjoyed fishing,

hunting Indian artifacts and

mushroom hunting. She also

enjoyed writing poems and stories

for birthdays and anniversaries.

She recycled, made

many windsocks, liked riding

horses, doing crossword puzzles

and loved good bargains.

Her pride and joy was riding

her bicycle in the Days of ’49


She was a member of St.

John’s Catholic Church, Altar

Society, Label committee, and

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

husband from JB Travel Club,

she and Joe moved to Crescent

Beach were she continued with

canvas paintings and many

other artistic endeavors . She

was a beautiful loving person

who touched the souls of many

who knew her.

Memorial Services will be

Tuesday at 9 a.m. at St.

Augustine Anastasia Catholic

Church. Flowers are gratefully

with his family and July 4th


Survivors include his three

sons, Mike (Fanita) West,

Wichita, Gary (Lucy) West,

Marysville, and Bill (Allison)

West, Gunnison, Colo.; three

grandchildren, Eric West, Wade

West and Megan Willoughby;

four great-grandchildren,

Rhaygen, Bryson, Payton

Willoughby and Cooper West.

He was preceded in death by

his parents; wife, Pat, on April

25, 2010 at Marysville; and

brother, Gary West.

Memorial contributions will

be designated later and can be

sent in care of Kinsley


nated later and may be sent in

care of the funeral home.

American Legion Auxiliary

which she served as Chaplin

for many years.

Survivors include her daughter,

Wilma (Bill) Laue, Diller,

NE; two grandchildren, Cheryl

(Bernie) Hart, Bassett, NE, and

Merline (Teri) Banahan,

Greenwood, FL; several stepgrandchildren,

six great-grandchildren,

many step-greatgrandchildren,

and a host of

nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death

by her parents; husbands, Paul

on May 9, 1962, Joe on

November 29, 1993; 2 infant

children; son-in-law, Don

Banahan; and four brothers,

Floyd, Edwin, Clarence and


A memorial fund has been

established in her name to be

designated at a later time.

Contributions may be sent in

care of the Hanover Mortuary.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011 3A

Year End Data Given On Kansas Schools

Two new Kansas

Legislative Research reports

show Kansas expenditures

and unencumbered cash balance.

The reports are for the

2009-2010 school year.

The Free Press looked at

several School Districts in

Marshall County and

Districts the same size as

Valley Heights.

The reports give two different

figures for expenditures.

The first shows

$5,044,869 for the Valley

Heights expenditures. The

second adds in local money

voted in for buildings and

sports facilities. That figure

for Valley Heights is


Here are figures for other



This report shows the amount of money received by Valley Height School District from the State, Federal and Local

tax payers.

Cash Balance To Start Year

This report shows the amount of money the school ended the 2009-2010 school year with and started the 2010-2011 year. (right column)

Cash Balance To Start Year

Valley Heights: 367

Marysville: 719

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: 529

Axtell, Bern: 296

Washington County: 396


Valley Heights $5,044,869

Marysville $10,996,095

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: $6,143,255

Axtell, Bern: $3,989,337

Washinton County


Expenditures with Local


Valley Heights: $6,418,978

Marysville $13,975,848

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: $7,580,863

Axtell, Bern: $4,589,865

Washinton County


Another area is interest coming

from the reports is the

amount of Local, State and

Federal Aid put into the School

Systems. This money is the

Local Option Budget and other

money coming from the


Local Revenues:

Valley Heights: $1,026,184

Marysville: $5,009,152

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: $1,331,263

Axtell, Bern: 2008-2009

school year: 1,101,740

Washington County:


State Aid:

Valley Heights: $3,467,028

Marysville: $4,815,776

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: $4,148,485

Axtell, Bern: $2,759,451 -

2008-2009 school year.

Washington County:


Federal Aid:

Valley Heights: $551,657

Marysville: $1,171,167

Vermillion, Frankfort,

Centralia: $663,507

Axtell, Bern: $128,146 -

2008-2009 school year.

Washington County:







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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011


Kansas’ 150th Birthday Celebration

Marysville Chamber of

Commerce to host celebration.

January 29, 2011 marks 150

years of statehood for Kansas.

Kansas 150 is a grassroots

effort among state agencies,

communities and individuals

across the state to educate

Kansans about their heritage

and commemorate the 150

milestone. The Marysville

Mark and Barb Chaffee, of

Salina, and Jim and Shelli

Osborne, of Blue Rapids are

pleased to announce the

upcoming marriage of their

children, Megan Chaffee and

Kelsey Osborne.

Megan is the granddaughter

of Harold Chaffee of Lincoln,

NE and also the late Wilma

Chamber of Commerce is planning

a day of family friendly

activities in Marysville on

Saturday, July 2nd:

Guided Canoe Trips on the

Big Blue River will be offered

for $5.00 per person. “In order

to make plans for the trips, preregistration

is required,” said

Brenda Staggenborg.

“Registration is at the

Jean Chaffee and the late

Marvin and Mildred Pickel.

Kelsey is the grandson of

Donald and Roberta Osborne

of Blue Rapids and Irma

Lupher of Blue Rapids and the

late Kelly Lupher.

Megan is a 2007 graduate of

Salina South High School and a

2010 graduate from Kansas

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10th Street.” Other activities

will take place in the

Marysville City Park and

include the following:

2:00-3:00 pm – Stagecoach


2:00-5:00 pm –

Refreshments by Berean

Church Youth Group

Blue Rapids Museum Program

The kick-off speaker for the

“Outdoor Sports” exhibit at the

Blue Rapids Museum will be

Brent Clark a wildlife biologi-

State University with a bachelor

of science degree of kinesiology

with an emphasis in public

health. She is currently

working in the Customer

Service department for SeaPort

Airlines, Memphis, TN.

Kelsey is a 2000 graduate of

Valley Heights High School

and a 2004 graduate of Kansas

3:30-4:30 pm – Crooked

Creek Regulators presents

“Doc Holliday & Big Nose


4:30 pm – Fiddlers

5:00-7:00 pm – Fish Fry

(free will donation) (or until

fish runs out)

Watermelon compliments of


5:30 pm – Marshall County

Community Band (period


Historic performers Marc &

Alice Ferguson of Crooked

Creek Regulators will take a

step back in time to the days of

State University- Salina with a

bachelor of science degree in

airway science/professional

pilot with a minor in business.

He is currently employed with

SeaPort Airlines.

Their wedding will be held

on September 10, 2011 at First

Covenant Church Salina, KS.

Prairie Valley

Veterinary Clinic

Don Musil, DVM

Nicole Porter, DVM

821 Hwy 9

Phone: 785.363.7903 Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

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

yesteryear with a living history

performance of the Old West -

Doc Holliday and his lady, Big

Nose Kate. “Marc has won

many local and national awards

for his living history performances

and we are excited to

have them in Marysville,” said


Period music by the

Marshall County Community

Band and local fiddlers will

provide entertainment for the

public during a free will donation

Fish Fry in the Park.

The evening will culminate

with the Independence Day

Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at

Lakeview Sports Complex,

sponsored by the City of

Marysville, Sons of the

American Legion, Helvering

Trust, Guise-Weber

Foundation, Citizens State

Bank, United Bank & Trust,

Great Western Bank & Wal-

Mart Foundation. Fireworks

rain date is July 3rd.

For more information, contact

Brenda Staggenborg at

785-562-3101 or 800-752-


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and Tourism. He is knowledgeable

about wildlife diversity

Brent Clark displaying pelts at a presentation at

County Place Living in Marysville.

Megan Chaffee and Kelsey Osborne


Plumbing, Electrical, General Construction,

Painting, Deck Staining, Remodeling

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and habitat requirements.

Clark will also speak about the

Walk in Hunting and WHIP

“Wildlife Habitat

Implementation Program”. His

collection of objects for display

will include pelts, mounts and

waterfowl decoys.

The program will be

Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 at

the Museum on the south side

of the Public Square in Blue

Rapids. Probably it shouldn’t

be advertised as a “guy thing”

but it is definitely for those of

you who hunt, fish and enjoy

the out of doors. Canned summertime

beverages and popcorn

will be available.

Bring with you anything we

can borrow to display for 90

days. The exhibit will include

roller skating, ice skating,

camping, kick the can, baseball,

golf, croquet as well as

hunting, boating and fishing.

We want items, antique or otherwise,

and photos and stories.

Questions? Pat Osborne 363


Engagement Announcement

Megan Chaffee and Kelsey Osborne


Odell, Ne - 402-766-8805

Fri June 24 Buffet: Chicken Wings and BBQ


Sun June 26 Buffet: Fried Chicken and Smothered

Steak Prime Rib every Friday and Saturday night.

$0.75 Taco Tuesday

$0.50 Wing Wednesday

Catering & Party Room Available!

Jim Daninghaus


Baileyview, KS

Jeff Cook


Hanover, KS


Dave Bures



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Heath Harding Graduates

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Waterville, KS

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Heath Harding, son of Sandy

and Gene Harding, graduated

with a doctorate of philosophy

degree in human sciences with

an emphasis in leadership studies

from the University of

Nebraska - Lincoln on May


His dissertation, “A Place of

Becoming” Leadership

Educators’ Experience

Teaching Leadership: A

Phenomenological Approach,

focused on the experiences of

people who teach leadership at

universities and colleges.

Some of his recent accomplishments

include the 2009

Chancellor’s Award for

Outstanding Contribution to

the GLBT Community, the

2010 Holling Family Award for

Teaching Excellence, and starting

the Outlinc Community


He is currently looking for a

job teaching leadership to

undergraduate students.

Wildcat Thrift

107 W. North

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(785) 337-2629

NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Marshall County Fair Association Holds Softball Tournament

The Marshall County Fair

Association will be hosting its

3rd annual Softball Tournament

on July 9th, at the Blue Rapids

Ball Fields. The Softball

Tournament is a fundraiser to

help preserve Floral Hall and

other buildings at the

Fairgrounds. Floral Hall is a

Camp Exploration

Summer is off to a blazing

start and with the hot temperatures

and storms so far this

summer it has not dampened

the success of Camp

Exploration. There are over 40

kids this summer participating

in Camp Exploration and with

Early Childhood Learning, and

Summer School. There is close

to 80 kids this summer in activities

at the Waterville

Elementary School. The staff

historic circular building on the

East side of the Fairgrounds.

The building is infested with

termites and it is essential that

it is treated to eliminate termites.

This is a very costly

project and due to budget cuts

to the Fair Association, and we

cannot fund the treatment of

which is made up of Valley

Heights school teachers, students,

and former students have

worked really hard putting

together a great program. The

kids are doing something different

every hour of each day

and are doing things from tshirt

making to learning how to

cook. I think it gives all the

kids an opportunity to learn a

lot of different skills and be

able to do things they might not

Lightning Strikes

Emily took this Friday night at the top of the hill

heading out of Waterville towards Manhattan. (Photo

Courtesy of Emily Steenson)

Nellie Dobrovolny

Celebrates 100 Years

Nellie Dobrovolny celebrating her 100th birthday.

Her family brought in the cake for her and

the residents to enjoy.

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the building. There will be a

full concession stand throughout

the entire tournament,

sponsored by the Marshall

County Fair Association. The

start and end times of the tournament

will depend on the

amount of teams that are registered.

The cost per team is

be able to do at home. Being

this my first year running

Camp Exploration it has had its

challenges but seeing all the

kids enjoying the experience

really helps with the process of

being the new guy.

We have about three weeks

left with summer programs,

$125. Each team must have a

minimum of 10 players and a

maximum of 18 players, and

players must be at least 15

years of age or older. The team

roster and the entry fee is due to

the Marshall County Fair

Board Office or Katina Gros by

July 6th, each team will need to

and I know with the quality of

our staff the rest of Camp

Exploration, Early Childhood

Learning, and Summer School

will be awesome. Our theme

for this summer is “Leave Your

Prints on the World” and I think

our kids and staff are doing a

wonderful job of doing that.

Dr. Sara Baskerville-Crome







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designate a team captain and

that person will be the contact

person. We will mail the rules

and the schedules to that per-


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Independence Day


July 3rd

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Fear Factor at 9pm

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Some of the kids built with some Legos while others

worked on the computers. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Leaf Curl in Tomatoes

By Michael Vogt

County Extension Agent

Every year I have calls from

gardeners who have tomato

plants with leaves that curl up.

When tomato plants grow vigorously

in mild, spring weather

the top growth often exceeds

the root development. When

the first few days of warm, dry

summer weather hit, the plant

'realizes' that it has a problem

and needs to increase its root

development. The plant tries to

reduce its leaf area by rolling

leaves. The leaves curl along

the length of the leaf (leaflet) in

an upward fashion. It is often

accompanied by a thickening

of the leaf giving it a leathery

texture. Interestingly, leaf roll

is worse on some varieties than


Though rolling usually

occurs during the spring to

summer shift period, it may

also occur after a heavy cultivating

or hoeing, a hard rain, or

any sudden change in weather.

This leaf roll is a temporary

condition that goes away after a

week or so when the plant has a

chance to acclimate, recover

from injury, or the soil has a

chance to dry out.

There are diseases that cause

tomato leaves to roll up. The

two most common of those diseases

are Fusarium and

Verticillium Wilt in which the

lower leaves roll up, wilt, and

then die. As long as you plant

tomato varieties/hybrids resistant

to these diseases, then these

two diseases should not be a

problem. Look for tomato varieties

that state VF resistance. I

prefer to see on the tomato tag

one more letter N. N is for

nematode. So, look for VFN


If your tomato plants are

VFN resistant and the leaves

curl, more than likely your

tomatoes are experiencing

tomato leaf roll.

If you have any questions,

please do not hesitate to contact

me at the Marshall County

Extension Office at (785) 562-

3531 or you can E-mail me at


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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Marshall County Minutes

June 13, 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 Robert S.

Connell moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle. Unanimous.

County Appraiser Janet

Duever placed a call to the

Board to recommend the hiring

Home Notes -

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Is food borne illness sitting

on your grill? Many people

take meat off their grill and

never even think about using a

food thermometer but using a

meat thermometer should not

be taken for granted if you want

to keep your family safe and

have a juicy, great tasting eating


Meat thermometers are

available every where and

come in different forms. From

the dial instant read meat thermometer

to a digital instant

read thermometer to a disposable

temperature indicator, they

all provide consumers with the

information to make sure food

is cooked to the proper temperature.

It is important to

research what type of thermometer

is right for you and

your family. When doing your

research don’t forget that your

local Extension office is a great

place to go for information.

Jail Report...

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: June 13, 2011 to

June 19, 2011

Name: Boston, Caleb

Address: Hanover, Kansas

Date of Birth: 01-04-1984

Charge: Marshall County


Date of Arrival: 06-14-2011

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Hartman, Mark

Address: Home, Kansas

Date of Birth: 01-26-1983

Charge: 48 Hour Sentence

Date of Arrival: 06-17-2011

Date of Release: 06-19-2011

Reason: Time Served

Name: Stell, Courtney

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 09-28-1973

Charge: 48 Hour Sentence

Date of Arrival: 06-17-2011

Date of Release: 06-19-2011

Reason: served 48 hours

Name: Howard, Jeremy

Address: Frankfort, Kansas

Date of Birth: 03-18-1993

Charge: 48 Hour Sentence

Date of Arrival: 06-17-2011

Date of Release: 06-19-2011

Reason: served 48 hours

Dane’s Automotive

Stop in and see us for all your

welding supplies and tires.

All Automotive Repairs.

Your Drop and Lock Hitch Dealer

324 E. Front St., Waterville, Ks


of Mandy Koch, Marysville to

fill the vacated position in her

office at Clerk I, Step I at

$12.24 an hour effective July 1,

2011. Thomas K. Holle

moved, seconded by Robert S.

Connell to approve the hiring

of Mandy Koch, Marysville to

the vacated position in the

Appraiser office at Clerk I, Step

I at $12.24 an hour effective

July 1, 2011. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Coast to Coast Solutions,

Birmingham, AL for caution,

fire, and biohazard tape

$771.48-EMPG grant-P.O. #

The USDA has recently

announced the new temperatures

for safely cooking pork,

steak, roasts, and chops.

USDA recommends cooking

all whole cuts of meat to 145o

F as measured with a food thermometer

placed in the thickest

part of the meat, then allowing

the meat to rest for three minutes

before carving or consuming.

Ground meats including

ground beef, veal, lamb and

pork should be cooked to an

internal temperature of 160o F

and do not require a rest time.

The safe cooking temperature

for all poultry products, including

ground chicken and turkey

remains at 165o F.

These new changes will

hopefully make it easier for

consumers to remember the

internal temperatures for the

different meats they are cooking;

145o F for whole meats,

160o F for ground meat, and

165o F for all poultry.

Rest time is the other change

Carolyn’s Kitchen - Buffet

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and

Dinner Buffet.

We Specialize in Chicken.

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Max Fire Apparatus, Inc.,

Castle Rock, CO for 2-emergency

scene ahead signs


Management fund-P.O. # 3931

Glaxo Smith Kline, Atlanta,

GA for private vaccine

$1,425.50-Health fund-P.O. #


Sanofi Pasteur, Chicago, IL

for private vaccine $3,100.23-

Health fund-P.O. # 3883

Audio Video Supply, San

Diego, CA for security cameras

$705.92-General (Sheriff)

fund-P.O. # 3922

Underground Vaults and

Storage, Hutchinson, KS for

113 boxes of files to the salt

mine storage $1,642.33-

General (District Court) fund-

P.O. # 3847

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig met with the Board

to discuss the road records of

Harvest Road showing that it

ends at the half mile line

between Section 9 and 16 of

Marysville Township.

Blue River Rail Trail representatives

Mike Stech and

Steve O’Neal met with the

Board to discuss the concerns

with the talk of the landowner

putting a gate across the property

line on Harvest Road east

of the trail which is on the rail


The Board placed a call to

Norm Bowers, Kansas

Association of Counties Road

Specialist to ask about the road

and he says that if it has been

used as a road and maintained

as a road then it is a road.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board to discuss the Harvest

Road situation.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig met with the Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following pur-

that is happening for meat. A

“rest time” is the amount of

time the product remains at the

final temperature after it has

been removed from a grill,

oven, or other heat source.

During the three minutes after

meat is removed from the heat

source, its temperature remains

constant or continues to rise

which destroys pathogens. The

USDA’s food Safety and

Inspection Services has determined

that it is just as safe to

cook cuts of pork to 145o F

with a three minute rest time as

it is to cook them to 160o F the

previously recommended temperature

with no rest time.

The new cooking recommendations

clarify long held

perceptions about cooking

pork. Historically, consumers

have viewed the color pink in

pork to be a sign of undercooked

meat. If raw pork is

cooked to 145o F and allowed

to rest for three minutes, it may

still be pink but is safe to eat.

The pink color can be due to

Name: Stohs, Nathan

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 12-12-1981

Charge: Disorderly Conduct,


Date of Arrival: 06-18-2011

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Yarbrough, Marzetta

Address: 710 Walnut

Beattie, Kansas

Date of Birth: 08-03-1967

Charge: Warrant- Driving

While Suspended

Date of Arrival: 06-19-2011

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated



chase orders. Unanimous.

Mike’s OK Tires,

Marysville, KS for tires

$520.80-Road & Bridge fund-

P.O. # 107255

Husker Steel, Columbus, OH

for steel materials pkg.

$22,909.00-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 107254

Husker Steel, Columbus, OH

for steel materials pkg.

$23,482.00-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 107253

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve signing the

Authority to Award Contract

Commitment of County funds

for the Oketo Road project

(58C-4369-01) with the Kansas

Department of Transportation.

Unanimous. The total cost of

the project is $1,800,240.62

with the estimated County

share as $384,000.00.

Lloyd Shubkagel, Historical

Society met with the Board to

ask for the same appropriation

of $12,000.00 for the 2012

budget which is the same as the

2011 budget.

Marshall County Extension

Agent Michael Vogt, KSU

Extension NE Director Dale

Fjell, Extension Board members

Allen Harries, Craig

Morton, Jan Lindhorst, Deb

Dwerlkotte, Barry Jones, and

Marshall County Extension

Agent Susie Latta met with the

Board to present their 2012

budget request in the amount of

$148,000.00 which is an

increase of $5,850.00 from the

2011 budget request.

Attorney Darold Bolton, Fire

District #8 representatives

Richard Buessing and Frank

Kohake met with the Board to

have a Resolution signed to

allow them the enter into a

Lease/Purchase Agreement on

a fire truck.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

the cooking method, added

ingredients, or other factors.

As always, cured pork will

remain pink after cooking.

The color of meat is not a

reliable indicator of whether or

not meat is cook to its proper

temperature. Only by using a

food thermometer can consumers

determine if meat has

reached a sufficient temperature

to destroy pathogens of

public health concern. Any

cooked, uncured red meats,

including pork, can be pink,

even when the meat has

reached a safe internal temperature.

So, when asking yourself the

question “is it done yet?” think

to yourself where is my food

thermometer. Remember, it is

only safe to bite when the temperature

is right. For more

information about food safety

and food safety equipment contact

the Marshall County

Extension Office.


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to approve Resolution # 11-06-

13-1 relating to Lease/Purchase

Agreement for Rural Fire

Department #8. Unanimous.

Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

met with the Board to present

the Sheriff Department 2012

budget in the amount of

$973,970.92 which is a

decrease of $788.08 from the

2011 budget request.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

five minutes at 11:15 a.m. to

discuss matters of non-elected

personnel with Sheriff Daniel

A. Hargrave present.


Robert Peschel, Marysville

observed the meeting.

Clerk of the District Court

Nancy Koch met with the

Board to present the 2012

District Court budget in the

amount of $114,073.00 which

is an increase of $2,600.00

from the 2011 budget.

Economic Development

Director George McCune met

with the Board to give them a

weekly update.

Emergency Management

Director William

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Chris Taylor, Page Layout and Design

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Breta Bloomberg, LLC (aba)

Schwindamann Jr. met with the

Board to present the 2012

Emergency Management budget

in the amount of $82,840.00

which is an increase of $170.00

from the 2011 budget.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board to present the 2012

Agency on Aging budget in the

amount of $188,717.00 which

is an increase of $2,050.00

from the 2011 budget.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Kim Holle, Marysville, KS

with the preconstruction pictures

that were provided by the

applicant. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue warrants from

the respective funds.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to adjourn at 12:45 p.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduled

meeting will be Monday,

June 20, 2011 starting at 9:00


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Kansas Highways with 75 MPH Speed Limit as of July 2011

The speed limit on rural stretches of Kansas interstate highways,

as well as segments of two U.S. routes, will be boosted to

75 miles per hour.

The 75-mph routes include:

· I-70 from the Colorado state line to just west of Topeka in

Shawnee County.

· I-135 from a half-mile north of the 85th Street interchange in

Harvey County to I-70 near Salina.

· I-35 from U.S. 50 just east of Emporia to a mile east of the

Sunflower/Edgerton Interchange in Johnson County.

· U.S. 81 from I-70 near Salina north to K-106.

· U.S. 69 from just six-tenths of a mile north of the north junction

of U.S. 54 in Bourbon County to the 199th Street Interchange

in Johnson County.

· The Kansas Turnpike from the Oklahoma state line to K-7 in

Jennifer Pishny, Ladonna Nemechek, Connie Hartloff,

and Jean Gallagher pose for a quick picture.

Courtney Carpenter shared her story.

Frankfort Jazzy Cats put on a good show.

Photos by Deb Barrington

Wyandotte County.

The new maximum speed limit was passed by the 2011

Legislature, authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to consider

any separated, multilane highway for the new speed limit. All of

the routes chosen for the increased speed limit are freeways, which

have controlled access and interchanges. No expressways, which

have at-grade intersections with cross traffic, were selected. A total

of 807 miles of roadway will have the 75-mph speed limit.

"These routes were selected by a task force made up of KDOT

representatives and the Kansas Highway Patrol. The Kansas

Turnpike Authority has also approved the speed limit changes,"

said Chris Herrick, director of KDOT’s Division of Planning and

Development and a member of the task force.

“We considered a number of factors, such as traffic volumes,

crash history and roadway geometrics, to determine where to raise

Relay for Life at Marysville

the limit. We will continue to monitor these routes under the new

speed limit and consider whether it makes sense to increase the

maximum speed on other highways.”

Among the other factors considered were whether the road was

in a rural or urban area, the amount of commuter traffic it carries

and the speed limit in surrounding states.

KDOT will begin the process of affixing aluminum overlays

with the new 75-mph speed limit to the existing 70-mph signs on

Thursday, June 30. However, it will not be legal to travel at 75mph

until the new law takes effect on July 1. Starting the process

a day before the law takes effect will allow KDOT crews to have

most, if not all, of the signs updated before the start of the holiday

travel weekend.

Anita Mick, Zach Linkugel, Rhyndon Mick, Sonny Mick, Dasha Mick, Janet Mick, Bonnie,

and Julie Kieffer pause during the busy day for a quick picture.

There was a great turnout at the Relay for Life event at the Marysville High School.

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