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Vol. 4 Number 41 Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tractor Playday Fun For All

Let’s face it. Tractors don’t

get much attention from their

owners unless it is time to

harness up and go to work.

Saturday, April 13, twenty

one lucky tractors from

Marshall Co. and the surrounding

area were treated to

a 32 mile play day. Their

owners took them on the Blue

Valley River Tractor Run

sponsored by the Blue Rapids

Museum which went over hill

and dale and through some

mud holes from Blue Rapids

south on gravel and dirt roads

to the sites of old Irving and

old Cleburne and back to


Once at Cleburne, the tractors

were allowed to rest

while the drivers enjoyed

lunch, a brief history of

Cleburne by Dennis Hampl

and LaVona Spunaugle, and a

trading of insults by the drivers

about the other’s breed of

tractor. Disaster was averted

at lunch when some drivers

balked at eating lunch off the

donated John Deere plates by

turning the plates over to the

white side. Other donations

of caps, cups, gloves, and

koozies from Don’s Tractor

Repair, Landolls, and Ehnen’s

NAPA Store were cheerfully

received as prizes. The

Museum was also helped by

Gator’ Hometown Grocery,

and by monetary support for

the lunch from Bruna

Implement and Kan Equip

Implement who also donated

a toilet seat.

The oldest tractor out for

the day was a 1948 Ford driven

by Dan Danielson of

Belleville. Seven John Deere,

four Case, four Ford, two

IHC, two White, one Allis

Chalmers and one Ferguson

made the trip. It was a virgin

tractor run for a number of

participants while others

belong to Tractor Clubs and

make frequent runs. The BR

Museum may want to do this

again next year but in the

meantime the Flint Hill’s

Tractor ride will be Sept. 28,

2013. Call Pat Zeller 785 250

0637 to sign up.

Gene Lott (left) talks to the tractor drivers about the route and stops along the way.

The first three lead tractors turn at the Coop and take the Irving road.

MACT Announces

2013-14 Season

Marysville Area Community

Theatre announced its new season

on Friday, April 5 at the

annual appreciation event for

season ticket holders and supporters.

Season tickets are now

available for the 2013-14 season,

starting this summer with

the musical “Into the Woods.”

This year’s fundraiser and

season ticket holder appreciation

gathering was held at

Landoll Lanes Conference

Center, in conjunction with the

opening of “Nunset Boulevard”

which set in a bowling alley.

Sharon and Howard Kessinger

were presented with the Angel

Award, M-ACT’s recognition

of special supporters who have

given behind the scenes to the

local theater group. “We couldn’t

do our shows without the

great support we have gotten

from the Advocate over the last

31 years, and as owners,

Howard and Sharon have been

great promoters of our organization

for a long time. It is time

to recognize them for their

backing,” said M-ACT president

Carla Wolfe at the


Season tickets are available

at the Marysville Chamber of

Commerce Office or by mailing

a check to M-ACT, PO Box

172, Marysville. Prices are $25

for adults and $22 for senior

citizens, a $5 savings off of box

office prices for the three

shows. Children season tickets

are $12 for a $3 savings.

Another way folks can contribute

to M-ACT is through

tax-deductible donations,

becoming members at various

levels. These include the

Benefactor levels of Platinum

($1000) and Gold ($500) which

gain the benefit of free tickets

to every show.

All contributors are recognized

in the programs of each

M-ACT show. Another benefit

is reserved seats and an invitation

to the opening night cast

party for the summer musical.

Other levels of membership are

as follows:


Center Stage……….$150



Chorus Line…………..$75


Stage Hand……………$25

“As a non-profit, all-volunteer

organization, M-ACT

could not continue providing

great performances to Marshall

County without the generous

donations of our faithful supporters,”

adds Wolfe. “We are

also happy to add new blood to

our family and hope anyone

interested in supporting the arts

considers becoming a supporting

member of M-ACT.”

Bringing quality theatre to

Marshall County and surrounding

area for over 30 years. M-

ACT is tackling some challenging

titles for their next season,

beginning with Stephen

Sondheim and James Lapine’s

“Into the Woods,”a fractured

fairytale that has an important

moral hidden within. This

famous Broadway musical will

be held on the MHS stage on

July 25-28.

“Nana’s Naughty Knickers,”

a comedy set in New York,

City, is scheduled for the fall

play. In this light-hearted

spoof, Bridget goes to stay with

her favorite grandmother only

to discover that Nana is running

an illegal boutique from

her apartment, selling handmade

knickers to every senior

citizen in the five borough

area! Dates for this play are

November 22, 23, and 24.

The spring show on April 11-

13 will be “Forbidden

Broadway,” a musical spoof of

Broadway presented in a

cabaret style show. This show

has been called “The Saturday

Night Live of Broadway.”

“It is always great to select a

new season’s shows and start

planning for new theatrical

experiences for M-ACT,” states

M-ACT board member Pat

Breeding. “These shows will be

another fun chance to bring

quality theatre experiences to

Marshall County, something

M-ACT has been doing now

for 3 decades. We invite anyone

interested to come join us,

onstage or off!”

Children 17 & Under To Swim Free At Blue Rapids Pool

The Blue Rapids City

Council voted 5-0 last

Wednesday night to allow children

17 and under to swim free

this summer at the Blue Rapids


Brake moved and Minihan

seconded to set the 2013 fee

schedule for the swimming

pool as follows: Ages 17 and

under are free; 18 and over are

$1.25 per day. An adult season

pass is $35 for a single person

and $55 for husband/wife. All

pool receipts will be deposited

into the city’s general bank

account and at the end of the

season $3,000 will be transferred

from the general bank

account to the pool improvement

bank account. Motion


(Editor’s Note: In working

on the 2013 Budget last summer

the Council noticed the

swimming pool was only

bringing in $3,000 per year.

That money was then transfered

into the pool improvement

account. It is the hope of

the Council to get more children

using the pool.)

Mayor Nowak went through

the process of the zoning

change request and stated the

council has received the recommendation

from the Planning

Commission (vote was 3-2 to

recommend the change). There

is a 14 day period in which a

protest can be made so action

will be taken at the May 8


(Editor’s Note: Sharp

Manufacturing of Blue Rapids

and Musil Farms had requested

a zoning change on land owned

by Musil Farms located at the

corner of 11th and the Irving

Road. Sharp wants to expand

their trailer manufacturing to

that location.

To complete the project

Sharp was to purchase 5 acres

in the Industrial Park and trade

that land for 5 acres Musil

Farms owned but the farm

ground (Zoned Moble Home

Park) would need to be rezoned

to Industrial.

At a zoning meeting two

weeks ago some of the home

owners in the area objected to

the zoning change.

Monday the Council members

were notified of a special

meeting tonight (Thursday,

Apirl 17th) to discuse the purchase

of the Industrial land and

the withdraw of the zoning

change. If Sharp’s purchane the

Industrial site they will build a

new building there.)


Record of the Proceedings

of the Governing Body

City of Blue Rapids, KS

April 10, 2013

The governing body of the

City of Blue Rapids met in regular

session April 10, 2013 at

7:00 p.m. in the Council Room

of the Community Center.

Council members present were:

Amy Bishop, Jon Brake, Mike

Minihan and Bob Roepke.

Jerry Pope was absent. John

Nowak, Mayor, presided.

The minutes of the March

13, 2013 regular meeting and

March 26, 2013 special meeting

were approved as presented.

There were no additions to

the agenda.

Minihan presented pay ordinance

2258 for approval.

Roepke seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

The mayor announced the

ranking results for the two

businesses that submitted letters

of interest in the downtown

commercial revitalization grant

with CDBG funds. The ranking

was done by the entire

council and the results were

136 points for Blue Rapids

Auto and Hardware and 97

points for Happy Cow

Creamery and Beanery.

Minihan moved and Roepke

seconded to notify Blue Rapids

Auto and Hardware and give

them until April 24 to decide

whether or not they want to

proceed. Motion carried.

Roepke moved and Bishop

seconded to approve the resolution

recertifying special assessments

on 901 Lincoln. Motion

carried. Bishop moved and

Minihan seconded to approve

the resolution recertifying special

assessments on 501

Lincoln. Motion carried.

Minihan moved and Roepke

seconded to declare April 26,

2013 as Arbor Day in the City

of Blue Rapids. Motion carried.

Bishop moved and Minihan

seconded to declare April as

Fair Housing Month in the City

of Blue Rapids. Motion carried.

After reviewing the agreement

between the City and

Pope Disposal, the council

determined that no changes are


Mayor Nowak opened the

public hearing on 11 Public

Square. The owner was not

April Recycling To Be

Held In Blue Rapids

The Valley Heights recycling

day is Saturday, April 20 th

from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The

collection trailer will be in Blue

Rapids. It will be located by

the barns at the north end of the

fair grounds.

All typical recycled items

will be collected including

paper, cardboard, cans, junk

mail, glass etc. Plastics are

limited to numbers one (1) and

two (2). Please rinse food containers

to reduce odors. Pre-

present. Some progress has

been made. Brake moved and

Minihan seconded to continue

the hearing to May 8, 2013.

Motion carried.

Minihan moved and Brake

seconded to pledge $1250 to

the Marshall County revolving

loan program. Motion carried.

On motion, meeting

adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

sorting material allows the line

to move smoothly for everyone.

We thank all our community

volunteers for their dedication

to this effort benefiting the

Valley Heights community.

For more information call Tony

Yungeberg at Valley Heights

Community Education at 363-

2211, Stacy Vermetten at 363-

2030 or Phil Osborne at 363-


Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Judith Ann Dewey

Judith Ann Dewey, 68, died

Monday, April 15, 2013 at her


Visitation will be

Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at

Ward Funeral Home,

Washington. The family will

receive friends from 5:30 p.m.

Omer “Dan” Daniel Smart

Jr. 83 of Lincoln, NE passed

away on Monday, April 15,

2013. Dan is a retired Welding

Salesman with Union Carbide,

Korean War Veteran, Graduate

of the University of Oklahoma,

Saint Mark’s United Methodist

Church, MMM Fellowship,

Will Rogers Blue Lodge in

Darrell C. Gregory

Darrell C. Gregory 76, died

Monday, April 15, 2013, at

Mercy Regional Health Center,

Manhattan, surrounded by his

loving wife and adoring children.

Visitation with the family

will be from 6 to 8 p.m.,

Thursday, April 18 at Padden

Funeral Chapel, Frankfort.

A funeral service will be held

10 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013

at the United Methodist

Church, Frankfort, KS. Dr.

Merris Brady and Pastor

Norma Jean Miller will officiate.

The urn will be presented

at the altar by grandson

to 7 p.m.

A rosary service is at 7 p.m.,

Wednesday, at Ward Funeral


Mass of Christian Burial is

10 a.m., Thursday, April 18 at

St. Augustine Catholic Church

Washington, KS. Burial will be

Omer “Dan” Daniel Smart

James Ruiz, III

James Ruiz, III, better

known as JR to his family and

friends, passed away April 10,

2013 at Community Memorial

Hospital in Marysville.

JR was born on November

2, 1981, in Ogden, Utah, the

son of Patricia McFarland

Aguilar and James Ruiz, II. JR

Enjoyed all things outdoors, he

especially loved to snow board

the Wasatch mountains in

Utah. He spent time in Alaska

with his cousin Jason Ruiz

where he fell in love with the

land and he hoped to return

there someday. JR trained as

an electrician apprentice while

living in Utah. Most recently

Marvin E. Holle

Marvin E. Holle, 81, of

Marysville, KS, died Saturday,

April 13, 2013 at Cambridge

Place in Marysville.

Visitation was Monday, 10

a.m. until 9 p.m., at Kinsley

Mortuary. The family received

friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service was held at

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 16,

at Mt. Calvary Lutheran

Church in Marysville. Rev.

Donnie Hofman officiated.

Susan Moore played the

organ while the congregation

sang “Beautiful Savior” and

“Heaven is My Home.” The

Beatrice Homestead

Harmonizers sang “Precious

Lord, Take My Hand”, “Sweet

Oklahoma, Scottish Rite in

Omaha, Sesotris Shrine,

Sunrise Kiwanis and the

Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include Wife:

Kathryn “Kitty” Smart-

Lincoln, NE, Daughter & Sonin-law:

Christine A. & Larry

Such- San Clemente, CA,

Brother & Sister-in-law:

Gregory Allman.

Burial will be in the Barrett

Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers

are Joe Horigan, Chet

Fincham, Bob Mirchell, Wayne

Mitchell, Don Parthemer, Neal

Beeman, Cole Horigan, Kevin

Horigan, Chris Jones, Chris

Teveirne, and Ronnie Koch.

Darrell was born November

20, 1936 at Peabody, Kansas,

son of Johnny and Katherine

(Moore) Gregory. He graduated

from Peabody High School and

went to Emporia State

University. In 1959 he began

his career as a Highway patrolman

for the State of Kansas. In

JR worked as a welder at

Travalong Trailer

Manufacturing in Waterville.

JR is survived by his mother

Patricia Aguilar of Waterville

and father Jimmy Ruiz and

wife Angela of Ogden, Utah,

his partner Debra Ptacek of

Waterville, two sons Gavin and

Jahki and daughter Myla, five

sisters; Sheila Jones and husband

Wayne of Junction City,

Felice Gant and husband

Anterious, Melissa Ruiz,

Mariah Ruiz of Ogden, Utah,

Teresa Castillo Gray and husband

Bob of Plain City, Utah,

five brothers; Marcos Castillo

and wife Cassandra of

Chariot” and “Lord’s Prayer.”

The pallbearers were Clinton

Fritschi, Jacob Fritschi, Ethan

Fritschi, Adam Fritschi,

Brandon Holle, Matthew Holle

and Coleman Forst.

Burial was in the Zion - Mt.

Calvary Lutheran Cemetery

north of Herkimer, KS.

Marvin was born June 19,

1931 near Herkimer, son of

Edwin and Holda Holle. He

graduated from Marysville

High School in 1949. After

high school he helped his father

farm. In 1953 he began serving

in the U.S. Navy until his honorable

discharge in 1957.

On June 16, 1957 he was

united in marriage to Anita

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Survivors include her husband,

Marvin; son, Marc (Jodi)

Dewey of Beatrice, NE; daughter,

Sami Harms of Beatrice,

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of Washington; brother Dennis

(Kim) Tegethoff of Holton, KS;

Sidney & Janie Smart-

Claremore, OK. Many nieces,

nephews & cousins. Preceded

in death by parents Omer &

Elizabeth, 2 brothers Fred &

Donald. Visitation will be

Thursday 9-9 and with the family

from 6-8pm at funeral

home. Friday 10-11am at the


1971, he began work for the

U.S. Department of

Transportation, Office of Motor

Carriers and retired in 1996 as

Regional Director of the Motor

Carrier Administration, Atlanta


He was a member of the

Army Reserve and a member

of the Frankfort American

legion. He enjoyed hunting and

, after retirement, working with


Preceding him in death were

his parents; and two grandsons.

Darrell is survived by his

wife, Linda Jones Gregory; five

children, Linda (Steve)

Washington, Jared Ruiz of

Ogden, Utah, Ray Aguilar and

Gabriel Aguilar of Waterville,

Chris Castillo of Ogden, Utah.

Grandparents Larry and Karin

Damron of Belton, South

Carolina and Grandmother

Isabel Anguiano, two aunts;

Theresa McFarland of Saint

George and Lena Ruiz, an

uncle Jessie Ruiz and wife

Renee of Ogden, Utah and

many cousins, nieces and


JR was preceded in death by

his grandfathers; James Ruiz,

Sr and Bobbie McFarland,

Grandmother Tommy Ruiz and

Uncles Matt Ruiz and Danny

Schotte at Hermansberg

Immanuel Lutheran Church. To

this union four children were


Marvin enjoyed being a

farmer and stockman. He also

enjoyed spending time with his

family and grandchildren. He

liked to sing and was a member

of the church choir and

Beatrice Homestead

Harmonizers. He also was a 4H

project leader, served on the

Marshall County Fair Board,

was Past President and Elder

and Zion Lutheran Church,

Herkimer, and served on the

Zion-Mt. Calvary Cemetery


Survivors include his wife,

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

and three grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established in her name and

will be designated at a later

date. Contributions may be sent

in care of Ward Funeral Home.

Funeral will be Friday, April

19, 2013 at 11:00am at Saint

Mark’s United Methodist

Church, 85th & Pioneer Blvd.

Burial will be at 3:30pm in

Waterville, KS at Riverside

Cemetery. Memorials to Saint

Mark’s United Methodist

Foundation. Reverend Wayne

Alloway officiating.

Hobkirk of St. Charles, MO,

Jan (Roger) Taveirne of Austin,

TX, Ann (Tony) Fonod of

House Springs, MO, Jay (Kim)

Moeller of Fredericksburg, VA,

Jim (Margie) Gregory of St

Charles, MO; eleven grandchildren

and three great grandchildren;

and many nieces and


A memorial fund has been

established to the Frankfort

EMS or the American Cancer

Society. Contributions may be

sent in care of the funeral


Damron and Aunt Eva Ruiz.

There will be a private family

viewing followed by cremation.

It was JR’s wish that his

final resting place be Alaska

where he had found peace.

A memorial has been established

in his name and will be

designated later. Contributions

may be sent in care of Terry-

Christie Funeral Home at PO

Box 61, Waterville, Kansas


Terry-Christie Funeral

Home, Waterville is in charge

of arrangements.

Anita; children, Keith (Patty)

Holle, Marysville, Janet

(Martin) Fritschi, Hanover, KS,

Theresa (Jerry) Forst,

Marysville, and Curtis (Jody)

Holle, Marysville; brothers,

Merle (Mary Ann) Holle,

Marysville, and Daryl (Donna)

Holle, Berthoud, CO; eleven

grandchildren and one step


He was preceded in death by

his parents; brother, Don Holle;

and one great-grandchild.

A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

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Tuttle Creek Dam Will Be 50 This Year

Heritage Of The Blue River Valley

The Blue River Valley lies

north of Manhattan, Kansas.

Many residents of the valley

trace their heritage back to

1847 when German immigrants

homesteaded. These energetic

farmers plowed the fertile soil,

grazed cattle, and built homes

for their families. The population

of the valley increased in

the early 1860s when the U. S.

government gave the Kansas

Pacific Railway a grant of five

million acres to encourage the

building of a railroad across the

state. In turn the railroad sold

land to settlers who would

eventually ship their produce to

market by rail.

The railroad advertised the

Blue River Valley as one of the

“Gems of the West” with some

of the richest and best watered

lands to be found.

The valley soon included

Swedish immigrants. In 1855

John A. Johnson, the first

Swede to settle in Kansas,

began farming in an area called

Mariadahl. By 1866 several

more Swedish settlers had

arrived. Mr. Johnson donated

land for the building of the first

Swedish Lutheran Church west

of the Missouri River. The

grounds also included a home

for orphaned children and the

community cemetery.

The proposal of Tuttle Creek

Dam greatly affected the members

of the church. In 1951

Reverend C. G. Bloomquist

wrote: “The disastrous flood of

last summer, from which many

of our members suffered financially

in a distressing degree,

brought renewed agitation for

Tuttle Creek Dam. It has

caused and still is causing us

grave concern.

Its construction, according to

the plans of Army Engineers,

would practically obliterate

both church, the Home, and our

church constituency. Our membership

has been on the front

line fighting valiantly with a

host of others in this whole

watershed for a far better

method of controlling the

excess water flow. The battle is

by no means won. We hope and

pray that a flood control and

soil conservation program will

be devised which will preserve

for us and our children that

which we rightfully value so

highly and thus save from disintegration

this Lutheran

Christian community.”

Due to efforts of the Blue

Valley residents, funding for

the building of Tuttle Creek

was delayed. In 1957 the threat

was once again knocking at

their door. Mariadahl Pastor

Gustafson wrote, “We again

walk in perilous times. It would

seem that those outside our

area would send us to a watery

grave. We are again challenged

Molly (Walters) Ryan

Finished Marathon

Before The Explosion

Molly (Walters) Ryan (formerley

of Waterville) is back

home in Bixby after crossing

the finish line in Boston just

half an hour before the second


This was her third year to run

the race. She finished with a

time of 3:14:55, which is faster

than she hoped.

She says she crossed the finish

line, found her husband

Wayne and they started to leave

downtown. That’s when her

sister-in-law called and asked

in a hushed tone if they were


“I know that was strange for

her to speak to me that way,”

Molly says. Then they got the

bad news of the second explosion

near the finish line.

A few minutes later, they

saw emergency vehicles come

down the side road where she

and Wayne were driving.

“Then it became real to me,”

Molly says.

Usually, Molly and Wayne

take the subway, but this year,

they decided to rent a car. That

means they got out of downtown

a lot more quickly.

“All of those ‘what-ifs’ go

through your head at that point

because you’re in a little bit of

disbelief that this is going on,

and you want to get to the TV

and the news as quickly as you

can to see if it’s true, if it’s for

real,” Molly says. “I don’t

know why it happened when it

did, but if it had been 30-40

minutes sooner, it could’ve

been Wayne affected by [the


Molly says it was unnerving

to see all the coverage on TV.

“I’ve never been this close to

something so real,” she says.

“It’s kind of a struggle. I think

that’s why I feel very angry,

because I spent the last few

days trying to grab my emotions

and make it understandable

in my head. The more I

watch the news, the angrier I

get because it doesn’t seem


She says nothing seemed out

of the ordinary when she

crossed the finish line. Police

officers and volunteers were

lined up shoulder-to shoulder.

“You never once felt unprotected;

they were everywhere.”

She says she will definitely

run the race next time. “I don’t

want anyone to tell me what I

can and cannot work for as far

as what I go and do.”

She says she hopes the race

will not lose its prestige just

because of some “senseless

act.” “I don’t think anyone

who trains for any marathon or

sporting event that they’re

involved in should be afraid,

otherwise we won’t achieve


Molly says she hopes the

Boston Marathon will continue

to be the amazing marathon

that it is.

Molly is the daughter of Lyle

and Ann Walter of Waterville.

Residence of Pollard Carnahan - Garrison, Pottawatomie Co. Kansas.

Quentin Carnahan

as work is resumed on the controversial

site of Tuttle Creek

Dam. . . . Should water rest in

this place a few years from

now—shall it cause disbelief in

a man’s heart and hatred in his


Carnahan family farm dating

from 1855.

Many of the families in the

Blue River Valley had farmed

there for years. One of these

Photo of Molly going past the bomb, photo taken by

her husband Wayne Ryan.

Welcome, Kegan

Kegan Mitchell

was the Samuel Carnahan family,

which settled in the valley

in 1855 near the town of

Garrison. The 1887 Evert’s

KansasAtlas featured this prosperous

farm owned by

Samuel’s son, Pollard.

Generations of Carnahans

continued to farm the land in

the Blue Valley until the building

of the dam and reservoir. In

1950 Quentin Carnahan, great

great grandson of Samuel, like

many other sons and daughters

of the valley graduated from

Kansas State University.

Quentin, along with many others,

returned to the family farm.

Shortly thereafter he was drafted

by the U. S. Army. He

became a member of the 25th

Infantry fighting in the Korean

War. In an interview conducted

by The K-Stater, October 1952,

Quentin’s father Herbert asked:

“What will he [Quentin] say

when he comes home and finds

out that while he fought for his

country they moved his family

off their land?”


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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 11, 2013


Peace, Maddox, Peace...

By Jon A. Brake

You may not know Maddox

O’Toole 7-year old son Joe and

Dena O’Toole, Blue Rapids but

Maddox is known to his friends

as a youngster with a big smile

on his face and running from

here to there, loving life.

Somewhere along the line

Maddox picked up the Peace

The qualifying season for

Forensics came to a close last

week at Washington County

High School on Thursday,

April 10th. The VHHS

Forensic team has qualified

eleven students and 17 events

for the State Tournaments May

4 in Salina. Nine of the eleven

students have qualified for

State Champs, the highest level

of competition at the state

level. As an added distinction,

every student in the forensics

class has qualified, (there are

five other students that participate

in forensics outside of


The Waterville Grade School students supporting Maddox O’Toole. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Forensics Teams Qualifies Eleven

Valley Heights, Marysville

and Frankfort-Vermillion

Parents as Teachers programs

would like to thank everyone

for their support of our first

annual Early Childhood Health

and Safety Fair held Saturday

April 6th at the Marysville

National Guard Armory.

We appreciate the vendors

for setting up their booths and

having so many great things to

sign like Winston Churchill

from World War II. With

Maddox the sign is a very

warm goodbye.

Maddox was born with early

onset of scoliosis and last

Wednesday he had his eight

operation. The six hour procedure

to put in new growing


In addition to the first place

finish at TVL, the Mustangs

took a 3rd place plaque home

from the Riley County Meet,

March 7th where they competed

against schools such as

Manhattan, Wamego and

Highland from Topeka. Other

meets throughout the season

have found them in the 4th

through 6th place finishes out

of about 14 schools.

The community will have a

chance to see these state qualifiers

perform at Forensic Night

Monday, April 29 at 7pm at the

Valley Heights Commons Area.

There will be a reception

share with our families, the

Happy Go Lucky 4-H club for

the best concession stand, and

we thank the families for coming

out and taking part in this


Also a big thanks to the area

businesses who donated prizes

for the drawings held including:

Landoll Lanes, Pizza Hut,

Wal-Mart, Astro 3 Theatre,

Yungeberg Drug, Gator’s

On the day of his operation

his Kindergarten Class and all

of the other classes showed

their support for Maddox by

wearing T-shirts that said:

“Scoliosis Stinks” along with a

picture of a skunk.

The photo above shows all of

his classmates and all of the

directly following the performances.

The following is the list

of the 2013 State forensic qualifiers:

Jessie Zidek, Sr., State

Champs Qualifier for Prose and


Alex Laughlin, Sr., State

Champs Qualifier for Solo

Acting Serious and Duet

Treg Arganbright,Sr., State

Champs Qualifier for Solo

Acting Serious and Humorous

Isacc Medina, Sr.,State

Champs Qualifier for Prose and


Brooke Claycamp, Sr.,State

Champs Qualifier for Prose

Parents As Teachers Thank Supporters

Hometown Foods/Subway,

Cromes Market, and Discovery

Center! Also a big big thanks

to the National Guard Armory

for the use of such a great facility

to host this event.

We plan to hold this event

again next year and hoping this

becomes a yearly tradition in

our county! Thanks again to

each and everyone one of youwe

are so fortunate to be a part

other classes in the Waterville

Grade School gym holding up

Maddox’s peace sign.

Maddox returned home

Tuesday only one week after

the operation and is doing

good. Maddox is two-inches

taller and still has that big

smile. PEACE...

Max Blaske, So.,State

Champs Qualifier for Prose and


Drew Mann, So.,State

Champs Qualifier for Solo

Acting Serious

Payton Arganbright, Jr.,

State Champs Qualifier for


Vanessa Moctezuma, So.

State Champs Qualifier for


Karina Andraka, Sr., State

Festival Qualifier for Poetry

and Prose

Brittany Brungardt, Fr., State

Festival Qualifier for Poetry

The Forensics Team.Back row: Alex Laughlin; Treg Arganbright; Second rwo from top: Brittany Brungardt; Brooke

Claycamp; Jessie Zidek; Isacc Medina. Third row: Venessa Moctezuma; Max Blaske; Drew Mann. Front row: Karina Andraka;

Payton Arganbright. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Home Notes...

Improving Your Financial Future

Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


If your overall financial picture

needs to be improved, it’s

going to take some time.

However, you’ve got to start

somewhere and your monthly

expenses are a good place to

begin. Saving $50 per month

may not sound like much, but if

you can find five different ways

to do this, you’ll have saved

$3,000 in only one year.

Here are some simple

options to consider:

1. Price Matching/Clip

Coupons - Most folk simply do

not realize the power of price

matching or clipping coupons

to save on groceries. Go to

websites from Manhattan to

Lincoln, NE and look at ads

from various grocery stores and

discount stores. It is surprising

the deals you can find on groceries.

One example is that on

most weeks you can save up to

$2.00 a gallon on milk. Pick up

a copy of the Sunday paper, and

get the kids involved to find

coupons for the items you buy

most. But remember to comparison

shop. Sometimes you

can buy the store brand cheaper

than the brand name with a

coupon. Organize your

coupons in a file folder by expiration

date so you can be sure

to use them before they expire.

Don’t buy something just

because you have a coupon for


2. Bring A Brown Bag

Lunch To Work - Lunch is a

minor expense in the eyes of

most, but it adds up fast. Let’s

say you eat out every work day

and spend an average of $7.00.

In one month you’ve spent

$140.00. Instead, pack some of

last night’s leftovers, or make a

sandwich yourself. That way

you can easily cut your daily

lunch expense in half, which

saves more than $50 over the

course of a month.

3. Eliminate Your Landline

Telephone - If you have a cell

phone, you may not need a land

line anymore. As long as you

have a reliable internet connection,

you can pick up a device

that connects to your computer

and then to a telephone.

4. Reduce Entertainment -

Even if you only eliminate one

night out at a restaurant or one

trip to the movies per month,

you could save $50.00. Instead

of going out, cook a meal with

the whole family pitching in

and rent movies.

5. Cut Back On Personal

Purchases - Just about everything

you buy at a convenience

store can either be eliminated

or purchased else where for

less. Lottery tickets, snacks,

sodas, and many other things

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If you’re a coffee drinker,

brew it at home instead of buying

it at a store each day. There

are plenty of other ways to

reduce your personal purchases.

Any time you reach for

your wallet or purse, just ask

yourself: “Do I really need


Let’s say you implement all

of these ideas, and the savings

equal exactly $250.00 each

month. Instead of wasting this

money, figure out how to best

use it. Pay off credit card balances,

invest in your retirement

plan, save money in your emergency

fund, or set it aside for

your children’s college fund.

Once you start to see positive

effects of these savings, you

will have all the motivation you

need to keep going. Maybe

you can think of other ways to

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Here are ten keys for

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While tracking your spending

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only life for Michael Clark,

which he has shown in many of

his achievements. Clark won

the Greenhand Award in FFA

and was the Farm Chairman for

one year. Clark elaborates saying,

“I grew up on a farm and I

always helped out.” His modest

hope is to make a living from

farming and make a name for


His parents, Bill and Linda

Clark, and his family have

always pushed him to do what

he wants and not worry about

anything else.

“Only those who will risk

going too far can possibly find

out how far one can go,” said

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has inspired Clark to always

test the limits. This sort of attitude

has helped Clark get a

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study agriculture to reach his

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Marshall County Minutes

April 8, 2013

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met at

8:00 a.m. to canvass the 2013

City School General Election

results. In attendance from the

public was Advocate represen-

tatives Sarah Kessinger and

Sally Gray, Advocate reporter

Paul Chavarria-Kessinger,

Marysville City Mayor Bill

Phillipi, and Vicki Sue Gross,

Marysville. County Election

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

reviewed the votes from

Advance and Election Day and

presented provisional ballots to

be counted or not counted. The

Board reviewed the provisional

ballots and 14 ballots were

approved for being tallied. The

results of the provisional ballots

were added to the vote

totals and the results were

made final. The canvass was

adjourned by the Board at 9:00


The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Robert S. Connell, Chairman,

Charles R. Loiseau and

Thomas K. Holle members and

Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk


The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Charles R.

Loiseau seconded by Thomas

K. Holle. Unanimous.

Commissioner Loiseau left

the meeting at 9:05 a.m.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the Home City

Sewer bills and pay them from

the appropriate funds available.

Motion carried.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

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Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

The Board placed a call to

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Waterville City Council Minutes Of April 8th





City of Waterville, Kansas

April 8, 2013

The Waterville City Council

met in regular session, April 8,

2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the

Community Center. Council

members present were Tony

Mann, Jim Oatney, Terry

Blaser, Colby Hearn, and Kris

Hargrave. Mayor David

Whitesell presided.

Don King, Jim Osborne,

Karen Swearingen, Carol Hill,

and Wayne Hill were guests

present. Employees present

were Mick Swearingen,

Johnathan Oatney, Terry

Yungeberg, Chuck Tryon, and

Nori Blackburn.

By motion the council

approved the minutes of the

March 11, 2013 regular meeting

and the March 25, 2013

Sheriff’s Report

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Activities for the week of:

April 8, 2013 to April 14,


Name: Shanek, Ronald

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 02/07/1976

Charge: Marshall County


Date of Arrival: 04/08/2013

Date of Release: 04/08/2013

Reason: Book and Release

Name: Smith, David

Address: Blue Rapids


Date of Birth: 12/27/1962

Charge: Marshall County


Date of Arrival: 04/08/2013

Date of Release: 04/09/2013

Reason: $8,500 Cash Surety

special meeting.

Phil Osborne and Karen

Swearingen, representing the

Marshall County Partnership

for Growth, discussed an

opportunity to access the North

Central Regional Planning

Commission’s Revolving Loan

Fund. The county will need to

provide a minimum of $17,600

in order to become eligible to

access the fund. Colby Hearn

made a motion to pledge

$3,000 to Marshall County

Partnership for Growth. Mann

seconded, motion carried.

Osborne and Swearingen

thanked everyone and left at

this time.

During council reports, Jim

Oatney reported that the backhoe

is not working again and

the city has put a lot of money

into it. The city crew was able

to rent one for the month for

$600. Colby Hearn made a

motion to purchase the backhoe

from Frank Popejoy for

Name: Nichols, Donald

Address: Barnes, Kansas

Date of Birth: 01/20/1964

Charge: Fifth DUI, 5th

Driving While Revoked, No

Insurance, Transporting Open

Container, and Refusing

Breathalyzer Test.

Date of Arrival: 04/09/2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Nichole, Edward

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 07/22/1986

Charge: Fail To Appear


Date of Arrival: 04/09/2013

Date of Release: 04/09/2013

Reason: $326 Cash Bond

Name: Slifer, Cole

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 08/07/1985

$26,000 with a three year lease

purchase. Mann seconded,

motion carried.

Terry Blaser asked that the

employees and council be getting

any budget information

ready for the 2014 budget planning.

Kris Hargrave reported that

the lifeguards are hired and will

be training April 26-28.

Hargrave also agreed to check

on the shade project for over

the baby pool.

The Mayor and Council congratulated

Nori Blackburn on

her City Clerk of the Year

award given by Kansas Rural

Water Association.

Jim Oatney made a motion to

send Chuck Tryon to the KMU

Conference May 8-10.

Hargrave seconded, motion


Chuck Tryon reported that

the fire department gun raffle

tickets are about sold and the

department is planning on hav-

Charge: Domestic Battery


Date of Arrival: 04/10/2013

Date of Release: 04/10/2013

Reason: $500 Cash Bond

Name: Kaufman, Samuel

Address: Sabetha, Kansas

Date of Birth: 05/27/1988

Charge: Marshall County

Warrant for Theft by Deception

Date of Arrival: 04/10/2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: May, Joshua

Address: Beatrice, Nebraska

Date of Birth: 01/21/1989

Charge: Marshall County

Warrant for Failure to Appear

Date of Arrival: 04/11/2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

ing the smoke off again this

year on September 28.

The Mayor proclaimed April

26, 2013 as Arbor Day in the

City of Waterville.

The Council accepted the

address change from the

Chamber of Commerce to their

Cereal Malt Beverage license.

By motion, the council

approved Dixie Tommer, Beth

Krasny, and Beverly Roepke to

the Waterville Library Board.

Motion was made by Mann

to pay all bills presented;

motion wasseconded by

Hargrave and carried.

The council agreed, by

motion, to replenish the Petty

Cash Fund with $146.44.

Blaser made a motion to

approve the Marchfinancial

statement. Hargrave seconded,

motion carried.

The Mayor and council

reviewed city insurance forms.

Motion to adjourn carried.

Name: Lenno, John

Address: Waterville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 10/04/1981

Charge: Topeka Warrant for

Dog at Large

Date of Arrival: 04/12/2013

Date of Release: 04/12/2013

Reason: $187 Cash Bond

Name: Armstrong, Justin

Address: Frankfort, Kansas

Date of Birth: 05/06/1980

Charge: Serve Five Days

Date of Arrival: 04/12/2013

Date of Release: Still


Reason: Still Incarcerated

Name: Dalsing, Mavric

Address: Marysville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 10/11/1989

Charge: Open Container and

Possession of Paraphernalia

Date of Arrival: 04/13/2013

Date of Release: 04/13/2013

Reason: $666 Cash Surety

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Roy and Mandi Hartloff

cuss the low water crossing on

the Marshall and Nemaha

County line east of Vermillion,


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig informed the Board

he received a bid from

Scottwood Industries, Kansas

City, KS $.99 a gallon for dust

control which is a $.04 increase

from 2012. Mike recommended

increasing the cost of a minimum

of 500 feet from $500.00

to $550.00 for the 2013 dust


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the increase from

$500.00 to $550.00 for a minimum

of 500 feet dust control.

Motion carried.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

orders. Motion carried.

Interstate Battery, Topeka,

KS for batteries $521.80-Road

& Bridge fund-P.O. # 108013

Power Plan, Carols Stream,

IL for brake cylinder

$1,050.46-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 107838

Welborn Sales, Salina, KS

for 48” corrugated metal pipe


$1,313.60-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 107907

BAT Tire, Frankfort, KS for

tires $800.00-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. # 107883

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp and Agency

on Aging Office Manager

Diane Broxterman met with the

Board to join a conference call

with KDOT representatives

Josh Powers, Stacy Cowan, and

Corey Davis; ATA bus representatives

Ann Smith and

Carlos Reyes; and Twin Valley

representatives Ed Henry and

Bill McGehee to discuss some

issues that need to be worked

out with the new regionalized

dispatch and transportation system.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue warrants from

the respective funds. Motion


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to adjourn at 12:02 p.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduledmeeting

will be Monday,

April 15, 2013 starting at 9:00




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Kansans Spent Welfare Cash On Strippers, Smokes, And Sour Mash

By Travis Perry

Kansas Watchdog

A Kansas Watchdog investigation

has uncovered thousands

of dollars in potentially

abusive welfare transactions

during a three-month period

last year. From August to

October 2012, Sunflower State

welfare recipients withdrew

more than $43,000 from ATMs

at places like Golden Eagle

Casino in Horton, Vegas Video

Adult Superstore in Wichita

and G Spot, a Junction City

strip club, just to name a few.

The money in question is

provided through the

Temporary Assistance for

Needy Families program.

Administered nationally by the

U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services, TANF funds

are targeted at helping lowincome

families afford the bare

essentials, such as gas and groceries.

In Kansas, where TANF

funds are distributed via

Electronic Benefit Transfer

cards through the Kansas

Department for Children and

Families, a family of four can

receive up to $497 every


The vast majority of transactions

processed within the time

frame Kansas Watchdog examined

wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.

In all, more than $1.5 million

in transactions were made during

the August to October period,

meaning the questionable

transactions Kansas Watchdog

identified equal less than 3 per-

Big Changes On The Marshall Co. Fairgrounds




I don’t know if you have been

by the Marshall County

Fairgrounds in Blue Rapids lately,

but there are some big changes


For those who are familiar

with the Marshall County

Fairgrounds there are two buildings

(barns) missing. Those

buildings were the Swine Barn

and the


Calves Barn. Both barns were

demolished last fall and winter

and will be replaced by new

barns. Both barns have been on

the Marshall County Fairgrounds

for a long time and have seen a

lot animals and kids spend their

time at the Marshall County Fair

in them. But, these barns served

their purpose and were starting to

need some major and expensive

repair to keep the buildings safe

and fit for people and animals

during the Marshall County Fair.

The Marshall County Fair

Association was successful in

securing a Community Service

Tax Credit Grant from the

Kansas Department of

Commerce to erect two new livestock

barns for the Marshall

County Fair Grounds. The grant

covers most of the expenses of

replacing the barns, but there are

things that the funds from the

grant won’t cover such as pens,

stalls, wash racks, and the weigh


To raise funds for the pens and

stalls, the Marshall County

Fairboard is looking for sponsorships

to help cover the cost of the

new livestock pens and stalls.

The new pens for the hogs,

sheep, and goats will be a 6×6

pen with a front gate. All panels

will be a vertical bar style with

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EASY MONEY: Kansas welfare recipients withdrew more

than $43,000 from ATMs at liquor stores, smoke shops, casinos

and strip clubs from August to October 2012.

cent of the total.

TANF recipients regularly

make large purchases at places

like Walmart, Walgreens,

Dillons and other similar businesses,

and it’s easy to see how

a $300 transaction at Price

Chopper could be a reasonable

use of taxpayer money.

But what about the $102.25

one welfare recipient withdrew

at Denver’s Coors Field, home

of the Colorado Rockies?

Other questionable examples

include the $203 transaction at

Johnny’s Tavern in Kansas

City’s popular Power and Light

District, as well as the $83.60

another individual withdrew

while attending the KC

Renaissance Festival.

While some argue there’s no

way to prove money withdrawn

from these locations is being

used inappropriately, it’s hard

to believe there isn’t some

abuse of the system.

The KDCF outlines specific

spending restrictions on its

website: TANF recipients may

not use their government assis-

tance to purchase alcohol,

tobacco or lottery tickets. It’s

easy enough to control electronically;

anyone trying to

purchase such items with the

physical EBT card will be

greeted with a denied transaction.

But there’s a loophole.

While businesses can’t

directly process EBT cards for

the front walk through gate having

an overhead. Dairy tie stalls

will consist of two rows of tie

stall panels that will make up a

center tack alley.

Sponsors for the pens and tie

stalls will have their names displayed

on a permanent board to

be displayed in the respective

barn. Pen or stall sponsorship is

$200 per pen or stall. There are

144 pens and 16 stalls available

for sponsorship. There are levels

of donations based on the number

of stalls sponsored. Of course,

any donation amount will appreciated

and will be recognized.

If you, your business, or civic

group are interested in sponsoring

pen(s) or stall(s), please contact

the following Marshall

County Fairboard members:

Dan Matson 785-548-5284,


Kevin Wessel 785-268-0602,

kjwessel@excite.com; or

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Valley Heights schools will be having a Relay Recess

on April 24th, starting at 1:30p.m. at the High School

Stadium. The public and all cancer survivors are welcome

to attend. Mark your calendars and hope to see

everyone there!!! If you have any questions please

contact Lori Dobrovony at VHHS or Dawn Vorseth

at 785-713-0725!!!

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such illicit purchases, most

have ATMs conveniently located

on the premises. With cash

in hand, welfare recipients are

able to skirt the law with relative


Overall, the largest chunk of

questionable EBT withdrawals

took place at discount cigarette

retailers and smoke shops,

where recipients took out

$19,302.42 during the three


Coming in a distant second,

cash advance and payday loan

locations accounted for

$8,578.10, followed by liquor

stores, $6500.98; casinos,

$4,532.25; miscellaneous locations,

$3,271.44; and bars and

restaurants, $1,298.45

Questionable EBT withdrawal

locations during August

through October 2012 include,

but are not limited to:

(May include multiple loca-

BY THE NUMBERS: The above chart shows a breakdown

of potentially illicit transactions made by Kansas

welfare recipients.

HELPING HAND: Funds provided through the TANF program are intended to help low-income families.

Dan Schmidt 785-562-6685


Or visit the Marshall County

Fair website, mscountyfair.com

for a donation form.

The Marshall County

Extension Office has forms and

information available to the public,

or we can E-mail the sponsorship

form to you.

Construction of the two buildings

will begin very soon.

Support for building the two

livestock barns has been very

good, but we still have a little

ways to go to have the project

totally funded.

I hope that if you have an

interest and the means to support

the effort, I hope you can do so.

These barns will be great

additions to the Marshall County

Fairgrounds and help provide

wonderful Marshall County Fair

memories for many years to


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Buffalo Run Casino – $218

Choctaw Casino – $746

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The Legends shopping center

– $1,056

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Dave and Busters – $387.50

Angela de Rocha, KDCF

communications director, told

Kansas Watchdog in a previous

interview the state has no way

to stop questionable withdrawals.

“You can take your Vision

card into a strip joint or Disney

Land or Graceland or wherever

and use that to get cash,” de

Rocha said. “There’s nothing

we can do about that. We can’t

control that.”

Kansas Watchdog reached

out to Ken Thompson, director

of the KDCF Fraud

Investigation Unit, but he was

unavailable for comment.

March Activities

At County Place

A fun craft was enjoyed by

making yarn Easter eggs that

were hung on a white tree

branch to decorate the living

area. Women’s History

Month was observed by having

LaVerna Arganbright,

Waterville, present information

on famous women dating

back to Joan of Arc.

Residents always enjoy sampling

food items.

For National Nutrition

Month, they got to sample

yogurt, guacamole and chips,

and pomegranate juice as they

tried to name various fruit and

vegetable pictures while taking

a trivia test. Another

nutritious snack, rice cakes,

was enjoyed following the

Victory Baptist Singers program.

On National Cereal

Day, a tasty treat of seasoned

cereal mix was enjoyed.

Wayne Fisher, Marysville,

entertained the residents with

his beautiful piano music.

A most interesting travel

program of Europe was presented

by Karen Nanniga of

Axtell. Kristin Hain,

Marysville, assisted the residents

in making hangers covered

with yarn.

A special treat this month

was having 3 Schmitz family

members from Axtell entertain

on the piano, violin and

guitar and having dance students

of Carol Landoll-Owen,

Washington, perform. A very

special day was enjoyed by all

residents when they were

treated to “Spa Day”. Jan

Beck, masseuse from Blue

Rapids, did neck, hand, and

feet massages with assistance

from Melva Sanner, Country

Place Director. Activity

Director, Margaret Blaske

provided hand paraffin baths

and warm, moist, facial towel


Jaqi Sanner, med aid,

assisted as needed in cleaning

rings, doing hand massages,

and preparing residents for

vibrating foot soaks. Snacks

served during the afternoon

included fresh fruit picks,

pretzels, and fresh lemon

water. Residents filled Easter

eggs with candy and decorated

cupcakes for the Easter egg

hunt held for children and

grandchildren of staff and

great grandchildren of the residents.

A number of the residents

signed up for the

“Walking Kansas†program

and have been actively

participating by doing additional

walking each day.

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Blue Valley Tractor Run

Twenty-one tractors were entered into the first Blue Valley Tractor Run held by the Blue Rapids Museum.

Everett Murk drives his older White tractor.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, April 18, 2013 10A

McFadden, King Lead Kansas State To Win Over Iowa

KSU Sports Information

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Blake

McFadden tossed six solid

innings with a career-best five

strikeouts and Jared King

recorded a season-high four

hits, including his fourth home

run of the year, as Kansas State

defeated Iowa, 5-3, in the rubber

match of a three-game

series Sunday afternoon at

Duane Banks Field.

With the win, the Wildcats

improved to 26-11 and picked

up their 16th victory in the last

20 games. The Hawkeyes fell

to 12-18.

McFadden, who made his

sixth start of the year and second-straight

in a weekend

series, also set a career high in

innings pitched while walking

just one batter. The freshman

right-hander surrendered three

runs – only one of which scored

with him on the mound – and

allowed just four hits.

“I thought Blake was outstanding

today,” head coach

Brad Hill said. “He really

attacked the zone with good

pitches all the way around.

He’s getting three pitches in the

game, too. He continues to

make progress each week. His

slider is getting better, and he

got the changeup in the game

today. When he starts becoming

a three-pitch pitcher, that’s

going to make him even more


Except for a two-out RBI

single by Eric Toole in the third

inning, McFadden cruised his

first two times through the

Iowa order as he faced just


Kansas State guard Brittany

Chambers was selected with

the 22nd overall selection in

the second round of the 2013

WNBA Draft by the Los

Angeles Sparks on Monday

night at the WNBA’s annual

draft event. Former Wildcat

Jalana Childs will also have an

opportunity to make a WNBA

roster, as she has been invited

to participate in the training

camp of the Phoenix Mercury.

Chambers becomes the seventh

player in school history to

be selected during the WNBA

Draft. Chambers and Childs are

the ninth and 10th players overall

to become a part of the


Los Angeles, coached by

Carol Ross, finished second in

three over the minimum number

of batters in six innings.

The Savannah, Mo., native

began the seventh inning with a

5-1 lead but surrendered a leadoff

infield single and a double.

K-State brought in freshman

right-hander in Jake Matthys,

who produced three groundball

outs as the Wildcats conceded

a pair of runs to avoid a

big inning.

Matthys worked around a

one-out hit-by-pitch in the

eighth inning before Tanner

Witt pitched a scoreless ninth

with a strikeout for his fifth

save of the year.

“Jake attacked the zone and

got strikes,” Hill said. “It was

disappointing offensively

today, but give them (Iowa)

credit. We just needed one or

two more runs. We couldn’t get

that big hit to put the game


King went 4-for-5 in the contest

and drove in two runs on

his fifth-inning home run that

gave K-State its four-run

advantage. The junior also set a

new career high with three

stolen bases, finishing the

weekend perfect in five


A product of Dublin, Ohio,

King’s career-high tying fourhit

performance capped a 7-for-

12, four-RBI weekend.

Witt recorded his 16th multihit

game of the year by going 2for-5,

including a two-out RBI

triple in the second inning. It

was K-State’s third triple of the

series and 20th of the year. Jon

Davis went 2-for-4, while

the Western Conference regular

season standings with a 24-10

record during the 2012 season.

The Sparks advanced to the

Western Conference Finals,

falling to the 2011 WNBA

champion Minnesota Lynx.

In her K-State career,

Chambers finished as one of

just four players at Big 12

schools to register 2,000 career

points, 850 career rebounds and

350 career assists. She set 20

school records (which included

single game, single season and

career marks) during her senior

campaign including: points in a

single-game (42), points in a

single season (778) and consecutive

games scored (134). She

also reached double figures in

109 career games to rank tied

for 17th in NCAA Division I

McGruder Wins 3 Awards

Ross Kivett (7) is safe at third base against Texas Tech. (Photo by Ben Brake)

Clayton Dalrymple was 2-for-2

with a RBI single in the fourth

inning and his first-career

stolen base.

Eight of the nine Wildcat

starters recorded a hit as

history and second in program

history behind Ohlde’s school

record of 117 career games

with 10 or more points.

She ranks among the top-10

in 12 career categories including:

points (2,156, third),

rebounds (862, fifth), assists

(363, eighth), three-point field

goals made (350, second),

three-point field goals attempted

(974, first), field goals made

(751, fourth), field goals

attempted (1,845, third), free

throws made (304, ninth), minutes

played (4,738, first),

games played (135, first) and

games started (130, first).

Chambers ranks second in

school and Big 12 history for

career three-point field goals

made. She ranks ninth in

NCAA history for career three-

Kansas State finished the game

with 14. Kansas State improved

its team batting average by two

points in the series – a mark

that now stands at .333 – by

producing 38 hits over the three


Iowa starting pitcher Sasha

Kuebel (1-7) suffered the loss

by allowing five runs on 11 hits

in five innings of work.

Reserve catcher Dan Sheppard

Brittany Chambers (2) (Photo by Ben Brake)

and designated hitter Ryan

Rumpf recorded the RBI

ground outs in the seventh


Chambers Selected by LA in 2013 WNBA Draft

Senior Rodney McGruder

captured three awards, including

the Rolando Blackman

Team Most Valuable Player

Award, to highlight festivities

at the annual Kansas State

men’s basketball banquet held

Monday night at the Hilton

Garden Inn and Manhattan

Conference Center.

In addition to his MVP trophy,

McGruder was named the

winner of the 1st Battalion, 7th

Field Artillery “Never Broken”

Award and the Tex Winter Top

Offensive Player Award. One

of only two players in school

history to rank among the Top

10 in both career scoring and

rebounding, he led the Wildcats

in eight categories in 2012-13

en route to earning All-Big 12

First Team and honorable mention

All-America honors.

McGruder is the third player

to repeat as team MVP, while

he is the fourth to earn the top

offensive player award twice in

a career. He is the fourth recipient

of the “Never Broken”

Award given by the 1st

Battalion, 7th Field Artillery

regiment at Fort Riley. The

team has had a relationship

with the unit for the past six

seasons, sharing experiences

both on campus and on base.

McGruder was the only men’s

basketball player to earn recognition

to the All-Big 12 First

Team in both athletics and academics.

Sophomore Angel Rodriguez

won two awards on the night,

while seniors Jordan Henriquez

and Martavious Irving, freshman

D.J. Johnson, sophomore

Brian Rohleder and junior

Shane Southwell each captured

one apiece.

Rodriguez was selected as

the winner of the Jack Hartman

Top Defensive Player and the

Ernie Barrett Play Hard

Awards. A member of the All-

Big 12 Second Team and Big

12 All-Defensive Team, he led

the Wildcats in 3-point field

goals (55), assists (173) and

steals (50) and was second in

scoring (11.4 ppg.), doubledigit

scoring games (23) and

minutes per game (28.2).

Rodriguez ranked among the

Top 5 in the Big 12 in assist-toturnover

ratio (second), assists

(third), free throw percentage

(third) and steals (fourth).

Irving was named the winner

of the Porky Morgan Most

Inspirational Player Award,

which is the program’s oldest

award and honors the longtime

K-State Athletics Trainer from

1950-80. Irving was one of the

team’s top bench players, averaging

5.1 points, 2.2 assists and

1.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes

per game in 31 of 33 games off

the bench. Henriquez captured

the Mitch Richmond Mr.

Basketball Award after leading

the Wildcats in blocked shots

(64) to go with averages of 5.0

points and 5.0 rebounds in 15.9

minutes per game.

The three-man senior class

of Henriquez, Irving and

McGruder is the winningest

(101) in school history, while

they are three of just four

Wildcats to appear in four consecutive

NCAA Tournaments.

Southwell was chosen as the

recipient of the Ed Nealy Most

Improved Player Award, which

goes to the player who makes

the most improvement from

one season to the next. An honorable

mention All-Big 12 performer,

he averaged 8.4 points

on 45.2 percent shooting,

including 43.6 percent from 3point

range, to go with 3.8

rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1

steals in 25.9 minutes per game

as a junior. He ranked second

on the team in assists and third

in scoring, 3-point field goals

and steals and fourth in minutes


point field goals made. With

former Wildcat Laurie Koehn

holding the career NCAA

Division I record with 392

made 3-point field goals, K-

State is one of two program’s in

NCAA Division I women’s

basketball history to have two

players with 300 or more made

3-point field goals in a career.

In the 2012-13 season,

Chambers registered career

season-highs in three major statistical

categories and became

the first player in Big 12 history

to score 750 or more points

(778; 21.03 ppg), grab 250 or

more rebounds (281; 7.6 rpg)

and dish out 100 or more assists

(122; 3.3 apg). In addition to

leading the Wildcats in scoring

and rebounding this season,

Chambers paced the Wildcats

in three-point field goals made

and attempted (117-of-310,

.377) and free throws made and

attempted (115-of-149, .772).

The 778 points were a

career-high for Chambers, a

school record for points in a

single-season and ranks eighth

in Big 12 history. The product

of Jordan, Minn., scored in

double figures in 35 of the 37

games this season, including a

school record 22 games of 20

or more points with a school

record run of nine straight

games with 20 or more points.

Chambers was a 2013

Associated Press All-America

honorable mention recipient,

earned Senior CLASS Award

All-America second team honors,

garnered a WBCA All-

Region 5 citation, was threetime

All-Big 12 First Team

honoree and pulled in 2013

WNIT All-Tournament Team


In addition to her on-court

honors this season, Chambers

was recognized as the inaugural

Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of

the Year for women’s basketball

recipient, earned her third

career Academic All-Big 12

First Team honor. Chambers

holds a 3.5 grade point average

as a pre-med major.

Childs will be achieving a

goal she set for herself before

coming to K-State.

“Before I came to college I

would tell Coach P (K-State

head coach Deb Patterson) that

one of my goals was to be a

WNBA player,” said Childs.

“During my senior year at K-

State I started to think that I just

wanted to play overseas and

not take a chance in the

WNBA. After playing overseas,

my love for the game

improved and I felt the WNBA

was going to be a good thing

for me. When the Phoenix

Mercury offered me this opportunity,

I figured I had nothing

to lose and everything to prove

and gain.”

After concluding her K-State

career in 2012 as a All-Big 12

First Team selection with averages

of 14.3 points and 5.0

rebounds in her senior season,

Childs accepted an opportunity

to play for H.R. Le-Zion in the

Israeli Basketball League. The

product of Orlando, Fla., joined

the team in late December and

played in 10 games, averaging

5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Childs’ is looking forward to

the chance at competing for an

opportunity in Phoenix.

“My expectations for the

training camp are to work hard

and learn from the veterans like

Diana Taurasi and Candice

Dupree. It will be a great learning

experience and a fun experience

for me.”

Phoenix, the 2007 and 2009

WNBA champions, has a history

with former Wildcat post

players. The Mercury acquired

former K-State great Nicole

Ohlde in a trade with the

Minnesota Lynx prior to the

start of the 2009 season. Ohlde

then helped the Mercury capture

the second WNBA in franchise

history by averaging 5.2

points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0

blocks off the bench.

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