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20
Jun

Wilson to conduct Sept. 15 mail election

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — Wilson voters will be asked to approve an additional $10,000 in funds during a Sept. 15 mail ballot election.

Approval to conduct the vote was given during Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.

Council member Gary Everett said because of measures approved by the state legislature in Topeka, a state cap has been placed on Kansas community’s general funds and library funds. City councils can only raise a certain amount before an election requesting more funds must be conducted.

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Wed
20
Jun

Halfhill reports partial turkey vulture success

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

For the moment, there seem to be gains made in the battle against Ellsworth’s turkey vultures. Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill, however, isn’t letting his guard down.

Over the course of three weeks, Halfhill and department officers have managed to disrupt the vultures’ favorite roosting locations: the water tower near the old county hospital, the tower near the city swimming pool and the grove in the 500 block of Blake St. In the last week, he said the roost locations have been vulture-free.

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Wed
20
Jun

Student Stars

Editor’s Note — With wheat harvest and other activities, the lazy days of summer are often more hectic than relaxing. This is certainly one of those summers. Because we’ve had so much to write about, the I-R has fallen behind on its Rising Stars news. To remedy that, we devote the better part of this year’s front page to the recent accomplishments of our students.

Karst attends Girls State

Lexie Karst of Ellsworth, daughter of Lance and Nancy Karst, was chosen by Unit 174 of Ellsworth to attend the 76th annual session of Sunflower Girls State on the Kansas University, Lawrence, campus.

Sunflower Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, and took place June 3-8. Karst joined about 250 other young women who had just completed their junior year of high school, to “Learn by Doing” the political system involved in the government of Kansas.

Wed
20
Jun

Combines Roll

At top, a combine kicks up a cloud of dust Monday afternoon as it harvests wheat in a field between Wilson and Holyrood.

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Wed
20
Jun

City Council talks about future plans

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette City Council met Tuesday, June 12 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. All members were present except Tim Larson.

During public input, Fred Peterson reminded council members that city appointments, usually done in May, hadn’t been done yet. The council agreed to put this on July’s agenda.

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Wed
13
Jun

Cancer fund raises money through fun

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As a young child reached out to grab a lollipop, Ashley Bettenbrock waited for the stick end to appear. “Cancer Sucks” read a large sign below the bowl of treats. In return for the sweet treat was the catch: $4 was the price, hidden from view until the last second. That donation and many others resulted in $48,431 raised during Saturday’s Ellsworth County Cancer Fund Triathlon.

“Oh, of course you had to pick the most expensive one,” said the child’s mother, in good humor. She opened her wallet and pulled out the money. Bettenbrock, with family and friends, know firsthand the value of the cancer fund.

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Wed
13
Jun

Wilson’s guy with the O’s

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

To all appearances, Duane “Butch” Janne is a reluctant raconteur. He doesn’t want anyone to think he has a big head, and he might not have said anything if his family didn’t urge him. But he would like some kind of record showing that yes, a kid from Wilson, Kan. can get a lot further than one might think — such as pitching professional baseball. Fifty-five years ago, he was that kid.

“I hope this won’t take too terribly long,” he said a few weeks ago, as the school year came to a close. Janne had stepped away from Blue Stem Auto in Wilson, his vehicle sales business.

Behind him, at the Ellsworth Rec Center diamonds, the girl and boy Bearcats, which include Wilson players, warmed up for practice.

Wed
13
Jun

Schoolmates meet in Marquette after many years

By Susan Waring
Special to the Tribune

Two Marquette High School chums who graduated in 1949 met recently for a long overdue chat. Norma Jean Johnson Erickson and Shirley Ferpotto Bain recalled their memories of a long friendship when the two met at Riverview Estates where Norma Jean resides.

Shirley, who has been a Fort Worth, Texas, resident since the early 1960s, remembers Norma Jean being the valedictorian of the class. Norma Jean remembers that Shirley was four months older than she.

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Wed
06
Jun

We’re a ‘garden spot,” agronomist says

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

LORRAINE — “This is the garden spot.”

That is how Dr. Allan Fritz, an agronomist with Kansas State University in Manhattan, described this year’s wheat test plot planted by the Midway Extension District south of Lorraine.

Dr. Fritz’ statement, made May 29, during the annual Ellsworth County Wheat Plot Tour, was echoed by his colleague, Dr. J.P. Michaud, a K-State entomologist at Hays.

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Wed
06
Jun

BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A RIDE

Ronny Soukup stands next to his 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special during Saturday’s Run for the Soul. Organizers hope the earlier date, before wheat harvest begins, will eventually bring in more participants.

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