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Wed
29
Aug

Marshall talks tariffs

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

U. S. Rep. Roger Marshall, (R-Great Bend), had more on his mind than just cowboys, cattle and six-shooters Saturday when he offered a legislative update during Ellsworth’s Cowtown Days celebration.

During an interview with the Independent- Reporter before a community coffee at the Ellsworth County Historical Society’s new Hodgden House Museum Complex research center, Marshall talked tariffs, veterans affairs and the farm bill.

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Wed
29
Aug

St. Ignatius Fiesta offers food, fun and faith

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth County I-R

Veronica Kyler remembers a time several years ago working in the take-out building during the St. Ignatius of Loyola’s annual Fiesta.

The atmosphere was often hot and hectic as volunteers quickly dished up carryout items for customers standing in line to get their fix for authentic, handmade Mexican food.

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Wed
29
Aug

Local volunteers, fund raisers hard at work on Marquette Learning Center

Ron Larson, left, brings cement blocks into the Marquette school building to construct the walls needed to bring the building up to code so it can be used for a learning center for area children. 

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Wed
22
Aug

Water activities took the lead in Marquette

Mud volleyball, duck races and children’s fishing tournament make for a busy, wet weekend

by hollie krause

The 8th annual Mud Volleyball tournament was Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wolverine Sports Complex sponsored by Marquette Recreation. There were 14 teams that participated, with the championship game between Getting Dirty and The Old People, with the Getting Dirty team winning a best-of-three match for the championship.

Two duck races were also held, with Jeremy Elbert having the winning duck in the first race and Saundra Myers winning the second race. Each race was a split-the-pot, with half the money donated going to the city recreation department and the other half going to the winner.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

Soup’s on again at Senior Center

Ellsworth hires cook after temporary suspension of meals

By Jennifer McDaniel

The Ellsworth Senior Center plans to start serving meals again Monday, Aug. 27, after the loss of a cook caused a temporary stop to the hot, homestyle meals the center provides to the community’s elderly residents.

Butch Brown accepted the cook’s job Tuesday following interviews with several candidates for the job.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

END OF AN ERA

Kaspers stage their final pageant

By Jennifer McDaniel

It’s Wednesday — just days before the Wilson After-Harvest Czech Festival — and Lynn Kasper and her husband, John, are working furiously, carefully smoking 200 pounds of meat as part of a barbecue planned on Friday evening.

It’s been a busy summer for Lynn, who, just the day before, finished her ninth year as director of the area’s summer lunch program. And in two days, the couple will oversee their final Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

Rains don’t wash away a dry 2018

By Jennifer McDaniel

Despite several recent drenching rains, Ellsworth County and much of central and eastern portions of Kansas continue to play catchup from a drought that has plagued the regions for months.

“Even if we would get normal rainfall, it will still take time to make up the deficit,” Mary Knapp, state climatologist, said.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

Grosscup plans to continue the tradition

By Alan Rusch

WILSON — Cathy (Dowling) Grosscup of Kansas City, Mo., has been named the new director of the Miss Kansas Czech- Slovak Queen Pageant. She succeeds Lynn Kasper of Wilson, who has been coordinator of the Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant for the past 30 years. Kasper and her husband, John, who is 100 percent Czech and was the pageant’s emcee, have announced their retirement.

Grosscup, who was the 2004 Miss Kansas Czech- Slovak Queen and first runner up for the 2005 Miss Czech-Slovak US, said she feels very honored to succeed Kasper.

 

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Wed
15
Aug

Solomon Avengers

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

In early August, 1868, a band of 200 Cheyenne, Sioux, and Arapaho warriors left western Kansas to raid Pawnee villages north of the Kansas line.

They passed Fort Hays as they rode east. At the extreme frontier settlements along the Saline River in Lincoln County the warriors intended to turn north toward the Pawnee villages. However, a few rogue warriors carried out raids against the settlers.

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Wed
15
Aug

The Old Red Barn

John Schlageck
Insight

When I was a youngster, one of my favorite places to play was my Uncle Joe and Aunt Anna’s red barn. My Uncle Bernie’s farm sported a barn as well. Both were must stops when we visited our cousins.

The cluttered sanctuary of these wooden structures served up a smorgasbord of playing opportunities. Both barns offered a relaxing place, especially if it was raining or snowing outside and the weather was too bad to work.

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