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Wed
21
Feb

Wind farm project moves forward

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Chances are 50-50 construction could begin in the next two years on a large wind farm in the Lorraine- Holyrood area of Ellsworth County.

“When we go in and start a project, we go in believing it will get done,” said Krista Mann of the Chicago-based Invenergy.

“But I don’t want anyone to think this is more certain than it is.”

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Wed
21
Feb

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Tales of relief efforts from Puerto Rico continue to unfold, as Kansans and others pitch in. In most cases, the stories show the power of large entities to respond to natural disasters. In other cases, they underscore the interconnectedness between mainland and offshore commerce.

Due to tax incentives enacted by Congress in the mid 1970s, many large industries, included pharmaceutical companies, expanded to the island. Two months after Hurricane Maria hit, the Ellsworth County Medical Center was among those facing an IV fluid shortage, as companies based in Puerto Rico develop the majority of those fluids. ECMC CEO Roger Masse said it was a common problem throughout the American medical system.

Wed
21
Feb

Reviews mixed for architect

Editor’s note —This is the second of a two-part series reviewing the work of Goldberg Group Architects.

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Four weeks after his first presentation to Ellsworth County commissioners, architect Larry Goldberg announced in a phone call to them that his initial sketches show renovation to the county jail could be feasible. The Feb. 15 call represented a change from Goldberg’s original statements.

“I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to use the structure, and the geometry of the existing building more positively than I anticipated,” he said.

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Wed
21
Feb

Colorado artist Mary Hockenbery visits Kratzer farm

By Judi Brown
The Marquette Tribune

Fine art photographer Mary Hockenbery, whose work is shown in galleries in the southwestern U.S. and around the world in museums and private homes, captures in her photos artifacts of human existence and elements of nature, translating them through her unique viewpoint into images at once striking, symbolic and beautiful.

“My photography and photo-illustration work are inspired by mythology, fairy tales, Catholic icons and my dreams,” says Mary.

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Wed
14
Feb

Research center nears completion

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

After relating the twisty path of matching grants, donation solicitation and local partnerships, Ellsworth County Historical Society President Cherie Sauers had an announcement about the organization’s new Archive and Research Center.

“The final touches are being done,” she said Sunday at the organization’s annual meeting at the Ellsworth Senior Center. “The baseboards will be put down next week, and then it will be complete.”

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Wed
14
Feb

BACK TO THE FUTURE

From left, Cyrus Grothusen, Karli Haase, Molly Ehrlich and Lance Muchow, of Sarah Kueser’s third grade class enjoy the “Life on the Farm” board game. Students at EES recently participated in Global School Play Day, a yearly event that sets aside academic studies for non-electronic activities.

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Wed
14
Feb

Capitol Talk

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The uncertainty of school funding, industrial hemp and access to industrial parts and software came up Saturday during a legislative forum sponsored by the Ellsworth County Farm Bureau.

State legislators Sen. Rick Wilborn, R-McPherson, and Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, laid out several items they’re studying and took questions from the five citizens who attended.

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Wed
14
Feb

Architect reviews jail options

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Less than one minute into his presentation to Ellsworth County commissioners, architect Larry Goldberg downplayed the chances that the county jail could be fixed, saying “the opportunity to renovate existing jails happen very seldom.”

Eleven minutes later, he told them about a community that could’ve been spared a disturbing chapter in its recent history — if only the new jail he designed had been started sooner.

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Thu
08
Feb

Legislative Forum scheduled for Saturday in Ellsworth

A Legislative Forum will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Kan Equip in Ellsworth. 35th District State Sen. Richard Wilborn, R-McPherson, is scheduled to attend as is 108th District State Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria. The public is invited to attend.

Wed
07
Feb

A Year Later

BY VINCE HANCOCK
Ellsworth County I-R

Exactly one year after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, students at Ellsworth Junior Senior High School reflected on the resulting changes to Washington and how they intersect with their own lives. Federal politics were a convenient place to start, but topics often ranged near and far.

At least one said the President has increased the information they try to process. “It almost seems like there’s even more news nowadays involving the president,” said Blake Ploutz, “because he likes to speak his mind and not think before he says stuff.” Or before he calls countries names, she added. When asked how she knows that he’s not thinking first, her eyes widened and she frowned. “I don’t know, he might be,” she said.”

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