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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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Wed
06
Jun

Filing deadline draws interest

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As he nears the end of his 12th year in office, Al Oller is ready to step down. “I think that’s been long enough. I favor term limits. I intended to do two terms, but nobody filed four years ago.” Oller said.

This time around, Oller’s seat will be the only one on the ballot. Fellow commissioners Kermit Rush and Steve Dlabal won’t be eligible for re-election until 2020.

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Wed
06
Jun

Old hospital buyer considers new uses for local landmark

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Assisted living and veterans’ housing could eventually be offered within the walls of the old Ellsworth County hospital.

The new owner of the building, Terry Buchholz of Plattsmouth, Neb., does general construction under the name Unlimited Innovations. He purchased the local landmark in March, after first seeing it this past summer on his way home from New Mexico.

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Wed
06
Jun

2018 Marquette Alumni Banquet

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Even the unseasonably hot temperatures Saturday, May 26 could not dampen the spirits of the returning Wolverines who attended the Marquette High School Alumni Banquet held in the gym of the Marquette school.

Around 200 MHS grads and their guests brought potluck dishes to share with former classmates and visit with those who they may not have seen for years.

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Wed
30
May

Stop your engines

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

 

Edie Grogg isn’t especially a fan of “rat rods,” but she has to admit the custom cars built from old junk parts are among the more unusual entries at the Old Iron Classics Customs & Cycles Show. “They add some strange things to them,” said Grogg, whose preference leans more towards Ford Mustangs. She has three — a 1965, a 2006 and a 2009. There’s also the 1968 Mustang her husband, George, bought for her shortly after they were married.

He pulled the engine and sold it to a couple who became stranded in Ellsworth on their way west to attend a funeral. It awaits a replacement engine. With that exception, Edie Grogg will have her three show Mustangs, including her favorite — the red 1965 — on display June 2 at the Old Iron Classics on the grounds of the Ellsworth Recreation Center.

Wed
30
May

Wilson’s Class of 1968 had a year to remember

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

 

WILSON — When the 28 members of the Wilson High School Class of 1968 graduated in May, they inherited a nation in turmoil. While the Vietnam War raged overseas, riots, protests and killings took place here at home with Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. both falling to assassins’ bullets. Class member Dennis Hathaway said the news of the time seemed far removed from Wilson. “You just didn’t even think about it,” he said. “You went on with life.”

Hathaway was one of 17 class members attending the annual WHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish Hall in Wilson. Four from the class, Hathaway, Joyce (Klema) Kraus, Tom Vopat and Lucinda (Mahoney) Drago, remember attending Kansas State University in 1968 when Nichols Gymnasium on the Manhattan campus burned to the ground.

 

Wed
30
May

Poker run benefits ECF’s SLC

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

After 18 years of successful fundraising for the Spiritual Life Center, officials at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility are hoping to boost participation this year by moving up the “Run for the Soul” event. Normally held at the end of the month, the 19th annual motorcycle ride will be Saturday, June 2, to allow more farmers and their helpers to attend.

“The end of June is normally harvest time,” said Dale Bailey, ECF chaplain. “Many people are busy with harvest and can’t make it to the run.

 

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