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Wed
02
Aug

Fly in set for Saturday

Between 30 and 50 airplanes are expected Saturday at the Ellsworth Municipal Airport for the 26th annual Cow Town Fly-In.

“It is all dependent on the weather,” said Dale Weinhold, an event organizer. “If it is a nice day, we will see a big crowd. If not, we could have nothing.

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Wed
02
Aug

Czechin’ it Out

Photos by Alan Rusch

Emmalin Pasek, 5, Dorrance, the 2017 Kansas Mini Czech Princess, left, and Jaycie Falcon, 7, Wilson, runner-up in the 2017 Kansas Little Czech Princess Pageant are all smiles during the Czech Festival.

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Wed
02
Aug

Marshall thinks it’s time start all over with Medicaid

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

First District Congressman Roger Marshall, R-Great Bend, is no fan of Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that assists low-income families or individuals in paying for long-term medical and custodial care costs.

“Medicaid is so broken we need to blow it up and start over,” Marshall said Saturday.

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Wed
02
Aug

Moran wants to see all stakeholders at the table

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

Sen. Jerry Moran described the tightrope he walks with federal health care policy during a coffee and kolaches session Saturday morning at the Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival.

Moran, a Republican who has endorsed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, said legislation is needed that will control costs, provide access and yet still care for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Wed
02
Aug

Kids’ fishing derby fun for all despite heat

The Marquette Recreation Department and the Marquette Fire/EMS Departments hosted a kids fishing derby from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22, at Eisenhower Park Pond in Marquette. Even though the heat was excessive, there were 26 kids participating. A hotdog lunch was served at noon when the derby ended.

Winner for the 0-6 year-old category with the most fish caught was Lucas Alton with six fish. The biggest fish was caught by Rylee Larson. Her trophy fish was 11-inches long.

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Tue
01
Aug

Kanopolis primary results.

Kanopolis primary results are as follows:

First place Anthony Hopkins with 47 votes, second place Darrell Ploutz with 37 votes, third place Rory Tillett with 15 votes, and Nola Newcomer in fourth with 8 votes. The I-R wants to thank all the canidates and congradulations to the top two Anthony Hopkins and Darell Ploutz for making it to the general election that will be held November 7. There was a total of 118 voters out of 377 registered voters in the city if Kanopolis or 31% turn out. Two of the ballots are previsional and may or may not count towards the overall total.

Wed
26
Jul

A Wichita Binge

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The Wichita City Eagle of Thursday, July 27, 1876, noted that on the previous Monday two companies of soldiers passed through town on their way north. The passing of troops through Wichita was nothing unusual. With Indian Territory on the southern Kansas border movement of troops to and from posts was relatively commonplace.

This time troop movement brought more than the usual keen interest. Only two weeks earlier the City Eagle noted that “The death of General Custer will create a profound sensation throughout the whole country, and especially in Kansas where he saw several years (of ) service and formed many acquaintances.”

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Wed
26
Jul

Spread the good news

By John Schlageck

“When you tell a landlord the wheat made 80 bushels-per-acre and you’re going to double crop beans on his (recently) harvested land, they get a big smile on their face,” says Kris Bogart.

Now that’s good news. The kind a Kansas land owner welcomes but doesn’t hear too often.

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Wed
26
Jul

FALLING BIRD

I-R reader Desiree Jones–Newell snapped this photo of this past week’s fire at the Smoky Hills Wind Farm just as a blade fell off the turbine.

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Wed
26
Jul

Czech pageant plays an important role in lives of John and Lynn Kasper

By Alan Rusch

WILSON — Ask Lynn Kasper of Wilson — coordinator of the Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant for the past 29 years — what she will be thinking of Saturday afternoon as the current queen, Sara Vytlacil of Belleville, places the crown on the 2017 queen, and she will give you a brief, matter-of-fact answer.

“All of the work that’s starting for the next year,” Lynn said in a July 19 interview with the Independent- Reporter.

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