Category: County Wide News

Commissioners OK zoning change for bait shop

After approving a change in zoning for a new fish bait shop to be located at 1626 230th near Marion Reservoir, Marion County Commission members said they wanted to do what they could to help the new enterprise. Commissioner Randy Dallke said signage along roads advertising the bait shop location could be critical to drawing traffic from among reservoir fishermen […]

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Bidder’s honesty earns commissioners’ respect

One man’s honesty had Marion County’s commissioners, during their Monday meeting, saying they would feel highly comfortable dealing with him in the future. Jeff Berger of Van Keppel Co., headquartered in Kansas City, first had to acknowledge to the commissioners he had overlooked assigning written trade-in values for the county’s two 1989 road graders in making a sealed competitive bid […]

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Chingawassa adds two more acts to concert card

Chingawassa Days organizers have lined up two more acts for its concert card June 6 and 7. Revelation: A Tribute to Journey band is scheduled to appear on Friday night’s main stage and Lexi Larsen will be the opening act for Saturday’s main stage prior to the featured concert by Love and Theft. Revelation is comprised of five musicians. Accord­ing […]

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Influenza outbreak hits Tabor College campus

An influenza outbreak among students and faculty at Tabor College seems to have vanished almost as quickly as it appeared. Katrina Hancock, director of communications at Tabor, said between 30 and 50 people have been sick since Tuesday night. “The worst of it was Tuesday night and into Friday, but by last weekend, we had only a few people sick,” […]

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Goessel confirms plan for document shredding day

The Goessel City Council solidified plans during its March 17 meeting to bring a shredding service to Goessel for several days. City Clerk Anita Goert­zen said residents can toss materials for shredding in locked containers that will be available in the city building from April 21 to April 24. Some residents had asked about having a shredding service available again, […]

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Richards ‘under fire’ from oil drillers, state about regs

Marion County Environ­mental Health Director Tonya Richards said Monday she doesn’t think she’s ever “come under fire” as badly as she did last week when she informed oil drillers they need to comply with federal guidelines. Richards told county commissioners she informed oil drillers that are expanding in flood plain areas by letter that they have to follow Federal Emergency […]

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Marion may name city clerk

For more than two months, the city of Marion has operated without a city clerk. But when the council meets Monday, an appointment could be made. According to City Administrator Roger Holter, 22 candidates applied for the position, but only one applicant was offered the job last week. The field of candidates was narrowed by related experience, skills and expertise, […]

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County to upgrade Sunflower at 140th to allow public access

Road and Bridge Direc­tor Randy Crawford said Mon­day at the Marion County Commission meeting that he needs to upgrade a section of road at 140th and Sunflower to allow the public to access the road that was altered for construction of Union Pacific Railroad siding. The commissioners agreed to put down three miles of cold mix road surfacing at a […]

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Selling recylables proving to be financially helpful for county

The process of separating recyclable materials from other solid waste—to market what can be sold and dispose of the rest—seems to be saving money for Marion County. Rollin Schmidt, transfer station and recycling director, said Monday at the Marion County Commis­sion meeting that 71.7 tons of recyclables have been disposed of since beginning the effort in late 2013; 45.38 tons […]

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Electric rates in Marion likely to increase April 1

Residents and business owners in Marion will probably pay higher utility bills starting April 1 based on unforeseen electrical expenses reported at the March 3 meeting of the Marion City Council. City Administrator Roger Holter proposed four methods of approaching the shortfall, but each of the options required an increase in the base rate from $6 to $8 for residents, […]

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