Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel board accepts two donations from patrons

The Goessel school board voted at its Jan. 13 meeting to accept two anonymous donations from patrons. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, said the music depart???ment had received a $500 donation, and the Selzer Scholarship fund had received $50. Fast said the donations were greatly appreciated. ?Funding is tight,? he said. ?I?m really humbled when a person comes […]

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Goessel council raises water rates for some customers

The Goessel City Council decided to raise water rates for some customers during its Dec. 16 meeting. Continuing the discussion from the previous meeting, council members acknowledged current revenue generated from water use does not cover the cost of delivering the water, considering that some lines and meters need to be replaced, and it will take 10 more years to […]

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Goessel board updated on relief project

The Goessel school board heard a report at its Dec. 9 meeting from John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, about donations that grade school students had collected for typhoon victims. Fast said a fourth-grade student had expressed concern for typhoon victims several times. Acting on the student?s concern, Fast contacted Maynard Knepp, who works for Mennonite Central Committee. Knepp […]

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Goessel council reviews utility rates

The Goessel City Council heard at its Nov. 18 meeting from auditor Steve Connelly that ?the city is managing the money in a positive way.? Instead of coming to the meeting in person, Connelly and the council connected via telephone. Prior to the meeting, he sent graphs and charts that helped to explain his findings. Connelly had prepared a chart […]

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Goessel board recognizes ministerial aid

The Goessel school board heard Superintendent John Fast report at the Nov. 11 meeting that the Goessel Ministerial Alliance, comprised of local pastors, ?literally buys hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies for our school children.? Tables had been loaded with school supplies before school began, Fast said. The ministerial alliance bought more supplies when those were gone. The board […]

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Goessel council updated on recycling

The Goessel City Council heard at its Oct. 21 meeting that the Marion County recycling program was nearly ready to begin operation. The council discussed details for making a smooth transition from Goering Enterprise to the county?s program. Members expressed appreciation for Goering Enterprise?s service and the county?s new program. Councilor Larry Schmidt said the current bin, owned by Goering […]

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Goessel to receive building bids by Oct. 24

The Goessel school board heard during its Oct. 14 meeting from John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, about a ?pre-bid? meeting the next day at the high school. Fast reported that Josh Walker from Loyd Builders of Ottawa had sent out 40 invitations to those who might be interested in bidding on the school?s construction/remodeling project. The meeting would […]

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Goessel clean-up day set for Oct. 5

The Goessel City Council discussed plans for the fall city-wide garage sale and the subsequent clean-up day during its Sept. 16 meeting. The garage sale was Saturday, Sept. 28, and the clean-up day is scheduled for the following Saturday, Oct. 5. A ?roll-off? Dump?ster will be available at the city building parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. […]

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Goessel urges donations for recycling

Members of the Goessel City Council said during the Aug. 19 meeting that public donations are still needed to support recycling. Councilor Jim Wiens said donations had not been adequate lately because of confusion with the county?s program. He emphasized that the switch to county recycling is still a few months away, so donations are still needed to support the […]

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Goessel enrollment could hit recent high, board hears

The Goessel school board heard during its Aug. 12 meeting that the projected enrollment for this fall is a ?head count? of 278, which is an all-time high since 2005 or 2006. Superintendent John Fast presented the report, adding that the senior class this year has only 15 students. On another matter, the board set the evening of Friday, Aug. […]

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