Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel council prepped on bicyclist tour stop in town

The Goessel City Council discussed at its May 18 meeting plans for the Bike Across Kansas group that will come through Goessel June 10. The council expects 900 BAK participants to spend a night in Goessel. Public Works Director Karen Dalke said new crosswalk signs and park signs have been ordered. Two stop signs have already been replaced. Two yield […]

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Goessel school board hears of bike tour plan

The Goessel school board heard during its May 11 meeting about plans for the Bike Across Kansas group that will spend the night in Goessel June 10. Superintendent John Fast is on the 20-member BAK steering committee. ?This is a really big event,? Fast said. Nine hundred people are expected to participate, representing 36 states and two countries. Fast has […]

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Goessel preparing for state bicycle group

The Goessel City Council heard plans for the Bike Across Kansas group during its April 20 meeting. The riders will be in Goessel June 10 and will spend the afternoon and night in Goessel. They will be traveling from Sterling that day and will go on to Council Grove the next day. Denise Duerksen, who is on the BAK board, […]

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New storm shelter Goessel has already seen use

The Goessel school board learned at its April 13 meeting that the new storm shelter at the elementary school has already been open to the public three times for use during recent storms. Superintendent John Fast said he had communicated with Mayor Dave Schrag, Bethesda Home administrator Eric Schrag and firefighter Matt Voth. City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead put up signs […]

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Goessel council tours new storm shelter at school

The Goessel City Council toured the new storm shelter at the elementary school during its March 16 meeting. ?It?s really quite impressive,? Mayor Dave Schrag said. Schrag had already toured the shelter with school superintendent John Fast. Schrag pointed out the thick walls, as well as the metal shutters that will not allow debris to enter through the windows. The […]

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USD 411 to seek LOB increase

In response to a bleak and confusing funding future for schools, the Goessel school board agreed at its March 9 meeting to call for a public election to increase local taxes designated for the local option budget. Superintendent John Fast explained the options under consideration in the Kansas Legislature. Even though some legislators claim schools will not lose money, the […]

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Goessel council says ?no? to local election changes

The Goessel City Council went on record at its Feb. 17 meeting as being against a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to move city council elections to the fall. According to that proposal, nonpartisan city and school elections would become partisan and would be held in even numbered years in conjunction with state and federal elections. Council members said such […]

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Goessel faces $20,638 cut this spring

The Goessel school board heard during its Feb. 9 meeting about more cuts in K-12 education being proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature. The board heard that $20,638 likely will have to be chopped out of the current school year?s budget. That would be in addition to cuts that have already been made. Superintendent John Fast said […]

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Goessel classes moving into newly completed facilities

The Goessel school board heard Superinten?dent John Fast report during its Jan. 12 meeting that classes will begin to move into new facilities this month. Fast said the agricultural education, science and FACS (family and consumer science) departments planned to begin moving equipment into their classrooms Jan. 19. However, students have to wait to use the classrooms until the fire […]

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Goessel Fire Dept. reorganizes after chief retires

Goessel?s public works director, Karen Dalke, told the city council at its Jan. 19 meeting that the city had been recognized at the recent firefighters banquet for allowing her to be a volunteer firefighter. Dalke said that appreciation had been expressed for other firefighters as well. Councilor Jim Wiens was recognized for 30 years of service as a firefighter, and […]

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