Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

City of Goessel receives holiday lights from Dexter

The Goessel City Council heard from Karen Dalke, public works director, at its Dec. 15 meeting that the town of Dexter had given its Christmas decorations to Goessel?at no cost to Goessel. Dalke said Dexter purchased new decorations this year and gave their old ones away. The decorations had been used for six years. Dalke expressed appreciation to the town […]

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Goessel board updated on building progress

The Goessel school board was updated about the construction project by Chad Henson during its Dec. 8 regular meeting. Board chair Dan Miller said it is exciting to think students might be in some of the new classrooms by January. ?We?ve got a tremendous facility,? added member Maynard Knepp. He said the project was daunting in the beginning, but the […]

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Commissioner commends Goessel residents for recycling

Marion County commissioner Randy Dallke came to the Nov. 17 Goessel City Council meeting to discuss a street project, but he first commended the city for its recycling efforts. Because ?we have to pay El Dorado to put (trash) in the ground,? Dallke expressed pleasure that the community supports recycling so well. Dallke said the county would like to double […]

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Goessel school board honors Janzen for 46 years of service

The Goessel school board honored Lois Janzen during its Nov. 10 meeting. Janzen is retiring after 46 years of driving a school bus for the district. The board presented Janzen with a plaque, with Superintendent John Fast noting that Janzen has driven about 700,000 miles. Her first bus was No. 7, and her last bus was No. 7. Diana Schmidt, […]

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Goessel council addresses dog waste

The Goessel City Council discussed the issue of dog litter on city sidewalks during its Oct. 20 meeting. Councilor Larry Lindeman said he had received four complaints of dog litter on city sidewalks in the past two weeks. Some people had stepped in it. The council encourages gog owners to carry a bag and a scoop with them to clean […]

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Goessel board hears of higher than expected enrollment

The Goessel school board heard during its Oct. 13 meeting that school enrollment for 2014-15 was up eight students from last year with a total of 287. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, said the total is four students more than anticipated when the budget was planned. Teacher presentation The board invited new high school teacher Beth Ratzloff to […]

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Goessel council hears report of library participation

The Goessel City Council was informed at its Sept. 15 meeting that 211 children came to the summer reading program, which focused on science. In her report to the council, library board member Tina Boese said on one day, 173 children and adults came to the city building in a two- or three-hour span. Boese expressed appreciation to Bradbury Co. […]

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Goessel board hears of enrollment growth for 5th year

The Goessel school board heard at its Sept. 8 meeting that the district has a head count of 287 students for this school year, an increase of 31 students since 2009. Superintendent John Fast said Goessel has seen steady growth the past five years. ?I?m pleased to see this trend,? Fast said. ?It is everyone?s responsibility to promote our school […]

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Goessel council informed of Chisholm Trail plans

The Goessel City Coun?cil, at its Aug. 18 meeting, listened to Teresa Huffman, Marion County economic development director, explain plans for promoting the Chisholm Trail, which passes through Marion County. Kansas Highway 15 is the designated route. ?The Santa Fe Trail has done a wonderful job,? she said, and suggested that the Chisholm Trail could be promoted more, too. She […]

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Goessel budget reduces levy by 6.27 mills

The Goessel school board passed the 2014-15 budget during its Aug. 11 meeting that includes a reduction of more than 6 mills in the district levy. Superintendent John Fast said the tax rate for USD 411 patrons will drop from 59.89 to 53.62 mills. He said the drop is due partly to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that poor valuation […]

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