Articles By: Jerry Engler

Early driving efforts were risky

The wonder of it all is that I never got hurt. Beginning to drive a car or truck when I was a teenager could be different than it is for young people today. I began driving our 1949 one-ton Ford truck hauling water when I was 15 or 16 years old in the early 1960s. The big rust and green […]

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County extends burn ban to Feb. 10

The Marion County Board of Commissioners Monday extended a county-wide burn ban due to dry weather and vegetation until Feb. 10. A burn ban was initiated last Friday in a teleconference of the commissioners with Emergency Manage?ment Director Randy Frank and County Clerk Tina Spencer because of dry conditions with high winds. The commissioners approved reducing the number of election […]

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Commissioners wish to assist small businesses

It?s not unusual to find Marion County businesses with four or five employees. It?s those businesses that County Commissioner Randy Dallke thinks the county needs to help. Dallke said at the Jan. 21 commission meeting that it?s those businesses already here and would like to grow, that the county doesn?t often offer help, instead of pursuinging state programs to attract […]

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State wants to deliver food directly to county

Food commodities from the state for senior citizens in Marion County may need to be unloaded by forklift from a 40-foot semi-truck at the road and bridge shops south of Marion until a new storage building is built southeast of the county courthouse. At their Dec. 23 meeting, Marion County commissioners told Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the county?s Department on […]

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Sales tax for month hits new high

The Marion County Board of Commis?sioners heard County Clerk Tina Spencer report at the Dec. 31 payday meeting that the monthly sales tax receipts in the county were the largest on record for the decade. Spencer reported regular sales tax received in Decem?ber from the state for sales in October to be $57,972.76, which made the total for 2013 $672,903.87 […]

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Cook begins duties as Marion County appraiser

Raymond Cook took a few minutes from his first day on the job Monday to be officially appointed as Marion County appraiser on a 3-0 vote by the Marion County Commission. Emergency Management Director Randy Frank, also a new appointee, had new Local Emergency Planning Committee bylaws developed with a newly appointed committee approved by commissioners. The commissioners also approved […]

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Word to the wise: save more

I wish I had the chance to do it all again?but to do it knowing what I know now. I?m speaking of my life, of course. I hope there are people at the beginning of adult life, say teenage through age 30, who are reading this. Of course my wit won?t be entirely lost on those 40 and older. I?ll […]

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Commissioners seeking help during search for appraiser

The Marion County Board of Com?missioners met Thursday, Oct. 31, in a $98,991.14 payday session. County Clerk Tina Spencer reported the county received $55,395.18 in regular sales tax and $48,689.17 in special jail sales tax from the state for collections in August, sent to the state in September, and disbursed to the counties in October. The commissioners asked Pam Palmer […]

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Dust from Kapaun traffic raising dust dangers

Buses carrying increasing numbers of visitors to the Father Emil Kapaun memorial at Pilsen are apparently deteriorating the gravel road from Marion to Pilsen faster, with blowing dust making visibility unsafe, according to commentators. Discussions at the Marion County Commis?sion meeting Monday centered on upgrading the Pilsen Road, known formally as Reming?ton Road. Warren Kreutziger, representing the Veterans of Foreign […]

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County to receive 7 recycle trailers

Seven new recycling trailers are arriving in Marion County. Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt said Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting that six trailers will be distributed to receive recyclable trash at Centre High School, Burns, Florence, Durham, Tampa and Goessel. A seventh trailer will be held in reserve as a replacement when needed, Schmidt said. There was some […]

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