Articles By: Jerry Engler

Project provides alternate water source

Project provides alternate water source

Robert and JoAnn Good turned a difficult situation into an opportunity that will positively impact the grassland for years to come. They developed an existing well to pump water into storage tanks, which enabled a dependable water supply to be delivered to a tire tank Rangeland Award winners Robert and JoAnn Good, who live south of Marion, knew along with […]

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Partners protecting the soil

Partners protecting the soil

Klein Farms & Holding, working with manager David Oborny in northern Marion County, put in 32.4 acres of grass waterways, 70,787 feet of gradient terraces and 880 feet of diversion terraces. Klein Farms & Hold?ings, LLC, is a 2015 Banker Award winner for soil conservation in the Marion County Conser?vation District on land farmed by David Oborny in the northern […]

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Father, son work as team for conservation

Father, son work as team for conservation

Steve Bartel has 2.8 acres of grass waterways, 24,551 feet of gradient terraces besides using no-till techniques to leave residue that promotes soil health on his own farm. Steve Bartel says his son, Seth, 22, should receive his share of the share for protecting and improving the soil on the family farm. Because of their work, Steve has been named […]

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Are humans getting better?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems that as I enter my 70th year of life, the more I contemplate that statement. It compels a person in the final decades of life to ponder such questions as, ?Who is God that he is aware of us?? and, ?Who are we that we are aware of […]

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Commissioners meet Friday for monthly payday session

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met Friday for a $1,058, 708 payday session with $426,611 of that amount allotted for wages. County Clerk Tina Spencer reported regular sales tax received at $59,868 and special jail bond sales tax at $52,244 for merchant sales in November received by the county from the state the end of January. The commissioners approved […]

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County roads critical, but funding is lacking

A look at Road and Bridge Department needs Monday by the Marion County Commission revealed that many are critical to the well-being of a rural county but difficult to finance. For instance shop foreman Tom Holub said so many early ice storms have depleted the county?s store of road salt that was supposed to be good for an average winter. […]

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Family welcomes end of chicken-judging ban

The Craig girls from Florence most likely will get a renewed chance this year to dominate the 4-H chicken classes judging at the Marion County Fair, and probably move on with the resulting state eligibility to show at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Besides having high quality purebred bantams and large breed chickens, the Craigs usually provide nearly all […]

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Commissioners praise cooperation of fire fighters

We seem to have the best of the best. Volunteers, such as the fire fighters who battled the Cooperative Grain & Supply elevator fire in Marion last week and emergency medical technicians who drop everything else to make ambulance runs every day, were recognized as the best examples of humanity Monday by the Marion County commissioners. With starting reference to […]

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County and interim EMS chief reach terms

Emergency Medical Services Interim Director Ed Debesis and agreed to the temporary terms he will work under with the Marion County Commission Thurs?day, Dec. 31, in payday meeting. Debesis also serves with EMS at Hoisington. The commissioners hope that while working part-time here he can help improve the department until a full-time director is hired. After executive session with Debesis, […]

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Marion County hires interim EMS director

Marion County Board of Commissioners Monday named Ed Debesis interim Emergency Medical Services director for at least two days a week, or more if needed, until a permanent EMS director is hired. Debesis, EMS director for Hoisington, lives in Beloit. Commission Chair Dan Holub said Debesis was one of two finalists. Holub said commissioners expect to select a full-time permanent […]

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