Articles By: Patty Decker

Marion council discusses future power options

The Marion City Council discussed the possibilities associated with distributive generations for the future, typically linked with renewable-energy technologies to include solar energy and wind power. City Administrator Roger Holter said he’s had discussions with Clayton Garnicka, electrical supervisor, and Councilor and Acting Vice-Mayor John Wheeler about changes happening with cars on home-charging systems. “Even with a 90 amp charger, […]

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County opts to retain insurance provider

County opts to retain insurance provider

About 20 county employees sat in during Monday’s Marion Coun­­ty Commission meet­ing to hear how the commissioners would come up with a “fair and equitable” way to handle the single and family insurance plans. County Clerk Tina Spencer said there are 90 single employees using the insurance and 17 families using the family plan. “The difference between the options is […]

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County to agrees to hire another EMS person

After a 10-minute executive session for personnel matters, the Marion County Commission started asking EMS director Ed Debesis questions about his request for two more employees at Friday’s payday meeting. Commissioner Randy Dallke said the county is still building the service defending Debesis’ request for two more people. The vote was 2-1 in favor of adding one EMS employee this […]

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Marion council approves insurance renewal

The Marion City Council approved the proposed EMC Insurance renewal presented at its meeting March 26 with a 2.6 percent increase based on the inclusion of a new trash truck and police vehicle. City administrator Roger Holter said the new premium is about $5,000 more, but reflects the new vehicles in the proposal for a total premium estimate of about […]

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Stranger things at county

Recent Marion Coun­ty Board of Commissioners meetings have been bitterly divisive at times, paralyzed with respect to meeting amicably on issues, and stalemated at almost every turn. Two weeks ago when Commissioner Kent Becker was absent, it seemed that Commissioner Randy Dallke set out to prove a point that he could make Chairwoman Dianne Novak ineffective by not seconding any […]

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DEATH: Arlo D. Schmidt, 87

Arlo D. Schmidt, 87, a farmer, died March 27 at Bethesda Home, Goessel. A graveside service is at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, at Alexanderwohl Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m., at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 Kansas Highway 15, Goessel. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Be­thesda Home Chapel, Goes­sel. […]

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Commission behavior questionable at March 19 meeting

The March 19 Marion County Commission meeting was anything but smooth sailing for the county treasurer and commission chair; both took potshots from the only other commissioner present. It didn’t get any better when a man during the public forum said he wasn’t going to obey burn bans, and the county’s Emergency Medical Services director surprised the commissioners by tendering […]

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Centre partners win third annualYouth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Centre partners win third annual

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Economic development directors Anthony Roy of Hillsboro and Randy Collett of Marion congratulate the winners of the third annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, partners Cole Srajer and Max Svoboda from Centre High School. Eight high school business teams competed in the third annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 6 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor […]

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Rewarding the soil keepers

Rewarding the soil keepers

More than 100 ranchers, landowners and people interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, attended the 71st annual meeting of the Marion County Conserva­tion District Feb. 24 at East­moor United Methodist Church in Marion. In addition to the annual poster contest, a new contest was added. Jackie Hett presents the first-place award in conservation photography to Karsen Kroupa. This was […]

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County issues burn ban as of March 12

County issues burn ban as of March 12

Marion County Emergency Management Director Randy Frank makes his case for a burn ban at the March 12 county commission meeting. Seated behind him is Peabody Fire Chief Mark Penner. The Marion County Commission issued a burn ban effective Monday, March 12, after hearing from Marion County Emergency Management director Randy Frank and Peabody Fire Chief Mark Penner. The proclamation […]

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