Articles By: Patty Decker

Driving huge truck all part of this woman?s work

Driving huge truck all part of this woman?s work

Debbie Schroeder of Goessel has co-owned and operated Russ Chops, a family custom harvesting operation for more than 25 years. One of her prime duties is to drive the large hauling truck pictured next. Not many women can boast about driving a silage truck from sunup to sundown?and service the truck before calling it a day. But one Goessel woman […]

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Annual chili cookoff spices up life at county lake

Annual chili cookoff spices up life at county lake

Peggy Wilson receives a sample of Rick Myers? ?Hot Stuff? chili during the seventh annual chili cookoff at Marion County Lake and Park. Myers said the secret of his chili is the chopped peppers he adds to it. Wilson was looking eagerly for water soon after tasting the sample. Now in its seventh year, the chili cookoff was the brainchild […]

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Lincolnville welcomes 27th Octoberfest crowd

Lincolnville welcomes 27th Octoberfest crowd

Rhett Noeth of Ramona plays with different types of grain at the Lincolnville Octoberfest last weekend. Lincolnville?s 27th annual Octoberfest on Saturday, with more than 350 people attending throughout the day-long event, was considered a success by organizers. Mayor Barb Kaiser said it isn?t unusual for the city?s population of 203 to triple in size during Octoberfest. ?It?s important to […]

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More funds welcomed for Marion library expansion

More funds welcomed for Marion library expansion

The new addition to the Marion City Library as it appeared last week. Librarian Janet Marler says project organizers would welcome more contributions to see the 30-feet by 40-feet addition completed. The Marion City Library continues to be a destination for people whether they are reading, studying or holding a meeting, but in order to keep with the growing demands […]

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Food-related ?CSI? lab opens in downtown Marion

Food-related ?CSI? lab opens in downtown Marion

This building at 404 E, Main St., in Marion, former home to the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe, is the new home for CiboTech Lab, food analysis service launched by Dan Madgwick. Most people take for granted that the foods they buy are safe. But if a problem rises, an independent consulting laboratory specializing in food forensics is opening soon […]

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Beloved pastoral couple concludes 251?2 years at Ebenfeld

Beloved pastoral couple concludes 251?2 years at Ebenfeld

Gaylord Goertzen retired Sunday as full-time pastor at Ebenfeld Mennonite Breth?ren Church in Hillsboro. Prior to becoming Ebenfeld?s pastor 251?2 years ago, Gaylord said he first started preaching in 1975 at a small country church while still in seminary. At age 66, Gaylord said he and wife Peggy agreed it was time to retire because of health concerns related to […]

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Circles speaker promotes benefits of creative doodling for adults

Circles speaker promotes benefits of creative doodling for adults

Participants in the Sept 12. Circles community meeting in Marion doodle as they listen to speaker Windy York describe benefits of this relaxing pastime. It?s not uncommon to see people doodling during a meeting, but doodling was the focus of the Sept. 12 Circles of Marion County community meeting. Windy York of Wichita talked about creative doodling as a way […]

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Marion council OKs campaign for yard waste

Marion council OKs campaign for yard waste

Poster The Marion City Council approved a marketing campaign for yard waste disposal during its Sept. 30 meeting. The discussion started two weeks earlier when the council began considering ways to educate the public on controlling yard waste so that it didn?t end up in the city storm drain system. Roger Holter, interim city administrator, said he was following up […]

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Vet seeks home for wounded python

Vet seeks home for wounded python

Cade Moss Cade Moses, a veterinarian at Spur Ridge Vet Hospital in Marion, recently acquired a 4-month-old wounded ball python, who is now well enough for adoption. Moses said the snake was in need of care after it was slammed into a drawer and the owners couldn?t afford the care. ?I didn?t want to euthanize him for something I knew […]

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Marion turns out for annual Old Settlers Day

Marion turns out for annual Old Settlers Day

Members of the Class of 1958 share laughs while throwing candy to waiting youngsters along Marion Street. Hundreds of people attended the city of Marion?s annual Old Settlers? Day event, with this year?s theme, ?Kiwanis Club: 90 Years of Service.? Gene Winkler, Kiwanis Club treasurer, said the event is sponsored by their organization, but it wouldn?t be possible without donations […]

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