Articles By: Todd Heitschmidt

Signs of spring bring plenty of work for city

The signs of spring are beginning to appear. I noticed some tulips peeking through the ground with some noticeable freeze damage to the tips. We have recently experienced a lightning storm which hit our city power grid. It wasn’t a major strike and our equipment worked properly to reduce the potential damage to major portions of the system. This happened […]

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Marion Library has done great work

I can’t say enough of how proud I am of Janet Marler, her staff, and the board of directors of the Marion City Library. I had the privilege to present this group on February 18, a mayoral proclamation and the official plaque from the Library Journal recognizing them as a five-star library for 2018. While they have received three and […]

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Capital improvements pushing forward in Marion

As we begin 2019 I am excited about several capital improvement projects that will be crossing the finish line. One of the projects has been in the planning process for over three decades. In the next few weeks, weather permitting, construction will begin on the downtown improvement project. New sidewalks, curbs and guttering, period lighting, and handicap building entrances will […]

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Elections matter and have consequences

Before the title scares you away from reading this article, I promise you this isn’t another politician asking or telling you how to vote and why. I recently heard a great quote from Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson. “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a Politician makes decisions based on the next election, the Statesman makes […]

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Old Settler’s shows what community is

The Marion Kiwanis Club hosted the 107th Annual Old Settlers’ Day a few weekends ago and reinforced what “Community” is really all about. The city is appreciative to all who attended the festivities and class reunions. Before the weekend events started, city crews were busy after normal business hours preparing the downtown with a fresh coat of paint on the […]

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It was a weekend of bests and worsts for Marion Mayor

In the past few days, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the best and the worst of our current situations in society. Like many, my thoughts and focus can be drawn quickly to the negative and the exceptions losing sight of all the positive and constant good that surrounds us. Then it absolutely dawned on me, that’s the one choice […]

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Big Infastructure projects coming down the pike for City of Marion

It feels like change is in the wind. The mornings have those wonderful cooler temperatures and we’ve been blessed with much needed rain in the area. Let’s start with the big things that are in the wind. This past week, we have begun the process of financial applications for loans and grants to begin one of the largest infrastructure projects […]

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Lots of individuals make up the Marion community

The last several weeks and the immediate future has me reflecting upon the value of individuals, integration, and integrity as it relates to being part of a successful and prospering community. Our community is made up of thousands of unique individuals with their special talents and gifts all looking to care for their families and themselves. Their life experiences, perspectives, […]

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Street scape project something to be excited about

I am excited about our upcoming street scape project slated for construction next spring. The construction company has started its planning by requesting the council to pick the brick color, or colors in this case, so the order can be placed and delivered when the work starts. It was quite the discussion for the council. Have you ever tried herding […]

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Marshall trip gets mayor’s gears going on rural communities

Last week we had the privilege of Congressman Roger Marshall visiting our community with a specific topic in mind: the challenges and rewards available to rural grocers in America. The Congressman’s staff sought out the Carlson family to gather insights on this topic to be best equipped to share their perspectives on the floor of the House. Greg, Mitch and […]

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