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Gym membership could be what doctor ordered

Gym membership could be what doctor ordered

Trevor Kruse gets a workout in on Friday at Diamond H. Fitness in Marion. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press With the weather getting warmer and swimsuit season quickly approaching, many are starting to think about getting in better shape and losing some extra pounds from the winter. A place in Marion can help get you started on your health […]

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Tips for a healthy car going into this Spring

With warmer weather finally here, many are doing some spring cleaning in their homes and yards. But don’t forget about your car. “Make sure you go through a car wash that sprays the underside of your car. Run it through a couple of times to get that road salt and grime off. Clean in the cracks of the doors too […]

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Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

ABOVE LEFT: Elle Guetterman, a first grader at Marion Elementary School, was the first place poster contest. As part of the ceremony, she, and the second and third place winners, hold up a conservation T-shirt during the 73rd annual meeting and dinner of the Marion County Conservation District on Feb. 23 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. ABOVE CENTER: Second place poster […]

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Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Greg Bowers, board chairman, left, presented Damien Svitak the Conservation District Service Award. “The fun part of being on the board is getting to know many of the men and women for conservation,” Bowers said. “We would like to present an award to one of our members who wasn’t able to serve any longer, and to let him know we […]

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Suderman, Penner the winners of the Kansas Bankers Association Award

Tyler Ottensmeier, left, presents operator Rodney Suderman and sister Karen Penner of Newton the Kansas Bankers Association Award in Soil Conservation. Patty Decker/Free Press Representing the Marion County Bankers Association, Tyler Ottensmeier, Citizens State Bank in Goessel, said he’s been honored to go on tour with Matt Meyerhoff, conservationist, Doug Svitak, conservation technician, and Ricky Roberts, K-State Research and Extension […]

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Preheims win annual Continuation Conservation Award

Preheims win annual Continuation Conservation Award

Peabody landowners Gladys and James Preheim, front, presenter Bruce Schroeder, left, and Wes Shaw and Randy Preheim, operators, accepted the Continuation Conservation Award.Patty Decker/Free Press The Continuation Conservation Award was presented to landowners James and Gladys Preheim of Peabody, and Randy Preheim and Wes Shaw, operators, during the Feb. 28 annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District. Bruce Schroeder, […]

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Sandbox gives users a feel for how land can be shaped

Sandbox gives users a feel for how land can be shaped

Myka Amos, foreground, Jeremiah Nienstedt, Gabriela Nienstedt and Logan Amos, all from the Marion area, enjoyed building lakes, hills, and other terrain on the Augmented Reality Sandbox on loan from Eureka during the 73rd annual Marion County Conservation District meeting and dinner. Patty Decker/Free Press Matt Meyerhoff, the NRCS supervisory district conservationist, said he encourages both children and adults to […]

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Another soil conservation meeting in the books

Another soil conservation meeting in the books

Matt Meyerhoff, NRCS supervisory district conservationist in Marion, Rice and McPherson counties, provided updates on what’s been happening with conservation practices. Meyerhoff said he was also impressed with the turnout at the 73rd annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District. Patty Decker/Free Press “The year 2018 was successful as far as practices actually applied to the land,” said Matt […]

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Martinez family donates defibrillator to Tabor

Martinez family donates defibrillator to Tabor

The Martinez family (Jason, Sandra and Nathan, from left) was on the Tabor College campus Saturday to donate an automated external defibrillator in honor of Nathan’s best friend, John Lee, who died due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a largely undetected disease that is the leading cause of death in student-athletes. Submitted Photo The tragic, unexpected death of his best friend almost […]

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Local groups work together to save horses

Local groups work together to save horses

Froggy is a nine-year-old Appaloosa gelding that was rescued from slaughter by Greenwood Stables and Equine Rescue. Courtesy Photo The mother and daughter team of Amy and Saje Bayes, both of Peabody, are in the life saving business. They work to stop horses from going to slaughter by rehabilitating and finding the horses homes. Their work started years ago. “We […]

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