• With father ill, farm becomes teen's responsibility

    Dusten Plenert, 16, loves to play football. A Hillsboro High School sophomore, he hopes to get varsity playing time this fall at running back. Basketball is a different story. Reflecting on last year’s long season, Dusten isn’t certain he’ll play this winter.

  • Principal looking for volunteers

    Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder is looking to expand the school’s walking school bus program by recruiting more parent volunteers. Currently the bus forms a route in the mornings from Trinity Mennonite Church to the school. He hopes with more volunteers another route can be added in the morning and after school.

  • USD 410 adopts ACT Aspire testing program

    The USD 410 board unanimously approved Monday night a new standardized testing program for grades three through 10, ACT Aspire, and switched its state assessment from the MAP test to the ACT test. “We are looking at utilizing the ACT in a broader sense than we have up until this year,” superintendent Steve Noble said. “The most important thing that tipped the scale in favor of the ACT is that it’s what we’re using already in our schools.”

  • Downtown business closing

    For nearly three decades the building at the corner of First and Main Sts. has housed Quick Flick and Radio Shack. However, due to declining business its doors will soon close. Manager Cora Friesen said the store will be open through August, but is uncertain how long after.

  • EMS volunteer numbers dwindle

    Interim EMS director JoAnn Knak has a difficult situation on her hands. In what she called an aging community, she has an aging volunteer emergency medical staff. Between the Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, and Tampa EMS services, Knak said, there are 14 volunteers, with one leaving soon from the Hillsboro department.

  • After 6 months, Ewert is cough-free

    It happened at a rest stop in Vail, Colorado. “Who’s that coughing?” the scraggly drunkard asked.

  • Cows go mad for music; farmer's video goes viral

    Rural Peabody farmer Derek Klingenberg has done it again. A video of him playing “Royals” by Lorde on the trombone to his cows has gone viral, amassing more than 5 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube Friday. The video, one of the simpler ones Klingenberg has created, features him sitting in an empty pasture with a trombone. After a few minutes of playing, cows begin running toward Klingenberg form a semicircle around him.

  • Commissioners debate FACT funding reallocation

    County health department director Diedre Serene excluded Families and Communities Together Inc. from the proposed 2015 budget, sparking discussion among commissioners Monday about how to continue support for the nonprofit social service agency. Serene removed an annual allocation of $6,000 FACT has received since 2002. She said she supports what FACT does, but chose to free the funds for use in other ways.

  • Reservoir algae free once again

    Since May, Marion Reservoir has been plagued by blue-green algae. This week Kansas Department of Health and Environment gave the all clear to resume water activity at the reservoir, allowing the beaches to be open. Last week KDHE downgraded the reservoir’s warning to an advisory, but this week, while other lakes around the state were added to the list, the reservoir was completely removed. Why?


  • Donald Klein

    Marion native and Durham High School graduate Donald D. Klein, 82, a longtime Lyons and Nickerson resident who was a milkman for Tip Top Dairy and a butcher for Berridge’s IGA in Nickerson, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. Services were to be at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 13, 2014, at Lyons United Methodist Church, Lyons, with Susan Smith and the Rev. Brenda Davids officiating. Burial was to be at 2:30 p.m. today in Durham Park Cemetery, Durham.

  • Donald Buethe

    Donald L. Buethe, 89, formerly of Lincolnville, passed away Aug. 7, 2014, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. He was born Jan. 16, 1925, near Antelope. He was the son of Herman and Amelia (Frobenius) Buethe. He was a graduate of Lincolnville High School.

  • Paulette Zook

    Paulette Grace Loewen Zook, 64, passed away, with her family at her side, Aug. 9, 2014, at Asbury Park, Newton. She was born Dec. 21, 1949, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Loewen. In 1962, her family moved to Florence. She graduated from Florence High School in 1967. She was a 1968 Wichita Business College graduate. She then worked for Beltone in Wichita.



  • Corn still has potential, but price is down

    Corn yield is likely to be down but not as much as initially feared after dry weather in July, corn dealer and farmer Terry Vinduska of Marion said Monday. “In June, it looked marvelous; it looked like a bumper crop,” he said. “It’s been hurt a lot, but there still is corn out there.”

  • How to estimate corn yields

    Growers can get an estimate of their corn yield by sampling small sections of a field. For corn planted in 30-inch rows, select a 17.5-foot length of one row. Husk five random ears and count the total kernels. Divide by 5 to determine the average number of kernels per ear.

  • Elevator adds space in Hillsboro

    Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro is expanding. Those driving by have been witnessing a concrete pillar steadily growing taller since early July. Now crews from McPherson Concrete Products are nearly finished with the 160-foot high walls. Cooperative Grain supervisor Dick Tippin said the new silo should be complete in late August and ready for use by mid-September.

  • Burning all year? It depends on the goal

    A 20-year study by Kansas State University found burning Flint Hills pasture at different times of year have few negative consequences to plant growth. Range owners in Marion County typically burn in April. Burning in April allows plants to begin growing and therefore effectively kills the plants. Walt Fick, rangeland management specialist with Kansas State University Extension, said this valuable burning benefit would disappear if range owners burned too early.

  • Pigweed taking hold

    Palmer amaranth, otherwise known as “Palmer pigweed,” has become a problem to many farmers in central and western Kansas. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive and invasive weed that used to be controlled by a popular herbicide called glyphosate.

  • Cooped up in luxury

    When Stephanie Ax and Larry Lago got engaged, one of the things Lago said he would enjoy was space to raise chickens as he did when he was a child. “He loved taking care of them and having them around,” Ax said. “He said he thought they were relaxing.”


  • A heartbeat away from needless tragedy

    Listening to ambulance calls in Marion County is one of the easiest ways to realize we’re just a heartbeat away from needless tragedy. No, we’re not talking about emergencies the county’s dedicated and capable ambulance workers handle. We’re talking about emergencies that, for reasons sometimes legitimate and sometimes not, they can’t.


  • Teen will meet Aug. 20

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. The meeting will be at the USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp, Marion.

  • CDDO to meet

    The public will be invited to ask questions and make comments when the board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization meets at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, in Newton.

  • Hillsboro blood drive set

    The Hillsboro Community Blood Drive will be Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church at 905 E. D St. in Hillsboro.

  • Donations support fire departments, 4-H

    The Board of Directors of Cooperative Grain and Supply of Hillsboro and Land O’Lakes Foundation have teamed to donate $5,444 to local volunteer fire departments and to the Marion Country 4-H Endowment Fund. Hillsboro, Marion, and Canton fire departments each received $1,600 for future needs. Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund received $644.


    Enns family hosts cookout

    Penner visits friends


  • 5 new teachers join Goessel school district

    Goessel added five new teachers to staff this year. Beth Ratzloff

  • USD 411 approves budget change

    Goessel Board of Education approved significant changes to USD 411’s local option budget (LOB) during a budget hearing Monday evening. “The LOB was raised to 30 percent to maximize the tax relief ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court,” Superintendent John Fast said.

  • Tabor athletes win in classroom

    Tabor College athletes excelled in the classroom as well on the playing field this past year. Three Tabor teams — football, women’s indoor track and field, and women’s cross-country — had the highest overall grade-point averages among teams competing in their sport in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.


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