• Kraus wins USD 408 race

    Newcomer Nick Kraus and incumbent Duane Kirkpatrick won contested races for Marion-Florence school board in Tuesday’s election, in which just 14 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Kraus easily defeated Alex Haines, 192-88, for Position 2. Kirkpatrick, who trailed challenger Lori Kelsey in advanced voting, won the Position 3 contest 146-139.

  • Carlsons' Grocery installs new produce, deli cases

    Grocery shoppers who have visited Carlsons’ Grocery in the last couple weeks no doubt have noticed the new display cases in the produce and deli sections of the store. Storeowner and produce section manger Mitch Carlson said the new produce display case would dramatically increase the quality and shelf-life of fruits and vegetables sold at the store.

  • Commissioners discuss ambulance

    After hearing that Hillsboro Ford has no responsibility to pitch in for the repair of an out-of-warranty ambulance with just 27,400 miles on it, the county enlisted its attorney, Susan Robson, to ask for help anyway. Florence EMS is still using Marion’s reserve ambulance to carry out services while its own vehicle awaits repair.

  • Stained glass windows undergo restoration in Pilsen

    The colorfully elaborate stained glass windows that illuminate the chapel at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen are currently receiving some tender loving care. Approaching 100 years in age, the stained glass windows are the original windows installed when the church was built.

  • Board rules finance for wind farm doesn't belong in regulations

    If Marion County wants proof someone will buy electricity from the Doyle Creek wind farm project, Planning and Zoning Commission members said Thursday it’s someone else’s job to require it. The commission voted to strike a clause from zoning regulations that required evidence of a power purchase agreement (PPA) before issuing building permits, asserting finance issues fall outside the commission’s responsibilities for regulating land use.

  • Centre superintendent search is on

    Kansas Association of School Boards representative Gary Sechrist visited USD 397April 1. He was hired by the school board to lead a search for a new superintendent. He solicited and compiled input from students, staff, and patrons on the qualities they are looking for in a new leader. The results were presented to the board of education in a special session that evening. The most important superintendent qualities presented included a “student-first” attitude when making decisions, an effective communicator, a disciplinarian with students and staff alike, and a person who is open to new ideas. The candidate also needs to understand rural Kansas and be a problem solver.

  • Holub to host town meeting Saturday

    Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub will discuss issues of concern to constituents 7 p.m. Saturday in a town hall meeting at Marion County Lake Hall. “Anybody is invited, not just my district,” Holub said. “I go department by department and answer questions about anything they’ve got.”




  • Dirty work satisfies farmer's inner child

    When Ronnie Carlson was growing up, everybody who knew him said he liked to play with dirt. Back then, his favorite toy was a shovel. The “toys” got bigger as he got older, and for the past 40 some years, the 66-year-old farmer and cattleman has been using tractor-mounted blades and scrapers to do all kinds of dirt work as a sideline.

  • Suderman breeds lambs for youth competitions

    Jerry Suderman turned his machine shed into a sale barn Saturday as dozens of 4-H and FFA families flocked to his farm near 140th and Kanza Rds. to buy lambs for youth to show in livestock competitions. Children and parents from throughout the region could be overheard whispering numbers of animals they liked and discussing the good and bad points of each animal.

  • Feral cats delivered to farmers in need of mousers

    Animal control officer Duane Davis has a soft spot in his heart for the bedraggled feral cats that roam the streets of Peabody. Instead of sending them to be exterminated after he traps them, he has found a way to put their killer instincts to good use.

  • Solar pumps becoming popular among cattlemen

    Ed Vinduska has two solar-powered water systems on 480 acres of grass nine miles northeast of Marion. One runs a well that used to be operated by a windmill, which needed a lot of maintenance and wasn’t useful when the wind didn’t blow, he said. It is close to a pond, which can get low with murky water in the summertime. Vinduska’s cows prefer the well water.


  • Divorced from reality

    The latest “triumph” being trumpeted by Republican legislators in Topeka is a welfare reform law that, among other things, will prevent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance from being spent on, of all things, cruise ship vacations. Good thing they put a stop to that — I’ve been so worried that the three-person families in Marion County who receive the maximum $386 monthly benefit have been stockpiling their cash to spend on cruises to the Bahamas by living out of their cars for three months to afford the airfare to Miami and cheap cruise tickets.

  • Dear Kansas, reach for the skies

    Respect the gun, you say? That’s dumb. I don’t have to respect the gun. All your gun means is that you can imagine a scenario in which you need to shoot someone. Whoa! Get away from me! That’s a dangerous mentality, and if you’ve ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy, you know you’re taking the first step toward tragedy. I hate guns. Have you ever done something you hated out of spite toward yourself, like carry a gun even though, were it up to you, you’d probably just ban them nationwide? Me neither — yet.


    Some People Count Sheep


  • Fike family gathers for Easter

    The Fike family celebrated Easter and Paula Fike’s birthday with a noon meal Sunday at the Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall in Ramona followed by an Easter egg hunt at the Warren Fike farm. Those attending were Warren and Paula Fike, and Duane and Ruthita Fike of Golden, Colorado; Toby and Allison Fike and Ramona of Arvada, Colorado; David and Rindy Risley of Washington, District of Columbia; Warren and Jeanne Leinen of Valley Center; Troy and Deanna Leinen of Wichita; Todd and Sarah Leinen, Peyton, Kelsey, and Danielle of Valley Center; Dan and Linda Peterson of Burdick; Tom and Susie Omli, Sesely and Sydney of Brookville; Jeff and Jaime Peterson, Daniel, Isaac, and Clara of Eudora; and Steve and Sandra Deines and Garrett Linahan of Pierce City, Missouri.

  • Card shower ongoing for 85th birthday

    Margaret “Margie” Stroda celebrated her 85th birthday April 2. Her family is celebrating her birthday with a card shower, which is ongoing. Her parents were George and Amelia Vinduska from Pilsen.


    Paige Heerey

    The 1st flowers of spring

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • MHS students get experience in career fields

    High school students face enormous pressure during their last two years. Between college readiness exams and the strain of classes, they have to somehow also figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. It can be helpful, then, to get a little experience before making that decision. And that’s just what upperclassmen in Marion’s career and community connections program are doing.

  • FFA takes 2nd in insect event

    The Marion-Florence FFA A-team placed second at the South Central District entomology career development event April 1 at Buhler High School. Kaylie Waner finished in fifth place overall, with Antone Vinduska in sixth and Tyler Palic in 10th.

  • Marion 8th grade wins HOA scholar bowl title

    An astute band of Marion Middle School students recently posted a perfect 4-0 record at a Scholars Bowl meet in Canton-Galva and captured first place. “We’re having a lot of fun,” coach Doug Vogel said. “We’ve received a lot of compliments from other coaches, especially about the speed and accuracy of our math ability.”

  • CHS to present 'Grease'

    At least 33 students will be involved in the school version of the musical “Grease” this weekend at Centre High School. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations will be welcome.

  • MHS forensics team is league champs

    A troupe of 15 Marion High School students summoned theatrical skills to score 167 team points and claim first place of nine teams Monday at the Heart of America League forensics meet in El Saline. Last year, the team took second place. Coach Janet Killough said even with one student out due to sickness, she was expecting her team to do well, but was happily surprised with a first place finish.

  • Tampa Triple T's

    Tampa Triple T’s Eleven members answered roll call by listing their spring break plans as the Tampa Triple T’s 4-H club met March 8.


  • MHS softball scores pair of impressive wins

    It was a long, rollercoaster night for Marion softball. What counts, however, is that it ended in two victories. The Warriors fell behind to Sedgwick in their first league game of the season, but came back to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the final inning. They scored the winning run to take the first game 6-5.

  • Marion baseball shellacked in league opener

    After a promising pair of victories over Chase County, Marion baseball came back to earth Tuesday, suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Sedgwick. “We didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit well, we didn’t defend well, we didn’t coach well,” head coach Roger Schroeder said. “It was disappointing.”

  • Junior wrestlers place in state meet

    Coming off solid freshman campaigns for the Marion High School wrestling squad, Jarret McLinden and Tyler Palic took fifth place in the 14-and-under division at the Kansas Kids State tournament March 27-28 in Topeka. McLinden wrestles at 265 pounds, and Palic wrestles at 205. It was the third time since 2009 that McLinden placed, and the second time Palic placed in that time, coach Chuck McLinden said.

  • MHS golfers take 7th

    Marion High School and Peabody-Burns golfers took seventh of 10 teams with a team score of 426 strokes Tuesday at Herington. “With such a young team, I am not the least bit unhappy with the way we finished,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “Many of the guys have never played varsity golf before.”

  • Track resurfacing causes home meets to be held out of town

    This year, two Marion High School home track meets will be held out of town due to delays in track resurfacing at Warrior Stadium. Grant Thierolf, Marion’s head track coach and athletic director said the “re-rubberization” process had been put off several times and he had received no indication of the date that it would be finished.


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