Marysville Advocate: 1999- 2007 Archived Content


For a number of years this was the website for the Marysville Advocate, a Kansas newspaper that was established in 1885. The Marysville Advocate continues to be among the state's best newspapers, annually awarded for its accomplished writing, photography, editorials and advertising.
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What's in the April 22, 1999, edition

Wagon master Allen Prell

The Echos of Times Past Wagon Train center St. Joseph Monday morning to travel the St. Joe Road of the California National Historic Trail through Kansas to the Kansas-Nebraska border. The wagon train is part of the Gold Rush 150th celebration. The wagon train will be in Marysville Tuesday, May 4.

Nancy Smith of Marysville was in Colorado the day of the school shooting last week at Columbine High School, and she encountered some of the families of victims.

The Marysville City Council is considering a 1 percent city sales tax.

An open house for retiring school superintendent William Oborny will be Sunday, May 2.

Bids for the MHS-MJHS improvement project were approved Monday night.


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APRIL / MAY 2003

Credit Union shows off renovation
    Photo:  Manager Janet Fritschi and renovated Sunflower Credit Union building.
Sunflower Union Pacific Federal Credit Union, 822 Broadway, was scheduled to show off its newly renovated building at a Marysville Chamber of Commerce mixer and open house Wednesday evening.

Sunflower UP Federal Credit Union has done an excellent job of bringing back to life a building that was once a gem of Victorian architecture in historic downtown Marysville. 

Working with Manhattan architects Bob Condia and Wendy Ornelas, the Credit Union board and manager Janet Fritschi oversaw extensive renovation that removed stucco from the lower facade and restored a corner entryway that was in the original building. Improvements included refacing the limestone in the facade and the first pillar on the east side.

All windows on the ground floor, including three tiny windows above the awning, were restored with tinted glass, bringing in lots of natural light.

In an previous effort to “modernize” the building, a contractor had virtually turned it into a windowless hulk, its historic brick stuccoed over.

Perhaps all stucco, including the second floor, will be removed in eight to 10 years, Fritschi says.

Inside, the building was gutted and original high metal ceiling and brick walls were restored, and the board room at the rear is well lit, attractive and comfortable.

Fritschi says she was blessed with “a very forward-thinking” board, headed by Francis “Butch” Schmitz, and good credit and supervisory committees.

Fritschi and John Howard, who heads the credit committee, both provide strong leadership on the Marysville Main Street board, which is guiding downtown redevelopment work under a structured five-year plan. Other restoration efforts downtown include, Garden of Eden, Dank’s Broadway Market, The Squirrels Nest, The Porch Swing, First Commerce Bank and the Main Street office. Now under way by craftsmen is careful restoration of the three-story old Masonic building, funded by Kansas Heritage Trust Funds and local funds, in the Koester Block. Soon to come will be repairs and more restoration work in this historic block, which meshes with the city’s recent approval of a $200,000 bond issue to fund improvements to buildings there.

Soon to open will be Barbara Hilpman’s fine new antique store in a restored two-story building downtown.

In its tasteful renovation, the Sunflower UP Federal Credit Union, so much a part of Marysville’s rich railroad history, is showing its faith in the community’s future and this town’s continued use as a UP crew-change place.

If you didn’t get by for the Chamber of Commerce mixer Wednesday afternoon, make it a point to see how best to rescue a historic building, improve it and make it a real pleasure to work in and visit.



Waterville Victorian Days are Saturday, Sunday

Waterville’s 13th annual Victorian Days will be Saturday and Sunday.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the Waterville Community Center.

Three homes will be on this year’s homes tour, the Samuel T. Powell home, 108 W. Commercial, now owned by Ward Alan Minge; the Tony and Ann Mann home, 112 E. Hazelwood; and the Holbrook home, 205 E. Front, now owned by Richard Olson.

The Powell house, which was built in 1895, is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places.

The elegant Victorian tea will be served from 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the historic Weaver Hotel.

Cowboy humorist Ernie Masden of Wilson will perform both days at 2 and 4 p.m. at Waterville’s Opera House. Masden, a Will Rogers look-alike, tells tales of colorful characters of the Old West. He throws in a few rope tricks and cowboy and folk songs.

A Magic Lantern Show will be presented by John Howard, curator of the Koester House Museum in Marysville. Howard will provide dramatic narration for several of the museum’s hand-painted glass slides, shown on the museum’s L.J. Marcy Lantern made in 1876.

In their heyday at the end of the 19th century, magic lanterns were a regular part of home and public entertainment. The lantern projects the slides on a full-size screen.

The show will be at 1 and 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church annex.

There will be displays throughout the weekend. These will include Civil War quilts and memorabilia, purses, trunks and challenge quilts. Jim Gray, Ellsworth, was scheduled to be at Victorian Days with his Drover’s Mercantile store, but he will be unable to attend.

There will be demonstrations and re-enactments, including a palm reader and a mountain man encampment.

A saloon, complete with can-can dancers and non-alcoholic beverages, will be open, and a gunfight will be staged there several times during the two-day event. The can-can dancers will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. The shoot-out will be about 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. both days.

Waterville and Blue Rapids schoolchildren will present “A Patchwork Performance of Pieces and Plainsong” at the Game Fork Schoolhouse in the park. The program will be under the direction of Jeannette Bergquist and LaVerna Arganbright. The program will be performed at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a frontier church service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Opera House. Arnold Lindquist, Waterville, will preach.

Both days the Waterville Lions will serve buffalo burger meals for $6 and a Waterville sorority will serve decorated box lunches for $5. The buffalo burgers will be served from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m.



Berean Church to dedicate building

The Berean Church building, 2221 North St., will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Pastor Joel Barber inside the Berean Church. (Photo by JoAnn Shum)

Berean Church to dedicate building

The Berean Church building, 2221 North St., will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The building committee includes Frank Shoemaker, chairman; Dr. Don Argo, Don Fincham, Gary Gordon and Pastor Joel Barber, all of Marysville; and Rick Boeschling, Waterville. Church elders are Don Fincham, Pastor Barber, Marysville; Doug Argo and Arlin Argo, both of Liberty, Neb. Deacons are Don Argo, Dan Argo, Brian Carroll and Shoemaker, all of Marysville, and Boeschling.

The church has 12,080 square feet. There are 8,750 square feet on the main floor and 3,330 square feet on the upper floor. The church includes a sanctuary, which is a multi-purpose room to seat up to 300 people, nine classrooms, three offices, and two nurseries for infants and toddlers. There is a canopy entrance on the east side of the church. The entrance opens into a large foyer with the rooms centered around the foyer.

The walls in the building are painted light gray, and the sanctuary has burgundy chairs. The main floor is carpeted. Oak woodwork in used throughout the building.

The church, which was designed by the building committee, is on five acres in the Argo addition in northeast Marysville. The earth work and foundation work began in November 2001. The first service in the church was held in November 2002 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The first service included special music and readings.

During the year of construction, members of the church met at the MJHS cafeteria. Their church on Broadway was sold to Betty Bell, Marysville, in September 2001. 

General contractor on the building project was A.G. Tollefson, LeCompton.

Special guests at the dedication will be former pastors, including Pastor Scott MacGray and his wife, Cindy, Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Pastor Wayne Trantham and his wife, Mary, Beatrice. Pastor MacGray was the first pastor of the church in 1976.  

Doug Shada, Kearney, Neb., president of Berean Fellowship, will be the guest speaker at the dedication ceremony and will give the dedication message. The building committee will be recognized.

The service will include congregation singing and comments by Pastor Barber.

The dedication is open to the community. Refreshments will be served after the service. In charge of refreshments are Juanita Fragel, EllaMae Argo and Deb Vacha.

There are 40 adult members of the church. Average attendance is 140 people, according to Pastor Barber.

Youth sponsors are Frank and Lynette Shoemaker, Brian and Shawna Carroll and Mike and Kathleen Fincham.

The first Berean Church in Marysville was organized in 1976 with four families.

Services at the church are at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and Bible study is at 11 a.m. Awana for youth ages 3 to grade six meets at 6 p.m. Sundays at Marysville Elementary School. The youth group, grades seven through 12, meets at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Sundays during the summer months. Prayer meetings are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. Prayer meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays throughout the year.



Families await word of loved ones

“We’re hoping that he’s safe,” Dennis McGuire, Marysville, whose son 1st Lt. Paul McGuire has been sent to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said Tuesday.

McGuire seemed to sum up the feelings of everyone with family or friends serving in the U.S. military during the war on Iraq, which began last week.

Some families spend sleepless nights. Some watch the news constantly; others don’t. One mother worries whether her son will come back the same man as she sent over.

The world situation hasn’t affected just those on active duty. Marysville businessman Brad Eichelberger was called up to support Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. He is at the Army’s Fort Sill, Okla. 

Paul McGuire

Dennis McGuire said he last heard from his son 10 days ago by e-mail. Paul is with the Army’s 82nd Airborne and has been deployed forward in Iraq with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Dennis said.

Paul, who was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., flew to Kuwait on Feb. 14. He is a 1996 graduate of MHS and a 2000 graduate of Kansas State University, where he was in ROTC. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the spring of 2000.

Dennis said watching the news all the time can be an overload. He and his wife, Kay, don’t expect to hear soon from Paul. It’s a case of no news is good news.

“We live by that,” Dennis said.

David Robeson

The second of Julie Robeson’s five sons is a lance corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps and is somewhere along the Kuwait border. His job is aviation ordinance, a high-risk assignment that includes loading and maintainance of ammunition, equipment, missiles and bombs.

For the first time in three weeks the Robesons, Summerfield, got word about their son David, 20. 

His girlfriend, Sarah Rine, Tecumseh, Neb., got an e-mail from him Tuesday,” Julie Robeson said.

“He said the sandstorm caused some trouble with the guns,” she said.

David center Dec. 31 for the Persian Gulf on the USS Saipan with the Second U.S. Marine Expeditionary Brigade. In May he will have served as a Marine for two years. He joined the corps after graduatiing from Lewiston Consolidated School in 2001. He was stationed in North Carolina.

“I’m not too good,” Julie said. “I’m a lot better after today, though. Sarah called and told us she heard from him.”

There have been a lot of sleepless nights at the Robeson home.

“I can’t sleep at night because I think I keep hearing a car door slam or a car pull up in the driveway,” Julie said. “That’s the way they notify you. There have been a few sleepless nights.”

David’s brothers, Jonathan, Jeff, Travis and Jared, are worried about him, she said. 

The Robesons have sent four packages and a lot of letters. Some have gotten there and some haven’t. 

Serving the country is part of the Robeson’s history. David’s great-uncle Dale “Tinker” Robeson, Summerfield, served in the Army during World War II. David’s grandfather Lawrence Robeson, Summerfield, was a Navy aviator during WWII. Uncle Larry Husa just returned after serving a year with the Navy Reserve in Japan.

“There’s a lot of military background in this family,” Julie said. 

David’s picture is posted on the wall of America’s Bravest on a Nebraska television station. She watches the news constantly to keep abreast of the events.

“The hardest thing is not knowing where he is, if he’s OK and if he’ll come back and if he’ll come back as the same man I sent over.”

Brad Eichelberger

Army SSG Brad Eichelberger, Marysville, was called up to active duty Feb. 24 to support Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Sill, Okla. for up to one year.

He is an instructor at the Regional Training Institute, based out of Salina. He will instruct inactive ready reserve soldiers who could be deployed. In his absence his son, Justin Eichelberger, is maintaining Rainbow International Carpet Care and Restoration Specialist and is training Phillip Thomas as a new technician.

With the help of Brad’s wife, Marjean,  and Chris Jenkins, an employee of Band Box Cleaners, the Eichelbergers can continue to offer the services that Rainbow International has offered since 1989.

Eichelberger’s e-mail address is

Kurt Wassenberg, Salina, formerly of Marysville, is the 235th regional readiness NCO.

Scott Smith

Charles Smith, Summerfield, has a son Scott and a son-in-law Ryan Powell somewhere in Kuwait. Both are in the U.S. Army.

Scott, 33, center for Kuwait a couple of months ago. About a week ago Powell center Fort Sill, Okla., for Kuwait.

“I heard from Scott last night (Monday) and he said not to worry about him,” Charles said. “He said he wished he could tell us more, but he can’t say much.”

Charles said he hasn’t heard from his son-in-law since Powell center last week.

Charles’ wife, Sharon, said Wednesday that Scott had been on special assignment to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and in January went by ship to Kuwait. He works in an office part of the time, so he e-mails his family often and called last week, Sharon said, and although he can’t say much about where he is or what’s going on “he tells us to watch CNN,” she said.

While he was talking on the phone, Scott told his family that if the phone goes dead it is because there is an alert. He said conditions are difficult. He sleeps in a tent with six guys, he said, and the sand storms have been so bad “you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.”

The men have to stand in line fo rhours to get a bar of soap, work long hours and don’t get much sleep, he said. Part of the time he is at a port and part of the time in the office, and he rotates a week of day duty and a week of night duty.

Scott has been in the Army for 13 years. He is a graduate of Axtell High School.

Ryan Powell

The Smith’s daughter, Jody, is home this week to attend a family wedding, and she said her husband, Sgt. E5 Ryan Powell, center Fort Sill March 20 for Kuwait. He called that  night from Germany and talked briefly, she said, and she hasn’t heard from him since. He is serving with Camp Victory, she said, and although she hasn’t heard from him she is able to keep track of his group through a family readiness group.

The Powells have been married for two years, and Ryan serves with the 218th Field Artillery, Second Battalion. Ryan is a native of Camp Point, Ill. He has been in the Army for five years. Jody and Ryan make their home in Lawton, Okla.

Nathan Obermeyer

Specialist Nathan Obermeyer, who has been stationed with the Army’s 101st Air Assault Division in Kuwait since late February, told his wife, Dana, by phone Saturday that he wouldn’t be talking to her for quite a while. He was scheduled to move into the conflict in Iraq Sunday or Monday, he said.

Obermeyer, son of Mark and Carol Obermeyer, Waterville, is a 1998 Valley Heights graduate. He graduated in May from Fort Hays State University with a degree in criminology and entered the Army in June.

He has been with the 101st Division military police serving at Fort Campbell, which is on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, and he and Dana make their home in Clarksville, Tenn. Nathan center Fort Campbell for Kuwait on Feb. 27.

His address is 101st Military Police Co. Unit 9616, APO AE 09325-6169.

Preston Rahn

Orval and Myra Stock, Marysville, called their grandson Preston Rahn before he center with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky., three or four weeks ago. The equipment had been loaded in preparation for deployment.

“We just called him to give him our prayers,” Myra said Tuesday.

She said Rahn works in electronic missile repair and is in Kuwait.

Rahn is the son of Judy Rahn, Memphis, and Phil Rahn, St. Louis. Judy is the Stocks’ daughter, and “we talk pretty regularly,” Myra said. Judy told her that since his deployment Preston was able to call his wife, Amy. She put the phone to their dog’s ear to let the dog hear Preston’s voice. The dog ran to the front door, apparently thinking Preston was there.

Brian Penney

Television and lots of news reports help to comfort a nervous mom. Cheryl Menninga’s son Brian Penney, 19, is with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne 187th infantry regiment, which has been sent to the Persian Gulf. 

Penney, a 2002 Axtell graduate, joined the Army in June, graduated from boot camp Oct. 11 and until Feb. 28 was stationed at Fort Campbell.

“I’m glad this is on the media so I can see what’s going on,” Cheryl Menniga, Summerfield, said. “It helps to know. There are bad days and there are good days.”

The last time Cheryl talked with Brian was the day before he went into “lockdown.” 

“I don’t know where he’s at,” she said. “He was sent over there two weeks before the war started. He’s probably been training a lot and he’s too busy to write.”

Penney’s training is air assault, which means he’s trained for suburban sighting. 

“I want the news all the time, just constantly,” Menninga said. “I’m praying for him. I hope he comes home safely. I’m trying to be positive.”

Josh Enoch

Josh Enoch, the son of David and Mary Enoch of Blue Rapids, is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf, Mary said Wednesday.

Josh is in the Navy and flags planes off the ship, she said.

Enoch is a 2000 graduate of Valley Heights High School.

The Enochs last heard from Josh March 3.

His address is ABHA Enoch, Josh D., USS Abraham Lincoln, Air/VI, FPO-ap 96612-2878.

“He would like to get a lot of mail from everyone,” Mary said.

David Schreiner Jr.

Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl. David W. Schreiner Jr, grandson of Dora Schreiner of Frankfort, was recently called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to Detachment 2, Ammunition Company, 4th Force Service Support Group, home-based in Topeka.

Schreiner’s unit deployed as part of a larger Marine force currently repositioning to Southwest Asia for possible future contingency operations in support of the global war on terrorism.

The 4th FSSG is a member of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, providing focused logistical support both at home base and to deployed units worldwide. They provide combat service support in six main functional areas: supply, maintenance, transportation, medical and dental care and engineer support.

Schreiner is a 2001 graduate of Frankfort High School, and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in October 2001.

Kenny Duever

Kenny J. Duever has joined the Army under the delayed-entry program.

The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job speciality before being assigned to their first permanent duty station.

The recruit qualifies for an $8,000 enlistment bonus.

Duever, a 2000 graduate of MHS, has reported to Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., for basic training.

He is the son of Dan and Linda Duever, Marysville.



Allemande left and a do-si-do’ is out after 35 years

By Oretha Ruetti
Renewed interest in square dancing in Marshall County after World War II may have had its start in Irving. In the mid-1950s square dance clubs were popping up all over northeast Kansas.

In 1953 Everett Spunaugle and his wife, Joan, of Irving wanted to learn to square dance.

The nearest town having square dancing was Barneston. So they drove to Barneston to learn square dancing, and Everett learned all the calls.

Other Irvingites wanted to square dance too, and before Everett could say “do-si-do” he had an “unorganized” square dance club dancing in Irving’s Knights of Pythias Hall.

Dorothy Ensley, Frankfort, and her husband, John, were living in Irving then, and she remembers the fun they had dancing with friends and neighbors: Loma and Karl Wagor, Emil and Ima Horalek, Orville Lee and Donna Carter, Victor and Mary Johnson, Francis and Jean Stryker and Cerry and Isla Williams.

“There were a lot more,” Dorothy said, “but I can’t remember the names right now. I think half the town was square dancing.”

Interest in square dancing continued and Everett organized clubs in Frankfort, Blue Rapids and Waterville. In Frankfort they danced in the American Legion Cabin, and in Blue Rapids they danced in the basement of the Opera House below the Regent Theater. In Waterville the Blue Valley Promenaders danced in the basement of the Waterville Opera House.

Everett became a popular caller and was hired to call for square dancers in Palmer, Washington, Manhattan, Centralia, Soldier, all Marshall County towns and Wymore, Barneston and Falls City.

First officers for the Crosstrailers of Marysville were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Krondak, president; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bergen, vice president; and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Iles, secretary-treasurer.

Everett was there when the club was organized in January 1966.

History of the Crosstrailers Club has been preserved in two large scrapbooks bulging with newspaper clippings and photographs.

Everett gave square dance lessons in the Lincoln School gym; lessons were also given in the Episcopal Cabin and in Simmons Auditorium. When a class graduated, the dancers were initiated into the Crosstrailers Club by dancing blindfolded or wearing big brown grocery bags over their heads or shoes.

The club had its dances in the basement of the Professional Building on the first and third Saturday nights of the month. The first dance tickets were $1 a couple, and later the tickets were $3.

“That was the only way we had to get money for hall rent and have something for our callers,” said Kent Obermeyer. “Sometimes the professional callers who came from a distance charged as much as $150.”

The first callers for the Crosstrailers were Everett, Don Burkholder, Jerry Graves and Bert Wilson. Their names appear in the early newspaper clippings.

Everett was once called to Ruidoso, N.M., to call a square dance.

Music for the dancing was usually on records, but occasionally there was a square dance band for special events like the Christmas Festival in the National Guard Armory with 200 dancers on the floor.

There were dances for all the special holidays. A picture in the scrapbook shows a man with a green beard at the St. Patrick’s dance who looks very much like Sam Schmitz.

Square dancing ladies wore flared skirts with tiers and flounces that were often emphasized with crinoline petticoats.

When Ray and Lorna Friedrichs found their big barn empty of hay, they knew it was time for a barn dance. It took a lot of hard work to sweep and clean out several years of accumulated dust and hay debris, but the barn was ready for a dance on May 1, 1978. Those who attended the dance received Barn Stompers’ badges.

Fun badges were earned by doing fun things while square dancing. There was a grasshopper badge for square dancing outdoors in grass. A lemon badge was for dancing while sucking a sour lemon, and the list goes on.

Clubs had traveling banners. If a visiting club managed to steal the host club’s banner the host club returned the visit to retrieve its banner.

There was a lot of visiting among the clubs. The Obermeyers, Kent and Lo Allan, recall going to square dancing clubs in Seneca, Sabetha, Westmoreland, Manhattan, Washington and Auburn and and in Nebraska, Beatrice, Odell, Wymore and Du Bois.

Kent says the hall in Du Bois was so small they were dancing back-to-back and some sets had to go up on the stage. Kent also remembers the Du Bois hall rest rooms were outdoors out back.

Everett took a busload of Crosstrailers down to Louisville to a “Night Owl” dance. They danced all night and ate a 3 a.m. breakfast before going home.

After three decades of dancing, the membership began to dwindle. Members moved away, members died and members developed health problems.

“There were no longer any members willing to take any office,” said Lo Allan. “We had taken the president’s office for two years, but there were not enough active members to go on, so it was disbanded.”

Thirty-five years after it was organized the Crosstrailers club had its last dance in the MHS gym on a Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2001. Lanny Weaklend was the last caller.

All that is left is pleasant memories of the other square dancers they met and the fun they had.

Today Everett, who probably lost count of the square dance clubs he helped organize, is the grand secretary of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Kansas with his office in the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall in Frankfort.



APRIL 2005

Lions Park work under way
By Kim Hanke

The city has a commitment in writing from one family to fully fund one of the five gazebos planned for Lions Park, City Administrator Rick Shain told City Council members Monday night. 
The Stresscrete Group in Atchison will donate a concrete pole and light for the park. Shain said lighting in the park may be expanded if groups, individuals or organizations contribute to the lighting effort. The Lions Park Development Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall to talk about lighting plans.

In other business, the council:
— Swore in Tim Ackerman, who is filling the Ward 2 council seat previously held by Kerry Smith. Councilman Charlie Schwindamann was absent.
— Approved the purchase of a MX450 Johnston street sweeper, from Sellers Tractor Co., Topeka, for $122,750 after a $15,900 trade in. Mueller said Johnston was offering the city the new sweeper at the old price for a limited time. The cost would increase $9,200 if not purchased soon. The cost to repair the current street sweeper would be $22,000, Mueller said.
— Heard a presentation from Cohorst Engineering and Surveying on the services they provide. Professional engineer Steve Cohorst introduced new engineer and Marysville native Tony Duever to the council. Duever graduated from the University of Kansas in December with a civil engineering degree. Other Cohorst Engineering employees are Robert Peschel, Clint Frederichs, Joe Peschel, Charlie Wieckert and Missy Riggert.
“Our company has been an overlooked asset to the city of Marysville and we would like to help the city in the future in whatever way we can,” Cohorst said.
Robert Peschel told the council that Cohorst Engineering wants to continue their relationship with the city.
“We’ve had a great relationship with the city the last few years,” Peschel said.
Peschel said advantages of using Cohorst Engineering include the majority of the money stays local, response time is well within what an outsider could do and with a smaller firm there is not as much overhead.
— Approved closing certain streets for the June 4 M&M; Car Show and donating swimming passes for car show exhibitors’ families. Marysville Main Street executive director Bob Carlson asked that Eight and Ninth streets from Center to Elm, and Tenth Street to the railroad tracks be closed June 4. He asked that Ninth Street be closed Friday evening from Broadway to the Advocate during the car cruise down Broadway. Carlson said people will be able to gather there to watch the car cruise and then stay to watch a movie after dark. There will also be a poker run and scavenger hunt Friday evening for anyone who wants to participate. There will be no dance or alcohol this year.
“We really want to make this a family event,” Carlson said.
— Heard from Shain that the city completed the selection process for construction engineering inspection for the North Street and North 11th Road projects. Schwab and Eaton of Manhattan was top ranked and invited to submit a proposal.
— Was told that the pre-construction conference was held for the airport project. Hall Brothers Construction Co. Inc. and subcontractors were present. The tentative notice to proceed date is Monday, April 18, Shain said. Sixty days has been set for construction.
— Heard from Shain that the Pony Express marker dedication ceremony is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 4. 
— Gave public works director Jim Mueller the go-ahead to get an estimate for the cost of touch up work that will need to be done to the city pool for summer use.
— Voted 6-1 to allow Mueller to purchase full-sized work trucks not to exceed $10,000. The money was originally budgeted for dump trucks, but Mueller said the city’s current dump trucks are in good condition and the need is for work trucks. The council approved the transfer of funds from dump trucks to work trucks. Voting no was Bob Shipman.
— Approved the hiring of Dave Ohlde, Linn, as a full-time officer for $9.21 an hour contingent upon him passing a physical and drug test. 
— Gave approval to send city inspector Dave Richardson to a Housing Quality Standards workshop in Manhattan June 1-3.
— Voted to accept Midwest Products’ bid of $6,876.20 to repair the water tank near Tension Envelope, 17th and Spring.
— Approved renewal of airport hangar leases for Ralph Ketter, Roland Dilley, Dr. Don Argo, Landoll Corporation and Gary Howland.
— Approved the agreement between the city and the Chamber of Commerce in which the chamber outlined what it will do with the $6,000 it receives annually from the transient guest tax for tourist-related activities.
— Adopted Ordinance No. 1654 to authorize the start of condemnation proceedings for temporary and permanent easements and road right of way for the 11th Street improvement project on the Howard Zimmerman property.
— Approved giving the Convention and Tourism Committee funds from the transient guest tax: $1,500 for the annual car show; $500 for the annual fast draw competition; and $30 for the annual membership dues to the North Central Kansas Tourism Council.
— Met in closed session for 30 minutes to discuss present litigation, acquisitions pending and personnel issues. No binding decisions were made.

Cherry blossoms
    Cherry blossoms bloomedout this week in the yard of Victor and Deloris Schwarz, Marysville. Temperatures climbed into the 70s, and the sun came out after a spell of chilly and cloudy weather late last week.

Spring Sports Section
    Spring sports information for local and area teams are included in this week's Advocate. Baseball, softball, golf and tennis open this week and next…

Election is Tuesday
    Races in several towns in the county and for some school board positions, a question on amending the Kansas Constitution, and Marysville’s and Blue Rapids’ questions about selling liquor at package stores on Sundays should draw voters to the polls in Tuesday’s election.

Races in several towns in the county and for some school board positions, a question on amending the Kansas Constitution, and Marysville’s and Blue Rapids’ questions about selling liquor at package stores on Sundays should draw voters to the polls in Tuesday’s election.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Walk-in advance voting at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse ends at noon Monday. County Clerk and Election Officer Sonya Stohs said applications for ballots to be mailed out should be in her office by Friday.
As of Wednesday morning 122 people had voted in the clerk’s office and another 164 ballots had been mailed out. Mail ballots are to be returned to the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
For information people can contact the clerk’s office, 785-562-5361.
The county commissioners will canvass the votes starting at 8 a.m. April 11 in their meeting room in the courthouse.
Marysville’s ward 3 has the only race for Marysville City Council. Francis “Butch” Schmitz and incumbent Charles Schwindamann were winners in the March 1 primary and will be on the general election ballot.
Other council candidates are incumbent Steve O’Neal, ward 1; incumbent Bob Shipman, ward 2; incumbent Carol Phillips, ward 4.
Council terms are for four years.
Marysville also will elect a mayor and treasurer. Incumbent Mayor Lou Edwards and incumbent treasurer Lynn Mayer are seeking re-election. The mayor’s and treasurer’s terms are for two years.
Other towns in the county also will elect city officials. In towns where no one filed for an open position, the person who receives the most write-in votes will be elected. If no names are written in for the position, the council will fill it.
Filings in other Marshall County towns:
Axtell — The town will elect a mayor and two council members. Incumbent Stanley Broxterman filed for mayor. Matthew Metz and Daniel J. Schmitz filed for council.
Beattie — The town will elect a mayor and five council members. Incumbent Josh Volle filed for mayor. Incumbents Rob Olmsted and Kevin O’Neil filed for council.
Blue Rapids — The town will elect three council members. Two incumbents filed, Scott Millette and Victor Stanley. Others who filed are Melvin Bartz Jr., W. Lee Breasseale, Norbert DeMelo and Scot Tormondson.
Frankfort — The town will elect a mayor and two council members. Incumbent Sharon Owen filed for mayor. No one filed for council.
Oketo — The town will elect a mayor and five council members. Incumbent Melvern Holle filed for mayor. Incumbent Douglas Novotny filed for council.
Summerfield — The town will elect a mayor and five council members. Incumbent Bruce Mitchell filed for mayor. Incumbents Dirk deKoning, Michael Dierking, Terri Gee and Keith Olberding filed for re-election to the council. Others who filed for council are Joy Renz Jr., Mike Schneider and Jamie McElroy.
Vermillion — The town will elect three council members. Incumbents Steven Evans and Glen Isaman filed for council. F. David Zidek also filed for council.
Waterville — The town will elect a mayor and two council members. Incumbent David Whitesell filed for mayor. Terry Blaser, Scott Hedke and Christopher McNary filed for council.

Glen Miller Orchestra coming
    The Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra will return to Marysville by popular demand on May 18 for a performance in the MHS auditorium.
The concert, which will start at 7:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Marysville Area Friends of the Arts and the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art.

Man killed in accident
    A 19-year-old Home City man died last Thursday in a one-vehicle accident in Marysville. A passenger in the car was taken to Community Memorial Healthcare.






Drinkgern inks deal

    Marysville offensive lineman Kaleb Drinkgern, 18, put his verbal commitment to play football at Kansas State University into writing Wednesday morning in the MHS media center.

Council signs exchange pact with railroad

    Union Pacific Railroad property along the railbed corridor now belongs to the city of Marysville after president of the City Council Bob Shipman signed a property exchange agreement Jan. 31 in the City Building.


Growing up in Kansas

    Kristin Rethman-Waller told about lessons she’s learned from basketball and from growing up in Kansas when she spoke to Valley Heights Elementary School students Friday at the Waterville Opera House during the kickoff for the school’s Kansas Day celebration.

November Features

Lesa is called 'Miracle Girl'
    Security personnel at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln gave Lesa Henderson a nickname: Miracle Girl.

  Gourmet Getaway offers holiday cooking, decorating ideas
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A happy baby and happy family
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  Californians move to county, raise puppies on State Line Farm

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