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Students fly flags in support of president

Students fly flags in support of president

Three Washington County High School boys have gained some attention by flying flags on the back of their pickups. The boys, pictured from left, Jayden Otott, Aiden Goeckel and Austin Wurtz, show the various flags they have been flying, including an American flag and a variety of Trump flags. The flags have mounts attached to trailer hitches as well as in the beds. It takes a little extra reinforcement, as Austin recently found out when he lost his flag on the way to school one morning. Aiden said he attached one to the back of his pickup this summer and the effort caught on with his friends. When they parked the trucks at Casey’s General Store in Washington after their summer weights sessions, they started getting thumbs-ups from people and one person even bought breakfast for the entire group for a couple days. The boys said they were fans of President Trump and Jayden laughed and said the flags were their effort to stop the spread of communism.

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Schools affected by COVID cases

The coronavirus pandemic is keeping schools alert, with possible contacts and verified positives being reported around the region.

Washington County High School was notified on Friday that a person attending the Frankfort volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12, tested positive for COVID-19 last week, after being present at the tournament. The Tigers competed in the tournament, so players and fans were present.

The notification did not include information on whether the positive individual was an athlete or fan, or where they were from.

Other schools competing at the tournament included Frankfort, Jackson Heights, Onaga, Wetmore and the Manhattan Chiefs, which is a homeschool team.

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Still flying after 55 years

Still flying after 55 years

Dean Lovgren’s aerial application business, JEM Flying, is located north of Morrowville, and even though he sold his business to Heinen Brothers 5 years ago, he still flies for them, continuing his service he has been offering for 55 years now.

Still flying after 55 years

Dean Lovgren, sitting in his spray plane in his hangar, started helping in the aerial spraying business when he was 20 years old and bought JEM Flying Service in 1968. He continues to spray in the area and says he is as busy as he has ever been. Photos by CYNTHIA SCHEER / WCN

Still flying after 55 years

Dean Lovgren flies a 1989 model spray plane, which is housed in his JEM Flying hangar north of Morrowville, just off Highway 15.

Still flying after 55 years

A gravel road in front of his hangar serves as a runway for Dean Lovgren. He has been operating a spraying business since he purchased JEM Flying Service from Elmer Hanneman.

August is usually a pretty slow time for aerial spraying because everything is hot and dry, according to Dean Lovgren.

This year was different. Thanks to wetter, cooler conditions in late July, fungus was a concern in many fields in the area. Enter Lovgren and his spray plane.

“I’ve done more spraying this year because the crop looks so good and the farmers want to save it,” Lovgren said. “The crops look as good this year as I have seen for several years.”

For about a month straight Lovgren was spraying every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. He “shut it down” for a few hours only if it was raining, too windy, or foggy.

The 75-year-old Lovgren has been in the aerial application business since he was 20 years old. He worked for Elmer R. Hanneman, who owned JEM Flying Service, which was located north of Morrowville just off Highway 15 where Reno #2 once stood.

“I got an interest in [aerial spraying] from him,” Lovgren said of Hanneman.

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Serious accident on Hwy 15-9 junction

A two-vehicle collision on Monday afternoon sent two young children to the hospital. The collision occurred around 4:30 p.m. at the “7-mile corner” on K-9 just before the Highway 15 intersection. According to sheriff Justin Cordry, a JBN Telephone employee was driving west on K-9 and was distracted and talking on his cell phone when he failed to yield at the intersection and collided “full speed” with a vehicle occupied by a mother and “two small children.” The vehicle with the family was turning onto K-9 from the north.

Cordry said the two children were taken by ambulance to the hospital, and the JBN employee had minor injuries. Multiple helicopters were at Washington County Hospital late Monday afternoon.

Cordry said the JBN employee was cited for talking on his cell phone while driving and for failing to yield.

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Region sees upswing in COVID-19 cases

Region sees upswing in COVID-19 cases

While the 14-county region of Kansas around Washington County saw a trend of decline in active cases last week, this week is just the opposite.

Eight of the 14 counties being tracked by the Washington County News reported increases of active cases since last week, including one in Washington County and record highs of active cases (according to reports on Mondays or Tuesdays of each week) in Jewell (6), Riley (777), Pottawatamie (32) and Nemaha (22).

Republic County has its most (6) since Aug. 4 and Marshall County has its most (3) since Aug. 11.

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Enrollment up in county

Total student enrollment is up for the third year in row in Washington County’s six schools after the official Sept. 20 count was completed on Monday. There are 1,097 students enrolled this year, which is up eight students from last year’s total, and also up six from the first day of school in August.

Four schools saw increases from last year’s enrollment, including Washington County, Linn, Hanover and Linn Lutheran.

Down in enrollment are Clifton-Clyde and St. John Catholic School.

Washington County – USD 108 had the biggest student increase since last year in the county. They are up 17 to 361 students this year. This is their highest enrollment since 2012 when they had 365 students. This enrollment is also larger than their final five years before consolidation with the North Central school district (see table on page 3).

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Trump flags are a new Sign of the Times

Trump flags are a new Sign of the Times
Trump flags are a new Sign of the Times
Trump flags are a new Sign of the Times

A Trump flag on a gate a couple miles north of the Clay County border along Highway 15 was one of the first Trump flags put up along the stretch between Washington and Clay Center. Flags supporting President Trump have become a new style of political statement in support of the President as the election approaches. Photos by DAN THALMANN / WCN

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Construction to begin on Linn gym next month

The USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board unanimously approved construction of a new gym at Linn during their regular monthly meeting on Monday, which was held at Linn.

Jay Herrmann, a senior estimator for AHRS Construction, presented the budget for the gym, which came in very close to the estimates presented in May. The Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project was $2,327,668. The gym will replace the former “new gym” which was damaged beyond repair by an F1 tornado that went through Linn on Memorial Day, 2019. The plans for this gym include more seating and a larger concession seating area and public restrooms that are separate from the locker rooms. It will be built generally in the same spot as the former gym.

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Treasure Hunt to draw shoppers to Highway 36

The 15th-annual U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt is this week with the official dates of Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18- 20, although many sellers are set up by Thursday each year. There are 27 sales listed on the local garage sale map for Washington, Morrowville and Haddam, and there are many more not listed.

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Washington County back to zero COVID cases

Washington County back to zero COVID cases
Washington County back to zero COVID cases

Washington County experienced a spike in positive COVID-19 cases a couple weeks ago, but all individuals have now recovered and there are no active cases remaining in the county. This is the first time the county has been at zero since late August.

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