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Volunteers help with storm clean up

About 82 loads of storm debris was collected in Linn in the hours after Monday’s tornado, according to Emergency Management Director Randy Hubbard. He spoke with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday about the holiday clean-up efforts. He said about 150 people helped with Linn’s clean up.

Hubbard said those 82 loads of debris and trees counted everything from trailer loads to pickup bed loads courtesy of volunteers who donated their time and vehicles.

The county also contributed the use of three dump trucks, and the county’s Solid Waste director Duane Bruna said county employees opened the landfill on Monday to accept storm debris. About 10 loads came in that day. He said he expected several more loads of debris this week.

 

 

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Small tornado cuts through Linn

Ryan Ohlde’s mechanic shop, located just east of Linn, was totally torn apart by an EF-0 tornado with peak winds of 84 miles an hour that ripped through Linn early Monday morning. The storm caused about a block and a half-wide swath of damage through town.

The public school in Linn had major damage to the new gym, school vehicles and windows on the front of the school. The concessions stand at the football field was totally destroyed.

LINN – What has been projected as an EF-0 tornado cut a narrow swath through the community of Linn early Monday morning, causing no injuries, but resulting in significant damage to trees and some houses. Linn Public School took the brunt of the damage in town, with major damage to the new gym, total destruction of the football field’s concession stand, significant damage to school vehicles and damage to the trees in the front of the school, which ended up breaking out several windows.

The storm hit around 2:40 a.m. according to Meghan Dieckmann, who said she heard the storm roll in with a rush, but it passed quickly. She did hear a loud noise and soon found out a backyard shed was toppled over and some play equipment in the yard had blown away. Many neighbors had similar damage.

The damage in town started along South Elm Street near Highway 15 on the southwest corner of Linn. The path was about a block to a block and a half wide, moving to the north-northeast.

Thu
23
May
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Swimming pool openings

Local swimming pools are preparing to open for the season. Washington and Greenleaf are expected to open this weekend. Lifeguard shortages and certification and maintenance delays have pushed back the opening day at Linn, Clifton and Hanover.

WASHINGTON

The Washington city pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays with adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m., and 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with adult swim from noon to 1 p.m.

The manager is Zack Zarybnicky, and the assistant manager is Lauren Wyatt. Lifeguards are Shailyn Zenger, Presley Rose, Kylie Mintzmyer, Tristin Wiggins, Camryn Boykin and Nate Tice.

 

 

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County Free Days intake nearly double last year’s total

Numbers from recent Washington County’s Free Days, the recycling program, and the amount and cost of trash taken into the Washington County Transfer station since 2017 were discussed during Monday’s  

Noxious Weed and Solid Waste director Duane Bruna, along with Solid Waste Committee members Ken Stettnisch and Kathy Ouellette, met with the board to discuss the solid waste program in Washington County. City mayors and local trash haulers are among the members of the Solid Waste Committee and were invited to the meeting, which is required once a year by KDHE.

Bruna said the annual Free Days in April brought in 103 tons of waste during the three-day event. Fifty-two tons was trash and other items that could be taken to Hamm’s, 30.6 tons was construction and demolition material and 20.5 tons was salvage and iron.

Thu
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Alumni reunions

Many communities in the county will host alumni banquets this weekend. The following information was provided to the News:

WASHINGTON

The 50th Washington Alumni Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The meal reservation deadline has passed; no meals can be guaranteed at the door. The school’s FCCLA group caters the event.

The classes of 1994 and 1969 will be honored.

 

 

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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED

Brothers Jim Martin, of Hanover, Gene Martin, of Washington, and Don Martin, of Hanover, went on Wamego High School’s annual Honor Flight on April 24-25 after remaining on a flight waitlist for more than a year and a half. The brothers said they wanted to wait to go on a flight until all three of them could go together.

The Martin brothers, along with their cousin, Don Ronnebaum, of St. Mary’s, went on an Honor Flight with Wamego High School. National Honor Society students went along as guardians. Pictured are Jim Martin, 83, and his guardian, Emma; Gene Martin, 77, and his guardian, Kylie;Ronnebaum and his guardian; and Don Martin, 71, and his guardian, Kynzie.

When the Martin brothers began on their Honor Flight journey at 1 a.m. on April 24, they didn’t realize the impact the event would have on their hearts or that they would return home the next evening with newfound friends in their high school guardians. The Honor Flight also provided the brothers – Jim, Don and Gene – an opportunity to talk about their time in military service, which is something they hadn’t really done before.

Don and Gene Martin talked about going on an Honor Flight, they said, but they didn’t want to go unless their older brother, Jim, could go, too. They didn’t think he could go because he was a “Cold War veteran,” they said.

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Memorial Day ceremonies

WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULES

Several communities in the county will host Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday or Monday. The following information was provided to the Washington County News:

WASHINGTON

A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington City Cemetery.

Members and friends of the American Legion Post 91 are invited to help set up for the service by meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the cemetery. Volunteers are also wanted at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, to put up the Avenue of Flags. At 5:30 p.m. on May 27 volunteers are also asked to help take down flags.

HOLLENBERG

The Campbell-Klein Post #439 Steele City American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Memorial weekend ceremony at the Steele City, Neb., cemetery on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be repeated at 2:45 p.m. at the Joy Creek Cemetery southwest of Hollenberg.

 

 

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HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONORS

Aaron Stuenkel, left, was the valedictorian at Linn High School while Preston Myers was salutitorian.

Taylor Bruna was named valedictorian at Hanover High School on Sunday. Lauren Bruna was salutitorian.

Marcus Resco, left, was named valedictorian at Clifton-Clyde while Kalista Hubert was salutitorian.

The Top 10 percent of the class at Washington County was Luke Gauby and Malari L’Ecuyer.

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Hanover

Clifton-Clyde

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Petersons have fifth generation cattle operation near Clifton

Barbara and Don Peterson and their son, Greg, all of rural Clifton, raise cattle and farm land that is now in its fifth generation of family ownership. Don Peterson’s family homesteaded the land in 1881, and the family has been farming the land ever since.

It was a tough calving season for Don and Greg Peterson, who farm together about seven miles north of Clifton. The father-son duo started calving heifers in early January and cows in mid-February. They don’t want to talk about the issues they had during the especially snowy, muddy and cold calving season, they joked, but they’ve already put the bulls in with the heifers for next year’s calf crop, so the winter didn’t break their spirit.

You have to have a short memory when you raise livestock, Don Peterson said.

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COUNTY SENIORS GRADUATE

Seniors at all four Washington County schools, including Clifton-Clyde, above, graduated from high school on Sunday. 

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