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Tue
11
Sep
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Treasure Hunt to draw shoppers to Hwy 36

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The 13th-annual Highway 36 Treasure Hunt begins this week with many sales beginning on Thursday. Forty-six people in the Washington, Haddam and Morrowville areas have registered Treasure Hunt sales on the garage sale map and there will likely be many more.

Tourism director Gloria Moore said she has received fewer calls about the event this year, and she said area vendors last year reported good sales but fewer out-of-state shoppers. She said she will travel Highway 36 to the east on Thursday and to the west on Friday as she checks out the treasure-hunting crowd.

Tue
11
Sep
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New event venue coming to Washington in 2019

Owners hope to have facility ready by next summer

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Travis and Erica Lehman, of Washington, have announced plans to build “the area’s premier wedding resort” north of Washington near the high school. The venue, which will have lodging available, will feature an on-site kitchen, sound system and projectors. Lehman said he hoped the venue would be complete and ready for events by the beginning of Summer 2019, and he hoped work could begin on the project this fall.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Double the number of Special Deliveries

Hospital sees jump in baby deliveries after renovation

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The number of babies delivered at Washington County Hospital has doubled in the past two years, according to director of nursing and obstetrics coordinator Kelly Otott. She said the hospital went from an average of seven-to-nine babies a year a couple years ago to being on track to deliver 18 babies in 2018.

“I think the renovations have helped a lot,” she said, adding that the addition of Dr. Kellen Sherlock three years ago has also increased the number of obstetrics patients.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Tigers are back!

Washington County HS plays fi rst 8-man football game and opens with home win

BY DAN THALMANN

The goal posts were a little closer and the sidelines were a little narrower, but it was back in the win column for the Washington County Tigers football team on Friday in their season opener at Washington. The Tigers played in their first official 8-man football game in school history, against Doniphan West who was also in their first 8-man game.

The Tigers had not won a football game since Nov. 4, 2016. Last year, Washington County was playing 11- man football in Class 1-2A with just enough players to field an 11-man team (and sometimes not, causing two forfeits).

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Commissioners give $20K to eco devo group

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to give $20,000 to the Washington County Economic Partnership, which is the newly formed economic development group that had been going by the name of Washington County Business Owner’s Association until an offi cial name was settled.

Three members of the economic development group met with commissioners David Willbrant and Tim Mueller on Tuesday to report that paperwork for the entity has been completed, bank accounts are open, and the entity now has 501(c) (6) status. Commissioner Gary Ouellette was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Rep. Marshall challenged by opponent at Washington event

BY DAN THALMANN

At fi rst, Rep. Roger Marshall’s legislative coff ee stop on Monday at the Centennial Homestead nursing home in Washington was typical as far as these town hall-style stops go. This was Marshall’s third stop in Washington since taking offi ce in the U.S. House of Representatives, First District, in 2017.

Marshall introduced himself and gave a quick overview of legislative issues, but soon transitioned to requesting questions from the audience. The crowd was bigger than average, and they had plenty of questions ready.

The status of the farm bill was question number one. Marshall said the farm bill, which is approved in fi ve-year increments and is currently in conference committee, runs out on Sept. 30. He said the biggest issue holding up the farm bill is SNAP funding (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps).

 

Wed
29
Aug
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Old Time Ball

Kim Lohse swings the wooden bat and hits the ball into left fi eld during a game of vintage baseball on Sunday during the Pony Express Festival. The game included a team of locals against a team from the Old Cowtown in Wichita, using rules from the 1860s.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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New principals start year at Hanover, Linn

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Both Hanover Public and Linn Public have new school principals this year. Jim Giesbrecht, of Hanover, has come full-circle as the principal of Hanover, the school where he began his career in the 1970s. He is in his 46th year in education. Antoinette Root, of Clay Center, has taught from Texas to South Dakota and is now the principal at Linn Public this year.

Giesbrecht grew up on a dairy farm by the Kansas/Nebraska state line near Odell. He graduated from Kearney State College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in education and taught junior high students in Hanover for 15 years. While in Hanover he was the athletic director as well as the boys track and basketball coach and boys and girls cross country coach. For one year he was also the football coach and vice-principal.

 

 

Tue
21
Aug
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All schools show growth in enrollment this year

BY DAN THALMANN

Every school in Washington County saw an increase in total enrollment according to the first day student head counts at Washington County, Clifton-Clyde, Linn, Hanover, St. John Catholic and Linn Lutheran schools. This is unusual for rural schools individually, let alone for an entire area. It hasn’t happened for at least the last 15 years.

 

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Tue
21
Aug
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Linn Post & Pipe expanding by a third

BY DAN THALMANN

Linn Post & Pipe’s production facility will grow by almost a third with an expansion that is already underway.

Kyle Peters, owner of the manufacturing business based in Linn’s industrial park at the south-west edge of town, said concrete was laid a couple weeks ago for the construction of 80x150-foot addition to the west end of their facility. Once complete, the building will be 80 feet wide by 510 feet long.

 

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