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Wed
21
Jan
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USDA unveils new partnership program on banks of Little Blue

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BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer
 
BARNES – “I wonder why they chose this place for the announcement?”  Phil Balch askedto no one in particular. He stood on a sloping bank overlooking a frozen section of the Little Blue River a few miles northeast of Barnes. Below him several splintered trees lifted skeletal white washed limbs toward the cerulean sky, their trunks entwined around a rockstudded weir. Looking upstream one could see more weirs jutting into the river, each with a pocket of sand huddled to its lee side. A  nascent grove of hardwoods  serrated the upper banks, theirslender whiplash boles sheathed in white plastic tubes. More white tubes latticed the opposite banks along the sharp curving bends where the river carved into the land, and below them
 
 
Wed
21
Jan
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MODERN TIMES call for MODERN MEASURES

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BY LESLIE MANNING/ Staff writer
 
When ownership of MarCon Pies transferred to Don Walsh 10  years ago, he told the employeesthat nothing would change. “It was really a pretty easy switch,” Shana Jensen, a 15-year employee, said. “I was fearful but nothing really changed. It doesn’t feel any different today than it did back then.” Walsh, an accountant by trade, could recognize a good thing simply by looking at the numbers. The recipes that Marilyn Hanshaw and Connie Allen used to establish the baking business more than 25 years ago continue to provide the foundation for the closest thing to homemade that can be found in a commercial product.
 
 
Wed
21
Jan
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Large crowd shows up at commission meeting to support Willbrant

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher
 
A large crowd fi lled the Washington County Commission meeting room on Tuesday in support of former Public Works
Administrator Dave Willbrant, who was abruptly terminated two weeks ago along with assistant director Mike Schuessler.
The group of over 30 people was there to “stick up for the guy who was fi red,” according to spokesperson Ron Wurtz. 
“He’s the best one we’ve ever had.”
 
 
Wed
14
Jan
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Candidates starting to  le for city, school positions in county

School board positions and city council seats across Washington County will be up for grabs in this spring’s election. The deadline for fi ling for available positions is noon Tuesday, Jan. 27.
 
Wed
14
Jan
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4Hers in Washington County help organize rabbit show

Scott Romeiser checks in with Christopher Wright at the Winter Spectacular 4-H Rabbit Show.

BY LESLIE MANNING

 

Just over a year ago, 4-H families in Washington County chartered a 4-H project club for the River Valley Extension District focusing on rabbits. “We wanted to provide leadership opportunities for some 4-H members that they may not have the opportunity otherwise,” Steven Wright, River Valley Rabbit Project Club leader, said.
 
Wed
14
Jan
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Owner of missing cat launches part-military operation, undercover sting, Dickensian serial

Though still a little skittish around strangers (and a certain dog), Gabbi seems content to be reunited with Edgar after going missing in some of the coldest temperature nights of winter.

BY TOM PARKER

 

Instead, here was Celeste Edgar eight days from the operation’s inception, dressed to the eyeballs in winter gear, shivering on the front porch of her old house in Washington while studying a tuna-baited live trap camoufl aged beneath an old blanket. The trap was sprung. It was also empty, the can of tuna half-eaten.
 
Wed
07
Jan
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Days gone by...

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Stigge’s Department Store in Washington offered a broad selection of clothes in 1985. The store was located in what is now the Washington County News building.
 
Wed
07
Jan
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FALLING FUEL PRICES

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BY DAN THALMANN

Regular unleaded gasoline prices dropped below $1.90 recently, for the fi rst time… in a about five years according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Wed
07
Jan
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School districts confer about winter weather

BY DAN THALMANN

Compared to last winter, there have been fewer snowy days this year and no snow days have been called for schools in Washington County. But a cold snap on Tuesday night caused a two-hour late start for Hanover and Linn schools, while other schools in the area decided to stay with their regular start times.
 
Wed
07
Jan
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NO FLU OUTBREAK HERE YET

BY TOM PARKER

Got a cold, got a fever, got the crud? If so, you’re not alone. The number of infl uenza-like illnesses being reported in the state have reached epidemic levels, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control, and across the nation things aren’t much better.
 

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