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The Koester House Museum and Gardens has been a unique, historic local attraction for decades and recent works on the ground look to keep it that way for years to come.

Lighted manger scenes, large geometric designs, old-fashioned picture frames in a storefront window and a yard brimming with multi-colored trees.

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A home at 411 S. 15th St. in Marysville is decked to the gills with colorful lights and festive decorations. It is among a number of homes that went all out in lighting up the town this year. Light Up Marysville! maps and ballots for voting are available at CJ Express East and West.

Parents and grandparents shopped for toys for about 435 children Friday and Saturday at the toy giveaway sponsored by the Good Witch and Pony Express Partnership for Children at Lincoln Center, Marysville.

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The first episode of “Home for the Holidays,” a KNDY Radio broadcast of local musicians and vocalists begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

Selected to the North Central Kansas Music Educators Association district honor band are, from left, Andrew Duever, Jackie Cook and McKenna Minneman, members of the Marysville High School Band. The event, scheduled for Dec. 5 at Manhattan High School, will not happen in person, but these thr…

Marysville residents mourned the death of friend and former longtime school secretary Elaine Pfeifer this week after her sudden death Sunday, Nov. 22, from COVID-19.

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Charity projects for the holidays are under way. Local residents have several opportunities to give to local causes and help families and individuals in need. These programs provide support to those searching for help in an especially difficult year.

Bernice Swim did her second tandem jump in her lifetime to celebrate her 90th birthday, which was Oct 12. She jumped Oct. 9 at Falcon Skydiving in Waldron, Mo. This year she had some company. Pictured from left is Swim’s granddaughter Jamie Rathbun, Ellsworth; son Jim Swim Jr., Marysville; B…

Giving Tree program to help people in need at Christmas will celebrate 25 years in 2020, and while this year is likely to look different, plans are under way to continue.

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Emily Rengstorf reads a page from the book, “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs” during Downtown Storywalk, sponsored by Marysville Public Library, on Monday afternoon. The storywalk continues to be available to youngsters through Saturday in storefront windows downtown. With Emily are, f…

To continue their tradition of providing holiday entertainment during the Christmas season, the Marshall County Arts Cooperative is partnering with KNDY Radio to present “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas radio show.

Signup for ringing bells is under way for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive from Nov. 21 to Christmas Eve in Marysville.

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A Marysville family moved into their new home on South Seventh Street last week after a year of construction with help from Habitat for Humanity volunteers and local businesses.

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An agile Loyal Shirley climbs out onto the step of his family’s semi-truck used to haul grain from fields to the local elevator.

Janell Novotny was recognized by Marysville’s Walmart recently for 40 years with the retailer. Novotny is claims supervisor at the store here. She started as a customer service manager on Oct. 20, 1980.

In honor of October as 4-H Month the Advocate is publishing “What 4-H Means to Me,” one of seven essays written by seniors in the class of 2020 as their application for a Marshall County 4-H Youth Fund scholarship. All seven applicants received scholarships and their essays can be read below

Memorial Presbyterian Church, Marysville, will observe the church’s 150th anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 with a joint service of the four churches in the Oregon Trail Ministry.

Community Memorial Healthcare is planning several events, including an after-hours mammography clinic, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of this disease and to educate people about the importance of screening and more.

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Editor’s note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most common forms of cancer, it continues to take a toll across Marshall County among women and men. The Advocate’s Family Living section opens this week with a set of pages dedicated to those who face breast cancer.

“Voices from the Past,” a cemetery walk sponsored by the Blue Rapids Historical Society, drew a crowd around the flagpole for the opening presentation Saturday morning at Greenwood Cemetery.

Jordan Wheeler and Bryar O’Neil were crowned Marysville High School homecoming queen and king Friday afternoon in City Park.

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Marysville City Council voted 7-0 Monday to allow construction on the Black Squirrel Bark Park to begin.

Hanover High School will play its homecoming football game Oct. 2 against Osborne. The candidates for king are, back row, from left, Jacob Jueneman, Tyler Bonser, Colin Jueneman and Blake Hynek. Queen candidates are Cloe Sinn, Destiny Rowden, Kara Bruna and Macy Richter. Crowning will be aft…

Axtell Eagles crowned seniors Mitchell Buessing, left, and Halie Schmitz as homecoming royalty at the football game Friday evening. The Eagles won the game against Rock Hills with a score of 64-18.

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American Legion Riders Chapter 40 from Leonardville stopped in Blue Rapids during the  Sept. 13 Ride to Remember Our Fallen held to honor local veterans who died in the line of duty. The riders took a 125-mile route starting at Leonardville, stopping for a break in Blue Rapids and ending at …

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Marysville High School homecoming activities will proceed on Friday with a new parade route and a new location for the crowning and pep rally. The game has been canceled because opponent Chapman has had to quarantine because of COVID-19 spread.

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A collection of photos from garage sales during this weekend's annual U.S. 36 Treasure Hunt.

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Church directory

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, some churches have changed their schedules. Times and events listed here might not reflect those changes.


Mt. Zion Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Marysville

1017 Broadway, 785-562-5077

Pastor Dan Napier

Bible study, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Sunday school and worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service, 6 p.m.

Assembly of God

Marysville Christian Fellowship

1137 E. Pony Express Highway



Pastor Brad Wicks

Family Life Pastor Jacob Comer

Connections Pastor Jackie Creek

Sunday services, 9 and 10:45 a.m.

MCF Kids, infant through sixth grade, 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays

MCF Youth 7th-8th and 9th-12th grades, 10:45 a.m. Sundays

Baha’i Faith

Scott Bodie residence, Burchard, Neb. 402-865-4335, 1-800-22-UNITE 

Devotional gathering, Thursday, 8 p.m.


First Baptist (ABC-USA), Marysville

1700 Broadway, 785-562-2176

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist, Blue Rapids

Seventh and Lincoln, 785-363-7547

Pastor Jeremy Henderson

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Victory Baptist, Marysville

714 N. 19th, 785-562-3440

Pastor Titus Mohler

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:40 a.m., 6 p.m.

Wednesday night service, 7 p.m.



Winifred Baptist, Winifred

110 W. Second


Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Wednesday prayer, 7 p.m.


Marysville Berean

2221 North St., 785-629-8000

Joel Barber, pastor

Sunday service and children's church, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday school, 11 a.m.

Youth group, 6:30 p.m. Sundays

Sunday evening service, 7:30 p.m.

Mid-week Bible studies

Men's prayer time, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays



Annunciation, Frankfort


The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family, Summerfield


The Rev. Jim Shaughnessy

Mass: Sunday, 8:15 a.m.

St. Columbkille, Blaine

The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Mass: Saturday, 6 p.m.

St. Gregory's, Marysville

13th and Carolina

The Rev. Quentin Schmitz

Masses: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

St. Monica-St. Elizabeth, 
Blue Rapids

The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Mass: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

St. Malachy's, Beattie

The Rev. Quentin Schmitz

Mass: Sunday, 8:45 a.m.

St. Michael's, Axtell


The Rev. Jim Shaughnessy

Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Junior-senior high religion class, Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


First Christian, Marysville

Ninth and Carolina, 785-562-3382

Fellowship time, 9:45 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

First Christian, Vermillion

The Rev. Virgil Warren, pastor

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.


Mission Covenant, Axtell

Pastor Herb Schrader

Sunday school, 10 a.m.

Sunday services, 11 a.m. and

7 p.m.

Church of Christ

Church of Christ, Marysville

200 S. 15th, 785-562-3157

Sunday Bible study, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.


St. Mark's, Blue Rapids

Lincoln & Sixth St., 785-363-7785

The Rev. Greg Doll

10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist

St. Paul's, Marysville

10th and Alston, 785-562-2673

The Rev. Greg Doll

8 a.m. Sunday Eucharist

Evangelical United Church 
of Christ, Marysville

10th and Elm, 785-562-2947

Pastor Julie Shields

Sunday worship service, 10 a.m.

Bell choir, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Choir, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Bethlehem (LCMS), Bremen

The Rev. Aaron Fenker

Sunday worship, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday school, 9:00 a.m.

First Lutheran (LCMS), Summerfield


The Rev. Greg Stuckwisch

Sunday service, 8:15 a.m.

Immanuel (LCMS), Bremen

The Rev. Aaron Fenker

Sunday worship, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday school, 9:00 a.m.

Immanuel (ELCA) (State Line)


Rural Wymore, Neb.

Church is at Nebraska-Kansas state line.

Pastor Suzanne How

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Mount Calvary (LCMS)

1710 Jenkins, 785-562-2046

Elevator access

Rev. Philip Miller

Wednesday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.

KNDY radio broadcast, Sunday, 
11:30 a.m.

St. Mark (ELCA), Waterville

204 N. Nebraska


Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:45 a.m.

Salem (LCMC/NALC), Axtell

2590 Navajo Rd., Axtell,

785-736-2820, church

816-694-5151, pastor

The Rev. Cynthia Cone

Children & adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Communion first and third Sundays of the month

Website: salemevangelicallutheran.church

St. John's (ELCA), Lanham

Pastor Elvin Crosby

Sunday service, 10:15 a.m.

Trinity (LCMS), Afton


Deacon Don Dodd

Services: 9 a.m. Sundays

Communion, 3rd Sunday, 9 a.m.

Adult Bible study after church

Zion Lutheran (ELCA), Hanover

Pastor Pastor Elvin Crosby

Sunday worship, 8:15 a.m.


First Presbyterian, Frankfort

508 N. Kansas

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Memorial, Marysville

10th and Center, 785-562-3116

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.

New Hope Evangelical, Blue Rapids


Pastor Dick Coleman

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.

United Presbyterian, Blue Rapids

609 Genesee, 785-363-7142

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Gary Phillips, lay minister

Sunday service and

Sunday School, 9 a.m.

United Presbyterian, Summerfield

Pastor Herb Schrader

Sunday service, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Elder Lloyd Barnett

United Methodist


Pastor Janelle Knowles

501 Prairie Street

Sunday school for youth, 10 a.m.

Sunday service, 11 a.m.

Church, 785-736-2366

Pastor, 785-736-2769


Pastor Janelle Knowles

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Sunday school, 10 a.m.

Church, 785-353-2373

Pastor, 785-736-2769

Blue Rapids

The Rev. Troy Bowers

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.

Nursery provided



The Rev. Jim Akins

Children and adult Sunday school, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.


1500 North St., 785-562-2621

Pastor Insung Kim

Saturday night service, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Youth, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Choir, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Pastor Insung Kim

Sunday service, 9 a.m.


The Rev. Troy Bowers

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.

Sunday service, 11 a.m.

The Crossing

Formerly Vineyard Community, Marysville

U.S. 36 East, 785-562-2001

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m., with children’s church

Weekly small groups; call for information.

Tuesday night prayer, 6:30 p.m.


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