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Marshall County commissioners entered into a purchase agreement Monday with Cope Development, Marysville, for 6.2 acres of land north of Subway in east Marysville.

The battle between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency may be driving much of the heightened interest in this year’s general election, but some state and local races also are drawing attention.

A local contractor submitted the lowest bid for construction of a new Marysville fire station, and Marysville City Council unanimously accepted it Monday night.

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Blue Rapids once again has a grocery store. Riverside Market, owned by John and Jan Bergkamp, Blue Rapids, opened earlier this month.

A local contractor offered the lowest bid for construction of the new Marysville fire station and Marysville City Council is expected to vote on it Monday night.

Marshall County commissioners took no action on a recommendation from Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging director Karen Wilson to shut down the dine-in portion of the county’s nutrition sites for fall and winter as a COVID-19 precaution.

Two area businesses and one local agency were among 183 Kansas agriculture and food-related businesses and individuals to receive grants as part of the Securing Local Food Systems program funded through the federal CARES Act.

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Work to improve the intersection of Seventh and Broadway in downtown Marysville is under way. Traffic and pedestrian barriers have been erected in the area as contractor Bryant and Bryant Construction, Halstead, works to redo the pavement.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Kansas Republican, center, visits about the rural economy with Don Landoll, right, and Rich Landoll last Thursday afternoon at Landoll Company during National Manufacturing Month.

Corn, soybean and sorghum harvest is running ahead of last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week that ended Sunday.

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Charges were pending Friday against a Marysville man who made violent threats at Community Memorial Healthcare late Thursday before leading police on a search that ended with his arrest early Friday.

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Harvest is in full swing, and area grain elevator operators say it’s a busy time.

Marshall County commissioners plan to have between $4.5 million and $5 million to put toward construction of a new jail by the end of the year, Commissioners’ Chairman Barb Kickhaefer said during Monday’s meeting.

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A motion by Marshall County Commissioner Keith Bramhall Monday to place a six-month moratorium on future development of wind turbines or structures over 200 feet died lacking a second.

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Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers offered praise for the Marysville Junior-Senior High School agricultural complex during a tour last Thursday.

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Despite drawing a large crowd and requests for more time and consideration, Marshall County commissioners unanimously voted to approve five Irish Creek Wind Project agreements Monday.

A single witness testified Friday in the preliminary hearing of a young man charged with the murder of 83-year-old Donald McLaughlin at his Vermillion home last January.

Marshall County District Court reopened to the public in June after spending several weeks largely shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with only essential services available.

Marysville Sport and Recreation will end its contract with the city Dec. 31. The city has not yet found a successor for MSR, which has operated a wide variety of activities, including summer ball, soccer, the farmers market and regular local events.

Wetmore school, which is part of the Prairie Hills school district in Nemaha County, will be in remote learning through at least next week because of COVID-19 cases in the district.

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Four campaign signs were stolen from a yard in central Marysville Friday.

Last week two injury accidents occurred on two consecutive afternoons at the Beattie Corner, which has a hill grade to the east that gives westbound drivers only a limited line of sight before arriving at the intersection.

Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin has endorsed Jim Swim Jr., Marysville Democrat, for election to the Kansas House of Representatives 106th District seat. Swim is running against Lisa Moser, Wheaton Republican, in the November general election.

Blue Rapids Circle of Giving Match Day began to accept online donations for local projects, nonprofit organizations and churches on Monday and will continue to accept them through Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Friday’s annual match day fundraiser, Pony Up Marysville, drew a total $276,364, which surpassed the event’s three previous years.

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Marshall County families with school children will catch a break this semester. School breakfasts and lunches will be free, thanks to money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Marysville City Council Aug. 24 discussed finding a solution to scrap iron being stored between the sidewalk and Eighth Street on the city’s right-of-way at a property that sits across the street northeast from the City Building.

Pony Up Marysville on Friday will start at 12:01 a.m. to accept online donations at ponyupmarysville.com.

Marshall County may be dry, but land here is not considered in drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor issued last Thursday.

Nonprofit organizations are putting out the call for Marysville residents and supporters to pony up for an array of local causes.

Any donation of $100 to the Black Squirrel Bark Park Fund during Pony Up Marysville on Sept. 4 will equal a $200 donation, thanks to a Marysville City Council decision Monday.

Marshall County’s 2019 delinquent real estate tax publication list this month includes 339 listings, representing $308,790 in unpaid taxes.