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By this Tuesday or Wednesday Kansans will likely have a new U.S. senator. For most of the last century, we could simply assume the state would elect the Republican nominee, especially if the candidate was the incumbent representative from the Big First district, per Bob Dole, Pat Roberts and…

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Change in education goals used to come slowly.  Since the 1960s, it’s generally come from federal law and Supreme Court rulings.  But today, political polarization and social media clashes have devolved decision-making to debate.

Kansas COVID-19 cases are surging and northeast Kansas is no exception. Marshall Countians are lucky to have a health department leader in Sue Rhodes and public health officer John Ryan who have remained vigilant, kept the public informed and reminded of masks, clean hands and distance.

Marshall County is fortunate to have dedicated residents willing to constantly volunteer and give their time and skills to multiple local efforts. That’s what makes this a really great place to live.

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The nation is mired in a pandemic that’s cost, at this writing, 215,000 American lives. A tragedy compounded by the current U.S. president’s laissez faire approach to COVID-19 and his horrific failure to protect Americans. This has cost the poorest, marginalized populations the most, and the…

Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier appears to be closing in on Roger Marshall in the final stretch of the state race for U.S. Senate.

Change in education goals used to come slowly. Since the 1960s, it’s generally come from federal law and Supreme Court rulings. But today, political polarization and social media clashes have devolved decision-making to debate. 

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Eleven years ago George Black, project developer for the Iowa-based RPMAccess, met with Marysville Rotary Club to discuss plans to build a 90-megawatt wind farm in Marshall County.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death at age 87 Friday left many saddened worldwide. Ginsburg never stopped working toward justice for women and families through decades of public service.

Oretha Ruetti put out the word in 1991 that she would like to hear from former students of Nels Ingalsbe, well-known area musician and teacher in the area from 1929 to 1970. She was working on a piece for her “It Happened Here” column in the Advocate. Response was great, and the column ran o…

Musical memories have a way of hanging around in peoples’ minds for decades, surfacing from time to time when old friends get together or someone hums a melody from an earlier era.

This year of pandemic has had one fortunate side effect for my health. It has given me more time to spend on two wheels. Though I have become increasingly involved with bicycle riding for the last half dozen years, this aberrative year of canceled or delayed events has enabled me to do more …

Pony Up Marysville Match Day was a phenomenal success yet again this year. As organizers left the donation site at the Helvering Center Friday after 5 p.m., their general thought was that the total donated amount probably wouldn’t surpass last year’s $267,563. It’s 2020 after all, it’s been …

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Dozens of Kansas communities are in danger of missing out on significant amounts of money from the federal government because residents haven’t completed their 2020 Census. Statewide, more than two-thirds of the population has completed the task so far, leaving 31.1 percent unaccounted for a…

Cities and counties with mask orders in place are learning they work to slow the spread of coronavirus. While it’s easy to say the virus is not a problem here, one only has to look around the country and notice that outbreaks occur where caution is disregarded – even in rural areas.

Among all the news stories and opinion pieces about the recent slowdown of the U.S. Postal Service as ordered by the White House, I think this one best describes why the USPS is so valuable to Americans:

As I write this, I now know I will not be representing the 106th House District for the state of Kansas. So those of you who wish to can label this sour grapes now but I wish it to be a challenge – a challenge to the legislative leadership in our state and to the citizens of our state moving…

Reopening Kansas schools this fall is a gamble.  The COVID-19 new infections rate and death rate are still rising at this writing.  Will returning to school-site learning be safe?  Will it increase the spread of COVID-19?  

Kansas stands alone amid its neighbors now, remaining one of just 11 states nationwide to resist expansion of Medicaid.

We are now a few days past the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki. These were the first and last uses of nuclear bombs in warfare—so far. Nuclear tests were conducted where 504 devices were exploded at 13 test sites, mostly by the …

Editor’s note: Marysville High School’s class of 2020 graduated July 26 in Homer Hanson Stadium. But the ceremony was abbreviated because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s three valedictorians did not get to deliver the traditional speeches. They are printed here in full:

Marysville Sport and Recreation has made a multitude of lifelong memories possible for people of all ages — from children playing T-ball to parents cheering them on to senior citizens selling their goods at the farmers market.

The narrative that families against the Irish Creek Wind Farm don’t want to see their neighbors prosper and succeed, or that they are jealous of not being able to erect a turbine on their own property and collect the money, is completely false.

As a supporter of wind energy for more than 20 years, I was excited when I heard about the chance to get wind turbines in Marshall County.

Editor’s note: Tyrone Townsend is a patrol officer for the Riley County Police Department. He is also a graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program at Northwestern University. Townsend is son-in-law of state Rep. Bill Pannbacker of the 106th District, which includes Mar…

Early voting is under way at the Marshall County Courthouse. If concerned about COVID-19, mail ballots are easily requested at ksvotes.org or by calling the county clerk’s office at 785-562-5361. The county will send voters their ballots, which can be mailed back or returned in person up unt…

Marshall County school districts are preparing for how to bring children safely back to school this fall. Fortunately the state has an exemplary physician at the helm of the state health department to advise Kansas’ education department as it prepares guidelines for the fall semester.

With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of subsiding, it may not be realistic for universities to re-open this fall in any but the most guarded way, if at all. However, once the pandemic does subside, college students will be anxious to get back on campus.

At Friday’s Marshall County commissioners meeting, the board agreed to leave it up to the public to wear masks. On Monday, they weren’t willing to allow the public without masks into the county’s courthouse.

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The subject of the masks we wear used to be just an abstract discussion considered by poets and philosophers. Recently, though, it has become a very concrete, current issue on the minds of many. And, as with most topics these days, it has turned into a controversial political theme.

The Advocate last week contained the life story of Melba Coffee on its obituary page. While I never knew her, I can see that she was quite a remarkable lady with many achievements during her life. Among them were secretary of the United Methodist Church in Frankfort and deputy county clerk i…

In many other countries where masks are widely used or required, the COVID-19 infection rate has significantly dropped. Meanwhile in America, where masks have not been mandatory, we are reaching record rates of COVID-19 spread.

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Given our apparent short attention spans, it seems we must be repeatedly reminded there are consequences to our decisions. And so it is with the never-ending Republican mantra calling for tax cuts.

While this country’s leadership has a long way to go in coming to terms with the bigotry that has plagued the U.S. since its founding, there are encourageing signs of change all around.

I won’t deny that I hate weeds. Sometimes I think I’m obsessed with them. As I stroll on any of the city’s sidewalks, I can’t help myself. I see a stray blade of grass or a sprig of dandelion and I find myself bending over to pluck it, knowing full well it will be back as early as tomorrow.

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Note from editor Sarah Kessinger: My children grew up with John Babb in Topeka and we attended Grace Episcopal Cathedral with his family during our years there. In light of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, John recently shared his thoughts as a black man living in Kansas.

When driving east on U.S. Highway 36 through Marysville, you have likely noticed a large billboard with the following message displayed: “I am color blind – God.”

Kansas House District 106 Rep. Bill Pannbacker has announced he will not run for reelection. As a newspaper, we were disappointed to hear that Pannbacker was calling it quits after his first two-year term.

I don’t know if a governor could face anything more difficult than walking the line between saving lives in a global pandemic and saving businesses that put food on the table for Kansans.