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Nitro Circus In Wichita Sunday

Posted 7/1/2016

By  Adam Ferguson

The Nitro Circus will make its first-ever appearance in Wichita Sunday night, adding world class, choreographed stunts and tricks to the July 4 weekend.

The event starts at 5 p.m. at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Circus crew member Mike Mason, a freestyle motocross rider, said Nitro Circus is in the midst of a seven-month tour and will be going to cities it has never performed at.

He said Nitro Circus will deliver an action-packed show to Wichita. “No matter what the number is (in the crowd), I just hope they are pumped to see it. We are coming to a lot of markets we have never been to before,” said Mason.

Mason said the show is for the most part carefully set up so that the audience is seeing new tricks throughout.

“Everything is pretty much planned. There is one part called ‘all in’ where we can do whatever we want. But one reason why this show works so well is that we keep it organized,” he said.

Information released by the show says spectators can expect, “freestyle motocross, BMX and anything you can imagine with wheels! Plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50ft into the air, by the crazy Nitro daredevils.”

Mason started as a motocross and Supercross racer after riding motorcycles at a young age. He said he reached most of his racing goals as a pro, yet his income was still low. Only the top racers are well paid, he said.

“Racers get paid way more but there’s only a handful of them that do. With freestyle you can pay your bills and get yourself a truck. You can kind of pay your way. The $400 I got at a Supercross would not cut it as an adult,” he said.

Freestyle motocross is a relatively new sport. Its origins date back to Supercross star Jeremy McGrath and freestyle pioneer Mike Metzger. Mason would watch them do basic tricks and then go home and try to emulate those moves.

“We would watch McGrath and Metzger and then we would go out and try that stuff like heel clickers. It was basic. It probably didn’t look cool but it felt cool to us,” said Mason.

Yet Mason’s skills improved and he eventually started doing freestyle shows.

“I started getting $1,500 at a freestyle show if I was flipping (the bike). All of the sudden I am filling up the tank with gas,” he said, referring to his vehicle.

Mason said he is glad to be riding freestyle this summer with Nitro Circus. Even though the seven-month tour can be grinding, he said it represents steady work.

“The more work the better; we are freelance guys. I happy to be doing the seven months of work,” he said.

When the show starts Sunday in Wichita, Mason will be nervous. He still gets butterflies before each event.

“Dirt bikes are dangerous and everyone always asks about injuries and stuff. Also, I don’t want to mess up in the show,” he said.

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Honoring A Veteran: Legion Riders Escort Kohlman Out Of Inman

Posted 6/30/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Ten American Legion Riders escorted Pleasant View Home resident Dale Kohlman and members of his family as they left Inman, Tuesday, June 21. Kohlman spent the night in Wichita prior to going on a Kansas Honor Flight Wednesday, June 22, to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Pleasant View officials, with assistance from the Legion Riders, wanted to honor Kohlman’s service to his county. Kohlman served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13.5 years, including two years in Vietnam.

Daryl Ingermanson, a Road Captain from American Legion Post 24 in McPherson, said there were also riders Legion Riders from Post 192, in Canton and Post 68, in Hutchinson.

Ingermanson said the riders were involved in funeral escorts, send-offs and welcome home events.

“We do anything to honor veterans,” he said.

He noted the motorcycle riders would go with Kohlman to the city limits of Inman. He explained the U.S. flags, which are waving behind the motorcycles, cannot travel at speeds greater than 35 miles an hour.

While serving in the Marines, Kohlman said he started as a cook and later switched to a radar/radio repairman.

“I’d worked on whatever needed to be fixed,” he said.

Kohlman said he has been to Washington previously, but he was not able to see any of the war memorials.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Vietnam Wall,” Kohlman said. “We’re going to see all the memorials.”

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Inman’s Independence Day Celebration Gets New Event

Posted 6/30/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – A human foosball tournament will kick-off activities for Inman’s Independence Day celebration Sunday, July 3. Events will take place behind Inman High School.

“It sounds like it will be a lot of fun,” event organizer Katy Reinecker said. “We thought we would give it a try.”

Katy and her husband, Nick Reinecker, agreed to serve as event coordinators for the Inman Chamber of Commerce.

The tournament will feature teams of six individuals. Participants must be age 10 or older. The registration fee is $5 a person.

Reinecker said proceeds from the event will go to funding next year’s celebration.

The winning team will receive a prize package worth $250 from Inman area businesses.

“Nick and I went around and got gift certificates and donations from Inman area businesses,” Reinecker said.

She noted wooden pallets will be used to form the field for the foosball game. Participants will need to hang on to plastic PCP pipes as they attempt to kick a soccer ball into the goal.

The tournament will start at 5 p.m. Each game will last 20 minutes or until a team scores 10 points.

Reinecker said a smaller children’s foosball field, as well as a family freestyle table will be available for a free will donation.

A digital scavenger hunt will begin at 5:30 p.m. Participants will need to bring their own digital devices.

Reinecker said participants will be given several photographs taken around Inman and they will need to take similar photos to win the event.

“You won’t have to go on someone’s property,” Reinecker said. “If you know the town real well, it shouldn’t be that difficult.”

At 6 p.m., a hamburger/hot dog meal will be available.

Reinecker said the menu should be the same as last year – hamburger or hot dog, baked beans, chips and watermelon.

She added there will be a few picnic tables set up for people to use during the meal.

A free will donation will be accepted for the meal.

The money will be used to fund next year’s celebration. Reinecker said there will be boxes placed in areas around the events to allow people to give donations.

“We’d like to get a few more fireworks for next year,” she said.

The Chamber and City of Inman each contribute $1,500 toward the fireworks show.

Also at 6 p.m., there will be old-fashioned games for all ages. Reinecker said there will be a dunk tank and games will include bucket brigade, egg toss and tug-of-war. For younger children, there will be a beanbag toss.

“Last year, we had a lot of kids participating in the games,” Reinecker said. “We have prizes for all ages. Adults can participate in any of the games.”

Reinecker said they were encouraging people to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the event.

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Police Want Residents To Think Safety First When Shooting Fireworks

Posted 6/30/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON COUNTY – The police chiefs in Inman and Moundridge want their residents to think safety first as they shoot fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

Residents of both towns, as well as across Kansas, were able to purchase fireworks on Monday, June 27; however, fireworks cannot be legally discharged until this weekend.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries in past years,” Inman Police Chief Bobby Herron said. “Juveniles were playing with fireworks without supervision.”

Moundridge Police Chief Jay Kessler noted the area has received some moisture in the last few weeks.

“It’s not as dry as it could be this time of year,” Kessler said. “That should help.”

Moundridge and Inman mirror state regulations. Fireworks  can be sold from Monday, June 27 to Tuesday, July 5.

Moundridge has two permitted fireworks stands. The Moundridge United Methodist Church has an indoor stand and there is a Wholesale Fireworks stand at the Moundridge Food Market parking lot.

For the first time in several years, Inman residents will have a local fireworks stand. Michelle Swisher will have a stand at 50 Industrial Drive. She will have Kapow Fireworks.

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