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Health Fair Brings In Kids, Adults

Posted 9/1/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Children were busy climbing in and out of the nine vehicles in the Touch A Truck activity while adults gathered health information during Inman Wellness Center’s Health Fair Saturday, Aug. 27, in Inman.

Christian Wagler, age 2, of Inman, pretended to steer as he sat in the cab of a dry fertilizer applicator that MKC’s Groveland location sent to the event.

“This is so fun,” Christian’s mom, Becky Wagler, said. “I think Christian is really enjoying it. He’s excited to see the trucks.”

Kelly Turcotte, of Inman, brought her two daughters to see the vehicles, Aoife Turcotte, age 8, and Loki Turcotte, age 5.

“It’s awesome,” Kelly Turcotte said. “They have enjoyed it.”

“It’s good,” Aoife Turcotte said. “I like the ambulance best.”

There was a McPherson County-sponsored ambulance on display, an Inman Fire Department truck and an Inman Police Department vehicle.

Daniel Knapp, the agriculture teacher at Inman High School, assisted with Touch A Truck.

“We had been hoping for a few more agricultural vehicles,” Knapp said. “It’s the time of the year when stuff is being used in the fields. Besides, this is the first year for the event.”

Knapp noted a steady stream of parents and children checked out the vehicles, which were located in the parking lot next to the wellness center.

Knapp said 3-D Trenching and Backhoe brought one of its dump trucks and a skid steer.

“That’s the good thing about this community,” Knapp said. “You tell the community you’re wanting to do a project and you have so many wanting to help out.”

Knapp said he was hoping the Touch A Truck activity would be done next year.

“It lets kids look into vehicles they see regularly in the community,” he said.

Inside the wellness center, Raymond Osborn, of Inman, said the health fair is “good for the community.”

He said events like the health fair are why he has remained in Inman.

“For a small town, Inman is hard to beat,” Osborn said.

Kayla King, with King Nutritional Services in Hutchinson, was among the 12 vendors at the fair. Along with nutritional information, King was giving people biometric checks.

“People have questions about nutrition and diet,” King said. “We want to get people to eat more nutritional food.”

She stressed people should eat less processed foods.

“We’re encouraging people to cook meals at home,” she noted.

King said she talked to visitors about meal planning and what to look for when reading labels when at the grocery store.

She added parents should have their children eat healthy foods.

“That’s a big responsibility of parents to have their children eat healthy,” King said.

King said she gives diet advice to people with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

She noted she encourages people to eat healthy 80 percent of the time. King added it was OK for people to occasionally go off their diets.

“It’s what you do every day that make a difference,” King said. “Moderation is the key.”

Kendee Schroeder, director of the wellness center, said there was a steady stream of visitors to the health fair.

She noted the center’s board would take a look at what it can do to help with parking concerns with the health fair and high school volleyball tournament going on at the same time.

“We like the August date,” Schroeder said.

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Dyck Looking For Sponsors ForMCC Bicycle Ride

Posted 9/1/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Rodney Dyck, of rural Moundridge, is looking for individuals and businesses to help sponsor him in the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Flatlander Bicycle Ride Saturday, Sept. 17.

This is the second year for Dyck to take part in the event. Last year, he raised $1,500 for MCC.

Dyck uses a recumbent bicycle, which allows the rider to be in a reclining position.

The event is designed to provide an enjoyable bicycling experience for people of all fitness levels.

The bicycle ride is also a fundraiser for an MCC project. With a goal of $8,000, this year’s project is the construction and maintenance of wells in Mozambique. In many cases, water may only be available from open, contaminated wells or crocodile-infested rivers. One well provides water for 500 people.

There are three main routes for the ride at 35, 45 and 65 miles. In addition, there will be a family ride of 8-16 miles.

The longer routes will go through several towns, he noted.

Dyck said he plans to go on the 65-mile route.

“My goal is to ride a total of more than 100 miles for the day,” Dyck said.

He noted he planned on riding his bike from his home to the MCC office and back to get the additional 35-plus miles.

Dyck said he would like to raise at least $1,000 himself. Sponsors could donate a set amount of money or do a per mile donation.

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Watson Talks About Student Achievement With USD 423 Employees

Posted 9/1/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson visited with Moundridge School District employees Friday, Aug. 26, at the Pine Village Wellness Center.

Watson, the former superintendent for the McPherson School District, has been speaking to school districts across the state as they prepare for the start of another school year. Watson started with Leavenworth and is ending with Moundridge.

Watson said there were several areas he wanted educators in Kansas to focus on for student success:

• Kindergarten readiness,

• Individual plans of study focusing on career interest,

• High school graduation rate,

• Post-secondary completion/attendance, and

• Social emotional growth measured locally.

Watson told the USD 423 employees student achievement does not always equate to student success.

He said there was a student who graduated from McPherson in 2011. In elementary school, the student struggled with reading.

The student wanted to be a civil engineer, but he had high school grade-point average 2.7 and scored 14 on the ACT. Watson said the student would not be able to enter Kansas State University.

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