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October 19, 2017 The LedgerOctober 19, 2017 The Ledger

Breaking News

Posted 1/13/2017
We have CONFIRMATION that the two suspects from our triple homicide on
October 30th
ARE IN CUSTODY!
Both Myrta Rangel and Jereme Nelson have been arrested on their warrants
and are on American soil awaiting extradition back to Kansas! We do not
have any further information to share regarding the details of the arrest,
but we hope to have more information for you next week!
Sheriff Chad Gay
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Two Die In Pack Park Pond Accident

Posted 1/12/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE -  A family from California fell into Pack Park Pond when the ice they were walking on cracked in the late afternoon of Friday, Jan. 6. The accident took place on the north side of the pond.

Two of the family members – Polly Claassen, age 42, and her son, Trent Claassen, age 8 - died from the accident.

Moundridge Police Chief Jay Kessler said it was not known why the family was out on the pond.

“They were out there walking around,” Kessler said. “It’s a horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Claassen family.”

The Claassen family was in Moundridge visiting family members. The Claassen and Galle families sent out a statement.

“Our family has been deeply touched by the response from the community these past few days. The first responders, medical professionals, our neighbors and our friends from across the country have shown wonderful care to us. We hope that families in similar situations will experience the love and support we have felt. This tragedy has renewed our appreciation of our larger family, the preciousness of life and the hope we cling to in Jesus Christ.”

The emergency call came in about 3:30 p.m.

“Our response time was really quick,” Moundridge Fire Chief Ron Blaylock said.

Blaylock said when firefighters arrived on scene they found three people in the pond. The father, Gary Claassen, age 43, had his head above the surface. The other two were both submerged, Blaylock said.

Blaylock said he estimated the ice at 1-inch or less.

Firefighters were able to use a rope to pull the father to safety. He was transported by Moundridge EMS to Mercy Hospital where he was treated and released.

Two firefighters went out in a small boat to reach the mother.

“We had to break some ice to get to her,” Blaylock said.

Polly Claassen was transported to Newton Medical Center.

Two Newton firefighter, wearing wetsuits, got the boy out of the pond. He was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Blaylock noted there were many agencies that sent personnel to the scene. Along with Moundridge police, fire and emergency medical service, deputies from the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office responded as well as fire and EMS from Hesston and Halstead.

“It took a lot of people to do it,” Blaylock said.

The Pack pond covers 2.5 acres and it is 6 feet deep at its deepest point. City Administrator Randy Frazer said the manmade lake opened in the 1990s.

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Ratzlaff: Loan Program Working For Community

Posted 1/12/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Bob Ratzlaff, president of the Inman Chamber of Commerce, said the community’s Entrepreneurship Community Loan Program was making an impact in the local business community.

Ratzlaff gave an update on the program during the Chamber meeting Friday, Jan. 6, at the Inman Senior Center.

“It is working,” Ratzlaff said. “It is a good deal. We still have funds available. It is a good program.”

Network Kansas helped Inman get the tax credit program started eight years ago.

Ratzlaff said the Inman program has loaned a total of $86,235 to help residents start a new business or expand an existing one.

He noted the fund has a current balance of $76,301.25 and has earned interest totaling $1,687.34.

Ratzlaff said the loan program has made an impact of more than $500,000 to the Inman community.

With this program, borrowers can get a maximum loan of $45,000. He noted the loan can only pay  65 percent of a project.

He added the businessowner must borrow the remaining 55 percent for the project from one of the two banks in Inman – Peoples Bank and Trust or Prairie Bank of Kansas.

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Moundridge Council Takes Care Of Housekeeping Items

Posted 1/12/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Several annual housekeeping items were handled during the Moundridge City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the city office.

There were only three council members – Lanny Stucky, Kevin Schmidt and Jeremy Moore – present for the meeting.

Council members unanimously approved four resolutions:

• Citizens State Bank was designated the official bank for the city.

• The Ledger was selected the official newspaper.

• The GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principal)) waiver was approved. Municipalities in Kansas must present financial statements and reports to show compliance with the cash basis and budget laws of Kansas.

• The corporate limits and boundary lines for the city were established.

Council members took a look at several other issues:

• The Code of Conduct for the Community Development Block Grant’s housing grant was revised.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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