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Learning To ServeInman Teen Prepares Dog For Service Work

Posted 1/5/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Katie Krehbiel, a junior at Inman High School, has been working as a puppy raiser for the Kansas Specialty Dog Service (KSDS).

KDSK is located in Washington. The dogs eventually become guide dogs for those who are blind or visually impaired, service dogs assist individuals in wheelchairs or with other physical disabilities and facility dogs help in education and rehabilitation settings.

“I train the puppy for one-and-a-half to two years for just basic obedience and a lot of socializing,” Krehbiel said.

Krehbiel got the Black Labrador last June when the puppy was eight weeks old. KSDS uses black and yellow labs, along with golden retrievers, as its service dogs.

Her dog is called Sterling. All of dogs in the same litter as Sterling received a money-themed name.

When she completes the basics, the dog will be returned to KSDS to finish its training.

“I showed dogs in 4-H for four years,” Krehbiel said. “There’s a lot more training involved. There are things the dog can and can not do.

“As we’ve started, you can tell she’s a smart dog because of her breeding,” Krehbiel added.

The teenager started teaching Sterling to heel. She has moved on to stay and wait. Sterling has learned to lie down under a chair or table when at a restaurant.

The dog is learning to “get it,” which would teach the dog to pick up items for a wheelchair-bound individual. Sterling is also learning to “tug,” which could evolve into helping a person to take off a jacket.

Krehbiel said the training has gone well.

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Inman’s Swisher Takes Part In DownUnder Program

Posted 1/5/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Daniel Swisher, a senior at Inman High School, spent 12 days last summer taking part in the DownUnder Sports program in Australia.

While Swisher was involved in the golf program, DownUnder Sports features other sports, including football, basketball, track and cross country. He competed in two golf tournaments in Australia.

“It was a great experience,” Swisher said. “The golf I played is going to benefit me this season.

“I think it’s going to strengthen my game,” he continued. “I also played Junior Golf in Wichita during the summer.”

Before going to Australia, Swisher spent three days in Hawaii and they played in one other tourney.

“Someone nominated me to go,” Swisher said. “I still don’t know who sent in my name.”

Swisher said his two Class 2A State Golf Tournament qualifications helped him to secure his spot in the program.

The teenager has been playing golf for 10 years.

“The courses we played were a lot more difficult than the ones here,” Swisher said. “The fairways were narrower and the greens were a lot faster then I was used to playing.”

He noted he was the only golfer from Kansas taking part in the program. There were golfers from Illinois, Tennessee and Colorado.

There were a total of 33 American golfers.

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Moundridge Council Amends’16 Budget

Posted 1/5/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Spending authority for the sewer and water utility funds were increased during a special meeting of the Moundridge City Council Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the city office.

City Administrator Randy Frazer said the city had the cash on hand in each fund, but an increase in spending authority was necessary.

He noted the city has received several bills for the sewer and water utilities.

“They have to be paid by the end of the year,” Frazer said.

The council was required to have a public hearing before amending the budget. No one from the public came to speak.

Frazer had proposed increasing spending authority for the sewer utility to $586,200 from $396,200.

He explained the city needed to make a $175,000 payment of the bill for replacing the city’s two sewer lift stations. The work was done earlier in 2016.

The city’s main lift station is located on Hoch Street while the other is in front of the Dollar General store on First Avenue.

Staff had proposed increasing spending authority for the water utility to $575,000 from $475,000.

Frazer said the additional expenses for the water utility came from work for the Meadow View and Kaneridge housing additions on the north side of town. He noted the project developers were responsible for putting in water lines to service those homes.

“We had some other engineering work done because of those developments,” Frazer said. “We had a lot of individual water projects during the year.”

He noted the city would develop its budget in June of the previous year.

“It’s hard to guess what will happen in a year-and-a-half time,” Frazer noted.

Councilman Kent Winsky made the motion to amend the city’s budget. The motion passed unanimously.

• In addition, the council had to renew the cereal malt beverage license for the Moundridge Food Market.

Frazer said the market’s current license would expire prior to the next council meeting.

Police Chief Jay Kessler told Frazer there were no reasons to deny them the license.

Councilman Jeremy Moore made the motion to renew the market’s license. The motion passed unanimously.

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