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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening for the first time in 2020, and Joe Nigus from the Fire Department was present to request an update on the status of former Hiawatha Fire Department Chief Ryan Shockley.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met for the final time in 2019 on Monday evening and with Commissioners David Middendorf, Toni Hull and Dustin Williams present, along with Mayor Bill Collins, the group voted to approve reappointments to both the Tree Board and Airport Board.

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A recent decision to have city crews perform more of the larger jobs the city needs done, rather than hire out those jobs to contractors, has sparked the Hiawatha City Commission to seek out the equipment needed to keep those tasks in house.

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The Hiawatha City Commission held a special meeting on Monday evening to address the departure of City Finance Commissioner John Merchant, Jr., who announced his resignation following last week’s meeting.

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The recent sales tax vote for the hospital was defeated by two votes, and for the first time since the vote, Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO John Broberg was present at a City Commission meeting on Monday, giving the group his monthly update.

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The Hiawatha City Commission now has 10 days to name a replacement commissioner, after John Merchant, Jr. resigned his position at Monday’s meeting, following a failed attempt to reinstate recently terminated Fire Chief Ryan Shockley.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and approved the closure of portions of 6th and 7th streets downtown, on Nov. 10 for the 23rd annual Jingle Bell Ride.

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The Horton City Commission met for the first time in October, and after hearing a reading of the Letter of Conditions for Phase III of the Wastewater Treatment Facility Application and Mitigation Measures, the group voted to give the go-ahead for the loan.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday night, and were joined by members of the Mount Zion Rustler’s 4-H Club, who were present to witness a proclamation declaring Oct. 6-12 as National 4-H Week. City Clerk Tish Sims read the proclamation, which will be signed by Mayor Bill Collins.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and after discussion with Fire Chief Ryan Shockley, the group awarded the recent bid for equipment for the fire department to First Due Fire Supply.

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The Horton City Commission met for their first meeting of the month, and LaMount Cook and Bruce Bird were present to discuss a Lease Purchase Agreement for the Mission Village Living Center.

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The Horton City Commission met for the second time in August and were given an update on the goings on at Mission Village Living Center by manager LaMont Cook.

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The City of Hiawatha released a notice to citizens on Tuesday, that on Monday, Sept. 16, city crews will begin the process of GIS mapping service locations within the town in order to streamline repairs and ordering in the future.

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The fallout from the Aug. 15 hail storm that strafed Hiawatha is still being felt, as the City Commission called a Special Meeting on Monday evening to approve a handful of incoming contractors, as well as to adjust the city’s policy going forward to allow for a quicker process in similar si…

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The Horton City Commission held a special meeting earlier this month, and after no comments at a public hearing, voted to approve their 2020 budget. The newly adopted $4.3 million budget calls for no increase to the mill levy, though a hike in the city’s assessed valuation will mean a bump o…

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Monday marked the final meeting of August for the Hiawatha City Commission, and Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO John Broberg was present to inform the commission of the hospital’s plan to introduce a petition that would put a countywide half-cent sales tax back on the ballot in the county’s …

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, with all commissioners present, and the group heard from City Administrator Mike Nichols, who said he had met recently with a resident over concerns about the destruction of residential alleys by commercial vehicles.

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The City of Hiawatha is planning on starting Chip and Seal on the streets starting around Aug. 12 and continuing until around Aug. 21, weather permitting. This year Hatfield, Green Court, Wentley, Navajo, Cheyenne and Cherokee Streets will be completed.

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Navigating Hiawatha’s street systems has not been the easiest of tasks, lately, but Hiawatha City Administrator Mike Nichols says progress on the array of construction projects around town is picking up steam.

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A visual article published earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal used statistics from Hiawatha’s struggles with nitrates in the water supply as supporting evidence that major rivers are suffering from farm runoff.

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Community members will have a decision to make this November, as one thing they will be asked to consider is a new quarter-cent Recreation Tax, which the Hiawatha City Commission voted to include on the ballot on Monday night.

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Due to language in their contract, AHRS Construction, who is performing the work on the City Streets Sales Tax project has been sticking to business hours to this point in the project, but with summer heat approaching and delayed by weather, the City Commission voted Monday evening to push t…

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and Mayor Bill Collins, along with other commissioners, expressed their disappointment that the hospital sales tax vote did not pass during May’s special election.

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May 1 was the deadline for cities and school boards to certify to the Brown County Clerk the positions for the 2019 elections.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and heard from City Administrator Mike Nichols that the Hiawatha Municipal Airport has received a grant from KDOT Aviation.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and it was brought to the group’s attention that there has been a recent increase in trash dumped at the city brush pile. Mayor Bill Collins said that he believes it is likely a few individuals causing everyone to suffer. He added that risi…

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The Hiawatha City Commission held a regular meeting on Monday evening, and the group approved a handful of bids that made up the majority of the evening’s agenda.

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The first meeting of the Hiawatha Public Building Commission was last Monday morning at 7 a.m. at City Hall. The group was formed by the City Commission to handle the issuing of bonds should the hospital sales tax pass later next month, and is made up of Maryanne Schmitt, Don Cashman and Dav…

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The Horton City Commission met for their final March meeting, and discussed the outcomes of moving the city’s EMS services into the Armory offices.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met for its first regular April meeting on Monday night, and with all Commissioners presented, voted to create the City of Hiawatha Public Building Commission.

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Spring street work on Utah began last week as crews with AHRS Construction and Amino Brothers Company began tearing up the bricks in the 500 block as part of the City of Hiawatha's downtown street renovation project.

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A representative from the Kansas Forest Service was present at Monday evening’s Hiawatha City Commission meeting, and had some suggestions for sweeping change on the city’s tree population.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Tuesday evening, and voted to approve the Consent Agenda, which included an appropriation of $57,180.66, utility refunds of $387.18, a payment to BG Consultants of $55.00, a payment to Midwest Public Risk of $10,000 and approval of the monthly Municipal Ju…

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What a remarkable game. Kansas City’s monumental comeback and eventual blowout win were the stuff legends are built on, as the team became the first to trail by 24 points and then lead by halftime, as well as the first ever to trail by 20 or more and then win by 20, and also set a new record…

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A new salon has sprouted up in Hiawatha, as Nikki Holder’s Branded Beauty opened its doors on Jan. 2 at 800 Oregon St., Suite A, just behind the Garden Branch of Citizens State Bank.

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The Horton City Commission met for the final time in December and voted to move ahead with a recent idea to name a roadway near the town’s football field after Horton High School’s most notable student athlete success, after Trey Dishon recently finished his career as a four-year starter at …

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening for the first time in 2020, and Joe Nigus from the Fire Department was present to request an update on the status of former Hiawatha Fire Department Chief Ryan Shockley.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met for the final time in 2019 on Monday evening and with Commissioners David Middendorf, Toni Hull and Dustin Williams present, along with Mayor Bill Collins, the group voted to approve reappointments to both the Tree Board and Airport Board.

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A recent decision to have city crews perform more of the larger jobs the city needs done, rather than hire out those jobs to contractors, has sparked the Hiawatha City Commission to seek out the equipment needed to keep those tasks in house.

All four of the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates – former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – have released climate plans that call for massive spending, an overhaul of the fossil fuel industry and increased standards for renewable energy.

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A vehicle said by authorities to have been traveling at a high rate of speed on a side road off U.S. Highway 36 crashed into a ditch on early Sunday morning, killing one of the five teenage occupants, all of whom are from Hiawatha. 

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The board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Ke…

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On 1-15-2020, based on a traffic stop, Robert Tinoco, 33, of Garnett, was arrested on charges of Driving While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked---Illegal Registration and No Proof of Insurance. The passenger, Kala Marie Shupe, 26, of Independence, Mo., was arrested on a $5,000 Clay Co…