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$4.9 million in insurance claims filed after EF-2 Manhattan tornado

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Insurance Commissioner has released damage estimates for the EF-2 tornado that hit parts of Northeast Kansas, including Manhattan, in June. According to Mandy Roe, chief of staff with the KIC, over 1,000 reported claims have been received in the weeks following the tornado that caused damage in Marysville and […]
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Gene Madison Ruthstrom,

Gene Madison Ruthstrom, age 86 of Leonardville, passed away on August 5, 2022, surrounded by his family. Gene, known to many as “Chick”, was born on October 7, 1935, in Leonardville, Kansas. He was the son of Harry and Olive (Arents) Ruthstrom. He grew up on the family farm west of Leonardville, with one sister and three brothers.
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Cheryl “Sherry” K. Bruns Schumacher

Cheryl “Sherry” K. Bruns Schumacher, age 71, of Junction City and formerly of Riley, passed away at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka. Sherry was born September 16, 1950, daughter of DeWayne H. Bruns and Ora Jean Shelby Bruns Buffinton. Sherry was born and raised in Manhattan, she attended Manhattan schools. Her ninth grade year she attended Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Enterprise, Kansas.

Janice F. Pishny Schwartz

Janice F. Pishny Schwartz, age 86, formerly of Blue Rapids, passed away at her home in Lawrence. Jan was born October 2, 1935, to Edward J. and Alice M. (Musil) Pishny. She graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1953, and the University of Kansas School of Education in 1957. Jan married Robert W. “Bob” Schwartz at the Presbyterian Church in Blue Rapids on September, 2, 1956.

Kenneth Leroy Hanson

Kenneth Leroy Hanson, Sr., age 83 of Randolph, passed away Saturday August 6, 2022, at the Salina Regional Health Center. He was born on March 25, 1939, in Manhattan, the son of Kenneth and Leona (Jensen) Hanson. He graduated from old Randolph High School in 1957. On June 1, 1958,...
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Larry Dale (Birddog) Martin,

Larry Dale (Birddog) Martin, age 70, died July 25, 2022, in Clay Center, KS. He was born in Anthony, KS on December 2, 1951, to Loren H. and Elizabeth “Janie” (Heckethorn) Martin. Larry grew up on a dairy and wheat farm near Caldwell, KS. He raised prize winning chickens for his 4-H projects and out cooked the girls in his 4-H cooking class. While on the farm, his favorite pet was his bird dog, Sandy. Larry attended school in Caldwell and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1970. He also went to junior college in Arkansas City. After a traumatic accident in Arkansas City, he spent several years living in a rehab facility in Kansas City and then moved to Clay Center to be closer to family. While in Clay Center, he worked for Gilmore-Tatge and Big Lakes. Larry also participated in a couple chili cook offs and won. His chili was appropriately name “Dragons Breath”. According to his sister, he made the best chocolate chip cookies but refused to give out his recipe. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Donald Martin. Larry is survived by his sisters, Sharon (Paul) Houston of Manhattan, KS, Merrie Martin of Wichita, KS, Joan Martin of Topeka, KS and Loretta (David) Kordyak of Manhattan, KS. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A time of remembrance will be held at the Neill- Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center, KS on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 9-11 AM. The family requests that you bring an item that reminds you of Larry along with its story. Memorials can be made to CCARE c/o the funeral home Online condolences may be made at

Bow Slinger event at Fort Riley offers chance to “Meet Your Army”

RILEY CO., Kan. (WIBW) - The 4th annual Bow Slinger event at Fort Riley will be a chance for the public to have some outdoor fun while also meeting some Army soldiers. The August 20th event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Some of the scheduled activities include a military dog demonstration, a free Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks archery clinic, and a bus tour of Fort Riley.

Frankfort football coach remembers predecessor, former coach

Larry Schroeder, the man who led the Frankfort football team to two state championships in his 37 seasons, died last Thursday at age 86. During a tenure that lasted from 1966 to 2003, Schroeder’s Wildcats only had 10 losing seasons while winning at least nine games 10 times. They won state titles in 1983 and 1996, and made additional appearances in the state championship game in 1995 and 1998.