Commissioners exempt Linn County from governor’s order on face masks - Jul. 8, 2020

Following an executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly requiring Kansans to wear a face mask in public with certain exceptions beginning midnight July 3, the County Commissioners met on Thursday, July 2, in front of a once-again packed room and discussed the order and what direction they would go. County...[More]

H.E. “Gene” Brownback 11-22-1928 to 06-30-2020 - Jul. 6, 2020

Linn County News Published July 8, 2020    H.E. “Gene” Brownback, 91, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Centerville, Kan., to Jesse Lawrence and Sylvia (Johnson) Brownback.  Gene was a longtime resident of Osawatomie,...[More]

SPECIAL: Commissioners say face masks in public not necessary - Jul. 3, 2020

  RESOLUTION # 2020-13   An Order Exempting Linn County, Kansas from the Face Mask Provisions of Executive Order 20-52 WHEREAS the Governor of Kansas has issued Executive Order No. 20-52, mandating the use of face masks in all public areas; and, WHEREAS such mandate includes civil...[More]

SPECIAL: AG Derek Schmidt provides updated guidance to law enforcement and prosecutors on enforcement of emergency orders - Jul. 2, 2020

    TOPEKA – July 2, 2020 – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today provided updated guidance to law enforcement agencies and county prosecutors statewide on the enforcement of emergency orders, following the passage of House Bill 2016 last month and the issuance of Executive...[More]

Helen May Benthusen 01-27-1919 to 06-30-2020 - Jul. 1, 2020

Linn County News Published July 8, 2020   Helen May Benthusen, age 101, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020.   Graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2020, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. In state 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday,...[More]

Miami Express softball does well at State Tournament - Jul. 1, 2020

The Miami Express softball teams took part in the Kansas USSSA State Softball Tournament this past weekend. Both the 14U B-team and the 16U team feature girls from Prairie View and Jayhawk-Linn, and both teams did exceptional at the tournament. The 14U team went 5-2 and placed second out of 47 teams....[More]

Mooney-Long Post 279 celebrates 100th birthda - Jul. 1, 2020

On June 14 the Mooney-Long American Legion Post No. 279 of Blue Mound surpassed its 100th birthday, and on Saturday, June 27, the community of Blue Mound gathered at the park to celebrate the milestone of their local American Legion post. The Mooney-Long Post 279 was chartered in 1920 with 15 members....[More]

BULLY PULPIT: Crazy days - Jul. 1, 2020

Crazy days Well, heartland Kansas has about two days before we all have trouble recognizing our friends. Why you might ask? Because of the mandatory face mask order Gov. Laura Kelly has put on us. Right? Wrong? I’ll let the Legislature and lawyers figure that one out – meanwhile, I spent...[More]

Commissioners honor Dr. Jay Allen for service - Jul. 1, 2020

Following Public Health Officer Dr. Jay Allen’s resignation last month, the County Commissioners honored him with a plaque and gathering at their Monday meeting. A proclamation honoring him was read that outlined his voluntary service during the Joplin tornado when he set up a field hospital and...[More]

COVID-19 affects several county budgets Increases seen in many budgets including Sheriff’s Department - Jul. 1, 2020

Rolled into the County Commissioners’ day of tentatively approving budgets on Monday, County Health Nurse Administrator Tisha Coleman presented her 2021 budget and stated it would show a 34.1 percent increase – mostly due to COVID-19. Coleman said, “Looking to the future, it could...[More]

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