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February 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 15, Issue 2

In this issue:

February 28, 2017

v   February City Council Proceedings

v  February School Board Proceedings

v  February B & P Org.  Proceedings

v March Calendar of Events


February 6, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson and John Ptak, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 7:08 p.m. – 8:02 p.m.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Trent VanRavenswaay was present from 7:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.  Absent: Jeff Jeno.

TC Sheriff Deputy VanRavenswaay was present and the law enforcement report for January 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous matters.

City Engineer Fischer was present and follow-up discussion was held on a State Street drainage matter.  Fischer distributed and reviewed estimates on storm sewer options.  Discussion was held on various aspects with no action taken.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Broadway Avenue street & utility improvements matter.  Fischer distributed estimates previously compiled in 2012 for project options.  Additional information was distributed on funding options, including state fund loans and grant programs.  A variety of aspects were discussed, including project details, timeframe(s), existing utility studies and rates.  Council decision was made to have Fischer contact the state regarding amendment/acceptance of the city’s existing studies.

Follow-up discussion was held on repairs needed to the front of the City Office and ambulance shed due to windstorm damage.  City Superintendent Sulzle provided information from the city’s insurance provider, advising estimates have been forwarded to the provider.  Discussion was held on repair options, with the decision made to replace the building frontage with siding.  It was advised the City will proceed accordingly with the repairs following confirmation from the insurance provider.

A park equipment matter was addressed, with Sulzle providing information regarding utilizing aluminum planks for bleachers, benches & picnic tables.  The decision was made to complete a plank replacement project for the football field bleachers.  Seeking assistance from the school was addressed.

Discussion was held on the summer personnel positions, with the decision made to run additional ads for the positions.

General discussion was held on landfill matters, with no action taken.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to have the City, for Workers’ Compensation purposes, cover volunteers for the Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Marion Community Ambulance.  Motion carried.  The volunteers are as follows: Steve Albrecht, Jamie Bartell, Mike Bartell, Nikki Bauerle, Cam Becker, Brian Benney, Laura Benney, Tori Benney, Ravila Berens, Patrick Blau, Ken Dalke, Matt Donlan, Daryl Gortmaker, Loryece Handwerk, Michael Hanisch, Lana Herlyn, Dennis Johnson, Jayme Juhnke, Jayden Kettwig, Jim Kettwig, Bryan Kraemer, Steve Kraemer, Michelle Kunkel, Bryan Luke, Charles Luke, Dick Luke, Keith Luke, Zach McConniel, Marvin Miller, Nick Muller, Rick Nelson, Kristi Nogelmeier, Ben Piehl, John Ptak, Duane Pulse, Jon Saunders, Mike Schmidt, Dustin Sulzle, Jeremy Thomas, Dean Unruh, Josh Viet, Rick Waltner, Chuck Weber, Keith Weber, Mike Wieman, Kelly Wiese. 

A variety of Personnel Manual matters were addressed, with discussion held on topics including job descriptions, compensation, leave and evaluations.

It was advised Lisa Matthies will be filling in at the City Office in February while Finance Officer Kari Muller is on vacation.  Additional discussion was held on hiring for a permanent, fill-in position.

The following individuals were selected to serve as Judges and Clerks for any Municipal Election in 2017: Ward One – Eleanor Becker, Rita McVay, Marjorie Tieszen; Ward Two – Martha Gesick, Carol Nelson, Anna Nielson; Ward Three – Deon Lueders, Rosella Schwartz, Sandra Tieszen.  In the event of a citywide election, Rosella Schwartz would serve as Judge with a Clerk selected from the other two wards.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to approve the Judges and Clerks as appointed.  Motion carried.

Information was provided for the Annual District 3 meeting to be held on March 23rd in Hartford.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) January monthly report was distributed to the council.  Information was reviewed on nominating petition timeframes.

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by D. Luke to adjourn at 9:34 p.m.  Motion carried.  


February 9,  2017 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 15 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmer’s Coop., Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion Record, Marion School, Rex’s Plumbing, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Wieman Land & Auction.

The January 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Dave Colberg, seconded by Alan Astleford to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

Cherrybean Coffee Co. owner Jennifer McCormick was in attendance and introduced to the group.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of March.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for 2-lbs. of Cherrybean coffee, as donated by Cherrybean Coffee Co.

Follow-up discussion was held on the upcoming community appreciation banquet.  The event will be held on March 18th at the Wieman Auction facility.  Kevin Wieman, Marion Development Foundation (MDF) President, was present and provided an overview for the event.  It was advised members of the MDF and B & P Org. will be meeting to pick award recipients, as well as verify other event details. 

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported she worked with six clients in January and has three business plans in progress.  Additional information was provided on suggested “Shop at Home” activities.

Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters.  Colberg advised the school has four new students.  It was reported the Tri-Valley Conference will be dissolving after this year and Marion will then be part of the Great Plains Conference.  It was advised the school was seeking volunteers from the organization to read to the Marion elementary students the week of February 27th – March 2nd.

Bryan Luke, representing the Marion Fire Department, reported on the upcoming Pancake Feed fundraiser to be held at the school.  It was also reported fundraising efforts for the new Fire Hall project will be getting underway.

Marion Record Editor Jelene Wipf reminded the businesses to please submit the information for their businesses to be featured free-of-charge in the paper.

McCormick provided information on various Turner County businesses participating in an upcoming ‘pop-up’ business event in Centerville. 

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on March 9, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.


Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark.  You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.

Stuart Henderson Britt



February 13, 2017 School Board Proceedings

Pursuant to the call and the notice thereof, the School Board of the Marion School District 60-3, Marion, Turner County, SD met in regular session on the thirteenth day of February, 2017. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members Present: Dan Buse, Larry Langerock, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

Officers Present: E. David Colberg, Superintendent; Katie Minster, Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Action 16/17-56: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse amend the agenda to the following: 13) Resignation, 14) Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-57: Consent Motion – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the following consent items: a) approve minutes from the previous month and acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Coop minutes, b) approve the financial reports of the District (to be published in paper), c) approve the claims against the District for the month of February and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Student was not present for the Senior Experience presentation.

Jane Hohm came before the Board to discuss substitute teacher pay. Scott Dent came before the Board with information on the Marion Booster Club. He also talked about the importance of keeping good teachers in Marion, and of welcoming visiting schools for athletic events. Kevin Wieman informed the Board on the Marion Development Foundation, daycare concerns, a Marion B&P Awards Night on March 18th, and the possibility of talking with surrounding communities on sharing options.

Rachael Massey and Heidi Roth gave the Teacher Report. They discussed the following with the Board: “Read across America Week,” the DPI basketball tournament, curriculum updates, staff survey on the four-day school week, “Help Day” information, handbook updates, and Band competitions.

Scott Tieszen informed the Board on positive comments from community members that the basketball teams are playing well this year.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on food service review findings, budget preparations, security door updates, and the February 24 deadline for school board petitions. 

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on Parent-Teacher conferences, Smarter Balanced testing, MS music program options, handbook updates, scheduling for 2017/2018, and dual credit participation.

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on coaching pay, snacks from the Booster Club for standardized testing days, Parent-Teacher conferences, an athletic conference meeting, “Read across America,” the calendar committee to meet, and four-day school week survey results.

The Board discussed football field updates including lighting, electricity, a Crow’s Nest, concessions, bleachers, and other needed equipment. 

Action 16/17-58: Football Field Bleachers – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to pay the City of Marion up to $2,400 for bleacher improvements for the football field. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Superintendent David Colberg recognized February 20 – 24 as School Board Recognition Week. He handed out certificates to the School Board members from ASBSD.

Action 16/17-59: Resignation – On motion by Tieszen, second by Langerock to accept the resignation of Michelle Fink as Middle School English Teacher, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-60: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:37 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.   



The Marion Development Foundation in conjunction with the Marion Business & Professional Organization will host a Community Appreciation Banquet on Saturday, March 18th at the Wieman Auction Facility (located at 44628 Hwy 44 in Marion) to honor the past, treasure the present and shape the future of Marion, S.D.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. before moving on to an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. for New Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year (Over Five Employees), and Farm Family of the Year.  At 7:00 p.m., a Prime Rib dinner will be served, including two side dishes, two salads, a dinner roll and dessert.  The night will be topped off with a comedian from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  The cost of the event is $20.00 per ticket and tickets are available at the following:  Marion City Office, Farmers State Bank, Donlan’s Foodland, Marion Record.  If you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets by Marion 10th.




march Calendar of Events




City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Fire  Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.


Marion Business & Professional Org. Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


MACC Scotch Doubles

6:00 p.m.




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Rosefield Township Annual Meeting

1:00 p.m.




Community Appreciation Banquet

5:30 p.m.



Equalization Board Meeting

Legion Meeting


Time TBD

7:30 p.m.


Marion Development Foundation  Annual  Meeting

7:30 p.m.



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