The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1997 · Page 1
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Bishop is king Quarterback runs wild as K-State pounds Missouri, 41 -11/D1 6PORTS Veggie art Children get permission to play with their food/B1 LIFE , «"r • ' '4'rT : Rain turned canyon into raging river of death / A6 • To pave or not to pave; Road dispute faces county commission / A10 INSIDE "if-! High: 72 Low: 44 Thunderstorms and showers likely today; strong south winds /1 WEATHER Classified / C2 Crossword /Bft Deaths/A11 Great Plains / A3 Life / B1 Money / C1 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX 4 Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Fifth-graders Brad Radatz and Monica Olsen throWthemselves into a performance of "Nygarpolskan" at Saturday's Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg. / *** fc-T,» v ' ^iiSk ' Hyllningsfest crowds take Dala horse nhaker oft a hurried ride By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Quicker than you can say dip me in orange, Ken Sjogren can tell you how many Swedish dala horse signs he's painted in 14.years. As of Saturday afternoon, the number stood at 24,112. Orders continued to pour in as visitors to Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest celebration stopped by the Hemslojd gift store Sjogren co-owns to watch him work. The dala horse, originally a toy created by Swedish wood carvers over a century ago, is made into personalized signs for homes at the shop on Lindsborg's Main Street. Each wooden sign gets dipped in the traditional Swedish red-orange color, and Sjogren paints the decorations and lettering on the sides. ^ "I've had kids come in as graders who are bringing t.l families back now," Sipg'ren- said, smiling. .jr. '"/,;• This weekend, Sjoetfen's part- pioneers who settled the Smoky Valley in the 1860s with Swedish music, costumed folk dancers and Swedish food and crafts. Workers at the Main Street Grill and Bakery were baking nonstop for three weeks to prepare, owner Beth McKinney said. Workers baked 1,200 loaves of rye bread and 200 Swedish tea rings and used 200 to 300 gallons of batter for Swedish pancakes. This past week, she said, they'd work until midnight, go home, and come back to work at 4 a,m. "It's an adrenaline rush," she said, smiling. "It's too much fun, though. Everyone is A m a good mood and has a good time." Next door, a^She T-shirt and embroidery stfore Artshirt, owner Scott^Schafer said sales on Hyllningsfest Saturday typical- week's worth of sales, wjiers planning on * spying/at* downtown Linds'••*k«'»'» :Swedish Country Inn Hyllningsfest have to i^ahead.— way ahead. The 3f9«r0om inn Doesn't start taking ner, Ken Swishepfestimates,/ reservations for the celebration they'll take orders for between weekend until noon Jan. 15 of 130 and 150 signs. " / : It was that way Saturday'for many of Lindsborg's Main Street 'businesses. The biennial fall festival pays tribute to the Swedish that year. The inn's usually booked in 15 minutes or less. "We've had people come and stay with us on the 14th just so they could be here to get their Crowds flock past the Main Street Grill and Bakery, which was doing a booming business. reservation in," said/Carl Anderson, who owns the inn with his wife, Becky. i Hyllningsfest is celebrated at the same time as homecoming at Bethany College so visiting alumni come from as far away as California, Arizona and Minnesota. The weekend was expected draw as many as 30,000 to 50,000 visitors to the community of 3,200 residents. Lindsborg natives and sisters Linda Train (left) and Tudy Burton, who have traced their Swedish ancestory to the Darlaner province, cheer the marching bands during Saturday morn- Ing's parade at the biennial Hyllningsfest celebration. Saturday's events kicked off with a pwade from Bethany College dw^$ Main Street. The parade drevK politicians of the usual stripe and some unusual ones: Attorney General Carla Stovall, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Secretary of State Rp'n Thornburgh and Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer. But then there was the black limousine surrounded by secret service agents in sunglasses looking suspicious- ly like Bethany fraternity members. From an open door starred — BUI Clinton and Al Gore? Well, their likeness in rubber Halloween masks, anyway. "Swedes Rock the Vote" read a sign on the limo. "I didn't know (Clinton) joined a fraternity," a parade watcher said, tongue-in-cheek. "Boy you leave that guy alone for a minute..." SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 CHEMICAL SPILL Tank of fertilizer ruptures Elevator doesn't report spill of 20,000 gallons of fertilizer after leak By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal HERINGTON — More than 20,000 gallons of a corrosive liquid fertilizer was spilled Friday after what officials can describe only as a "violent leak." Herington Fire Chief Pat Murray said a 20,000-gallon fiberglass tank filled with ammonium polyphosphate at Agri Producers Inc. ruptured about 1 p.m. Friday. The force of the tank's rupturing caused another 20,000-gallon tank full of rainwater to burst and a third tank of the chemical to leak. "I'm not saying it exploded," he said. "It might have just all separated, and when itall went, it all went." The force of the liquid demolished a 6-inch concrete retaining wall, Murray said. Emergency personnel were notified of the chemical spill by officials at the nearby Union Pacific office at 3:30 p.m. Murray said it remains unclear why Agri Producers employees failed to notify authorities of the spill for more than an hour and a half. The telephone at the Agri Producers office went unanswered Saturday evening. In addition to flooding onto railroad property, the chemical ran off into nearby Clark's Creek. Murray said traces of the chemical were found as far as three- fourths of a mile downstream. On the advice of state and federal health and environment officials, Murray said the creek was dammed upstream to cut off the flow of water and downstream to contain the spill. A third dike in the center was added later in case rainfall makes the creek rise. Murray said ammonium polyphosphate — known as 10-34-0 — is corrosive and toxic to plant life, but poses no immediate threat to folks who live near the spill. "I wouldn't want to be rolling around in it," he said. Emergency personnel, including the Dickinson County Sheriffs Office, Dickinson County Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Chapman Rural Fire Department worked through the night, under lights provided by Union Pacific. Additionally, workers from Sunflower Services, Herington, and Haz-Mat Response, Olathe, were called in to work on containing the spill. By late Saturday, most of the chemical had been sopped up off the ground, Murray said. A fresh crew from Haz-Mat Response was working to clean up the creek. Workers will begin removing contaminated soil later today or Monday. Murray said he and other local officials will be in contact Monday with Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials in Salina to determine what other steps need to be taken. ECONOMIC LIFELINE pepublican River carries prosperity Irrigation alone adds $100,000 to property fax rolls in Clay County By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Tlie Salina Journal . LAY CENTER i How important is the Republican River to Clay County? I For Commissioner .___. t Dallas Nelson, it's tli& difference between disaster and a people's government plagued by typical funding concerns. that's because the Republican River and its alluvial valley allow for the irrigation of 17,000 acres of farm ground in this north-cen- tral Kansas county of more than 9,000. Nelson said the assessed valuation of irrigated land is about double the valuation of dryland. Clay County's $7.2 million in irrigated acres contribute more than $950,000 a year in taxes to county coffers. Without irrigation, the county would be poorer by almost $500,000. "We're a small rural county, and to lose that amount of taxation would be devastating to us," Nelson said. The farmers who use the irrigation and the businesses they support would share in the economic pain. Nelson said irrigators earn as much as $70 an acre more in net profits than dryland farmers. With a multiplier factor, a tool economists use to determine economic significance, irrigation accounts for millions of dollars of income in the region. Such are the stakes in a long dispute between Kansas and Nebraska over the Republican River. Kansas lawmakers are expected to decide this next session whether to support a lawsuit against Nebraska over its water use — or to return yet again to the bargaining table, as its neighbor to the north wants. A lawsuit moved one step closer to reality this month when Kansas Attorney General Clara Stovall announced she plans to take legal action against Nebraska if lawmakers adopt a joint resolution of support. Kansas officials say Nebraska, by allowing almost 'unlimited development of irrigation in the Republican River basin, is in violation of a compact signed in 1942 by officials from the two states and Colorado, the third Republican River state. They say Nebraska may have allowed the flow of the Republican into Kansas to be depleted by more than 4 billion gallons annually, which is enough water to supply the city of Topeka for a year. For the future, officials worry there won't be enough water flowing across the border to satisfy demand in Kansas. "Every well that's drilled in Nebraska is a political reality against a settlement with the state of Nebraska," Nelson said. See RIVER, Page A10 TROUBLED WTER Rmtm •* I titt bun Uikmki And U> mvukJUi Mtwiti "*** * I inm tMxuki Mid KUMU. lutkfcul* id> un tb> hi .UU AJtw* UB»«XK Him. ntk* btlft «4»i> Ui ,w M • UMIm tr UM r«u r*cui'l<bli)luiw «u4H>t> It uid Uiimm khNw tu ttui UHB on bvubW «. Special section The Republican River is a lifeline that emerges from Colorado, dips into northwest Kansas, rolls across southern Nebraska and re-enters north-central Kansas. It provides economic opportunities as well as drinking water for communities along its banks. But these are troubled waters. As the Kansas Legislature prepares to make a decision on whether to sue Nebraska over use of the river's water, the Salina Journal takes a special look at the history of the river and the towns and people that thrive along its banks. INSIDE

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