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NCRPC Focus Group Meeting Wednesday

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North Central Regional Planning Commission is assisting with a focus group meeting Wednesday afternoon in Marysville with a goal of improving local food systems in Marshall and Washington counties.

Local growers, grocers, and restaurant operators will contribute with ways to improve the local food system. Marshall County Partnership for Growth is coordinating the meeting. It follows news this week that Steve Gaydusek announced that he is liquidating his Blue Rapids grocery, Gators Hometown Foods. This is the second store to close this year, as Crome’s Hometown Foods was the last local grocer in Marysville, closed in January.

Citizens National Bank Greenleaf last week was top bid at a sheriff auction for the building that had housed a grocery for decades. J&R Market in Frankfort and J&J Market in Axtell remain the only two local groceries in Marshall county.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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