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Leadership Success Often Requires Flexibility

Effective leadership should be selective, nurturing and above all flexible, according to three proven leaders who comprised the Doniphan Dialogue panel at iWerx Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development Center March 31. Sponsored by the Doniphan Leadership Institute and the Clay County Economic Development Council, the gathering of more than 50 people …

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Nolte Reads Prepared Statement About Administrator Contract Prior to Commission Meeting

At last Monday’s Clay County Commission meeting, Commissioner Nolte read prepared remarks about County Administrator Dean Brookshier’s new contract prior to the official start of the meeting. The Northland News reported on the contract a couple weeks ago. Brookshier pay increased significantly from $102,000 to $149,000 in addition to numerous …

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Motion Hearing in Smithville Lake Boat Slip Holder Lawsuit

Tomorrow at 9:00 AM, a motion hearing will be held in the lawsuit that was filed regarding the County’s actions earlier in the year when it suddenly begin evicting slip holders. The case was filed by Clay County resident Jacob Long and other slip holders. The slip holders allege that …

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Diverse Growth, Eye-Popping Plans and Humor at Luncheon

A variety of developments across the region were highlights of the 2017 Clay County State of the Cities Luncheon March 24. The annual meeting sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council featured reports from representatives of Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Kansas City, Kearney, Lawson, Liberty, North Kansas City, Pleasant Valley …

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Concerns about last minute agenda additions at Clay County Commission meeting

It took nearly 50 minutes to approve the Clay County Commission agenda at the March 13, 2017 meeting. Commissioner Nolte was frustrated that two items were presented for both addition to the agenda and immediate action the morning of the meeting. One item was the County’s insurance renewal and the …

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Musings: New contract for Clay County Administrator beyond outrageous

For the last year and a half I have been covering the continual conflict and disrespect of the citizens at the Clay County Courthouse. Yesterday I received an email from a source that contained the renewal contract of Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier. For those that haven’t seen the news …

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Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier Receives 44% Salary Increase

TheNorthlandNews.com was sent a copy of Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier’s new contract and old contract from an anonymous source late today. Click HERE for the 2015 contract, click HERE for the 2017 contract. There is significant differences between the two contracts. The most obvious difference is the amount of …

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Full House for EDC Committee Legislative Forum

Nearly 50 members of the EDC heard a detailed report on the 2017 Missouri legislative session at the Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee forum March 21. Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-12) and Rep. TJ Berry (R-38) engaged in an open discussion of the state session, which ends May 12. Held in …

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Musings: Targeted Commission Mailings Legal, Still Wasteful and Wrong

The decision in the Markenson lawsuit came down last week. You can read more about that by clicking HERE. I can’t say that I was surprised by it at all. It’s an uncomfortable position for any judge to be in the middle of. As with many things in our society, …

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